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    A Questionable Transaction - Alvarez continues to reap thousands from developers eyeing Santa Ana projects

    If there's a financial conflict of interestSanta Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez has been able to avoid, then the public sure as hell doesn't know about it. Last spring, Alvarez, who by day is an Orange County deputy district attorney, provoked a s...

    on January 20, 2005
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    This Inauguration Doesnt Auger Well - But Hugh Hewitt hews to the red state hues

    We were discussing tsunamis with somefriends, and the subject came up of one years ago in Alaska or somewhere, where photos showed all these dumb clucks standing on the shore watching the water recede, with no apprehension it would come rushing back...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 20, 2005
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    This week in the letter T

    No, this isn't becoming Sesame Street, but gobbling through tacos and Thai over the weekend reminded me most taco and Thai joints name their restaurants starting with those words. Which got me thinking about other fab eateries that start with the le...

    on January 20, 2005
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    Aras Pastry

    Photo by Tenaya Hills"Are you sure that's all you want?" the hijab-bedecked teenager asks in a soft voice simultaneously hopeful and disappointed. Her eyes glimmer; mine shoot toward the floor. I went to Ara's Pastry adamant about requesting just ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 20, 2005
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Jan 20 All these months later, are you still depressed? Feel like nothing matters? Decided to start a blog and instantly go after whichever faction of Democrat (DLC/far-left-wing) you ain't, bringing our unprecedented unity to a halt as scre...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 20, 2005
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    The Space is Dead! Long live the Space!

    Photo by Rebecca Schoenkopf "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." --Ralph...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 20, 2005
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    No Justice, No Peace of Mind - Parents have dim hopes sons killer will be brought to trialeven though cops know where alleged murderer is

    Alan Doyle died hungry. It was after midnight on Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, when 16-year-old Doyle and his friends left a heavy-metal concert at the Showcase Theater in Corona and started heading home for nearby Yorba Linda. But first they walked to a ...

    by Nick Schou on January 20, 2005
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    Fountain Headache - Ayn Rand Institute tries to twist tsunami disaster

    You may know Ayn Rand for her lugubrious, stultifying novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and her book of essays (with co-author Nathaniel Branden) The Virtue of Selfishness, which promulgated her "Objectivist" philosophy of personal greed as...

    by Nick Schou on January 20, 2005
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    Im a Complete Intellectual Fraud - Viet Dinh reveals the truth about himselfand the USA Patriot Actin UC Irvine Speech

    Illustration by Bob AulViet Dinh, the Bush-appointed former assistant attorney general and main author of the USA Patriot Act, began his Jan. 11 speech at UC Irvine's Beckman Center Auditorium by admitting, "I am a complete intellectual fraud." It...

    by Nick Schou on January 20, 2005
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    Puck Off! - Anaheim Deals With NHL Lockout

    Courtesy Long Beach Ice DogsIt's a measure of your average Canadian's love of hockey that cops there attribute the recent spike in serious crimes to the ongoing NHL lockout. In Orange County? When serious crime goes up here, you figure it's just the...

    by JOHN ROOS on January 20, 2005
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, My respect for the Democrats will be in negative numbers if they let Alberto Gonz?lez get confirmed. Geez, Mexicans will steal your car and your civil liberties. They will ruin your neighborhood AND your Con...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 20, 2005
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or send to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. SURELY, YOU (IN)JEST I really enjoyed Gusta...

    on January 20, 2005
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    Diary of A Mad County

    Wednesday, Jan. 12 I've been in this business more than 20 years and if I've learned anything--beyond that standards vary wildly when defining the term "state of undress in the newsroom"--it's that a story is only as big as its headline. Today, ther...

    by Steve Lowery on January 20, 2005
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    The "All-Spin" Zone - Confidential memo reveals real reason Orange diocese settled sex-abuse suits

    Illustration by Bob AulNow that the Diocese of Orange has agreed to pay $100 million to victims of its pedo-priests, Bishop Tod D. Brown is busy cobbling a new persona for himself. Goodbye, bumbling protector of molesters; welcome, O valiant reforme...

    on January 13, 2005
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    Drafty

    Illustration by Bob AulYou were the punk kid riding in a girl's car with a "W'04" sticker on the back. I was the woman driving an SUV with the anti-Bush sticker. I saw you on the 5 freeway near Culver in beautiful Irvine. I saw you because you pulle...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 13, 2005
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    Elvis Is Everywhere - (Vagina!)

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfWell, this has been a full news week, hasn't it, puppies? Apparently, there's some hoo-hah over Social Security(would this be a bad time to decide I'm tired of contributing to my 401k?), The Governor is happily shoving tea...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2005
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    Eight Days

    THURS/JAN 13 Join the World Affairs Council and its members, whom I like to imagine as Pinkyand The Brain, as they stroke their huge heads and listen to Gregory Treverton, director of the RAND Corporation's Intelligence Policy Center and former vice...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2005
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    OCs 97 Best American Restaurants

    Photo by james BunoanAmerica! Love it, hate it--I prefer to eat it. For the past couple of months, I've tried the best the Republic offers within the confines of this county. I've dined with the Lords of the Universe at Aqua, slummed it with the hoi...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 13, 2005
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    The Gay Professor - Surf City native Eric Andersons sexual orientation is grist for his mill

    Photo by George Lange/TBSWeeks before Newport Beach millionaires Glen and Mindy Stearns won prize money they didn't need on TBS' recent The Real Gilligan's Island, the show's otherOrange Countian, Eric "Gumby" Anderson, was booted before he had a ch...

    by LURA JAQUES on January 13, 2005
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    Go Time - Ex-toll-road boss had one last project before he left: His own financial windfall

    It's common practice in the New Economy to reward executives who fail. Consider the $110,000 bonus to Wally Kreutzen, until recently the top bureaucrat at the financially troubled Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). Speaking in 1996 to the U.S...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2005
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