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    When the Levee Broke - How a boy reporter stopped a flood with a letter

    Photo by Keith MayIt's still known as the Fletcher Flood Control Basin, this 5-acre plot of dirt on a bend in the Santa Ana River in the city of Orange. During the past five years, however, the so-called "basin" has been filled with so much dirt and...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 15, 2000
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    'Is it Hot in Here?' - HB mayor bails on aggressive public questioning at City Hall

    Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo, a center-stage type of guy, typically presides over City Council meetings as though they're his very own game show. But when Garofalo saw elderly constituent Eileen Murphy gingerly approach the podium to begin t...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 15, 2000
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    Too Nice to Minorities? - Critics charge Reg has abandoned whitey

    The Orange County Register Ha's successful look at a journalistically neglected community is a reporting success that should be unconditionally celebrated. But not everyone was impressed. Instead, the account of Ha's resourceful digging touched a ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 15, 2000
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    Other Questions for Dr. Laura

    In a radioscape dominated by the really moronic, talk jock Dr. Laura Schlesinger may be stand-out stupid. And we wouldn't ordinarily care, since looking for intelligent conversation on the radio is, in itself, evidence that you're stupid. And we're ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 15, 2000
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    Letters

    Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All correspond...

    on June 15, 2000
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    A Clockwork Orange

    SAY AGAIN? A state appeals court--in a ruling published on May 25--upheld the right of Leisure World homeowners associations to spend money to fight Orange County's plans for a commercial airport at El Toro. Airport czar/Newport Beach developer Geor...

    by Matt Coker on June 15, 2000
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    One Year, Two Summers - Real life in Southern California

    In the summer of 1970, Washington, D.C., turned ugly. Ugly not because of the war in Vietnam, or political scandal, or urban riots. Ugly because it was hot--101 degrees perspiration-gathering-on-the-tip-of-your-nose and in-the-small-of-your-back hot...

    by NATHAN CALLAHAN on June 8, 2000
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    Run for the Border

    May 13. A 31-year-old Ditech employee summoned police to his cubicle at 3200 Park Center Dr., Costa Mesa, to investigate the theft of $7,800 and a ticket for a Mexican cruise. The story began at noon four days earlier when the victim received an env...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 8, 2000
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    Thank You, Teacher

    Illustration by Bob AulYou relentlessly pursued me until I succumbed to your advances. My weakness cost me my wife, my children, 70 percent of my income and most of my earthly possessions. Living on the other 30 percent, you pumped me dry until you ...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 8, 2000
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    Runaway Runways - El Toro Airport Watch No. 141

    El Toro Airport planning is such a damned mess that you might reasonably expect jumpers to appear at the upper windows of the County Hall of Administration. Instead, what you hear falling with a feculent thud are the myriad proposals for a new and i...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 8, 2000
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    Scrubbing Bubbles

    Illustration by Bob AulLike Mexico City bellhops, Southern California Water Co. officials on May 22 warned residents of at least 700 homes in Stanton and Cypress: "don't drink the water." Firefighters accidentally released foam retardant into the tw...

    by Matt Coker on June 8, 2000
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    Show of Farce - Despite trashing books, Vietnamese literature is readily available in Little Saigon

    Photo by Johan VogelWith great fanfare, Kevin Khoa Nguyen on April 29 tried to pull off a Little Saigon boycott of "all propaganda materials" from Vietnam. In his designer sunglasses and white turtleneck, the lanky, 26-year-old USC graduate stood on...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on June 8, 2000
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    The Garofalo Blackout - Why hasn't the Times picked up its own reporters' stories on HB scandal?

    During the past nine months, a serious corruption scandal has been playing out near the shores of Surf City. Detailed allegations of conflicts of interest, cronyism, secret financial transactions and highly questionable deals between businessmen and...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 8, 2000
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    In Search of... Skatejam2000

    IN SEARCH OF . . . SKATEJAM2000 Ryan the planner/publicist has been answering your questions about SkateJam2000--alloneword--for barely five minutes before he begins to dwindle into the kind of halfhearted responses that unmistakably suggest he'd l...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 8, 2000
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    Not the Good Soldier - Ex-OC politico wants to sell you lorettasanchez.com

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWould you pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of owning loretta sanchez.com? Dallas resident Chris Chapman seems to think someone will. The native Texan, who used to work for Assemblyman Jim Morrissey (R-Santa Ana), has re...

    by WYN HILTY on June 8, 2000
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    Welcome to the Monkey Pit - Pulled out fo gloom on pulleys of Chris Gaffney's invention

    Perhaps you think that it is all gaiety and horseplay here at Washburn Central, that it is only because life is one big lark to me that I am so able to heap humorous shitloads of disdain upon the unworthy. It is an easy thing to triumph in the summe...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 8, 2000
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    Now Open for Business - Because of a flawed deed, the countys Talbert nature preserve is available for development

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBy the time you read this, the county's Harbors, Beaches and Parks (HBP) Commission will have met on June 1 to draft a response to the Weekly's recent revelation that one-third of the county's 27,000 acres of parkland lack any de...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 8, 2000
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    Heal the SUV - Ford's partnership with Heal the Bay not as weird as it sounds

    There were no huge Ford Motors banners flapping at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro when Heal the Bay issued its 10th annual "Beach Report Card" on May 24. Indeed, in the glare from sun on sand, you had to squint to see the only sign of the nation's No. ...

    by Matt Coker on June 8, 2000
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    What the Hell Happened? - Inside the collapse of the Mossimo empire

    If you and your dirtbag friends could have scraped together a couple of hundred bucks last week, you could have owned Mossimo Inc. Well, not owned, perhaps, but at 50 cents per share--15 cents less than an Almond Joy at your local AM/PM minimart--yo...

    by Steve Lowery on June 8, 2000
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    Letters

    Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All correspond...

    on June 8, 2000
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