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    Why The Toll Road Is Dead

    The Foothill-South (241) toll road extension, as we know it, is dead. Bold claim, you say? Presumptuous, maybe? Not so. Recently, mi hermano Gustavo Arellano pinpointed the root cause of the Transportation Corridor Agencies' failure to gain Coasta...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 10, 2008 @ 9:16 pm
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    Santa Ana Councilmembers: Mensches and Mensos

    Over the weekend, the Orange County Register reported that SanTana City bureaucrats have put their much-vaunted Renaissance Plan on hold after public outcry over its Big Hermano approach to redevelopment. But that's not the biggest news: reporter Dou...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 10, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
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    LYT's Film Pick of the Weekend 2-8-08

    IN BRUGES I'm slightly bummed. A new Colin Farrell action-comedy opened today, but not at The Block, so no midnight screening was to be had. Guess I'll have to find some other time that works, when the kiddies (mostly) won't be out in force. Anyway...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 8, 2008 @ 6:01 pm
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    Sam Zell: He's as American as liking pussy

    Sniff, Sniff, ohh America, you smell like lilacs and tenderness. Billionaire private equity mogul and, since last year, chairman and chief executive of Los Angeles Times parent company Tribune Co. is an unabashed patriot. He loves America, mmm ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on February 8, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
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    One more nail in the Carona coffin

    The Associated Press reports that the Feds filed a partial transcript in court today with snippets of a wiretapped conversation between former OC Sheriff Mike Carona former assistant sheriff Don Haidl: In the partial transcript, Haidl and Carona di...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on February 8, 2008 @ 3:37 pm
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    OC Post Marries in Private Ceremony

    Weekly reader Suzanne Broughton recently penned a response to the death knell of the OC Post (a.k.a. its marriage to the Irvine World News) and was nice enough to let us republish it. See more of Broughton's work on her blog, Emphasis Mine. The big...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on February 8, 2008 @ 2:46 pm
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    The Real Reason Why 241 Toll Road Plan Failed!

    Full disclosure: I'm not too informed on the 241 Toll Road. I don't see how extending it to San Onofre will reduce traffic on the 5 Freeway. I don't surf so don't particularly care if the legendary waves of Trestles disappeared. I do know that the Tr...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 8, 2008 @ 12:16 pm
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    Accused Mater Dei Statutory Rapist Loses Again

    It hasn't been a good couple of months for Larry Stukenholtz, a former Mater Dei High choir director whom the school canned in the late 1990s for carrying on a relationship with a student. In October, his victim was part of a $6.685 million settleme...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 7, 2008 @ 6:59 pm
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    Third Party results from Tuesday

    Just in case there are any others out there... As expected, Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney were the overwhelming #1 and #2 choices. Both candidates also appeared on ballots for the Peace & Freedom Party, and came out #1 and #2 there as well. West ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 7, 2008 @ 4:24 pm
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    Bonus Bobcat Goldthwait

    When you interview a comedian, there are nearly always more good lines than can fit in an article. So go check out my interview with Bobcat Goldthwait first; then come back here and check out the extra stuff that didn't quite fit. Bobcat likes OC "I...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 7, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
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    Romney Drops Out, Cites Rick Warren Badly; Baby Hewie Cries

    In Mitt Romney's rambling, scary speech announcing he's dropping out of the Republican presidential campaign, the flip-flopper uttered this curious line: Americans love God, and those who don't have faith, typically believe in something greater than...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 7, 2008 @ 11:38 am
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    Wake Up and Suck the Orange 2.7.08

    DEAD END FOR TOLL ROAD: LA Times, OC Register - The California Coastal Commission voted 8-2 to deny the Transportation Corridor Agencies a coastal development permit for their Foothill-South (241). The Register says over 2,000 people showed up; the T...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 7, 2008 @ 5:45 am
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    To Do Tonight - 02/07

    LES BALLETS TROCKADERO, 8 p.m. If ballet isn't your thing, maybe in drag it will be. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT, 8:30 p.m. It's Mr. Floppy! Silly rabbit, Goldthwaith is for big kids. Brea Impr...

    @ Navel Gazing by Steph Caballero on February 7, 2008 @ 3:31 am
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    Coastal Commission Denies 241 Permit

    The California Coastal Commission voted at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday night to deny a coastal permit to the Transportation Corridor Agencies. It will now be much more difficult for the TCA to construct the Foothill-South (241) toll road extension. The vo...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 7, 2008 @ 12:21 am
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    Public Comment on the Toll Road - NOW!

    Visit Cal-SPAN by CLICKING HERE to watch the public comment section of the Coastal Commission hearing on the Foothill-South (241) toll road extension. More on this tomorrow. The CAL-SPAN network, predominately produced by AGP Video, Inc., is an I...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 6, 2008 @ 7:52 pm
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    Baby Hewie Reveals Himself as a Party Hack (Big Surpise Edition)

    Throughout his radio show yesterday, Hugh Hewitt kept emphasizing that true conservatives despised John McCain, that true conservatives must vote for Mitt Romney. He repeatedly cited the examples of Rush Limbaugh and James Dobson, who insisted they'd...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 6, 2008 @ 9:36 am
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    Election Night photos

    Photographer Jack Gould hung out at Pangea with the Dems last night, then visited Obama headquarters and this parking lot in Westminster near Assemblyman Van Tran's event (which he couldn't find). Check his photos out over here.

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on February 6, 2008 @ 9:17 am
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    The Stupidest Voters in Orange County...

    ...live in SanTana. Measure D, the ballot measure funded by developers which claimed it would weaken their own grip on City Hall, passed by a 54-46 margin last night. No excuses, SanTaneros: the lot of your are pendejos* who don't mind living under ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 6, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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    OC Vote: Final count

    Well, the votes from all 2076 precincts have been tallied. No huge surprises, but here are the final numbers in the presidential race: Democrats: Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Vote Count: 141,668 Vote Count: 96,967 55.4% 37.9% Republi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on February 6, 2008 @ 8:19 am
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    Firecrackers, Rats and Some GOP guy's Mansion

    On a cool evening in the heart of Little Saigon loud firecrackers periodically exploded as Vietnamese Americans celebrated the coming of Tet (Vietnamese New Year) and something that should comfort Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle: the launching of the Year...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on February 6, 2008 @ 2:58 am
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