Gene Maddus at our sister paper LA Weekly had this funny headline over a blog post Thursday: "Republicans Abel Maldonado and Tim Donnelly in Fierce Contest for Right to Lose to Jerry Brown." It's not a bad call considering the Field Poll that just came out that shows the governor with the support of ... More >>
*See end of post for an update on the state of Ammiano's proposed legislation. Original Post, Sept. 12, 11:29 a.m.: Last week, the Obama Administration announced it had no right to interfere in states with well-regulated medical or recreational pot industries, leaving the door open for Colorado and ... More >>
Jean Pasco of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Office is not sure when same-sex marriages will be allowed again, reportedly saying it could be days or weeks from now.But Chapman University law professor John Eastman, a marriage equality opponent active with the National Organization for Marriage, ... More >>
A joint resolution to honor California beaches and protect access to them as well as their fire rings was adopted today by the California Legislature with unanimous consent.Assembly Concurrent Resolution 52 by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) does not go to the governor for a signature ... More >>
Scroll down to the end of this post for an update on Ronnie Chang's case in the wake of Mayor Bob Filner's press conference Monday. Original Post, May 21, 1:30 p.m.: In the midst of a major crackdown on California's medical marijuana movement, where most city officials are either working with the f ... More >>
The Trust Act made its way once more through the California Assembly yesterday by a final vote of 44-22. The legislation was vetoed late last year when it reached the desk of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. Supporters say the bill authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will limit deportations fueled b ... More >>
The American public must be let in on what's going on behind closed doors regarding the federal government's attempts to preserve the full force of its controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, a UC Irvine law professor argues."There's a public right to know about issues surr ... More >>
The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California
With a midnight deadline looming, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the Trust Act yesterday calling it "fatally flawed" while singing into law legislation on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants who obtain work permits under President Obama's deferred action policy. The National Day Laborer Organ ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend signed a bill championed by the LGBT community that make California the first state to outlaw therapy to "pray the gay away." "We're grateful to Governor Brown for standing with California's children," reads a statement from Chad Griffin, president of the Human ... More >>
Gavin Newsom--the onetime San Francisco mayor, current California lieutenant governor and possible future governor or U.S. senator--is scheduled to give the keynote speech tonight at the 18th Annual Truman Awards Dinner in Anaheim for the Democratic Party of Orange County.Newsom follows Barney ... More >>
Jose Ucelo Gonzalez sought an honest day's work and compensation as many do outside the Home Depot on Brookhurst Street and Crescent Avenue in Anaheim back in March. The day laborer was hired by Michael Tebb, an Anaheim employer who used "Nick" as an alias, for a job in Garden Grove that unfortunate ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And your last reminder to buy 'Taco USA' before Gustavo gets deported!
Governor Jerry Brown named Juan Felipe Rivera, UC Riverside poetry professor of Chair of Creative Writing, as California Poet Laureate on Wednesday, but he's just getting to know the wordsmith. The appointment is a first ever for a Latino in the state and the poet's writings articulate the life e ... More >>
Supporters of a state initiative to repeal the California Dream Act Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last year announced today they failed to obtain the 500,000 signatures required to get a proposition on the ballot. See what happens when you have your Mexican gardener's wife distribute petit ... More >>
Governor and Norcal Democrat Jerry Brown and Assemblyman and OC Republican Chris Norby don't agree on much, but they do see graying eyebrow to graying eyebrow on abolishing local redevelopment agencies to help close the state budget gap. Today, they and other RDA opponents scored a victory when t ... More >>
Pay to playGov. Jerry Brown's trip to Orange County last month for a speech to Democrats nabbed $30,000 mostly from local organized labor unions, according to a report this week in the Sacramento Bee.Among those contributing were the Orange County Employees Association, which organized "a small, ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required skiers and snowboarders under 18 to wear protective helmets.State Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and child psychologist, authored SB 105, which had received bi-partisan support in the state legislature.
SolorioA proposed law authored by one Orange County assemblyman is being called a big favor for big labor, while legislation from another has powerful California business interests lined up against it.The legislators are Democrats and California Latino Legislative Caucus leaders Jose Solorio of S ... More >>
Goodwin LiuToday, Gov. Jerry Brown nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Shortly after, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, whose district includes Buena Park, issued a statement about the pick. In it, he congratulates Liu, yada yada, and then tak ... More >>
For Garden Grove city officials, who've been trying for years to transform their benighted Harbor Blvd. corridor into a world class resort destination, the good news is that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state budget last week. If it had passed, the budget would have killed local redevelopment agen ... More >>
On Aug. 31, 1990, state Assemblymen Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach) and Steve Peace (D-Rancho San Diego) famously got into a shouting match that got physical in a Capitol corridor in Sacramento, where some witnesses claim not-so-peaceful Peace slapped the retired Marine.Must be something about the ... More >>
In breaking news, Assemblyman Jose Solorio's bill (AB 35) passed the Appropriations Committee--with a vote of 10-2--which allows for a revenue-sharing option if Governor Jerry Brown decides not to honor the $100 million bid by Facilities Management West for the Orange County Fairgrounds.That's but a ... More >>
It's a little confusing, but no less a victory for illegal immigrant college students. While the national DREAM Act, an immigration bill aimed at providing a path to citizenship for young people, died in the U.S. Senate--and possibly forever--last year, the California DREAM Act is very much alive ... More >>
The huge swath of public land is in play. But is the whole thing rigged?
With union-backed Democrats holding the governor's office and both houses of the California Legislature, it's unlikely collective bargaining for public employees will be torpedoed or pension-ending reform will be enacted.But, God bless 'em, three Orange County Republicans are going to try to acco ... More >>
Presumably non-gay State Sen. Tom HarmanThe California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to analyze whether Proposition 8 proponents have standing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in the Golden State--a legal detour that could delay an appellate decision o ... More >>
The Orange County Register's longtime columnist and senior editor Steven Greenhut left the Santa Ana daily in 2009 to open a Sacramento news bureau for the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market, individual liberty think tank based in San Francisco. But it's obvious he misses Orange County, o ... More >>
The annual, superstar-studded women's conference that brought speakers like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, Sarah McLachlan and Suze Orman to Long Beach, along with major tourism dollars, will not be back to the city this year. It is uncerta ... More >>
State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has introduced a bill that would help cut into California's budget deficit by installing an online poker system that aims to generate $1 billion in state revenues and 1,100 new jobs over the next 10 years.Vegas gives it 3-5 odds to pass--or at least Vegas d ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyIt's technically San Diego County, but OC treats San Onofre like its ownJerry Brown hasn't held the governor title for long, but he's already worthy of our unsupportive scowl. Reasoning? Part of his current suggestions for budget cuts milk state parks for $11 million thro ... More >>
Van Tran There's no doubt that three months before the November election polling showed Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez might be in danger of losing to Little Saigon state Assemblyman Van Tran.To thwart Tran's potential rise, Sanchez--already known as a tireless campaigner--doubled he ... More >>
Chuck DeVore, who is leaving his Irvine-based state Assembly seat for private life after losing the U.S. Senate GOP primary to eventual general election loser Carly Fiorina, posted this on his Facebook page Oct. 4:"If we are to win and provide an opportunity to enact our ideas, we need to vote fo ... More >>
Updated throughout the day, with the freshest post on top. Click after the jump for vignettes on Barbara Coe, Loretta Sanchez, Meg Whitman, and Borat!Midnight. Drink of choice: Alka-Seltzer...my pockets hurt. Loretta Sanchez has pulled away by thousands of votes, but we'll wait until the official ... More >>
The state is moving forward with plans to the sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to Facilities Management West, a Newport Beach-based company formed solely to operate the 150-acre property, for $100 million, officials disclosed today.To say the sale, which is aimed at easing California's budget w ... More >>
A different sleeping robotVan Tran must be feeling sore under his chin after Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez slugged him again today with another hostile mailbox piece that capitalizes on the unfortunate picture of a closed-eyed Tran apparently sleeping at his state assembly desk."California's econ ... More >>
UPDATE: New details throughout . . . Billionaire Meg Whitman exploited a Latina housekeeper the GOP nominee for California governor knew was in the country illegally, alleged celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred this morning, setting off an array of charges and counter-charges.
When it comes to the Orange County Fairgrounds, state Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) is "now recommending to the Governor that he consider dropping the sale altogether," according to a statement released by his office.Solorio had been working to get legislation passed in the Legislature ... More >>
Is Sacramento ready for Loretta?Never underestimate Loretta Sanchez.Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that the veteran Orange County congresswoman opened a bank account for a 2014 campaign to become California's governor.But is Sanchez, OC's lone congressional Democrat, serious about a race ... More >>
We told you here that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off on selling the Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa but that the California Legislature's Latino caucus was still threatening to block the deal because of the city's stance on illegal immigrants. Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa ... More >>
Goodbye guv"He calls himself the green governor and I would agree with that. He's molding."--Irvine insurance broker Ira Forkish in today's Washington Post article, "Arnold Schwarzenegger on the outs in California's Republican Party." Among other points, Sandhya Somashekhar's story notes that Sch ... More >>
Stung by a failed auction in January, the Schwarzenegger administration announced Wednesday it has signed off on the deal to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa for $96 million.However, standing in the way of final approval is the state Legislature, which includes Latino members who ... More >>
11:15 p.m.: Don't be surprised if KOCE is accused of turning over its election coverage to that rare Orange County bird known as the "Democrat." The "live, election night edition of Real Orange" came from the Artists Village in Santa Ana, OC's version of Havana. Their election expert was the Voic ... More >>
screenrant.comBarbarian Tax Man"We find all of the state's arguments unpersuasive."--From the Ninth Circuit's ruling this week that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's made strong-arm efforts to force the Rincon San Luiseno Band of Mission Indians to accept an illegal tax on tribal gambling ... More >>
Kenn MinterIn November 2008, the Weekly presented "The Reformer: Longtime OC GOP legislator Ross Johnson finds new life as a campaign-finance watchdog in Sacramento."Well, The Reformer is hanging up his cape.
R. Scott MoxleyNote the lower left corner of the OCGOP websiteEarth to Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh.
Compassionate use conservatismThe California Republican Party has made it official: no on legalization of the devil's weed.
Lawsuit alleges top Schwarzenegger donor sexually harassed woman in OC