Speaker of the Palestinian parliament Aziz Duwaik, whose secret meeting with UC Irvine students and faculty visiting Israel in 2009 raised cackles in some corners, was ordered to be held without trial for six months, his lawyer said today. The senior Hamas official, whose name is alternately s ... More >>
Ron Paul's former aide Eric Dondero blogged over the holiday weekend that his former boss was anti-Israel, isolationist on foreign policy, uncomfortable around homosexuals and out of touch with black and Hispanic cultures. Naturally, that kicked up a shitstorm as Paul continues to poll well in ea ... More >>
Nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the U.S. have lived in this country for at least 10 years and nearly half--4.7 million--are parents of minor children, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center study. "Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of ... More >>
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) just voted to do something that I thought was already set in stone in American newsrooms (drop use of the term "illegal alien"), but the organization also forbid a term I'd figured was the P.C. alternative ("illegal immigrant").Based on a recommendati ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 8, 9:56 A.M.: As Dick Cheney was lauding his profound role in Bush administration wars on terror, the Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution before a polite Nixon Library crowd Wednesday evening, he was "arrested."Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans rose from her chair in the East ... More >>
Scenes from the civic dissolution of America's latest public-employee battleground
UPDATE, AUG. 17, 11:17 A.M.: It's become so routine it's lost its news value: The District Attorney's office announces it's sending a rep before the latest of the 7,000 city councils in Orange County considering a ban on sex offenders in local parks modeled after the county law co-written by DA T ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... 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 >>
Craving some authentic Mexican tuna ceviche? Well, next time you order it, the fish might actually be from Mexico.Reuters reports that the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO) has made an important decision in a decades-long battle between the U.S. and Mexico over tuna imports. The trade o ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 8, 5:25 P.M.: Syrian freedom activists say that when they protested at UC Irvine the morning of June 9, a campus official promised a future meeting with an associate chancellor to discuss what they consider a troubling relationship between Syria's brutal regime and Dr. Hazem Chehabi, ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 22, 10:09 A.M.: While expressing some concern the county pervs-in-parks ban is too broad, the San Juan Capistrano City Council did decide Tuesday night to bring a local ordinance back for a vote July 5.Among the options the city with huge swaths of open space will explore are applyin ... 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 >>
UPDATE, JUNE 9, 4:31 P.M.: This morning's rally at UC Irvine targeting Dr. Hazem H. Chehabi--the UCI Foundation's president-elect, Syria's honorary consul general in Newport Beach and a prominent Orange County philanthropist and nuclear medicine specialist--went "smooth," according to an organize ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times, and just about every other newspaper that covers world news, is reporting today that the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an influential think-tank made up of world leaders, has just issued a report calling the war on drugs "a costly failure" and calling on the United Stat ... More >>
Erin RunnionUPDATE, MAY 27, 3:40 P.M.: An Orange County supervisor, the district attorney and perhaps the most famous mother of a local crime victim today applauded Westminster officially enacting a ban on registered sex offenders from city parks.Cheers from Supervisor Shawn Nelson and District A ... More >>
Yesterday, lawyers for the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) filed a complaint in Orange County Superior Court, asking a judge to stop Costa Mesa's city council from firing 100 city employees. The complaint, which names Thomas Hatch, the city's chief executive officer, as a defendant, al ... More >>
Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) today introduced what her office is hailing as "groundbreaking" legislation: the Women's Fair and Equal Right to Military Service Act, which would allow qualified female soldiers in the U.S. military to fight in combat.The ranking female member on ... More >>
Irvine council members Sukhee Kang, Beth Krom and Larry AgranUPDATE, MAY 11, 9:54 A.M.: The proposal to ban sex offenders from Irvine city parks did not wow all council members Tuesday night. Mayor Sukhee Kang, Councilman Steven Choi and the councilman who brought the matter before the panel, Jef ... 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 >>
Hussam Ayloush, CAIR-LA executive directorThe Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Greater Los Angeles area office in Anaheim issued a statement today welcoming the news that Osama bin Laden, "a threat to America and the world," has been "eliminated." The statement came on the heels of ... More >>
Taxes must be suffering from battered women's syndrome about now. We're all like, "Aw come on, baby. You know I loves ya," Then--BAM!--corporations and rich people rap taxes upside the head, saying they ain't returning to Clinton-era levels. Then we get all lovey-dovey again and--WHAM!--House Rep ... More >>
If you don't like the ruling, turn your screen upside down.A federal appeals court today upheld a lower court decision that blocked the most contested provisions of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law from taking effect. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Will he live up to the title of Know Nothing?
The huge swath of public land is in play. But is the whole thing rigged?
The figures from the 2010 Census that are freaking the Know Nothings out is news that the gabacho population shrank in size in Orange County, while wabs increased (as always) and Asians increased even more as a percentage. But the only figure that truly interested me was the number of people iden ... More >>
Is Rep. Barney Frank becoming like your grandpa who keeps repeating the same story, over and over?The Massachusetts Democrat elicited some laughs and headlines last week for comparing the largest country on the planet to La Habra's world-famous mother of 14, Nadya Suleman.But, while getting the l ... More >>
It's unclear why this wasn't proposed a few weeks ago, but the Irvine City Council tonight will consider proclaiming Feb. 6 "Ronald Reagan Day," in honor of 40th president's birthday.The proclamation is not being foisted on the panel that leans Democratic because Reagan was once a member of the p ... More >>
This morning, an independent ethics office recommended the further investigation of Representative John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) and two other congressmen for possible wrongdoing because they raised funds from financial lobbyists around the time in December 2009 the House voted on a sweeping ov ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Are Republican insiders mad enough at Baugh to vote in an outsider to replace him?
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
R. Scott Moxley told you in October about Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) having inserted himself in the violent 2009 coup that toppled the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. Was Dana Rohrabacher Playing Kingmaker in Central America?To refresh your memory, th ... More >>
It's mine!When Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an anti-gay/pro-straight marriage proponent with the San Diego-based Ruth Institute made her way into a recent Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Prop 8, she wore a rainbow-colored scarf around her neck.No, Morse was not switch-hitting. She wa ... More >>
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was dissed by Russell Pearce over Arizona's Prop. 200 dismissal
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
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 >>
1:28 p.m.: Orange County agreed with state voters on most ballot initiatives, although more of us did want to keep choking on polluted air until the unemployment rate drops and most like the state budget approval process to remain fucked-up, thank you very much (probably because many are philosop ... More >>
An election monitor has been appointed for the People's Republic of Orange County. No, Jimmy Carter isn't coming Tuesday. Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Mitchell, as he has done before, will serve as the District Election Officer for the Central District of California, which includ ... More >>
A letter to the Wall Street Journal by a Newport Beach real estate executive who believes it would be unfair if the Bush tax cuts were not extended for those who make over $250,000-a-year certainly set off McSweeney's writer Edward Murray. "The Poor Top 2 Percent" on the Huffington Post is Murray ... More >>
Remember Craig Monteilh? The convicted con artist and OC Weekly cover story subject who claims he helped the FBI foil an OC terrorist cell operating inside local mosques only to be abandoned by the agency after they stopped believing his stories? The guy who claimed he was a hero for helping the ... More >>
A corruption probe resulted in the arrest of a city official in Huntington Beach this morning. Hell, that's not news, that's just another day in Surf City, you're probably saying to yourself. (Ah, ex-mayors Garofalo and Houchen, how we miss you so!) However, this time the busted city official ... More >>
Martinez: Once an outsider, now proudly a vendidaTwo bizarre press releases sent late Friday to every reporter in Orange County that covers SanTana (except Moxley--interesting...) told the same story: that councilmembers Sal Tinajero and Michelle Martinez were taking action to retake a City Counc ... More >>
Pot filled two South County city council chambers Tuesday night.That is, separate issues from modern life in the cannabis age were taken up by the city leaders in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.
UPDATE: As expected, the Irvine City Council approved its fuck-off response to an Orange County Grand Jury report critical of Great Park financing (see end of post) . . .The Orange County Register's Sean Emery gets great quote from Irvine City Councilwoman Christina Shea, who was reacting to the ... More >>
UPDATE: More details on tonight's celebratory rally (see end of post) . . .In a landmark case, Proposition 8, the 2008 California voter initiative that outlawed gay marriage, was overturned. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco ruled that the voter initiative is unconstitution ... More >>
California Coalition for Immigration reform head Barbara Coe frequently whines about Mexicans harassing her disgusting minions, so much to the point that her group used to offer self-defense classes a couple of years ago. You'd expect such a supposed, vulnerable victim to not wish their pain on a ... More >>
Hot air keeps it afloat.A new grand jury report: questions whether the Irvine Redevelopment Agency created to usher in development of the Orange County Great Park can fully repay its initial $134 million loan from the city; faults the city of ignoring the poor business climate while churning ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Why U.S. immigration laws are still better than Mexico's