Twenty years ago, Luis J. Rodriguez wrote Always Running, the legendary memoir chronicling his transformation from cholo to Chicano activist. Now the author of fifteen books is looking to transform the state of California with a grassroots bid for the Governor's office--because if Norman Mailer coul ... More >>
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 >>
A criminal court case stemming from the infamous hyper-militarized police response to protests in Anaheim on July 29, 2012 ended earlier this month on October 4th with all charges dismissed. Richard Brown, who the Weekly reported as affiliated with Occupy LA, was present with other activists that da ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Nearly 60 employees at GPS Painting and Wallcovering in Santa Ana have kicked their trade union to the curb.It all began when the workers reasoned Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 served them poorly by losing work, health and vacation benefits.
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 >>
For the second time in four months, Governor Jerry Brown has determined that Paul Crowder should not be set free from the California prison holding the convicted killer of Berlyn Cosman, a Crescenta Valley High School basketball star who was shot to death in an Anaheim hotel room on her prom nig ... 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 >>
Despite its reputation as a right wing political stronghold, Orange County of recent times has been a hotbed of progressive activism. You name the subject--war, gay rights, Islamophobia, corporate power, racism, animal rights and the environment--and local liberals have consistently hit the stree ... 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.
The bane of Jerry Brown's first go-round as governor is back.It's a teeny-weeny, eensy-weensy fruit fly. Actually, it's two of them, found in Westminster earlier this month. They join two more trapped in the Anaheim-Yorba Linda area near the end of June and start of July.How can four fruit flies ... 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 >>
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 >>
Perhaps no city in Orange County is more notorious for its graffiti problem than SanTana. It made national headlines a couple of weeks ago when someone tagged two separate death threats against California Governor Jerry Brown on the same day. But most of its tags are of the ugly, pedestrian gang- ... More >>
Representatives from the California Highway Patrol and Santa Ana Police Department said today there have been no new developments in the case of the death threats against Governor Jerry Brown spray-painted on two walls in Santa Ana. (Brown's office directed all inquiries to the CHP, which is head ... More >>
For those who didn't want to see the Orange County Fairgrounds sold to Facilities Management West and potentially repurposed, it's a positive that the sale has been put off this long. The goal was to get through the Schwarzenegger administration, and it has. But incoming governor Jerry Brown, vie ... More >>
Update, December 22, 2:15 p.m.: The non-money grubbing side won in the matter of the OC Fairgrounds. Sort of. Yesterday the Fourth District Appellate Court agreed to hear the case, which will prevent the sale of the property until at least Jan. 10, 2011.Why is this a victory? By that time the new ... More >>
Poor Curt Pringle: Termed out as Anaheim's mayor, no longer in demand as a Howdy Doody impersonator and now this: A second state legal authority has found it is a conflict for him to serve on the boards of the Orange County Transportation Authority AND California High-Speed Rail Authority simulta ... 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 >>
Should we credit/blame Latino voters for Jerry Brown returning to the governor's office, Barbara Boxer remaining in the U.S. Senate and Democrats not only holding the nation's upper house but picking up a seat in the California Assembly? Latino advocacy groups think so.
While my home state of New York preps the Executive Mansion for Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, I'm wondering what his girlfriend, TV celebu-"cook" Sandra Lee has in store for America from her new bully pulpit?
KNBC/Channel 4 political reporter Conan Nolan is raising a very plausible notion: that Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger--likely miffed over negative portrayals of the Governator by Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman--"sandbagged" both candidates.And it all went down in Long Beach, where Shriver i ... More >>
Local news highlights include:Register against Loretta Sanchez but drags out marijuana stanceThe editorial staff of the OC Register has declared itself for congressional candidate Van Tran, a Republican; U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a Republican; and Whitman, yep, a Republican. "From our ... More >>
Meg Whitman, your Republican nominee for governor, tours Earth Friendly Products in Garden Grove at 10 this morning, before pausing to tell workers how she is going to create jobs.Great. But why share her cure with a bunch of people who already have jobs? Why not face the huddled masses yearning ... More >>
OC Dems party at the zooToday's local highlights include:Jerry Brown enjoys OC lovefest at zooDuring a Labor Day weekend party sponsored by local unions and inside the Santa Ana Zoo, attendees treated Jerry Brown, the state's current AG who wants to be governor again, like a rock star. Seema Meht ... More >>
Rizzo: I've been sodomized!Local news highlights include:Ex-Bell city manager says he is a rape victimIn case you haven't heard: Robert Rizzo, Bell's city manager who paid himself $1.5 million annually, was sexually assaulted. Yep, and Rizzo is naming names. The perpetrator? The LA Times, he says ... More >>
"With Prop 8 resoundingly rejected in federal court, there is no reason marriages can't resume now."Jerry Brown, who wants to be California's next governor (again) posted that on his Twitter page less than an hour ago.However, as the Golden State's current attorney general, he has done much more ... More >>
Yours for just $57 million!Today's news highlights include:Orange County's Real WonderlandJeff Overley reports that Newport Coast, billionaire Donald Bren's masterpiece bubble development, is "nearly finished" after 40 years. Overley calls the area "Pleasantville meets Bel Air," interviews conten ... More >>
Illustration by Jay BrockmanDianne Feinstein, our U.S. senator who is not up for reelection this November, joins Reps. Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Marin) and gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in coming out against Prop. 19, the marijuana legalization initiati ... More >>
"Then there was Loretta Sanchez, the colorful Orange County congresswoman. A nice person but not an especially serious idea." --Huffington Post's William Bradley yesterday in his column, "How Jerry Brown Cleared The Democratic Field for Governor of California." For several years, the Garden Gr ... More >>
Tom HarmanIn hopes of generating much-need campaign cash for his run to become California's next attorney general, Huntington Beach state Assemblyman Tom Harman made an "urgent plea" for contributions on Monday, according to an Internet-based news website.Chris Rizo of LegalNewsLine.com reports t ... More >>
Not OC news, but we are in California: San Fransisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the race to be governor.It now looks like Attorney General Jerry Brown--you know, the crusty guy who used to be governor--faces very little Democratic primary opposition. Meanwhile, the Republican nominatio ... More >>
Orange County isn't exactly "Brown Country," but ol' Governor Moonbeam himself, Jerry Brown, is coming here to speak about his 40-year political career and California's future.That could be helpful, seeing as how your state Attorney General--Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. is the full name, in case y ... More >>
AG Jerry Brown and his suede-denim secret police are coming after OC loan modification companies. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is cracking down on 133 Orange County-based home loan modifiers, reports Orange County Register "Mortgage Insider" Matthew Padilla. Anyone who read Clockwork' ... More >>
Courtesy of Jerry Brown 2010Buddy comedy stars Sean Penn and Jerry Brown.With the Golden State crumbling around the feet of the Democratic Party and an ineffective, GOP-loathed Republican governor, billionaires Meg Whitman (of CEO of eBay fame) and Steve Poizner (of state insurance commissioner and ... More >>
If it is even possible, there will be a greater concentration of gay and lesbian people in San Francisco on March 5, when the California Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the challenge of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. On the flipside, the day could also see a huge spike in intol ... More >>
Remember how congenial the OC GOP gathering at the Hyatt Regency Irvine seemed a few minutes ago? Fuck that shit. Election-loss testiness reared its ugly head at 10:20 p.m., our R. Scott Moxley reports from the scene. As the giant TV screen showing CNN flashed pictures of presumed California winn ... More >>
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Interesting June 6 election endorsements from the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO), a political action committee aimed at mainstream (change to:) Democrat Party hacky gay lesbians Democrats: GOVERNOR Steve Westley (D) - endorsed Phil Angelides (D) - acceptable Arnold Schwarzenegg ... More >>
Do not continue reading if, like millions who clamor for the latest Multihousing Professional magazine, you do not want to know what's in the March/April 2006 issue. The cover boy is former California Governor/current Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, whose face is fuzzed out enough to make you wonder if h ... More >>
This weeks featured NFL game: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders
And hey! Why not free Ireland while youre at it?
And let me perform reparative therapy on the drag queens!