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    May 10, 2013

    Orange County Register Wildfire Coverage Has a Huge Hole in It: Media Watchdog

    Orange County fire officials recently held a press conference to go over their strategies and, more importantly, warn the public about an ever-earlier fire season. The Orange County Register covered this, as it did Southern California's recent wildfires, but a media watchdog saw a huge hole in the c ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Dan Walters, Dean of State Political Reporters, v. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI Law School

    The dean of California political reporters, Dan Walters, didn't like the idea of UC Irvine opening a law school six years ago and, in his syndicated column Monday, expressed vindication for that view thanks to a Los Angeles Times story that reports several law school graduates can't find jobs while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Bill Lockyer and Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer, California Democratic Power Couple, Split Up

    State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer, formerly an Alameda County supervisor, Santa Ana Unified School District trustee and rising star in the California Democratic Party.The veteran 71-year-old politician cited "irreconcilable differen ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    [UPDATED with State Senator's Rewrite:] Tom Harman Thinks Like a Democrat on California's Bullet Train

    UPDATE, MAY 22, 10:23 A.M.: State Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) has contacted yours truly with proof that the veteran Orange County politician can take a place in the long line of folks who just don't share my sense of humor. This is evident in his emailed rewrite of the jokey headline to ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Sacramento v. Anaheim Battle for NBA's Kings Becomes a Paper War

    Some believe the split between Sacramento leaders and the owners of the NBA's Kings happened in March, when attorneys for the Maloof brothers filed a massive request under the Public Records Act for communications between the city and 53 other parties.Now, a former Sacramento city councilman is givi ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Maloof Brothers Again Play Anaheim Card in Talks to Keep NBA's Kings in Sacramento

    ​Once again holding Anaheim up as their pawn, the Maloof brothers reportedly say they are not convinced the city of Sacramento can build a new arena for their NBA Kings by a 2015 deadline and that the Honda Center is still in play.This deja vu moment is even more deja vu-ier: the NBA is coming to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Poets and Politicians: Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Governor Jerry Brown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Gov. Jerry Brown Funded By OC Unions For 2014; Loretta Sanchez Nabs Dentist Support

    Pay to play​Gov. 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    [UPDATED with Ruling:] A Ban on a Circumcision Ban in California?

    UPDATE, JULY 28, 4:04 P.M.: ​Snip away. A Superior Court judge has ruled that the measure to criminalize circumcision in San Francisco violates both the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom, and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures solely a state matter, not a fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    [UPDATED with Team Staying Put a Year:] Sacramento Kings in Serious Talks to Move to Anaheim

    ​UPDATE, MAY 2, 1:10 P.M.: We just had a royal wedding. Now comes a Royals funeral.After months of negotiations, seemingly done deals and obviously un-done deals, the NBA's Kings are staying in Sacramento at least one more season, dashing hopes of regular season home games by the renamed Anaheim R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Lou Correa, The Inquisitor?

    Grrrrrrr!​There are probably several descriptions you could give Orange County state Senator Lou Correa, but who knew one would be watchdog?According to a Sacramento Bee article today, at a Tuesday hearing, Correa (D-Anaheim) grilled California National Guard officials about lingering and widespr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    [UPDATED] Sacramento Kings in Serious Talks to Move to Anaheim: NBA Commissioner

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 25, 3:39 P.M.: Although Phil Jackson is the only one to go public with his opposition to the Sacramento Kings moving to Anaheim (scroll down to last post), there has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers franchise working behind the scenes to stop a SoCal relocation to prot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. ​1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Governor Loretta Sanchez?

    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 >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Today on the High-Speed Rail Seesaw...

    ​Are the current plans for a $40-billion high-speed train meant to connect Fresno and San Francisco with Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego brilliant or reckless? Everytime you start to form an opinion, something comes the other way down the tracks. Take, for example, the past 24 hours:

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    July 7, 2010

    Lou Correa Refuses His State Senate Per Diem

    ​State Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is not accepting his $142-per-day subsidies for living expenses (called per diem), retroactive to July 1, when this session's budget impasse began.Correa joins three other legislators refusing their per diem, while a fifth has vowed to donate to a nonprofit fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    State Bill Would Knock Possession of Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana to an Infraction

    ​While all eyes, red and otherwise, are on November's vote on marijuana legalization in California, the state Senate narrowly voted this week to reclassify possession of less than an ounce of weed as an infraction with a penalty of $100 rather than its current status as a misdemeanor with the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    The Solution to Online Media's Advertising Revenue Conundrum

    ​So, I'm a couple paragraphs into this Dan Walters' column on a coalition of education groups filing suit in Alameda County to declare California's public school system unconstitutional when my laptop screen goes dark.I thought I accidentally pulled the plug out of the outlet. Again.Nope, for a sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Governor Candidates, Humboldt County Pot Growers Agree: No on Legalization!

    Jerry Brown: "I've already indicated that that's not a provision I am likely to support."​The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 was certified for November's ballot this week after backers turned in signatures from hundreds of thousands of California voters, but the three top candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    As Snow Falls, Legislation Rises

    ​Three to 6 inches of new snow are expected in the next few hours to start falling in the local mountains--including Big Bear, where 5 feet of white stuff dumped during the last round of storms. Mammoth Mountain got 7 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 to add to its 8- to 12-feet base of packed p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Statewide Trans Fat Ban Starts Friday

    ​Beginning New Years Day, California will be the first state to ban trans fat from restaurants.  The measure was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2008, but according to the Sacramento Bee, there was a one-year adjustment period. However, bakeries don't need to comply until January of 201 ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    State Crushing Beverage Recycling Program?

    ​You know things are bad in Sacramento when the programs making California money are on the verge of collapse.Take the state's state-of-the-art beverage container recycling program, which could be getting crushed like a used soda can.

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    June 22, 2009

    Mimi Walters Neglects to Tell Full Story on School Funds

    Mimi Walters writes off $7.9 billion.State Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) spouts off in today's Sacramento Bee about a Democratic proposal to commit $7.9 billion to schools--even though California voters last month shot down Prop. 1B, which would have sent educators that exact same amount. &nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    From Scrooge McDuck to Ebenezer Scrooge for Chuck DeVore

    Photo by John GilhooleyAs California burns, DeVore tweets.Perhaps you missed it in our recent flurry of online and old-timey print coverage of Chuck DeVore--the Republican assemblyman out of Irvine making noise about running for Democrat Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat in 2010--but at one point Chu ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Child Molester Who Worked For Dana Rohrabacher?

    Singing & Dancing in Prison?At least twice a month, someone asks me: Where is Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, the Orange County conservative activist who worked for years as a Washington, D.C. aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and is now a convicted serial child molester?Answer: McFarland, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    As State OK's Tough Global Warming Rules Should Diesel Be Next?

    As expected, the state this afternoon put teeth in its landmark regulations enacted in 2006 to combat global warming, adopting the nation's most comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Such emissions must be cut 30 percent by 2020. But that is not enough for the editorial board ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    OC Reg Will Outsource to New Delhi

    Late yesterday the AP confirmed news that Nick Schou broke last week right here on our blog: the paper has taken the layoff model to another level and will now outsource some of its editing and layout duties to a "global media" company near New Delhi. With the last round of layoffs knocking 90 pe ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Schwarzenegger Fragged by Lieutenant

    Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has just fragged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road. The road, proposed by the Irvine-based Transportation Corridor Agencies, would cut through the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy, itself mitigation for the Talega development, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    General Vang Pao Free on Bail!

    After a month in jail, Westminster resident and former CIA-backed Laotian Secret Army General Vang Pao is heading home. Yesterday, a federal judge in Sacramento granted a request by lawyers for Vang, 77, and 10 other defendants the government claims tried to overthrow the Lao People's Democratic Rep ... More >>

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    July 11, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Build It & Hope They Come: The Register reports that Irvine has approved a 5-mile, $280 million street car/bus plan that will link the future Great Park to the Irvine Spectrum and a train station by 2012. City officials, untrustworthy in the past, claim that each day 5,000 people will abandon their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2007

    OC Weekly Wins National Award

    Judges at the Missouri School of Journalism considered more than 1,200 entries and yesterday awarded OC Weekly second place nationally for General Excellence in our circulation category among both daily and alternative newspapers. The judges had this to say: "The Weekly contains all the usual alte ... More >>

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    May 21, 2007

    One Funny Step Ahead of the Fuzz

    It's only Monday evening, and yet we've found the best product of the week: Photoblocker spray for the license plate on your vehicle! Yes, you folks who fear photo tickets for running yellow or red lights or blowing through toll-road sensors can now relax. A company has developed an invisible spray ... More >>

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    March 26, 2007

    Them That's Got

    If you belong to one of the groups targeted for a good squeezin' called on to sacrifice in the governor's budget plan-- college students, public school teachers, families on welfare-- rest assured that the truly needy will still be well taken care of. Kate Folmar reports in the San Jose Mercury New ... More >>

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    February 5, 2007

    Arnold Speaks

    Nixon may have inspired him to become a Republican, but Arnold Schwarzenegger completely lacks The Pride of Yorba Linda's flair when it comes to taped conversations. Consider, for example, this lecture on history captured by the Oval Office taping system. Nixon explains why the Soviet Union is sup ... More >>

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    January 15, 2007

    Numbers, Numbers (and a semi-Nun)

    First for some numbers that aren't as big as you might think, or others might want you to think. If California were a separate country, it would have the world's sixth-largest economy, one hears time and time again. The governor even repeated the We're Number 6 bleat in his State of the State spee ... More >>

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    January 9, 2007

    Healthy Skepticism

    The first thing to notice about Governor Schwarzenegger's plan, which is being billed as a universal healthcare plan, is that it isn't a universal healthcare plan. It's a mandatory health insurance plan. It will not make sure a sick person gets the treatment he or she needs-- the treatments, drugs ... More >>

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    January 4, 2007

    The Broken Bone and the Big Bucks

    No doubt Governor Schwarzenegger was really looking forward to all this week's inaugural celebrations. Then came the accident on the ski slopes of Idaho. So out went his participation in the public celebration. Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee reports: Sidelined with a broken leg requiring m ... More >>

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    September 25, 2006

    The Leafy Green

    There are now 171 cases of people sickened by E. coli tainted spinach from Salinas Valley. But don't worry, the Schwarzenegger administration has a plan. True, the source of the infection hasn't been identified yet, though the Sacramento Bee reported last week, The spinach-packaging company in the ... More >>

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    August 23, 2006

    Two Shades of Green

    Perhaps it's only logical that in a state which has a man still trading on his movie role as a killer cyborg from the future as governor, politics would grow closer to comic books. Or perhaps it isn't. Either way, it's California. At last weekend's state GOP convention, the San Francisco Chronicl ... More >>

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    August 15, 2006

    Smart Kids, Not So Smart Adults, and DNA for Dinner

    The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, "School-age children from Spanish-speaking households in San Diego County and throughout California are gaining English fluency at record rates". While this is excellent news, the news for adults is a little ... More >>

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    August 8, 2006

    SpongeTodd: Mr. Spitzer masters the freebie

    Proving once again that the driest of bureaucratic documents often contain the most interesting things, Judy Lin of the Sacramento Bee digs through the disclosure forms that state lawmakers are required to file and discovers: ... from January 2005 to June 30, 2006, groups with business at the Capito ... More >>

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    March 29, 2006

    Coming Attractions

    Cast your mind back to one of the grimmer spectacles of the grim days of 2004: the Bush/Cheney reelection campaign. If you recall, it was impossible to tell the difference that year between the official functions of President Bush and the fearmongering and pandering of Candidate Bush. Every official ... More >>

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    March 9, 2006

    Of Swallows, Schwarzenegger, and Swift Boats

    The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>

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    January 24, 2006

    Does a Bear Shit in the LA Times?

    If you read Monday's Los Angeles "By God" Times Business section (and why would you?), you might've choked on your French Roast when you came on C3's three-quarter page advert announcing the California Bear is missing from the state flag. The gloomy gray gus informed that the Grizzly "grew tired of ... More >>

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