Sunday OC News Notes: Was DA Tony Rackauckas “Pathetic” in Pursuit of an Accused Serial Killer?

Recent highlights in Orange County news from various media outlets or blogs:

TheLiberalOC discusses the long reach of its bombshell story on state Assembly candidate Michele Martinez’s controversial train conversation related to a California Indian tribe and campaign support

OCPoliticsBlog calls District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ decision to label accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo “a monster” during last week’s press conference “pathetic” given Ocampo’s service as a Marine in Iraq.

Greg Hardesty, a veteran reporter at The Orange County Register, features the 6-foot-4 and 300-pound Lloyd James Middaugh, a 42-year-old murder victim and registered sex offender in the Ocampo affair.

The Friends For Fullerton’s Future wonders aloud if Register reporter Lou Ponsi works for the Fullerton Police Department when it comes to regurgitating government spin in the police killing of Kelly Thomas.

It’s not surprising that a public library at a local community college was named for an ultra-conservative politician who opposed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in the 1960s and now the Academic Senate at Saddleback College is seeking a new name, according to Dissent the Blog. They wonder: Will college trustee, uncle Tom Fuentes step in to protect the shameful memory of James B. Utt? Or will Fuentes see yet another opportunity to put Ronald Reagan’s name on something?

Sarah Peters at the Daily Pilot watched the Occupy OC folks use humor during a Friday protest outside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.


On Saturday, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Nutville) used his Twitter account to opine that “Obama will create war & kill jobs because he listens to leftists about defense and Luddite extremists about energy.” Okay, Dana. Perhaps you should switch brands of Tequila. The current one is apparently contributing to your cranial misfirings. On second thought, please don’t change a thing. You’re precious just the way you are . . .


Gustavo introduces Bibliofella, a new weekly, Weekly column by KPFK’s Andrew Tonkovich, who will write about Orange County book authors.

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