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Posts published in January 2010

Sheriff Hutchens Dumping All Layoffs on Non-Sworn Personnel

For the second round of draconian layoffs, the Sheriff notified OCEA on January 4th that they plan to layoff an additional 57 non-sworn personnel. These are the people who support our deputies, and in fact, make the entire department function.

Senator Joe Dunn Proposes County Lobbying Reform Initiative

Former State Senator Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) is proposing that the Board of Supervisors adopt a major reform of the Orange County political environment by regulating lobbyists and themselves thus establishing more transparency in the way county government decisions are made.

Olbermann: Cheney Nothing More, Nothing Less, Than A Traitor

"If Mr. Cheney believes we are at war, then he, as the most recent occupant of the vice presidency, is under the strictest of obligations to put aside his case of terminal partisanship, and rally to the support of his president in a time of war. Instead, his remarks not only give encouragement to the enemies of this country, they give them an exact measure as to how successful they have been in damaging our freedoms."

Close Enough

Some of you know I coach a girl’s 5th and 6th grade basketball team in Irvine. My team is a great group of girl’s and…

Race To The Top Senate Bill is a Race To The Bottom For California Schools

The California Teacher's Association is now opposing the Race To The Top bills currently in the Assembly. The CTA-opposed SBX5 4 (Romero) has been split into two bills, SBX5 1 and SBX5 4. The amended version of SBX5 4 contains two of the most objectionable ideas developed in this special session on education: open enrollment and parent trigger.

Schwarzenegger Not Likely to Stop OC Fairgrounds Sale

After meeting with Governor Schwarzenegger today, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor and Councilwoman Katrina Foley did not seem too optimistic about the chances of the Governor stopping the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Rick Warren Gets His New Year’s Wish

Over the weekend we learned that Pastor Rick Warren got his $900,000 bailout from his flock; and then some. It must be wonderful to ask for, and receive, unlimited funding to do with as you please without any oversight or control. I am reminded of Tammy Faye Bakker and her tearful pleas for money for the PTL ministry run by her and her husband Jim Bakker.