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Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is a director at the Fullerton Community Bank, which is under watch by the federal Office of Thrift Supervision. This is the same bank that in the past made substantial loans to Pulido and his business partner.

Call it the politics of fat. Orange County supervisors seem ready to walk away from the chance at millions in federal grant money because it would link them to Obamacare.

Is Santa Ana a hardcore soccer town? Ask the SAPD. They cleared a crowd of 4,000 that flooded Bristol Street after Mexico beat the U.S. in the Concacaf Gold Cup this weekend in Pasadena.

OC Register reports that more than half of people (61 percent) hate the media.

Costa Mesa continues to dominate the political news in Orange County with a weekend slugfest on NBC’s “Today in L.A.: Weekend” between Councilman Jim Righeimer and Don Drozd, general counsel for the Orange County Employees Association. R. Scott Moxley offers an insightful blow-by-blow in OC Weekly’s Navel Gazing.

The countywide redistricting committee continues to hammer away on a variety of proposals to deraw the county’s political boundaries.

Stanton enacts new tier on pensions for new hires.

San Clemente hiring lobbyists to deal with beach sand issue.

From homeless to homeowner in San Juan Capistrano.

Costa Mesa homeless programs get a look from the Daily Pilot.

Rep. John Campbell ends up in hot water with the NRA.

— THE EDITORS

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