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There are two sides to every story, and that is certainly the case in the ouster of Santa Ana’s El Centro Cultural de Mexico from its Fifth Street location. Members of Irving Chase’s family say they are kicking the group out because it neglected the building. Group leaders say it’s because they don’t fit into Chase’s gentrified vision for downtown.

The OC Register and California Watch teamed up to do this report on the myriad problems with the state’s $43-billion high-speed rail program. If this story hasn’t fully quenched your thirst for all the controversy surrounding the program, you can read Tracy Wood’s coverage, which dates back to March 2010.

Costa Mesa police chief’s resignation triggers a rebuke from the city attorney’s law firm and cancellation of his consulting contract with the firm. Here is the Daily Pilot’s take, and here is the Register’s.

In other news …

Irvine tinkers with being the first to vote for president.

Placentia backs away from a local ordinance calling for residents to maintain sidewalks.

Laguna Beach fires back at the grand jury on pay report.

San Juan Capistrano audit studies city finances.


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