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Southern California grocery workers, who have been working under an expired contract, are ramping up their efforts against the three big supermarket chains. David Washburn examines the issues on the table and whether a strike is possible.

Orange County scrambles to defend against a $48-million tax grab by the state.

In the cities:

Beach closures due to pollution are on the rise.

San Clemente takes issue with grand jury on pay.

Folk singer takes on Costa Mesa City Council.

Dana Point still has beach access issues.

Newport Beach to review more outsourcing. Trash is first up.

Campgrounds at El Morro State Beach are finally done.

Costa Mesa publishes City Council salaries.



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State budget passes and swipes $48 million from OC.

Supervisors say no to application for $10-million federal grant to fight smoking and obesity.

Newport Beach lifeguards get changes to pension after national limelight.

Grocery workers stage regional rallies including one in Fullerton.

Irvine backs away from presidential primary vote.

Orange County’s highest paid finance director.

Newport Beach city attorney leaves amid pressure to outsource.



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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.



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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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If you’re a real political junkie, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time in recent weeks at meetings on redistricting. And you’re also likely noticing that some are drawing much bigger crowds than others. Our Tracy Wood explains why.

In other news …

Fairgrounds bidder wants California Supreme Court to review cases. Here is the OC Register’s story, and here is the Daily Pilot’s.

Nativo Lopez pleads guilty to vote fraud.

Cities flunk transparency test.

Comparing the paychecks of city clerks in Orange County.

And of course we’ve got some Costa Mesa news …

Costa Mesa makes front page of the New York Times over how cities are grappling with pension obligations for public workers.

Costa Mesa employee union audit effectively disputes City Council claims of insolvency.

Costa Mesa budget balanced with traditional gimmicks after all.



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One would think there was already enough controversy and recrimination in Costa Mesa. But just for good measure, interim Police Chief Steve Staveley abruptly resigned Monday and called the Costa Mesa City Council majority corrupt in his resignation letter.

If our take isn’t enough for you, here are dispatches from the Register  and Daily Pilot.

Rumor had it that Santa Ana officials were trying to woo the pro soccer team Chivas USA to town. Now those rumors are confirmed, and though Santa Ana City Council members are excited at the possibility, some school officials are nervous.

In other news …

State Sen. Lou Correa proposes a gift ban for state officeholders.

Redistricting could bring another Sanchez to OC.

Costa Mesa council slammed by ABLE board for opting out of helicopter services.

Shawn Nelson for Congress.

Feds discuss changes to deportation policies in OC.

Nixon Library attracts national Republicans for troop outreach.

Cities respond to critical grand jury report targeting pay.

Huntington Beach officials opt to pay more into their pensions.



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Getting medical care to Orange County’s underserved communities can be a challenge. Amy DePaul talks to UCI’s Dr. Charles Vega about a program that addresses this issue.

Members of the Anaheim City Council have outside interests ranging from consulting contracts with Wal-Mart to ownership of El Pollo Loco stores. Adam Elmahrek has the details.

In other news …

State redistricting commission heads to OC.

Caltrans is slapped again in the press (this time the LA Times) for its policies of buying up land it doesn’t use very well.

Fred Karger’s presidential campaign continues from Laguna Beach.

Dave Ellis talks to OC Weekly about the ill-fated plan to privatize the OC Fairgrounds.

Costa Mesa police chief takes issue with council proposal for budget cuts at PD.



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County’s Cal Optima execs pocket their bonuses.

OC lawmakers react to Gov. Brown’s veto of state budget.

State watchdog agency clears former OC GOP chief Tom Fuentes of any wrongdoing over FPPC complaint regarding his relationship with company while a school district trustee.

Costa Mesa city officials aren’t happy with police department investigation into worker death so they hire a private investigator to flesh out details.

Newport Beach and Costa Mesa may share jail facilities.



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We have made it to the heart of budget season …

It took two votes to do it, but Irvine passed a budget this week. The city will have to take less from its reserve accounts than officials had previously expected.

Anaheim adopted its 2011-2012 budget.

And it looks like we have a state budget.

The Register’s Brian Joseph brings us Taiwanese-style fisticuffs in the state Assembly over the redevelopment bill. Joseph was even kind enough to show us some video. (The fisticuffs start at about 5:15 or so on the tape).

In one corner, it was Rep. Donald Wagner, R-Irvine. In the other, apparently swinging away, is Warren Furutani, D-Los Angeles.

In other news …

The city of Orange officially approved a controversial development proposal that calls for one-acre estates to be built on some of the city’s last remaining open space. Opponents of the plans are already putting together a referendum.

Newport Beach lifeguards continue to get above-the-fold attention.

Air Quality Management District official earns $400K compensation package.



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If the cities of North Orange County are to do anything about their dearth of parkland, they cannot look to the past for solutions. The third and final installment of our series on parkland disparity in Orange County examines options for planners and policymakers.

The redistricting rock thrown into OC’s political pond continues to create ripples. Now it’s Supervisor Shawn Nelson who sees an opportunity.

For a brief moment Tuesday, Costa Mesa’s budget was balanced. And then it wasn’t.

In other news …

The Daily Pilot’s take on Tuesday’s budget hearing in Costa Mesa.

OC Register’s Martin Wisckol notes that redistricting plan provides edge for Republicans. He also notes competitive angles.

State Senate close to vote on budget.

Former OC GOP chief Tom Fuentes makes appearance at Flag Day, discusses battle with cancer.



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Spend any time traveling through Orange County and you’ll have a hard time missing the huge disparity in parkland as you go from north to south. How did South Orange County become so park rich, while North Orange County was left so park poor?

Our Tracy Wood answers that question today in the first installment of a three-part series on how parkland plays such an important role in community health and why many county residents are park deprived.

We also have a dispatch from Norberto Santana Jr. on the backlash supervisors are facing over their objection last week to bilingualism in health care outreach. The OC Weekly’s managing editor, Gustavo Arellano, has been all over it as well.

And from the better late than never department, we finally published the latest from David Nazar and Nick Gerda on the alleged kickback scheme involving coaches throughought Southern California.


In other news…

Reactions to the first redistricting drafts from California’s independent commission had insiders buzzing late Friday to see who’s affected. The Daily Pilot has an overall story.

Martin Wisckol had a good take here, as well as some solid insights, regarding Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. He also spoke with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who says he’s staying put in his congressional district.

Ironically, Rohrabacher’s not exactly welcome when it comes to Iraq.

No action expected in the state Senate on the budget today, continuing a stalemate.

Costa Mesa continues its budget-balancing act by now taking on cuts at the police department.



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It’s been no secret that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has been pining to bring the Chivas USA soccer team to Santa Ana, but some are upset about the secrecy surrounding his effort to make it happen.

If that’s not enough secrecy for you, our partners at PBS SoCal have another installment of their investigation into alleged secret slush funds for high school and college coaches throughout Southern California.

Still more secrecy …

County grand jury slams county officials for lack of transparency on salaries and contracts.

Newport Beach lifeguards undergo questioning about pay and benefits.

Anonymous proposals for redistricting abandoned by county supervisors’ panel.

Jail suicide prompts civil rights lawsuit against county.

Rep. John Campbell goes after military spending.

Assemblyman Chris Norby’s bill would relax financial disclosure rules.

Costa Mesa moves closer to selecting a police chief.

Lawsuit against Costa Mesa didn’t affect city budget.

Questions arise about conflicts of interest for San Juan Capistrano City Councilwoman Laura Freese.

Laguna Woods bans plastic foam from recreation facilities.



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Costa Mesa reacts to court ruling on OC Fairgrounds.

County supervisors’ resistance to the Spanish title of a health program draws rebuke from OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says redistricting won’t affect his re-election plans.

Gov. Brown cracks down on cell phones.

The Santa Ana Register (the original name of the OC Register) is back with the Register’s SA reporter, Andrew Galvin, starting out a new blog on the city. Today’s catch is the city police chief’s salary now that he is the city manager.

Rancho Santa Margarita mulls a sex offender ban.



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The 4th District Court of Appeal Tuesday killed the proposed sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to a private company, ending a years-long effort by the state to sell the iconic property.

Here are stories by The Register and the Daily Pilot.

County supervisors will appoint an ad hoc committee of supervisors and county executives to study the county’s Human Resources Department in light of the performance auditor’s highly critical review of how the department operates. Labor leaders tried in vain to persuade the supervisors that a third-party review is needed.

Congresswoman Sanchez appears to have a better looking district after all.

San Juan voters say yes to new development.

Tension over new roles of county public guardian.

County wins court case to charge high fees for access to its maps.

Anaheim trims fire services to balance budget.



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Martin Wisckol wonders whether U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s days are numbered because of redistricting.

San Juan Capistrano voters go to the polls today to decide fate of disputed development. Meanwhile, San Juan Capistrano City Council considers a smaller budget.

Judge slams City of Dana Point for beach access restrictions.

Supreme Court rules against opponents of tuition breaks for undocumented students.

Laguna Beach debates design stores in downtown.

OC Weekly Managing Editor Gustavo Arellano writes about the KKK connections of OC early Boy Scout leaders. It’s the latest in his series on the Klan connections of early OC civic leaders.



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Orange County CEO Tom Mauk and Performance Auditor Steve Danley are disputing each other’s assertions regarding the list of county executives who received questionable raises in recent years.

Long considered one of the nation’s most desirable retirement destinations, Orange County now must worry about whether there will be enough young folks to take care of all the old folks as the baby boomers keep getting on in years.

Wayne Quint has officially stepped down as president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and is being replaced by Tom Dominguez.

The state Senate has passed a bill that would make the Brown Act part of the state constitution.

Costa Mesa keeps OC in the LA headlines. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez blows into Costa Mesa and is taken aback by Jim Righeimer’s approach to the city budget (pink slips). He hangs out with former Mayor Sandy Genis and Bubbling Cauldron blogger Geoff West and offers his take.

The Register’s Doug Irving pens an interesting look at Laguna Hill’s newest councilwoman, Barbara Kogerman, who appears to be adjusting to the life of counting to three.

The Register’s Brian Joseph has the story on state Sen. Lou Correa’s interest in holding hearings on debt collectors after one company tried to garnish his wages by mistake.

Apparently, Sarah Palin has been haulin’ tail through New England on her presidential tour, driving reporters crazy trying to follow her caravan. Kasie Hunt for Politico gives a hilarious account of trying to keep up with Palin as she blows through red lights and comes close to hitting a bicyclist.



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Looking for the latest on redistricting? Well, now your’re in luck. Our Norberto Santana Jr. provides this rundown on what to expect as the process begins to heat up.

And now for the rest of the Wednesday roundup of OC’s politics and government news …

San Juan Capistrano gears up for June 7 election on development.

Capistrano Unified School District is cleared again of criminal charges brought by the DA.

The LA Times’ Catherine Saillant has an interesting look on the GOP challenge in Costa Mesa, which they are calling ground zero for pension reform.

Costa Mesa City Council attempts to trim $3.3 million from 2011-2012 budget.

Kids across OC score low in PE. 

The daughter of former OC legislator Bruce Nestande is implicated in a fatal hit-and-run in Texas.



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