Is redistricting about equal representation or incumbent protection? Angry Latino leaders are saying it is the latter when it comes to Orange County.

Orange County labor leader Nick Berardino was just appointed to the Orange County Fair Board, and he is already saying that the current board has some explaining to do.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s dismantling this week of the state’s redevelopment program will be a blow to Irvine’s Great Park, but city officials must wait to find out how big a blow it will be.

In other news …

The OC Register’s beach expert, Laylan Connelly, offers a good rundown of why Doheny Beach is one of the dirtiest beaches in the nation.

Loretta Sanchez gets most of her congressional district back.

Westminster reverses its 20-year fireworks ban.

Controversial Newport-Mesa schools chief Jeffrey Hubbard returns to work. The Daily Pilot story here and the Register story here.

Judge backs controversial San Clemente pierside development.

Costa Mesa grounds its helicopter fleet.


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