Solar Eclipse Draws Viewers at Santa Ana Civic Center

JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

People take a break outside the Courthouse at the Santa Ana Civic Center to watch the eclipse on Monday morning, August 21, 2017.

The first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States in 99 years provided a partial eclipse to onlookers across Orange County.

The eclipse provided a crescent view of the sun in the late morning for people at the Santa Ana Civic Center. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the country experienced more than two minutes of darkness, according to NASA.


A partial solar eclipse shines over Orange County on Monday morning, August 21, 2017. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

A partial solar eclipse shines over Orange County on Monday morning, August 21, 2017. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

People use a pinhole viewer to check out the partial solar eclipse outside the Courthouse at the Santa Ana Civic Center on Monday, August 21, 2017. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

Santa Ana city employees take a break to watch the solar eclipse outside of City Hall on Monday, August 21, 2017. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

  • LFOldTimer

    I’m amused at the captions that read the government employees “take a break” to watch the eclipse. It might be more realistic to show one at his or her desk and say “public worker interrupts break to check e-mails and phone messages”.

    And since when are public employees allowed to wear shorts to work? They don’t even pretend anymore.

    What’s on deck for tomorrow? Watching the mourning doves build a nest?

    • justanon

      The know-nothing, do-nothing crank weighs in again to smear hard working people. What a jerk.

      • LFOldTimer

        I’ve had close relatives work in government. Career public employees. They used to joke about what a scam it was. Hard working??? HAH!

        As much as you’d like to suppress the truth from reaching the general public – you can’t do it. The cat is already out of the bag – like it or not.

        • justanon

          Yeah, more anecdotal STORIES from a government hating, right-wing nut.
          No thanks.

          I prefer to get my information from HONEST sources who aren’t willing to believe and promote any propaganda as long as it reinforces their pre-conceived bullsh*t.

          • LFOldTimer

            It’s no secret that government workers have a tendency to be LAZY and INCOMPETENT. Go look at the public employee parking lot on a Saturday or Sunday. Do you see government worker cars parked there? lol. Do you see any government workers volunteer to work on the weekend for no pay to catch up on a backlog? lol. That happens routinely in the private sector. In fact, it’s expected.

            Preconceived? Like I’m telling the world something it doesn’t already know. lol.

          • justanon

            Oh please, government workers are no different than private sector workers, some are excellent, some are average and some are terrible.

            You just believe this BS because you WANT to believe this BS, it fits right into your anti-government, right-wing, nut-ball propaganda. This is just an easy stereotype by a lazy and ignorant whiner.

          • LFOldTimer

            The difference, of course, is that LAZY or INCOMPETENT private sector workers get fired. LAZY or INCOMPETENT public workers (and I use the “workers” word loosely) keep their jobs. DUH??

            Everyone seems to know this but you. lol.

            I feel like I’m explaining the birds and the bees of the work world to a 9 year old.

          • justanon

            Well, old man I don’t think you get out much because I experience lazy, incompetent private sector workers all the time and there doesn’t seem to be any consequences as customer service seems to get worse every year.

            Again, you are smearing all manner of government workers from tree trimmers to teachers to those who keep your water running.

            That’s unfair and LAZY criticism from an armchair wanna-be crank.

          • LFOldTimer

            You must be living in an alternate universe.

            I’ve never known a LAZY or INCOMPETENT private sector worker who kept his or her job unless he happened to be the son of the business owner.

            The problem is that government never gets rids itself of the deadwood (a common practice in the private industry). The LAZY and INCOMPETENT keep drawing government paychecks and keep leaching off the taxpayers until they retire @ 55 with their million dollar pensions.

            I’ve heard the stories over and over again from close relatives who were career gov employees and other whistleblowers.

            Why continue to hide a secret that everybody already knows? It just makes you look silly.

          • justanon

            Like I said you don’t get out much, ask anyone whether customer service has deteriorated over the years and whether they feel like they get their money’s worth when they hire people or companies, you’ll get an earful.

            Most people never have issues with their water service (govt.), but their cable or internet service (private), oh boy, the complaints are legendary.

            Just because you ‘believe’ something doesn’t make it so. “Lazy, govt. workers” is an urban legend fetishized by angry, right-wing, white men, which surprise …. fits you to a tee, lol.

          • LFOldTimer

            Wow. You’ve got a short memory. Not surprised.

            Ever heard about the methane leak at Porter Ranch that SoCalGas couldn’t stop for months? It was leaking 140 pounds of methane per hour and sent thousands of people to the ER. In fact, they had to evacuate nearly 3000 households for months.

            What about the toxic water supply in Flint Michigan? Leak and E.coli.was seeping into the general water supply while the government told the residents everything was fine and to continue drinking the water?? Meanwhile children tested with hyper-toxic levels of lead in their blood. 9 government officials were subsequently arrested for tampering with the water tests (while claiming all was fine) and misleading the public.

            Then there was the massive water leak in Los Angeles in the middle of the drought. Sunset Ave. looked like a river. 20 million gallons of fresh water lost. lol.

            Those are just 3 examples of dozens of catastrophes involving government run utility companies.

            Customer service reps get paid minimum wage and don’t even know what a pension is. Despite that – I the service they provide is 10x’s better than I get from government workers. Been to DMV lately? lol.

            Besides, comparing a minimum wage private worker to a public worker making $50,000 or more a year with a million dollar pension at age 55 is like comparing apples with cumquats.

            A fry basket shaker at Mickey Dees generally works harder and is smarter than your average gov worker.

          • justanon

            I can name a ‘few’private corporate disasters:

            BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico , the Exxon Valdez oil spill, TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Coal Fly Ash Slurry Spill, Love Canal and Three Mile Island all of which caused taxpayers billions in clean up costs.

            And oops, that Porter Ranch leak was SoCalEdison,it may be a public utility but it’s a private for profit company. Flint Michigan was a conservative’s wet dream, forcing cut backs at the expense of the mostly poor, black citizenry. That water leak was from aging pipes, a 93 year old water main, not exactly the fault of “lazy” govt. workers (who by the way, worked through the night to get it fixed).

            But, let’s get to the heart of the matter, what you REALLY resent is the fact that govt. workers get decent pay and a decent pension. Why oh why aren’t our govt. workers forced to live in poverty like everyone else?

            You are jealous and disturbingly … stupid.

          • LFOldTimer

            SoCalGas is regulated by the government. As a public utility the government is responsible for it’s operations and oversight. Nice attempt at a dodge. But you failed again.

            All those indicted and charged for altering Flint’s water tests were liberals and democrats. Liberals run Flint’s local government. It was the liberals who poisoned the water of the poor blacks.

            It’s the responsibility of DWP to monitor the condition of the underground pipes and replace them as needed. 20 million gallons of precious water wasted thanks to the government bureaucrats who were asleep at the wheel.

            So I refuted your claims. And you’ve got nothing but more empty gibberish to offer in return.

            The more you post the deeper you dig your hole. You’re the board clown. All mouth and a**.

          • justanon

            HUGE DODGE on your part on all the HUGE private corporation disasters, nothing to say old bigoted and jealous of govt. workers, clown?

            Oh and you’re WRONG on SoCalGas, those LAZY and INCOMPETENT workers are hired and paid by the Sempra Energy Corp. a Fortune 500 Co., not the government.

            On Flint it was all started by the Republican Governor:

            “For decades, Flint bought its water from the Detroit Water And Sewerage Department. In 2013, the Flint city council voted to join the Karegnondi Water Authority, a new system that would pump water from Lake Huron. But Flint couldn’t connect until 2016, so the city, operating under the control of emergency managers appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), opted to save money by using the Flint River in the meantime.”


            Again, the broken water main was not the fault of “lazy” employees but aging infrastructure, that rate increases have failed to keep up with. LA like every other city in America could use billions in infrastructure improvements.Unfortunately, in the US we waste all our money on the military and needless unproductive wars, rather than here at home.

            You are whiny, old man who is so bitter that he wastes his life spewing hatred and bigotry on the blogosphere because you’d rather blame anyone but yourself for your failures. Sad.

          • LFOldTimer

            The way you defend gov workers gives me the impression that either you are one or were one. Makes sense with as much time as you blog during working hours. You think like a gov worker. Did Donald Trump cut a grant that funded your job? Is that why you hate him so? lol. Trump could replace half the gov workforce with Rhesus monkeys and we wouldn’t see any loss of productivity! lol.

          • justanon

            All that means is you can’t defend your specious argument.

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