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Tiffany Hsu from the Los Angeles Times and Gustavo Arellano from the OC Weekly joined us.
Yes it’s Black Friday. But we don’t care about the fights going on in the aisles of Walmart. There were gatherings outside, where a couple hundred protesters turned out in a steady rain.
Wal-Mart has long been a target of labor unions because it is a non-union operation. And the group …
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There’s a new city manager in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. David Cavazos, formerly city manager of Phoneix, starts his new post in October. And he doesn’t come cheap.
Cavazos will earn a salary and benefits package of more than half-a-million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid city employees in California, and the second-highest-paid city manager in the state.
Santa Ana officials are …
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Today, the city of Long Beach became a two newspaper town. Coin-operated boxes have been placed around the city to sell the Long Beach Register, an off-shoot of Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register.
The long-established Press-Telegram – which is owned by the Los Angeles News Group – has been serving the port city for more than a century.
The debut comes around the one year anniversary of …
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Last week, the city of Costa Mesa revealed a proposal to cut the salaries of most of its employees by 5 percent, make them contribute 5 percent more toward their pensions, and suggested a further 5 percent cut to upper-level workers.
Union representatives called the offer “offensive,” but mayor Jim Righeimer insists it makes fiscal sense. Who to believe?
OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano joins KCRW’s …
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A rally against police brutality in Anaheim began and ended peacefully yesterday.
It marks one year since another series of rallies in Anaheim drew national headlines, sparked by the police shootings of two Latino men. The incidents revealed a darker side to Disneyland’s hometown.
Activists vowed to transform the city in the wake of the unrest, and police and politicians promised to listen. What has changed, …
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Later this week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to pass new rules regulating Orange County’s beach fire pits. Those fires have been an OC tradition for more than 60 years. For supporters of the fire pits, it’s an improvement over the district’s initial proposal to ban them. But the issue is likely to linger well past this week’s meeting. Gustavo Arellano from the …
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It’s been 25 years since the creation of Little Saigon in Orange County, with an official proclamation coming from then-Governor George Deukmejian at Asian Garden Mall. It’s the largest Vietnamese enclave in the world outside Vietnam. The district’s borders spill over into Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Westminster.
At first it was criticized as discouraging assimilation. But since then, Little Saigon has largely been embraced …
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Last week, the Anaheim City Council rejected a motion that would’ve placed the issue of district voting on the ballot next year.
The issue is currently in the news because the ACLU is trying to force the matter via the courts.
The activists who say Anaheim’s current at-large electoral system is discriminatory toward Latino voters have an unlikely ally: Mayor Tom Tait. He’s a Republican who …
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The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been offline for 16 months, ever since a radiation leak was discovered to be caused by unusual wear on the steam generator tubes.
The plant’s operator, Southern California Edison, has been lobbying the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow the plant to re-open at lower power for a trial period.
But after heavy opposition from activists and lawmakers, So Cal …
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Over the weekend, the organization Latino Health Access – or LHA – opened a community center and park in downtown Santa Ana. It’s green space, in a city that doesn’t have a whole lot of it.
LHA’s earned national coverage and awards for its efforts in training Latino immigrants to teach healthy living practices to their neighbors. It’s what’s called in the Latino community, a …
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A recent Orange County Human Relations Commission report noted that hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people are on the rise.
The report came out the same week that the Orange County Board of Supervisors decided to issue a proclamation in honor of Harvey Milk Day for the first time ever.
In this famously conservative county, it seems like the LGBT community is …
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Fans of the cult favorite TV show Arrested Development already have this Sunday blocked off the calendar. That’s when Netflix will release all 15 episodes of the latest season. FOX canceled the show seven years ago, yet it has only grown in stature.
While the program is a comedic masterpiece, far more interesting is its choice of setting: Orange County, California. What statements does Arrested …
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Green light for rail yard. Depending on whom you ask, the $500 million port railway yard that’s planned four miles from the docks will either solidify the local ports’ position as the key West Coast hub for international shippers and reduce pollution – or unnecessarily put tens of thousands of South Bay residents at risk of noxious emissions.
Despite objections from environmental groups and neighboring …
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Congress is in the midst of debating a proposed bill that would grant some type of amnesty to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Meanwhile, a different debate is happening in some of Orange County’s major evangelical churches. Pastors are joining other Christian leaders to push for immigration reform. But they’re finding resistance among their congregants, some of who are actually leaving their churches in …
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Last week, the Orange County Grand Jury released a report suggesting the county create a blue-ribbon committee to fight local political corruption, citing 40 years of government scandals.
Some supervisors immediately fired back, saying it should be up to the media and to voters to hold government officials accountable. And the District Attorney’s office argued that it’s been vigilant in monitoring corruption.
Gustavo Arellano from the …
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Back in the 1990s, a super fast-growing Orange County built a couple of toll roads.
Southern California is home to the free-way – as in free of charge. But this new concept was billed by boosters as a privately-funded solution to choking traffic problems.
A couple of decades later, rosy driver projections never materialized. And the authority that runs the toll roads is saddled with debt, …
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The new community of Rancho Mission Viejo is under construction right now, but potential buyers got a rude surprise when it was announced that homes there will be subject to a Mello-Roos tax.
It doesn’t matter: the development will sell out within seconds. Is the good life in OC such that Orange County residents — famously anti-tax — tolerate a tax on a tax? Or …
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Last summer, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Anaheim charging that the city’s at-large council elections excluded Latinos from electing their own and asked the courts to create voting by district.
The Democratic Party of Orange County just endorsed an eight-district proposal, while the Republican-dominated city council has largely mocked the idea.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talks to Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly, on efforts …
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Late last year, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau hired a new tourism chief. Jay Burress was brought in from Texas, of all places, to attract more visitors to Orange County.
Now how hard could that be? With beautiful beaches, Disneyland, and exclusive resorts, it can’t be too difficult.
But we wanted to go beyond the obvious attractions. And to do that we’ve brought in …
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Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner has made national news for hiring reporters at a rapid rate, while most dailies continue to lay off staff.
But he also raised eyebrows by telling his staffers that he doesn’t believe in the old journalistic stand-by of “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.”
Well that doesn’t sit well with Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly, who joins KCRW’s …