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Public corruption cases starting to pile up in So Cal

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Pile of cash_3

What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …

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How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Citrus packing companies used intricate labels like this one to
distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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Will a rebranded neighborhood have room for the poor?

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Every year, filmmaker Drew Bachrach (who earns a living creating content-for-hire) saves up enough money to make his own work in the summertime, to pursue a passion project. When he heard about the planned demolition of a housing project in Watts, built decades ago as temporary barracks for veterans returning from World War II, he knew he’d found his subject. He wondered if what happened …

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Housing wanted: The desperate search for an affordable apartment

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Southern California is often thought of as the land of the single family home: a home that’s owned, not rented, by its residents. This could be a modest tract house in the San Fernando Valley or a palatial designer residence perched on the sand in Newport Beach. But the image of Southern California as a kind of homeowners’ Shangri-La is something of a myth.
Just over …

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Armed and concealed in Orange County

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Since Orange County relaxed its laws governing concealed weapons, thousands of people have applied for what's called a conceal carry weapons permit, also called a CCW. Here a candidate for such a permit practices his marksmanship on an Orange County shooting range. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Like other firing ranges in Orange County, these are very busy days for Evans Gunsmithing, a shooting range in the City of Orange in Orange County where gun owners both practice their marksmanship on targets and take firearms safety classes.
“I used to offer one 16-hour class a week. I am now basically offering two of them a week,” says veteran weapons instructor Greg Block. …

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That’s Amazing! The legacy of Huell Howser

Posted March 28, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]

It’s been more than a year since we lost Huell Howser. The folksy, twangy, host of KCET’s California’s Gold traveled all across our state – to every nook and cranny – looking for the stories of everyday people.
Starting next week, there’ll be an exhibit to celebrate his public TV travelogues and his love for all kinds of out-of-the-way places.
The exhibit will be called — …

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Aaron Kushner’s Grand Plan for Expanding the OC Register to LA

Posted December 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Aaron Kushner

The parent company of the Orange County Register is looking to expand its reach by launching a new daily newspaper – here in LA.
Aaron Kushner, the CEO of Freedom Communications, says the new paper will be known as the Los Angeles Register.
Kushner says the paper will share sports content and other stories of regional interest with the OC Register.
But he says the new paper …

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Mixer: Burning a hole in your wallet and on the beach

Posted November 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
friday mixer square

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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OC Line: Santa Ana splurges on new city manager

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 80 Comments | ]
David Cavazos, the new city manager of Santa Ana.

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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The Orange County Register: One Year after the Revolution

Posted August 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Long Beach Register

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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Costa Mesa mayor vs. city workers, part 30

Posted August 12, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

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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Anaheim, one year after the riots

Posted July 22, 2013 by | 11 Comments | ]

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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OC Line: Heated debate over Orange County fire pits

Posted July 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

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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Little Saigon at 25 Years: What’s Next?

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Anaheim’s unlikeliest radical: the mayor

Posted June 17, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

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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No more San Onofre – now what?

Posted June 10, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
San Onofre

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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The Latino Nonprofit OC Politicians Love to Hate

Posted June 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Is Orange County becoming more gay friendly?

Posted May 27, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]

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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Arrested Development and the truth about Orange County

Posted May 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

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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Today’s News: Foes say fight over rail yard isn’t done

Posted May 9, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Port of LA. Photo by Green Fire Productions/Flickr

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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