Newport Beach City Council is the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Pyre of Wood-Burning Beach Bonfires

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Would I? Fire pit, fire pit ...
The Newport Beach City Council, which in March 2012 began what would be a long slog aimed at removing wood-burning fire rings from city beaches (and, as it would turn out, many places in the state), on Tuesday approved a plan that would again allow burning wood in city fire rings.

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Private Eyes Working on Behalf of Costa Mesa PD's Union Tried to Pull a Boobgate on Council Members

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Jim Righeimer

It's already about a month old, but the story of how private investigators working on behalf of the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association got charged with felonies deserves repeating--even The Naked Gun couldn't create a plot this juicy.

To wit: Christopher Joseph Lanzillo of Lake Arrowhead and Canyon Lake resident Scott Alan Impola, 46, used boobs to try to pry damaging information from one city councilman and planned to follow two other council members to Las Vegas in hopes of catching at least one snorting cocaine off a prostitute, according to Orange County Superior Court records. Following an exhaustive investigation by the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) that relied on FBI and Costa Mesa police records, surveillance video, phone and text message records, newspaper articles, websites, and interviews with a rogue's gallery of players, the two were arrested late last month.

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Irvine Animal Care Center Changes Already Under Way After Volunteers' Complaints

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Photo by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
Obviously overjoyed by the changes.
An independent evaluation of Irvine Animal Care Center has only just begun, but city officials have already made some changes in the wake of allegations by shelter volunteers of inhumane treatment of pets and euthanasia of treatable animals.

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Animal Shelter Volunteers to Raise Concerns About Conditions to Irvine City Council

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City of Irvine
Adopt me!
Irvine Animal Care Center volunteers say they will attend Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting to express their concerns about conditions at the city-run facility. Botched euthanasia procedures, putting strays down too soon and keeping dogs caged up for hours without letting them out to relieve themselves are among their concerns, and taking a hard look at the leadership of the center is among their solutions.

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Save Saddleback Formed to Fight Closure of San Clemente Medical Center's Emergency Room

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A new group is fighting the planned closure of a hospital emergency room in San Clemente.
A nonprofit has been formed to fight the planned closure of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente's hospital bed and emergency room services, and a former district attorney has been retained to consider possible litigation to stop the move, it was announced Thursday.

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North County-Adjacent La Habra Heights Puts an Oil Fracking Ban Before Voters

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Hey, Marylanders, some folks in La Habra Heights might buy that sign off you.
As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.

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Ex-Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh Gets 6 Months in Jail for Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies to DMV

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Miller Oh stepped down as mayor after being convicted of five counts of perjury in May.
Former Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh was sentenced this morning to six months in jail for using a fake name and other phony information on DMV documents to avoid paying child support. Keep in mind that the 50-year-old real estate developer used his two daughters as props while campaigning for office. Such a family man!

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7 Stupefying Surprises From Tuesday's Election!

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You want hyper-local listicles, corporatistas? Well, take a huge whiff of these 7 Stupefying Surprises From Tuesday's Election!* **

*... based on uncertified results from the Orange County Registrar of Voters. **Certified results show Boa Nguyen won the Garden Grove mayor's race, so this post has been updated.

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ACLU Blasts Santa Ana City Council for Violating Free Speech Over "F the Police" Hat

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CopWatch Santa Ana
Bijan's council-stopping cap

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California sent SanTana city council members a letter reminding them the basics of free speech just ahead of this evening's meeting. It takes offense to the now infamous October 7 meltdown that occurred when Mayor-for-Life Miguel Pulido demanded a man named "Bijan" take off his "Fuck the Police" hat. When he refused, an hour-long standoff ensued between community members and cops, leading to the Don Papi canceling the city council meeting before it ever started.

"We write to express our strong concern with Santa Ana's policy and practice of restricting speech at open and public meetings of the Santa Ana City Council," the ACLU letter reads.


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Santa Ana Mayor Honored Cop Sued For Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man

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"If only flat brim hats were illegal..."

In a prelude to city council chaos in Santa Ana over a 'Fuck the Police' hat last week, Mayor Miguel Pulido praised policemen amid jeers during a previous meeting. Santa Ana Police officer John G. Rodriguez received a service award as one of the honorees on September 2 for being on the force 25 years--almost as long as the reign of the Pulidiato itself!

"He's received two Santa Ana police department service medals of valor for actions during encounters with armed suspects," the Don Papi said, mentioning the cop's many credentials. Left out, of course, is the fact that lawsuits filed this year allege officer Rodriguez used excessive and lethal force in shooting Travis Mock, an unarmed man, in the back last year in an incident that also left another man, Jason Hallstrom, dead.


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