Fracking Educating Spreads to All of North County: Update

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on Saturday's well-attended fracking forum in Brea and details on an upcoming event involving seven North County cities.

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Fracking has drawn opposition all over the country including, as shown here, Maryland.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 8:33 A.M.: It's doubtful anyone from Linn Energy, the major leaseholder in the Brea-Olinda Oil Field, will swing by but organizers say they are presenting a first-ever presentation educating Brea residents on fracking Saturday night.

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Rancho Santa Margarita Forms Committee to Help Draft Anti-Bullying Ordinance: Update

See the update at the end of this post on the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council forming a committee to help draft California's anti-bullying ordinance.

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He's a victim?

ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 25, 6:02 A.M.: This post was supposed to be about the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council tonight considering an anti-bullying ordinance, but then, like manna from the sky, fell a press release from a controversial drug rehab offering a program to rehabilitate bullies, from the perspective that they are "victims."

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Charter Warning Compares What Could Happen in Costa Mesa to What Happened in Bell

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Mayor Jim Righeimer (center) leads a three-member City Council majority that supports Costa Mesa becoming a charter city.

Days after the Costa Mesa City Council held the second of two public meetings required by state law of proposed charter cities, a San Diego-based nonprofit launched a website warning the public that it is among five or so California cities that risk becoming another Bell.

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Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes Addresses Pasadena Arrest of Dreadlock Hippie AJ Redkey

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Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes
As the three-year anniversary of Kelly Thomas' beating death by Fullerton police approaches, emotions are still running high. There's a new Chief in town, but old anger remains. The latest outrage surrounds the Pasadena arrest of inLeague Press livestreamer AJ Redkey last month on a warrant stemming from a failure to disperse charge during a January 18 protest after the Thomas trial verdicts acquitted two ex-cops. In a rare move in local politics, councilman Bruce Whitaker agendized the arrest for frank discussion during Tuesday's meeting of the city council.

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Miller Oh, Buena Park's Mayor, Guilty of Perjury

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Jurors agreed Sangjin Miller Oh repeatedly lied on DMV documents to avoid paying child support to his ex-wife.

Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh faces more than six years in state prison following his conviction today of five felony counts of perjury.

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Irvine Great Park Site Selection Panel Formation Draws Cemetery-Seeking Military Veterans

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"Fly me to grandpa's cemetery plot."
Veterans who want an Orange County cemetery at the Great Park will be marching into tonight's Irvine City Council meeting.

Also parachuting in will be representatives of Five Points, the company whose residential tracts will ring (and help pay for) the in-progress park. The council is scheduled to form a Site Selection Committee for the project, and Five Points wants a voice on the panel.

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Robert Rizzo Gets 12 Years in Prison and $8.8 Million Restitution Order: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Robert Rizzo's state-court sentence and apology.

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ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 6:37 A.M.: Former City of Bell chief administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as part of a plea deal that included Jabba the Corrupt admitting he spent $120,000 in ill-gotten loot on construction at his former Huntington Beach home.

We're guessing it was for wider archways and reinforced floors.

U.S. District Court Judge George H. King in Los Angeles said at sentencing Rizzo was consumed by "greed in cheating the taxpayers of the United States after cheating the citizens of Bell," proving yet again that greed is very fattening.

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Affliction Clothing Sells Tasteful T-shirts to Raise Funds for Seal Beach Massacre Memorial

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When I learned Affliction Clothing was making t-shirts to honor victims of the worst mass shooting in Orange County history, I thought, "Uh-oh."

After all, isn't this the MMA-lovun company known for garb with images of skulls, the Grim Reaper and designs that would stain anyone who fell into a puddle of tattoos?

Indeed, it is.

But fear not, ultimate fight fans ...

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Did Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray Mislead Public About Rental Housing Program?

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Kris Murray
Anaheim's so-called "Quality Rental Housing Program" championed by councilwoman Kris Murray comes back to council today for a second reading. When it does, staff will revise a questionable questionnaire concerning occupancy limits set to go out to apartment owners starting this summer.

Murray feigned opposition to it last meeting. "I do not support the checklist that was included," she said at the time. "Many people don't understand is that very often we see the agenda at the same time as the public and that is the case in this situation as well."

But was last Tuesday really the first time the councilwoman saw the checklist that made the program really about booting poor residents more than slapping slumlords?

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Morton Irvine Smith, an Actual Irvine (with a Naughty Past) Wants to Be Mayor of Irvine

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Morton Irvine Smith, an actual member of the family that gave the city of Irvine and the sprawling ranch before it their names, wants to be mayor of Irvine.

Smith also holds the, erm, distinction of being among those cited in the Weekly's "Son of Scary" list of Orange County's Scariest People of 2002.

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