Surfrider, Coastkeeper and Other Groups Sue Surf City Over Its Repeal of Plastic Bag Ban

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Recycling at work
The other receptacle made of organic polymers of high molecular mass has dropped: The Huntington Beach City Council's May 4 repeal of a plastic bag ban was met Tuesday by a lawsuit filed against Surf City by Southern California environmental groups that include San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation and Costa Mesa-based Orange County Coastkeeper.

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Rudolph Peter Juarez and Gabriel A. Garcia Join the Club of Ex-Buena Park Officials Behind Bars

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Gabriel A. Garcia (left) and Rudolph Peter Juarez pleaded guilty and got prison sentences today.
What's good enough for Buena Park's lying ex-mayor is good enough for the city's embezzling two former parks and recreation managers: guilty verdicts in an Orange County courtroom.

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Drought, Drought, Let It All Out, These Are the Dry News Things You Can't Do Without

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That's purified from OC's amazing Groundwater Replenishment System (a.k.a. toilet to tap).
Notes from Year 4 of the California drought ...

Facing the worst drought in Burnt Golden State history and separate actions recently by Gov. Jerry Brown and provider the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to conserve water up to 25 percent, the Board of Directors of the Fountain Valley-based Municipal Water District of Orange County just voted to reduce imported water use throughout the county by roughly 15 percent July 1 through June 30, 2016, unless drought conditions improve.

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Garden Grove Poised to Become Latest OC City to Ban Breeder Sales of Dogs and Cats

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Bargain bin
Like Irvine and Huntington Beach before it, Garden Grove is poised to become another Orange County city that bans the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders, only allowing the paw trade through shelters or rescue groups.

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Surf City Massage Parlor Moratorium Helps Cops Try to Take the "Tug" out of "Rub 'n' Tug"

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It's getting that you can't massage anything in Surf City these days.
Massage parlors mushrooming from eight in 2009 to 74 in 2014 prompted Huntington Beach to recently impose a 45-day moratorium on new such businesses opening while an ordinance is drafted to crack down on crimes associated with some joints--the "tug" that can follow the "rub," if you will.

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Adam Nick Charged for Allegedly Removing Another Lake Forest Councilman's Signs

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Councilman Adam Nick before being hoisted with his own petard.
In 2014, Lake Forest City Councilman Adam Nick pushed to amend the city's sign code to criminalize those who tamper with or remove campaign signs without permission.

Today, the 50-year-old was charged with petty theft, receiving stolen property and violating that same Lake Forest Municipal Code section for allegedly removing another councilman's campaign signs on public display without permission.

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Come to Chapman for the Bell Scandal, Stay for Shots at/of "Jabba the Corrupt" Robert Rizzo

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All hail Jabba the Corrupt.
Chapman University's announcement that it will be presenting a day-long conference in February examining the City of Bell scandal is not the exciting part, although I'm sure a good time will be had by all.

No, the bestest of the bestest about this is we get to once again break out our police mugshot of Robert Rizzo, the former Bell city administrator who was living in Huntington Beach when he became the national poster child for greedy public servants run amok.

Then-Los Angeles County District Attorney Steven L. Cooley called the Bell scandal "corruption on steroids," which must mean steroids are fattening considering Jabba the Corrupt's lovely image.

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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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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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