Ex-Immigration Officer Get 51 Months for Taking Bribes from Cambodian Immigrants

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Billy Louis Nelms Sr.'s Veterans Administration badge.

A former Santa Ana-based immigration officer was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for helping Cambodian immigrants legally remain in the U.S. in exchange for bribes. Billy Louis Nelms Sr., 54, of Los Angeles, had steadfastly maintained his innocence and accused the government of persecution and prejudice before his conviction this summer.

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

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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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Ebola Fever Spreads at St. Joseph Hospital ... Check That: Ebola-Fighting Fever Spreads

Categories: Doctor's Orders

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California Nurses Association
Registered nurses rally outside St. Joseph Hospital in Orange Friday over Ebola preparedness.

Four days after registered nurses made the same case at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, leaders of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and National Nurses United are this morning meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento to review ways to make California the national leader in protecting nurses, other frontline health care workers, patients and the public from the Ebola virus.

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Francisco Javier Montano Gets 2 Years for Fatal Hit and Run That Baby Miraculously Survived

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Francisco Javier Montano fled because he had no license.
A 22-year-old Irvine man was looking at up to 7 1/2 years in prison for driving off in his SUV after his girlfriend jumped out to her death last Halloween with their 13-month-old baby in their arms. (Their daughter miraculously survived with minor injuries.)

But after agreeing to a plea agreement that had him admitting his guilt to felony hit-and-run involving a death and child abuse and endangerment, Francisco Javier Montano was sentenced Monday to two years behind bars.

With time served, he could be kicked loose in a couple weeks, the prosecutor says.

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1,000 Times Goodnight, Juliette Binoche and Peter Travers Are "in" Port Theater TONIGHT

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The New Port Theater
The outside of Port Theater and programming inside have entered a new age.
Before and after its 2012 resurrection, the Port Theater in Corona del Mar has been the host of film screenings followed by audience Q&A's with filmmakers and stars.

That's happening again at 7 tonight with the drama 1,000 Times Goodnight, although there is a twist: moderator and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers, in-theater reporter Alison Bailes and the film's star Juliette Binoche will be 2,800ish miles away in New York City.

The New York Film Critics Series presents live, interactive, high-definition screenings of films that are beamed into independent cinemas, before the regular theatrical openings.

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Jason "Mayhem" Miller Pleads Not Guilty to Causing Mayhem in Standoff with Deputies

Categories: Court, Sports

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"You ain't never met a defendant ... Liiiike ... MEEEEE!
UPDATE NO. 6, OCT. 20, 1:39 P.M.: Retired MMA fighter Jason Nicholas Miller pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest at his arraignment hearing this morning in Santa Ana, where he is to return Dec. 1 for a pretrial hearing.

"Mayhem" separately faces faces two felony counts of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, felony stalking and a misdemeanor count of violating a protective order.

On the bright side, based solely on the sheriff's booking photo at right, Miller is a lock for the role of the genie in the touring musical version of Aladdin.

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Kent and Jill Easter's School Mom Victim Kelli Peters Finally Gets to Speak Her Mind: Update

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Photo courtesy of Kelli Peters
"I actually started to fear for my life and the life of my daughter," Kelli Peters said of the harassment Jill and Kent Easter put her through.

UPDATE, OCT. 20, 10 A.M.: The victim of Jill and Kent Easter finally got her chance to speak out about the nightmare the vindictive Irvine lawyer couple put the school volunteer through, something she remained silent about until both had been prosecuted.

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NY Times: Aaron Kushner to Lay Off Even More People

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Stuart Kushner: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it: layoffs like me!"

The New York Times checked in on Aaron Kushner today regarding the Los Angeles Times lawsuit against him. Kudos to the Grey Lady for citing our comparison of the Kush to Wimpy (though wonder why they didn't identify the Popeye pal by name...), and for getting Kushner to spout off even more platitudes ("We just had a nicely profitable month...we're going to have a nicely profitable quarter"--this after a mass round of layoffs and the shuttering of the Los Angeles Register) and pablum about persecution ("I do know that the L.A. Times has been spreading rumors about us to try and hurt our business" says the man accused of not paying millions of dollars in bills and stiffing delivery drivers).

But tossed off as an aside, with no followup whatsoever, was this line by reporter Christine Haughney: "And [Kushner] confirmed there would be additional layoffs at Freedom Communications, in a year in which job cuts have already been made."

This, in a year where there's been TWO rounds of job cuts at the Register and two shutterings of newspapers.


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Jose Solorio Can't Even Get Jerry Brown to Pronounce His Last Name Correctly in Campaign Ad

Categories: Politics

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Solorio: Haven't you heard of Movember?

It's been a rough 2014 for Jose Solorio, the current Rancho Santiago Community College District trustee who made his name as a former SanTana councilmember, a state assemblymember, and the best political mustache since William Howard Taft. The bigote is gone, replaced by an upper lip that's far too sweaty for comfort. Solorio's campaign is facing a brutal attack by opponent (and current OC supervisor) Janet Nguyen. And even when Solorio gets a heavyweight in his corner, like he recently did when California governor Jerry Brown recorded some radio ads for him (currently airing on a loop on KFI-Am 640), the heavyweight goes Glass Joe on him in his effort.

How bad? Brown couldn't even be bothered to pronounce Solorio's last name right for the ad, pronouncing it So-LAY-rio instead of the proper So-LOH-rio.


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Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater Attacks Opponent Bao Nguyen With Most Laughable Mailer Ever

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Nguyen: Making Broadwater running scared

Pandering to the Vietnamese voter base has been way simple for a long time. In danger of losing your election? Just say your opponents loves the commies. Or you hate the commies more! Throw in some grainy photos, and don't forget to slap a a commie star on the commie...'cause commie star! Even Karl Rove couldn't think of a more fiendishly simple script.

And here's the latest example from Little Saigon: an attack mailer targeted at Garden Grove mayoral candidate (and current school trustee) Bao Nguyen paid for by a committee tied to the city's mayor, Bruce Broadwater.

The Weekly appears twice on the mailer (It's nice to know we have fans), which paints Nguyen as a commie-loving, community-hating all around bad guy--and anyone knows that any politician this infernal rag doesn't immediately hate has no chance of winning an election. But the attack basically boils down to: freedom of speech sucks, everyone who lives in Vietnam is a communist, and gay people shouldn't be talked about.


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