Orange County Bernie Sanders Supporters Seem to Have a Problem with the Koch Brothers

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California for Bernie Sanders
Darth Koch on the left?
When I was informed Orange County supporters of Bernie Sanders' presidential bid were protesting the Koch brothers Saturday, I had to know why. After all, Dave and Chuck Koch are successful industrialists who are really involved in making America a better place ... for successful industrialists. So I asked a random person happening by if she knew why OC Sanders supporters would be so down on the Kochs.

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New Report Forecasts More Jobs, But With Crap Pay, in OC's Future Economy

Categories: Politics

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Photo by Monica Brasov-Curca

A new report released yesterday says Orange County's economy is destined for growth and inequality. More Jobs, Less Opportunity is a joint effort between the UC Irvine Community Labor Project and Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD). It had its big unveiling in the meeting room of Santa Ana Public Library. Academics, community organizers and politicians packed the house, a veritable who's-who of progressive OC.

"What is Orange County's economy like for regular people?" asked lead author Clara Turner of OCCORD. "What changes do we need to make?"


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Touraj Daryaee, UCI Professor from Iran, Says Nuclear Pact Could Thaw Relations with U.S.

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Chuck Kennedy/Official White House Photo
Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama walk down the Cross Hall after the Iran nuclear agreement was announced in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday.
"My parents still live there so I know exactly how it is. I wouldn't think if Iran is bombed it would make things better for anybody--for Iran, the region or the world. We already have Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. We don't want this other, bigger country to fall apart.''
-Touraj Daryaee, a UC Irvine history professor who specializes in Iran and spent his formative years there before emigrating to the United States, who believes the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal is war.


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Orly Taitz Thought Andrew S. Hanen was Her Anti-Obama Judge; Too Bad He Didn't Play Ball

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Photos by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Orly Taitz, sitting, lacks standing.
If you go to Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/wind-up doll Orly Taitz's OrlyTaitzEsq.com website and type "Hanen" in the search, you'll read all kinds of headlines that seem to indicate a federal judge in Texas is ruling for her lawsuit seeking to stop the transfer of undocumented immigrants between states or, at least, deport or quarantine them for two months to halt the spread of scabies, tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, swine flu, dengue fever, the Ebola virus and lice. Taitz also alleges President Obama and members of his administration are guilty of racketeering and defamation of her character. But one headline you won't find of her quasi-fundraising site is one reporting the latest out of Texas, where Brownsville-based Judge Andrew S. Hanen, famously blocked Obama administration orders on immigration in a case unrelated to Taitz's (despite her best efforts to merge the suits). No, Hanen's most recent ruling certainly is no win for the Queen of the Birfers,

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'Mobile Justice' Art Event Brings New Media & Activism Together in Downtown Santa Ana

Categories: Politics

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Courtesy of GCAC, Joseph DeLappe's "Liberty Weeping"
Why so glum, lady liberty?

New media continues to change social movements whether through a hashtag rallying cry or police brutality filmed on phones. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Ella Baker Center are coming together tonight in downtown SanTana to see how analog and digital forms of freedom fighting can intertwine. "Mobile Justice: OC Edition" presents featured activists, including one of the founders of #BlackLivesMatter!

The event at the Grand Central Art Center in downtown SanTana revolves around performance art and music. "For us its just a creative way the engage to community beyond lectures and forums," says ACLU Southern California's Marcus Benigno.


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Hidden Injustice: County Counsel Works To Keep OC's Snitch Scandal Under Wraps

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Bob Aul/OC Weekly
For a quarter of a century, the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) operated one of the nation's longest frauds on the criminal-justice system through a secret, computerized records system called TRED. In late 2014, Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals forced a monumentally resistant OCSD to admit its existence. Why all the secrecy?

The few TRED records that have been pried free are a treasure trove of exculpatory evidence hidden from trials that resulted in prosecution victories over hoodwinked defendants. The records also clearly reveal that Southern California law-enforcement officials run a jailhouse-informant program that habitually tramples the constitutional rights of pretrial defendants.

With the aid of the county counsel's office, OCSD officials employed exaggerations, half-truths, circular logic and legally inane gobbledygook to keep judges, juries and defense lawyers clueless about TRED since 1990. They've even been willing to tell fibs under oath in a death-penalty case.

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Dr. Sears, OC Republican Legislators Illin' Over Gov. Brown Signing Vaccinations Bill

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Too late for this boy, who was infected in 1963.
That late December/early 2015 outbreak of measles traced from Disneyland to other parts of Orange County, across California, over the border to Mexico and to other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington state prompted Golden State vaccination legislation that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday--and then immediately blasted by Orange County Republican legislators and a pediatrician embraced by "anti-vaxxers" or those opposed to or skeptical of vaccinations.

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Dana Rohrabacher's Scary Crisis: How Can I Buy Booze After Campaign Embezzlement?

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Bill Hunt @ BillHuntIllustrations.com / OC Weekly
Rohrabacher: No, no, no! My campaign funds can't be missing. I need another couple of rounds of drinks, bartender!
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior, career politician--announced today that his longtime campaign treasurer allegedly stole more than $173,000 from his election coffers.

But Rohrabacher, a notorious cheapskate and slob known as the Loretta Sanchez of the California Republican Party, failed to mention who is likely most upset by the situation: the congressman's wife, Rhonda, who has in the past deposited about 50 percent of campaign contributions into the family's bank accounts by--cough, cough--acting as his campaign manager.

Nick Gerda at the Voice of OC broke the story and quoted Rohrabacher as claiming he's "disappointed and dismayed by this betrayal of trust" by Jack Wu, a surfing Newport Beach/Los Angeles tax accountant, past city council candidate and conservative political activist whose Twitter account description declares, "Kick ass for da Lord!"

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Pot Hole Disasters Prompt Twitter War Between California Republicans

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Noooooo!
In the perverted world of California transportation, two facts can't be denied.

First: Our streets and highways are in horrible condition and need at least $296 billion during the next five years for already ignored construction and repair projects; a reported 87 percent of road pavement is rated as "at risk" or "poor."

Second: Politicians in Sacramento routinely refuse to prioritized transportation spending in favor of social programs; To the chagrin of Republicans, the Democrat-controlled legislature has proposed an upcoming $168 billion budget with a measly $2 billion for roads when experts say the state should be spending at least $8 billion annually.

While Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for a special session to address the problem that may result in the imposition of new taxes, two prominent California Republican Party activists have been engaged in a Twitter war on the topic: Orange County's Jon Fleischman and Dana Reed of Indian Wells.

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Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation Takes Up Saudi Arabia Deal TODAY

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Photo by flickr user Shannon Doyle
Hello, we'll be your guidance counselors.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation's board is scheduled today to discuss its controversial $105 million consulting contract with Saudi Arabia that has been chastised by faculty, a student trustee and the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States.

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