Jesse Jackson and Fellow UCI Ebola Panelists Agree All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

UCI School of Law
Jesse Jackson makes a point at UCI Wednesday about people who want affordable healthcare for themselves but not Obamacare for those who would otherwise be uninsured.
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 20, 7:30 A.M.: During the discussion and exchange with audience members at Wednesday's UC Irvine law school panel on "The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises," dean Erwin Chemerinsky said, "It's important that constitutional decisions be based on scientific information and not fear."

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Protest Outside OC's Mexican Consulate Planned for 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa

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Josue Rivas / OC Weekly
A casket with the number '43' symbolizing the disappeared students at Santa Ana's Noche de Altares
Protests continue to engulf Mexico following the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero in late September. A nationwide strike has been called for November 20 with supportive actions planned in U.S. cities that same day, including a march to the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana.

The date marks the anniversary of Mexico's 1910 revolution. Is another one in the making?

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New, Refreshing Day In Garden Grove: Bao Nguyen Captures Mayor's Office

Nguyen: Honest concern for residents outranked opponent's "communist" name game
A refreshing, new era in Garden Grove unofficially began tonight when the Orange County Registrar of Voters ended its Nov. 2014 vote counting and left young, upstart Bao Nguyen the victor over crusty, entrenched politician Bruce Broadwater in the race for mayor.

The result should mean Garden Grove--a city festering too often in grotesque backdoor dealings, questionable policy making, anti-immigrant sentiment and blatant nepotism thanks to Broadwater--is poised to enter an uplifting phase where residents don't take a back seat to national corporate interests luxuriously feeding financially off of nearby Disneyland.

While Broadwater seemingly couldn't resist any lunch or dinner with a wealthy developer or political hack, the Buddhist Nguyen--a UC Irvine graduate and son of parents who fled communist Vietnam and landed in Orange County's Little Saigon--has been known for years in Southern California's progressive communities for his mellow personality that defies an absolutely stern commitment to minorities, workers and everyday residents.

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An Inconvenient Thirst: See Jay Famiglietti's
60 Minutes Segment "Depleting the Water"

UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?


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California State Bar Fires Back At Joe Dunn's Version Of His Sensational Termination

The California State Bar issued a statement this afternoon defending its Nov. 7 firing of former Orange County state Senator Joe Dunn as executive director and claiming Dunn's lawsuit response depicting himself as an abused whistleblower is "bewildering."

According to the announcement, Dunn was under investigation based on several complaints and the bar board carefully considered the situation before terminating his employment.

"On July 31, 2014, the board received a complaint from a high-level employee raising serious, wide-ranging allegations about Executive Director Joe Dunn and certain state bar employees," the statement declares. "Another complaint followed in mid-August from another high-level employee."

Following the investigation by an independent law firm, the board voted on Nov. 7 to fire Dunn.

The state bar has not yet disclosed specific accusations.

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Joe Dunn, Ex-Orange County State Senator, Fired From California State Bar

Categories: Court, Politics

Fired in recent days as executive director of the California State Bar, former Orange County state Senator Joe Dunn has filed a lawsuit claiming his ouster was retaliation for his whistle-blower revelations concerning "egregious improprieties" within the organization, the Los Angeles Times is reporting tonight.

Dunn, who has run the organization for four years, claims in his Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that prior to his Nov. 7 termination he'd complained about "ethical breaches, prosecutorial lapses and fiscal improprieties" involving State Bar President Craig Holden and Jayne Kim, the bar's chief trial counsel, according to Times reporter Maura Dolan and Maria Denzio at Courthouse News Service.

The gregarious, sharp-witted, Minnesota native represented central Orange County from 1998 to 2006, and won national acclaim for leading the state senate's investigation into Enron's nefarious role in the 2000-2001 energy crisis. Though decidedly progressive in political stances, Dunn enjoyed friendly working relationships with conservative Republicans. A 2003 OC Weekly profile noted his "hardcore, unapologetic Democrat" public image that included an eagerness to discuss class-warfare issues.

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An Inconvenient Thirst: 6 Videos on UCI/JPL's Alarming Groundwater Research

American Museum of Natural History
From his JPL desk, Jay Famiglietti talks about dwindling drinking water in Australia.

Check out the following six (mostly brief) videos that have UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti and his team's research explaining the California and global groundwater crises.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?


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The Tres Pendejos: Adios to Larry Agran, Curt Pringle and Miguel Pulido

Meranda Carter/OC Weekly
Adios, Agran!

In June 2004, the Orange County Register published an article that was simultaneously preposterous yet prophetic. It was a profile of three mayors--Curt Pringle of Anaheim, Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana, and Irvine's Larry Agran--who had become what reporter Jeff Rowe called "the most unusual of political allies." The story hailed their partnership as a lesson for a county that had moved past suburbia and needed new ideas to govern the post-modern metropolis OC is today.

I remember reading the story in the Weekly world headquarters with my colleagues, Nick Schou and R. Scott Moxley, and howling in laughter. Agran, Pringle and Pulido--who called themselves the Tres Caballeros--were the most powerful mayors in Orange County history, bucking a politician's usual trajectory to Sacramento or Washington, D.C., to forge local machines that were reshaping their cities in their own image. The article dripped with their smugness and came with a photo of the three, all suited and proper and ready to conquer the county. Each mayor was a personal bugaboo of ours--Pringle for Nick, Agran for Scott, and Pulido for me--and now they were aligned together in OC's own Axis of Evil, ready for their comeuppance.

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UCI Law's Erwin Chemerinsky and Michele Goodwin Tell Obama to Act on Organ Shortages

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There just aren't enough parts to go around.

UC Irvine School of Law founding dean and nationally known constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, UCI Chancellor's Professor of law Michele Goodwin and 300 health and transplant professionals, religious leaders, legal scholars and ethicists are calling on President Barack Obama to take action on "easing a critical and worsening shortage of transplantable organs that results in thousands of American deaths every year."

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[UPDATED:] CHP Arrests Little Saigon Councilman Andy Quach On Suspicion of DUI

Dzo! Councilman Quach during 2009 DUI arrest
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) today arrested Westminster City Councilman Andy Tuan Quach on suspicion of drunk driving charges and he remains locked inside jail tonight, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) records.

The 42-year-old Quach, who has served multiple terms on the council and is a Vietnamese immigrant who fled his communist homeland by boat with his family in 1980, will appear in open court in Westminster on Nov. 13 to provide his plea to the charges.

The U.S. Navy veteran, who unsuccessfully attempted to become a SEAL, is being held in custody until he pays $10,000 bail.

Trouble with the law isn't new for the Chapman University graduate. In 2009, he pleaded guilty in a DUI case after clipping another vehicle, crashing his Mercedes into a wall and destroying electrical poles on McFadden Avenue in the wee hours of one morning. The incident, where his blood-alcohol content was triple the legal limit, resulted in more than 300 homes in Little Saigon, the location of people he has supposedly represented, losing power for half a day. As punishment, he received probation.

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