Killswitch Documentary Went from Santa Ana to Washington, D.C., Before Net Neutrality Vote

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Killswitch: The Battle to Control the Internet is about the battle over access to online information.
On the eve of last Thursday's historic vote by the Federal Communications Commission to implement strong net neutrality regulations, two Santa Ana filmmakers were invited by a congressman to show to policymakers in D.C. their award-winning documentary about the forces trying to control the Internet.

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Larry Agran Gives Middle Finger To Deposition Subpoena On Great Park Shenanigans

Agran: It's not illegal when, uhhh, a defeated councilman does it
It's not surprising that Larry Agran would want to avoid answering questions under oath about how his Democrat council majority in Irvine spent more than $200 million without building a single, major feature at the proposed Orange County Great Park.

But it is fascinating that Agran, who has a California law license and was a 1992 presidential candidate, thinks he can ignore a lawfully issued subpoena that compelled his presence Wednesday for a deposition in the city's ongoing investigation into Great Park shenanigans.

The man who voters booted out of office in November failed to show up at the offices of Anthony R. Taylor, the Aleshire & Wynder attorney who is conducting the probe.

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UCI Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy Examine America's War on Drugs SATURDAY

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It just keeps coming, doesn't it?
UCI Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy examine America's war on drugs Saturday. I mean, they won't be examining war while on drugs, but examining the War on Drugs. You know, the one we're about as close to winning as any of those Choose Your Adventure wars in the Middle East.

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It's Ain't Screwy Voting Districts Killing Latino Political Power in OC; It's the Democratic Party

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Solorio: Former rising star, then the status quo--and now done

Over the past two weeks, much has been written about how former supervisor/state senator/state assemblymember/Lou Sheldon bitch Lou Correa lost the First Supervisorial District race to former Garden Grove councilmember Andrew Do. Coming a couple of months after a disastrous 2014 Election Day that saw Sharon Quirk-Silva lose her State Senate race to Young Kim and Jose Solorio lose handily to Janet Nguyen in the race for Correa's old State Senate seat, and it's been a bitter pill for Democrats but especially OC Latinos, who now find themselves without a wab representative in Sacramento or on the Board of Supervisors for the first time since 1998.

The most popular angle taken by local media and pundits is that Correa and Solorio should've won handily because the district they ran in have a lot of Mexicans in it, but those damn Vietnamese voters in Little Saigon just vote too darn much! For Correa supporters, the main culprit is a 2011 gerrymandering scheme by the all-Republican Board of Supervisors at the time (don't accuse me of exaggerating--no less a conservative lion than then-Supervisor John Moorlach called it "gerrymandering") that diluted Latino voting power in the First by bringing in more Little Saigon voters--you know, those voters who vote too much. Both Latino yaktivists and Democratic Party officials are now mumbling about a possible lawsuit using California's Voting Rights Act to correct the First's alleged wrong and ensure Latino wins in the future. That's fine and all, but that stance will let off the hook the biggest reason why OC electoral gains in higher office for Latinos have now been effectively rolled back two decades: the pendejos running the Democratic Party of Orange County.

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Dept. of Where Have I Heard This Before: OC Assemblymen Propose Pervs-in-Parks Ban

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Yeah ... beats me, too.
When an Orange County law gets struck down by the courts, try, try again with the state Legislature. That's apparently the attitude of two Orange County Assembly members who have proposed a bill that would allow cities to ban sex offenders from public parks.

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Lou Correa's Loss in Supervisor Race Spurs Latino Activist Chatter of Voting Rights Lawsuit

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Does the gambler Lou Correa know when to walk away?
UPDATE NO. 2, FEB. 17, 10:24 A.M.: In light of Lou Correa's loss to Andrew Do in the First District county supervisor special election, Latino rights activists are reportedly contemplating a voting rights lawsuit. KPCC reports the grounds for such an action would be that county Board of Supervisors district lines are carved in such a way to dilute the power of Latinos, who make up 34.2 percent of Orange County's population.

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Metal Detectors to Make Entering OC Board of Supervisors Meetings Like Standing in TSA Line

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Just tell 'em it's a lint brush.
Subject for your sad-commentary-on-these-times approval: You'll soon have to pass through a metal detector to attend meetings of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in Santa Ana.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Don't Vote

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Be careful with us Mexis, Dems and GOP, or we'll burn ya

THE political story of the young year so far has been how Andrew Do presumptively beat Lou Correa in the First Supervisorial District special election last month. Now comes the second-guessing, all focusing on why Latino voters didn't come out in droves to elect their savior Lou--and, really, if you read that sentence again sloooooowly, you'll understand why Mexicans didn't vote in this particular instance. But in general? That's where we need to consult the trusty ol' ¡Ask a Mexican! hat. I might have more on Correa's epic loss, depending on how many more articles I need to write to impress our future owners...HA!

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Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait Focuses on At-Risk Youth in State of the City Speech

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Mayor Tait kicking off his second term
"There is no better city than Anaheim, period!" Mayor Tom Tait declared in the beginning of his 2015 State of the City speech yesterday.

Fresh off his overwhelming victory last year in an ugly re-election battle, Tait laid out a vision for his second term at the annual luncheon, held again at The City National Grove of Anaheim. In a break from the past, the mayor sidestepped his Anaheim Chamber of Commerce enemies, partnering instead with the Orange County Community Foundation.

Tait centered his message on the city's at-risk youth, highlighting and benefiting the work of Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim.

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum Coming to Long Beach to Debate Politics and Stuff

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum are coming to Long Beach to debate politics and current events.
Rick Santorum, who is famous for saying, "Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be," is coming to Long Beach to debate politics with Howard Dean, who is famous for saying, "Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York. ... And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! YEEAAHHUHAHHH!!!"

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