Dana Rohrabacher, Lou Correa, Judge Jim Gray Among UCI Marijuana Symposium Speakers

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A high fiber meal ... emphasis on the "high."

An all-day symposium at UC Irvine Thursday is not only dedicated to one of OC Weekly's favorite topics (marijuana legalization), but it includes ... um ... colorful characters who have filled our pages (print and otherwise) for years (Dana Rohrabacher, Lou Correa, Judge Jim Gray and Tom Umberg).

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

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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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Larry Agran Spent $200 Million At Great Park, But His Adviser Scores New York Times Story

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Agran became an Irvine career politician 36 years ago

We once could have imagined The New York Times sending a future reporter to a completed Orange County Great Park in Irvine for an awe-inspiring article in the paper's "Great Homes & Destinations" section. Don't laugh. There's no shame in being fooled a decade ago. That's when Irvine political boss Larry Agran promised OC that the decommissioned El Toro Marine Air Corps Station wouldn't just be filled with new houses.

The failed, 1992 Democratic presidential candidate said the development plan included man-made canyons, waterfalls and wildlife corridors; an architecturally impressive sports stadium and amphitheater; breathtaking university buildings; botanical gardens and a conservatory; and Smithsonian-caliber museums. Agran even guaranteed the Great Park would be bigger and more impressive than Manhattan's Central Park and San Diego's Balboa Park. All Irvine voters had to do to reap that historic milestone was to keep him and his political machine in control of the city.

This month, a Times reporter with "Great Homes & Destinations" did focus on Orange County, though the story wasn't about the Great Park--at least directly. That's no surprise. During Agran's 12-year reign, not a single major proposed feature was built even though $200 million evaporated from the park construction kitty.

Where did all that taxpayer money go?

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"The Price We All Pay" Campaign Shames Polluting Corporations for What They Cost Us

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Bought and sold

You've heard of Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to flood our democracy with special-interest dollars. If you can't beat 'em (or out-spend 'em), out 'em! The California League of Conservation Voters has joined a national campaign aimed at exposing these corporations that pollute the state, nation and planet.

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Larry Agran Pledges Building Moratorium But Secretly Assures Developers Otherwise

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Gaido, Agran and Fox: Are they smiling because they think Irvine voters are fools?
Newly obtained evidence reveals Larry Agran--the Irvine political boss who wrecked the Great Park plan by diverting millions of dollars to his pals in no bid contracts and lost control of the city in the 2012 elections--is hoping his November campaign slate with Melissa Fox and Mary Ann Gaido will retake power based on a lie.

In recent weeks, the Agran-Fox-Gaido team published at least six fake newspapers as well as continuous campaign mail urging Irvine voters to support them because they will impose "a moratorium" on construction projects.

"Gaido, Agran and Fox have the courage, skills and determination to restore Irvine's Master Plan and put an Irvine Growth Control Ordinance in place," Agran published about himself and his slate in the Sept. 16 edition of his campaign ad masquerading as a legitimate newspaper to dupe voters. "According to mayoral candidate Mary Ann Gaido, this would begin with a council-ordered moratorium--a 'time out'--on major new housing tracts and apartment complexes."

Concerned Irvine residents who want the best for Irvine have several reasons to be skeptical about the Agran-Gaido-Fox campaign promise.

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Rich Congressman, Poor Congressman: Issa and Rohrabacher at Opposite Ends of Roll Call List

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Dana Rohrabacher should hold out his hat and collect charity, based on a new D.C. wealth report.

Dana Rohrabacher? More like Poorbacher, according to a new D.C. insider list of the wealth of members of Congress. But the Huntington Beach Republican is not the only Orange County congressman to get listicled. Can you guess who was named the "richest" congressman?

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John Wayne Airport Curfews Remain Through 2035 But Flight Increases Will Come ... Someday

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Curfews remain but more flights and passengers are coming ... eventually.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors extended the John Wayne Airport curfew through 2035 on Tuesday while also allowing for more flights and passengers--years from now, when those board members will be long gone.

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Is Queen of the Birfers Orly Taitz Orange County's First Known Enterovirus-68 Victim?

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Orly Taitz claims she must wear a positive pressure oxygen machine mask like this.

Four sick children in Ventura and San Diego counties have been confirmed by state health officials to be the first Southern California victims of enterovirus-68, a rare respiratory virus. But could victim No. 5 reside right here in Orange County? Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/"The Lucy Ricardo of Law"* Orly Taitz is not a child but, according to documents she filed in federal court in Texas, she likely contracted a respiratory infection from a kid in the country illegally. An this is based from a courtroom expert-for-hire who believes Taitz makes a great case for the spread of enterovirus-68 by border crossers.

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County Assessor Webster J. Guillory Pleads Not Guilty to Three Felony Counts: Update

UPDATE: Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory pleaded not guilty today to three felony counts alleging he filed false nomination papers in his re-election bid in the March primary election. He's next due to appear at a preliminary hearing on Nov. 20, although before that the Newport Beach 70-year-old has the Nov. 4 general election to contend with.

The update at the end of this post has Supervisor John Moorlach and defense attorney John Barnett blasting the district attorney's case against Guillory.

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County Assessor Webster J. Guillory could get probation or prison with a conviction.

ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 9, 4:26 P.M.: Webster James Guillory filed false nomination papers in his current re-election bid for Orange County assessor, according to charges filed today by the Orange County District Attorney's office.

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Forde's Theatre: Overpriced PR Consultant Confesses Great Park Plan Was A Dream

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Irvine political boss Larry Agran is publishing a fake newspaper (above) to dupe voters
Having collected $7.23 million to do public relations for a government park that may never be fully built because of wasted spending, Newport Beach consultant Arnold Forde made clear at the outset of an Aug. 5 deposition that he is contemptuous of questions about his windfall.

The recipient of no-bid contracts for a decade because of his personal ties to Irvine political boss Larry Agran, Forde advised Anthony R. Taylor, the city council-hired attorney investigating corruption at the Orange County Great Park project, that he's the target of "a witch hunt."

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