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  • O.C. jails ready for immigration detainees

    10/01/2010 2:36:54 PM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct. 1, 2010 | Cindy Carcamo
    After months of negotiations, including initial resistance from some local politicians, Orange County is ready to play host to hundreds of detainees suspected of being in the country illegally. By mid-October up to 838 immigration detainees will reside at Theo Lacy Facility in Orange and James A. Musick Facility near Irvine, an accord between the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The agreement makes Orange County a vital partner in providing bed space for ICE officials. Santa Ana already contracts with ICE, providing 200 beds annually since 2006.
  • URGENT!!! Kittens @ OC Shelter [Forever homes needed. Pix included.]

    09/29/2010 1:03:20 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/28/10 | Angels for Animals Network
    Angels for Animals Network Darling Orphan Kittens Need Rescue NOW!!! Contact Tammy Osborn at the OC Shelter at if you can help. [Thanks to Brad's Gramma for the heads-up. Any Orange County freepers looking for their own VK, you know what to do.]]
  • A Democrat's Descent

    09/27/2010 5:54:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: Conservative Orange County, Calif., has for years been plagued by an anomaly: The congressional district in its heart is held by a big-spending Democrat. But a flare-up of identity politics may change that. The 47th District spreads across all of Santa Ana, much of Anaheim, Garden Grove and Fullerton. Census data indicate that roughly half the population is foreign-born, the overwhelmingly largest group being Hispanic, with an admixture of vibrant Asian communities creating a kind of blue-color cosmopolitanism in the center of an affluent coastal county. Fourteen years ago, Democrat Loretta Sanchez managed to oust GOP Rep. Bob Dornan,...
  • ‘Leaving California’ list grows to 144 firms for 2010 (34 in Orange County alone)

    09/26/2010 8:34:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 09/23/2010 | Jan Norman
    Irvine consultant Joe Vranich, who has been compiling a list of companies leaving California because of the state’s anti-business environment, is now up to 144 companies that have departed in 2010, including 34 in Orange County. In addition, he lists 51 companies (8 from Orange County) that left in 2009. That three-fold increase, Vranich says, is the tip of the iceberg that is California’s financial woes.“Quite clearly, the exodus of businesses out of California continues. It makes sense for companies to reduce their California footprint considering the ample supply of attractive, lower-cost alternative locations. Unless California reduces its hostility toward...
  • Calif. House race has ethnic tinge (Sanchez vs. Tran)

    09/25/2010 6:43:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Politicio ^ | September 25, 2010 | James Hohmann
      GARDEN GROVE, Calif.—Rep. Loretta Sanchez wanted to fire up her Latino base when she told Univision, in Spanish, that “the Vietnamese” are trying to steal her seat. Instead, the vulnerable Democrat created a backlash that could undercut gains she’s made during a 14-year courtship of Little Saigon and gave her Vietnamese opponent, Republican Van Tran, a much-needed opening to galvanize an ethnic base that’s splintered away from his party in recent years. “The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, trying to take this seat from which we have done so much for our community — to take...
  • Calif. Rep. `Did not intend to offend anyone'

    09/24/2010 7:14:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 24, 2010
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez says she didn't intend to offend anyone when she told a reporter that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were trying to take her seat representing California's Orange County. Sanchez said Friday she "used a poor choice of words that some people have taken as offensive" in a Spanish-language interview with Jorge Ramos on Univision's Sunday morning show, "Al Punto."
  • 20 illegal immigrants arrested in Orange County beach landing

    09/08/2010 1:05:33 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Sept. 7, 2010 | Howard Blume
    Border agents arrested 20 illegal immigrants Tuesday morning who were attempting to enter the country by sea at Calafia State Beach in San Clemente. When the small craft the immigrants were riding in land landed, the occupants attempted to flee. Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol arrested 17 men and three women, all from Mexico. A 36-year-old woman suffered a broken leg while jumping from the boat, according to a statement from the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. The others were taken to a Border Patrol station for processing. No further...
  • Orange County Is No Longer Nixon Country

    08/29/2010 9:35:13 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 29, 2010 | Adam Nagourney
    Orange County Is No Longer Nixon Country By ADAM NAGOURNEY SANTA ANA, Calif. — Orange County has been a national symbol of conservatism for more than 50 years: birthplace of President Richard M. Nixon and home to John Wayne, a bastion for the John Birch Society, a land of orange groves and affluence, the region of California where Republican presidential candidates could always count on a friendly audience. But this iconic county of 3.1 million people passed something of a milestone in June. The percentage of registered Republican voters dropped to 43 percent, the lowest level in 70 years. It...
  • Immigration raid at Fullerton factory leads to 43 arrests

    06/30/2010 11:04:27 PM PDT · by thecodont · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | July 1, 2010 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
    Production resumed Wednesday at a manufacturing plant in Fullerton after an immigration raid that resulted in the arrests of 43 workers and the temporary shutdown of the facility. Employers at Terra Universal Inc., which produces equipment for semiconductor and pharmaceutical manufacturers, spent the day reassuring customers, checking employees' documents and questioning why they were targeted, according to the company's attorney. Chief Operating Officer Ken Harms said the raid took him by surprise and disrupted the entire plant. "It was completely unexpected," he said. Immigration agents executed a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation,...
  • 'Enhanced pension goodies' for deputies illegal, brief says

    06/30/2010 6:37:35 PM PDT · by WilliamIII
    Orange County Register ^ | June 29, 2010 | Teri Sforza
    So last week it was Attorney General/Candidate for Governor Jerry Brown weighing in on the county’s lawsuit trying to rescind generous pensions for deputies (county suit, bad). This week, it’s the ring-the-bells-for-freedom Pacific Legal Foundation and friends weighing in on same (county suit, good). You may have heard that the County of Orange sued the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs in 2008, trying to yank back the so-called “three percent at 50″ benefit, which allows deputies who have served for 30 years to retire at age 50 with 90 percent of their salaries. (Said benefit was magnanimously granted by...
  • ACLU sues federal government for alleged discrimination against Muslim man

    06/17/2010 4:33:10 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 190+ views
    L.A. Times Blogs ^ | June 16, 2010 | Ching-Ching Ni
    The ACLU of Southern California sued the federal government Wednesday for denying the citizenship application of a 50-year-old Egyptian Muslim man based on what the civil rights group calls "misleading FBI files and questionable tactics." Tarek Hamdi, a father of four, has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years. He also was a lawful, permanent resident for more than two decades. It took the government nine years to process Hamdi’s citizenship application. It was eventually rejected because Hamdi allegedly failed to claim that he was "associated" with the Benevolence International Foundation, a group designated by the U.S. Treasury...
  • Mom Shoots Neighbor's Dog After it Attacks Daughter

    05/20/2010 2:50:46 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 134 replies · 3,062+ views
    KTLA ^ | May 19, 2010 | Staff
    LAKE FOREST -- A woman in Lake Forest shot her neighbor's dog after the animal attacked her 6-year-old daughter, authorities said. The attack happened just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday ... A 14-year-old boy heard screams and saw a brown and white boxer grab his 6-year-old sister's shoulder while she was playing on the driveway with her 3-year-old sister. The boy ran to the driveway and tried to pull his sister away from the animal, but the dog then bit the girl seven times on the leg, head, shoulder and face, authorities said. The girl's mother, Jennifer Cooper, was on the...
  • SoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity

    04/13/2010 7:10:57 PM PDT · by bd476 · 87 replies · 2,009+ views
    KTLA News ^ | April 13, 2010 | KTLA News
    KTLA NewsSoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 have struck the region this year -- more than any year in the past decade. KTLA News 11:08 AM PDT, April 13, 2010 LOS ANGELES -- Southern California, along with Baja California, has seen a surge in moderate earthquake activity this year and scientists are trying to figure out what's causing the uptick. There have been 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 so far this year. That's the most of any year in the last decade -- and, it's only April. There were 30...
  • Sandra Hutchens’ Not So Little Tax Problem

    03/29/2010 10:07:09 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 10 replies · 578+ views
    occcws ^ | 3/26/2010
    OCCCWS has learned that Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, shortly before she was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was the subject of massive tax liens by the very county she served (see the actual documents below). Documents obtained by OCCCWS show that Sheriff Hutchens, then known as Sandra Anderson, along with her former husband, were delinquent in paying property taxes in the amount of more than $36,000 to Los Angeles County. No public record was found showing that these liens were ever directly paid by Sheriff Hutchens and her former husband. This raises troubling...
  • CA: Is Fiorina ducking O.C. debate?

    02/18/2010 1:46:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 370+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/18/10 | Dena Bunis
    We got word today from a disappointed professor at Irvine’s Brandman University that Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina said no to participating in a debate the school is putting together in cooperation with KOCE-TV. The other two candidates in the GOP primary – former Rep. Tom Campbell and Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore had accepted the invitation for the March 30 face-off. The three are vying to take on three-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. But in an e-mail .. Fiorina’s campaign manager, Marty Wilson, declined. “We have accepted an invitation from ABC Television and the League of Women Voters for...
  • Christmas tree removed from courthouse

    11/24/2009 4:57:54 PM PST · by South40 · 24 replies · 815+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2009 | RACHANEE SRISAVASDI
    SANTA ANA – The removal of a Christmas tree from the Orange County Superior courthouse Monday has prompted a petition among court employees to have the tree – connected to a gift drive for poor children – put back. The six-foot artificial tree, which was adorned with tags seeking toy donations to 'Operation Santa Claus,' was removed Monday after a member of the public complained about the tree being in the courthouse, court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau said. "It's a public building and we have to serve the diversity of our community,'' she said. The tree had been put up in...
  • Fight for soul of GOP in Orange County

    11/07/2009 3:21:33 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 4 replies · 453+ views
    OC Register ^ | Steve Greenhut
    If you want to know what's wrong with Sacramento, you need look no further than Orange County. That's where Republican Party insiders have cast aside one of the GOP's most principled members in its drive to fill the 72nd Assembly District seat vacated by disgraced Assemblyman Mike Duvall, who resigned after being caught on tape bragging in lurid detail to another assemblyman about his sexual exploits with lobbyists. The first major candidate to announce his intention to replace Duvall was Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby. If the local GOP were serious about the limited-government rhetoric it constantly preaches, Norby would...
  • Montana AG launches probe of jail deal (Hardin and the American Police Force )

    10/01/2009 8:41:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,691+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:45 pm | MATTHEW BROWN
    In this Friday, Sept. 24, 2009 picture, Albert Peterson with the Two Rivers Authority stands outside an empty jail that Hardin, Mont. built for $27 million. The authority wants a California security company, American Police Force, to take over the facility. Michael Hilton pitched himself to the city as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur - a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts who promised to turn the rural city's empty jail into a cash cow. But now a much different picture of Hilton is emerging from public documents and interviews with his associates and legal adversaries. (AP...
  • Republicans, ACORN feud over suspicious voter cards

    09/25/2008 7:27:38 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies · 1,225+ views
    The Herald ^ | Sep. 25, 2008 | MARC CAPUTO
    TALLAHASSEE -- Two suspicious Seminole County voter registration cards became a flash point Wednesday in the Republican effort to suggest the community group ACORN is committing fraud in its historic Florida get-out-the vote efforts. An ACORN spokesman said the group spotted what appeared to be forged registration cards weeks ago and fired a worker over them. Seminole's election chief, Mike Ertel, said he was still "tremendously concerned," but stopped well short of calling the incident "fraud." The Republican National Committee, though, levelled the accusation and blasted the housing and wage advocacy group in a nationwide conference call with reporters, saying...
  • Paper Owner Freedom (OC Register) Plans to File For Chapter 11 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/30/2009 4:38:10 PM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2009 | PETER LATTMAN and RUSSELL ADAMS
    Freedom Communications Inc., the owner of the Orange County Register, is expected to declare bankruptcy this week, according to people familiar with the situation, the latest in a string of Chapter 11 filings in the battered newspaper business. The company, majority owned for more than 70 years by the Hoiles family, has reached agreements with its lenders to restructure its debts, according to these people. With annual revenue of about $700 million, Freedom owns the Register and more than 30 other daily papers and eight TV stations. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization -- a popular measurement for leveraged...