There are already a slew of Republicans vying to replace U.S. Representative John Campbell in Orange County’s 45th Congressional District, but what about the Democrats? Should they just concede the seat to the GOP or should they make a fight of it? Continue reading
I got a call the other day, out of the blue, from a former elected official I had not heard from in quite awhile. She was upset about a post that fingered public affairs consultant Roger Faubel. But we eventually got to talking about Curt Pringle and she was amazed to find out that a lot of conservatives don’t like him. Why wouldn’t they like him, she wondered. Why indeed.
I explained to her that Pringle and his henchmen have become experts at using the system to benefit themselves. She countered that when these people advocate for toll roads, for example, they are just trying to make sure that all of the voters don’t get stuck paying for the new roads we need in order to service Orange County’s new developments. Continue reading
Many of Orange County’s longtime Mayors have termed out in recent years – particularly some of those who also were lobbyists or political consulants, or who otherwise appeared to be self-serving, such as Curt Pringle, in Anaheim, Larry Agran, in Irvine, and Jerry Amante, in Tustin. The newer crop of Mayors who have been elected in the last few years include a few that are turning out to be fantastic Mayors.
I would include in the top tier of today’s Mayors Bruce Whitaker, in Fullerton; Tom Tait, in Anaheim; and Steven Choi, in Irvine. All three of them are reliably conservative but they are also compassionate and are leading by example. They are all Republicans as well – and Whitaker leans Libertarian. Continue reading
Wouldn’t you think if the Solar Decathlon was such a good idea that the Obama Misadministration might want to hold it in a northern State during winter? If solar technology is such a great advance for residential housing as they use this event to tout, what better way to prove it by heating homes and generating power where and when it’s most needed?
From their website, the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon:
…challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Continue reading
Tuesday night’s Irvine City Council meeting was a text-book exercise in subverting accountability, foolishly spending California and Measure M tax money, social engineering and just plain greed. Councilman Jeff Lalloway’s mighty pleased with himself that the extension of a $6.5 million contract for the Irvine iShuttle to provide a $19 ride for a few Metrolink commuters will continue for another four years with NO DRAIN on the City’s General Fund.
The union-funded Voice of OC posted a remarkable video today — 70 seconds of Irvine Councilman/Great Park Boardmember Larry Agran ripping his County Supervisor, Todd Spitzer, a new one. This was a return volley to the dressing down that Spitzer gave him at the January 8th Irvine City Council meeting. Continue reading