Is beating an unknown, penniless liberal who was disowned by his own party organization really something to brag about? Greg Diamond and his CATER group did recently stick one in the eye of the Anaheim City Council — far more than can be said about Rackauckas’ own prosecution at the Kelly Thomas trial which he lost as badly as the British at Dunkirk. Continue reading
It’s reasonable to have waited a year for the Register’s new ownership to rebuild their organization before offering an opinion on how they’re doing. And it’s important — really important — that this print dinosaur succeed in this mid-sized market as without them, the OC really would be void of a mainstream media outlet. The LA Times stopped taking Orange County seriously years ago, and for now they’re only concerned over who’s going to buy them (which won’t, unfortunately, be the Koch Brothers).
At least the Register seems more like a real newspaper now. They’ve got all the regular attributes — their display advertising is way up (they’ve been hiring plenty of sales types, and are still advertising heavily for them), and, anecdotally, the total number of pages is way up (70% they claimed here). The number of actual sections is up, and they’re proud of restoring the Business section to a normal size and regular distribution. Continue reading
Monday’s OCTA Board decision to “continue studying and planning the [Anaheim] streetcar proposal, with a warning to get the costs down” (per Tuesday’s Register story, outside Paywall here) underscores the political quality of the Board’s leadership and composition, its process of consensus vs. common sense decision making, its ignorance of simple technical concepts and a considerable lack of fiscal responsibility by not acknowledging that Anaheim’s $319 million streetcar project is unnecessary, unjustified, REDUNDANT to two existing bus systems and an absurd waste of Measure M tax money.
About five years ago when he was the Mayor of Anaheim, Curt Pringle dreamed of a regional transportation center for his city — a place they named ARTIC which would be the Orange County station for the equally dreamy California High-Speed Rail system which would be zipping through town on its way to San Diego, or charging northward to LA’s Union Station (over, under or through some of the densest urban residential housing in California) and onto San Francisco and Sacramento.
The Mayor-for-hire, as he was known at Friends for Fullerton Future, or Master of the Universe as he was tagged last year at the union-funded Voice of OC, didn’t stop with just a $184 million train station that would partly be paid for by OCTA’s Measure M where Board Member Pringle sat for years. From concocted ridership projections, he fantasized that Disney patrons would be coming to ARTIC by the millions, but still needed to be transported to the Mouse’s
cash registers Main Gate, miles away from the bullet train, and on the wrong side of the 5 Freeway. Since Walt Disney already had a world-famous one, Pringle announced in 2007 that he too needed a MONORAIL for the Disney visitors. From his January State-of-the-City speech: Continue reading
“An Orange County Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled that Anaheim City Council candidate Steve Lodge can’t use the name “Chavez” on the November ballot because although he was born with the surname, he has not used it in decades,” according to the Voice of OC.
UPDATE: The judge said “Chavez” may be used on the ballot. To ensure no confusion, the judge ordered that Lodge’s entire name – Steven Albert Chavez Lodge – go onto the ballot, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading