In trying to make themselves into another KCET (with possibly the same long-term prospects), Orange County’s PBS SoCal public TV channel is abandoning its viewers and the ties it long-developed here when it was the lonely OC-focused, Huntington Beach-based KOCE, UHF Channel 50. Per the union-funded Voice of OC via the OC Business Journal: Local PBS Cancels ‘Real Orange,’ OC’s Main TV News Show at year-end.
Once again, the union-funded Voice of OC has singled out Supervisor John Moorlach for taking County pension benefits that he’s been entitled to since he was made Orange County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector 18 years ago.
The Voice partners with PBS SoCal (KOCE-Channel 50) to produce a weekly summary of issues focused on city and county government using Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana doing a Q&A with the co-hosts of KOCE’s Real Orange news program. This week’s segment kicks off with Santana slamming Moorlach, OC organized labor’s favorite target, for exercising his right to a pension just as hundreds of OC Employee’s Association members are also entitled. Continue reading
On this You Tube video from the April 10th Real Orange program (PBS SOCal, KOCE Channel 50), Panelists
Mark Petracca (pictured), Rick Reiff, Michael Capaldi and Chris Mears discuss the ongoing FBI investigation of OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen‘s campaign fundraising.
Petracca, a UC Irvine Professor, also raises the very pertinent question of why the Orange County District Attorney has been less than aggressive about investigating OC politicos — versus the FBI. He also suggests that the investigation is excellent fodder for anyone planning to run against the Supervisor next year as she’s already planning her campaign for the 34th State Senate District next year to be vacated by Democrat Lou Correa. Nguyen is termed off the Board of Supervisors in 2016.
We were intrigued with this from the union-funded Voice of OC last month: Owner of OC Register Considering Purchase of Los Angeles Times. The Register’s Opinion Editor, Brian Calle, had also mentioned it to a CRA meeting we’d attended.
The LA Times might just be a bargain about now, with a rumored asking price in the $300-400 million range. Per LA Observed in December:
In 2006, David Geffen reportedly made a cash offer of $2 billion for the LA Times alone. Now it will fetch much less, if it comes on the market. Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner said last week he would be interested in acquiring the Tribune papers. “We clearly have the means and the team by which to look seriously at the Tribune papers and, from the outside, they may very well have enough of the elements that we’re looking for,” he told reporters. Kushner said it makes sense for Tribune to sell the papers as a group.
Voice of OC Editor Norberto Santana spoke to KOCE’s Real Orange newscast late this afternoon on Jason Young’s Save Anaheim Blog’s beef with the OC Register’s suddenly changed paid advertisement policy:
Watch The Grand Jury, Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Medi-Cal on PBS. See more from KOCE.
The video above is from the KOCE TV program Real Orange. This episode features “The Grand Jury, Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Medi-Cal.” The host is Ann Pulice, with guests, Mark Petracca, Chris Mears, Rick Reiff and Michael Capaldi, discussing Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s dispute with a Grand Jury report that said she helped trigger an implosion of Cal-Optima…which administers Medi-Cal for nearly half a million OC residents. Continue reading