Author Archives: Editor

Orange County Register publishes an editorial applauding the West Coyote Hills court victory

The following editorial ran in the Orange County Register yesterday, March 6: Coyote Hills needs all its friends now A decades-long battle over one of the largest undeveloped tracts in north Orange County has drawn closer to its conclusion, after … Continue reading

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Consumers are getting swindled out of millions of dollars by California’s recycling program, report says

A new report claims consumers are getting ripped off for every extra nickel or dime paid for a recyclable bottle or can – and the state is allegedly to blame. The report by Consumer Watchdog found that more and more … Continue reading

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

To watch the two-and-a-half hour meeting, click here.

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HJTA defends Proposition 218 before California Supreme Court

Yesterday, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association attorney Laura Murray appeared before the California Supreme Court in Plantier v. Ramona Municipal Water District, involving the right of ratepayers under Proposition 218 to challenge illegal rates. HJTA accepted the invitation of the objecting … Continue reading

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please click here (pdf). The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s time for California’s taxpayers to go on strike

By Jon Coupal | Around California, public school teachers are on strike seeking more pay, better benefits and less competition from charter schools. They are also demanding that the rest of us pay higher taxes. Indeed, as part of the … Continue reading

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The world is making real progress

This is an excellent commentary on CNN by Fareed Zakaria who rebuts the “spirited round of elite bashing” that followed this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. You can read a text version here in the Washington Post.

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California keeps a secret list of criminal cops but says you can’t have it

By Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino, KQED | Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children. The one thing they had in common: … Continue reading

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Judge orders release of OC deputy sheriffs’ misconduct records

By Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC | Orange County now joins Los Angeles and Contra Costa counties as places where a resident can hold their police agencies accountable by having the right to review select law enforcement misconduct records, … Continue reading

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SB 615 would all but abolish California citizens’ rights to public documents

It would require members of the public to bear the cost of forcing the government to comply with its own transparency law By Robert Fellner, Voice of San Diego | Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) wants to make it harder … Continue reading

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