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  • Why I Voted against Condemning Russia

    12/11/2014 5:01:57 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 10, 2014 | Dana Rohrabacher
    Recently, the House passed, by an overwhelming margin, a resolution to condemn the Russian Federation for actions considered hostile and aggressive within its sphere of influence, specifically with regard to the politically torn country of Ukraine. Ten Members voted “nay,” myself among them. I wish to explain why I took this unpopular position. Above all, while Vladimir Putin’s government may well have engaged in questionable behavior toward neighboring countries, Resolution 758 was nothing more than gratuitous, needlessly provocative and shortsighted. Moreover, reasonable observers the world over can see it as tantamount to a declaration that Russia is America’s enemy. The...
  • Santa Ana man molested 'extraordinary' number of boys, police say

    A Santa Ana man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting nearly a dozen boys over the last two years, and police say they believe there may be more victims. Edwin Echeverria, 22, was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of multiple counts of child molestation and is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon on 14 felony counts of lewd conduct with a child. The Orange County District's office said they will asked that Echeverria be held on $1 million bail. Echeverria faces a possible sentence of 275 years in prison if convicted on all counts Echeverria befriended the boys,...
  • Arrests Made In Halloween Hit-and-Run That Killed 3 California Teens

    11/02/2014 5:49:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 130 replies
    CBSNews ^ | November 02, 2014
    November 2, 2014 Arrests Made In Halloween Hit-and-Run That Killed 3 California Teens Police say 13-year-old twin sisters Lexi and Lexandra Huerta Perez and their 13-year-old friend Andrea Gonzalez were struck and killed Friday night by a hit-and-run driver while trick-or-treating in Santa Ana, California. CBS LOS ANGELES LOS ANGELES -- Police say they've made multiple arrests in connection with the Halloween hit-and-run deaths of three teenage girls who were trick-or-treating in a Los Angeles suburb. Santa Ana police say officers made the arrests as of Sunday morning, but would not release details until a news conference scheduled for Monday....
  • Janet Nguyen, Jose Solorio debate in 34th state Senate District race (California alert)

    09/13/2014 1:52:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Erika I. Ritchie
    Two Orange County candidates – facing off in a key state Senate race – pushed their platforms to win votes and encourage voter turnout in November during a forum Wednesday. County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, a Garden Grove Republican, and former state Assemblyman Jose Solorio, a Santa Ana Democrat, took part in a 34th Senate District candidate forum moderated by former television news anchor Ed Arnold at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. A political who’s who from the county, cities and special-interest groups attended. The event was sponsored by the Orange County Public Affairs Association. Both candidates emphasized the importance...
  • Texas may have it all, but they won’t get Santa Anna’s leg - (Illinois vs. Texas)

    07/18/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies
    Illinois Watchdog ^ | June 9, 2014 | Scott Reeder
    First those Texans took our jobs. Then they took our money. Well, to be precise, Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna’s leg. A group of Illinois soldiers stole it fair and square – back in 1845. During the U.S. war with Mexico, Santa Anna skedaddled from the battle on a donkey and left his prosthetic leg behind in a carriage along with a bag of gold and a freshly cooked chicken. A group of Illinois soldiers ate the chicken, gave the Army the gold and kept the leg. One of the soldiers traveled about Illinois charging 10 cents for...
  • Who is she? Police release photo of 'woman of interest' in photobomb murder as second female..

    01/26/2014 3:45:45 PM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 24, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    FULL TITLE: "Who is she? Police release photo of 'woman of interest' in photobomb murder as second female is arrested for being in 'gang who brutally beat victim to death'" ----------------------------------------------------- Kim Pham, 23, was left brain dead following the attack in Santa Ana, California, on SaturdayHer life support was switched off on TuesdayShe had been waiting outside a nightclub when she became involved in an argument with another girl, whose friends also turned on herA friend said fight may have been over a spoiled photoVanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, was charged with murder on WednesdayA second woman was arrested on...
  • 25 Year old charged with murder allegedly over a photobomb.

    A 25-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with the murder of a California woman who was beaten by a group of people while waiting in line outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Vanesa Tapia Zavala was arrested on Monday and is accused of taking part in the Saturday morning beating that left 23-year-old Annie Hung 'Kim' Pham brain-dead. Zavala, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. She was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail and is due back in court January 30th for a pretrial hearing.
  • Santa Ana to pay new city manager more than $500,000 annually

    08/08/2013 5:14:50 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies ^ | August 7, 2013 | Paloma Esquivel
    Santa Ana has hired away Phoenix's city manager and has agreed to an annual salary and benefits package of more than half a million dollars, instantly making him one of the highest paid city employees in California. David Cavazos, a longtime Phoenix employee who rose through the ranks from intern to city manager during his 26-year tenure, would have a total compensation package of $558,625 in his first year in Santa Ana. Only the city manager in tiny Indian Wells is listed as having a higher salary and benefits package at $677,172, according to the state controller's office, which most...
  • From ‘Dreamer’ to teacher: Maria Hernandez (Reagan amnesty beneficiary)

    02/05/2013 8:22:39 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 5, 2013 | Liz Goodwin
    Maria Hernandez is one of six people Yahoo News has interviewed for our series on Americans who gained green cards under Ronald Reagan’s 1986 law that legalized 2.7 million illegal immigrants.
  • SoCal: Judge rules in favor of providing extra water habitat for Santa Ana sucker

    10/23/2012 9:30:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 10/23/12 | Andrew Edwards and Doug Saunders
    A federal judge Monday upheld the federal Fish and Wildlife Service's controversial decision to set aside stretches of the Santa Ana River and other Southern California waterways as critical habitat for the Santa Ana sucker fish. A coalition of twelve Inland Empire water agencies have, for more than two years, opposed the habitat designation on the grounds that the move could jeopardize residents' access to drinking water. In an October 2011 congressional hearing in Highland, opponents of the habitat designation said Fish and Wildlife's move could cost residents 125,800 acre feet of water per year and require ratepayers to spend...
  • Officials To Round Up Feral Cats, Reduce Flea Population To Stave Off OC Typhus Threat

    05/29/2012 1:53:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBS) ^ | May 29, 2012 10:23 AM
    SANTA ANA (CBS) — Vector control officials plan to try Tuesday to corral feral cats living on the campuses of two Santa Ana schools in an effort to reduce the flea population and stave off the spread of typhus, a potentially deadly disease. Santa Ana officials announced last week that someone living near Broadway and Washington Avenue in Santa Ana was hospitalized with typhus last month but has since recovered. City spokesman Jose Gonzalez underscored this morning that the victim had no connection with any local schools. Orange County Vector Control officials have been passing out literature to residents in...
  • O.C. family returns to a violence-plagued Mexico

    11/13/2011 8:21:17 AM PST · by Pelham · 29 replies
    Grace Castro should have joined her friends in August for her first year at Newport Beach's prestigious Sage Hill School. Instead, she's mourning the death of a schoolmate abducted from her Mexican private school by kidnappers who gouged out the teenager's eyes before killing him. Grace's life in her newly adopted home in drug-war-plagued Acapulco is a far cry from her childhood about 2,200 miles away in a yellow Craftsman house in the heart of Santa Ana. After 15 years in the United States, a family illness, unemployment and growing hostility toward illegal immigration compelled her family to make a...
  • Occupy Orange County Takes Santa Ana and Finds A Republican!

    10/22/2011 6:10:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Orange County Weekly ^ | October 22, 2011 | R. Scott Moxley
    Just under 200 feisty protesters with Occupy Orange County marched Santa Ana streets this afternoon, chanted anti-corporate slogans and won supportive horn honks from hundreds of passing motorists. More than two dozen uniformed law enforcement agents--in vehicles, on foot and riding horses--carefully monitored the peaceful protesters as they gathered in a park across the street from the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse at noon and then zigzagged down sidewalks to a branch of Chase Bank. "Down with Chase, not the human race!" the crowd shouted under the leadership of Theo Hirsch, an outspoken local musician. The high-energy, bandana-donning Hirsch inspired the...
  • Uncle gets 25 years for murder of 2-year-old

    02/22/2011 4:06:26 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 23, 2011 | Staff
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Cypress man was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted in the murder of his 2-year-old niece. Michael David Balderas, 33, did not make a statement before Judge William Froeberg handed down his punishment. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and child assault causing death on Jan. 25. Authorities say Balderas had received custody his niece, identified as Baby Jo Jade, because his sister was preparing to serve a federal prison sentence. Balderas physically abused the child between January and March of 2006, prosecutors said. Jo Jade...
  • 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,...
  • Vigil tonight for failed illegal immigrant student act

    09/27/2010 3:42:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/27/2010 | CINDY CARCAMO
    SANTA ANA – Supporters of a bill that would have granted U.S. residency to students and military hopefuls in the country illegally expect about 100 people to attend a vigil scheduled for Monday night in Santa Ana. The 6:30 p.m. event at Sasscer Park comes on the heels of last week's failed attempt to pass The DREAM Act—for Development, Relief and Education for Minor Aliens. The act would give those who qualify a pathway to U.S. citizenship.
  • ...Nogales and Hermosillo (Mexico) Highway 15 Security Concerns

    05/12/2010 11:49:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 293+ views
    Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: U.S. Consulate General Nogales issued the following Warden Message on May 11: This Warden Message is issued to encourage U.S. citizens to use extreme caution when traveling on Mexican Federal Highway 15 between Hermosillo and Nogales. A U.S. citizen disappeared early on May 3rd departing from his residence in Benjamin Hill, Sonora. His vehicle was found later that day in Santa Ana, and his remains were recovered May 8. He had been murdered. Based on further investigation, a general increased threat to travelers on the highway between Hermosillo and Nogales continues to...
  • U.S. extends travel warning to Mexico

    05/07/2010 2:27:53 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies · 863+ views
    CNN ^ | May 7, 2010
    Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. State Department on Thursday extended a travel warning that had been issued for Mexico because of the region's high level of drug and gang violence. The State Department warning also notes that the authorized departure of family members of U.S. government personnel from U.S. consulates in the northern Mexico border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros has been extended. The State Department issued similar warnings in March and April. The Mexican government said in April that more than 22,700 people have been killed in drug-related violence since December 2006, when...
  • 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...
  • Federal Judge to hear Obama Birth Certificate on the Merits!

    07/13/2009 8:48:39 PM PDT · by FARS · 870 replies · 34,704+ views
    Emails ^ | JULY 13TH, 2009 | Alan Peters
    Obama eligibility case will be heard on the merits !! Please distribute everywhere. At the hearing today at the Federal Court building in Santa Ana, Judge Carter reportedly said the following: 1. There will be a trial. 2. It will be heard on the merits. 3. Nothing will be dismissed on proceedural issues. 4. The trial will be expeditious, and the judge pledged to give case priority. 5. Being a former Marine he realizes the importance of having a Constitutionally qualified POTUS/CINC. 6. Judge stated that if Obama isn't Constitutionally qualifed he needs to leave the White House.
  • Opponents of Barack Obama's presidency claim small court victory

    07/14/2009 10:06:12 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 24 replies · 1,402+ views
    LATimes ^ | 9:26 PM | July 13, 2009 | Tami Abdollah in Santa Ana
    Supporters of a case that disputes the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency claimed a small victory today when U.S. District Judge David O. Carter told them to fix their paperwork and that he would listen to "the merits" of their case. But others present for the hearing Monday at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana stressed that the case remains a long way from ever getting a full airing in court and may never get to that point.
  • Eligibility arguments to get court hearing

    07/13/2009 7:36:00 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 29 replies · 1,289+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 13, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    In what ultimately could prove to be a turning point in the legal challenges to Barack Obama's eligibility to be president, a federal judge in California has planned a hearing on the merits of a federal court case raising those questions. According to attorney Orly Taitz, who is working on multiple cases alleging Obama is a "usurper" because he doesn't meet the constitutional requirement that only a "natural born citizen" can be president, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ruled in a hearing today that her case will move forward. (READ MORE AT LINK)
  • Santa Ana Tea Party Video & Photos

    04/17/2009 1:25:43 PM PDT · by InterceptPoint · 7 replies · 581+ views
    Vanity Report ^ | April 17, 2009 | Interceptpoint
    I've posted a video of the Santa Ana California Tea Party Rally that was held on Tax Day - April 15th 2009 on YouTube. The video runs about 9 minutes. If the YouTube servers are not too busy and you have a fast enough connection you can watch it in HD. Here is the Youtube link: Santa Ana Tea Party Video I've also posted photos of the rally on a Picasa site. Here is the link for the photos.Santa Ana Tea Party Photos
  • Afghan National Indicted for Alleged Ties To Terrorists - Los Angeles (Osama bin Laden)

    02/21/2009 5:31:28 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 535+ views
    Federal officials said this morning they have indicted an Afghan national for lying about his alleged ties to terrorists in a bid to fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport. Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, 34, who was arrested without incident this morning at his Tustin residence by members of the joint terrorism task force, was named in a five-count indictment returned Feb. 11 by a federal grand jury. The indictment, unsealed this morning, alleges Niazi hid associations with “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” groups including Al Qaeda, Hizb-i-Islami and the Taliban, when he
  • Student Files Lawsuit Against Teacher for Anti-Christian Comments

    12/17/2007 7:53:11 PM PST · by khnyny · 43 replies · 429+ views
    The DC Examiner ^ | December 13, 2007
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (Map, News) - A high school student and his parents have filed a lawsuit against a teacher, accusing him of making offensive comments in class about Christianity. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Santa Ana claims teacher James Corbett of demonstrating "a sense of hostility toward religion" that caused Christian students at Capistrano Valley High School to "feel ostracized and treated as second-class citizens." Chad Farnan, 16, claims his constitutional rights were violated and wants Corbett removed from the classroom. "The teacher is a representative of the state and the Constitution requires government neutrality toward...
  • The Slow Death of Traditional Journalism [a reporter's layoff, tears and questions]

    08/06/2007 8:17:06 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 18 replies · 468+ views
    OC Source ^ | August 2 2007 | OC Source
    It came suddenly and I don’t think anyone expected it, but it happened. I was surprised. More to the point, I was deeply saddened by the result. As I was typing my notes into the computer, I was oblivious about what was going on around me. I was too caught up in my own work to even notice. But then I saw her crying and embracing her former co-workers. I already knew what happened. Her work area is now empty. The stacks of papers, files and stationery that found a home on her desk are gone. The news clips and...
  • Message to Santa Ana: For a Better Job, Learn English

    05/26/2007 10:45:54 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies · 925+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2007 | Sonya Geis
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- "Two jobs?" blares a poster at a bus shelter here. The words are in Spanish over a picture of a tired-looking Hispanic woman in a janitor's uniform. "Work and Work but You Still Can't Get Ahead?" reads another ad on a bus shelter down the street. At the bottom, the small print: "Free English classes . . . in 60 locations. The ads are part of an unusual campaign by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce to spur the city's 150,000 immigrants to learn English. Here in the most Latino big city in the country --...

    01/20/2007 6:56:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 708+ views
    Accuweather ^ | 133 PM PST SAT JAN 20 2007 | HORTON of the NWS
  • Our upcoming vacation in Southern California

    12/27/2006 4:56:20 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 57 replies · 1,126+ views
    December 27, 2006 | Charlie Henrickson
    Friday morning (Dec. 29), my wife and I and our 11-year-old daughter fly out to Orange County, California, for eight days of vacation. We'll be staying in Santa Ana. I'm looking for some tips, ideas, suggestions on things to do and see. The people we're staying with live about ten minutes from Disneyland, and they've got a year-round pass we can use. I understand there's a second Disney theme park there now, too--California Adventure? Our 11-y.o. daughter loves animals and wants to be a marine biologist someday. So we're thinking a day or two in San Diego would be good:...
  • Santa Ana Unified adds third week to schools' winter break

    12/18/2006 9:45:40 AM PST · by DigitalVideoDude · 39 replies · 1,189+ views
    The ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | Monday, December 18, 2006 | FERMIN LEAL
    District wants to accommodate families who travel to Mexico and Central America during the holiday season. SANTA ANA – For the Pineda family, a two-week winter break is just too short. Miguel and Anabeth, and their two children from Washington Elementary, use that time off from school each year to visit grandparents and other family spread across three states in Mexico. "It's just a lot of traveling to fit into two weeks," Miguel Pineda said. "We didn't want the children to miss school so we just deal with it." But this year, Santa Ana Unified gave the family an unexpected...
  • Each Mexican State to Be Showcased at Independence Day Parade in Santa Ana

    09/16/2006 8:15:55 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies · 253+ views
    LA TIMES ^ | 16 SEPTEMBER 2006 | Jennifer Delson
    Groups representing every state in Mexico will parade through the streets of Santa Ana today to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The parade, which attracted more than 50,000 spectators last year, is a trip from the jungles of Chiapas to the fair of San Marcos" in Aguascalientes state, said Socorro Sarmiento, a representative of the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. "It is a way to know Mexico without going all the way there."
  • Police call for help at protest (Santa Ana, CA) -

    03/27/2006 1:20:45 PM PST · by So Cal Rocket · 30 replies · 1,857+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Monday, March 27, 2006 | By JOHN McDONALD
    Student protest is against U.S. immigration policy. Students demonstrating against an immigration bill reportedly threw bottles and rocks at police in Santa Ana, prompting a call for more officers. Elsewhere, marches were peaceful. Student protests grew tense in Santa Ana today when isolated reports of protesters throwing bottles and rocks at police drew a call by officers on the scene for help, police said. Santa Ana police were reinforced by investigators and officers from other cities and some wore helmets but they were not attired in riot gear, said Santa Ana police Commander Alan Caddell. At Anaheim City Hall, about...
  • Houston's new soccer team to change their name(Texas Independence Offends Hispanics!)

    02/15/2006 11:17:41 AM PST · by FFIGHTER · 37 replies · 2,639+ views
    ABC 13 News ^ | 2-14-2006 | Elma Barrera
    They're less than two months from taking the field, but the team known as Houston 1836 may soon change its name. The 1836 is the team which used to be the San Jose Earthquakes, but the new name is causing a little controversy here in Houston. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Also on Send news tips | RSS | ABC13 E-lert | Info mentioned on air | Search -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What's in a name? Apparently a lot since Major League Soccer announced that the San Jose Earthquakes were coming to Houston and would be called Houston 1836. "People have been very sincere. Some...
  • (Houston) Team will 86 its 1836 name (to avoid offending Mexicans)

    02/15/2006 5:36:26 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 83 replies · 1,565+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2006 | BERNARDO FALLAS
    Moniker tied to Texas history lasts just a month for soccer franchise If you're one of the thousands who went out and bought a Houston 1836 T-shirt, run to your closet, bag it and hide it in a safe place.If you don't have one, hurry to a nearby sporting goods store. The shirts are about to become collector's items.Why? You might say the team is having an identity crisis.Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia said Tuesday that Philip Anschutz, owner of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which in turn controls 1836, confirmed that a name change is in the...
  • Santa Ana, Calif., teenager keeps battalion’s weapons in check

    11/29/2005 3:30:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 29, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Ronna M. Weyland
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 29, 2005) -- While many 19-year-olds juggle a busy college class load or their first part-time job back in the United States, one peer carries the responsibility of ensuring his battalion’s weapons are prepared for battle here. “It is an awesome responsibility,” said Lance Cpl. Christopher Ruiz, 19, battalion armorer, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD). “I don’t know too many 19-year-olds back home who can say the same thing about what they are doing.” Ruiz, whose unit is based out of Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, has been in Iraq...

    11/25/2005 5:37:01 AM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 311+ views
    ICE! ^ | November 23, 2005 | ICE!
    8 CHARGED IN ORANGE COUNTY-BASED ALIEN SMUGGLING SCHEME Suspects include proprietor of Anaheim travel agency SANTA ANA, Calif. - Eight members of an Orange County-based human smuggling ring suspected of bringing as many as 100 undocumented aliens a month into the Southland have been indicted following a two-year investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Among those charged in the case is the organization's alleged ringleader, Emilio Mayorales, 42, who was arrested at his Anaheim residence yesterday. Also under indictment is the proprietor of the Aero Paris travel agency in Anaheim, Mauro Perez, 49. According to the indictment, Perez...
  • Court rules English-only petitions in SoCal recall were unfair (9th Circus alert)

    11/24/2005 11:19:10 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies · 1,333+ views
    Court rules English-only petitions in SoCal recall were unfair Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. - Petitions used for the 2003 recall of a Latino Santa Ana school trustee should have been printed in Spanish as well as English, an appellate court has ruled. The trustee, Nativio V. Lopez, had come under fire for seeking exemptions to the state's English-only instruction requirements and was partly blamed for the district's lack of new school construction. He was recalled by 71 percent of voters. The decision Wednesday by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could be used to force election officials throughout...
  • Calif. May Build Tunnel in Quake Region (11-miles thru the Santa Ana mountain range, ~9 billion)

    11/12/2005 7:08:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,341+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/12/05 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Traffic is so bad along the eastern rim of Los Angeles' suburban ring that regional planners are considering the once unthinkable — an 11-mile tunnel through a mountain range in earthquake country. Critics question the logic of building a multibillion-dollar project in a region so prone to earthquakes that an alternate proposal for a double-decker highway was deemed too dangerous. The tunnel would begin barely a mile from a fault that produced a 6.0-magnitude earthquake about a century ago. "It's absolutely absurd to have a tunnel 700 feet below ground in earthquake country," said Cathryn DeYoung,...
  • Thousands evacuated as El Salvador volcano erupts

    10/01/2005 10:05:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo | AFP ^ | 10/2/05
    El Salvador's largest volcano, dormant for more than a century, shook the ground as it woke up, hurling out hot lava rocks and forcing more than 2,000 people to flee. The Santa Ana or Ilamatepec volcano, located 66 kilometers (41 miles) west of the capital, rumbled and belched thick plumes of smoke that reached more than 15 kilometers (nine miles) into the sky just after 8:30 a.m. (1430 GMT) Saturday. Military emergency sirens blasted, calling for an immediate area evacuation of the hamlets in the coffee growing area, and soon after the volcano began hurling glowing lava and ash from...
  • CA: Wind-Fueled Fire Threatens S. Calif. Homes (9,300 acres so far, triples in size overnight)

    09/29/2005 8:19:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 113 replies · 2,071+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/29/05 | Paul Chavez - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A wind-whipped brush fire quickly tripled in size early Thursday to more than 9,300 acres, destroying at least one home and prompting evacuations as a ridge of flames was visible for miles. The blaze burned to the edge of a number of multimillion-dollar homes that abut rural, picturesque hillsides in the San Fernando Valley. Homes in several communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were evacuated, but officials did not release an exact number. "Our house is still OK, but oh, God, it's not a good feeling," said Phil Goldenberg, 53, who was at an evacuation shelter...
  • SoCal: Fires burn more than 2,500 acres in Calif. (1 house destroyed, others threatened)

    09/28/2005 10:17:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 487+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/28/05 | ap - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wind-driven brush fires scorched nearly 2,500 acres north of Los Angeles on Wednesday, killing thousands of chickens at a farm while destroying at least one home and threatening others. A mandatory evacuation was ordered in Box Canyon and a freeway was closed as the blaze hopscotched the roadway and burned at the west end of the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Ron Haralson said more than 700 firefighters were on the scene. One firefighter was struck on the head by a 40-pound boulder and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Capt....

    09/23/2005 5:31:08 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 23 replies · 3,116+ views
    ICE, ICE, Baby! ^ | September 21, 2005
    ORANGE COUNTY MAN WHO “WEB-CAST” EXPLICIT IMAGES OF A PRE-SCHOOL-AGED RELATIVE INDICTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SANTA ANA, Calif. – An Orange County man who engaged in sex acts with a then four-year-old relative and web-cast the images over the Internet to computer users in Texas and Indiana has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of producing and possessing child pornography. Jed Philip Larson, Sr., 44, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charges contained in the two-count indictment handed down today. Larson was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Orange County...
  • Assemblyman Umberg admits affair, apologizes

    06/24/2005 3:17:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,101+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/24/5 | Jim Sanders
    Orange County Assemblyman Tom Umberg on Thursday admitted to and apologized for cheating on his wife in a four-year affair that ended about the time of his election in November. Umberg went public with his indiscretion after his former mistress, who possesses e-mails they had exchanged, threatened to ruin his political career, said George Urch, Umberg's spokesman. In a brief written statement Thursday, Umberg said he has apologized to his family and will regret forever the mistakes and pain that he has caused his wife of 23 years, Robin, and their three children. "I love my wife very much and...
  • San Jacinto Day Festival, Battle Re-Enactment Will Be April 24

    04/08/2004 11:13:54 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 511+ views
    TPWD ^ | April 5, 2004
    LA PORTE, Texas — More than 10,000 Texans and others are expected to gather at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site on April 24 to celebrate the brief but decisive battle that brought Texas its independence from Mexico. This year marks the 168th anniversary of Gen. Sam Houston’s Texan troops’ victory over the Mexican army under the command of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836. The festival is free and lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 3 p.m. April 24, more than 200 re-enactors will dramatize the victory of the roughly 800 Texans under...

    10/26/2003 7:11:47 AM PST · by NYer · 178 replies · 890+ views
    October 26, 2003 | NYer
    Just received a freepmail from Sandyeggo. She writes: "We have VERY BAD fire conditions - low humidity, winds. Fire about 4-5 miles away - evacuations taking place there. We are OK - but ash everywhere and winds gusting all over the place. Sky glowing orange - billowing smoke. " Please say a prayer for Sandyeggo and her family, as well as her parents who live nearby. Thanks and God bless you!
  • War of Words Divides Residents of Texas Town

    07/19/2003 4:11:14 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies · 922+ views
    NY Times ^ | SIMON ROMERO
    Michael Stravato for The New York Times In 1857, Mexican-American freight haulers were hanged on an oak tree at the courthouse in Goliad, Tex. GOLIAD, Tex., July 16 — In history books, the killing of more than 300 Texan rebels by Mexican troops here has long been known as the Goliad Massacre. But to many residents of Goliad, with its 18th-century Spanish fort and towering monument to the dead, that brutal episode in its history is still open to interpretation. At the heart of the dispute, largely between Anglos and Mexican-Americans, is the porous definition of who is a Texan...
  • Santa Ana's parents revolt in favor of English (RecallsWork!)

    02/11/2003 9:56:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 241+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/11/03 | Daniel Weintraub
    <p>The recall from office of a school board member in a medium-size Southern California city wouldn't normally be big news. But the ouster last week of Santa Ana Unified School District's Nativo Lopez should send a signal to ethnic-enclave politicians across the state, if not the nation.</p>
  • English Gains - More defeats coming for bilingual ed

    09/19/2002 10:08:41 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 1 replies · 154+ views
    NRO ^ | September 19, 2002 | John J. Miller
    September 19, 2002 9:00 a.m. Ron Unz has whipped the bilingual-education establishment in two states: California in 1998 and Arizona in 2000. He hopes to double his winnings on November 5 when Colorado and Massachusetts voters consider their own ballot initiatives on language instruction. (Visit Unz's website here.) Odds are they'll give bilingual ed the old heave-ho: Initiatives promoting English tend to win easily, whether they're the "Official English" proclamations of the late 1980s and early 1990s or the more meaningful efforts Unz has sponsored. Just about everybody believes immigrants should learn English, from those who want to preserve American...
  • Clinton mixes jokes and jabs

    09/06/2002 6:42:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies · 222+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 6, 2002 | Martin Wisckol
    Bill Clinton used his first Orange County appearance since 1999 on Thursday to discuss everything from actress Rita Moreno's career to his own current activities, from attacks on GOP tax cuts to warnings that the United States should avoid war with Iraq.