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Watch Out for the Obama Motorcade!

As you should know by now, unless your residency is under a rock, President Obama will be holding his town hall appearance at 4pm today at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds.

The thing is, he lands at Long Beach Airport at 3pm, thus giving him less than an hour to get to Costa Mesa.

The best guess is that he’ll be taking the 405, but they don’t want to shut it down completely. For security reasons, they aren’t publicizing a whole lot about his route, but you can pretty much bet he isn’t going for a leisurely drive down PCH.

So, if you need to be on the 405 between 3pm and 4pm, you might want to alter your route, if possible.

Update: They pulled a nice bait-and-switch and helicoptered him in instead. Makes more sense, anyway!

Obama to Visit Orange County and How to Get Tickets!

He could be pointing at YOU!

He could be pointing at YOU!

This Wednesday, March 18, to be exact.

The Register reports that he will hold a public town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds at 4pm. The event is free, but they will only be issuing about 2,000 tickets, give or take ones that are already being held for VIP’s. The tickets will be given out tomorrow, March 17, 2009.

The Register also reports:

They’ll be distributing tickets… at 10 a.m. at the OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. White House officials say to enter at Gate 1 or 10 and park in Lot A. 

Think you’ll be able to make it? Oh, and you’ll have to pay for parking, natch.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Orange County Board of Supervisors Weighs Awarding Contract to Pro-Life Group

Note to the Orange County Board of Supervisors:

Keep your religious views out of county policymaking!

So, because you don’t believe in “funding abortions,” whch is in no way what the money awarded to Planned Parenthood was used for, you pulled the plug on the funding.

Not cool.

Now you are considering awarding the funds to a pro-life group known as Birth Choice Health Clinics.   This particular set of clinics and their “Teen Integrity” program basically teach an abstinence-based approach to teen sex.

And we all know how well that works.

The next elections cannot be held soon enough so that I can vote you and your backward views out.

Let Freedom Rin… um… Fry?

I went to the brand spanking new Johnny Rocket’s at Anaheim Garden Walk yesterday. I haven’t been inside a Johnny Rocket’s a in a couple of years. In fact, the last time I ate there was at the location inside Knott’s Berry Farm in the Boardwalk area.

Anyway, aside from the unusually small space, the food was delicious and the experience was fun. I snapped a picture of their menu when something caught my attention…

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[Blurry photo courtesy of my trusty phone cam]

American Fries? Really? Are we still doing that ridiculous removal of the word “French“ from the name of the food? Even the US House of Representatives changed their cafeteria menus quite a while back. I’m not certain the genesis of calling these ”American Fries“ – maybe they have always been called that – but it doesn’t preclude me from thinking the name is stupid.

Besides, millions of people gulp down Orange Fanta without a single thought given to its origins. Maybe we should change the name of the drink to Liberty Squeeze or some such thing…. cause the nation of origin for that foodstuff has got to be worse than the origin of deep friend potatoes.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Suspends Planned Parenthood Funding

In a move that seems designed to cater directly to the Board of Supervisors’ religious beliefs, a unanimous decision was made to suspend the county contract with Planned Parenthood. Never mind that none of the money in the contract was used for abortions, but for sex education.

Supervisor John Moorlach was quoted as saying, “I personally have a problem with government funding of an organization that provides abortion services.”

Well, Mr. Moorlach, I personally have a problem with governments who are unable to separate church and state.

People are of course highly divided on the subject of abortion, but the simple fact remains that it is legal. And despite what some in the religious contingent would have you believe, the main mission of Planned Parenthood is to provide low-cost birth control services for people who need them. Which would be many, as there are millions of people without health insurance.

Shame on you, Board of Supervisors, for your short-sighted decision.

OCTA Cuts Bus Services

Commuting in Orange County has taken a turn for the worse. Again. Due to a $17 million cut in the budget from our state, bus services will face major cuts in the coming months. While the figures aren’t out yet, the county is estimating approximately 130,000 hours will have been cut from December last year to June this year. The changes are said to be minor, and will alter 26 of the 80 routes in Orange County.

I have taken the bus twice since I moved to Orange County 8 years ago. Both times I felt there was far too long of a wait between buses. Now, if I’m on the wrong route, I could be waiting longer. Thanks budget crisis thing!!!

Our very own fejsez takes the bus regularly. Jeff? Any thoughts???

Los Alamitos Mayor to Resign Over Email

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The flap over an inappropriate email has turned into a full-blown hurricane as Mayor Dean Grose is set to resign from the Los Alamitos City Council on Monday.

The email he sent was a picture of the White House with a watermelon patch in place of the White House lawn, with the caption “No Easter Egg Hunt This Year.” While I understand that it was sent from his personal email account, I still want to know if you think he should have sent it at all.

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Image courtesty of emails from people who should know better

Los Alamitos Mayor in Hot Water(melon)

Over an email sent to a local African-American businesswoman and community volunteer, which depicted a watermelon patch superimposed in front of the White House with the caption “”No Easter Egg hunt this year.”

Mayor Dean Grose is quoted as saying, “It was just poor judgment on my part, and I am deeply sorry. It wasn’t meant to hurt her.”

Of course it wasn’t meant to hurt her, it was supposed to be a private email to your closest friends to have some yuks over. Damn that “reply all” button!

California Budget- No Compromise

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It seems that Republican State Senators are so against the proposed tax increases that Irvine’s own Chuck DeVore resigned as Republican whip on Saturday. 

I’m curious to hear from those who oppose tax increases so vehemently.  With the current state of our economy, how exactly is more revenue to be raised?  And please don’t come in with some kind of tired version of the trickle down theory, because the last few years have shown that shit don’t work. 

Actually, I think that all of our state representatives should be locked in the Captial building and not allowed to leave until an agreement is reached. I hope they like pizza, because at their current rate of negotiations, they’d be eating a whole lot of it.

Orange County Fairgrounds Equestrian Center Possible Closure

Since 1984, there have been seventeen stable closures in Orange County (source). Orange County is in danger of losing another equestrian center. The Orange County Fair Board, some of the same board members who gave themselves $376,000 in free concert tickets, has approved an environmental study at the cost of $66,000 to see what the effect would be if they leveled the equestrian center and laid asphalt for what Fair CEO Steve Beazley calls a “flat, flexible space.” (I read that statement to be a parking lot, as they have already moved the fence that gave the equestrian center more parking to give the fairgrounds more parking.)

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If it sounds as if I am biased against them doing the study, as well as them removing the equestrian center, I am. My wife works with one of the non-profit organization that stable their horses at the center. I have witnessed first hand the positive impact the center provides to those that use it and the community at large. Stable owners provide free basic horsemanship classes to underprivileged kids in the community. The equestrian center is home to the following stables; Shefmire Sport Horses, Elvenstar,Golden Hill Riding Academy, Equi Sports International,and Sabo Equestrian, all which provide lessons and a horse to take them on for a fee. Being only one of two public equestrian centers in Orange County (Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center is the other), losing the equestrian center would also mean losing one of the few places that anyone can watch horses and riders train any day in a public arena.

Artist and subject

The Equine Coalition of Orange County (ECOC) is looking for support in opposing the Fair Boards decision to use taxpayers money to funds the environmental study and help in finding a way that the Fairground and the Equestrian Center can work together to benefit each other. Check out their site for more information.

Edit: to correct information from ECOC

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