Oct 23, 2020

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Interim Huntington Beach police chief quits amidst department infighting

Citing deep divisions in the Huntington Beach Police Department, interim Chief of Police Kelly Rodriguez announced her retirement Thursday, Oct. 22. Her last day will be Nov. 13. “I have loved being part of this amazing police department and had been looking forward to serving as the acting chief,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “However, there is an unhealthy level of divisiveness right now in the department, and I have no desire to be thrust into the middle of the political fights that are currently occurring.” Rodriguez, who joined the department as a patrol officer in 1997, could not be reached for additional comment. Her announcement […]Read full article >
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Battle for 37th state Senate seat reflects shifting Orange County

Once-safe GOP incumbent John Moorlach is facing a strong Democratic challenger, Dave Min,in Orange County’s affluent 37th Senate District. Moorlach hopes his experience and his voice as the only certified public accountant in the state legislature will be particularly valued as California faces tough days ahead to balance its budget in the face of massive revenue declines during the coronavirus pandemic. “What do the voters think is the biggest existential threat? Is it really climate change?” Moorlach said, referencing Min’s platform. “Or is it whether we’re ready for the next drought or flood or pandemic? Are we financially set to handle […]Read full article >
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Skaters ready to roll as Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest opens up

Skaters can now roll back into the area’s largest public skate park – and based on the sold-out skate sessions on Friday when the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest opened back up to the public for the first time since March, it was a place greatly missed by local skaters. Chad Martinez takes a ride in the Skull Bowl at Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, CA, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. The skatepark reopened after being closed since March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Rio Oyama, 9, rides the side of a bowl during reopening day at Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, CA, on Friday, […]Read full article >
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Fullerton council defers vote on marijuana shop law

Fullerton’s City Council has tabled, for now, a proposed law that would allow regulated marijuana dispensaries, manufacturers and other business types in some of the city’s commercial and industrial areas. During a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20, the council voted 4-1 to delay a decision on the ordinance. Some council members argued more study and community outreach must be done to avoid the negative impact of shops, while others contend the move simply kicks an inevitable issue down the road. California voters in 2016 passed Prop. 64, which legalized cannabis for recreational use by adults 21 and older. State law lets local leaders decide […]Read full article >
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In Santa Ana’s Ward 1, issues include business, homelessness and open space

Four Santa Ana residents are seeking to replace outgoing Councilman Vicente Sarmiento to represent the city’s Ward 1 district. Candidates running in the Nov. 3 election include two planning commissioners: Cynthia Contreras, 49, legislative coordinator for the Orange County Probation Department, and Thai Viet Phan, 32, an attorney. They are seeking the post alongside Tony Adame, 32, the chief financial officer of a hair pomade company he helped create called “Suavecito”, and Thomas Anthony Gordon, a school facilities manager. Sarmiento, meanwhile, is running for mayor – one of six candidates seeking to replace Mayor Miguel Pulido, who after […]Read full article >
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Candidates for Santa Ana’s Ward 3 offer divergent views on police, homelessness

Five Santa Ana residents are seeking to replace outgoing Councilman Jose Solorio to represent the city’s Ward 3 district. Here are the candidates seeking that seat in the Nov.3 election: Jeffrey Katz, 58, an attorney, Jessie Lopez, a diversity development coordinator, Mark McLoughlin, a city planning commissioner, Danny Vega, 34, an electrical engineer, and Jannelle Welker, 28, policy advisor for county Supervisor Doug Chaffee. Solorio, meanwhile, is running for mayor, one of six candidates seeking to replace Mayor Miguel Pulido, who termed out of his long-time post. This will be the first time the representative for Ward 3, which covers […]Read full article >