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R. A. Velasquez April 15, 2014 at 08:59 am
Well, it's been until 10pm or later most of the last six years. I didn't go there last year. TheirRead More phone number is supposedly 818-374-5650, so I'd call them and see if they can confirm or disavow staying until 10 or midnight anymore.
OldTimer April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Yes folks. Keep paying your taxes and voting. You can see how well that formula has worked for usRead More in the past. I might even toss in a tip for Uncle Sam this year and ask him to apply it to more foreign aid. I heard that Ukraine needs some bailout money. Either that or give it to a to a too big to fail bank so that they can pay this year's executive bonuses. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
Autumn April 15, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Like I've said before: To all the idiots who voted an idiot not for one term but 2! Sit back andRead More enjoy the ride!!!!
The La Habra earthquake on March 28 caused $10.5 million in damages, officials says. Graphic courtesy the USGS.
GreenInOC April 8, 2014 at 07:05 pm
Seriously? The County is going to try to get their hands on $10.5M and disperse it to individuals?!Read More Please. Funny how the same Supervisors rejected $10M+ for health programs that benefit individuals because the money was "tied" to ObamaCare but now they want money from the Federal gov't for the earthquake for which I suspect zero dollars will go to help actual people. Hey Supervisors, if you're so "committed" to being anti-Obama put your hands back in your pockets until he's out of office. Hypocrites.
Willimena April 9, 2014 at 08:04 am
Well said GreenINOC!! You hit the nail right on the head. I totally agree.
Several items were damaged at this home near the quake's epicenter, in Placentia. Photo credit: Hannah Hirzel.
Tom Cagley April 5, 2014 at 03:06 pm
I recall the President saying after he was elected in 08 that the "seas would stop rising,Read More weather would moderate, etc, etc." Too darn bad he didn't think to add the earth would stop shaking or quaking! But, then again, he always has Bush to blame it on.
OldTimer April 5, 2014 at 03:47 pm
It's like I told you before, Tom. The political rot in America is a systemic problem. Some like toRead More focus all their attention on local city councils since it's way easier to tear apart the neophyte amateurs and make them look foolish, than it is the long ball hitter heavyweights. But the amateurs are simply watching the bigs boys and following their cues. Some like to slam just the Republicans. Others just the Democrats. Some say it's all the conservative's fault. Others say the liberals got us into this mess. Just a handful of adroit, insightful commoners have the ability to understand that the power brokers belonging to all these purported adversarial political and ideological groups work hand in hand to maintain the status quo. Look in the rearview mirror over the last decade. Did it really matter which political party held the majority in the nation's capital as far as where we are as a country today? Of course, the answer is a resounding 'no'. There is as much corruption and bullying and confiscation of civil rights and damage to Main Street under Obama as there were under Bush. The players change. The status quo remains steadfast. And nothing changes at the bottom. The bottomfeeders just follow the cues of their mentors who clawed their way to a higher rung on the ladder of 'go along to get along'. And let's face it. To get a shot at public office you have to get pre-approved by the big boys. Why do you think we literally have no third party legislators in county or state government? To my knowledge there are none in the national government either. Oh, and the 'Tea Party' is not a third party. It was formed to fool you into believing you had an alternate choice. An option. But if you look closely you would know it's been co-opted (bought out) by the Republicans. Many of the Tea Partiers elected in 2010 are now accepting large contributions from the TBTF banks. And I can prove that if you don't believe me. It's systemic. And anyone who claims otherwise IMO is in deep denial.
Shripathi Kamath April 6, 2014 at 06:51 am
Good thing we live in Orange County: all Republican all the time, and only prosperity as far as theRead More eye can ignore.
Measles cases in Orange County this year have jumped to 21, public health officials said. Patch file photo.
MFriedrich March 28, 2014 at 11:20 am
"Why aren't we effectively sealing the borders"... Because it's not feasible, and the riskRead More does not (right now) outweigh the reward (of free movement of people, goods and services, etc.) I don't know even know how any kind of "border sealing" could be done effectively without massive consequences. We could imagine what that might look like for one flight at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. A plane arrives there from Frankfurt with 300 passengers on it. Some of them from Germany, but others from Turkey, E. Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia perhaps. Are we going to set each passenger aside and perform blood, urine and saliva tests? What about just a cheek swab culture? Now multiply that process another 233,000 times as that is the annual influx of passengers only to O'Hare in one year (almost 70 million) Now expand that process out to other countries who would no doubt reciprocate such controls if the US implemented them. Traffic and commercial goods and services would come to a grinding halt. The risk does not outweigh the reward. That's why.
OldTimer March 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm
We could easily require all people who enter the US from other nations to have proof ofRead More vaccinations of measles and all the other nasty diseases that we eradicated decades ago that are making a comeback. We know that most of these diseases are being imported from other nations. So the logical approach would be to take action to combat their importations. That includes mandatory vaccines for international guests and getting serious about enforcing immigration laws at our borders and using vigorous domestic enforcement methods (E-Verify) to discourage illegal aliens from coming here in the first place. All of this is very practical and easily implemented. If other nations want to replicate those requirements - fine by me. Who are we to visit their nations and infect them with our diseases? Now is not a time to make excuses. Now is the time to take action and to prevent the importation of serious diseases from other nations when we know that is the reason for the resurgence of these diseases in our nation, per the CDC. The risk of this problem growing to epidemic proportions is certainly worth the risk of taking vigorous action to stop the importation of communicable disease. How many times have we heard that you can't place a value on a single human life. They use it all the time with gun control legislation. Why not with disease prevention?
Shawn Gordon April 6, 2014 at 10:26 am
http://time.com/46914/vaccine-opponents-wrong/
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fact checker March 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm
Old timer what don't you understand about honoring a contract while giving spending power to thoseRead More who will buy stuff? Economics is all about people spending money. And a pension is far from welfare. Those folks contributed to that just like you contributed to Social Security...only more so.
fact checker March 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm
But we also need to raise the minimum wage...and we will get the same results.
Joker Joe March 27, 2014 at 08:03 am
Old Timer You got it right. Give everyone millions to plow it back into the economy..... lol lol
Paramedics work on a person injured in an accident earlier this month. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Ratón De Las Olas March 27, 2014 at 02:42 pm
If you're going to charge anyway, then let's privatize and allow competition to the mostRead More cost-effective service to use (the victim has no choice in "purchasing" the services, so you are involuntarily sticking him with an inflated bill). I'm really not suggesting privatizing, but this double-charging is ridiculous. Why do they roll an engine PLUS the paramedic/ambulance to every minor or individual health call? You need a doctor, or to go to the hospital, send ONE paramedic/ambulance and that's it. The rest seems to be a ploy to gin up the numbers to get justification for the budget. Also, WHY ARE WE PAYING $234,000 PER YEAR average compensation as Dr. Zillman posted (http://unionwatch.org/the-average-orange-county-firefighters-total-compensation-is-234000-per-year)? There are always WAY more applicants than positions so they don't need this to generate demand. So let's halve the total comp (more at the higher ends and obese pensions) and we will still have more than enough qualified applicants to fill the ranks. And, let's also provide productive work during wait times (I had a friend who worked at a station where during all the wait times, everyone had their own moneymaking gig, like rebuilding engines, etc.). There must be a lot of valuable services needed by the community that could be done during wait times.
Shripathi Kamath March 27, 2014 at 03:15 pm
Donna Fleming March 27, 2014 at 01:31 PM The Orange County Supervisors have made a bad decision toRead More begin charging for 911 calls. ___________________________________________________ Thanks, Obama.
Shripathi Kamath March 27, 2014 at 03:42 pm
Ratón De Las Olas March 27, 2014 at 05:42 PM If you're going to charge anyway, then let'sRead More privatize and allow competition to the most cost-effective service to use (the victim has no choice in "purchasing" the services, so you are involuntarily sticking him with an inflated bill). I'm really not suggesting privatizing, but this double-charging is ridiculous. ___________________________________________________ You can simply argue that we are paying too much in taxes as it is and that this should be covered by those taxes. That is fine, but then it is just an argument that taxes are too high. Unrelated to this. Your basic choices were a. Raise the taxes for everyone just a little to cover the extra cost of providing this service over previous years., b. Assess a separate fee for this service (or a variation like whatever Moorlach proposed) so that only those who avail it pay, or c. Don't pay them any more money, hell with their whining about increased costs. ___________________________________________________ Of course, c. would have been preferable, right? I mean why pay more for the same service you had previously? In fact, they should be making less not more, because a website says that they are making x amount and x is obviously too much. (common sense?). But leaving that aside (since that would require back up measures in place already if there were a strike), between a. and b.—and some may not understand what "between a. and b." means—why is b. intrinsically worse? ___________________________________________________ As to the other scheme "So let's halve the total comp (more at the higher ends and obese pensions) and we will still have more than enough qualified applicants to fill the ranks. And, let's also provide productive work during wait times (I had a friend who worked at a station where during all the wait times, everyone had their own moneymaking gig, like rebuilding engines, etc.). There must be a lot of valuable services needed by the community that could be done during wait times." ___________________________________________________ This is something I suggest best done by voting for the right candidate. I mean who would not love a candidate who will do exactly that. Assuming of course he or she and her colleagues do not rack up costly legal fees breaking existing contracts, lose the service and hope that the theory actually works where you do get just as qualified candidates for half the price with no chance of advancement since if they get more expensive, like ask for raises, another halving is in the cards. Why? Because lots of great applicants exist for that job and experienced or not, they can all do that same job. Out with the old, in with the new. ___________________________________________________ Speaking of idle time being used for community services, should we do this for police and sheriff services as well? They too can, between catching criminals, perhaps pick up my laundry?
Twitter photo of the anti-fracking rally held in Long Beach today.
laura cipollari March 14, 2014 at 08:35 am
Starks - you're stark raving mad. try lifting a book, bra.
John Starks March 14, 2014 at 08:55 am
@laura Do you even read? Or do you just get information from the daily show and spew it out of yourRead More butt as your own. Why are you trifling with me?
martin marteen March 16, 2014 at 07:50 pm
Hot and heavy. I generally find that the "truth"lies somewhere in between. We must acceptRead More the facts, good and bad. However we must make reasonable decisions based on realistic needs. Those who want to minimize use of fossil fuels, I am with you. But it seems you have the wrong approach. I also agree with those who are in favor of fracking. How to reconcile the diametrically opposed views? You must control population, you must control utilization, control waste, and the rest will come naturally. No demand will lead to no fracking, peacefully. Those who oppose being exposed to second hand smoke, are also the ones that spew out the most pollution into the air by driving huge SUV's for miles and miles daily, negating their goal and seem disingenuous. Same with a host of other issues. On that of that they create a hypochondriacal society, who ask for more and more health care, and then wonder why health care prices keep going up, and blame Hospitals or Drs. or any one "else". None of us are perfect nor is whatever we espouse.
The MWD will spend millions to let you know there's a drought in California. Photo Credit: Getty.
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Here we go again! Millions spent for publicity that will be reimbursed by the consumer. Rates willRead More be increased in order to influence more conservative use of domestic water. When consumers do succeed in reducing water consumption the Water companies will cry to the PUC to allow them to increase rates again because of loss of revenue caused by reduced consumption. History does repeat itself and the consumers don't learn!
Stan Jacobs March 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm
Plus they want you to use less water so that the developers can continue their building projects. IfRead More we don't have enough for the present population why are they inducing more growth?
rob March 13, 2014 at 07:03 am
As long as we have money grabbing politicians, city councilmen, etc. etc. our problems will continueRead More to grow. The city government in San Juan are into it just for the money, they can care less about our city and the people. They have other issues they need to take care of. Traffic issues downtown are crazy, even dangerous. I sat at Del Obispo and Alipaz going towards town on Del Obispo, the traffic back up was horrible, especially when the train signal turns red at the tracks and you sit and sit while people are blocking intersections, making illegal uturns because they cant handle the gridlock. What is crazy is the cross traffic going west bound on Alipaz is only 2-3 cars yet we sit forever at the red light. Yep, this is our city council at it's best. JOKE
Orange County has had five cases of measles in the past nine week. Patch file photo.
Jessica Tompkins March 19, 2014 at 01:32 pm
I agree Jeff. And if the vax works 99% of the time, get your kids vaxed if you feel it's the rightRead More thing and you should be good to go. I think the real problem is people not staying home when they are sick. Schools push kids to go "because every day counts." Stay home and rest and get netter, then head back to work or school. I had someone sitting next to me at dinner when I was 8 months pregnant who, no joke, had strep throat. Why go to dinner, or anywhere, when you are sick?
Jessica Tompkins March 19, 2014 at 01:33 pm
Also the article does not say if the kids are vaxed. Important information to leave out.
andy fischer March 28, 2014 at 08:11 pm
Measles vaccine coverage as of 2012, according to the WHO: Viet Nam: 96% Mexico: 99% U.S.: 92%
Orange County needs to hire more staff to process the 600-plus applications to carry a concealed weapon. Patch file photo.
MFriedrich March 5, 2014 at 08:50 pm
I like how we decided use "onslaught" in the title of this piece. Somehow not entirelyRead More appropriate. Or is it?
Homer March 5, 2014 at 09:31 pm
Yes, which is it? An onslaught - a fierce attack? Or a flood - arriving in overwhelming amounts? orRead More both.
CHK March 9, 2014 at 06:15 pm
Simple rule - I walk into a place of business and I see someone/anyone other than a uniformed policeRead More officer carrying a gun......I walk out and this can't be good for the business, can it???
ace February 24, 2014 at 05:18 pm
let's build more houses and more industrial/commercial properties and worry about the water later.
Fortified- AKA Mungo Jerry February 24, 2014 at 06:44 pm
As they make it more difficult to live outside the urban area, cut off water to farms, the buildingRead More will be more centralized.....Agenda 21. Cutting off water to outside areas is in the framework.....
Stan Jacobs February 24, 2014 at 09:25 pm
Ace - We have done that, now you are seeing the consequences.
A fourth case of measles has been reported in Orange County over the past several months. Patch file photo.
Lyda Cooper February 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm
I agree, Shirley.....Also, why is the immunization not effective when you are out of the country orRead More does the article mean that people coming into our country are not immunized and are bringing the disease with them?
Thrill February 22, 2014 at 06:02 am
Seriously people don't endanger the rest because you are too lazy to VACCINATE. Others could die ifRead More they catch measles. Also, who takes their child to Dell Taco that late? This sounds like irresponsible parenting.
Merideth N Richard Shriver February 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm
seriously? who gives a shit if they are out late and it doesn't make them a bad parent..are you aRead More good parent @thrill? don't judge people you don't know. Measles is popular in Philippines for sure but the flu or whopping cough that is going around is the one we should worry about..
A no-burn order goes into effect at midnight tonight. Patch file photo.
Ben Dover February 20, 2014 at 10:21 am
Stoked - are your kids taunted at school for smelling like unicorns and fairy dust ?
maureen February 20, 2014 at 11:35 am
It appears that both "Stoked" and "Bend Over" are shills and are here toRead More misdirect the conversation into name-calling. California's AQMD may be getting their directions from the corrupt and over-reaching EPA. Check out this: EPA's Wood-Burning Stove Ban Deals Blow to Rural Homes http://youtu.be/IWRv8jeu5MY
Stoked February 20, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Yes Maureen, you caught me. I am here along with my partner Mr Dover in hopes that we can dupe theRead More public into thinking that there is no government corruption. I actually have information that the AQMD is getting their directions from Al Gore. Or was that Alf from Melmac? (let this be the first Alf reference of 2014) My hat is off to Mr Dover for being able to pinpoint the aroma of unicorns and fairy dust... After all these years I thought that it was peanut butter.
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. (Max Whitaker/Getty Images)
Jean Q February 3, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Jean Q February 3, 2014 at 04:48 pm Only the Dr.s that accept welfare will see you, so be preparedRead More to spend the day in an over booked Doctors office and waiting room. $45 co-pays and a $2000 deductible and a monthly payment of $350 if your a single person. Thanks Mr O.
Bonfire at Dockweiler Beach.
Edgar January 28, 2014 at 07:04 am
The AQMD has been one of the key contributors of industry moving out of California with their NaziRead More Storm Trooper tactics and self-perpetuating jobs by getting into every ones knickers. Yes we all want clean air but who polices this long out of control agency that seems to answer to no one. I hope the get their ass burned in a fire pit of public backlash. Since they have chased out all of industry they are now looking for any way to keep their jobs by invading sacred grounds of the public.
Phil Reimert January 28, 2014 at 02:07 pm
We should keep a few vestiges of our former un-regulated lives. Dockweiler is he closeest beachRead More that still allows bonfires and they tend to counteract the foul odor from Hyperian--sort of like lighting a match in the bathroom.