It's the last day of June, and I didn't want to let the month go by without recognizing that June marked OC Blog's two year anniversary.
OC Blog debuted on June 17, 2004, with a readership of zero (not including me). The OC Blogpen consisted of yours truly and the blog was ugly and hosted on Blog City. My intention from the beginning was for OC Blog to become a group effort, and I migrated it over to TypePad in November 2004 and began recruiting other members of the Blogpen: Roscoe, OC Dutch, Lurk, Publius, Pistolero, Kahuna, Silence Dogood -- and most recently OC Spock and Roark (I know, I know -- I still need to add them to the Blogpen graphic).
I started OC Blog to fill what I saw as a void in political news. Political coverage in the OC Register and LA Times was shrinking, and I believed there was a demand for the kind of political information that MSM editors would dismiss as too "inside baseball" for the general audience -- an as such, never got report.
OC Blog was an experiment, and it worked better than I imagined. Some figures to illustrate the growth of OC Blog and underscore the existence of a genuine demand among opinion leaders, activists, and interested citizens for "inside baseball" political news. Since November 2004, OC Blog has received 823,331 page views and is currently averaging 90,000 - 100,000 page views per month (I use November 2004 as a starting point because Blog-City didn't provide blog traffic information).
During the same period, the Blogpen has posted 2,883 posts and our readers have responded with 20,571 comments (a special award goes to Tim Whitacre, who single-handedly posted .1% of those comments).
I'd like to thank my fellow Blogpen members for providing news and commentary that would otherwise be missing from the Orange County political scene. I wouldn't have been able to keep OC Blog going -- and a special gracias to Lurk for handling the News Roundup chores on the weekend. It is a great help and I appreciate it.
Equal thanks go to our readers for making OC Blog Orange County's leading clearing-house for political information and for providing the vast river of comments that a major factor in OC Blog's popularity.
Our motto here at OC Blog regarding the OC Blogosphere has always been the more the merrier. We view other Orange County blogs not as competition but as collaborators in getting political information into the public domain. A rising tide of public interest lifts all blogs, after all - and I believe our collective efforts enrich public discourse in Orange County.
In any case, I look forward to OC Blog's continued growth and to bringing you our insights into and views on Orange County politics.
Earlier this week, the Stanton City Council stared into the political abyss of a voter initiative and voted unanimously to repeal the forced pre-sale home inspection policy they'd been steadfastly defending.
A similar policy has been cooking in Santa Ana -- the lead chefs being Santa Ana Councilwomen Lisa Bist and Alberta Christy. It's embarrassing this assault on property rights is being spearheaded by two of the Santa Ana Council's three Republicans.
Fortunately, it looks like this policy -- known as PIP in SanTana circles -- is going to die a much deserved death due to lack of support from the rest of the Santa Ana Council. Kudos to the Council's Democratic members (and GOPer Carlos Bustamante) for displaying fidelity to the property rights of ordinary people.
Mayoral term limits pulled from Santa Ana ballot 3 council members and the mayor vote to drop proposed charter change.
By AMY TAXIN
The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – When residents head to the polls in November, they might be asked to change how the City Council does business like appointing commissioners and paying bills.
After months of debate, the council is heading for a final vote Monday on a slew of proposed charter amendments. But one hotly contested proposal – term limits for the mayor's seat – recently disappeared from the list.
Mayor Miguel Pulido – who has been mayor for 12 years – proposed to remove mayoral term limits from the ballot, explaining that some major city projects take more than just a few terms to complete.
"A strong mayor is important for the city," Pulido said at a recent council meeting where he and three council members voted to pull term limits off the ballot.
And as is so often the case with the OC Register, the story doesn't bother to provide a roll call vote so that readers know which council members support mayoral term limits, and which ones oppose it. Call me crazy, but I think that is something voters would care to know. Why newspapers regularly fail to provide such basic infrormation is beyond me.
In any case, here's the vote breakdown:
For putting mayoral term limits on the November ballot:
Councilwoman Lisa Bist
Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez
Councilman Mike Garcia
Against putting mayoral term limits on the ballot:
A big win for the City of Anaheim today. The city won it's motion regarding attorney fees. In other words, the city won't have to pay the Angels' attorney fees from the name-change lawsuit, which Angels Baseball claim are in the $7 - 9 million range.
Irvine Co. Buying San Francisco Tower -- LAT Irvine Co. is paying a record price for a skyscraper in San Francisco, evidence that the city's commercial real estate market is recovering from the tech crash.
Costa Mesa Fire Chief Out On Medical Leave -- DP As Costa Mesa says goodbye to Police Chief John Hensley, who retires today, Fire Chief Jim Ellis has left his job on medical leave, and it is unknown when he will return, city officials said.
N.B. Leader Seeks Local Control Of Drug Rehab Centers -- DP For several years, Newport Beach residents have complained about problems involving drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes, and city officials have responded that their hands are tied by state and federal laws.
A Vision And A Visionary -- DP When Clint Wilkins first knew Sage Hill School, it wasn't much to see -- just a series of Post-it Notes covering three walls of an office.
Ask A Mexican! -- OC Weekly OC Blog compadre Gustavo Arellano answers everything you wanted to know about Mexicans but were afraid to ask.
“Reforming CUSD: Easy as ABC” Addonizio, Brick & Christensen endorsed by CUSD Recall Committee
San Juan Capistrano, CA. Ellen Addonizio, Jack Brick and Larry Christensen have each declared their intention to run for a position on the Capistrano Unified School District (“CUSD”) Board of Trustees in this November’s elections. Today, the CUSD Recall Committee officially endorsed Addonizio Brick & Christensen.
After an exhaustive search for the very best candidates, the CUSD Recall Committee is confident that Addonizio Brick & Christensen will put the best interests of the children and the taxpayers above all other interests in each decision they make. We are also confident these reform candidates will ask the tough questions, hold the CUSD administrative staff accountable for their actions, and work to create a transparent organization that is responsive to the community.
Addonizio Brick & Christensen will each bring a wide spectrum of impressive personal and professional talents that will make them uniquely qualified and ready to serve as CUSD Trustees once they are elected in November. They possess qualities and experience the existing CUSD Trustees clearly lack.
I just heard that Tuesday night, the Stanton City Council, after accepting the City Clerk's certification of the voter initiative to repeal their misbegotten forced pre-sale home inspection ordinance Tuesday, then voted 5-0 to repeal the ordinance themselves.
A welcome display of common sense, saving the city the cost of an initiative campaign would that certinaly have ended in the same result.
And not uncoincidentally, the council's action spares Mayor Brian Donohue, Mayor Pro Tem David Shawver (remember him?) and Councilman Ed Royce, Sr. from having to seek re-election on the same ballot as an initiative seeking to repeal an unpopular policy they had supported.
If they're lucky, Stanton politics will return to form and no-one else will file to for City Council and they'll get to cancel the election again.
This was just forwarded on to me by Nicholas Romero, Jon Fleischman's stand-in on the FlashReport, who must also double as a promotional guy for the IRC (I get emails from him on IRC activities every month or so):
THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY VICTORY 2006
in support of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the entire Republican ticket
Cordially invites you to the
Irvine Volunteer Victory Headquarters
Featuring Special Guest Congressman John Campbell
18008 Skypark Circle, Suite 240
Saturday, July 15, 2006
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
For more information, please contact Kathryn Staczek at (714) 497-5713
Irvine's getting its own Republican volunteer home base. That's great. If I were Beth Krom, or Larry Agran, I'd be a little worried.
New Group Calls For Ethical Government -- OCR Organization is formed in reaction to aftermath of campaigns by Carona and Rackauckas by -- surprise! -- Tim Whitacre. Guess that recall thing didn't work out.
Grand Jury: Homeless In OC Need To Become Priority -- OCR The Orange County Grand Jury on Wednesday released a report urging the Board of Supervisors to appoint a high level director to address the county's problem of homelessness, which it said was growing 17% a year.
Rule On 2nd Units Reversed -- DP Property owners in West Newport and on Balboa Peninsula won't lose the ability to build a second unit on their single-family lots, the Newport Beach City Council decided Tuesday.