I haven't posted one of these for a while, so I figured I'm overdue.
Allan Bartlett at Powder Blue Report posts about the first "Hometown Voter Guide" of the Irvine election which landed in his mail box on Wednesday, and pats Escondido on the back for making it illegal to rent to illegals.
Over at The LiberalOC, Chris Prevatt falls for the Steve Young for Congress campaign spin and blogs that the 48th CD -- one of the most Republican congressional district's in the nation -- is "in play." Chris also posts pictures from the OC Democrats' Truman Dinner while Susan Freeze gives an account of the dinner itself. Dan Chmielewski laments Barbara Venezia's exit from the Newport Beach Council race and accuses Hugh Hewitt of "blaming the pages" in Foley-gate.
Chris Prevatt also posts about my debut as a Harbors, Beaches and Parks Commissioner, expressing his disappointment that I didn't vote the way he wanted by saying I "was not interested in the facts or the public good" and my questions of staff and vote against the smoking ban were "a shameful performance for his first meeting and about what I expected from a conservative political hack."
Vilified by a left-wing blogger -- excellent! I must be doing something right! Despite the fact the beach smoking ban is doomed at the Board of Supervisors, the next step for the anti-smoking militants is to push for ban on smoking in all county parks, so I'm sure Chris will have more opportunities to call me names.
Over at Orange Punch, Steve Greenhut reviews the stances of the Brea City Council candidates and their stances on the hillside zoning ordinance -- the acid test of whether the candidates' commitment to property rights is real or rhetorical. Steve also links to a study that says charter schools perform better in comparison to traditional public schools. As Steve says, what a shock: schools with less bureaucracy and red tape do better than schools with more bureaucracy and red tape.
Total Buzz burst into activity this afternoon, posting that Jim Gilchrist had returned to the GOP, Marilyn Brewer has been appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger to the Little Hoover Commission, the impending extinguishing of the proposed county beaches smoking ban, and the Irvine council campaign finance reports.