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  • Saturday, December 12, 2009

    Orange County, CA Focus

    News from Orange County:

    Dirty Water in Tustin

    Orange County IT Spending Like Drunken Sailors On No Bid Contracts

    Krom Speaks Out on Choi’s Antics

    Beth Krom on the Radio

    Video of Orange Juice Blog Linking to NAMBLA

    Five Orange County Congressmen are Hypocrites on House Health Care Bill...Yet again Loretta Sanchez Rocks!!! Probably not too many people remember who she replaced, but I am eternally thankful for Loretta Sanchez. She brought considerable sanity to Orange County at a time when it was leaning extremist and also going bankrupt.


    Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County: The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County are dedicated to the mission of electing LGBT and Pro-Equality Democrats in California and throughout the country.

    The Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County typically meet on the last Sunday of the month:

    Local 50 Union Hall
    527 S Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92805

    Click here to join.


    Orange County Biodiesel Cooperative: Working together to increase availability of biodiesel in the Orange County region. Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own economy. Go to their website to sign up for more info.

    And here are some other biodiesel stations in/near Orange County, CA:

    Extreme Biodiesel: 1560 N Maple St, Corona, CA 92880, 888-998-7223. Offers B99.9 (nearly 100% biodiesel, good for newer diesel engines, some old engines not ok). MEMBERSHIP REQD

    Nickey Petroleum: 925 S Lakeview Ave, Placentia,, CA 92870, 714-547-4123. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine), B99 (ok for newer diesel engines). CALL AHEAD

    Socal Biofuel: 1006 E South St, Anaheim, CA 92805, 888-888-4121. Offers B99 (good for newer diesel enginns, some old engines not ok). Open 8-4:30 M-F


    I found this round up of events in Orange County, California, thanks to Orange County Democracy for America:

    Dec 15 Tuesday 6:30pm, San Juan Capistrano: CUEA Rally Join Capistrano teachers in our campaign to "Restore Pride in CUSD" CUSD District Office 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675 See cuea.org for additional details!

    Dec 17 Thursday 6-8pm, Irvine: With one special wish for her birthday this year, Let's Give Beth Krom Something to Celebrate! University Club, 801 East Peltason,
    To RSVP online please visit actblue.com/page/dec17 Suggested Contribution Levels: Present: $2400 Cake: $1000 Ice Cream: $500 Party Hat: $250 Balloon: $100 Candle: $50 Questions? Please email rsvp@bethkrom.com or call (949)870-9154 If you cannot attend, please consider contributing online at BethKrom.com

    Dec 17 Thursday 6-9pm, Riverside: Hedrick Holiday Open House An evening of fun, food, and fellowship with Bill Hedrick An evening of fun, food, and fellowship with Bill Hedrick for California's 44th Congressional District
    Mantz House in west Riverside, 12173 Navel Tree Ct. Riverside, CA 92503
    Celebrate the greatest gift of all - Leadership we can trust in Washington! Suggested Contributions: Heavenly Host: $100 Holiday Spirit: $50 Holly Jolly Elf: $25 Happy Snowman: $10

    RSVP* to Katie Mantz, 951-440-5546, katiemantz@gmail.com or RSVP/Contribute securely on ActBlue: secure.actblue.com/page/holidayopenhouse *Please RSVP to get the gate code, otherwise you'll have use the call box!

    Dec 20 Sunday 1:30pm, Irvine: Humanists of Orange County: Altruism. Does it pay? Peter Anderson's talk will be followed by Q&A, and general discussion of the topic and issues presented. At our December meetings, some of us bring dessert dishes to share. All are welcome to participate.
    Irvine Ranch Water District 15600 Sand Canyon Ave. Irvine, CA 92618 meetup.com/OCHumanists/calendar/11934025

    Dec 20 Sunday 5pm, Irvine: Holiday Open House / Meet Michael Glover, 70th AD Candidate Sharon Toji's house 3 Brisbane Way Irvine CA 92612
    Our regular meetup will be replaced this month with a Holiday Open House to honor Michael Glover, my friend and endorsed candidate for the 70th Assembly District. The open house is from 5 pm to 8 pm, and Korbel Champagne tastings and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, along with my home-backed holiday treats. If you do want to bring food, please make it a donation of cans, boxes, or other non-perishables to donate to one of Michael's and my favorite charities, the Second Harvest Food Bank. Although no donations are required for attendance, we will be happy of course to accept your donation of any amount for Michael's campaign, and also to sign up volunteers.
    Our Democratic Committee/Club will also be accepting membership dues for the upcoming year. You are invited to join or renew your membership. Dues are $10 for students and those on a fixed income, $25 per individual, and $40 per household. You may join the 70th AD Democratic Action Committee, the Democratic Club of Greater Irvine, or both with this dues package.
    Please rsvp so I can plan correctly for refreshments! meetup.com/IrvineDems/calendar/11884466

    Jan 12 Tuesday 7am-8pm, 72nd AD: 72nd ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SPECIAL GENERAL ELECTION DAY: Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ballots will be centrally counted at the Registrar of Voters of Voters office.

    Jan 15 Fridays 12:30-1:45pm, Irvine: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Psychotherapy Group for Graduate Students The UCI Counseling Center sponsors a therapy group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer graduate students. The group will facilitate the exploration of issues such as adjusting to graduate school, family, relationship, coming out, career decisions, and integrating multiple identities. The group will promote an environment so that each member will be able to work on relevant personal issues as well as provide support and encouragement for each member's concerns. Please call (949) 824-6457 or email (chris.browning@uci.edu) to set up a brief screening interview. Please note that screenings will be held during the first week of Winter quarter.
    The Counseling Center will be closed for furlough and the holidays beginning Monday, Dec. 14 and reopening on Monday, Jan. 4. University of California - Irvine Counseling Center SS1, Room 202 Irvine, CA 92697 Phone: 949-824-6457 Fax: 949-824-6586

    Jan 15 Friday 6pm, Anaheim: Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County in the Local 50 Union Hall. The hall is located at: 527 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805. This meeting is to elect a new president and set the agenda for the new year. See you all there!

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