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  • Wednesday, February 09, 2011

    Orange County, CA Focus

    ORANGE COUNTY NEWS:

    Note to Tea Partiers: The Auto Industry Bailout Worked

    Over at Daily Kos people have, mostly for good reason, been down on the Blue Dog Democrats. MANY Blue Dogs (Blanche Lincoln being a prime example) basically are too much like right wing Republicans, and they have generally been losing. I have played a small (perhaps tiny, but yet often very real) role in the election of a reasonable number of Blue Dogs. Yet I find them not worth supporting for re-election since they tend to be a lead weight on the Democratic Party. However, I think it needs to be said, contrary to the blanket statements made on Daily Kos, there is at least one Blue Dog who is a kick ass Congresswoman who I am proud to support despite her ties to the Blue Dogs. That Congresswoman is Loretta Sanchez. Don't let the overall suckiness of the Blue Dogs sour you on one of the best members of Congress around. For more info on Loretta Sanchez (as well as her sister, Linda Sanchez, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus) click here for some in depth info.

    The Rubber Stamp Process: Broken Governance in Planning and Development

    Mayor Kang’s State of the City Address Looks to Irvine’s 40th Year...I am only about 6 years older than Irvine...I guess in some ways we grew up together!

    Lobbyist Registration Ordinance Approved By Board of Supervisors

    Busting The Myths About Public Employee Pension Costs

    Limbaugh Listener Threatens California State Senator with Death...does anyone else see a pattern here?

    California Needs a New Education Vision

    Should California Gunowners be Licensed and Insured?...there is nothing in the Constitution that prevents gun registration. And that is according to James Madison himself.

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Appointed to Vietnamese Education Foundation Board of Directors

    The Productive 111th Congress


    Find local events here thanks to Orange County Democracy for America. Check them out at get involved with your local community. After all, that's how change happens.

    REGULAR EVENTS: Here are some regular events that happen weekly or monthly

    Mondays, 7:30am, Laguna Hills: Neighborhood Democratic Discussion Group at Starbucks Coffee, 25630 Alicia Parkway, across from Laguna Hills High School.

    2nd & 4th Tuesdays 6:30 PM, Fullerton: Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) Drinking Liberally meets at Table Ten in Fullerton, 124 W. Commonwealth Ave. in the SoCo District (Harbor/Commonwealth). We begin around 6:30pm. Our location is just one block from the Fullerton Transportation Center so you can take the bus or the train. We are on the patio in warm weather or front bar in cold weather. $6.00 burgers every Tuesday and a few specials just for us. It is time to rouse the North! Contact: orangecounty@drinkingliberally.org or (714) 955-7765

    Tuesdays, 7pm, Santa Ana: Junta de Voluntarios/Volunteer Meeting El Centro Cultural De Mexico 310 W. 5th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 el-centro.org

    Tuesdays, 6-7 PM, Irvine: UC Irvine Young Democrats meeting, in SST 122 (on the first floor of Social Science Tower across from Social Science Lab). Still the same time from 6pm-7pm! I understand that many of you will miss Humanities Hall, but our new location will offer even more greater things... our very own restrooms, vending machines, convenient access to Middle Earth, Social Science Parking Structure, the Student Center, and many many more!

    Tuesdays, 7pm, Irvine: Irvine Queers. 106 Gateway Commons Irvine, CA 92697 UCI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center located between Gateway Commons and the Cross-Cultural Center. spirit.dos.uci.edu/irvineq

    Wednesdays, 7:30 am, Anaheim: Los Amigos of Orange County, a progressive networking group, meets at Jagerhaus Restaurant, 2525 East Ball Road.. Contact: guevarasart@yahoo.com or (949) 636-2750

    Wednesdays, 5-6 pm, Irvine: UCI Amnesty International meeting, Crescent Bay Room B (A124) in the Student Center spirit.dos.uci.edu/amnesty/calendar.htm

    [New location] (2nd Wednesdays), 6:30pm, San Clemente: Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org). meets at Sunsets Bar & Grill in Capistrano Beach, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy. Contact: SCDrinkingLiberally@gmail.com or (949) 682-5291.

    Odd Wednesdays, 7pm, Irvine: Transgender Alliance Group To Educate And Motivate (TAG TEAM) This will be an open space for allies and members of the transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming community to spread awareness and create an open space to plan actions for change on our campus. If you are interested, please join us Location: LGBTRC (Student Center South G302) If you would like more information, feel free to contact Sophie Punkar spunkar@uci.edu\ Amanda Woo awoo@uci.edu

    Thursdays 8:30 PM, Santa Ana: Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) a no-agenda social club for local progressives, meets at Memphis Bar at 201N Broadway in the Artists Village Contact: orangecounty@drinkingliberally.org or (714) 955-7765

    First and third Thursdays 7 PM, Huntington Beach: Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. at 19461 Main St., Huntington Beach. (corner of Main and Yorktown) Contact: Louise Stewardson 714-356-6559 HuntingtonBeachg@drinkingliberally.org

    2nd Thursdays 7-9PM, Santa Ana: Orange County Young Democrats Meeting
    Bistro 400 400 W. 4th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 OCYD.net

    Thursdays 7 PM, Rancho Santa Margarita: Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org), a no-agenda social club for local progressives, meets at Canyon Fireside Grille 22312 El Paseo Rancho Santa Margarita California 92688 Contact: rsm@drinkingliberally.org.

    Fridays 5:30pm, Santa Ana: Orange County DREAM Team Coalition Meeting (istillhaveadream.org) Centro Cultural de Mexico Room 211 301 W. 5th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 Contact: Minerva S. Gómez (714) 376-8065

    Saturdays, 9-11am, Irvine: Weekly Democratic Kaffee-Klatch Come and discuss the political topics of the day! University Center (across from UCI), under the trees across from Whale of a Tale Book Store 4199 Campus Dr Contact: Sharon Toji 9499296512 htoji@cox.net


    Some Local Orange County Resources:

    Liberal OC Blog: for those who want to find news and events in Orange County

    Voice of OC: Who says you can't fight city hall?

    OC Progressive is a project of the Progressive Group.

    Democratic Foundation of Orange County: What We Do

    * Develop financial resources to support an active & effective Democratic Party in Orange County.
    * Encourage, train and support Democratic candidates in Orange County.
    * Sponsor high-profile events to increase the visibility of Democrats and Democratic ideas.
    * Provide a forum to develop and discuss political and public policy issues of local and national importance.
    * Provide our members with introductions and access to local government, California and National Democratic leaders, as well as to leaders in labor and in business.


    COMMUNITY RADIO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

    KPFK Pacific Radio 93.7 FM:
    Check out their program schedule here.

    KPCC Southern California Public Radio 89.3 FM:

    Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KPCV in the Coachella Valley. Reaching more than 600,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California and serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available anywhere in the region.

    Check out their program schedule here.


    Latino Social Work Network of Orange County (LSWN):
    Email lswnoc2007@yahoo.com
    Address LSWNOC
    P.O. Box 296
    Santa Ana, CA 92702-0296
    website: http://www.lswnoc.com/index.html

    LSWN Orange County's purpose is to advance practice and promote policies which improve access to quality professional social work services for the Latino communities of Orange County. To provide an organizational networking framework whereby Spanish-speaking and Latino service providers can exchange ideas, engage in professional development, discuss problems and issues in their respective communities, and advocate to improve the quality of life for Latinos in Orange County.

    To become a member click here.


    NAACP ORANGE COUNTY:
    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here is a local NAACP branch:

    Orange Co (Santa Ana) Branch
    PO BOX 3141
    Santa Ana, CA 92703
    714-543-3637


    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.


    Democratic Club of West Orange County:
    2781 W. MacArthur Blvd.
    Ste B-Box 347
    Santa Ana, CA 92704-7095

    The mission of the DCWOC shall be to advance the goals of the Democratic Party through public policy and political issues analysis, education, fundraising, recruitment, coordination with other Democratic groups, and other activities to benefit the Party. The DCWOC shall support the broadest possible registration in the Democratic Party and recruitment of DCWOC membership without discrimination on grounds of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status.

    The cities of WOC include Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Westminster and Seal Beach.

    For more info, visit their website: www.dcwoc.org


    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Orange County Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    3337 S. Bristol, #251 Santa Ana, California 92704


    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 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


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