Category Archives: Orange County

Multiple People Arrested For Not Wearing Masks in OC Grocery Store – Store Manager Locked Them in || August 16 2020

Multiple People Arrested For Not Wearing Masks in OC Grocery Store – Store Manager Locked Them in and Called Police! (VIDEO)

CA Governor Gavin Nuisance Can’t Keep the Power On || Aug 15 2020

“The California Independent System Operator, which oversees the state grid, declared a Stage 3 emergency late Friday, initiating the outages with demand soaring from people blasting fans and air conditioners to keep cool. Temperatures were forecast to reach 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 Celsius) Friday in the San Joaquin Valley. Los Angeles was set to reach 96.”

 

… More here: MSN

Irvine Co. Makes Play for New Amazon Headquarters | Sep 8, 2017

Donald Bren & Irvine Company make rare public pitch for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters

|| OC Register

“When the titan of e-commerce said it needed a second headquarters, an Orange County titan of real estate said come on down.

Donald Bren, the owner and chairman of the Irvine Company issued a rare statement Thursday after Amazon said it was on the hunt for another base of operations in North America.

“We are uniquely qualified to meet Amazon’s needs,” Bren said in a statement to the Register.

The Irvine Co. will work with Irvine officials to identify specific plans and locations, company spokesman Scott Starkey said.

Amazon has a few must-haves: A prime location, close to transit, with plenty of space to grow.

Irvine officials believe the city would “appear to be the perfect location.”

The city plans to submit a proposal to Amazon, though they don’t have a timeline yet.

City Manager Sean Joyce became aware of “this intriguing opportunity today,” city spokesman Craig Reem said. Joyce has assigned staff to create a proposal, Reem said, but added “there is a lot of work ahead.”

The city, Reem said, would still have to explore where to build the headquarters.

“Irvine is nimble and innovative and ready to leverage our changing economy,” Councilwoman Melissa Fox said.

Amazon said Thursday it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. It plans to stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters and the new space will be “a full equal” of its current home, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Irvine will have to compete with the likes of Los Angeles. Officials there said the city also is planning to bid on the project.

The e-commerce giant has a significant presence in Southern California with warehouses and distributions scattered from Irvine to Moreno Valley. Logistics here also might be favorable with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and cargo airports in Ontario and at LAX.

Amazon’s announcement highlights how fast the company is expanding and is certain to create a scramble among cities and states vying to make the short list. They have a little more than a month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.

It didn’t hint about where it might land, but its requirements could rule out some places: It wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and wants to be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade. That’s about the same size as its current home in Seattle. Co-headquarters, though, often come about as a result of mergers.

Amazon said its search is open to any metropolitan area in North America that meets the parameters — the city itself doesn’t necessarily have to be a million people — but declined to say how open it was to building outside the U.S.

“We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit,” the company said on its search website, about why it was choosing its second headquarters through a public process.

Bezos has crowdsourced major decisions before – in June, just before Amazon announced its plan to buy organic grocer Whole Foods, the billionaire took to Twitter seeking ideas for a philanthropic strategy to give away some of his fortune. And tech companies have been known to set places in competition with each other: In vying to land Google’s ultra-fast broadband network, many cities used stunts and gimmickry to get the company’s attention. Topeka even informally renamed itself “Google, Kansas.”

In just the last month, Amazon announced plans to build three new warehouses that pack and ship packages in New York, Ohio and Oregon. And it recently paid close to $14 billion for Whole Foods and its more than 465 stores. The company plans to hire 100,000 people by the middle of next year, adding to its current worldwide staff of more than 380,000.

Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up 8.1 million square feet, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 employees. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than $100,000 a year.

Amazon’s website about the search lauds the benefits it can bring to a community. And Amazon’s arrival could transform an area: Until 10 years ago, the neighborhood near Seattle’s campus just north of downtown was dotted with auto parts stores and low-rent apartments. Now the area is a booming pocket of high-rise office complexes, sleek apartment buildings and tony restaurants.

Amazon’s rise has not been without local critics, who say the influx of mostly well-heeled tech workers has caused housing prices to skyrocket, clogged the streets with traffic and changed the city for the worse. The Seattle Times reported Thursday that the median price for a house in August in Seattle was $730,000, up almost 17 percent in a year.”

….Continue reading more @ OC Register

 

| Question: Where is Irvine’s current congress person Rep. Mimi Walters? Missing in action as usual? And curious the Irvine Co. is not working with Walters to get jobs and expand business in Irvine and South Orange County. 

We can either let jobs leave SoCal or fight to get some. Irvine is an amazingly vibrant and major high tech hub. So why is Walters supporting driverless cars as a huge social boon? We don’t make such cars in South Orange County. / CJ

You Cannot Do this in the USA without Consequences | Aug 24, 2017

Laguna Beach police make 4th arrest stemming from America First! rally

|| Orange County Register

“LAGUNA BEACH — Just two days after the America First! rally at Main Beach that drew 2,500 and resulted in three arrests, Laguna Beach have arrested a fourth person on suspicion of assault.

According to police, a man was talking peacefully with a group of people at the rally Sunday when he was punched in the face by a man, who then fled.

On Monday, Aug. 22, police received a report of an assault and a video provided by the victim. The video had also been posted on social media sites.

“The video shows a black man wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ shirt hit squarely in the face by another man,” said Sgt. Jim Cota.

The victim, identified as R.C. Maxwell of Inglewood, told KTLA that he was attacked because of the color of his skin.

Maxwell told KTLA that he was attacked by someone from the left because he was a “black man who happens to support President Donald Trump.”

“It important we show violence on the left when it happens,” Maxwell said.

Laguna Beach police detectives recognized the man in the video and found him in town on Tuesday night as he was trying to buy a bus pass to Ohio. The man was identified as 20-year-old Richard Losey of Lancaster, Ohio.

“He was arrested on suspicion of battery and making threats,” Cota said.

On Sunday, Laguna Beach police also arrested Samuel Gonzales on suspicion of resisting and delaying arrest; Harlan William Pankau on suspicion of weapons charge for carrying a knife; and Trevail Dominique Johnson was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police said Losey was booked into Orange County Jail on $50,000 bail on suspicion of misdemeanor battery with a hate crime enhancement.”

….Continue reading more @ OC Register | By ERIKA I. RITCHIE |

 

Santa Ana Crime Capital of Orange County Now Official Sanctuary City | Dec 2016

Santa Ana is now a sanctuary city for undocumented residents

– OC Register

Two people were arrested after posing as police officers on Tuesday morning.

“Santa Ana officials have called the city a sanctuary for all residents – regardless of immigration status – but ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, they adopted a resolution that makes it official.

Council members voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor of adopting a sanctuary resolution that requires the city to strengthen various policies that already exist to further protect residents.

Those policies include prohibiting the use of city resources for immigration enforcement, reaffirming commitment to preventing biased-based policing, exercising maximum discretion in policing, protecting sensitive information, and providing training for affected employees, officials and agents.

City Manager David Cavazos said he believes Santa Ana is “the first (city) in Orange County that has put together this type of resolution.”

“In the spirit of good faith, let’s make it a resolution today, but let’s make it an ordinance and let’s put it up for consideration at the next meeting,” Councilman Sal Tinajero said. “I hope you hold the other council members that are coming up, that you hold their feet to the fire, because they’re Latino, too.”

While a resolution is a statement of policy, an ordinance is a specific law that upon violation would be potentially punishable by either a fine, a misdemeanor or imprisonment, said Jorge Garcia, senior management assistant for the City Manager’s Office.

The council voted to excuse Councilwoman Michele Martinez’s absence, but not Mayor Miguel Pulido’s. Clerk of the Council Maria Huizar said Pulido did not give a reason for his absence, and often does not.

Council members also took steps toward phasing out a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Santa Ana Jail. They voted 5-0 to notify ICE that the city will reduce the number of detainees to a maximum of 128, leading to the closure of one module and a $663,743 annual net revenue loss.

“ICE may argue that the agreement does not allow the city’s unilateral decision to reduce capacity, but staff believes that this action would be consistent with the City Council direction to phase out the ICE agreement altogether in the future,” the staff report states.”

….Continue reading @ OC Register

 

The latest crime data shows that Santa Ana is the most dangerous city in Orange County

– NewSantaAna

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“A law firm has used the latest crime data from the FBI to find out which cities in California with a population of 100,000 or greater are the most dangerous in the state and the news for Santa Ana residents is not good. Our city is the most dangerous big city in Orange County.

Santa Ana’s crime ranking was #26 in the state. Anaheim was ranked #31. Costa Mesa was ranked #37. Garden Grove was ranked #47. Fullerton was ranked #45. Huntington Beach was ranked #48. Orange was ranked #65 and Irvine was ranked #68.

The law firm analyzed data across three key dimensions – Crime, Police Presence, and Community Factors. Within those dimensions, they identified and ranked 14 metrics that influence the safety of a city.

None of this should come as a surprise to the besieged people of Santa Ana, who over the past two years have seen an incredible rise in gang violence including the return of drive-by shootings.

Several Santa Ana City Council Members are up for reelection this November. This would be a great time to vote for anyone but the incumbents. One of the incumbents, Council Member Angie Amezcua, perhaps sensing a rising tide against the incumbents, has already declared that she will not be running for reelection.

Santa Ana has a rookie police chief, Carlos Rojas, who was hired by our City Council despite having zero experience as a full time chief executive. We also have the highest paid city manager in Orange County. That city manager, David Cavazos, convinced the City Council to give him a bonus and he also arranged for bonuses for his top executives. It is very unlikely that any of these City Hall big shots live in Santa Ana.”

….Continue reading @ New Santa Ana

Failed Nukes At San Onofre – San Diego Tribune | Aug 2016

San Onofre Nuke Fiasco – It’s Not just the Steam Generators that Failed –  Jan 2016

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“When alloy tubing in one of the new steam generators at San Onofre leaked a small amount of radiation four years ago this week, engineers at Southern California Edison immediately instituted emergency protocols and shut down the nuclear plant.

 

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Neither of the twin domed reactors on the north San Diego County coast have produced a spark of electricity since.

No one disputes what caused the failure — excessive wear in hundreds of tubes designed to drive hot steam through massive turbines is the confirmed culprit, numerous investigators and analysts found.

But what has become increasingly disputed since the plant went dark is the question of who is responsible for flawed replacement steam generators being installed and who should pay for the failure.

Edison, the San Onofre operator and majority owner, said it had no knowledge of design flaws that led to the Jan. 31, 2012, breakdown. Edison places the blame with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese firm hired to design and build the replacement steam generators.

“SCE was unaware of the steam generator defects until they were discovered after the tube leak in 2012,” spokeswoman Maureen Brown said in a statement. “It was up to MHI, as the designer and manufacturer, to decide what design features to include that would result in safe RSGs” or replacement steam generators.

Billions of dollars are at stake in the plant’s failure, and so far, the lion’s share of the tab is being covered by the ratepaying public.

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Following a November 2014 vote by the California Public Utilities Commission, customers of Edison and minority owner San Diego Gas & Electric have been paying $3.3 billion of the $4.7 billion in identified closure costs, or 70 percent.

That balance remains controversial, as numerous lawsuits wind their way through various courts and the commission itself is the subject of state and federal criminal investigations over its ties to utility companies, which own the plant.

Edison, the San Onofre operator and majority owner, said it had no knowledge of design flaws that led to the Jan. 31, 2012, breakdown. Edison places the blame with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese firm hired to design and build the replacement steam generators.

“SCE was unaware of the steam generator defects until they were discovered after the tube leak in 2012,” spokeswoman Maureen Brown said in a statement. “It was up to MHI, as the designer and manufacturer, to decide what design features to include that would result in safe RSGs” or replacement steam generators.

Billions of dollars are at stake in the plant’s failure, and so far, the lion’s share of the tab is being covered by the ratepaying public.

 

Disastrous Outcome

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Some of the first documents made public that raised questions about Edison’s oversight of the San Onofre project were written by Dwight Nunn, a now-retired company vice president. They surfaced in 2013, right before Edison decided to close the plant for good.

More than 10 years ago, Nunn wrote to the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries general manager.

“I am concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences (e.g. tube wear and eventually tube plugging),” Nunn wrote. “This would be a disastrous outcome for both of us and a result each of our companies desire to avoid.”

Ray Lutz of Citizens Oversight, a San Diego nonprofit group fighting to reverse the San Onofre settlement, said the letter shows Edison could have prevented the failure.

“The Nunn letter really showed us that the utility knew they had a big problem,” Lutz said. “It’s clear when you read it that SCE was taking a very close look at everything going on with the design, so for them to say they didn’t know it could fail just isn’t true.”

For Edison’s part, it says Nunn’s letter shows how thorough the company was in making its concerns known to Mitsubishi, and gaining assurances from the manufacturer that the steam generators would be safe.

While Edison and Mitsubishi executives traded correspondence in the early days of the project, engineers from the two companies convened in Japan to tackle the more technical issues. Notes from some of those meetings have been posted on the Edison website as part of the company’s effort to keep ratepayers informed about the shutdown.

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According to the public meeting notes, Edison was aware that Mitsubishi was venturing into new ground when it won the $680 million bid to design and manufacture the San Onofre replacement steam generators.

“MHI has experience with small (steam generators) and the SONGS RSGs have large U-bends, therefore the prior MHl experience is invalid,” notes from the first day of those meetings state.

On another page, one attendee makes this notation: “The SONGS OSGs (original steam generators) had tube wear problems so they don’t see why the RSGs will be any different. They suggest a comparative analysis of the OSG and RSG.”

Brown said Mitsubishi was responsible for designing the replacement steam generators, and that Edison challenged the process along the way. SCE pointed out, for example, that Mitsubishi was experienced building smaller steam generators and “MHI should not assume that a scaled up design would work,” she said.

“MHI agreed with SCE’s comment and repeatedly assured SCE that it was engaged in a rigorous evaluation of the safety of its design for the SONGS RSGs,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, unbeknownst to SCE at the time, MHI did not in fact live up to its promises, due largely to flaws deeply embedded in its proprietary computer codes.

Hirsch, the UC Santa Cruz nuclear policy expert, said Edison “absolutely” should have reported its design concerns to federal regulators.

It took NRC one day — one day! — to discover the computer error that was at the heart of the steam generator failure,” Hirsch said. “But because Edison tried to avoid a license amendment that would have required NRC review and a potential public license amendment hearing, and didn’t disclose to NRC problems like the void coefficient concern, NRC only did that review after the steam generator failed.”

…Continue reading from the Jan 2016 article @ San Diego Union Tribune

– Yes, it is a fiasco on every level, for ratepayers, for the utilities, for the stockholders, for the environment. We deserve better than this type of monumental failure. Now we see Governor Jerry Brown is caught up in this maelstorm along with Senate candidate and current California Attorney General Kamala Harris./CJ

 

 

Kamala Harris Questioned about Conflict of Interest in San Onofre Edison Closure Deal during Senate Debate

– KPBS

Senate candidate and current California Attorney General Kamala Harris was asked her opinion on a recent Public Utilities Commission plan to keep the San Onofre nuclear waste on site for the foreseeable future. Harris declined to answer stating as AG she was representing the CPUC as well as conducting a criminal investigation into the CPUC and the plant closure deal.

The moderator correctly pointed out that the two issues were not related when Harris let out the bombshell that she was conducting a criminal investigation into the nuclear plant and ‘the conduct that took place there.’

This appears to the tip of a very large iceberg here. In the middle of her Senate campaign, Kamala Harris faces a huge conflict of interest in a major scandal. The deal ironed out between the CPUC and Edison was clearly illegal, Harris has evidence as the result of a search, and now we find that Gov Jerry Brown is refusing to release emails related to the matter./CJ

– The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article on the issue the moderator is raising here.