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NBC News anchor Brian Williams lied about his escapades while reporting the news and within days was suspended without pay. Rumor has it that if he returns to NBC, it will be in a different capacity. Why was Williams tossed out...
by Robin Itzler


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Page 17 of a presentation on the Los Coyotes Country Club development proposal, presented at a community meeting on Oct. 13, 2014. Courtesy of City of Buena Park.

Response to recent OC Register editorial on Buena Park open space initiative

The recent Orange County Register editorial, quoted by the Buena Park Mayor [Art Brown], which concerns the Buena Park Open Space and Park Preservation Initiative is full of misrepresentations. The Initiative is not anti-growth...
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Supporters of plastic-bag ban vow to fight repeal

Orange County Breeze received this statement in response to an earlier statement in support of repealing the plastic-bag ban. We are happy to publish both sides. California vs. Big Plastic, the coalition of local officials and ...
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Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel taken at the regular Cypress City Council meeting on November 24, 2014. Shown left to right are Councilman Rob Johnson (now Mayor); Mayor Leroy Mills (now off the Council); John Moorlach; Councilwoman Mariellen Yarc (now Mayor Pro Tem); Councilman Doug Bailey (now off the Countil); and Councilman Prakash Narain, M.D. (now off the Council).

Now we know John Moorlach’s next move

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, newly elected Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified the list of candidates who will appear on the March 17 Special Primary Election ballot for the 37th Senate District. The news release just landed in m...
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Marketing and more: trying to be smart with my new smartphone

In the final weeks of 2014, I became one of the estimated 164 million Americans who own a smartphone. I held off as long as I could because all I wanted was a mobile device where I could primarily send text messages and when ne...
by Robin Itzler


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Republican Women to talk about General Patton at Jan. 17 meeting

Dear Editor, For years, many Americans believed that General George Patton died in an automobile accident at the close of World War II. However, almost from the day of his death, there have been skeptics who felt the general wa...
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California Governor Jerry Brown, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Gov. Brown to be sworn in this week, will immediately dig himself a hole

California Governor Jerry Brown will be sworn into office on Monday, Jan. 5. As part of events scheduled for his inaugural week, he will dig himself a hold — twice. First, on Tuesday, Jan. 6, Gov. Brown will be joined by othe...
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Robin Itzler, the Marketing Maven, Christmas (and Hannukah) 2014. Courtesy photo.

Marketing and more: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It often seems the only time stores use the word “Christmas” in their marketing campaigns is to announce “Open Christmas Day.” Otherwise, it’s a generic “Happy Holidays,” which is insulting to the more than 95 per...
by Robin Itzler



New UCSD study show effects of rising minimum wage

Supporters of raising the minimum wage want to lower the number of workers who are paid at a very low rate — a “living wage” is their rallying cry. Nobody can support a family at minimum wage! Opponents say that mandating...
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Marketing and more: I am giving the GOP two more years

Sitting at the Thanksgiving table, there were many reasons to be thankful, starting with my mom who recently celebrated her 87th birthday. Also on my list of thanks is that Congress made historic gains in the midterm election: ...
by Robin Itzler


Robin Itzler of Royal Care Pet Setting has some suggested improvements for Princess Cruises. Courtesy photo.

Marketing and more: cruising on the M.S. Denny’s

Those who live in northwest Orange County enjoy great weather most of the year and a variety of ways to take short trips that don’t include air travel. The Marketing Maven’s favorite getaway vacation is a short cruise and s...
by Robin Itzler


California Department of Managed Health Care orders ALL health plans to cover elective abortion

According to an article by Courtney Crandall at World, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has ordered that all health care plans in California must include abortion coverage: No conscientious objection, eve...
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Two Californias: how the state broke along party lines in the State Controller race in November 2014. Graphic courtesy of California Secretary of State.

Field Poll: California swims against general-election red tide

Nancy Pelosi represents the 12th California Congressional District, in San Francisco. As she is fond of pointing out, she was the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. She helped ram through Obama...
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Red v. Blue results by county in 2014 general election

Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley, writing at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, provided several “quick takes” from last week’s general election. One was an analysis of which party dominated by county: “In the nation’s 50 l...
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