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anothen April 24, 2014 at 02:18 pm
Listen to that pandering politician dribble: Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the OrangeRead More County District Attorney's Office, which promoted the bans. "We put our heart and soul in every brief and every argument to protect the children of Orange County from dangerous sex offenders. "We still believe it was the right thing to do. We don't regret the effort, and we're going to continue to do all we can to protect children from sex offenders." What a huge crock of horse manure. You would stand a better chance by applying for an audition at Universal Studios. There are very few dangerous Sex Offenders on the registry. Had it been reserved ONLY for the dangerous, ONLY then would it be worth all of the effort and expense the politicians were pushing on the American voter. Only just now are the common people are beginning to realize they sold us a raw egg, because they have tried vehemently to place every Tom, Dick and Mary that they could on the registry, regardless of whether they were legitimately dangerous. And now, the really dangerous, who are on the registry are well camouflaged behind the thousands who are not. It's your fault Politician, had you been wise instead of selfish, we would not have this mess now. I also accuse you, and your selfish pandering, that every sexual abuse, and sexual crime that occurs falls on your responsibility because you have the audacity to tell the common voter "We put our heart and soul in every brief and every argument to protect the children of Orange County from dangerous sex offenders." because you have not. As long as you continue to focus on the registry as the answer to the problem, you will never reach the goal. Either do some research, I mean real scientific research that will aid to reduce or eliminate Child Sexual Abuse, or shut up, I'm not buying it.
T. Weeks April 24, 2014 at 02:29 pm
One wonders how much heart and soul OCDA Chief of Staff Schroeder put into her goal of protectingRead More the children of Orange County from 'dangerous sex offenders' when she declined to step up to the microphone at the first of the Lake Forest parks ban repeal hearings in December of 2012. This was minutes after the Orange County District Attorney got his **** handed to him by the Mayor of Lake Forest (the video is on-line and about as entertaining as a city council meeting can be). The Chief of Staff was called to make her statement (one would assume she had submitted a speaker card) but chose to remain silent. She did not appear so shy when city council after city council unanimously voted for this ban after her presentations, typically without discussion and great appreciation for the foresight of the DA's office, all the while she was assuring them that this was researched by the finest and best the OCDA has to offer and that it would surely pass constitutional muster.
T. Weeks April 24, 2014 at 02:34 pm
@Bob Forsberg - ... and as even better people strive to uphold the Constitution. Listen andRead More repeat... these ordinances were ruled, and therefore are, unconstitutional. Nothing says that people (good and otherwise) cannot protect their friends and families. Just not at the expense of the Rights of others and the Constitution. Anything to the contrary would lead directly to the destruction of our society and civilization as we know it.
Scott Dekraai. Patch file photo.
Shelly G April 22, 2014 at 04:34 pm
More BS and just delaying the inevitable! Two trials, one to determine if he is guilty? Are youRead More F-ing kidding me, really? Something needs to change in our system. I also wish they would quit including his sorry ass face in all the related articles!
Joker Joe April 23, 2014 at 08:45 am
True word Shelly!!!
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M April 21, 2014 at 04:33 pm
@mailyn, thanks! I appreciate the info. What do you know of or think about yahoo messengerRead More app....pretty safe to use??
Marilyn Halpin April 23, 2014 at 10:35 am
Hey M, sorry for the late response. Since Apple's iPad is a closed system and you can only load appsRead More from their store, pretty much all of them have been vetted to be not harmful. The biggest issue we see on the iPads are people forgetting to restart them every once in awhile :-) We have free group classes at mac-fusion if you ever wanted to learn more about your iPad! http://mac-fusion.com/classes
M April 23, 2014 at 08:27 pm
Hey thanks Marilyn! I really appreciate the information :-)
Mark Sariana Gurrola was sentenced to 12 years for the November 2011 Fashion Island shooting. Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department.
Amused April 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Angie....you cannot legislate "good behavior".
Amused April 20, 2014 at 02:53 pm
Angie, Newport IS my back yard and after seeing 6 or 7 cyclist killed by drivers IN Newport I tendRead More to agree with Oldtimer. And he is correct - the average sentance for KILLING someone with a car who is on a bike is 3 years. I never advocated he not be punished but, leave your misplaced anger at the OC District Attys office - not me. Let's face it - once he has been released he will either be on his best behavior or back between bars.
Amused April 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Girl up Angie - you said "put him in your backyard" and that was a shot at me. You shouldRead More be shouting with me, not at me since we obviously feel the same way about the Judge and attys. Let's face it, money that would be well spent to prevent these tragedies never becomes available. Then look at you and your friends behavior about driving and drinking, texting, talking on the phone, eating, doing makeup, shaving, yelling at the kids and dogs and whatever else is DISTRACTING you at the time of the "accident".
Alberto Flores Ramirez of San Clemente. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Robert Curtis April 16, 2014 at 07:00 pm
This will be a slam-dunk for the DA's office (IMO). Why? I was told by an attorney that these kindRead More of cases due to their nature puts the burden of proof (not by law but by application) on the defense not the prosecution. In these type of cases you are guilty until proving yourself innocent. Ever try to prove a negative? Can't be done. Whether the guy is innocent or not he will be found guilty. That's not how it's suppose to work, but with anything sex relayed all normal standards go flying out the window (IMO). In this case it was argued that there is no evidence. In most other type cases the DA's office would not take the case because of the burden of proof issue, but because it's sexual in nature they're pretty sure of a win (IMO). If the guy did it he should be slammed, but no one knows the real truth because there is no evidence. It truly is a he said she said thing! The reasonable doubt should go to the defendant, but it won't. TRUTH
Wilson Boozer April 16, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Where on earth does one find these people? California has been known since the 'sixties as the landRead More of fruits and nuts, but for a woman to go to a motel room with a strange man, take her clothes off and allow herself to be anointed with ammonia and eggs makes one wonder how anyone who has been alive for the past forty years can possibly be ignorant of the cult-like practices of California's spiritual "healers."
andy fischer April 17, 2014 at 06:58 am
From the OCWeekly: "Ramirez, 39, of San Clemente, met a 33-year-old married woman through theRead More Badoo social networking website". This woman is going to have some credibility problems. Besides, what else is she going to tell her hubby-poo?
Franc Cano booking photo. Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department.
Ron Lane April 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
Hey Douglas you may want to consider reading the article over.
Disgusted in SJC April 16, 2014 at 02:12 pm
our legal system SUCKS for lack of a better word.... Our problem starts in the juvenile system.Read More Slaps on the hand for serious multiple felonies. It should be mandatory for the scum ball criminals to face their accusers instead of cowering to a plea that is now where near as serious as the offenses that did in fact take place. *** Please note I am bitter and scorned as I have recently had to view the juvenile system up close and personal , my children were innocent victims of a 14 year old monster. 30 some felony charges led to a 2 yr sentence. Is it any wonder we have so many messed up people committing crimes.
monkey lewis April 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm
They were probably horny,they are sex offenders after all
The Craigslist ad showing illegal fireworks recently found in Newport Beach. Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department.
Ava April 14, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Really this is breaking news? Back in the 70's all the kids in Newport Beach and Balboa Island wouldRead More be in Jail!💥🚀💥
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SPH April 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm
BG777; Your "truth", my "truth"; it's all in the mind of the beholder, bud. IRead More trust you're not driving while talking to God on your cell phone(?).
BLUESGUITAR777 April 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm
@SPH - LOL... so by that notion if I believe the sky is really green with yellow polka-dots thenRead More that's the truth/my truth? No 'bud', there is only one Truth and all else is a lie. I will not continue to argue on this thread however, out of respect for the victims, so we're done here.
SPH April 16, 2014 at 03:31 pm
You mean you're done. Speak for yourself, son. See, that's the problem with evangelicals. They don'tRead More like it when someone wont partake of their Kool-Aid. (c;
Twitter photo of what the bus looked like as it was towed away.
Danny Jones April 20, 2014 at 09:45 am
Jaques,( jock ) trucks have been clean for some time now. My 1996 does not smoke, maybe a puff aRead More start up- and it has a million miles on the original engine. My problem with the damn CARB NAZIS is that they reneged on the agreement they had with the EPA and now say "well, so sorry Danny. Yeah, umm, we did say your truck was clean enough back in 1996, but now because we have enough whack-job treehuggers backing us, we can do whatever the hell we want". FINE but Commufornia, get ready to pay A LOT MORE for EVERYTHING you buy. I'm already enjoying the higher rates I can charge to brings cars into this backwards state. I continue to run my old truck and Laugh my way to the bank HAHAHAHA!!!!
Jock April 20, 2014 at 10:01 am
Danny. I'm sure Your truck runs clean. Tell me you haven't seen rigs that look like an 1870Read More locomotive running down the road. Don't get all literal, you know what I mean. If you grew up sucking the smog of the 50's here you would have a different opinion perhaps. By the way, they still haven't announced what caused this crash. Believe it, they will sue the $$$$$$ out of those who are causing fires, the trucking industry must go on efficiently and safely it is in every ones interest.
Kim Neal April 23, 2014 at 11:06 am
Fair Enough Curious ! At the end of the day, the editor is supposed to edit that which needsRead More editing...no? Now I'm curious.. And of course, being the mother of two collegiates myself..the heart is broken for all families..friends..and communities that lost what is desperately needed...the young ..intelligent...caring who would have overseen our futures ..
CBS Sacramento screenshot of the bus accident in Orland, which took the lives of 10 people, including five students from Southern California.
Donna Fleming April 12, 2014 at 09:48 am
This is a horrific story. A moment in time and lives are changed forever. My prayers go out for theRead More lost lives, the parents of lost children, and those who lost their lives. This is a reminder to live each day well.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 12, 2014 at 09:58 am
I agree, Donna. And covering such a large geographic territory as I do, there are just tiesRead More everywhere, from Orange County to Arcate (city of Humboldt State University, where my son attends). I'm just heartbroken for all the families. Such tragedy.
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Mark Adams April 11, 2014 at 07:08 am
It's time for the state to discontinue the legality of motorcycles driving between lanes. There areRead More too many young, irresponsible riders flying in between cars on all roads. There is no reason at all for this type of behavior.
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Joker Joe April 10, 2014 at 10:30 am
And there was kick the can. Stick ball and hide and seek. I payed 5 cents for a fire cracker and IRead More was in Hog heaven. 5 cents was a lot for me at the time. N.Y. had the fireworks vendors selling them out of their cars. Also miss those days.
bbq April 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm
OldTimer said: "I've always had a soft spot for the side that got trounced." I know,Read More those poor Nazi's got "trounced." Had they not, they would now rule the world and those still allowed to "live" would be marching the German goose step. _______________________________________________ As far as kids not playing in neighborhoods nowadays, you can (partially) thank the good old homeowners associations for that!
OldTimer April 10, 2014 at 01:38 pm
Hi bbq. I figured that somebody would pounce on that. I was speaking from a philosophical senseRead More rather than a political sense. But I didn't expect everybody to catch on. So now instead of the germans ruling the world, we do. We have our foot in practically every nation on earth. I bet that suits you much better and makes you happy. Because, of course, we are the good guys and have earned the right to tell everybody else how to live. And that's fine. I like it when people are happy. Oh, and I won't blame the homeowners associations. I blame general alienation which is a normal progressive consequence that generally goes hand in hand with prosperity. Oh, and the reason I don't see any kids cutting grass anymore for spending money is because the illegals have captured that market and taken it away from the youngsters in southern California.
Chris Norby's Twitter photo.
OldTimer April 8, 2014 at 09:46 am
Very strange. I've heard of common Joes being charged for same or even less. The DA said that theRead More case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Perhaps the evidence was politically insufficient. Oh, well. I wish the best for all parties involved and I hope all get the help that they need to make it through this difficult time.
Nom de Plume April 8, 2014 at 10:37 am
Donna Fleming, how in heaven's name do you know about this case? Have you met and interviewed allRead More the concerned parties? Under oath? You seem ready to lynch this guy - who may not(or may) be such a criminal. Your assertions are merely allegations founded on what you have read and enhanced by your prejudices. I expect that the truth will eventually come out - but you have no idea what it is!
Pam Ragland April 9, 2014 at 08:57 am
From the statements they really should charge him. Then they can see where the evidence takes them.Read More Otherwise they won't look at the evidence or take it seriously. If abuse happens more than once there is a pattern. Have we not learned from OJ Simpson?
A mountain lion stalked a mother and her two children at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Sunday. Patch file photo.
B. Player April 2, 2014 at 02:59 pm
Now, that the 9th Circuit approved CCA's in the O.C., we can all pack a piece while we hike forRead More emergencies.
Joel Sax April 2, 2014 at 06:29 pm
Laura, the point that I raised and has been raised by others is that no one is talking about justRead More what this mother thought she was doing bringing young children into an area marked as having a mountain lion. Official discussion has focused on the need to kill the lion, but nobody is talking about the elephant in the closet which is that this parent was ignoring signs and endangering her children. This is why I say that Whiting should be closed to people under 13.
PK April 2, 2014 at 06:43 pm
What the hell kind of parent would take her 2 young children on any trail with posted Mountain LionRead More warning signs anyway? Do us all a favor lady, and go to the mall or the playground where YOU and your "2 young children" belong. The mountain lion was in THE WILDERNESS where it lives. Not in your yard! So try not to be such a total idiot next time ok? Thanks..PS- You sound like the old story "The boy who cried Wolf" Desperate from some attention id' say. Just stay out of the mountains what ever you do!
Sommer Nicole Gonzales booking photo. Photo courtesy the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Ann Davis April 2, 2014 at 03:45 pm
Angela Thorne, So glad you beat the odds on recovery. Statistcally the odds are againest you. IRead More wonder where the parents are of these young people, how where they raised? For every one that made it there are a million who don't. The cycle is NOT broken for the children born. How can Joe who was decent have children?
hernibs April 2, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Ben I am so sorry for your loss....condolences to you and his family...
Ben Bullard April 3, 2014 at 08:58 am
thank you
Patch photo credit: Renee Sciavone
Jo P April 1, 2014 at 05:04 pm
It was a ball game.....one side wins, one side loses.....get over it. The point to be taken hereRead More is sportsmanship, respect and tolerance were obviously missing. Regardless of nationality, heritage or political affiliation, there should be a common denominator of decency, which obviously was lacking in these thugs.
Angel April 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Wow, when did the OC Register readers become Patch commentators?
The Beast ! April 10, 2014 at 01:30 am
This is a perfect example of the deep rooted social problems that exist in the Los AngelesRead More metropolitan area. This does not happen in other cosmopolitan cities.
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Cort Day March 31, 2014 at 10:48 am
Read it. Who is Michael Bastasch? My first post was fracking with a question mark. Quoting yourRead More article I capped doubt and could because I can't underline it. "The article notes that seismologists DOUBT fracking had anything to do with the LA quake, but environmentalists argue that fracking COULD be a culprit." Something wrong with asking the question? I'm certain this argument could go on forever or until you ignite your tap water then I win and it's too late for both of us.
Cort Day March 31, 2014 at 10:55 am
I don't want to see this happen here. http://rt.com/usa/azle-texas-austin-fracking-979/
Shripathi Kamath March 31, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Oklahoma recorded some quakes as strong or stronger than the aftershocks here:Read More http://www.wunderground.com/news/oklahoma-earthquake-swarm-felt-kansas-missouri-20140330