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  • Friday, December 02, 2005

     

    Metro Talk

    HOLIDAY TALK

    The overlapping Christmas (December 25th) and Hanukkah (December 25th) seasons this year kick off this weekend with two major local events, one for the Christmas holiday traditionalists and one for the holiday merry-makers. In Orange, the Orange Plaza Tree Lighting on Sunday December 4th from 4:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. starts the season in Plaza Park at the Orange Traffic Circle. Orange High School Choir Director Michael Short will lead a 350 voice choir and a 60 piece orchestra for the traditional sing-a-long of carols. (Just last month five Orange H.S. choir students were selected to perform with the Southern California All State Honor Choir).

    The same evening, a fun-filled tradition of another kind takes place up the hills at the secluded “Port” of Villa Park with the Villa Park Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration. The fun starts at 4:00 p.m. an goes until 8:30 p.m. on Sunday December 4th as boats ‘sail” their way around Villa Park and end up in “dry dock” at the Villa Park Town Center (for a map CLICK ON: http://www.villapark.org/Foundation/holidayboatparaderoute2005.pdf ).

    VECTOR OUT-OF CONTROL CHATTER

    Orange County electronic journalists keep having a field day with politicians and bureaucrats from little scrutinized public entities. This week Orange City Councilman Steve Ambriz has been taken to task for a vote he made as Orange’s representative on the little watched Orange County Vector Control District. The OC Blog has led the way on keeping this original Orange Punch Blog story alive and Orange’s newest electronic voice, Orange Politicos has also picked up the story. To view each ones take on the Ambriz vote CLICK ON below.
    OC Blog Posting: http://www.ocblog.net/ocblog/2005/11/roll_call_of_wh.html
    OC Blog Vote Post: http://www.ocblog.net/VectorControlVote_NOV2005.pdfOC Politicos Post: http://orange-politicos.blogspot.com/2005/11/oh-ambriz-retirement-isnt-right-its.html

    OUSD’s Santa Cohen

    Over at OUSD, it’s “bureaucrats gone wild” as OUSD’s Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Cohen’s public report on comparing OUSD’s $2 million dollar Focus on Results program to “marriage encounter training” wasn’t the stocking stuffer the OUSD Trustees needed. As the Cohen Report is being decried by community watchdogs as “misguided and misinformed misinformation”, perhaps OUSD’s Cohen should have chucked the report when the agenda item’s morph “typo” was discovered and stuck to “mistletoe” as a holiday present to the OUSD Trustees. If your one of the few in Greater Orange who isn’t up to speed on the water cooler story of the week, you can see Orange Net News’ take on the Cohen “Christmas” Story with this link: http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/2005/11/ousds-focus-on-consultants-part-3.html

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