Archive | March, 2011

Disaster Roulette: Earthquakes and Nukes at San Onofre

Disaster Roulette: Earthquakes and Nukes at San Onofre

By Jack Eidt and Jerry Collamer
Special to the Voice
Analysis/Commentary
(Originally published March 15, 2011)

The Federal Management Agency’s (FEMA) Western Regional Director told Jerry Collamer point blank, one month ago, after him peppering the guy with San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) post-reactor meltdown scenarios:

“That’s why the call it, Disaster.”

Disaster: the past-present tense of our here and

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Author Will Discuss Warrantless Surveillance in Cyberspace

Author Will Discuss Warrantless Surveillance in Cyberspace

Award winning novelist Lois Tiller will discuss warrantless surveillance in cyberspace at the monthly meeting of the Green Party of Orange County this Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m.
Tiller is a certified system engineer who advocates for electronic privacy protection and Net Neutrality. Her recently published suspense novel, “Fatal Exception,” explores the ethical ramifications of the possibly illegal partnerships between US security agencies, like the NSA and CIA, and private technology companies to mine used data and control Internet content.
Tiller’s presentation will include a simple overview of electronic snooping and she will identify important efforts underway

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Ocean View School District Trustee Explodes Like a Firecracker

Ocean View School District Trustee Explodes Like a Firecracker

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

“Ms. M. You don’t know jack shit about guns, obviously…Seriously. Are you freaking blind, stupid or just like to ignore inconvenient facts like your pal Al Gore? Any dumbass knows automobiles kill people by the thousands each year.” – – Ocean View School District Trustee Norm Westwell debates gun control with a Huntington Beach resident via e-mail discussion forum (March 15).

When the Huntington Beach City Council banned fireworks in 1987 little did it know that its action would give birth to an unstoppable human firecracker that,

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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station – The Scariest Workplace in the USA

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station – The Scariest Workplace in the USA

Analysis/Commentary
By Jerry Collamer

Special to the Voice

Reading this will upset a bunch of folks living near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (called SONGS), between Orange and San Diego Counties, California. Because as far as I can tell, the truth percolating inside SONGS nuke plant ain’t getting out.

SONGS/Southern California Edison employs 3,000 workers. Not all from the local area. Some permanent. Some ‘contract’ players. Moving from power-plant contract, to power-plant contract. Statewide, nationwide, probably internationally. And, not necessarily to nuke facilities.

Most of what happens

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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Visits Downtown Surf City

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Visits Downtown Surf City

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Former United States of America president Bill Clinton was in town yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on PCH for a meeting of unknown content and purpose. Clinton was spotted by the hotel’s hard working staff—one of whom confided in the Voice—as he walked by in the lobby. Clinton exchanged greetings with the workers by mutual hand waving. It is not known at this time if the former two-time (and two-timing) president spent

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Nuclear Nightmare: Japan catastrophe prompts overdue look at US nuclear plants

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan catastrophe prompts overdue look at US nuclear plants

By Ralph Nader
www.nader.org

The unfolding nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States—many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the west coast exposed to potential tsunamis.

Nuclear power plants boil water to produce steam

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Tentative Resolution in Downtown Dispute – ‘I want to move on with my life,’ plaintiff says

Tentative Resolution in Downtown Dispute – ‘I want to move on with my life,’ plaintiff says

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

A commissioner sent the civil harassment case of Pirozzi vs. Kramer back to the drawing board on Friday after a tentative agreement between the two parties was reached during mediation that same day.

Alessandro Pirozzi, who owns Cucina Alessa, a downtown Italian restaurant, had requested a restraining order against Kim Kramer, the leader of the Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Association (HBDRA), after Kramer allegedly harassed him and

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‘BPA-Free’ Label no Guarantee that Plastic is Safe

‘BPA-Free’ Label no Guarantee that Plastic is Safe

By Sarah (Steve) Mosko
Special to the Voice

The bad reputation recently earned by BPA or bisphenol A, a chemical constituent of polycarbonate resin plastics, is probably well-deserved because it is an estrogen hormone mimic linked in hundreds of studies to potentially adverse health effects in mammals ranging from cancers and infertility to diabetes and obesity.

Fetal and juvenile mammals are particularly sensitive to exposure to low doses of estrogen mimics, raising particular concerns about BPA-containing plastics that infants and toddlers might encounter. Consequently, some manufacturers of baby bottles, water bottles

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Pierside Developer Claims ‘Bully Tactics’ Used by Huntington Beach Activist

Pierside Developer Claims ‘Bully Tactics’ Used by Huntington Beach Activist

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Kim Kramer, the leader of a group that advocates for downtown and city-wide improvements, has been accused by a prominent local developer of using “bully tactics” in an attempt to pressure him into donating $25,000 per year for-life to the city for a proposed downtown area residential parking permit program that he was promoting.

Joe Daichendt, owner of the Pierside Pavillion on the corner of PCH and Main

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Is ‘Cruelty-Free Cheese’ an Oxymoron?

Is ‘Cruelty-Free Cheese’ an Oxymoron?

By Sarah S. Mosko
Special to the Voice

Attitudes about animal rights and welfare often shape dietary choices.

At one end of the spectrum are strict vegans who eschew foods containing any animal products. At the other end are unapologetic meat-eaters who flinch not even at the prospect of eating veal from calves separated from their mothers at birth, confined for months within tiny crates designed to prevent all exercise and foster tender “gourmet” meat, and fed an iron-deficient milk substitute to induce anemia and pale-looking flesh. In the middle perhaps are ovo-lacto

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