Public Outcry Falls On Deaf Ears: Water District Board Approves Rate Increase, Pay Raises and Bonus

LA HABRA HEIGHTS, CA – Despite last week’s La Habra Heights County Water District’s rate hearing, where a meeting room full of ratepayers voiced strong opposition to a series of rate hikes and 580 submitted written protests, the board voted unanimously this week to pass a budget that would implement the first set of rate…

Water District Continues to Target Local Journalist On Rate Hike Protest

LA HABRA HEIGHTS, CA – Despite receiving no objections from Los Angeles County election officials to have a table at the County’s polling place earlier this week, Stephen Blagden, a local journalist spearheading the protest of an upcoming La Habra Heights County Water District water rate increase, was questioned by a city official and targeted…

Elected Officials Blame Local Journalists For Water Rate Increase

La Habra Heights, despite being a small city of just over 5,300, has a history of city officials embroiling themselves in big time controversy. This time, two elected officials have blamed two local journalists for obstructing and delaying a controversial water wheeling agreement. An agreement that the officials say would have offset the upcoming water…

The Ongoing Question Of Cybersecurity

Over the past few years, governments throughout the developed world have proposed legislation to combat threats to cybersecurity. While protecting cybersecurity is certainly a worthy goal,  the majority of the legislation brought forth also threatens to invade the privacy of internet users. Two such bills, the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012,…

Loyalty Oaths In The 21st Century: The Cold War Is Dead. Long Live The Cold War.

You are walking in the hallway of your job, the sun’s rays shine bright through the windows of the offices that line the walls and you adjust your tie as you make your way to your desk. Just then a co-worker calls your name and you find yourself behind a closed-door and a paper is…

How To Be A DIY Journalist Part 3 – Show Me Your Press Pass, Ma’am

So we took a bit of an unexpected hiatus in our plan to publish a weekly installment. Short story, I had to make some money and that means running around Los Angeles with a microphone and recording device of some sort, asking lots of questions and wishing I were taking the bus instead of driving…

Trayvon Martin Case: Original State Attorney Wolfinger Has Troubled History

As the details of Trayvon Martin’s murder continue to emerge, it is increasingly clear that this case involves both crime in the streets as well as crime in the suites. Much of the latter appears to be linked to the office of the State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida headed by Prosecutor…

A Closer Look At George Zimmerman

Very little has been publicly known about the past  of George Zimmerman, the self-styled neighborhood watch captain responsible for the shooting of Trayvon Martin over a month ago.  In recent days, information has been steadily released through various media outlets referencing his family, history of violence, and hyper vigilance in relation to upholding the law….