Romero’s departure draws praise

Earlier this week Pomona Police Chief Joe Romero was fired by the City Council there. At least one local family is praising the move, primarily because of remarks Romero made following the murder of Eileen Ponce Orta.

You might remember this story:

POMONA (AP) The family of a missing woman found her body in a minivan after police summoned them to pick up the vehicle because it was illegally parked near the Pomona courthouse.

Police said today that Eileen Orta was found stabbed to death on Friday — three days after her family filed a missing’s person report.

The report gave a full description of Orta and the van, and was entered into a national law enforcement database.

When the van was found parked near the courthouse, police told Orta’s family to pick it up before it was impounded.

No one apparently checked the vehicle, and it was Orta’s mother who found her daughter buried under some blankets.

 

I received this letter from Tracy Ponce, Eileen’s mother, this morning:

 

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New Nixon Tapes

The National Archives and the Nixon Library Tuesday will make another 198 hours of tape recordings available from inside the Nixon White House.

The recordings were made in 1972 and cover a variety of topics, including the 1972 congressional elections.

Here’s a snipet of a Nixon Library press release issued Tuesday morning:

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Approximately 198 hours of tape recordings from the Nixon White House recorded between November and December 1972 and consisting of approximately 1,398 conversations. The conversations cover topics such as the 1972 Presidential and Congressional elections, reorganization of the executive branch, creation of a “New Majority” for a reinvigorated Republican Party or new conservative third party, the late stages of the peace negotiations to end the Vietnam War, and the decision to bomb the Hanoi and Haiphong areas in North Vietnam. All 198 hours of tape recordings will be made available on the web at www.nixonlibrary.gov. They will also be available at both the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA and at the National Archives College Park, MD facility.

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From my mailbag this morning — People care about Prop 8

Here’s a letter I received just a few minutes after writing a story about the passage of Proposition 8, which bans same sex marriages in California:

Frank, I live in Texas and wanted to get some election results, so I googled “prop 8 results” and your story came up. I am glad it passed, but wow, what a biased slant you give ! You pick up and continue the media line of prop 8 “bans” something, and then throw in the “hate” junk. Please, that is so lame.
Try thinking for yourself.
Nothing about judicial activism that struck down the will of the California people, or goes against nature, and 5000 years of human history !
Try researching and thinking a bit, rather than just blindly following the pied piper.
John
San Antonio, Tx

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DA goes after voter fraud

The District Attorney’s office is going after a professional petiution circulator accused of registering to vote at addresses where he doesn’t live, according to a press release issed Monday by Steve Cooley’s office.

Mark Jacoby, 25, used the fake addresses to circulate petitions statewide, the DA alleges.

Jacoby was charged with two felony counts of perjury and registration fraud on Oct. 3. He faces five years state prison time if convicted.

He was arrested on Saturday in Ontario and released after posting $50,000 bail, officials said. Jacoby was affiliated with a company known as “Young Political Majors.”

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