Welcome our newest blogger, Chris Emami!


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Hot on the heels of the addition of Aria Ghafari to our team, I am proud to announce the next newcomer to the Orange Juice blog squad. Chris Emami is a basketball coach at Esperanza High School.

Chris is also very involved in local politics. He ran for the Orange Unified School District’s Board of Education in 2006. He was the runner up in that election.

Emami is also currently on the board of the Orange Villa Park Republican Assembly (OVPRA), which is a chapter of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative grassroots GOP volunteer organization.

Here is Emami’s bio, from the Esperanza Basketball team’s website:

Chris graduated from Canyon High School in 2003, playing 2 years in the basketball program playing on the 2000-2001 team that went to the final four of the CIF Division IAAA Playoffs losing to the eventual National Champion Mater Dei Monarchs the furthest playoff trip in his schools history. This is his fifth year coaching and his third year at Esperanza. Chris had previous coaching stints at Lodi High School and Florin High School, both in the Sacramento area.

Chris is currently working hard to earn his degree in Political Science at California State University, Fullerton. Chris resides in Anaheim Hills and enjoys golf in his spare time.

In Chris’ two years with the Aztecs, he has gone 46-7 including two tournament championships. His teams have won two Sunset League Championship with a perfect 20-0 record.

He tries to put a focus on defense with every team that he coaches modeling his philosophy after that of Ben Howland at UCLA. He is very happy to be coaching at Esperanza even after facing the Aztecs numerous times while in high school.

I know many of Emami’s political friends, including Orange County Board of Education Trustee Dr. Ken Williams and Orange County Education Alliance Chairman Mark Bucher. Obviously Emami hails from the right side of the political spectrum and as such he will add editorial balance to our growing blog team.

Please join me in welcoming Chris to the Orange Juice!


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