Top news of the day in the OC

Candidate Is Defended After ‘Extremist’ Labeling (Times) Community leaders call the act by GOP figures a smear job against the fellow Republican, an Arab American in O.C.

Another union passes on mayor (Daily Pilot) Another public safety organization has come out supporting Costa Mesa City Council candidates Bruce Garlich and Mike Scheafer, but it’s not clear how much clout the endorsement carries.

Food-Stamp Program Finally Speaks Their Language (Times) KMEX helps an effort to get Latino immigrants to apply for food stamps. An O.C. group takes it a step further and offers a class on how to do it.

Orange trustees vote to censure Rocco (Register) Board’s response to the trustee’s remarks carries no sanctions. So who cares? The guy is nuts and hopefully he will lose to John Hanna in November.

Tapping into voter emotions (Register) Advertisements for both sides of Proposition 87 make references to various hot-button issues and say they’ll save people money.

Board weighs in on Great Park (Register) Members offer praise for and raise a few questions about the draft master plan.

Irvine Park Envisioned as a Bold ‘Cultural Experiment’ (Times) A design team unveils details for the massive former air base. The Great Park will be bigger than New York’s or San Francisco’s.

Santa Ana: Transit plan (Register) Santa Ana and Costa Mesa plan to work together to study new transit lines to link their cities to Santa Ana’s train depot.

Attendance decline in arts raises concern (Register) Orange County arts groups are making more money but serving a smaller audience, a report by the Orange County Business Committee for the Arts found.

Top Opinion Links of the Day:

The Orange Grove: When government wants your land (Register) Bruce Crawford: Prop. 90’s reforms could have prevented a huge land heist close to home.

FAIR GAME:Two distinct choices in Costa Mesa (Daily Pilot) So where did we last leave off? That’s right, politics.

No on Prop. 89 (Times) Editorial: Publicly funded elections are nice, but not if they unfairly single out and tax corporations.

Today’s editorial: Some dare call it treason (Register) The indictment of Adam Gadahn for giving aid to al-Qaida seems justified.

Why Wasn’t He ‘Outed’? (Times) The media could have relieved Foley’s repressed sexuality by revealing his hypocrisy and orientation years ago.

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