Friday, December 8, 2017


IVC Alum - now at UC Berkeley - appointed  national transfer school ambassador!
from The Daily Californian
UC Berkeley senior appointed as national transfer student ambassador
"The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, or NISTS, recently recognized UC Berkeley senior Diana Castro as one of four 2018 national transfer student ambassadors. In selecting the ambassadors, NISTS looks for transfer students that display 'leadership, public speaking and their potential for sharing meaningful information with higher education transfer professionals.'... Castro, a first-generation college student, said UC Berkeley was her first choice when transferring from Irvine Valley College in spring 2016. Since transferring, Castro has studied abroad in Paris and interned at the Self-Help and Family Law centers in Alameda County. She currently works as Peer Advocate Lead for the events team at the Transfer Student Center."
IVC Women's Volleyball take state title and more
from the OC Register
No player has ever reached the level that Irvine Valley sophomore outside hitter Olivia Aguilar achieved Sunday, Dec. 3. The 6-foot-1 sophomore delivered a state championship final match record 30 kills as she rallied the Lasers from a set down to capture the 2017 CCCAA State Women’s Volleyball title in defeating San Joaquin Delta, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16, at Solano College in Fairfield. In the process, her hitting helped Irvine Valley complete a perfect season at 27-0.
From Inside HigherEd
"...The college never brought any charges against Gill, but subsequent to the charges being filed, she had a discussion that she interpreted as the English chair suggesting that gay people did not have good careers at the college."

from Curve:
"....These scenes add up to a pattern of homophobia that is playing out now in the courts."

from Reuters:
"On Wednesday, the en banc 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, in which former Ivy Tech adjunct professor Kimberly Hively claims the college refused to allow her to interview for a full-time job and ultimately did not renew her contract because she is a lesbian..."


Friday, December 1, 2017

Please Enjoy This Clip of Michael Flynn Leading a “Lock Her Up” Chant

From Mother Jones:

Please Enjoy This Clip of Michael Flynn Leading a “Lock Her Up” Chant
He was just charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials.

by Inae Oh DEC. 1, 2017 9:55 AM

Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser for President Donald Trump, is expected to plead guilty on Friday to lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a Russian official after the 2016 election.

Flynn’s confession to having committed a federal crime comes with a special degree of irony, as he was one of the most prominent Trump supporters to lead a “lock her up” chant calling for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment. “If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today,” he declared at the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

Clinton has never been charged with a federal crime. Here he is leading the chant [see above]:


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The return of the curious "Shooting Star" saga

     Back in 2012, I wrote a series of posts about the mysterious sinking, in 1974, of the yacht "Shooting Star," which took the life of Tom Fuentes' then boss OC Supervisor Ron Caspers, arguably the seminal figure in OC political corruption of the last 50 years.
     We've just received new information about the Shooting Star story—in the form of FBI files. We'll report on that information soon.
     To get up to speed on the story, check out: The saga of the “Shooting Star”     

Monday, November 13, 2017

Guided Pathways, part 1: "Sooner, Cheaper, Faster"

What is this "Guided Pathways" thing? And where did it come from?
The first in a series, here on DtB, to help answer these questions.
The above video is put out by the State Chancellor's Office.
Good grief.

Friday, November 10, 2017

IVC student prodding Rep. Walters into stronger DACA leadership

DACA recipients turn up the pressure on Mimi Walters, local Congress members
(OC Register)
     Irvine Valley College student Rosa Rodriguez, like many among the nearly 800,000 other immigrants brought to U.S. as children, is increasingly nervous that she’ll lose her legal residency status and face deportation.
     That motivated her to meet with congressional staffers last week and plead for their boss, Rep. Mimi Walters, to take a leadership role in preserving protections made available to her and other so-called Dreamers by the Obama Administration.
     President Donald Trump announced in September that no more temporary extensions would be granted after March under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program, and handed the Republican-controlled Congress the task of coming up with a replacement. But that process has largely stalled.
     Walters, who could prove a key Republican swing vote on the issue, is attracting particular attention from Dreamers and their advocates….
     “I’m in limbo,” said the 20-year-old [Rodriguez], who helps pay her bills with a part-time job at her school’s tutorial writing center. “I’m not waiting anxiously for my acceptance letter as much as I’m waiting anxiously to find out about my status. If I lose that, I probably wouldn’t go to school. I couldn’t work (legally) any more and even if I get my degree, I couldn’t work in my field.”
     Nearly 80,000 of California’s 223,000 DACA recipients are college students. More than 60,000 of those, like Rodriguez, attend community college. Rodriguez’s meeting with two Walters’ aides Nov. 7 was arranged by the South Orange County Community College District’s Public Affairs Office, as part of the school’s outreach on behalf of the more than 700 DACA recipients in the two-college district.
. . .
     Anti-illegal immigration stalwarts oppose giving legal status to anyone in the country illegally. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, is among those who have expressed reservations about extending special protections to DACA recipients.
. . .
     But some Republicans — including Reps. Walters, Ed Royce, R-Fullerton and Darrell Issa, R-Vista — have expressed support for continuing legal status for DACA recipients. Most congressional Democrats support giving DACA recipients permanent residency as well as a path to citizenship.
. . .
     Rodriguez, who’s permit expires in January 2019, was born in the small town of San Andres Ixtlan in Jalisco, Mexico. Shortly after she was born, her father headed to Napa Valley to better provide for his family. He’s worked at the same vineyard for 20 years and is helping her pay college bills, said Rodriguez, whose three siblings are U.S. citizens.
     During her meeting with Walters’ staff, Rodriguez described her harrowing efforts to cross the border with her mother. While completing high school in Napa Valley and researching colleges, she settled on UC Irvine because of the curriculum and because of the reputation of its immigrant help center.
     “It was just the energy — the vibe — UCI gave off,” she said. She selected Irvine Valley College as part of her path to UCI.
     Walters has issued sympathetic statements about DACA recipients, but Rodriguez told the congresswoman’s staff that wasn’t enough....
     [You should definitely read the rest!]

More on last Thursday's action at Walters' Irvine office:

From the OC Weekly:
Immigrant Rights Protester Arrested at Rep. Mimi Walters' Irvine Office

from Lake Forest Patch:
Dreamers Activist Arrested In Rep. Walters' OC Office

Korean activist arrested at Irvine congresswoman’s office
Dae Joong Yoon, president of the Korean Resource Center. Photo: Korean Resource Center