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February 12, 2010
Now that the Supreme Court majority has opined that corporations are persons who have the freedom to speak, is it too much to expect that corporations listen, too? It?s entertaining to imagine what they could learn, in particular, if they listened in a place of worship. The Daily Pilot?s ?In Theory? on Feb. 6 asked religious leaders: ?Do pets have a place at services?? There were mixed responses to that question, but there might be unanimity on: ?Do corporations have a place at services?
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By Jamshed Dastur | February 6, 2010
Re: “That’s Debatable, Jan. 28”: However regrettable, it is hardly surprising that Congressmen John Campbell and Dana Rohrabacher find the Supreme Court decision regarding campaign finance reform to their liking. Campbell supports it on a totally false premise that this was intended to bring equity to an imaginary imbalance between unions and corporations. He is either ill-informed or deliberately misleading. His statement unwittingly exposes his loyalties to big business and not to the fundamentals of a democratic form of government.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
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By Joseph N. Bell | November 18, 2009
If persistence and determination are the prime earmarks of statesmanship, we should lend Councilwoman Wendy Leece to the U.S. government to take on the Taliban in Afghanistan. Or put her on the trail of Osama bin Laden. Instead, Leece will be working the home front with “In God We Trust” marking the City Hall in Costa Mesa, where the motto will reside after a unanimous vote of the City Council (Where, oh where, were you, Katrina Foley?). All of this took place Tuesday when Leece requested permission to introduce God to the Council Chambers.
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By Brianna Bailey | October 13, 2009
The California Supreme Court has turned down activist Allan Beek’s request to take up his battle against plans to build a new multimillion-dollar Newport Beach city hall in Newport Center. “This is great news,” said attorney Jim Lacy, who penned Measure B, a charter amendment Newport Beach voters approved in 2008 that requires the next city hall to be built on a piece of city-owned land in Newport Center. Beek has filed several legal challenges to the charter amendment.
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By Candice Baker | October 5, 2009
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it will not hear a property rights case petitioned by St. James Church of Newport Beach. The court said it is waiting for a final ruling in the case at the county level before considering whether it will make its own decision. St. James has owned its church property for more than 50 years, and has sought to keep it following its split from the Episcopal Church and its Los Angeles Diocese over theological differences regarding homosexuality.
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By Brianna Bailey | August 4, 2009
A Newport Beach activist hopes to take his fight against the construction of a new city hall in Newport Center to the California Supreme Court. A petition activist Allan Beek submitted to the state Supreme Court last week asks the court to review the legality of a 2008 election that determined where Newport Beach will put its next city hall. Beek wants the Supreme Court to decide whether it was legal for local voters to pass Measure B in February 2008. The controversial charter amendment requires the city to build its new city hall on a piece of city-owned land in Newport Center.
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By Steven Short | July 4, 2009
With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor scheduled to begin in mid-July, inquisitive observers of these proceedings may wish to deepen their understanding of the High Court and its place in our system of government. Users of the Newport Beach Public Library will find the following titles of supreme interest: A huge bestseller in 1979, “The Brethren,” by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong , remains a fascinating account of the Warren Burger Court.
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