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Volume 5, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Fair Game


Spitzer wants to drop all charges against Robicheaux and Riley, but judge says wait!

Fair Game Tom NewSo what’s going on with Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley? Both were charged months ago after being accused of a series of sexual assaults.

Then, in the last couple of weeks, those charges came into question as District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced he would seek to dismiss all of them.

Why you ask?

Well, Spitzer seems to feel that the case was used by former District Attorney Tony Rackauckas as a political ploy in his effort to gain re-election in his run against Spitzer.

But wait, now Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones is saying hold on. He wants to review the case and decide where it heads next. Are there charges or aren’t there charges?

The case dates back to the fall of 2018 when Robicheaux and Riley were accused on allegations of drugging and raping multiple women.

Rackauckas said there were “thousands of videos” of evidence. Spitzer now says “not one” exists.

So, someone is lying. 

Meanwhile, there are accusers on one side against the doctor and his girlfriend.

But, if those charges prove false, the doctor and his girlfriend will have been harmed in a big way.

The judge has promised a ruling by April 3.

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Did you ever think about renting your home out on a short-term basis for travelers coming into the marketplace? Well, if the answer is yes, listen up.

The City Council is looking at some new regulations on such listings. For example, right now there are 1,465 “official” homes on the list, with most located in what’s called the “coastal zone” (point of order, to be legal you have to register through the city).

The coastal zone is defined as the Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island and Corona del Mar

Homes outside this area currently on the approved list will get another 10 years to rent their homes out and then be removed.

A city limit would be capped at 1,600.

Homes eligible would need at least one off-street parking place per unit, and they’d also be limited to two guests per bedroom, with two extra floaters allowed.

Obviously, this protects against the old party house where 25 people would jam a three-bedroom home and party for a week. Ah, the good old days!

Anyway, all this and more is being discussed Tuesday night. If you have concerns or questions, maybe you want to show up.

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Just a heads-up, voting for the Primary Election on March 3 is now underway with mail-in ballots. 

So, in order to hit the electorate, candidates and political action committees are now sending out fliers. One hit late last week and was filled with apparent non-truths about an opposition candidate for a statewide office.

Don’t be fooled. Read the fliers and then research the candidates. Unfortunately, politics ain’t what it used to be. Lies and untruths now seem to be the norm.

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The High School CIF-SS Basketball Playoffs have taken shape with the teams moving on being named.

On the boys side, Newport Harbor, Newport Beach Pacifica Christian and Sage Hill are in and all open up Wednesday.

The Tars (22-6) open up at home against Eastvale Roosevelt (21-7), Pacifica Christian (20-7) hosts El Toro (15-11), and Sage Hill (11-16) plays at home against Artesia (15-13).

On the girls side, with the games on Thursday, Corona del Mar (21-7) plays at Cerritos (17-11), Sage Hill (16-9) visits Don Lugo (18-10) and Newport Beach Pacifica Christian (10-9) goes up to play Santa Monica Pacifica Christian (13-10).

All games are at 7 p.m.

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