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LA and Orange County are the closest of neighbors, but in some ways they couldn't be more different. If LA is about stars, the OC is about surfers. LA: ever more urban, OC: proudly suburban, built around cars, freeways and shopping malls. If LA is SoCal's seat of liberal thinking, the OC's heritage is of megachurches and ultraconservative firebrands. If LA is Hollywood glam, the OC is Real Housewives.


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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 04:  Cleanup workers in protective suits depart the closed Huntington State Beach as a storm approaches after a 126,000-gallon oil spill from an offshore oil platform on October 4, 2021 in Huntington Beach, California. The spill forced the closure of the popular Great Pacific Airshow yesterday with authorities closing beaches in the vicinity.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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State of emergency declared in Orange County as oil spill closes beaches on California coast

Oct 5, 2021 • 2 min read

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