A Year of Navel Gazing: The Virtual Orange County

Looking back at 2010 on our news blog, one Top 10 List at a time


6. On the same November ballot that included Prop. 19 was a measure in Long Beach to tax recreational marijuana. That’s right: not medical cannabis, but recreational pot, the kind consumed by the pride of LBC and the world’s cannambassador, Snoop Dogg. It passed.


5. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on The Tonight Show a week after Prop. 19’s defeat that, “No one cares if you smoke a joint or not.” He was pumping up decriminalization legislation he just signed. So, spark it, Caleeforneea!


4.Prop. 19’s defeat also emboldened elected buzzkillers to declare war on legal medical marijuana. How else to explain the dispensary bans in the unincorporated portions of Orange and Los Angeles counties, tighter regulations implemented in Long Beach, and a hydroponics and indoor-gardening store being forbidden from opening in a difficult-to-lease space in Old Town Tustin?


3. Sunset Beach had been unincorporated until it officially became part of Huntington Beach in December. But that offered no relief to Sunset Beach’s medical-marijuana dispensers: Surf City bans them, too.


2. Maybe OC officialdom will find this easier to toke, er, take: Chapman University scientist Keun-Hang Susan Yang is developing a cannabis strain that supposedly keeps the medicinal elements but kills the buzz.


1. Try to vote it out of existence all you want, but there is still this: A study by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that pot use is increasing among American teenagers, while drinking is on the wane.


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TOP 10 PERVY TEACHERS (CONVICTED OR ACCUSED)

10. Married history teacher Christopher John Ontiveros of the acclaimed Oxford Academy in Cypress allegedly had an illegal, five-month sexual affair with a 17-year-old student who supposedly received text messages from him that read, “I want to tongue every inch of you because I love you,” “Today I want to tear your shorts off and rub your wetness,” and “I want you to spread your legs wide for me so that I can kiss you everywhere.” Ontiveros has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges that could land him in a California prison for more than half a decade.


9. Dawn Marie Baloun, a 43-year-old teacher at the Joplin Youth Center, was accused in April of kissing and fondling a 16-year-old boy housed at the Trabuco Canyon correctional facility. Authorities said the Lake Forest resident would meet the youth in classrooms and closets, and after he was transferred to another state facility, she allegedly exchanged 65 graphic, sexually explicit letters with him.


8. Junior-high-school music teacher Mark Gerard Petrash, 42, of Lake Forest, exposed his skin flute to a receptionist at his son’s orthodontist appointment and a female colleague he cornered in a women’s-restroom stall. He was sentenced in December to 90 days in jail and got tagged as a sex offender.


7. Former El Modena High School band teacher Carlie Rose Attebury, 31, of Orange, shared with a 15-year-old boy a homecoming kiss and, after he turned 16, bodily fluids. He was later named the band’s drum major; students and parents suspected something was off-key when they saw Attebury caressing the boy’s hair and straddling him with her legs in the bleachers at a school event. She was convicted of four felonies and could get up to five years in state prison at her Jan. 7, 2011, sentencing.


6. Alonso Manuel Gonzalez, a former special-education assistant at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor abuse and annoyance of a 17-year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy and with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. His former Santa Ana Unified School District employers can warm the seats in hell next to Gonzalez. They first tried to cover up what was originally a felony child molestation case, and then in June rejected a claim filed by the girl’s parents on grounds she consented to Gonzalez’s attentions.


5. Former gymnastics coach and Fullerton resident Jason Wayne Scofield, 37, pleaded guilty in February to having sex with a 16-year-old girl. After it was discovered he’d had sex with the girl in his car and home, he tried to avoid prosecution by enlisting in the Army. It didn’t work, although prosecutors objected to his one-year prison sentence failing to include a requirement that he register as a sex offender.


4. Violin teacher Daniel Hansol Oh, 27, was discovered to have been engaged in continued sexual abuse of a 16-year-old female student in Fullerton. In court, he admitted to molesting three other girls, too. He was sentenced in February to 14 years in state prison.


3. Jason Alan Marian, a 31-year-old dance instructor at Mission Viejo Dance and Performing Arts Center, was convicted in May of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student and secretly videotaping several other girls, ages 12 to 14, he invited to a pool party at his home. He faces up to nine years in prison.


2. Luis Alberto Pineda, a 29-year-old Anaheim resident who taught martial arts and coached youth soccer in Fullerton, in August was accused of sexually assaulting two young boys he met while coaching soccer. Conviction on all charges could get Pineda a minimum of 15 years to life and a maximum of 60 years to life in state prison.

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