By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
LENNY KYLE DYKSTRA
Santa Ana-born and Garden Grove-bred Dykstra was known as "Nails" when he starred in the outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. Nails have also been pounded into the coffin holding his post-MLB career as a supposed financial whiz. He has been accused of federal bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice tied to his allegedly selling items from an $18 million mansion. Since leaving the game, the onetime darling of CNBC's Jim Cramer has also been accused of credit-card fraud; failure to pay bills; possessing Ecstasy, cocaine and human-growth hormone; masterminding a scam to acquire luxury cars; sexual harassment; sexual assaults; and indecent exposure. Amid all this are stories that he was juicing as a ballplayer. Mitigating Factor: That walk-off home run in Game 3 of the 1986 World Series is still considered one of the biggest hits in Mets history.
The Anaheim Hills teen made millions of people around the world forever associate a day of the week with bowls of cereal and the pressure of vehicle-seat selection. That's scary. Mitigating Factor: The parodies!
The Huntington Beach resident tried four times to burn down his church, Orange County Church of Christ in Irvine, because of its teachings against masturbation. Three crazy nights in October 2009, Chavoshan waited until everyone left the church, took contents out of the outdoor trash cans, placed them next to the entrance and set them on fire. They all burned out before doing much more than charring the doors, but church officials reported the torchings to Irvine Police. Cops set up a stakeout and caught Chavoshan trying to burn down the church for a fourth time and arrested him. He was sentenced in August to six years and four months in state prison. One prays his cellmate is cool with whacking off. Mitigating Factor: Give the guy props for lighting a match with one hand.
PAUL LAWRENCE WADLEY
Huntington Park's retired police chief came up with a novel way to spend his golden years in Anaheim Hills: placing nude photos of male and female body parts on one local nature trail, exposing his junk and butt to a woman on another, and placing penis pictures on car windshields in a park's car lot. Guess it beats jigsaw puzzles. In June, the 56-year-old pleaded guilty at the North Justice Center in Fullerton to two misdemeanors, which drew him a wrist slap from Anaheim city prosecutors of three years of formal probation, 150 hours of community service and $176 in fines. Yup, Wadley received no jail time nor any order to register as a sex offender. Mitigating Factor: This case produced an ever-so-lovely press release from the Orange County district attorney's office, blasting the Weekly's Matt Coker for falsely reporting that OCDA cut the sweetheart plea deal.
As the Villa Park councilwoman and OC Republican Party vice-chairwoman stood outside a Muslim charity event in Yorba Linda in February, she called the attendees "pure, unadulterated evil," adding that she knew some Marines who could help the "terrorists" get to paradise. And that just adds to her track record of scary. Remember when she went on a Facebook rant saying supporting Obama's health-care bill was on par with "applauding a mugging or a rape"? Then she added this parting shot: "Do you feel sodomized?" Oh, yeah, and let's not forget that she hates Mexicans, too. Mitigating Factor: We'll get to see her lose in next year's election for the open seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Last year, Dumitru was caught lying to a reporter about talking to a constituent regarding Arizona's reprehensible Senate Bill 1070. This year, the Orange councilman left an anti-Muslim, misspelling-filled rant on his personal Facebook page in honor of 9/11. "It was 10 years ago today," Dumitru wrote, "the [sic] most Americans learned first hand [sic] of the teaching [sic] of Islam and the Koran being filled with messages of peace . . . as they killed thousands of our fellow Americans!" When the Weekly broke the story, Dumitru promptly corrected the errors, living up to the first three letters of his surname. Mitigating Factor: At least he didn't use MySpace.
The former Orange County Sheriff's Deputy was fired four years ago, but Taylor still makes our list because his name came up numerous times in one of the scariest murder trials in recent memory. The case of the state of California versus Jared Petrovich, et al., involves the Oct. 5, 2006, jailhouse murder of John Chamberlain, a Rancho Santa Margarita software engineer who was arrested for misdemeanor possession of child pornography. A few days later, he died at the hands of dozens of inmates, including one who says Taylor had told him just hours earlier that Chamberlain was a child molester. During the killing, Taylor, by his own account, watched television in a nearby guard tower. The deputy not only refused to talk to investigators, but also actively obstructed that investigation, which is apparently why he finally got canned. Mitigating Factor: Taylor's atrocious conduct helped bring about badly needed reforms at the jail.
THOSE PROSECUTING THE "IRVINE 11"
If you don't think Islamophobia (see above) had anything to do with the decision to criminally charge 11 Muslim students from UCs Irvine and Riverside who interrupted a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at UCI, then you've been living under a rock for the past 10 years. And if you're not terrified that an act of fighting-speech-with-speech on a university campus was met with indictments, then you've been living under a rock for the past 236 years. Mitigating Factor: Lead prosecutor Dan Wagner can go back to busting murderers and rapists.