By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
14. ALBERT PUJOLS
The Angels' $254 million man struggled early in his 10-year contract, batting .217 with no home runs and four RBIs in April, and failing to hit his first home run until May 6 to cap the longest long-ball drought of his career (139 at bats). It was ultimately a blip: Albert Pujols was hot the rest of May; won his first American League Player of the Week honor for July 30 to Aug. 5; and finished the season with a respectable .286 batting average, 173 hits, 50 doubles, 30 home runs, 105 RBI and 85 runs scored. But this represented the third straight season in which Pujols' homer and runs scored total dropped, the fourth such season for his batting average. Worse, the Halos finished third in the American League West and missed the playoffs. ESPN's Peter Gammons called the disappointing season the biggest story in baseball this year, and he and many others have laid the blame at the feet of "El Hombre." Mitigating factor: Two words—Mike Trout.
15. CHRISTOPHER LANZILLO
The Menifee private investigator, who has worked for a law firm that aggressively represents police unions seeking generous public contracts, spied on Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer—bane of public-employee unions—at Skosh Monahan's in August. Christopher Lanzillo, a former Riverside police detective, tailed Righeimer driving home and called 911 to report him for alleged drunk driving. Thanks to the call, police ordered the councilman out of his house and made him perform sobriety tests in front of family and neighbors, passing without question because receipts proved he sipped only Diet Cokes at the bar. In the aftermath, Lanzillo absurdly claimed he didn't fabricate the reckless-driving tale, he didn't know the identity of the person he tailed and his actions had nothing to do with Righeimer's willingness to play hardball with police unions in contract negotiations. Mitigating factor: Lanzillo proved the adage that once an asshole cop, always an asshole cop.
16. JENNIFER TAMARA MCCLAIN
Look, we're all for love—especially wild, kinky stuff. So Jennifer Tamara McClain is our kind of woman: She knows what she wants and when she wants it and is willing to toss convention out the window. Deputy McClain repeatedly had sex—good, hot, passionate sex—with an inmate in an Orange County jail. For that feat alone, she would have made our Scariest list. But one of McClain's sex partners was Christopher Roger Brown, an incarcerated white supremacist; McClain is black. McClain found herself arrested because inmate-deputy sex is prohibited, but local prosecutors, obviously ones hoping to get locked inside the jail someday, have so far declined to file criminal charges. Mitigating factor: Who said race relations haven't improved under President Barack Obama?
17. DISNEYLAND FIREWORKS
Philosophers and holy men have long argued that turning a blind eye to injustice is morally wrong. But somehow, that doesn't seem to apply to Disneyland and its nightly fireworks, which resemble Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Even when Anaheim cops beat and harassed protesters and journalists during summer riots, the show went on. Even when parts of the city burned, a manifestation of deep-seated tensions (some of which is related to Disney receiving favoritism from city officials), the show went on. Even as Disney continues to spend thousands of dollars per showing while residents express frustration over increasing poverty and violence, the show goes on. Surprising? No. Greatest moment in Orange County history when police and rioters clashed near City Hall, and the fireworks went boom? HELL YA! Mitigating factor: Anaheim residents are now awake.
18. CARLOS BUSTAMANTE
The Santa Ana councilman was once pegged as the GOP's Great Brown Hope—but that was before Carlos Bustamante exposed himself as a pervert. His rising star fell to earth in 2008 after he cracked a crude joke about just-appointed Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in front of a Los Angeles Times reporter; that fuckup cost him seats on state boards. But his latest screwup might cost Busty his freedom: This summer, the district attorney's office arrested him on multiple felony charges, alleging he sexually harassed, groped, stalked and wrongfully imprisoned female workers in his capacity as a county public-works executive. Mitigating factor: Carlos isn't even the biggest asshole in his family; his twin, Alfonso, drives around Santa Ana in a Bentley and is facing his own sexy allegations.
20. JOANNE BUSCH
For five days in 2004 Prince Edward Maryland tortured, raped and sodomized his wife in her Lake Forest home, nearly beating her to death. Maryland—an unapologetic, vicious serial woman abuser and drug addict—was sentenced to more than 140 years in prison for his horrific crimes. Skip ahead to this year, when we found the still-unapologetic inmate publishing job ads luring women to send him résumés and raising money online for himself under the pretence of anti-domestic violence charities. As we prepared to inform the public of the con game, Joanne Busch, a UCLA nurse who was aiding Maryland, angrily threatened to sue us for interfering with Maryland's desire to "stop domestic violence before it starts." Mitigating factor: Maryland will never, ever leave prison alive to beat the hell out of another woman.
21. KATHERINE DAIGLE
She doesn't make our scary list for being a Republican decoy placed on the Irvine ballot by Larry Agran's slimy Democrat machine to split GOP votes with Steven Choi and ensure Agran's win in the mayoral race. Katherine Daigle wouldn't have made the list even for pretending that she—an unknown person with no political experience and no campaign money—is a legitimate candidate with expectations of winning. She is frightening because when asked at a public forum how she would improve public education, Daigle thought she was being asked to pick sides: education good vs. education bad. She is, she enthusiastically assured the audience during a rambling answer, pro-education. Whew! Mitigating factor: After she sabotages Choi for Agran on Nov. 6, Daigle will disappear back into obscurity.
Mr. Arellano, how in the world have you figured out how evil Dr. Moreno is? He has single-handedly made the Anaheim City School District the laughing stock of Orange County. While it has five board members, Moreno controls all. However, it is surprising that anyone outside his victims would know how callous and calculating he is. Only the fools, like Julio Perez, Al Jabbar, Alejandro Gonzalez, Amin David, and others, revere the ground this parasite walks on. He is the worst board member that district has ever seen!
This article is very disappointing. The fact that you are generalizing an entire senior class and putting down a LOT of very good children for the actions of the very few, who were in fact disciplined and sent home that very day. Also, you have not checked your facts at all, that class did NOT go to Disneyland. Very unprofessional and very untrue.
Gustave A forgot to include himself at the top of the list.
Also why was Yaron Brook overlooked ? He has been misrepresenting Ayn Rand's philosophy for decades now. I'd include Leonard Peikoff in that category too except after his fourth divorce he moved
out of Irvine to Riverside.
Is that considered downward mobility ?
Want Romney judicial appointees, get ready for more of the below, sheriff joe loving judges...
Sheriff Joe Arpaio as attorney general under Romney...
I'd nominate the National Council of La Raza, MEChA, LULAC, MALDEF, the Mexican government, Mexican consulates spread throughout the country as if 7/11s, Univision, Telemundo, Cecilia Munoz, Hilda Solis, Thomas Perez, oh, and I almost forgot, Antonio Villaraigosa, excuse me, Tony Villar.
Pretty scary bunch huh? The Klan with the Tan...
James Robert Reade,Is The negative 'Draw Back' in our 'Freedom of Speech' Country, & Mr Reade..Has to Remember His Curfew....& To Be Back At "Toon Town"..at Disneyland by Closing Time.
A little something to add to the James Robert Reade file. At last night's City Council meeting he was ousted from his usual seat in the front row, after terrifying little girls who were trying to speak at the podium during public comments. Mayor Tait asked him to move to the end of the row and stop bothering the children, he refused and Tait has him removed. One of the few times I wanted to break out in song during a Council meeting. Of course the rest of is was a complete sausage factory of epic proportions, but we did get rid of Reade for one night.
Lots of decent (and easy) picks, but: #28 Dr. Jose F. Moreno? Really? Because he "is the lead plaintiff in an ACLU-filed lawsuit trying to force ward elections for Anaheim council races by crying lack of diversity; the lawsuit is so ahistorical and riddled with errors it comes off as the self-serving springboard it is for Moreno to run for a seat in 2014."
I see that what scares Gustavo Arellano is people who think that actually using the legal tools available to fight for social justice is preferable to recycling history of long-dead-and-decomposed KKK leaders. This one goes into the growing file of examples of the Weekly's petty umbrage.
@AFriendfromOxnard Tell us more...
@fretsward Great—now this idiot is back...
@anaheimloser It's a tough list to make, but their anointed Lodge is!
@GregDiamond Did you mean to write petty garbage ? Gustave is the master of garbagemouthism.
@GregDiamond Nobody cares what you think, Greg. You are an unemployed Brea lawyer who is running California's worst state senate campaign. You do nothing but spend your days and nights writing self-important blog comments. You consider yourself a political expert and THAT was your brilliant strategy to win? Or did you run merely to increase your own name ID in hopes if saving your laughable law career--the one you run out if a Brea rental?
@GregDiamond Don't you have a state senate campaign to run? That's right: you're just a pathetic loser who has nothing to offer to Orange County other than sanctimonious gasbaggery with no basis in reality. But, hey: keep getting blinded by what you think is right—the rest of us who know will continue to laugh at your stupidity.
@GustavoArellano Let's try this again, Aska. You include Dr. Jose Moreno on this list -- over, as Gericault notes below, the likes of Righeimer, not just serial killers -- because he's lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks relief (implementing a ward system) that as I recall YOU NOW FAVOR, because you don't like the use of a legal theory the necessity of which you apparently still don't understand.
Your response to that is to tell me to get back to my campaign. (Hey, you guys have decent readership, I'm reaching far more people with this post during the 10 minutes it takes me to write it than I could on foot.) Rather than addressing the meat of the criticism (he's using the legal tools available for a good end, rather than retreating into historical attacks on those long dead, as you've done this year), you offer vague and conclusaory insults ("pathetic loser," "nothing to offer," "sanctimonious gasbaggery," "no basis in reality") that are difficult to swing at because THERE'S NOTHING ACTUALLY REFERENCED THERE. It's intellectually cowardice (if it's even intellectual at all.) You want to argue about these things? Just let me know where and when to show up. Proceeds to charity.
I leave it to your discerning readers to decide whether they think that I am stupid, cabrón. Maybe they can also decide why your defense of your publication's writing is continually referring to achievements long past.
@GustavoArellano @GregDiamond Gustavo.... you should admit this list is pretty "f''n weak. I know your office is in Costa Mesa , but are you even paying attention to the shit that is happening here? The "rest of us who know", think you guys at the Weekly are too busy finding the perfect $5 dollar lunch deal. Your cutting edge weekly is starting to look like a facebook page where everyone takes pictures of what they're eating.
@GregDiamond You're STILL at it? Wow, do you want to go down in OC history as a complete and utter loser? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have some dignity and shut the hell up!
@rotoro91 That's the thing—Pringle NEVER changed. He's always been the self-serving idiot he is, and played David to a T even though better minds warned him about the dalliance. For that, Los Amigos lost all credibility for me—and that's just one of their sins...
@GustavoArellano @GregDiamond Your Klan pieces are OK -- they are simply not a priority for talking about race in 2012. It would be as if you were writing during the march on Selma and telling people that they should stop bugging you about what happened the Edmund Pettis Bridge because you had something important to tell them about the Rutherford Hayes administration.
How much more important and pressing is it, in your eyes, to note that some cretin from Yorba Linda's distant pass is a Klansman than to ask what the effects of the Costa Mesa Charter would be on that city's middle class?
"Blithering idiocies" from a "laughably inept dumbass" that you apparently can't refute. You pick out one thing to defend -- the most personal thing, naturally -- and the rest you answer with sweeping and general insults. I don't know who you think you're fooling -- but you certainly seem to think that they're awfully gullible.
Ricardo is my name. I had a brief conversation with David Amin and I asked him about their past ties to Pringle. He said that Pringle changed, he is a different person. I am not going to put las manos en el fuego and I will look this up. Many of us look up to the examples of successfull members of our community. The severity of the disagreements between you and Dr Moreno appears as "cannibalism". If the disagreements are legitimate, then ni modo, we will survive.
@rotoro91 Richard--I think that's your name? Los Amigos were the very people who allowed Curt Pringle to get into power, which set forth the very problems they seek to solve today with their forked tongues. You can look it up!
The KKK pieces are a good reminder of the racist legacy in OC. It helps to understand the reactionary set-mind of many politicians and institutions, especially the police departments. However, history and description of current events are not enough to change the pinche reality. Endorsing good people like Duane Roberts is a step in the right direction, but much more can and needs to be done. I do not know Dr Moreno personally, but him and Los Amigos, have done a lot to advance solutions favouring the most vulnerable in our community. I am dissapointed that he has been included in this list. I expected Greg Diamond to be included. He is scary, whether you like it or not, in addition to put you to sleep, the guy is intelectually a force to be reckoned. I appreciate that the word pendejo has not been used to dismiss disagreements.
@GregDiamond As usual, all you offer is blithering idiocies instead of offering any reason for people to think of you than more than a laughably inept dumbass. And your criticisms of my Klan pieces are the very same offered by Matt Cunningham and other similar losers--can't say I'm surprised!
@GustavoArellano I'll grant you the hit on Albert Chavez and I'll throw in the one on Troy Edgar. (The latter looks like it was handed to you on a platter, though.) Those weren't what you mentioned in your comment, though. That was about Costa Mesa.You've stopped calling out "Riggy's shit" -- your coverage of the Charter (Measure V) seems to be limited to one paragraph in your voter guide for that city, here:
"Perhaps the most contentious issue among Costa Mesa voters is deciding whether to pass or strike down Measure V, which aims to make Costa Mesa a charter city as approved by the council. If passed, Costa Mesa would follow a local constitution, giving it more control over its municipal affairs. Essentially, it allows the city council to outsource its workforce, mandates voter approval for any increase in public pension benefits, and prohibits unions from taking money out of city employee paychecks for political use. All of which, the council majority says, will save the city money. Critics, including union members and community activists, contend the proposed charter places too much power in the hands of a few council members, and is unnecessary to balance the budget."
No mention of the great issues that have been brought up continually by the likes of Geoff West and Greg Ridge, asking how THIS charter compares to others -- like in the City of Bell -- and why it grants such MASSIVELY BROAD powers to a Council that has already irresponsibly run up enormous legal fees with other people's tax money to try to fix the race. And this is in your own city! By next Friday or so, I'll have written more about Measures T and U in Brea, which I've educated myself on last week, than you'll have published about the MERITS of Measure V in the past year.
I can't take credit for breaking much new ground on the Charter at our place, but at least I've written about and tried to make sure that people are aware of the great work at A Bubbling Cauldron. The Weekly's just giving a full page to reviewing Geoff West's thoughtful criticisms of THIS PARTICULAR Charter (rather than another possible charter) would be an achievement. But no -- your last story dealing with the substance of the Charter issues was from Sept. 1, 2011: http://www.ocweekly.com/2011-09-01/news/costa-mesa-jim-righeimer-huy-pham/. If one of the civil leaders 100 years ago in what became Costa Mesa had been a Klansman, though, we'd sure know about it!
Thanks as always for the campaign advice. Yeah, I have a campaign to run. Don't you have a readership to inform?
@GregDiamond "Achievements long past?" Tell that to Steve Lodge. Don't you have a campaign to run?
@GustavoArellano @GregDiamond I agree, Anaheim is worse. But surely, Bustamante is scary enough to make that cut.....and don't assume Riggy was my reference. You can hold up a 73 year old retired marine with a gun, or a vicious city code harassment scheme, either way he's getting robbed. There's a lot more going on over here than you know about.
@Gericault @GregDiamond Oh, please. I'm sorry we don't think Righeimer is more evil than a city council candidate who had a man wrongfully imprisoned for over a year, or a serial killer. Besides, we called out Riggy's shit years before anyone did, along with Mansoor, Monahan, and all those idiots. Costa Mesa's problems are nowhere near what's happening in Anaheim, and you know it.