By Matt Coker
By R. Scott Moxley
By Charles Lam
By Nick Schou
By Gustavo Arellano
By Gustavo Arellano
By Steve Lowery
By R. Scott Moxley
Every year, we try to pick an artistic theme that'll make our Scariest People issue as ghastly as possible—say, Dia de los Muertos, zombies or the Lincoln Club. But this year, when we saw the gargantuan, disgusting, all-chin mugshot of accused child kidnapper Victor Joseph Espinoza, the idea came immediately: Garbage Pail Kids!
Of course, we didn't figure this out until about a week before deadline, which explains why we were only able to commission such few homages to Topps' cult-classic trading cards. But to make up for our fuckup, we asked actual Garbage Pail Kids artist Joe Simko to do the honors of turning four of our Scariest nominees into grotesque, hilarious caricatures. Enjoy, and don't forget to visit our Navel Gazing blog to see who's this year's inductee into the Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame!
1. VICTOR JOSEPH ESPINOZA
It's pretty frightening what the documented gang member is accused of doing: grabbing a 10-year-old boy, hoisting the lad and sniffing him. The boy managed to break away and run to his soccer coach, who tackled and briefly held down the 425-pound man, who eventually escaped. Police caught him hiding a short distance away, and 55-year-old Victor Joseph Espinoza is now up on false imprisonment and street terrorism charges, with gang and prior-strike enhancements. But vastly more scary than all that is the balloon-sized bubble of fleshy neck fat extending from just below Espinoza's chin to his upper chest. Don't look directly at it too long, for it seems to possess strange powers to get humanity to collectively vomit. Mitigating factor: Rumor has it the flapping noise of neck fat slapping against Espinoza's chest made it easier to pick up his trail—that and his being a 425-pound fat bastard.
2. ITZCOATL OCAMPO
On Oct. 25, 2011, the same night our Scariest People 2011 issue went to press, a monster stabbed Raquel Estrada, 53, and her 34-year-old son, Juan Herrera, dozens of times, leaving their lifeless bodies on the floor of their Yorba Linda home. Authorities say the same man went on to fatally stab four homeless men—James McGillivray, Lloyd "Jimmy" Middaugh, Paulus "Dutch" Smit and John Berry—over the next few months and into 2012. Police say that man is 24-year-old Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, a discharged U.S. Marine who's now facing the death penalty. Mitigating factor: It's difficult getting scared by a guy who goes by the name Izzy.
3. KILLER ANAHEIM COPS
The world reacted with shock after Anaheim police officers shot and killed unarmed Manuel Angel Diaz—then with disbelief when they did the same to Joel Acevedo the following day. But for Anaheim residents, this was the same old song. The city's officers have left a trail of dead over the past decade, killing unarmed black men (Julian Alexander), mentally disturbed white men (Roscoe Cambridge) and a hell of a lot of Mexicans. Mitigating factor: They're still better than Huntington Beach cops.
4. BRUCE JENNINGS
The fact he made, through his Costa Mesa-based Bryco Arms, "Saturday Night Special" handguns that were involved in numerous murders in the drug-fueled craziness of the 1980s is reason enough to hate Bruce Jennings. There's also the fact these guns were so cheaply made they often malfunctioned, which left 7-year-old Brandon Maxfield in a wheelchair for life. But Jennings didn't want to go down in history just for being a walking advertisement for gun control. Instead, he figured he'd double down on notoriety—by getting busted this September in Florida for possession of child pornography. According to the cops, Jennings knew the videos were of "real children who had been sexually abused," but he "did not feel guilty" about watching the films. Mitigating Factor: He gets to meet fans of his guns in prison.
5. CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
Where to begin with a group that teaches that people are actually "meat bodies" inhabited by extraterrestrial "thetans" who were blasted out of an ancient volcano? Or that grabbing a pair of wired-up joysticks will help you walk the Bridge to Total Freedom, passing from the abyss of pre-clarity to Operating Thetan-hood for only a few hundred thousand dollars' worth of classes? Yet despite what seems to be a never-ending supply of bad publicity, Scientology just keeps expanding. In June, the cult unveiled its first OC "Ideal Org" in Santa Ana. Problem is, many of the folks who showed up for the unpublicized grand opening were either bussed in from out of town or protesters. Also present: then-Weekly reporter Josh Dulaney, who, for his troubles, had his picture taken by a Scientologist spy. Mitigating Factor: Hail Xenu!
6. STEVE CHAVEZ LODGE
Steve Lodge has gone by Steve Lodge professionally for decades, but when he announced an Anaheim City Council run this year, he decided to use Steve Chavez Lodge. (Chavez is his birth surname.) The reason for the sudden Mexican love? Anaheim has a huge Latino electorate but no Latino council members. Activists sued to prohibit Lodge from using his newfound name for the election; they lost. But Lodge can't escape his past as a dirty Santa Ana cop who beat up a jaywalker so badly a federal jury fined him $612,000. And there was also the 2001 case in which Lodge had a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder for more than a year—until prosecutors dropped all charges Meanwhile, Lodge's campaign signs keep getting tagged with "pocho," which is Mexican Spanish for "Steve Lodge." Mitigating factor: His brother is KLAA-AM 830 morning show host Roger Lodge.
7. DANA ROHRABACHER
One trait we love in the loony congressman is his willingness to continually rewrite history. This year, Orange County's senior career politician claimed on Twitter that he never once supported President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq. We opened our 13 file drawers on Dana Rohrabacher (including one on his, um, special Mexican and Afghanistan vacation trips) and found he'd vocally backed Bush's decision in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He'd even ridiculously predicted the Iraqis would forever treat Americans as welcome conquerors because they wanted their country to become a capitalistic democracy. Mitigating factor: The 12-term congressman uses sock-puppet identities to write bitter comments on Weekly articles online about his lies.
8. CAT CORPSE-VIOLATING NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH KIDS
We've been as bored as the next kid in high-school science labs, but some Sailors not only photographed themselves playing with pieces of cut-up cats from dissection assignments, but they also posted them on Facebook with jokey comments. The school-board president bowed to the pressure last week, the nonprofit group says. Mitigating factor: At least the teacher figured out a way to get kids to come to class.
9. JERRY AMANTE
We first wrote about the loudmouthed Tustin councilman a few years ago when he repeatedly interrupted and mocked then-councilwoman Deborah Gavello (a bank consultant) for having the temerity to question the city's investment portfolio. But that was polite behavior compared to the assholery Jerry Amante demonstrated when he demanded the resignation of Brandman University professor Fred Smoller in the wake of a report his students presented on salaries of public officials in Southern California. The Orange County grand jury wrote he committed "malfeasance in office" by pressuring Brandman to get rid of Smoller. Didn't matter: Four days after the grand jury's report, a Republican political consulting firm hired Amante. Mitigating Factor: Smoller was secretly working for the Partnership, a cabal of ketchup providers, merchants, outdated camera-film purveyors and sausage makers that secretly controls Orange County government. Just ask Steve Rocco.
10. THE MONKEY ON NADIA MARIA LOCKYER'S BACK
This time last year, Nadia Maria Lockyer was an up-and-coming politician with a bright future. The former Santa Ana Unified School District trustee was an Alameda County supervisor married to State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. Then came meth. At an addiction-recovery center, Lockyer—Nadia, that is—began an affair with a fellow addict. He made a tape of them having sex, and the next thing you know, police are showing up at a hotel room where she has just gotten into a fight with the guy. She claims he attacked her; the guy denies it. He tells reporters about the sex tape and mails a copy of it to Mr. Lockyer, and a copy ends up on the web. Nadia tries to keep the marriage and the job, but she loses both within a few months. Then she returns to Orange County with her young child and promptly gets arrested for having a meth pipe in the house. Goodbye, governor's mansion; hello, Real Housewives of Theo Lacy. Mitigating Factor: She's still kinda cute.
11. PEDRO PIMENTEL RIOS
Back in October 1982, Pedro Pimentel Rios and several dozen other Kaibiles—the ruthless Guatemalan special forces that committed numerous atrocities in that country's civil war—surrounded a tiny jungle hamlet named Dos Erres, raped the girls and women, then systematically murdered everyone, including small children. A few days later, Rios left Guatemala to teach at the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Panama, whose list of graduates reads as though it's of Satan's cabana boys. Eventually, Rios made his way to Santa Ana and worked quietly in a factory until la migra sent his ass back to Guatemala for trial. Earlier this year, a judge sentenced him to a symbolic term of 6,000 years, roughly a life sentence for each innocent villager Rios helped to murder. Mitigating Factor: At least he's not a Mexican.
12. JOHN WESLEY MARTYNEC
He billed himself as a Seal Beach realtor who specialized in buying properties going through foreclosure, then flipping them at a profit. He convinced investors—particularly the elderly, unsuspecting kind—to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars for such ventures. Problem is, according to Orange County district attorney's office prosecutors, John Wesley Martynec never used the cash to purchase any houses, giving his unfortunate investors phony records to cover his tracks. When they asked where their returns were, Martynec allegedly stopped taking their calls. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to fraud and awaits sentencing, but that scam was nothing compared to what got Martynec arrested again this summer: a $1.8 million scheme in which he used identity theft to create phony tenants who supposedly had to be paid to vacate properties being foreclosed on, using the cash to finance lavish renovations to his home and expensive vacations in Hawaii. Mitigating Factor: Feel the aloha, bitches!
13. JENNY REDMOND
A high-school faculty adviser who didn't want a certain candidate winning an Associated Student Body (ASB) seat rigged the results to deny victory to said student. If you've heard that one before, you've either seen Alexander Payne's movie Election or heard about last winter's controversy at Troy High School in Fullerton, where teacher Jenny Redmond pulled a Mr. McAllister, only her target was not Tracy Flick, but Ryan Daliwal, who embarrassed Troy administrators and was eventually reinstated as the rightful ASB president. Mitigating factor: Redmond was forced to step down as student-government adviser, but she was allowed to teach special-education classes on campus. Union, yes!
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.
22. WE [HEART] FULLERTON POLICE
During the Aug. 7 meeting of the Fullerton City Council, dozens of residents who had never once complained about the brutal beating death of Kelly Thomas flooded the council chambers. Clad in identical blue T-shirts reading, "We [Heart] Fullerton Police," they gushed, one by one, about how wonderful the department was, even though the police department had terrorized residents for decades. Joining the charade were councilman Doug Chafee (who donned one of the T-shirts) and Mayor Sharon Quirk Silva. And while form-fitting T-shirts look great on buxom young ladies, wouldn't you know that no one in this group fit that description. Mitigating factor: The T-shirts will provide comfort to the city's poor once these idiots donate them to Goodwill.
23. ZAKARIA BOTROS HENEIN
The Coptic cleric insulted Muhammad and Islam so nastily in his native Egypt during the 1990s that he was eventually exiled. So where did Zakaria Botros Henein decide to move? Orange County! Henein reportedly influenced the makers of the amateurish Innocence of Muslims film that sparked worldwide protests, plus he runs Westminster-based Alfady Christian TV, through which he continues to trash Islam. Mitigating factor: The film brought together leaders of OC's Muslim and Coptic communities to foster better relations.
24. CANYON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2012
Ditch Day, class photo, epic prank, sneaking in vodka to Grad Nite at Disneyland—the traditions of high-school seniors are legion. For the graduating classes of the Anaheim Hills school for the past couple of years, their ritual was a day on which everyone dressed as Mexicans—or rather the spoiled-brat version of what they think are "Mexicans." Guys dressed as gang members and wore mustaches and sombreros; girls pushed strollers and dressed as cholas. Confronted with their latent bigotry, Canyon High School students defended their actions with the usual YOLO excuses until chastened school officials vowed future seniors would have to take a Chicano Studies class, a punishment that ensures no Comanche will ever do this again. Mitigating factor: Most of these students are heading to community college anyway, where they'll have to explain their actions to real-life Mexicans.
25. JAMES ROBERT READE
It takes a special kind of scary to exploit the killing of an unarmed man, but that's the type of creep James Robert Reade is. Shortly after the death-by-cop of Manuel Angel Diaz, the trailer-park resident bought a web domain using Diaz's full name so he could post photos of one of the Weekly's female interns. Even creepier is his treatment of Diaz's grieving mother, Genevieve Huizar. During an Anaheim City Council meeting in which she addressed council members, Reade shouted, "You're a terrible mother," then quickly headed for the exit as the crowd booed loudly. His obsession with Diaz and Huizar is so pathetic that Reade remains the only person in this rag's history to be banned from commenting on our blogs—and we allow neo-Nazis, pedophile apologists, even Republicans. Mitigating Factor: He would make a great Travis Bickle in a community-theater production of Taxi Driver.
26. DAVID WHITING
When local law enforcement wants to see its backslapping press releases turned directly into alleged real journalism, it turns to Orange County Register columnist David Whiting. To Whiting—a man we christened the new "Bootlicker" after former columnist Gordon Dillow retired—men in uniform never do anything wrong; if they did, it's okay because they always have good intentions. It's a mindset that allows Whiting to strenuously defend cops who ganged up to beat to death an unarmed, tiny homeless man in Fullerton. It's a mindset that causes Whiting to answer critics of regular excessive force in our jails by parachuting in, spending a couple of hours with deputies, then report with enthusiasm that he saw no unnecessary violence, so it must not happen. Mitigating factor: Whiting's lisp is somewhat sexy.
28. JOSE F. MORENO
By day, Dr. Jose F. Moreno is an Anaheim City School District board member, a Long Beach State professor who helps to run a dual-immersion language program in Anaheim elementary schools and chairs longtime Latino civic group Los Amigos; in his off time, he's trying to position himself as OC's Great Brown Father. Moreno 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. When city residents yearned for stirring oration during its long, hot summer, Moreno instead delivered a boring mix of academic jargon and yaktivist gobbledygook. And woe to those who stand in his way: Moreno led a push to stop Weekly Mexican In Chief Gustavo Arellano from delivering a speech at a Chapman University education conference (Gustavo's alma mater and where he's currently a lecturer), claiming he had badmouthed Los Amigos. Conference organizers refused, showing how little power Moreno actually has. Mitigating factor: He has a good head of hair, which is required for all aspiring race hustlers.
29. LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE
It is one of America's premier quarter-horse racing tracks—and Los Alamitos Race Course was allegedly where the fearsome Zetas drug cartel operated for years. Federal authorities say the Zetas laundered money through a company called Tremor Enterprises run by the brother of the cartel's second-in-command; he ran horses with such unassuming names as El Sicario ("The Assassin"), Mr. Ease Cartel (which won a Los Al race as recently as this summer), Number One Cartel and Forty Force, Zeta-40 being the nickname of the mastermind behind the scheme. Mitigating factor: [Censored because we all want to keep our heads.]
30. RAINER KLAUS REINSCHEID
UC Irvine professor Rainer Klaus Reinsheid is accused of starting fires at University High School, the home of the high school's assistant principal and the Mason Park Preserve. Officials discovered private emails written by Reinscheid, detailing his thoughts about "getting a dozen machine guns" and going to the Irvine school to "shoot at least 200 students before killing myself." He penned the notes a month after his 14-year-old son hanged himself, reportedly after being tormented and bullied. Mitigating factor: The alleged actions of Reinscheid are scary, but the consequence of untreated mental illness is what's truly terrifying.
31. SHAHEEN SADEGHI
Cool: The Costa Mesa-based developer created the LAB and the Camp "anti-malls," funky-hipster meccas that have become the antithesis of OC's ubiquitous beige-stucco shopping centers. And now he's trying to do the same with downtown Anaheim. Not so cool: Shaheen Sadeghi has been accused of stealing ideas from indie business owners and preying on inexperienced entrepreneurs. He's known to lure new companies into his retail centers, but if these "little guys" turn out to be "weak tenants," in his words, he'll push them out, typically by spiking the rent. One former tenant summed it up best: "Shaheen is not out to enhance the community—he's out for Shaheen, period." Mitigating factor: He recycles.
This article appeared in print as "Child Molesters, Serial Killers and Dana Rohrabacher: Our picks for OC's Scariest People 2012!"
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.
@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.
@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 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.
@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.