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  • Sign of the Times - OC taxpayers will pay extra for people who can't read maps

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    Sign of the Times - OC taxpayers will pay extra for people who can't read maps

    If you can't find the massive Civic Center Plaza--a cluster of city, county, state and federal buildings in downtown Santa Ana -- would you be helped by a sign posted at the location you can't find? This is not a trick question. It is, however, a ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on October 25, 2007
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    !Ask a Mexican!(r) - "The same women who complain about 'sleazy' Mexican men go to France and giggle about 'how flirtatious' French men are"

    Dear Mexican: Why do so many of my peers assume I must have low self-esteem just because I'm dating a Mexican guy? I finally found someone with my same values and who treats me way better than any gringo I ever dated. The same women who complain abo...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 25, 2007
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    Hey, You! - Jacked O' Lantern

    You're the person who stole the pumpkin off my front porch last night. It wasn't much of a pumpkin, not particularly impressive in size or shape, but something about it must have appealed to you, because you swiped it. I'm not a huge fan of Hallowee...

    by ANONYMOUS on October 25, 2007
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    It's Your Money - But the government spends it

    In August, the Placentia City Council agreed to spend $140,000 for a traffic signal at just one intersection. Send your government-spending oddities and outrages to rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com.

    by R. Scott Moxley on October 25, 2007
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    Letters - "You had me with you until your last paragraphy where you wrote: 'His balls were much, much bigger than any of ours.' "

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or mail to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. FUHGEDDABOUTIT The following letter is i...

    on October 25, 2007
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    The Altogether Ooky - Pageant of the Monsters

    When I was a kid, I used to dream about what it would be like to walk through Disneyland's Haunted Mansion... at night. Not alone--are you nuts?--but with a few friends. To curb my creepy/coolly/Gothic/ghouly jones, I became addicted to the pletho...

    by Dave Barton on October 25, 2007
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    Embracing Our Contradictions - Jenna Bush, Author

    "You must know everything," advised Russian writer Isaac Babel, whose own strange and unlikely perspective--a revolutionary Jew who survived czarist pogroms to be murdered by Stalinism--should inspire us in these weeks, months, years of our continue...

    by ANDREW TONKOVICH on October 25, 2007
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    Raw Meat Dual Carburetors - Dan Fante

    An author flips through the Rolodex of words in his or her brain to string together sentences and calls that an accomplishment; a writer forgoes impressive-sounding diction in favor of stories, terms and expressions that leap off pages. Anyone can b...

    by Ryan Ritchie on October 25, 2007
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    LAFF 2007: Westside Ain't the Best Side

    Friday at the fest was a little bit different -- all the interesting-looking films were playing at the Landmark Westside, that new fancy art-house 12-plex at the Westside Pavilion. Parking there is free, unlike in Westwood, where everything else is h...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 30, 2007 @ 2:03 am
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    LAFF 2007: Bluey, Da Ba Dee Da Ba Dah

    Raise your hand if you thought Gavin Rossdale of Bush could be a decent actor. Or a decent anything. Yeah, he got his face melted in Constantine, but that proved nothing. But Mr. Gwen Stefani really shows something in HOW TO ROB A BANK, as a pill-po...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 29, 2007 @ 12:29 pm
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    Barrio Safari

    The city of Santa Ana's EPIC Commission, a group of local politicians and activists formed to prevent gang violence, offered a guided tour through what one official called "one of the worst neighborhoods" for crime in Santa Ana June 27. At a natural...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on June 29, 2007 @ 11:48 am
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    Overheard in Orange County

    Bribing your child, Huntington Beach style: The scene: A nail shop run by cheerful, chatty Vietnamese ladies. A large white mother and her two daughters -- one in her 20s, one probably 12 -- sit in the spa chairs getting pedicures. A little white do...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 29, 2007 @ 10:18 am
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    Friday's Headlines

    Newport OIS: Newport Beach police fatally shot a man suspected of driving drunk after a three-mile chase this morning. iPhone madness: The Register's in-house gadget nut has been in line outside an Irvine Apple store overnight. The iPhone goes on s...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 29, 2007 @ 9:23 am
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    LAFF 2007: Robots 'N' Dese Guys

    After the claustrophobic overcrowding of Broxton avenue for the LAFF opening night party, I wasn't expecting the Transformers premiere bash to be as well-run as it was. Adjacent parking lots were opened up, and food and drink were so prevalent that, ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 28, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
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    Thursday's Headlines

    All apologies: Three former Exodus International leaders issued a public apology yesterday, saying their efforts at the ex-gay ministry caused many gays and lesbians harm. New crime trend in LB: Snagging restaurant safes seems to be the latest in t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 28, 2007 @ 8:20 am
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    Three Local University Athletic Programs Among Top 100

    The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics released the final standings of their annual Directors' Cup today, with three Greater Orange County universities making the top 100. UC Irvine topped the OC representatives at 56th, fol...

    @ Navel Gazing by Conor Izzett on June 27, 2007 @ 6:02 pm
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    Rsum Padding at the Register

    The Orange County Register seemingly made history earlier this month when it announced that Marti Buscaglia would be its new publisher. Buscaglia would've been the first Latina publisher at a major daily and would've started July 9. We speak in the p...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on June 27, 2007 @ 3:31 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Low-Rent, High Yield

    Have you ever seen a movie that you really liked, but realized you couldn't recommend it to anybody you know because they'll probably all hate it? I've been pegged as a contrarian before, but a lot of the time I'm genuinely surprised when people can...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 27, 2007 @ 1:11 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Just Joshin'

    If you're going to talk during a movie, really do it. I'm talking like they do at the Magic Johnson theater. Yell out something like, "Oh no you didn't!" or "Bitch, don't go in there!" That can be fun. DON'T sit down beside me, and spend the movie m...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 27, 2007 @ 9:07 am
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    Wednesday's Headlines

    Back from the border: A "career criminal" deported around a month ago is back and already stirring things up -- allegedly dropping his pants before a woman in Lake Forest and peeking through a window to watch a 12-year-old boy emerge from the shower....

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 27, 2007 @ 7:19 am
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