Orange County Register: Asked recently about a possible run against U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer when his term ends in 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'll skip that race and await amendment of the U.S. Constitution--meaning he's eying the presidency. Looking at his latest approval ratings, I guess Arnie does not plan on carrying California. . . . It's obvious Orange County needs more resources to fight wildfires, but fire agencies are instead cutting back due to funding woes. . . . If you're doing the Friday night HB Main Street pub crawl (Perq's, Hurricanes, Sharkeez, the wall against El Don Liquor Store, etc.), beware. . . . Speaking of falling off the pier, a 2-year-old boy (who apparently had not just done the pub crawl) survived a 20-foot dive off the structure--and lived to poop his pants about it! . . . Even if you are older than 2 and did not imbibe at Main Street watering holes, it'll be easier to get swept off the pier tonight thanks to off-season Santa Anas.
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Los Angeles Times: Speaking of Huntington Beach-area watering holes, Huntington Harbour hosted a 40ish woman's corpse overnight. Deputies on the scene this morning were trying to determine if she is related to vomit and a pool of blood discovered across the street next to Sunset Beach's Turc's bar. . . . Uh, welcome to the week-old story, LA Times. . . . T.J. Simers: For its annual March meeting, the NFL is roughing it at the St. Regis in Dana Point--to talk about tough economic times. Hey, stop laughing! This is, of course, the same monied resort where AIG officials rang up more than $400,000 one weekend last September after the company received federal bail-out money.