The president of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District board has been arrested for allegedly resisting arrest, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Dennis Walsh is accused of trying to prevent deputies from having his vehicle towed Monday after it was believed to have been i ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana are among California law enforcement agencies targeting drivers who are texting or using their cell phones today. The special Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign continues ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of page 2 on the charges against Jorge Ocampo. Update No. 2 is about his arrest for being the alleged hit-and-run driver blamed for two deaths. Update No. 1 has police saying the suspect may have been racing. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 23, 12:18 P.M.: Two people have now die ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on Page 2 with the charges against the hit-and-run suspect who was shot by a deputy. Update No. 1 on the next page identifies him as Bryan Song Yang. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 8:47 A.M.: A man was shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy in the parking lot of a Yorba Linda restauran ... More >>
Ah, Mitsuwa. Where would we be without your occasional food fairs. This week sees one of the bigger ones of the year. It's plainly called "Japanese Gourmet Fair" but for all intents and purposes, it's just an excuse to pull out the takoyaki booth they have in storage. I saw them already getting it r ... More >>
Southern California Edison overlord Edison International reports it has lost more than $300 million since its two reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station went down last winter.So far.
[Hey, You!] Colliding with stupidity on the 55 freeway
Before we get to the shakers, if no one else has yet, may I be the first to blame Southern California's earthquake swarms and Hurricane Isaac on God's wrath for the Republicans nominating Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum?Or, perhaps the King of Kings is an Obama man and he's just pissed at the GOP for ... More >>
See update at the end of this post about a sharp jolt that just hit at 9:33 a.m.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 8, 8:59 A.M.: So I'm watching the end of a season one Damages episode via Amazon last night--keep an eye out for that Ted Danson kid, he's quite an actor--and what felt like an invisible train rolled ... More >>
See update at end of post.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 11, 3:36 P.M.: In an attempt to locate the driver and passenger of a vehicle that rammed into a 20-year-old man, who was thrown into the windshield and air, the Buena Park Police Department has released the graphic surveillance video that is shown after ... More >>
SoCal native Donavon Frankenreiter is scheduled to play Catalina.com and KROQ's ROQ N' SURF summer concerts series on the water. Pepper, rock n' rhythm roots band, will headline the first date, Saturday, June 16, with support from Long Beach-based singer songwriter, Josh Fischel, and The Fiction. ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 20, 11:20 A.M.: In addition to shaky stories, we should share with one another the reason God punished us with this earthquake--because as Pat Robertson will tell you, there can be no other reason for seismic activity than a vengeful deity. Gay marriage? The ACLU caravan coming to Sant ... More >>
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Save the sexting until after you've parked your Prius. Thanks to Congress, it's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies up and down the state will be on the lookout for lawbreakers, conducting zero-tolerance enforcements.
Jorene Ypanto Nicolas pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on manslaughter charges Monday despite law enforcement's contention the San Diego 29-year-old's distracted driving caused the death of 23-year-old Deanna Mauer. Inattentive motoring--which can include eating, texting or just not paying ... More >>
Sobriety checkpoint fever heats up tonight in Buena Park and Saturday night in Westminster.Buena Park Police's DUI/drivers license stop will be at the intersection of Stanton Avenue and Beach Boulevard from 7 tonight to 3 a.m. Saturday. Cops there note that over the past three years, DUI collisio ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 15, 7:23 A.M.: Um, you know those emergency exercises at UC Irvine I reported were happening Wednesday? Major brain fart: the drills are actually TODAY. Just apply the details from the original post on the next page to today, Thursday. But, here's the weird thing: when I thought&nbs ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 8, 10:24 A.M.: The Carbon Canyon wildfire has now spread to more than 500 acres and is 60 percent contained, but Orange County fire officials believe they have a handle on it.No injuries have been reported nor have any homes been threatened.Nearly 300 firefighters are trying to knock ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 30, 4:58 P.M.: A jury today found second-time drunken driver Gustavo Adrian Vega guilty of murder, hit-and-run resulting in death and possession of cocaine for the Valentine's Day 2010 crash in Costa Mesa that killed 20-year-old aspiring model Cara Alexandra Lee.Vega, 23, of Costa M ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comTanaka's scenic farm during the autumn!Irvine's Tanaka Farms and the Orange Coast Optimists Club will host Walk The Farm, an event raised to help Japanese farmers impacted by the tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident. A self-guided mile-and-a-half walking tour of Tanaka Farms w ... More >>
The folks who run the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)--and by "folks" I mean "Southern California Edison," or simply "SCE"--can't be happy with what's happening at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant up the coast near San Luis Obispo. Both plants were built in active earthquake zo ... More >>
UPDATED, MAY 9, 8:39 A.M.: Besides reporting no significant traffic delays, the Irvine Police Department released the following statistics from Friday night's sobriety checkpoint at Campus Drive and Bridge Road: Vehicles stopped: 545Sobriety tests: 9DUI arrests: 2Citations issued: 10
After co-opting Japanese fashion for years, Gwen Stefani is giving back. Today, she announced that she donated $1 million to Save the Children's relief efforts for Japan. The No Doubt singer and fashion designer said in a statement: "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love ... More >>
A cockpit alarm prevented a collision between a small aircraft and an Airbus 319 jetliner in the skies above John Wayne Airport (JWA) this past September.Later, on the FAA's Aviation Safety Reporting System log, the Airbus 319 pilot predicted that the mix of large jets and light aircraft at JWA " ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThere is substantial work to be done along the boardwalk at Laguna Beach.Update, December 29, 4:22 p.m.: Photographic evidence of the storm-caused carnage at Main Beach in Laguna Beach.
There will be a DUI checkpoint from 6 tonight to 2 a.m. Saturday within Long Beach's South Patrol Division, which includes Anaheim Street to the ocean and from Cherry Avenue to the western edge of the city.Costa Mesa holds the first of two DUI checkpoints this month from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a. ... More >>
The record-setting QB is in a Hawaii hospital in serious condition.Update, November 22, 11:03 a.m.: Terry Brennan indicated to reporters that his son, Colt, is "heavily sedated" and is "far from being alert." Colt is able to acknowledge that family and doctors are in the room, through hand signals, ... More >>
In a tragic accident on Sunday, a Costa Mesa man ran over his 23-month-old son with his pickup truck, killing the child.According to the Daily Pilot, at 11:30 a.m., 32-year-old Armando Medina went to move his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, which was parked on the street, so that another car could pull ... More >>
Flickr user rescate minerosThe world might have their collective eyes glued to the live feed of the rescue of the Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for 69 days, but Oakley--whose HQ is located in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest--just sees dollar signs instead. The sports/act ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Dogs are living, breathing animals, not fashion accessories
Every summer has its Big Story This year, it's the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an ecological and financial disaster that is quickly reaching such staggering proportions that the human mind can't comprehend it. It's like trying to count grains of sand on a beach -- or in this case grains o ... More >>
American Red CrossA Haitian man in temporary shelter receives earthquake relief in a box.Orange County Muslims on Friday plan to ship out to Haiti a 40-foot container full of clothes, medicine, medical equipment, bottled water and other basic necessities.
As you no doubt have heard by now, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was seriously injured in a car accident today. As you probably heard from Mark McGrath by now, Freeman's accident is now being lumped in with a supposed “Curse of The Dark Knight,” a spate of recent tragedies suffered by other ... More >>
Hellish fires now, Sahara Desert later, says UCI doom prophet Mike Davis
The folks over at the Register are doing a fine job reporting on the massive Orange County arson fire that’s threatening to keep firefighters at work for another two days as winds approaching hurricane force continue to pound the region. Residents in Foothill Ranch are the latest to see their neig ... More >>
There's good news if you're one of those people infuriated by the sight of some idiot behind the steering wheel with a cell phone pressed to his head talking and not paying attention while driving-- that idiot's days are numbered. Come Summer 2008, that idiot will be replace by the new and improved ... More >>
It's been funny--not funny ha-ha--sitting here on the sidelines watching the changing global-warming debate. While the international scientific community for years has piled voluminous report atop voluminous report detailing that global warming is real, producing all sorts of climatic problems and e ... More >>
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Only 6 days after the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on it and 5 days after The Blotter first noted it, the Los Angeles Times today informs its readers about the state of California's bridges. The state: hundreds of bridges are considered at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake becau ... More >>
Orange Countys own Hurricane Katrina: the Great Flood of 1938
Ayn Rand Institute tries to twist tsunami disaster
No plane crash is too small or too old for Gary Patric Macha
Reg photographer Mell Kilpatricks car-crash photography takes a dark journey beyond the American highway
A state law that was supposed to save teens from themselves backfires
If San Onofre is so safe, why are federal officials pushing anti-radiation pills on its neighbors?