South County with a reality check
James Christopher Corr, whose "Fuck the police" tat across his chest caught our eyes, was sentenced today to nearly 13 years in state prison for stealing an Aliso Viejo mom's SUV from her garage with her 2 1/2-year-old son and dog in the backseat and running over the frantic and pregnant woman's foo ... More >>
A multi-year scheme to embezzle $3.2 million from investors backing Temecula Waterpark LP of Aliso Viejo has ended with the operation's business manager admitting to his crimes in federal court. Daniel Clyde Hunter III told U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford this week that he is guilty of ... More >>
It's not a holiday weekend nor days of non-holiday celebrating like the ones for ol' St. Patrick, but cops will nonetheless be out in force with DUI checkpoints and other enforcement operations aimed at removing boozy and druggy drivers from roads.These kick off tonight with sobriety stops in Santa ... More >>
Bistro Anju--arguably the sushi joint to seek out if you happen to be a Central OC-er lost in South County--has moved from Laguna Niguel to Aliso Viejo. I reviewed them two years ago on a recommendation by Hiro Ohiwa, owner of Cafe Hiro, who is friends with Hideki Saito, Anju's chef and owner.
Insane but true: I do everything possible to avoid the 73 and 241 toll roads. For the former, I'll go down PCH or the 405 if I ever have to get to Aliso Viejo, which is thankfully almost never; for the latter, a simple drive east on Oso Parkway or El Toro Road forever will do. Really: why would I wa ... More >>
Five Guys, In-N-Out, meet Smashburger. I believe you already know The Habit. Smashburger has opened its second planned restaurant last week in Aliso Viejo after debuting one in Mission Viejo weeks before, on November 20th. The latter was the first outlet in Orange County for the Denver-based ... More >>
Orly Taitz's U.S. Senate campaign has released a 4-minute video that is said by orlytaitzesq.com to have "improved sound."One wonders if that improvement is there being no sound of the dentist/lawyer/real-estate saleslady/Obama denier/Zsa Zsa Gabor impersonator's voice.Apparently, Marge at the Aliso ... More >>
Sneaking in under the radar, a non-pho establishment actually opened its doors in Irvine at the end of January. Part of a petite chain which includes locations in Aliso Viejo and Corona del Mar, Panini Cafe is just off Jamboree and 405 in the plaza known as Park Place.
Edwin GoeiThere used to be two Fatburgers in Irvine. Now, there are none. The Fatburger at Park Place, on Michelson and Jamboree, is finally closed following other Fatburgers in the area to oblivion. The company had long ago already filed for bankruptcy.
Reader, tipster and friend JB says that Native Foods in Fashion Island is just a few mere weeks away from opening. The third OC location of the restaurant can be found in the mall's Island Terrace Court. He saw that their newsletter said early February would be when it will debut; but in checking ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department holds DUI roving patrols tonight in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods.Deputies will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions, according to a department release.
A Mission Viejo man who allegedly stole a SUV with a toddler strapped in a car seat out of an Aliso Viejo family's garage could get life in state prison based on the laundry list of charges against him. The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) was asking for $1 million bail today at th ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times announced today that it will expand Times Community News (TCN) coverage into Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and the Orange County arts community beginning Aug. 26.If part of that sounds like deja vu all over again, it is--with a twist. A June 30 memo from Times Media Group to ne ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 12, 4:54 P.M.: Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested German Bravo DeJesus Friday night for allegedly fondling a 6-year-old girl in an Aliso Viejo park, but the charges brought at arraignment today added a second victim: an 8-year-old girl.And the Orange County District Attorn ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 6, 10:38 A.M.: The Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force just released the final numbers from the holiday weekend past's three sobriety checkpoints and multiple DUI saturation patrols countywide.From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 38 county law enforcement age ... More >>
The Aliso Viejo college was founded by a Buddhist sect that preaches peace—so why are so many former professors alleging the opposite?
RMA PhotographySouth Orange County is getting its own concert hall.Construction is complete on a $73 million performing-arts center at Soka University, a majestic college campus in Aliso Viejo. The space, anchored by a 1,034-seat auditorium, will be used for dance and orchestra productions, plays ... More >>
Dave LiebermanBehold the torta. Bread with some heft, beans, milanesa de res, lettuce, tomatoes, panela . . .. . . but where's it from? The fact that it's reasonably authentic Mexican tells you at once that it's not from Aliso Viejo or Yorba Linda. One guess per comment, no Weeklings allowed, and ... More >>
It's not fair to impose resolutions on OC diners when I myself have failings. Some of those failings will have to stand (I absolutely despise white chocolate, for example--if a bakery specializing in white chocolate ever opens, it will be down to Gustavo, Edwin or Shuji to review it), but some ar ... More >>
Gentle readers, we are a large and diverse county. We have enclaves of ethnic wonder: Little Saigon and Santa Ana are just the start. The problem is that these places are, by and large, in the northern half of the county (and Irvine). As such, our coverage might be perceived to have a (slight) no ... More >>
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At the most recent meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens got the five supes to approve $77 million in annual police service contracts with 11 cities throughout the county.That amount represents a slight increase (primarily due to deputy benefits) over the last ... More >>
Courtesy of Haven GastropubDraft magazine, a trade publication aimed at professional beer geeks and the groupies who fling themselves at them, has named Orange's Haven Gastropub as one of the top three new gastropubs in the United States.
Danger! Danger!An Aliso Viejo mom claims law enforcement officers threatened to sic social services on her for endangering her children. Her crime? Allowing her oldest kids--ages 6, 7 and 9--to play just outside her town home, which is in a gated complex.
Not to be outdone by their North County counterparts, who recycle sewage into drinking water through the revolutionary Groundwater Replenishment System, South County communities are banding together to turn food waste into compost.While the regional pilot program sounds meritorious, one thing abo ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly police blotter--now with more alleged rummy mommies, ex-cop robbers, sticky fingers, douches on bikes and really bad karaoke singers.MONDAY, NOV. 23 Insert car here.That Walled-In Feeling A man crashing his black Toyota Corolla into a wall at the Shell gas station at Lake ... More >>
Photo by Steve OngAliso Viejo resident Steve Ong's winning shot.An amateur photo contest aimed at promoting Orange County's quasi-private toll roads gave new meaning to drive-by shooting.Folks who left comments on the Transportation Corridor Agencies--or The Toll Roads--Facebook page had other de ... More >>
Soon to be legal at one Aliso Viejo business. Massage parlor owners rejoice! The city of Aliso Viejo is in the process of changing local law so that you and other hands-on businesses in town can operate table showers, which are just what the name implies: tables where p ... More >>
For a short while the cupcakery was operating at both locations, but now the Aliso Viejo store is closed, as a few potential customers found out on Saturday when they pitched up there. Still, if they're that loyal they won't mind the ten-minute drive to the new place...
On this day of rest, when few of you will bother to check out Navel Gazing, what better day to devote a blog post to the Stanton of South County, Aliso Viejo? I wasn't too kind to the collection of gated communities and beautiful, empty sidewalks in my Orange County: A Personal History, and I still ... More >>
Sources tell OC Weekly that the Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy found dead in a car parked in Aliso Viejo yesterday had been the subject of a sex crimes investigation in the District Attorney's office and may have opted to kill himself rather than face arrest. Susan Schroeder at the DA's ... More >>
Parking tickets are now handled by a mysterious OC company that makes justice and the law go . . . poof
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