UPDATE, OCT. 24, 11:19 A.M.: The Anaheim Police Department just announced a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in the 1800 block of West Ball Road from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday.
Read on, Garth, for links to previous Navel Gazing posts and updates to those stories.
Something in nothing
A patient who claims to have been assaulted last month by an employee at an Aliso Viejo nursing home is suing the owner for alleged elder abuse, negligence, assault and battery, as well as negligent hiring and supervision. The Long Beach office of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby announced it filed the su ... More >>
How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)
Growing out of a re-blooming Orange County emo scene and a supposed national "emo revival" taking hold in blogs, Aliso Viejo outfit Pedestrian have been one of the latest local bands to take advantage of the genre's upswing. In recent months, ths local band has graduated from playing tiny garage sho ... More >>
There's been a slew of new Mediterranean eateries invading our southern borders lately. Luna Grill, a San Diego-based chain that calls itself a "kabobery," opened not just one but two locations recently (Irvine and Lake Forest). Then there's Taverna Blu, which is technically Greek. They opened in Ir ... More >>
Lawyers for disgruntled investors in Point Center Financial, the Aliso Viejo company owned by Dan Harkey, husband of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point), have told their clients the trial is a go this morning.The investors essentially allege that Dan Harkey lied to them when he sold them on fu ... More >>
The petition-gathering page at WhiteHouse.gov, which aims to create the appearance of open government and we the people and yadda yadda yadda, rolled into news cycles thanks to the Sandy Hook massacre. Gun control might divide even latte-stained, beret-wearing Weeklings, but a new WhiteHouse.gov pet ... More >>
The feds have arrested five people, including four from Orange County, for allegedly pulling a "builder bailout" real estate scam that fraudulently purchased more than 100 condos around the country with mortgages that mostly went into default. The scheme, which was operated out of Excel Investme ... More >>
Aliso Black doesn't like to talk about the dues he's paid to his local hip-hop scene. He'd rather just show you the worn-out soles of his white, high-top Chucks, the armpit stains under his sweatshirt, or a car trunk full of mixtapes and show fliers. Then of course there's the swath of Google entrie ... More >>
See Also:*Jack Grisham's New Band the Manic Low to Headline Plugged Into Local, a New OC Weekly Concert Series*[Slideshow] Plugged Into Local: The Manic Low at the Observatory-July 25*Tag,You're It: Billy Kernkamp Interviews Singer Steve Carson From Echo EchoAs we continue to enjoy the final slice o ... More >>
South County parents are opting out of the CDC schedule altogether
For the two years Monica Oreyzi has been battling leukemia, English bulldog Topolie has been at the Aliso Viejo 13-year's side.But Topolie went missing last week, and now Oreyzi's father is appealing to the public in hopes of reuniting the 6-year-old dog with his ailing daughter.
The U.S. Supreme Court has officially declined to hear the Barack Obama "birther" lawsuit. This legal remedy was not sought by "Queen of the Birthers" Orly Taitz but the conservative shark hired by the Alan Keyes-Wiley Drake presidential tag team of 2008. (Actually, the Aliso Viejo lawyer/dentist/re ... More >>
Prescription drug abuse by South County teens has been a hot topic lately thanks to the documentary Behind the Orange Curtain making its world premiere May 2 at the Newport Beach Film Festival and, due to a sell out, getting a second showing May 3 in the huge Big Newport theater.That makes a couple ... More >>
YouTubeThey call him the streak.A thief was fully clothed when he stole a Hummer limo at gunpoint in Irvine Saturday night.But, as a helicopter officer informed after the man who led cops on a bi-county chase jumped out of the stretch in Whittier and started running, "He's naked!"
Photo by Meranda CarterThe soon-to-be-married Wing (Congrats!!) keeps up the pace on our ride-along as we continue this week's interview. He offers more of his favorites, plus reveals his last meal that's only available in one place. For missing out on part one, you are banished here to catch up. ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times is pulling the plug on Brand X, a website and print insert with event and cultural coverage aimed at young adult readers.Today marks the final print version of Brand X, while the website will cease to exist after July 8.Some good news for Brand X editors and photographers wh ... More >>
This week's cover story about Soka University in Aliso Viejo has generated a firestorm of reader comments. The piece discusses the university's first 10 years of existence, as well as the controversial history of the Japan-based, lay Buddhist organization that founded it, Soka Gakkai Internationa ... More >>
Courtesy of Haven Gastropub / Moxxe PROne flew east, one flew west / One flew over the taco's nest.Hm... could Gustavo have been right? Nancy Luna at the OC Register got a string-along from chef-owner Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub. Supposedly they are looking to expand the Haven gastropub to ... More >>
In March, former financial secretary Crystina Renee Bock pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from the weekly offerings made by congregants at Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo. Today, the 34-year-old Ladera Ranch resident learned her sentence.
Jessica FordOPAH's light-up bar top stretches around a whole side of the Irvine restaurant. The expansive indoor bar seating is exceeded in swanky-ness only by the heated outdoor patio; even during those colder nights, you can stay warm outside while sipping on a specialty Asian Pea ... More >>
The Laguna Art Museum exhibit doesn't live up to its billing, but its best works are worth a good, long look
Courtesy of OCDACrystina Renee BockClockwork in September brought you the case against Crystina Renee Bock, the former financial secretary at Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo then facing trial for stealing more than $200,000 from the weekly offerings made by CBC congregants.The 34-year-ol ... More >>
The Aliso Viejo-based rapper rhymes about workin' the Great Recession
By "anti-Starbucks" I don't mean they've launched campaigns against the coffee behemoth (not that I know of, anyway), but that in terms of look, feel and menu they're the antithesis of the chain everybody loves to hate. The Gypsy DenOf the two locations (Costa Mesa and Santa Ana), I prefer the la ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentR.I.P., Margot WaltersThe Orange County Register reports the body of a woman found Wednesday night in Woodfield Park has been identified by the coroner as Margot Walters, who went missing in Aliso Viejo July 17. The 76-year-old, who'd exchanged words ... More >>
I'm not going to lie. There isn't much going on tonight. So, here are some art exhibits that sound interesting. Mark Mothersbaugh: Postcard Diaries and Arthur Taussig: Postcards from the Edges of AmericaIn case you haven't heard of him, Mark Mothersbaugh is a composer for television, film and ... More >>
Edwin Goei If you think that I write a lot about what goes on at Diamond Jamboree: you're right, but also, you're wrong. In case you haven't noticed, I also write a lot about what goes on at The District, which is a block away. So there! HA! As you might have guessed, I pass by both on my ... More >>
yaaaay / Flickr / Creative CommonsNot the LA Marathon. This report filed by Weekly proofreader/velocity junkie Jack Grimshaw: Two questions remain from Monday's L.A. Marathon: Where did all these hotshot OC wheelchair racers suddenly come from, and what the hell is in the water in Katherine ... More >>
The "Manny on the Street" segment of KISS-FM's Ryan Seacrest Show is scheduled to come to Aliso Viejo's favorite "community-based lactation destination" between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. "Expectant and breastfeeding couples, family and friends are invited to attend, have fun, win prizes, see what w ... More >>
The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council issued an ultimatum to the Aliso Viejo-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association: stop sponsoring environmental groups opposed to the 241 Foothill-South toll road or face the mighty wrath of more than 100,000 union workers ... More >>
Just about everything that can be said has been said about pastor Rick Warren's performance this past weekend with underlings John McCain and Barack Obama. Except this: by getting all moving cameras in the Free World fixed on his Saddleback Church, Warren officially propelled himself past two other ... More >>
Author Signing: Annette Fix, 6:30 p.m. 30-something single mother and aspiring writer Annette Fix was working as an exotic dancer, searching for Prince Charming, and trying to find a perfect balance between her dreams and her day-to-day life in OC. Barnes & Noble 26751 Aliso Creek Rd. Aliso Viejo, ... More >>
...live in SanTana. Measure D, the ballot measure funded by developers which claimed it would weaken their own grip on City Hall, passed by a 54-46 margin last night. No excuses, SanTaneros: the lot of your are pendejos* who don't mind living under Papi Pulido and his band of conflict-of-influenza- ... More >>
Three years in the life of the Capistrano Unified School District
Postal problemos persist: San Juan Capistrano residents have won their war with the U.S. Postal Service, and the planned 9-acre building they protested will rise in Aliso Viejo. But guess what? The folks there don't want it either. Lookin' for cheap labor: Wonder how the OC Reg plans to fill the voi ... More >>
Catch a crooked cop: Nope. Sorry. Not here in the USA. No way. But in Mexico, authorities want a no corruption zone for the the five-mile road from the Tijuana border south to the beach. Officials are “installing cameras to catch extortion attempts, publicizing that people can pay tickets with cre ... More >>
The countys jet test delivers a clear message: Many OC residents are doomed