Aliso Viejo

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Sharknado Gets Live Mystery Science Theater 3000 Treatment Tonight on OC Screens

    Sharks. Tornados. Sharknados. If you thought Sharknado was worthy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment after the intentionally crappy flick premiered on Syfy on July 11, 2013 (and somehow went on to become a worldwide sensation), you are not only in luck but you get to see live Sharknado skewe ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Brigitte Julie Shaw, Woman Found Dead in Aliso Viejo, Believed Murder-Suicide Victim

    See the update at the end of this post with the woman believed to have been the victim of a murder-suicide carried out by her boyfriend. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 8, 9:07 A.M.: San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies serving a search warrant in an Aliso Viejo apartment Monday evening were surprised to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    TEDxOrangeCoast Announces Fall Conference to Have More Attendee Interaction with Talkers

    The fourth annual TEDxOrangeCoast fall conference will be Sept. 19-20 at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, organizers announced.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    South County High School That Banned 'Freaking' Now Bans Twerking

    Twerking, the ass-shaking dance move born out of New Orleans bounce music, has existed since the early '90s, but it's new down in South County where the administration at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo has banished it from campus. Twerk Team wannabes south of the toll roads will have to fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Orange County Singles Data Has Some Curious Places to Go Looking for and Finding Love

    Plenty of Fish, which bills itself as "the world's largest online dating site" with 55 million users, claims to have crunched data collected from Southern California singles to come up with various best places for the unmarried to go love hunting. Break out the gold chains and Binaca, Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Robert Ligayo, In-Home Caregiver, Faces Up to 8 Years in Elder Sex Abuse Case: Update

    See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the punishment Robert Ligayo faces with a conviction and more details on the case from the district attorney. Update No. 1 o the next page has the defendant, his family and his defense attorney claiming he's innocent.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 19, 8:50 A.M.: An A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Victor Manuel Sanchez Charged with Murder in Cop Chase That Killed Gamer Engineer: Update

    See the update at the end of this post on Victor Manuel Sanchez being arraigned today on charges of murder and other counts.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 3, 10:11 A.M.: The man killed in a crosswalk during a Santa Ana police chase last week has been described as a "genius" computer-gaming engineer. Some bysta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Saif Mohamed Moussa Held for Allegedly Trying to Snatch and Marry 17 y.o. Girl Shopper

    A man who allegedly wrapped a 17-year-old Barnes & Noble shopper in a bear hug and began carrying her out the front door of the Aliso Viejo bookstore saying he wanted to marry her was arrested Saturday.Saif Mohamed Moussa, 29, was later held in lieu of $100,000 bail on kidnapping and child annoyance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    German Bravo DeJesus, Healthcare Creeper, Guilty of Fondling Little Girls at Work and Park

    A 34-year-old Lake Forest man was convicted today of touching the vaginal areas of a 7-year-old visiting a family member at the Laguna Woods healthcare facility the creeper worked at and a 6-year-old attending movie night at an Aliso Viejo park. German Bravo DeJesus now faces a maximum sentence of 4 ... More >>

  • Food

    January 31, 2013

    The Orange County Beer Trail

    A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!

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    September 20, 2012

    Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop/Pedophile Protector Tod D. Brown to Retire--HOORAY!!!

    Just got word that tomorrow, Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown is going to announce his retirement, and his successor will also be named.HELL YA! ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!This represents only the second good thing Brown has done in his 14 years heading Orange County Catholics--the first, of course, bei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    [Slide Show]: Plugged Into Local with Billy Kernkamp at Time Out Tavern

    See Also:*Billy Kernkamp Headlines Plugged Into Local Aug. 29 at Time Out Tavern*Billy Kernkamp Covers the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation"*Jack Grisham's Band the Manic Low Headlines Plugged Into Local On Wednesday, the second round of Heard Mentality's new Plugged Into Local concert series dipped its ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Mark Dell Donne, Ex-CEO, Must Repay $500k to Defunct Government Contractor's 401(k) Plan

    The former CEO of an Aliso Viejo electrical contractor has agreed to restore $570,983 in 401(k) payments he'd stiffed 105 company retirement plan participants out of, the U.S. Labor Department announced.San Clemente's Mark Dell Donne, who served as a fiduciary of the plan, already returned $98,748 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Esteben Colberto v. Minuteman Jaime Gilchristo on Tonight's Colbert Report?

    Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project--think the American Revolution, only the British have been replaced by desperate brown people looking for work--makes an appearance on tonight's Comedy Central masterpiece, The Colbert Report.Can we expect an appearance by Esteban Colberto?

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    April 17, 2012

    [VIDEO:] Ever See a $379,700 Lamborghini Aventador on Fire?

    What is believed to be the first fire incident involving a Lamborghini Aventador happened on a test drive this past weekend in the southbound lanes of the San Joaquin Hills toll road (Route 73) past El Toro Road in Aliso Viejo. The fire broke out in the left rear wheel well area before fully engulf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Couple That Lives in Whitney Houston's Former Laguna Hills Home Sets Up Shrine For the Late Star

    ​Whenever an icon dies, journalists scramble to report on what we like to call "the local connection." Hey, we're not above such fodder. Whitney Houston, who was found dead at the Beverly Hilton at age 48, has OC ties. Around 2006, the damaged songstress rented a house in Laguna Hills to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Buena Park Holds Checkpoint and the Sheriff Has DUI Patrols in South County Tonight

    ​Buena Park holds a sobriety checkpoint tonight, while roving patrol for drunken drivers will be conducted in Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo.The checkpoint runs from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of La Palma Avenue.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2011

    Are You Checking Your Sunday Paper? There's Free Food Inside...

    Friendly brekkie, or hidden agenda?​Who hasn't been within earshot of the conference room when a working lunch has let out? Promises of catered cookies, icy sodas, and an untouched deli sandwich draw you in like a tractor beam. Or how about when a peer brings in a yummy homemade delicacy, just b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Artist Renditions of the 'New' Fourth Street for Santa Ana: Bye-Bye, Virgin of Guadalupe!

    Adiós, morenita...​Earlier this week, someone mailed me a package with no name on the envelope, no return address--nothing. I like those! Inside were architectural drawings and a note saying these were the plans that the developers currently ripping up Fourth Street in SanTana to de-Mexify it hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Favorite Food-Themed Song?

    ​Sorry, folks: I answer what people ask. And while I have in the queue preguntas about sausage, chocolate, Aliso Viejo restaurants (or, rather, the lack of) and other more pressing issues, I couldn't help but like the query sent by Ramón:So, what's your favorite food-themed song?Hmm. I'm not sure ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Long-Stalled In-N-Out Opens Friday in Costa Mesa

    Edwin Goei​You may have not realized it, but there was a long hard slog to get the In-N-Out that replaces Kaplan's Deli off the Harbor exit of the 405 approved through the proper authorities.  It opens on Friday.As the Daily Pilot reports, "The approval process was lengthy, requiring both the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    3.7 Quake Shakes North OC and Long Beach

    ​I was sprinkling a light dusting of blueberries and Trader Joe's Organic Granny's Apple Granola on top of my bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat cereal at 9:06 this morning when it sounded as if something was trotting across the attic over the kitchen cabinets.My wife in bed with a col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Opah

    Edwin GoeiThe Place: Opah at Town Center, 26851 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. C, Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-8822; Opah at the Marketplace, 13122 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 508-8055; The Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 4-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9-11 p.m. The Deal: $6 marti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    National Cardio Labs Settles Whistleblower Suit for $3.6 Million

    ​An Orange County heart-monitoring service will pay $3.6 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company defrauded government health care programs, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced. National Cardio Labs LLC was based in Santa Ana, Aliso Viejo and then Irvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Deputies Hunt for Drunken Drivers in South County Tonight

    ​Anaheim is not the only Orange County town launching DUI saturation patrols tonight.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    New Food Network Reality Show Features OC Contestants

    Food Network​So the Food Network is close to debuting a food competition show called The Worst Cooks In America on January 3rd. Yes, if the Bravo show is called Top Chef, this would have to be referred to as Bottom Chef. But here's my question: How hard is it to find a bad cook, really? You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Drivers Ridicule Toll Road Photo Contest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    OC Register Says Advertisers, Clients Screwed Them Out of $350,000

    Lawyers for the Orange County Register have filed nine lawsuits in the last nine months--including two in recent days--seeking more than $350,000 in outstanding debt from advertisers, commercial printing clients and at least one distributor of OC's largest daily newspaper.According to Superior Court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Crime Time: A Weekly Round-Up of OC Police Calls

    The "Clean-Cut Bandit": Coming to a bank near you?MONDAY, JUNE 1Shroomin' in Lagoonan: Laguna Beach Police arrested three people at a La Mirada Street property for alleged possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, heroin, Xanax, Levitra, Alprazolam and "numerous other unknown pills." Steven Christophe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Wider Disneyland Rides for Wider Rider Asses?

    David Koenig, the Aliso Viejo author of Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland, Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation & Theme Parks and More Mouse Tales: A Closer Peek Backstage at Disneyland has an interesting MousePlanet post that features an unnamed source s ... More >>

  • Film

    May 14, 2009
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    April 17, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 35

    Orange County Register: Cypress father and Long Beach Memorial hospital pharmacy manager Hugo Bustamante, 46, was one of the two victims slain by a fellow pharmacy worker Mario Ramirez, 50, who then took his own life. . . . Harold Edward Trees, a 36-year-old Orange man who is believed to be a member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 22: Weekend and Monday Edition

    Orange County Register: Robbins: The chance of dying in Orange County from a natural disaster is relatively low. This is based on a study Fox News cheerily lables "the death map." . . . Wisckol: A 59-year-old Aliso Viejo woman's description of kissing President Barack Obama on his cheek at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Taco Truck Politics

    Not everyone that matters in Orange County can vote, of course. I ran into Chepe while scarfing down overpriced tacos at a taco truck outside China-Mex Super Buffet in SanTana. He came to this country illegally in 1987 as a scared 20-year-old from Michoacán, promptly knocked up some chick, and spen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    OC Sex Inventions

    Inspired by an exhibit of sex inventions at the New York-based Museum of Sex, I thought I'd do a little trolling through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online search for anything interesting coming out of our fair county. Anaheim inventor Wayne Manska was awarded patent #6,645,164 in 2003 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines

    Parade rejects float: A Huntington Beach panel gave a thumbs-down to an Independence Day entry celebrating the desegregation of state schools, saying the theme didn't have "entertainment value." Paying for parking lot rage: A Costa Mesa man was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday after running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    Bait and Switch (Great Wall edition)

    It looks like it's not a not a good week to be a Minuteman or Minuteman sympathizer (Minnie-symp?). Not because those kids at Columbia were mean to Aliso Viejo's own Minute-Grand Wizard Jim Gilchrist– when you're working the xenophobia racket, you really don't expect to get much love from Ivy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2006

    Paranoia Roundup: Immigration edition

    This will come as no surprise, but Aliso Viejo's Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minutemen (not the immortal patriotic heroes of Lexington and Concord– Jim's are the flabby guys who have figured out how to combine xenophobia and birdwatching by scanning the horizon for Mexicans instead of great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2006

    Supervise the Supervisors-Stop the Toll Road

    On Feb. 28, the OC Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a resolution to support the Transportation Corridor Agencies' Foothill-South (241) extension. The motion was put forth by Supervisor Bill Campbell at the Board's Feb. 7 meeting (item 32 on the agenda). No doubt this is meant to trump the ... More >>

  • Film

    December 29, 2005

    Special Screenings

    Special anemic holiday week edition!

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    October 20, 2005
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    November 4, 2004
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    August 26, 2004
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    October 23, 2003
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    October 24, 2002
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    October 10, 2002
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    July 25, 2002
  • Food

    September 20, 2001

    Badass Roller Coaster

    Lukes Chicago Pizza delivers the Italian beef

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    January 27, 2000
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    July 1, 1999
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