• Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Orange County Dinged in Report That Ranks Huntington Beach Our Most LGBT-Friendly City

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which are most and least LGBT-friendly Orange County cities of them all? Well, the Human Rights Campaign--or HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization--did not rank all 34 of OC's incorporated cities, just seven, and base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Buena Park is Ranked 11th Fastest Growing U.S. City in One Survey and 286th in Another, WTF?

    Great news! Buena Park's corrupt politicians have not stopped it from becoming the 11th fastest growing city in the United States--that's fastest in population and economic growth, according to financial site Er ... uh ... or perhaps not. Because a competing site,, cla ... More >>

  • News

    September 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Gaynor's Lounge: The Last White Bar In Little Saigon

    [Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our Mexican-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    FBI Agents Don't Fall For Fake Compartment Trick In Narcotics Loaded BMW

    Late one December night in 2009, three individuals riding in a black 1997 BMW 528i on I-15 in San Bernardino County believed a CHP officer stopped them merely for weaving out of a lane, but in truth they'd been under surveillance for hours by a team of undercover FBI agents.Driver Lindberg Villalobo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    [UPDATED with BET Analyst Weighs In:] Were Rossmoor Bottle Bombs a Prank or Hate Crime?

    See the update at the end of this post where a BET commentator wonders about links between the Roosmoor incident, a black family leaving Yorba Linda and OC skinheads.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 5, 6:06 A.M.: Are the bombs of Rossmoor pranks, racist messages or prank racist messages?Inquiring minds want to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Report: Anaheim Angels in Talks to Move to City of...Industry?!

    After all that has been said and done, I gotta say that the jury is still out on whether Arte Moreno is the best owner your Anaheim Angels could have. Yes, he's spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marquee free agents...yet the Halos haven't been to the World Series since he bought the team back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    The 'California Accent' Is, Like, Totally Real

    Though we probably don't notice it because we're too busy giving hella directions to The 405, Californians have an accent. Like, for reals. A team of linguistics researchers from Stanford University has been studying the elusive dialects of the Golden State, which have never been given the same ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Albert Ore, La Habra Pastor

    The dirtiest secret about the Ku Klux Klan in Orange County during the 1920s--more than all the councilmembers and trustees and city fathers put together--is that one of the most-represented professions among their ranks were ministers.You had virtually every Protestant denomination represented--Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    "Celebrate Gospel" Returns to Disney California Adventure

    ​ Do you like gospel music? What about Disney California Adventure?Well, if you like both prepare to have your mind blown, because those two worlds are about to collide when "Celebrate Gospel" (an annual celebration of gospel music... duh) makes its way back to the park this Saturday.Lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Taco Bell Testing Out Chipotle-Style Menu

    ​We reported last week that Taco Bell was adding breakfast to its repretoire of chalupas and MexiMelts®; but apparently the Irvine-based company isn't settling with just eggs and cheese in an attempt to revitalize their brand. If things go according to plan, 2012 might see the most sign ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    A Brief History of Tamales in Santa Ana

    ​You know that book about the history of Mexican food in the United States that I mention in every other post? I released a brief, brief preview of it in the Food section of today's Los Angeles Times, specifically on the tamale wagons that ruled the streets of Southern California in the late 1890s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Rick Perry to Bring His Anti-Social Security Message to Orange County's GOP Social Security Recipients

    ​The day after the Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Texas Governor Rick Perry will navigate the Southern California freeway system (or probably fly over it) for private meetings with fat-cat donors in San Diego and Newport Beach.But worry not, mortgaged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    [UPDATED with New Kern County Stink:] Courts Weigh Orange County Poop

    ​UPDATE, MAY 26, 12:42 P.M.: There's an interesting nugget about Orange County and the Carlyle Group in coverage of the ongoing court battle over human waste from Southern California spread atop farmland in Kern County.Anyone trying to put the Bush 43 years behind them may have forgotten about the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Lakers Return to Honda Center Oct. 19

    ​The Lakers are down 2-0 to the Mavs, and if they lose tonight in Dallas all hope will be lost for a three-peat.Speaking of elimination, the Honda Center in Anaheim won't be the home of an NBA team for at least another season.Are you ready for some basketball?

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    2010 Census Doesn't Care About OC White People

    ​The Mexican earlier riffed on the 2010 U.S. Census and African Americans in Orange County. As he mentioned, the number of white people is down here, but the number of people overall is up. The number of brown people is up countywide but down in Santa Ana (which would still have enough Latinos to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    UC Irvine Soccer Wuz Robbed

    ​The UC Irvine men's soccer team finished 14-3-3, won the Big West Conference regular-season title, were ranked No. 1 in the West Regional rankings most of the season and were in the national top 10 for the final six weeks of the regular season.So, how were the Anteaters rewarded? With another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Five Reasons Why Orange County Should Thank Mexico Today

    ​Today, as Orange County Register readers know too well, is the official marking of Mexico's bicentennial. SanTana will become one massive fiesta this weekend, although the elites marked their own celebration last evening at the Bowers Museum. With all the arribas in the air, what better time to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    The New Limb Tour Diaries: Days 1 & 2

    ​(Alt-pop four-piece the New Limb went on tour for the first time EVER this week, so they're sending Heard Mentality missives from the road. They're going to take turns guest blogging; first up is lead singer/guitarist Joey Chavez about Santa Cruz and San Francisco--Ed.)These past two days have be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Benefit Bailongo! With La Santa Cecilia

    anasaldana@the​LA's La Santa Cecilia is coming down to Santa Ana today for a benefit bailongo. The six-piece's cross-generational appeal brings its mesh of various Latin American musical genres to a community dance party at Taco Adobe. They're lending the OC their talents, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Balls Afire! Glen and the Sunshine Gang Are Serious About This Joke Band Thing​Few rock groups have balls big enough to doggedly pursue the status of a joke band. That's not the case for Orange County's Glen and the Sunshine Gang; their candor regarding their faux status is like two massive glowing orbs dangling between their spandex co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Eat Local, Recycle Your Food Waste Miles and Miles Away

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Wild Rivers to Finally Close and Become... A Water Park

    ​We missed this item on the LA Times's Funland blog on Monday. Apparently, Irvine water park Wild Rivers, which has spent the better part of its decade proclaiming it would soon shut down but never actually doing so, may finally see its last day in 2010.In its place would be a seemingly identical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Incoming: No Doubt Returns to Orange County! Eventually.

    Full tour dates have finally been announced for archetypal OC success stories No Doubt's tour with Paramore--we've known for a while that they were going on tour at some point and the first date would be May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in NJ, but now we've got the whole sched, and the three month-is ... More >>

  • Music

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Long Bitch

    Long Beach was voted a top city again. And no, this time its not because the city has the dirtiest water in the state, you cynical bastards. It's because Long Beach has the unhappiest women in the country! Hooray! According to Self Magazine's December issue, which hits stands today, Los Angeles-Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: OC Inspired Space Travel?

    California's Police State: Imagine you are a suspect and the police take your entire statement out of context by secretly recording only snippets that seem to incriminate you in a crime. Can’t happen? Think again. California police officers have won the right to selectively tape you. It’s the Ru ... More >>

  • Film

    May 3, 2007

    New Reviews

    We recommend: Americanizing Shelley, Civic Duty,

  • Columns

    May 3, 2007


    'You reduce yourselves to the blogs of housewives with a useless degree in art or literature when you write such cleverly worded nothingness. Fuck you'

  • Columns

    February 22, 2007

    Diary of a Mad County

    Feb. 14-Feb. 20

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Cuzz Yore So Sweet

    Dec. 21-Dec. 28 Get Out! Nightlife and More

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    Oily characters

    The holidays are a time for celebrating tradition, and a story from The Associated Press reminds us of one of our country's greatest traditions: corporations screwing the public and lying about it. Confirming what you've suspected as you stand at the self-service gas pump, swearing under your breat ... More >>

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Dispense the Weight

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! Totimoshi nice notes and everything

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    The New Crips

    An ex-drug dealer and burglar leads a wheelchair posse terrorizing Southern California businesses. Would you believe he has the law on his side?

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Sprayed-On Jeans

    Dwight Yoakam

  • News

    March 23, 2006

    Monster's Ball

    Feds, Aryan Brotherhood come to paint the OC courthouse white

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2005

    Hit Me With Your Chastening Stick, It's Nice to Be a Lunatic...

    The year's not over yet, but the funniest thread EVER can be found right now at Democratic Underground. But first we gotta back up--AND BEND OVER, MAGGOT! It seems there is this Internet company run out of a couple's garage in that enlightened burg of Bakersfield, known previously as the place where ... More >>

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    Its All Geek to Me

    Dekes Guitar Geek Fest sparks the NAMM show weekend

  • Music

    July 29, 2004

    Someone Else Would Dream a Song

    Chapter and verse on the Flatlanders

  • Columns

    May 31, 2001

    We Want You Seed!

    Uncle Jims summer activity guide

  • Columns

    September 28, 2000

    Beer! Porn!

    The baby-sitter economy

  • Columns

    July 6, 2000

    Fight Night!

    Chicks, violence, implants and fists of fury!

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Kick Out the Jams!

    A flood of seriously good new roots CDs

  • Culture

    November 11, 1999

    The Iceworker Cometh

    Andres Montoyas poems for the rest of us

  • Music

    April 29, 1999
  • Music

    April 1, 1999

    The Gaff Is Back

    And he's brought his Cold Hard Facts, too

  • Music

    November 19, 1998
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