UPDATE: Janice Bellucci, state organizer for Reform Sex Offenders Laws, says the meeting has been cancelled.A pastor at a Buena Park church where the California chapter of the Reform Sex Offender Laws said it was scheduled to meet Saturday says she knows nothing of the group and doesn't know why the ... More >>
Sometimes you see everything you need to know from a simple picture.Take, for example, the case of Orange County's 58-year-old Ralph John Gambina.Law enforcement official claims that in June 2010 Gambina threatened to murder his wife and uttered in a voice mail message to her perhaps the best&nbs ... More >>
A fascinating article appeared last week in California Watch, the news non-profit with more than a few Orange County Register alumni in it. The story focused on the California Voting Rights Act, a fascinating piece of work that essentially tells public governing entities--city councils, school di ... More >>
I have a medical marijuana recommendation, and since my apartment is non-smoking I have to smoke outside, which as I understood from my doctor and collective is legal anywhere tobacco is legal. I try my hardest to be discreet by puffing on small side-streets, but the other night, a bit after midn ... More >>
California does not have a cottage food law. Currently, if you bake a cake at home and sell it to the public--let's say at a bake sale--you are breaking the law. If you make a few pints of jam from the fruit in your backyard and sell them from a shop, you're breaking the law. There's no way to ge ... More >>
A Hispanic business and community leader in Santa Ana has joined other Hispanics around the country in signing an open letter to Mitt Romney that essentially accuses the GOP presidential candidate of hypocritically running away from his Mexican heritage. "Our purpose here is to advise you that t ... More >>
Though the salsa still tastes like tomato water, the homegrown California Fish Grill chain (winner of Best Seafood Restaurant in 2008) has always had impeccable fish, especially when slathered in the wonder-lube of its garlic butter. The substance could make just about anything tasty. Now the eat ... More >>
The last few months of 2011 weren't exactly fun for advocates of medical marijuana in California. The federal government threatened to seize properties being used for illegally cultivating or dispensing marijuana, media organizations including this one were put on alert that they could be prosecu ... More >>
As Southern Californians we take for granted our In-N-Outs. It's only when we hear of our out-of-state neighbors going ape shit when one opens in their neck of the woods, with people sobbing as if they've just seen the Messiah Himself, that we take stock on how beloved our homegrown burger empire ... More >>
It will either bolster the argument that sobriety checkpoints are working or prop up the side that claims such enforcement operations are unnecessary, but in either event drunken-driving fatalities are down dramatically in California, according to state data. A record low 791 people were killed i ... More >>
Finally, some not-completely-terrible news from the front lines of America's escalating war on weed: the California Medical Assocation (CMA), which represents 35,000 doctors throughout the state, has just became the nation's first mainstream professional medical group to say marijuana should be l ... More >>
Nate ChaconDid you know that this month is the 161st anniversary of California's admission as the 31st state in the Union? I didn't think so. Sure, the Golden State is notorious for fiscal calamity, traffic jams and a plethora of sub-par reality stars, but you have to admit it's still an inspira ... More >>
It looks like California Adventure's roller coaster California Screamin' was upset that it didn't make my OC's Top Five Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides list last week, and it left two dozen passengers stranded to protest its omission.That, or a backpack fell onto the track.Either way, learn more ... More >>
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Mark Katches wrote and edited for the Orange County Register for a decade. Now he's in Berkeley, serving as editorial director of California Watch, a project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting that also has an office near the Capitol in Sacramento. California Watch aims to fill t ... More >>
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One of the street gangs in West Side Story was the Sharks, but those dancing fancy boys are pussies compared to the real-life Dolphins.Seemingly random acts of violence by bottlenose dolphins on porpoises have been reported in the Pacific Ocean off California. And recent marine mammal research co ... More >>
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Don't you just love it when the national media write about foodie trends? It always makes me think they're writing for people in some forgotten backwater who honestly do think that adding a packet of seasoning from Tastefully Simple to a cheese ball makes for a sophisticated, New York-style party ... More >>
Flickr user PermanentlyScatterbrainedRegular readers know I'm obsessed with the California burrito: the Cal-Mex staple stuffed with French fries that was born in San Diego sometime during the 1980s. But in researching my book on the history of Mexican food in the United States, I came across a fa ... More >>
Flickr user Jo NaylorWith a headline like that, you know we had a great week 'round here. More after the jump!
TSOL back in the dayThe 4th annual OC Punk Rock Picnic is happening this Saturday, and the lineup of bands is epic. Six stages will showcase a few foundational American regional hardcore bands, as well as young up-and-comers that keep the scene alive today.But first, we must pay are respect to ou ... More >>
When it comes to the total number of guns used in crimes, more can be traced to Los Angeles County than any other in Southern California, but on a per capita basis, Orange County is tops.That's the conclusion of data released by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and rep ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyIt's technically San Diego County, but OC treats San Onofre like its ownJerry Brown hasn't held the governor title for long, but he's already worthy of our unsupportive scowl. Reasoning? Part of his current suggestions for budget cuts milk state parks for $11 million thro ... 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.
Headline: People Keep Moving Out of OC Comment by AREAMAN714: ...i guess 'unauthorized is the new illegal...yes, when a guy decides to rob a bank, it is 'unauthorized' activity...Comment by CALSLIDE: In other words....For every taxpaying businessman moving himself and his business out, we have tw ... More >>
Was waiting for someone to send me a query on tamales. From Elvia my Facebook amiga and fellow Chapman Panther: To olive or not to olive? I've bit into several red tamales so far this season and half of them surprise me with a huge black olive. My family does not add this to our corn husk lovelie ... More >>
An interstate high-speed train that would stop in Anaheim and another linking the town that Walt Disney built with the town the mob built (Las Vegas) get all the media attention, but a California Planning & Development Report article claims slow poky streetcars will be online up and down the ... More >>
Undocumented students may continue to attend the state's college and universities at in-state tuition rates rather than pay the higher rates charged to those who live out of state, the California Supreme Court ruled today. The Court upheld AB 540, which permits students, regardless of thei ... More >>
Happy Election Day! Could you even sleep last night? Do you view your local polling place like a 5-year-old views a Christmas tree on Christmas morning? Can you not wait one more minute to vote the bastards out?Well, before you go get your teabag on, take a gander at bad initiatives that have gon ... More >>
Flickr user brostadEvery wine-producing region in the world produces table grapes; in California, the hotter and drier the climate, the sweeter the table grapes. Table grapes can be grown in places too hot or dry for good wine grapes; the sweetness overpowers the terroir so prized by wine snobs g ... More >>
Mexico's drug traffickers would lose some customers but not much money if California voters approve the marijuana-legalizing Prop 19 on Nov. 2, concludes a study by the nonpartisan RAND Drug Policy Research Center. That's because Californians mostly grow their own already.
Scientists agree an earthquake early warning system is close to being a possibility, but everyone agrees the messages posted on Twitter and Facebook about a major California quake happening some time over the next few days is bullshit."Fake California 'Earthquake Warning' Currently Scaring Idiots ... More >>
Fees charged to public school students in Tustin and Long Beach are part of the evidence the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is citing in a class action lawsuit filed today against the state of California and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The suit contends the state is violating the Californ ... More >>
If the death of a $184 million bailout ultimately kills the developer of homes above the ecologically sensitive Bolsa Chica wetlands, preservationists may have karma, an ancient Indian curse or an Orange County Register investor to thank.Or all three.
Guess the Bag Monster didn't scare up enough votes after all.California lawmakers late last night rejected a bill that would have banned plastic shopping bags. Indeed, things got downright libertarian under the left-leaning Capitol dome, with much debate preceding the vote over whether the state ... More >>
Flickr User Bruce TutenTwenty million fewer gallons of sewage will taint the 1,624 mile California coastline starting next year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it will ban all large cruise ships and other commercial vessels from discharging sewage withi ... More >>
The Peabody-winning educational program South Park aired an episode the other night that took lawsuits against public school districts to despicably hilarious new heights.The real-life cartoon plays out publicly--and locally--in the Capistrano, Santa Ana and Long Beach unified school districts.
Two Anaheim events involving underage drinking are being used to amplify Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of legislation today that holds adults in California liable if youth they serve alcohol to are injured or killed.The signing comes during the 12th Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Annual ... More >>
Happily tossing everything but the kitchen sink at gay citizensNothing drags out the vitriol like a discussion about homosexuality, and the ongoing debate over the constitutionality of anti-gay marriage Prop. 8 in California has driven sentiment to new lows.We know that here at the Weekly, where ... More >>
California and immigrants have had a long, tortured history, with the Golden State being one of the few states who discriminated against EVERYONE: blacks, Mexicans, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italians--essentially everyone who wasn't of Anglo-Saxon stock, unless you were an Okie and Arkie.I was reminde ... More >>
Former OC Weekling Anthony Pignataro is now doing the Lord's work at the independent, non-profit journalism outfit CalWatchdog that is overseen by former Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut (who Moxley just wrote about here). What is it with the Pig and un-built, controversial ... More >>
Don't be surprised if Isaac Robert Longo becomes a poster child for the evils of driving while high by forces girding to defeat marijuana legalization in California this November.After all, the 33-year-old Placentia man smoked pot before causing a five-car pileup on the 55 freeway in November 200 ... More >>
docnic, through a Creative Commons license Old School Olive PressMuch has been made of the recent study from UC Davis about so-called "extra-virgin" olive oil sold in California. Chemical analysis of a number of brands, both local and imported, showed that the labels often lied. And lied a lot. L ... More >>
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There is a sweet new way to predict earthquakes and it's making waves throughout Southern California. Many scientists believe that predicting earthquakes is still impossible, but the Mogi Doughnut seems more credible than the Quake Quack's theory. Colorful charts do not a seismologist make. Acco ... More >>
Headline: O.C. Company Merges, Moves to CanadaComment by Dan Rather: This is only the begining. Soon, CA will be nothing but mexican and fast food joints.
One argument in favor of legalizing marijuana in California centers on the massive funds that can be generated for the Not-So-Golden State through taxing and regulating weed.Some go so far as to hail cannabis as the solution to the state budget crisis, which has now been here so long it has its o ... More >>