Rain finally hit Southern California earlier this week--flash floods in the Inland Empire, downpours in Long Beach, 0.001 of an inch in Fullerton. It inspired reams of social-media snark in our parched region, bitter humor to make sense of a historic drought that has gone on for three years now with ... More >>
How do you use spooky lights in the sky of South County and a mysterious underwater formation discovered off Malibu the past couple weeks to promote your PG movie whose plot reads eerily similar to E.T.? Let's go to the desert with the promoters of Earth to Echo.
Once a civil-rights giant, the Santa Ana-based council is struggling with too much work to do and not enough funding
The Marine won the Navy Cross for bravery in Iraq. But it was his job with the Orange County Sheriff's Department that gave him PTSD
East-coast donut giant Dunkin' Donuts announced yesterday that they're returning to Southern California in 2015, with 18 of 45 initial locations planned in Orange County and the South Bay area. There was a time before the Internet when Dunkin' had stores in Orange County, and we old people migh ... More >>
Fired OC deputy claims sheriff's department punished him for winning Navy Cross in Iraq War combat
Despite the district attorney clearing sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg of wrongdoing in the February 2012 shooting death of Manuel Loggins at San Clemente High School, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved a settlement with the popular Marine sergeant's family.It's unclear if the fami ... More >>
The anti-nuke activist has spent years fighting the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now, the impossible is on his horizon: its permanent shutdown
Self-proclaimed historical preservationist and Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach blogged last month that he had "a hard time swallowing" a proposal to designate Trestles beach and San Onofre State Park historical landmarks.Someone give that man the Heimlich maneuver because the California State ... More >>
Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now
Before a woman named Olive was attacked by a complete stranger in her San Clemente residence in May 2011, the young man yelled, "Shut the windows!" and "Keep the demons away!"Jonathan Ashton Aikin, 19, now gets to battle those demons in a state prison cell for the next three years, after switching h ... More >>
Various media sites are reporting that surveillance video released today shows an SUV driven by Marine Sgt. Manuel Levi "Manny" Loggins "crashed" through gates at San Clemente High School early Feb. 7--and moments before he was shot to death by an Orange County sheriff's deputy. But the Loggins fami ... More >>
Pity the other publications in the stable o' stallions that is Village Voice Media, because they have to come up with a list like this, too--and they don't have Little Saigon sitting smack dab in the middle of their publication area. How do we choose from the hundreds--yes, multiple hundreds--of ... More >>
Here is something OC Weekly investigative reporters are used to: they break a story involving Orange County government, the district attorney or the sheriff's department, and the targeted agency later confirms those facts--in the Orange County Register.After Patch.com reported Darren Sandberg was ... More >>
The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!
Robbin Brandley, RIPKudos to the Register's Frank Mickadeit for his Jan. 19 column marking the 25th anniversary of the murder of Robbin Brandley, a Saddleback College journalism student who was stabbed to death in an unlit campus parking lot on Jan. 18, 1986. Brandley was the focus of my Nov. 200 ... More >>
The environmental group with a connection on the council pays very little rent, the 'controversial' Latino-outreach group pays much more
The ex-sheriff's open-space dealmaking has some in San Juan Capistrano crying foul
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local crimes and police calls--now with waaaaaay more armed robberies, bike-riding/-taking bandits and indoor pot busts. MONDAY, NOV. 16Wee Hour Party Goes to Pot During a party in a home in the 700 block of Maplewood Avenue in Fullerton, a resident whipp ... More >>
Walker St. (just south of Orangethorpe) to Kennedy HS parking lot (Crescent and Walker)
To Catch--and Pamper!--a Predator: Where the hell is Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC? Why do I ask? Well, in Orange County, authority figures--particularly cops--nabbed for outrageous sexual conduct either get re-elected, promoted or pampered. The latest example is Jason David Rosewarne. The marri ... More >>
Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them
The TCA’s expansion plans spark renewed activism
A brief history of crime in Orange Countys safest city
The anti-immigrant gadfly shares some of his favorite things
Was the Haditha massacre too little, too late?
We remember everything
An A to Z Guide to Surviving the Death/Pause/Sunshine of the CenterLine
How a Harley-riding developer rolled into Santa Ana, raised hell and changed the future.
Is Ladera Ranch the green revolution or the same development crap in a new package?
Famous war correspondent Gordon Dillow struggles with his truth
If you think only Saddam places civilians near military targets, visit your local military base
Shag, shag, shag!
How Cingular Wireless celebrates its Year of the Customer
10 reasons we should say so long to SONGS
Ellis works both sides of the El Toro Airport issue
A peoples environmental impact report on El Toro International Airport
Seminal punks continue in the great circle of birth, death and self-abuse
OCs toll roads were supposed to be the model for our transportation future. Now they look like road kill
A Guided Tour
Our 15 favorite places OC developers have missed