Newly-elected Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has requested that the county's Office of Independent Review (OIR) monitor a probe into whether a superior court judge committed any crimes involving a possible quid pro quo sexual affair."I want to make sure that the investigation is thorough," Sp ... More >>
It's not often you read a police report about a criminal you remember standing on your driveway (unless you are Carlos Bustamante out there, holding a mirror), but I experienced it reading about a fellow who is apparently trying to a pull a con with on-the-spot auto body work in Newport Beach reside ... More >>
Being a city council member is a thankless job, although they do usually save you a nice parking spot at city hall.While we applaud public service, many, many holders of local office in Orange County use their positions of "power" to do some really fucked-up things.Here are but 10 supposed city lead ... More >>
The twin brother of an embattled Santa Ana councilman arrested earlier this month on multiple sexual battery charges is facing his own messy ethics scandal.A lawsuit filed this week in Orange County Superior Court accuses Alfonso Bustamante of repeatedly abusing his position as a licensed psychologi ... More >>
When Orange County's supervisors huddle this afternoon for a hastily called secret meeting apparently to fire or reprimand County CEO Thomas G. Mauk in the wake of the sensational Carlos Bustamante sex scandal, the supes might want to also boot one of their own.Back in 2007 when then-county Public W ... More >>
Orange County Superior Court officials updated their public records today to reflect the government's pending sex crimes accusations against Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante.District Attorney Tony Rackauckas believes Bustamante, the onetime up and coming Republican politician, is guilty of a s ... More >>
See updates--including a HILARIOUS mugshot of Busted-amonte AND a perp-walk shot--at the end of this post ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 5 P.M.: Just got a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's office that SanTana councilmember Carlos "Busty" Bustamante was arrested this afternoon and is ... More >>
The big political news of the day happened yesterday: SanTana councilmember Busty "Carlos" Bustamante resigned from his job at the county while it investigates allegations that Busty had mucho sexytime explosions on the job with multiple colleagues. There are already calls for Busty to resign his ... More >>
Benavides"We will get the last laugh over Arizona."--Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides tonight discussing his approval of a winning city resolution declaring opposition to Arizona's new law that gives cops the authority to stop, question and detain anyone they claim they suspect might be ... More >>
Nothing like a good old gang-related murder in Santa Ana to set off all the Register readers who would like nothing more than to see the city cordoned off by immigration cops and the entire non-English speaking population rolled into Tijuana-bound paddy wagons. The latest example? This story from We ... More >>
*Updated, with new info after the jump...
Carlos Bustamante was supposed to be the Golden Boy, the Mexican who could deliver Latinos to the Republican Party in Orange County. He won a SanTana City Council seat in 2004 by defeating a Papi Pulido-backed candidate in the one OC city where Democrats ru ... More >>
Back in January, I theorized out loud about a SanTana scandal of Chinatown-esque proportions: the introduction of a light-rail system most likely involving the Cordoba Corporation, whose CEO sits alongside SanTana conflict-of-influenza-afflicted councilmember Carlos Bustamante on the board of the Sa ... More >>
Today, SanTana voters will vote on Measure D, a ballot initiative that proposes to extend term limits from two four-year terms to three and whose supporters have waged one of the most misleading campaigns since the Iraq War. We won't know if Measure D passes until tonight, but one thing is certain: ... More >>
Yesterday, we promised to investigate why SanTana officials were so adamant in redrawing the boundaries for its much-vaunted Renaissance Plan so that planning commissioner Victoria Bentacourt could vote it. Actually, we knew what we wanted to write, but there were football games to watch, broder! Bu ... More >>
Today, Los Angeles Times SanTana reporter Jennifer Delson delivers a bombshell of a story on the city's Renaissance Plan: not only did city officials redraw the Renaissance Plan boundaries to omit the family businesses of councilmember Vince Sarmiento and Mayor Papi Pulido (as we reported last month ... More >>
Remember my post yesterday, where I theorized out loud about how SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante could greatly benefit if Cordoba Corporation (headed by major contributor and fellow Santa Ana Business Bank director George Pla) ever got a contract with the city to develop a mass transit syste ... More >>
Final post in our Carlos Bustamante conflict-of-influenza series--for now...
All this week we've focused on Carlos Bustamante, the SanTana councilmember who gladly takes money from people seeking something from the city, then votes favorably for his donors. Some readers have wondered about my focus ... More >>
Cápitulo tres de cuatro...
Remember how yesterday, we promised this would be our last Carlos Bustamante post in our series on the conflict-of-influenza-stricken SanTana councilmember? We lied. We're still so awestruck at Carlitos' güey with donations and votes, we decided to insert this post befo ... More >>
Today, bad-ass Los Angeles Times reporter Jennifer Delson writes about the idiotic Measure D, the SanTana ballot measure that would extend city council term limits from eight years to 12 years. She reveals that Measure D originally started as an attempt by residents and councilmembers to install ter ... More >>
Part dos of 3...
Every day, we drive by City Place, the unfinished development across the street from MainPlace Mall with cool live/work lofts and horrid restaurants (seriously: McCormick & Schmidt's and Corner Bakery as the anchor tenants??? Can't wait 'til Mother's Market opens to save us from t ... More >>
First of three parts...
There are political hacks, and then there is SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante, the Orange County Republican Party's Great Brown Hope and a man who seemingly never met a political donation he didn't accept and subsequently vote for his donor's interests. Seriously, pe ... More >>
Hookers take cash too, Mikey: Dana Parsons writes today that “the good news for [indicted OC Sheriff Mike] Carona is that the government doesn’t always win.” But Parsons says the “bad news” for Calamity Mike is that the feds take their “sweet time putting public corruption cases togethe ... More >>
Math Skills Looted: Dr. Donny George, director of the Iraqi National Museum during the American invasion, spoke yesterday at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and caused “scattered gasps” by showing photographs of destroyed artifacts, writes Sean Emery at the Register. Emery notes that looters sto ... More >>
The Government has gone Plasma TV crazy: Even though they have an entire cable television channel to carry their lame communications, Santa Ana city officials are spending at least $242,000 more to install 10, 42-inch flat screen TVs at 10 public locations. These TVs will have no sound, and will br ... More >>