Who knew the California Coastal Commission was lord of the rings?Fire rings, that is.Specifically, the 60 fire pits the City of Newport Beach wants removed from the Balboa Pier area and Corona del
Mar State beaches because they are proving to be a liability in these sue-happy times.
As Clockwork Coker reported yesterday, my (and Patty's and Chasen's) alma mater, Chapman University, want to buy the Crystal Cathedral--a beautiful proposal, given that the Rev. Robert Schuller set in motion the paranoid conservative politics that Chapman University now pride themselves on. It's ... More >>
Poor Robert Schuller--in a way. The founder of the Crystal Cathedral, one of the architects of modern-day American Christianity, has seen his heir apparent split, donations to his church fall precipitously, and is now seeing his daughter try to swing the ministry to the homo-hating right by makin ... More >>
Local news highlights include:Register against Loretta Sanchez but drags out marijuana stanceThe editorial staff of the OC Register has declared itself for congressional candidate Van Tran, a Republican; U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a Republican; and Whitman, yep, a Republican. "From our ... More >>
The news is traveling across the wires right now that the Crystal Cathedral, that iconic Garden Grove congregation that started the modern-day megachurch movement, has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The best coverage of this story has happened in the pages of the Orange County Register, specific ... More >>
Happy 10-10-10 to you.Weekend news highlights from various media sources include:Fred Phelps thinks he knows whyYou can thank UC Irvine researchers for this good news: The future "Big One" earthquake along the San Andreas fault will be much worse and much sooner than previously expected, accordin ... More >>
Palace intrigue erupts in 401Highlights from the local media today include: Susan Kang Schroeder Announces She'll Be DAOkay, okay. I'm kidding. So the real news isn't that dramatic, but there's nevertheless been a major development in Orange County's criminal justice system. Former state ass ... More >>
Much has been made of the problems of OC's original megachurch, the Crystal Cathedral, in the past year, and the Orange County Register's Deepa Bharath has done a great job documenting the splits between the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, his children and former congregants. While other local megachurc ... More >>
Remember that "78-Year-Old Man Arrested for Kicking Cop in the Nuts (Twice)" in October?Two things:
1) He's 79.
b. He claims to be the victim of "horrible injustice,"
that he "was treated like an animal" and that he will file seek "justice" via a federal civil rights complaint.
How Did Bren Recently Gain $5 Billion? Those of us who’ve watched the county operate know that Donald Bren’s Irvine Co. gets away with murder in Orange County. Several years ago, I reported that Bren had won public recognition from the Times and Register for donating land to the public at his N ... More >>
For the past month, OC Weekly staffer Nick Schou (with an assist from web editor Janine Kahn) has followed protests at Viet Weekly's Garden Grove offices by Vietnamese who accuse the paper of communist sympathies. Coverage of the protests by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register has been ... More >>