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Donald Bren

  • News

    May 23, 2013

    Fantasy Bluthball: We Draft Locals for Arrested Development Roles

    Matching A.D. socialites to real OC socialites

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Will Filming The Hangover Part III Leave Orange County with a Splitting Headache?

    In the summer of 2013, movie fans will likely be rolling in the aisles to The Hangover Part III, which is to reunite "The Wolfpack" (a.k.a. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and our bearded opener page boy, Zack Galifianakis).But the road to boffo box office pisses off some locals who reported ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Brent Bushnell of Extreme Makeover Fame Talks at UCI Today About Immersive Gaming

    ​The next speaker geeking up UC Irvine's Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds this evening is a renaissance man when it comes to gaming, Internet start-ups, mobile platforms, online reality television and using casual games to reduce memory loss. He's Brent Bushnell, the engineer and entre ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    Donald Bren's Highway Robbery

    [Moxley Confidential] The developer's role in creating the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road is the county's most embarrassing un-prosecuted crime.

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Occupy OC Plays the Percentages

    [Moxley Confidential] Even Orange County has far more 99 percenters than 1 percenters. Can Occupy OC be part of effecting real change?

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    As Ducks Die in OC, Are Gnatcatchers Next?

    Small but deadly to land developers.​Readers of the Weekly before there was a Weekly may recall the California gnatcatcher, a cute little bird who managed to stop development in its tracks in Orange County in the early 1990s, cause Donald Bren to forever be saddled with a menacing Mr. Burns squint ... More >>

  • News

    February 24, 2011

    Donald Bren: The Real Legacy

    The bulldozers, the concrete, the machinations: What the Los Angeles Times didn't tell you about OC's richest man

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Web Extra: The REAL Donald Bren, With Commentary

    ​The hard copy of this week's cover story--a media criticism on a recent Los Angeles Times profile of Southern California's richest man, Donald Bren--contains a two-page spread that dissects the puff piece.Bren and his Irvine Co. minions are elated with reporter Scott Kraft's story, which presente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    LA Jury: OC's Richest Man Keeps All of His Fortune

    Bren: Happy Father's Day!​The Los Angeles Times reported this afternoon that an LA civil jury has voted to support OC billionaire Donald L. Bren's contention that he doesn't need to pay back child support to two of his adult offspring.Bren's out-of-wedlock children had claimed they were each legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    News highlights include:Relax, sir. It's only .000034 percent of your wealth.​Is OC's Biggest Billionaire Stingy?Two of Donald L. Bren's children are expected to take their father to court this week in Los Angeles in hopes of winning $800,000 in retroactive monthly child support payments because, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    FBI Seeks Man Who Allegedly Stole Billionaire's Tax Refund

    Donny's Dough is missing​Donald Bren, Orange County's richest man with at least $12 billion, doesn't part easily with money. Just ask some of the teenage children he's had out of wedlock. They've been forced to go to court to collect what amounts to a buck fifty in Bren's imperial world.So Bren mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Conservationists Now Take Positive View of County Accepting Irvine Co. Land Gift

    ​Janet Wilson blogged here in September and did whatever it is they call it when something that had been blogged later appears in print here in November about Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren's "gift" to Orange County of 20,000 acres of rugged wild lands at the county's eastern edge.At first leery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    UC Irvine Celebrates 40 Years Computing

    UCI.edu​Computing at UC Irvine is bearing down on middle age!Friday's "Celebrating 40 Years of Computing @ UCIrvine: Innovating for a Better World: yesterday's vision... today's research... tomorrow's technology" features events and panel discussions about the digital revolution's reach to the Irv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Are You Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, REALLY Into Computer Game Platforms?

    ​"Think Inside the Box: Platform Studies" is the topic of the next Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds Speakers Series presentation Friday at UC Irvine.Panelists are: Ian Bogost, associate professor of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology; Nick Mon ... More >>

  • News

    November 5, 2009
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    September 30, 2009

    UPDATED: The Irvine Co. Gift That Keeps on Giving

    UPDATED WITH PHOTOS FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING . . . Photo by Keith MayCounty Supervisor Bill Campbell, whose district includes the Irvine Co. land in question, is amused by a speaker at Tuesday's board meeting in Santa Ana.​He's got a gift. Donald Bren, the secretive, aging multi-billi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 4/28

    27th Annual Donald Bren Honor's Concert, 7 p.m.This Irvine Co. owner uses strong arm tactics on small local businesses and, in a messy child support case in Los Angeles, declared himself exempt from law because he's so rich, is rockin' the house with an honors concert at OCPAC!Orange County Perform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 5

    Orange County Register: Four earthquakes have shook North Orange County in a week. Jeez, gay people, what have you done to piss off God now? . . . OC banruptcies jumped 57 percent in January. So you've got to love Southern California Edison's timing in these fucked-up financial times: included ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Why Women Can't Read Maps: a Theory of Evolution

    Research headed by UC Irvine science superstar Francisco Ayala that found the brains of the two sexes react differently to beauty also may help explain why women can't read maps and men can't see what's right under their noses.Ayala -- the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology & ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 12, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2008

    What's The Deal With OC Billionaires?

    We've got the George Argyros-owned apartment empire "systematically ripping off" its largely poor or lower middle class tenants by fabricating excuses for not refunding deposits to literally thousands of people. We've got Donald L. Bren--owner of the Irvine Co. using strong arm tactics on small l ... More >>

  • News

    June 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008

    Irvine Company Janitors Prepare to Strike--Good Luck With That

    A couple of days ago, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEUI) Local 1877 who clean offices at Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum Center voted overwhelmingly to strike against the two facilities' owner, the mighty Irvine Company. The Orange County Labor Federation is on board ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    County Life

    People, places, politicos, lawmen, muckrakers, card sharps, & other assorted scalawags & neer-do-wells, plus tall tales & ghost stories.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Calling Nurse Ratched

    UCI Cluster Fuck: News emerged today that Michael J. Schroeder, OC GOP heavyweight, participated with a group of 20 fellow Republicans to pressure the UCI Chancellor from hiring liberal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of the university's first law school. Michael V. Drake offered the job to Chemer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: Hiii Chemerinsky!

    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 bro ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Toll Road to Ruin

    OC agency wants to borrow $4.7 billion more

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2007

    Toll Road to Ruin, Chapter 11

    This month Orange County's bumbling Transportation Corridors Agency (TCA) devised yet another new plan to solve its continual financial disaster woes: The government agency wants to change its name to the Transportation Corridor System (TCS). Oh, and one other minor detail: They also want to spend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Rich, Richer, Richest

    According to the newly released Forbes annual list of the world's richest people, there are 946 people in the world worth $1 billion or better. That's 178 more billionaires than Forbes counted last year. And yet somehow, even despite that remarkable growth in the membership of the International Bi ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 1, 2007

    Diary of a Mad County

    Jan. 24-Jan. 30

  • News

    August 31, 2006
  • Columns

    August 17, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Aug. 9 - Aug. 15

  • News

    July 13, 2006

    Not Paving Paradise

    Second Annual Tree Hugger's Ball

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2006

    Orange County developers snared in hot lesbo love in!

    Don't know if you caught this buried in the LA "By God" Times' Jan. 12 front-pager on Governor Big Lippy sending his chief-of-staff out to court his big-money Republican donors: their first get together will be this coming Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Irvine Co.'s "Fantasy" Island Hotel (formerly the ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 15, 2005
  • News

    November 17, 2005

    I Killed It, and Id Kill It Again

    How a story about Don Bren, wasnt and does anybody really care (they dont)

  • Features

    December 30, 2004

    Diary of A Mad Year

    2004 regurgitated

  • Columns

    August 19, 2004
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    June 10, 2004
  • News

    April 15, 2004

    Irvine Co. Confidential

    Don Bren wins case against former lover, loses some privacy

  • Columns

    September 18, 2003
  • Culture

    September 18, 2003
  • Columns

    June 26, 2003
  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Pardon My Hard-on

    OCs richest recluse emerges briefly to swing at the Weekly

  • Features

    June 5, 2003

    Don Brens Phallus Complex

    Billionaire Builders Disregard for Family Planning Evident in His Bedroom and Developments

  • Features

    November 7, 2002

    Son of Scary

    Evil spawn of OCs Scariest People

  • News

    June 13, 2002

    Journalists Who Kiss Ass

    The gift that keeps on giving

  • News

    May 4, 2000

    Mr. Ingratitude

    Note to Don Bren: Take this bailout and shove it

  • Features

    November 4, 1999
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    January 7, 1999
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