A Colton man has been arrested in Saturday's triple shooting in an unincorporated area of Fontana that left Trabuco Canyon dental supply salesman Ronald Belk dead.
What began as an anti-police brutality march on Friday night turned into the latest chapter in downtown SanTana's gentrification wars--this time pitting Mexicans against Mexicans. There was no problem when about 50 protesters initially assembled at a plaza on the intersection of Fourth and French ... More >>
A graffiti mural splashed with color and the words Santa Ana looms from the rooftop over the courtyard between Fourth and French streets. In the left-hand corner of the piece, the artist tagged the phrase "East End"--the new name of the area known for decades as Fiesta Marketplace. The brick layered ... More >>
Multiple generations of Mexican families have sworn by the masa of Grande Bakery, off Grand Street in SanTana, open since 1951 and the second-oldest remaining Mexican eatery in Orange County. They were drawn by their pan dulce and tamales and champurrado and tortillas. And when they were done with t ... More >>
Ramiro Gomez Jr.'s army of Latino-laborer cutouts are now in Orange County
A Newport Beach-based company that provided legal advice to consumers and small businesses facing crushing debt filed a civil suit against four former "employees" accused of stealing client data, but the case was dismissed a year after it was filed--in November 2011.We'd Naval Gazed the complaint b ... More >>
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this month won a temporary restraining order against Orange County businessman Jeremy Rommel Nelson and several debt relief corporate entities, including Nelson Gamble & Associates, accused of running consumer fraud scams.Without admitting guilt, Rancho Santa M ... More >>
When the Brave New Urbanists talk about the good old days of SanTana, the days before Mexicans destroyed the Golden City, they inevitably point to people like Arnold F. Peek. Like the Brave New Urbanists, he wasn't originally from the area, hailing instead from Kansas. Like the Brave New Urbanist ... More >>
What was...We have trashed the New York Times' coverage of Orange County so many times that I can't even remember them--hell, you can start with this piece about OC's food scene, written by Southern California correspondent Jennifer Medina. But Medina is a dogged reporter, and in today's Times pe ... More >>
Photo by Carlos CorderoThe Don Papi in his latest conquered territory...UPDATE: For a group that's about to get booted from its space due to gentrifiers, members and friends of the Centro Cultural de México had a gay old time yesterday at their anti-gentrification protest during the SanTana Arti ... More >>
The renovated, revamped venue is ready for its grand reopening. So why aren't all of its downtown Santa Ana neighbors celebrating?
The nonprofit community center got a last-minute extension, but its supporters are still crying 'gentrification'
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThe shop is small, but its roots in the Newport surf scene are deep.UPDATE, MAY 12, 5:03 P.M.: It's been a mentally draining--and sometimes sleepless--past six months for T.K. Brimer, owner of the Frog House in Newport Beach. Up until Tuesday night, when a city council vote ... More >>
Updated, with new info on the bottom:For years, people have accused the artists in the SanTana Artist Village, that heavily subsidized attempt by Mayor Don Papi Pulido and others to bring "culture" into the city, of gentrifying the downtown. Now, some of those artists are accusing the city of fin ... More >>
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
South of the Border, Oliver Stone's documentary about the leftist revolution in several South American countries, wasn't exactly embraced by critics when it hit theaters in June. Entertainment Weekly summed it up as "rose-colored agitprop."
Several Orange County cities outright ban 'em, the County of Orange looks the other way at 'em and our neighbors in Long Beach hold lotteries to allow 'em.'em are medical marijuana dispensaries, and as California marches toward possible legalization of the devil's weed this November, existing cli ... More >>
Trial before a jury is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Santa Ana for Los Angeles Clippers color commentator Mike Smith, who pleaded not guilty in January to charges he stole $735,000 from a retired school teacher with an inoperable brain tumor.If Smith--a 44-year-old a former Clipper player who l ... More >>
Headline: Man Bites Ear in Fight Over Parking SpotComment by getalifeyou: They take our Country, they take our jobs, they take our medical benefits and now they want to take all the parking spots? Comment by thomas09: More third world values on display in Santa Ana...
Headline: Orange Backs Arizona's immigration stanceComment by okkosrobot: its time for a wall building party
The new Huntington Beach?After having received the unanimous approval of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission in January, an ambitious proposal to remake the city's main corridor is scheduled to go before the City Council on March 1. Many suspect the plan will get the council's nod as well. T ... More >>
Don Papi Pulido: Can't his peons keep their mouths shut?Just printed out the massive environmental impact report on SanTana's Transit Zoning Code, the euphemistic name for city staffer's supposed replacement for their controversial Renaissance Specific Plan, a replacement so laughable it'll forev ... More >>
Photo by Pete SouzaThe PrezIf you drop what you're doing and head over to Fullerton right now, you can catch a live viewing of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech followed by a forum examining what the leader of the free world just said.The global anti-poverty group ONE in Orange C ... More >>
Here are The World Almanac and Book of Facts Top Ten News Topics of 2009:1. Obama Presidency Begins. With the U.S. at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Barack Obama swearing in as the nation's 44th president Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.her ... More >>
Bryan Speegle, director of Orange County Public Works and head of a planning department that was recently lambasted in a government audit and blasted by county supervisors, has announced his retirement, according to a statement from the county CEO's office."County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk ha ... More >>
Taco Man appreciates those who help his preparers... My cover story on Orange County loncheros sparked an outraged letter from Sean Mill, longtime SanTana activist, sometimes-blogger for the wonderfully libelous Orange Juice!, and current SanTana planning commissioner. What got his attentio ... More >>
Chris Ziegler reported for us back in October about Koo's returning to Santa Ana and taking over programming at the long-dormant Yost Theater, and now shows are beginning to pop up on the venue's schedule. It's a move that generated some degree of grousing--particularly around November's SoundDownto ... More >>
In my latest book, I devote a chapter to the many sins of the Orange County Republican Party but also hinted that they were finally evolving from the slimeball campaigns of the past when it came to scoring easy points off of demonizing Mexicans. Specifically, I pointed to the 2006 Tan Nguyen affair, ... More >>
As the video from June 26 reveals, Gary Rapport is ultra sincere as he tells a business group how important entrepreneurism is to the future of Wood River Valley, Idaho. But the newly hired Ketchum Community Development Corporation executive director abruptly resigned his post on July 8. And now the ... More >>
Tonight, SanTana officials hold yet another meeting for their much-vaunted, much-derided Renaissance Plan. A slew of different interests will attend, from loft dwellers who want to turn Orange County's largest city into another Aliso Viejo to activists who fear the Plan's gentrification purposes to ... More >>
If there's one thing that Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut hates more than Sheriff Mike Carona, it's city-controlled urban planning, and he ripped SanTana officials a new one and then some yesterday in a piece blasting the city's much-ballyhooed Renaissance Specific Plan. Prop ... More >>
Web Exclusive! The result of an art conference, Catalyst 18s Wonder-Room has a little of everything
Someone from the Chapman U Federalist Society asked that we notify our readers about the event we're going to notify you about in a couple secs. But, as we explained to the chap/chapette, we will not be able to notify readers in the print edition about this event because we got the notice from the F ... More >>
Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine Company) has signed on to support Proposition 90, the Taxpayer Trap Initiative (or Save our Homes, if you're gullible). This is no surprise; back in September 2005, Prop 90's main backers poured $120,000 into Campbell for Congress, the campaign committee formed to ... More >>
Aug. 9 - Aug. 15
Proving once again that the driest of bureaucratic documents often contain the most interesting things, Judy Lin of the Sacramento Bee digs through the disclosure forms that state lawmakers are required to file and discovers: ... from January 2005 to June 30, 2006, groups with business at the Capito ... More >>
Where might you get ticketed by the Citation Processing Center
Do not continue reading if, like millions who clamor for the latest Multihousing Professional magazine, you do not want to know what's in the March/April 2006 issue. The cover boy is former California Governor/current Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, whose face is fuzzed out enough to make you wonder if h ... More >>
California Fair Political Practices Commission investigates Garden Grove mayor
Agrans plan for a Great Park will make Don Bren a far richer man
Developer Don Koll is bankrolling a Newport Beach 'environmental' campaign
Green Party candidate Medea Benjamin brings trade politics to OC
Cox and Packard find a war they can winagainst a nonexistent tax