Economic Issues

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Christopher Lee Jason Held in Murder of Popular South County Salesman Ronald Belk

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2014

    Mexicans vs. Mexicans in Downtown Santa Ana Gentrification Shout-Off--Then Someone Yelled "Wetback"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Real Costs of College and University Are Costing California Students Now and Later: Reports

    It not only takes longer for California students to attain community college degrees in the traditional two years and state university degrees in the normal four years, the system has created "a raft of expensive consequences for students and the state," according to two recent reports.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Is Hip-Hop Culture Gentrifying Santa Ana?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Planting of GMO Corn Banned in Mexico, Birthplace of Modern-Day Maize--YAY!

    Sorry I'm a bit late to this news, but it's been a rough month for us Mexicans, what with news that tequila is doomed, with our soccer team's horrific underachievement on its crawl toward the World's Cup, and the general madness that is Latino Heritage Month. But finally, some great news: a federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Costa Mesa OK's Privatizing City Jail; City Workers Union Disses Weekly Coverage: Update

    See the update on page 2 with the Costa Mesa City Council approving privatization of the city jail and the city workers union finding the Weekly's coverage of last night's vote lacking.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:05 P.M.: Those concerned about keeping their jobs at the Costa Mesa city jail have a full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Federal Regulators Win Injunction Against Orange County Debt Relief Business

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Arnold F. Peek, Santa Ana Butcher

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Santa Ana's Gentrification Wars Get Solid Write-Up in the New York Times

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    The Yost Theater Is Ready for Its Closeup

    The renovated, revamped venue is ready for its grand reopening. So why aren't all of its downtown Santa Ana neighbors celebrating?

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2011

    Union Boss: Costa Mesa Budget Cuts Are "Premature, Illegal"

    Don Drozd: attacks on public employees are misguided​A day after Costa Mesa councilman Jim Righeimer claimed during a television interview that he has public backing for slashing the city's budget and laying off employees, a union boss fired back on the same show this morning. According to Donald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    [UPDATED: Shop Owner Response] Surf Shop Survives: Frog House Clears First Hurdle, Has More Challenges to Overcome

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    KOCE Snags an LA Emmy for Bloody Thursday

    ​Bloody Thursday, a documentary about the struggle of the West Coast dockworkers during the Great Depression, has won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. The one-hour film debuted on Huntington Beach-based KOCE public television (channel 50).

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    OC's Trillion Dollar Man Worried USA is Heading for a Double-Dip Recession

    0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds​All those daily Obama Administration assurances that the U.S. economy is heading in the right direction might just be wishful thinking or cynical public manipulation.Dr. Mohamed Abdulla El-Erian, the chief executive of Newport Beach-based investment house giant Pimco--t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    It's a Different Court for Mike Smith, Clippers Commentator Accused of Ripping Off Retiree

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    ​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...

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    "Lien on Me": Dildo and Fart Jokes Slammed Between Two Slices of Silly

    www.davidbeatty.netSean Wing and Heather Williams in "Lien On Me"​Before we start, a moment of full disclosure: I've know photographer/playwright/actor/ director/screenwriter and filmmaker David Beatty for over a decade. He was a member of my late theater company, Rude Guerrilla, where he taught ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Lou Correa Refuses His State Senate Per Diem

    ​State Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is not accepting his $142-per-day subsidies for living expenses (called per diem), retroactive to July 1, when this session's budget impasse began.Correa joins three other legislators refusing their per diem, while a fifth has vowed to donate to a nonprofit fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Sander van Doorn to En-Trance Sutra Tomorrow

    Capital T, small v​When Dutch techno-trance DJ/producer Sander van Doorn played Code in Newport Beach last October, the usually civil Thursday house night was so rammed (as van Doorn would say), promoters Giant had to turn people away.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    The New and Improved Huntington Beach! (With Interest)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2010

    The Freudian Slip in Santa Ana's Re-Renaissance Plan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Experts Kick Around Obama's State of the Union Speech

    Photo by Pete SouzaThe Prez​If 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 >>

  • Culture

    January 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Obama, Economy, War, Swine Flu, Iran Election Crack Alamanac's Top 10 News Topics of 2009

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Free Dinner at Savannah Chop House; But Read The Fine Print

    ​My fascination with what was once David Wilhelm's might Culinary Adventures dining group continues since I keep getting unsolicited e-mail newsletters from them (I ate at one of his restaurants once and took advantage of an offer where I'd get a discount on the meal if I signed up for it, which I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    Grapes of Wrath

    Tustin Library

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    How to Save Time, Money and Get Wall Street Journal Coverage for Cutting Your Own Hair

    How do you get yourself written on Wall Street Journal online? If the nation is gripped by an economic recession whose bad ju-ju has spread even to the usually immune hair salon industry, and you're Dana Point's George Trimm, you start a Facebook group called "I Cut My Own Hair."

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Tale of 2 Police Forces: While Irvine's Fumes, La Habra's Bites the Bullet

    To protect and serve . . . for less.​While their counterparts in "Safest City in America" Irvine fume over an employer-proposed wage freeze, officers who belong to the La Habra Police Association seem to have gladly accepted a deal that imposes what is essentially a 5 percent pay cut. "Although di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Downtown Santa Ana Loncheros Find an Ally Against Renaissance Plan

     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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Moyers Picks Brain of Last Socialist (and Weekly Pal)

    Saturday Night Live had this skit years ago where they presented a Fugitivesque TV show called The Last Liberal. With all the talk on Fox News and conservative talk radio about the rise of Socialism in Obamerica, Bill Moyers decided to go out and find The Last Socialist to get the other side of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Believe the Investment Advice From the Man With No Mustache

    In mock congressional testimony, Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO), said today the U.S. should only nationalize banks as a last resort, that focus should instead be placed on shoring up lending and staving off foreclosures a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    It's Official: This Recession May Make You Fat

    Today is Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), so it's fitting that I'm writing about how unhealthy we're becoming as a nation - indeed, as a planet. According to the Guardian, the number of new cases of diabetes being diagnosed in the UK is growing at a faster rate than in the US. Now that is depressing. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Koo's Now Booking Shows at Santa Ana's Yost Theater

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2009

    Blow a Rack

    Spin Tuesdays

  • Culture

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    It's Gonna Get Bad, Then Really Bad, Then Really Really Bad ...

    Chapman University's annual economic forecast has been known to be overly sunny, but even this year's had to acknowledge that it'll suck huevos through the end of the next year. However, as they faced a crowd of 1,200 huddled in the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Esmael Adibi and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Out-of-County Experience: Dim Sum at New Capital in Rowland Heights

    If we're in a recession, someone forgot to tell the Chinese. Yesterday, the dim sum crowd at New Capital in Rowland Heights was as crazy as always.  Judging by the number of people milling about outside waiting for a table, this go-to place for dim sum in the eastern part of San Gabriel Valley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    MUSINK Tattoo & Music Festival: Totally Canceled!

    Curse you, recession! The MUSINK Tattoo & Music Festival, which was birthed from a three-day event this past February at the OC fairgrounds, has been completely scrapped; official word is that it's, unsurprisingly, "due to the current economic climate."The tour was planned for 25 cities, includ ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    J Flynn Gallery Goes Bye-Bye

    Weekly art critic Greg Stacy writes: "It is my sorry duty to report that we recently lost yet another fine local gallery, the J Flynn of Costa Mesa. Recent months have seen far too many local galleries close up for good, as the art world continues to suffer the effects of the ailing economy. In a ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Gary Quite Contrary

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2008

    Southern Comfort

    Delta Blues Project

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    Dying Another Day


  • Blogs

    August 29, 2006

    One Year Later

    Usually when a regular columnist for one of the major news magazines begins to chew through the restraints of received ideas and government press releases, it is, to borrow a phrase from Samuel Johnson, "like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it don ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 17, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Aug. 9 - Aug. 15

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2006

    SpongeTodd: Mr. Spitzer masters the freebie

    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 >>

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Ticket Wizard

    Parking tickets are now handled by a mysterious OC company that makes justice and the law go . . . poof

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The CPCs Hidden Empire

    Where might you get ticketed by the Citation Processing Center

  • Features

    October 7, 2004

    Burning Bush: The Issue

    A year in Dubya-dumping by his conservative critics . . . and Howard Stern

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Get soft on Crime

    National group lauds OCs youth-crime prevention program

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