• Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Irvine and Santa Ana Make Competing Lists of Best Places in America for Military Veterans

    Three is a charm for Irvine and Santa Ana, as Irvine has been named the third best city in the country for military veterans and Santa Ana has been deemed the third best U.S. city for mid-career veterans, according to separate surveys. Just in time for Veterans Day, the financial site ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Mexicans Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva Face Strong Election Challenges from Asians

    Will Democrats holding/losing supermajorities in the California Assembly and State Senate come down to whether two veteran Mexican politicians in Orange County can fend off challenges from charging Asian-American GOP candidates? Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva would surely like to know the answe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Irvine is Best-Run U.S. City: USA Today

    Irvine is the best run city in the country, according to USA Today. Meanwhile, my hometown, San Bernardino, is ranked the worst-run city. I think I'm more surprised by Irvine's placement on the list than Smog Berdoo's.

  • Calendar

    August 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Sierra Club Counters SoCal Edison and PG&E with Campaign Championing Rooftop Solar

    The Sierra Club today announced the launch of an online advertising campaign designed to extoll the benefits of rooftop solar in California--and to counter negative campaigns against the energy source foisted by Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric. But M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    A New Doritos Locos Tacos Flavor Is Coming And It's Hot

    I don't know much about the inner workings of the U.S. economy but I'm pretty certain that Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos will save us all. Last month, the Irvine-based chain revealed it had sold a half billion of the corn-chip/taco hybrids, enough to wrap around the Earth twice. Damn. Adding t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Costa Mesa Counterfeiter Who Sold $100 Notes For $30 Learns Fate

    For counterfeiting U.S. Federal Reserve notes, an Orange County con artist and convicted drug addict faced as much as 20 years in prison.  Costa Mesa's James Peter Perraie, a past part-time Rancho Santiago Community College student with a history of methamphetamine and heroin abuse, originally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Anaheim's 'Enterprise Zone' Tax Giveaway Creates a Whopping 180 New Jobs in its First Year!

    This past Friday was the one-year anniversary of Anacrime's official designation of an 'Enterprise Zone' (AEZ), a nearly citywide effort under the auspices of the the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to implement and market a business-friendly city with tax breaks to corporations. This ruse was given the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2012

    Food & Mics

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    William J. Ferry of Newport Beach Convicted of Investor Fraud Tied to Hurricane Katrina Relief

    William J. Ferry, a former stock broker and investment adviser, was convicted Tuesday for his part in a scam promising investors extremely high yields from a cut of humanitarian funds for relief from disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, which smacked New Orleans seven years ago today. Among those th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Finally Debuts Its House-Crafted Beer In OC

    Back in May, Haven Gastropub released its first batches of house-crafted beer--a double IPA and a pale ale--but to our sadness, the restaurant was only pouring the brews at its Pasadena location, where the micro-production was taking place.   Finally, we'll get a taste. Haven Brewing will ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Assemblyman Don Wagner Alarmed By Prop. 65 Lawsuit Abuses

    As part of a "Create Jobs; Not Lawsuits" campaign in California, Orange County state Assemblyman Don Wagner today blasted what he sees as Proposition 65's abuse of businesses by greedy plaintiff's lawyers.The voter-approved 1986 proposition called, "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    More Than 60 Percent of Undocumented Adults Have Been in U.S. Over 10 Years: Study

    ​Nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the U.S. have lived in this country for at least 10 years and nearly half--4.7 million--are parents of minor children, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center study. "Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Man Attacks Mom With Ham

    ​Thanksgiving time is upon us, which means we'll soon get stories of exploding turkeys, burning mashed potatoes, and all sorts of other food mayhem. And given our nation's economic troubles, I wonder if families will just take out their frustrations on each other by tossing massive glazed hams at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Can You Fleece Me Now? Verizon Among Nation's Top Tax Dodgers: Report

    ​Verizon Communications has been one of the nation's biggest tax dodgers for the past three years, according to a new report that is to be released today."Unpaid Bills: How Verizon Shortchanges Government Through Tax Dodging and Subsidies" is to be unveiled at a press conference held by the Commun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Dana Rohrabacher Identifies National Income Disparity Cause

    Rohrabacher​Since 1993, the wealthiest one percent of Americans have captured 50 percent of the nation's economic growth.If that fact alarms you, Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher knows who to blame for the 18-year-old crisis: a Chicago constitutional law professor. You may have heard of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    California Elementary Schools Are Not Teaching Science, Study Finds

    Bill Nye, where are you? ​​When it comes to science, you're probably smarter than a fifth grader.  Under intense pressure to increase English and math scores, California elementary schools are shoving out the subject almost entirely, a new study reports. Research from San Francisco-bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Orange County Labor Federation Keeps Protests Rolling

    OC Labor Federation Official Flickr​The Register has reported yet another protest against the banking industry was held at the Chase branch located on Lincoln Ave. and Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim yesterday. The group of approximately 75 people, organized by the Orange County Labor Federation, rallied ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Pyramid Scheme

    Men boasting CIA and FBI ties met in Newport Beach to convince a mysterious billionaire to buy into a secret economy, and nothing was what it seemed

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Foothill-South Toll Road Foes Call Bullshit on TCA's Jobs Creation and Economic Stimulus Ploy

    ​Foes of the 241 Foothill-South toll road carving through San Clemente are calling bullshit on the Transportation Corridor Agency's latest ploy to win public support: propping up their unpopular project as a statewide job creator, economic stimulus and deficit buster.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Downgraded S&P Rating, China, Cuba, Obama, The Illuminati and Their Scary Ties to Newport Beach

    ​As Republicans in Congress and Democrats in the White House argue over whose role in the debt-ceiling crisis led Standard & Poor's for the first time ever to downgrade U.S debt from an AAA to AA rating, evidence mounts that the cause for this possible push into a double-dip recession was bor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Will Gov. Brown Kill Garden Grove's Fantasy Hotel Resort Project?

    ​For Garden Grove city officials, who've been trying for years to transform their benighted Harbor Blvd. corridor into a world class resort destination, the good news is that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state budget last week. If it had passed, the budget would have killed local redevelopment agen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Barney Frank Drops Octobomb (Again)

    ​Is Rep. Barney Frank becoming like your grandpa who keeps repeating the same story, over and over?The Massachusetts Democrat elicited some laughs and headlines last week for comparing the largest country on the planet to La Habra's world-famous mother of 14, Nadya Suleman.But, while getting the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Sanchez Drops Rapid Response to Jobless Rate Fall

    ​It was almost too close to call: the amount of time between the breaking news that the nation's unemployment rate plummeted to 9 percent and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's e-mail blast trumpeting the lowest jobless report since April 2009.You can't really blame the Garden Grove-based Democrat: S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2011

    Regenerative Medicine

    Discovery Science Center

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Lou Correa Lets Online Poker Bill Ride

    ​State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has introduced a bill that would help cut into California's budget deficit by installing an online poker system that aims to generate $1 billion in state revenues and 1,100 new jobs over the next 10 years.Vegas gives it 3-5 odds to pass--or at least Vegas d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Carl's Jr. Says It Doesn't Want to Raise Prices Next Year--Which Means it Probably Will

    Soon to cost double-digits?​If we know one thing about corporate-speak in America, it's that the truth is the opposite of what they say or claim they hope to accomplish. So when Carl's Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder told analysts in a phone call that his company wants to keep prices at the same level despi ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Mexican Macroeconomics

    Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher Wants to Take His Loony Act to Bigger Stage

    Glassy-eyed Dana​Dana Rohrabacher, a man whose notoriously poor judgment caused him to associate with a long list of people who became convicted felons, wants to become chairman of the Science Committee in the House of Representatives.According to a Nov. 30 profile in Politico, the Costa Mesa cong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Explaining the Shitty Economy Through LMFAO's 'Shots'

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​The Great Recession may have been long declared over, but the pain continues for many everyday people. For the curious, the bottoming out of the U.S. economy prompted inquiry into what the hell went down. The subject of economics, however, is all too often unnecessar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Bangok Taste Closed for a Week--No Worries. I Hope.

    Had dinner earlier this week at Bangkok Taste in SanTana, my current fave Thai restaurant, with the mysterious Ben Dayhoe (contrary to popular rumor, he's not Mr. X). We enjoyed soups, fried tofu, their famous roti dessert, and the peanut-butter soup called khao soy. After our dinner (we ate with ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Fresh & Easy Opening its 100th Store in Fullerton: UPDATE!

    Fresh & Easy will mark its first year in business with the debut of its 100th store, opening at 1207 South Euclid Street in Fullerton, this Wednesday, November 12th at 10:00 a.m. Although I am impressed with its achievements (as well as curious about its selection of cheaply priced organic produce) ... More >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2006

    Not Waving But Drowning

    "The policies of the Bush administration and Congress have made the future look even grimmer for young people," author Tamara Draut says in an interview with AlterNet. And one of the remarkable things about the way we live now is that it's nearly impossible to guess what she's referring to. There ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2006

    Mostly Grim

    Grim news from beyond our shores. The bombing of the Askariyah shrine in Samarra has pushed Iraq closer to a full blown civil war. Grim news from our shores. Not the Bush administration's secret deal with Dubai Ports, but the public disgust with the Schwarzenegger administration's handling of coa ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2001

    Polka Politics

    The evolution of Los Tigres del Norte