An Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) firefighter just won a state appellate court ruling under the California Firefighters' Procedural Bill of Rights. The firefighter in question is Steve Poole, whose personnel file was kept at the OCFA headquarters in Irvine. What Poole did not discover until la ... More >>
As a cub reporter back in the Stone Age, the first time I covered teacher strike talks a union official decried the "paltry" salaries the school district paid new instructors--with nary a hint over how much more they earned than I did. This has been repeated throughout my career, often accompanied b ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about the Orange County Board of Supervisors deciding behind closed doors not to charge the rescued hikers for the $160,000 in various government costs.See Update No. 1 on the next page with the county considering sticking the teens with the tab if a sheriff's department i ... More >>
The Garage Theatre
You asked and the County of Orange answered: this cost to search for and pluck two young adults out of rugged Trabuco Canyon terrain last month was more than $160,000."Why do I have to pay for someone's negligence?" reacted county Supervisor Todd Spitzer of the figures released Tuesday by the Orange ... More >>
The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) has contributed to a fund for victims of the Boston terror attacks and to the reward for the capture of whoever planted the bombs. But the Santa Ana-based AOCDS wants to loosen up even more funding, calling on Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Gr ... More >>
The firefighter who pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor counts tied to his alleged theft of $40 from a fire captain's wallet at their Orange County Fire Authority station in Irvine has reportedly retired.It's also been disclosed Gregory Mark Konishi, 49, of Rancho Santa Margarita, is being repres ... More >>
A call from a contractor on an oil platform off Huntington Beach led a rescue team from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach to free a sea lion entangled in fishing line.Video of Saturday's rescue by Orange County's only licensed marine mammal facility follows on the next page.
[Hey, You!] Screw 911, how dare you block my road?
UPDATE, MAY 21, 5:23 P.M.: The energy director of a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group calls Gregory Jaczko's resignation as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) "a terrifying example of industries trying to wreak havoc on those who regulate them-and winning.""Jaczko sou ... More >>
Former Long Beach Fire Capt. John David Hines--who was looking at a suspended four-year prison sentence in exchange for paying fines and spending five years on probation and a year in a pay-to-stay jail cell for driving drunk and mowing down a cyclist--now has serve the full ride because he got m ... More >>
Here's another one I missed while out: Remember Long Beach Fire Captain John David Hines, whose 4 1/2 year prison sentence for boozing and mowing down a cyclist was stayed pending completion of a year in jail, five years of probation and $102,000 in restitution to his victim? He now faces the pos ... More >>
John David Hines, the 39-year-old Long Beach Fire captain convicted in September for severely injuring a cyclist in a mid-day hit-and-run crash while driving with a blood alcohol level of .24 percent (three times the legal limit), has essentially received a sentence of some jail, lots of probat ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 15, 7:23 A.M.: Um, you know those emergency exercises at UC Irvine I reported were happening Wednesday? Major brain fart: the drills are actually TODAY. Just apply the details from the original post on the next page to today, Thursday. But, here's the weird thing: when I thought&nbs ... More >>
Who is getting hosed here?Based on his resume, it's difficult to imagine that Christian Benard is lazy. He graduated from the University of Southern California and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before deciding on a career as a firefighter in Newport Beach.But fire department officials fir ... More >>
Eliminating volunteer firefighter positions and replacing them with a reserve program would prove disastrous to Riverside County's already battered budget, claims a group formed to save the volunteers.All anyone need do to see proof of this, they say, is to look down the road to Orange County.
Remember those killer fires that have engulfed huge swaths of San Diego County in recent years? Orange County has suffered its own (a shout out to the '08 Freeway Complex Fire, yo!), but our neighboring county to the south has had to put it up with repeated massive wildfires that past few years ... More >>
If you swing by Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach today and notice an unusually large presence of law enforcement types running around like chickens with their heads cut off, you are witnessing neither an actual terror attack nor filming of pick-up scenes for Monday night's 24 finale.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is an "American Hero."
Anaheim Convention Center
The St. Regis adopts policy banning bailed-out banker parties: Are you ready for this South County disaster?Do your best to imagine the following:The year is 2010. I Love Bagels has run out of shmear. Golden Spoon only offers gummy bears as topping. Lauren Conrad L.A. Candy has fallen off of the ... More >>
Finally, some fire at at Taco Bell joint. From Maryland: Discarded cigarettes cause a two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Taco Bell restaurant in Germantown on Monday, firefighters said this week. "What the fire didn't damage, smoke and water did," said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spoke ... More >>
First of all, I love Hamamori. I love it for all its exorbitant, creative, luxurious food. But as I walked past it today (on my way to Macy's Home at South Coast's Crystal Court), three uniformed paramedics** came out of the restaurant, carrying their equipment. "Someone must have just&n ... More >>
Charity Golf Tournament
On October 1, we reported that Ed McKie passed away from a heart attack in his sleep. We just received word on McKie's memorial service that will take place this Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Memphis Santora in where else but the Artist's Village in downtown Santa Ana. Organizers ask that donations plea ... More >>
Southern California Firefighter Recruitment Fair
This is something interesting I just learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency web site: "(1)The California Healthcare for Indigents Program (CHIP) is funded through surtax on cigarettes and tobacco products. CHIP provides funding to hospitals, physicians, and community clinics based on unc ... More >>
Crazy animals have begun invading Long Beach by sea and land. Yesterday, a six-foot female blue shark was spotted swimming in circles near docked boats at the Marina Pacifica. The shark was in good health except a for a fishing hook and line hanging from its mouth. Marine workers were forced to sc ... More >>
Nixon Librarys Tribute to the Heroic Rescue Workers
If San Onofre is so safe, why are federal officials pushing anti-radiation pills on its neighbors?