The swarm of earthquakes and aftershocks that shook Orange County Friday and Saturday caused no major damage or serious injuries, but they did displace some residents. As many as 50 residents of La Habra, which was at or near the center of many of the shakers, spent Friday night in a Red Cross shel ... More >>
Orange County billionaire Don Bren's Island Hotel gave multiple command staff officers at the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) free suites, massages, spa services, booze and food, and agreed to erase hotel surveillance footage when the cops didn't want any record of who they were partying with ... More >>
A Huntington Beach couple is facing charges in federal court in Los Angeles of sellling the skin of a Sumatran tiger for $8,000 through craigslist. "Tigers are critically endangered throughout the world, with estimates that there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild," reads a sta ... More >>
As all things in the Valle de Guadalupe, progress has been slow--the kind of slow that makes food taste great, that refines Port and Highland Scotch, the kind of slow that makes a ballad sung by Ron Isley flow like honey dripping from each carefully placed syllable just behind the beat--laid back. T ... More >>
The ballsy, brash, brilliant, too-short life of the Mexican regional music queen and Long Beach girl
The media requests for me to opine on the death of Mexican regional superstar (and Long Beach) gal Jenni Rivera are already coming in, and I expect them to only increase as the American media trips over themselves to cover the story. After all, I'm America's Mexican, right? I'm more than happy to ta ... More >>
Fiestas de la Vendimia 2012 is now behind us, and we're emerging from our collective hangovers and recesses. If you are serious about Vendimia, then you're an 11-month employee--you cease all productivity in favor of great food and drink during the month of August. It's now back to normal in the Val ... More >>
Two disabled Orange County men who sued the Meridian Sports Club and the City of Fullerton for repeatedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California laws designed to mandate equal access to businesses have won a substantial settlement.This week, U.S. District Court Judge Andr ... More >>
The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet
It's being widely reported today--including right here on Navel Gazing, like one minute ago--that Ron Paul is bowing out of the 2012 presidential race, or more accurately, ceasing any campaigning in states that have yet to hold their Republican Party primary elections.This is not good news for peopl ... More >>
Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
SO...my much-promised book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America finally hits the bookstores next month (April 10), and review copies are slowly making their way around the nation's newsrooms. So I might as well start giving out bits and pieces to entice ustedes to preorder the damn thing ... More >>
Three former veteran employees who say they uncovered and complained about financial fraud, embezzlement and flagrant mismanagement at the Vietnamese Community of Orange County, Inc. (VNCOC) before they were fired have filed lawsuits claiming illegal retaliation.The ex-employees--Donna Mai Le, th ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 12, 11:13 A.M.: Our last visit to Nadya Suleman vs. Casey Anthony Nutbar Land included a line pontificating that the latter is the most hated mother in America and that Octomom had dropped to No. 2. A national poll now backs up that bold proclamation.
Courtesy of OC Market PlaceThe SideWyndersThe SideWynders battled their way through some of the finest stand-up bass, washboard, and pompadors that Southern California has to offer, and came out victorious on Saturday. The LA-based five piece were finalists in the second annual West Coast Rockabi ... More >>
David Mamet's independent movie (and play that preceded it) Glengarry Glen Ross is about slick salesmen using underhanded tactics to rope in would-be property investors culled from what is known as "lead lists." The CEO of a San Clemente information company that sells such lists to telemark ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 6, 5:58 P.M.: Already looking at 80 years behind bars if convicted of the 13 counts against him in federal court, Lenny Dykstra today had another 25 criminal charges filed against him in Los Angeles County Superior Court.The former baseball star out of Garden Grove is facing 23 felo ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 9, 11:22 A.M.: Lenny Dykstra, the former major leaguer out of Garden Grove, could get up to 80 years in federal prison if the numerous bankruptcy fraud counts against him stick.That's disclosed in an announcement of a federal grand jury indictment accusing Dykstra of bankruptcy fraud ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 26, 11 A.M.: The lawyer for Lenny Dykstra is denying rampant media reports that Charlie Sheen bailed the embattled former Major League Baseball star out of jail. Meanwhile, the hits keep coming against the former New York Met and Philadelphia Philly facing federal fraud and loc ... More >>
Does 86-year-old Larry J. Cano, who spread sit-down Mexican dining across the U.S., have one more cuisine-changing idea in him?
www.myspace.com/greghetsonThe studio co-founded by punk guitarist Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Bad Religion) and record producer/musician Steve Kravac (MXPX, Pepper, Seven Seconds, Less Than Jake, Tsunami Bomb) just announced a deal made for starving musicians. Gourmet Sound is offer ... More >>
I interviewed El Torito founder Larry Cano a couple of weeks ago for my upcoming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. Lot of great stories that I'll save for the book, but here's a funny tidbit that Señor Cano had forgotten.This appeared in a 1957 ad for the Los Angeles Time ... More >>
A Ladera Ranch man is expected to surrender to federal authorities this afternoon to face charges connected to an insider trading scheme in which he and four others allegedly used confidential information obtained from two investor relations firms to generate more than $1.7 million in illegal ... More >>
Report cards aren't the only thing they gave out at a Maryland county's high schools recently. The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County high schools distributed fliers from Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays Seeking Tolerance for All (PFOX).The fliers included the following mes ... More >>
Raucous doc catches moral watchdogs with their pants down
OC lawsuit says two-year-old wrote Michael Jackson hits
Todd Haynes postmodern tearjerker
When did the Times OC become the Times DOA?