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 >>
Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast is the No. 1 resort in North America for cougars. That's not cougars as in mountain lions who come down from the hills to feed, but cougars as in women of a certain age who come down from the hills to lunch. On man meat.
The nearly two decades old, topsy-turvy war over the massive inheritance of an 90-year-old Texas billionaire who married Anna Nicole Smith, a 26-year-old stripper and eventual Playboy model, in his final days will likely continue in Southern California for at least another year. Inside Orange Count ... More >>
For Josh Billings, Brian Wahlberg and Jose Tobar, the once-improbable thrives on
Uwe Boll's solution to the crash? Bloodshed
Seal Beach was just named by Forbes "the fourth friendliest town in America," which may explain the visitor(s) who caught the eye of a resident last Saturday.It was an unidentified flying object that was seen the same morning a similar-looking UFO was reported from a resident in nearby Huntington Be ... More >>
Dropping by for campaign funds, the Republican candidate inspires equal loathing from Occupiers and Tea Partiers
The Aries-born Lady Gaga is 26 today. Not bad for the someone Forbes Magazine deemed No. 7 on their list of World's 100 Most Powerful Women. To celebrate, we looked over her Twitter account and found the 26 most endearing tweets in recent memory.Aries born shock pop singer, Lady Gaga, has made ... More >>
Chaleo Yoovidhya, the man who created Red Bull, has died in his native Thailand. He was 90 or 88 or 80--sources can't seem to agree. The New York Times obit has a wonderful quote about Yoovidhya, who created antibiotics before concocting the caffeine and taurine-loaded beverage we're al ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 20, 12:39 P.M.: My morning coffee obviously had not kicked in yet when I posted the original version of this item on Irvine and Santa Ana appearing on dueling lists of the safest cities in America. For, had I been fully awake, I would not have read right over Mission Viejo being rank ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] The developer's role in creating the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road is the county's most embarrassing un-prosecuted crime.
Stealing from the rich to . . . oh, whatever. Funny is the message in this Ben Stiller flick
Surfers are typically pro-environment, but construction of their surf boards can produce about a pound or more of toxic chemical waste.Does that tidbit make them hypocrites?Not necessarily--especially in San Clemente, where Soul Stix Surfboards sends its powdery polyurethane waste to Monarch Gree ... More >>
Two years ago today, the single "This is It" by Michael Jackson was released in forward promotion of the concert documentary of the same name. The film gave audiences a glimpse into the King of Pop's comeback tour, and went on to become the highest grossing ever in its genre. Jackson's death, ... More >>
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
[Trendzilla] American Apparel hits a new low with selling Asian culture
Akon's been pretty busy lately--touring all over the world (he's was in India, Oregon and good old Cali), starting two labels (Konvict Muzic and Kon Live Distribution), collaborating with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Dr. Dre and prepping for his new album in the fall. The Grammy-nominated artist ... More >>
A Chinese media company, a Utah entrepreneur and a Newport Beach brokerage firm owner who was indicted last year on conspiracy and securities and mail fraud charges are at the center of a new federal case alleging conspiracy, mail fraud and lying.Supplying the local hook is Shelly S. Singhal, 43, ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 2, 1:10 P.M.: We just had a royal wedding. Now comes a Royals funeral.After months of negotiations, seemingly done deals and obviously un-done deals, the NBA's Kings are staying in Sacramento at least one more season, dashing hopes of regular season home games by the renamed Anaheim R ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 26, 2:41 P.M.: After a weekend of reports claiming its unlikely the Sacramento Kings will move to Anaheim before next season--if ever--Anaheim officials expressed confidence that their proposal remains the best one on the table for the NBA franchise.ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the ... More >>
Wiki CommonsPanda Express may introduce the people of China to . . . Chinese food--or at least the American bastardization of it.First, Taco Bell made its way to Mexico. Now, Panda Express, which we can thank for bringing glazed orange chicken to mall food courts across the country, may find a pl ... More >>
Who's laughing now? All of Rebecca Black's haters can naysay all they want, but Forbes.com said that Black's song "Friday" has been downloaded over two million times. Apple's payment agreement decrees that Black will receive .70 cents for every download. That means she's already earned $1.4 ... More >>
Brokers, investors and financial journalists around the planet hinge on the every word of Bill Gross, the Newport Beach financial manager who co-founded Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO), is worth a billion and change, and in 2009 was ranked by Forbes the 32nd most powerful man in the wor ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 25, 1:17 P.M.: "America's Sheriff" turned himself in at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colorado, today to start serving his 5-and-a-half-year sentence, according to Victoria Joseph, a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman."I believe justice has been do ... More >>
No sport in the past half-century has grabbed public attention as quickly and intensely as mixed-martial arts. And Dana White and his league, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have been at the forefront from the beginning. Fight after fight, the pay-per-view dollars come pouring in, and s ... More >>
The latest Forbes list of richest Americans is out, and Newport Beach's reclusive billionaire Donald Bren once again finds himself ranked the richest man in Southern California.Forbes pegs the Irvine Co. chairman's wealth at $12 billion, enough to make him the 21st richest man in these United St ... More >>
John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyOrly Taitz, the famed Laguna Niguel dentist and serial suer of Barack Obama, has had her issues with the Republican party in the past. Take, for example, her bid for California secretary of state earlier this year: She ended up suing her opponent in the Republican primar ... More >>
Bren: Happy Father's Day!The Los Angeles Times reported this afternoon that an LA civil jury has voted to support OC billionaire Donald L. Bren's contention that he doesn't need to pay back child support to two of his adult offspring.Bren's out-of-wedlock children had claimed they were each legal ... More >>
Something called National Tequila Day happened this past weekend, and one PR hack or another asked us to write about it promoting some brand or other. No go. However, it does give me an opportunity to bash the Lola Gaspar of the tequila world: Patrón, elixir for fools, favored by those who still ... More >>
Comic-book-based film will likely lead to more sequels, but that doesn't mean it should
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
Photo by John GilhooleyDoes Chuck DeVore have an app for teabagging?Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), who's in the middle of a longshot bid to become your U.S. senator, is cooing about his impending endorsement Sunday from the Tea Party Express, the national conservative movement that helped s ... More >>
Then can we seek criminal charges against the other guy?Henry Samueli is on a roll.Last month, the National Hockey League reinstated him as the owner of the Anaheim Ducks, as Clockwork informed you.This afternoon, a federal judge set aside the Broadcom Corp. co-founder's guilty pleas and dismisse ... More >>
Henry Samueli with a baseball fan.Via the Anaheim Ducks, the National Hockey League announced today that Henry Samueli has been reinstated as an owner.
Sheraton Park Hotel
The Los Angeles Times' Fabulous Forum blog reports today that UC Irvine as of Saturday is "discontinuing" five sports--men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's rowing, and sailing--to cut costs amid reduced state funding. University brass expects to save $1 million by ... More >>
UPDATED WITH FORBES' CORRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE BOOK. As I've blogged here incessantly, Matt McCarthy wrote Odd Man Out, a Viking Press tell-all I adored about his lone year as a lefty pitcher in the Angels minor league baseball system. Articles doubting the veracity of many salaci ... More >>
This is not a look back at disgraced Sheriff Mike Carona, the Little Sheriff, the Debs, the Little Debbie Snack, the Freeway Complex Fire, Rick Warren, Wiley Drake, any lantern-jawed preacher with the last name of Schuller, pedo-priests, the 241 toll road extension, Proposition 8, fluctuating gasol ... More >>
Who are the OC players who contributed to the 2008 presidential candidates?
One man has four girlfriends and eight children, all of whom live in separate houses within four miles of each other. In Utah? No, Irvine
Irvine Co. chairman has an LA judge on the run in a case to determine whether hes super rich, filthy rich or just plain rich
An early night at the Playboy Mansion
He made billions with Broadcom and then quit at 44. Now Nicks life gets really exciting
Philip Anschutz tries to thread his way into heaven
Moxley responds to Jo Ellen Allens response to God Bless America!
Already accused of bilking tenants, developer Argyros may have targeted Vietnamese-Americans
In opening round, Bauer led all presidential hopefuls in OC fundraising