As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.
County and water leaders may swear fracking ain't nothing but a thing, but there are several concerned North Countians who fear the oil extraction method may endanger their drinking water. Some of them will no doubt be out tonight for a symposium on the subject at Cal State Fullerton.
See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on Saturday's well-attended fracking forum in Brea and details on an upcoming event involving seven North County cities. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 8:33 A.M.: It's doubtful anyone from Linn Energy, the major leaseholder in the Brea-Olinda Oil Field, will swing ... More >>
Early this month, the Weekly reported the gas drilling practice known as fracking has quietly been occurring around Orange County's borders. For just how long is hard to say, and pinpointing the exact number of companies who have engaged in the practice locally isn't easy. What is known is that fra ... More >>
The Seal Beach City Council, which heard resident complaints for years about the stink and pollution from an Arco service station, has declared a monitoring well at a nearby Chevron station a public nuisance. Translation: work at the well damaged 13th Street and created an emergency requiring immed ... More >>
With 30 beers on tap and another 300 by the bottle, Wil Dee has his work cut out for him. Haven Gastropub's beverage director dropped in as Greg Daniels conducted our tour of the soon-to-be open Provisions Market (formerly The Bruery Provisions). We discussed their menu, changes to the space and the ... More >>
A student at Santa Ana's Hector Godinez Fundamental High School will receive a national award this morning for the lengths he has gone to pursuing a career in engineering.Frank Cabada is one of six Latino high school seniors who will be honored at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's 14th annual Yout ... More >>
A media watchdog is barking about a recent Orange County Register editorial on an industry-friendly study boosting fracking, the controversial oil drilling technique critics fear causes earthquakes and groundwater contamination.
By Dave BartonThat instantly recognizable signature. The O an open mouth yawping in protest. The dot of the I like a projectile being thrown. The remaining letters leaning forward to attack. You don't even have to know his work to recognize political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is a confrontational indi ... More >>
The way gas prices have yo-yo'd recently, it's time to fill up as they're down--as I type this, anyway, before the Hurricane Sandy excuse hits the West Coast, as to the last excuse when California's prices were higher than everyone else's because, uh, California refineries are so damn close to us. W ... More >>
You're going to read a lot about our experiences last night tomorrow, when the dead-tree edition of this infernal rag appears. Today? A buncha lists breaking down what was a giant win for Democrats last night, but also conservative victories that ensure this county is slowly, truly becoming an egali ... More >>
With our poison pens, shit-smelling sneers and anti-authoritarian upbringings, we here at Weekly Central can be pretty hard on our local police, expecting the same kind of perfection we employ doing our jobs uncov-- . . .. . . Hey! Stop laughing !! . . . This does not mean that we do not acknowledge ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Why are government officials protecting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who almost killed an innocent Anaheim man?
It used to be said that everything was more expensive in California. And until our housing market crashed, it might have been true. But at least one thing remains ridiculously overpriced here--gasoline. California's average cost of gas is now $4.34 for regular gas, while the national average is c ... More >>
Rogelio Nava-RiveraImagine pulling into your neighborhood Chevron station and seeing a guy with a machete hacking up a vehicle's hood, smashing the driver's and rear driver's side window and then turning the blade to the driver inside.This happened at my neighborhood Chevron station Wednesday eve ... More >>
Three exhibits show the world in perpetual Occupy mode
Trouble began for Newport Beach Chevron gas station owner Mansoor Ghaneeian when his bookkeeper told a Chevron USA auditor that the company's designated dealer of record kept a second set of accounting books.That eventually led to a suit against Ghaneeian by Chevron, a counterclaim that a feder ... More >>
Disneyland's seasonal The Nightmare Before Christmas overhaul of the Haunted Mansion is complete (the attraction reopens today after a 17-day closure), thus kicking off the park's Halloween-themed festivities.Of course, the official launch of the park's Halloween-ness is September 30th which is w ... More >>
The latest winner from the Irvine Fine Arts Center does much more than tickle your funny bone
UPDATE, JULY 21, 8:47 A.M.: Though the ribbon-cutting unveiling the largest municipal solar energy efficiency project in Orange County is this morning, the city of Brea is already reaping savings that have exceeded expectations. For the month of June, there was a 65% reduction in electricity cost ... More >>
Taxes must be suffering from battered women's syndrome about now. We're all like, "Aw come on, baby. You know I loves ya," Then--BAM!--corporations and rich people rap taxes upside the head, saying they ain't returning to Clinton-era levels. Then we get all lovey-dovey again and--WHAM!--House Rep ... More >>
Montreal's Little Scream renews my faith in music. Singer/songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer (who looks like a young Susan Sarandon, apparently) is touring to support her debut, The Golden Record, a gorgeous set of folk/pop songs that she named after the 1977 Voyager space-shuttle time-cap ... More >>
Brandon FergusonNight drivers motoring past the affluent housing tracts and well-kept strip malls of north Brea, not paying attention to the road in front of them, will notice an odd site: a solitary, house-shaped structure perched above the city, surrounded by pitch-black rolling hills and illum ... More >>
Ted SoquiPalm trees burst into flames in nearby Yorba Linda. To see more images from the 2008 devastation, click here.The flames of Brea's 2008 landfill fire (which you may remember eventually contributed to the Freeway Complex Fire) may have been long extinguished but the problems of BreitBurn M ... More >>
Hopefully not for at least another 7 years.In direct conflict with its previous proclamations, the Obama administration today announced that there will not be any further new offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Coast. At least, not for th ... More >>
When Fullerton's the Steelwells won Best New Artist and Best Song at the OC Music Awards earlier this year, they took home more than just a statue. Part of the prize for Best Song was an opportunity to make a music video courtesy of the OC Music Awards and Akorn Entertainment. Watch the e ... More >>
Katy Perry might have fired the first shot in this year's Boob War, but it looks like Blake Lively might be the one to fire the last one that ends it all.Our battle report shows who has the advantage.
David Falconer/National ArchivesAfter three decades of trying to end contamination from a gasoline station leak in Seal Beach, the City Council has voted to direct BP/ARCO to dig out the tainted soil.The company was asked 25 years ago to do something about the contamination at PCH and Fifth Stree ... More >>
Tar balls created by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reached the Texas shore today.But researchers from UC Irvine are not looking at the sands, shorelines and waters impacted by the muck, they are checking out the air hovering over the spill zone. The initial findings: all is not well.
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyOn the heels of her failed bid to become the Republican nominee for Secretary of State, Orange County's top birther and not-top dentist Orly Taitz has kept up her fervent blogging. The theme of late seems to be Taitz wondering aloud about which soon- ... More >>
Flickr user tifotter / Creative CommonsA mild brouhaha broke out today when Texas congressman Joe Barton told BP CEO Tony Hayward that he was "ashamed" at the way the Obama administration had asked the notorious oil-spilling company to set aside $20 billion in a fund to help cover the damages cau ... More >>
Every summer has its Big Story This year, it's the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an ecological and financial disaster that is quickly reaching such staggering proportions that the human mind can't comprehend it. It's like trying to count grains of sand on a beach -- or in this case grains o ... More >>
What's an Applachian coal-mining foe doing in the GOP tea party stronghold of Orange County?"She's red meat for the eco-nuts," said Ed Amador, co-organizer of Saturday's Treehuggers' Ball in bucolic Baker Canyon for the Canyon Land Conservation Fund. There was more vegan cheese than beef at this ... More >>
Residents of the Bridgeport neighborhood in Seal Beach have previously warned those living along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline that they may have a long wait before British Petroluem (BP) cleans up its oily mess. The Orange Countians know because they have been fighting BP for years over contamina ... More >>
The national Seize BP Campaign--it has organized demonstrations against British Petroleum through Thursday in more than 50 cities across the country--is coming to Long Beach Wednesday to protest the shamed oil company and a new target: Aquarium of the Pacific."The Aquarium, which claims its missi ... More >>
The website If It Was My Home allows anyone to personalize the magnitude of the British Petroleum (BO) Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill--also known as "the greatest environmental disaster in United States history."The site opens with a map superimposing the shape of the spill as of t ... More >>
Fill 'er up with spin!I think the only people more hated right now by Americans than Mexicans is anything or anyone having any relationship with British Petroleum, or BP for short. Knowing that, the Arco gas station on the corner of Red Hill and Bristol in Costa Mesa has gone to the extraordinary ... More >>
Every once in a while, we get dispatches from community members--some good, some bad, some hackish. The following is good, and comes from a good guy: Jesse La Tour, owner of the awesome Hibbleton Gallery in Fullerton, one of the few places for art that I bother to visit. Here is his acco ... More >>
Courtesy of Buena Park Police DepartmentThe Buena Park Police Department is looking for the chaps above, caught by surveillance cameras before taking part in a brutal robbery of a Mobil mini-mart.
Picture This Gallery’s “Frida Kahlo Art Exhibit" Everything about Frida Kahlo was wild and colorful. She lived an amazing, romantic, tragicomic life, her art was full of rich, surreal yet deeply personal symbolism and she was an arresting image in her own right, with that pretty face spiced up ... More >>
Bike Ride to Shipley Nature Center
Just like breaking a leg can take your mind off a toothache, the major traumas the Bush administration has inflicted on the body politic make it easy to forget the lesser damage it's doing. Or, as Ruth Marcus puts in her column in today's Washington Post, "The tornado of disastrous headlines - ... More >>
The holidays are a time for celebrating tradition, and a story from The Associated Press reminds us of one of our country's greatest traditions: corporations screwing the public and lying about it. Confirming what you've suspected as you stand at the self-service gas pump, swearing under your breat ... More >>
Your hunch at the gas pump was right. In advance of recent federal elections, oil companies seemed to have lowered gas prices--a move that's benefited the party in power: Republicans. But now there's conclusive evidence that you weren't nuts. Last week, the good folks over at The Foundation for Tax ... More >>
Eddie Rose writes: "In California this year, we have--with one notable exception--the WORST slate of candidates, including a man who can't pronounce the name of the state he claims to serve! Were it not for the importance of several ballot propositions, it probably wouldn't make much sense to go to ... More >>
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