Frank Mickadeit

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    October 29, 2014

    OC's Scariest People 2014! Scary People to Avoid in the Dark!

    By Gustavo Arellano, Matt Coker, LP Hastings, Charles Lam, R. Scott Moxley, Gabriel San Román and Nick Schou Ever heard of the children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Neither had we, but the tales so spooked Weekly art director Dustin Ames as a kid that he asked if we could illustrate ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    OC Weekly Slaughters at 2014 OC Press Club Awards, Gives Reg Writers the Vapors

    You know your publication is doing right when you become the talk of the local press club awards ceremony not just for all the awards you won, but also all the awards you didn't win--and also for the people in your paper who couldn't be in attendance, and for getting the keynote speaker to fuck up h ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Larry Agran's Sabotage Squad

    [Moxley Confidential] The sneaky campaign to save Democrats' control of the Great Park failed but kept Beth Krom on the Irvine City Council

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    January 2, 2013

    Can Orange County Register Columnists Stop Blowing Their New Owners Already?

    I say this with all sincerity: I want newish Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner's grand media experiment--invest in print and hire up instead of down--to succeed. Not only will it create a better daily in a county that desperately needs one, but it might also convince other newspaper owners ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Frank Mickadeit, OC Register Columnist, Slams College Professor on Behalf of Late Tom Fuentes

    As might have been predicted even outside a world that created Freddy Krueger, the long reach of the late Thomas Fuentes is extending beyond the grave.The take-no-prisoners Orange County GOP chairman emeritus has a mortal emissary (Frank Mickadeit) keeping the Tio Tomas spirit alive through the Ora ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Derek Reeve, SJC Councilman, Loses Teaching Gig as Newspaper and Website Scrum Over Plagiarism

    ​The Orange County Register and AOL's Patch have served as home and away courts for a series of journalistic volleys involving Patch's San Juan Capistrano news site and that city's controversial lawyer, educator and city councilman, Derek Reeve.The latest kill-shot involves Reeve losing a teaching ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Frank Mickadeit Wants To Hurt Somebody Tonight

    R.Scott Moxley / OC WeeklyHere's the leaner, meaner Frank Mickadeit​On July 15, Frank Mickadeit, Orange County's best-dressed journalist, took what must have been painful action. He stripped off his natty business attire, hung it inside a locker and donned something similar to my daily outfit: a t ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    [UPDATED with Sentence for Deborah Pauly Threats:] Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims at Yorba Linda Charity Function

    Paul Dean Andrews​UPDATE, MAY 25, 3:46 P.M.: A San Pedro man was sentenced today to 97 days in jail, three years probation and an order to stay away from Deborah Pauly for threatening violence against the Villa Park city councilwoman via a Facebook message. Paul Dean Andrews, 28, was slapped with ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Orange County Register Starts Latino-Culture Blog, OC Latino Link

    ​The Orange County Register has its share of good (the sports section, Food Frenzy, Frank Mickadeit) and bad (owners, Fast Food Maven, Frank Mickadeit), but the following news is great: they have started a column highlighting Latino life in la naranja called OC Latino Link. "We want it to become a ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    [UPDATED with New Anti-Muslim Rally Plans:] Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims at Yorba Linda Charity Function

    Muzammil Siddiqi​Here we go again.Organizers of February's controversial and much-blasted anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda have issued an ultimatum to the Orange County Human Relations Commission: rescind the Community Leader award it is presenting to Islamic Society of Orange County Imam Muzammil ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Robbin Brandley, Murder Victim, Remembered 25 Years Later

    Robbin Brandley, RIP​Kudos to the Register's Frank Mickadeit for his Jan. 19 column marking the 25th anniversary of the murder of Robbin Brandley, a Saddleback College journalism student who was stabbed to death in an unlit campus parking lot on Jan. 18, 1986. Brandley was the focus of my Nov. 200 ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    A Tale of Two Daily Columnists on Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al

    ​It's always great to see daily newspapers cover historical events, especially Orange County ones, especially those long-neglected like the Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al. case. But there's a right way to do such coverage, and a lazy way, as we have long posited. And such nuances were on full ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. ​1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Todd Spitzer Calls For Polygraph In Dispute With DA

    Tony Rackauckas Following Wednesday's heated, dueling press conferences between District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Todd Spitzer, his recently fired understudy, OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit accurately wrote today that the men provided opposite answers on at least three topics.Upshot, ac ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Lou Correa Blasts OC Fair Deal at NRA Dinner

    ​We told you here that Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) had revealed the Legislature's Latino caucus will not block the state's sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa over displeasure with the City Council's "Rule of Law" proclamation and other moves intended to make those with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Register Mickadeit Column is a Real Blowjob

    ​Don't be surprised if Orange County Register local columnist Frank Mickadeit's piece the ran over the weekend becomes the all-time leader in online page views. It's not that the topic--the Barrett-Jackson car auction at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa--was that compelling. No, strong traffic can be ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Sheriff's Candidate: OC Register Botched Anti-Union Story

    Hunt slams the Register​Bill Hunt, a conservative Republican candidate hoping to lead the Orange County Sheriff's Department, tonight blasted The Orange County Register for allegedly botching his response to a recent call from OC Republican boss Scott Baugh that all GOP candidates should reject en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Is Linda Ackerman Sliming Chris Norby With Dirty Sex Tales?

    Linda Ackerman uses Dick to rub Norby​It's potentially the most lethal weapon in Linda Ackerman's campaign to defeat Republican county Supervisor Chris Norby for Mike Duvall's open state Assembly seat: sexual misconduct innuendo. The reason is simple. Duvall resigned in September after the Weekly ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Week: "Stupid Asians!"

    So far, this column has focused on stories with headlines and subject matters--gangs in Santa Ana, white people voting more often than Latinos, Latina columnists being employed by the Register and daring to write sympathetic stories about immigrants--that are virtually guaranteed to attract racist c ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Run For Your Lives, It's The Summer Of Frank Mickadeit!

    "Little doubt in my mind that 2009 will go down in O.C. history as 'The Summer of Frank.'"- Register columnist Frank Mickadeit, announcing his plans to terrorize the County in a ten-night rampage through OC's Elks Lodges. If you thought 2001's "Summer of the Shark" was scary, you aint seen nothing: ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Frank Mickadeit Uncovers The Already-Uncovered Truth About Zodiac 'Daughter'

    Wikipedia / Fair UseHow the Zodiac Killer communicated with the media.When the Register a few weeks ago ran a front-page profile of Deborah Perez, the ex-Santa Ana resident who claims her father was the notorious Zodiac Killer, our Nick Schou pointed out that the Reg missed the really interesting pa ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Reporter's Radio Roundtable on Mike Carona Trial Today

    Along with Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit, I'm appearing today on The OC Show With Cameron Jackson for an hour-long discussion about ex-sheriff Mike Carona, his disgraceful conduct in office, the just-completed trial, crazy jurors and the lapdog local media.You can hear the 5 p.m. ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    November 17, 2008

    A Wink, a Prayer and Some Spilt Ink for Mike Carona

    You can credit indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona (pictured in his old chick magnet outfit) for turning federal Judge Andrew Guilford’s stately 10th-floor Santa Ana courtroom into a bloody, limb-strewn morgue for the once-touted character of “America’s Sheriff.” So what do Frank Mickadeit and ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    July 12, 2008

    The Media-O-Meter: Reggie Thievery; Desperate Mickadeit; Blind Item Bonanza

    BITE ME! The Orange County Register blatantly steals ideas from other publications! Not that that's too shocking--the Reggie has been lifting from the Weekly for years without giving us credit, and the rare times they have, it usually takes the form of some vague "other media outlets" brushoff ... More >>

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    June 28, 2008

    The Media-O-Meter: Can a Balboa Bar save Orange Coast?

    Maybe—or at least help steer OC’s 34-year-old glossy monthly magazine away from what had been a frothy, puff-piece-packed publication that featured interviews and profiles with former owner Ruth Ko’s friends, and B- (sometimes C)-grade celebrities adorning its covers who often had nothing what ... More >>

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    June 27, 2008

    Orange Coast magazine has a party...

    One thing you can say about Orange Coast, OC's thick, glossy-covered regional monthly magazine—they know how to throw some good parties. And the mag's grand re-launching party last night was pretty great—tasty hors d'oerves, free martinis and assorted other booze, lots of Beautiful Newport Beach ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008

    Pedophile Protector Apologist of the Day...

    ...Is Patrick Redmond of Newport Beach! Today, the Orange County Register prints his letter blasting star columnist Frank Mickadeit for his supposed "umbilical fascination" with famed Catholic Church sex-abuse victim's attorney John Manly. The trigger for such a clever twist of words? A March 7 colu ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Ex-Sheriff's Dept. Officials Create Bold, New Firm!

    Over at the Orange County Register, ace reporter Peggy Lowe writes tonight on Orange County Sheriff's Department blog news that two of indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's Yes Folks (YF) quit today: assistant sheriffs Jo Ann Galisky and Steve Bishop. Somehow the third and final major YFer embarrassme ... More >>

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    February 15, 2008

    Register "Didn't Have The Goods" On Carona

    This past Wednesday, the stage was set for an ultimate face-off: Our own R. Scott Moxley, the finest reporter in these here parts, and Register reporter Tony Saavedra, both staring down Mike Schroeder, local GOP king-maker (former Sheriff-maker, soon-to-be felon-maker), in front of the assembled mem ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    And Now, A Complaint

    Believe it or not, we want the Orange County Register to be healthy, to put out a good product. We wish it all the success in the world save for beating us on a story. So, Register: please, por favor, please work on your website. It takes forever to load, frequently misplaces Frank Mickadeit's col ... More >>

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    January 21, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/21

    AN EVENING WITH FRANK MICKADEIT, 7 p.m. Dying to get cozy with OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit? The flyer says there's a good chance he'll serenade you too. Fullerton Public Library, Queen Mary, Long Beach CASINO NIGHT WITH THE ANAHEIM DUCKS, 7 p.m. The Ducks play dealers for charity as live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Officer, is that dandruff under your nostril?

    It’s the last week of 2007 inside Orange County’s Central Justice Center, and the place is dead except at each of the three public entrances. A half-dozen young bailiffs have forgotten security fears (Al-Qaeda!) but collect pay and perks while they chat happily about the electronic toys they rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Friends of Monsignor John Fully Repentant, Involve More Politicos

    The bumblin' Friends of Monsignor John got walloped yesterday on the radio by the John and Ken Show, and today in print by Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit for their, well, bumblin' (read our archives for background on the matter, por favor). Mickadeit elicited the first public respo ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    More on the Defenders of the Bumblin' Friends

    A commentator on my previous post about the latest pee-pee battle between OC Blog god Matt "Jubal" Cunningham and Newport Beach lawyer John Manly pointed out something that deserves further examination. The lawyer helping Cunningham and the Friends of Monsignor John, Darren Aitken, not only is Cunni ... More >>

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    October 9, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises: Dana's Selective Memory

    Can Bishop Brown Utter The Truth? Frank Mickadeit has an excellent column this morning on yesterday’s press conference by women who have been victimized at least three times--that would be: molested, ignored and then harassed--by Catholic Church officials. There will be more festivities today. Thi ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007

    OC Blog Spins for Urell (And Spins and Spins...)

    Bear with us, gentle readers--this is a long post... Though the Weekly anointed Orange Juice as the county's best blog, even the Juicers would admit that the king of the county blogosphere is OC Blog, started and administrated by Jubal, the nom de plume of political consultant and longtime local Re ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Stuck Inside of Memphis With the Catholic Blues Again

    Writing from Staxville, on the eve of delivering a lecture about ¡Ask a Mexican! at the University of Memphis... Yesterday, the law firm of Manly, McGuire & Stewart filed a contempt of court order against Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown, the latest salvo in the Jeff Andrade case. Manly and amigos are a ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    The Annotated Bishop Brown Deposition

    Today, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler ruled that a Sept. 10 deposition of Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown for the Jeff Andrade case be released to the public. As a public service announcement, the Weekly presents an annotated version after the jump with beaucoup hotlin ... More >>

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    August 27, 2007
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    July 16, 2007

    Monday's Headlines & Surprises

    Democrats flip-flop on SoCal bribery case report: Greg Miller at the Los Angeles Times says an internal investigations report by the House Intelligence Committee continues to remain off-limits to the public. The politicians don't want the masses to see even a declassified summary report on the embar ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Top U.S. Secrets to Crooks, Idiots and Dopers: The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., reports this morning that the Pentagon, the guys running the Iraq War, now want Congress to allow national security clearances for government employees who are “ex-convicts, drug addicts and mentally incompeten ... More >>

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    April 11, 2007

    DeVore Speaks (and effs up)

    Legendary Louisiana Governor Earl Long used to offer the following advice to political types: "Don't write anything you can phone. Don't phone anything you can talk. Don't talk anything you can whisper. Don't whisper anything you can smile. Don't smile anything you can nod. Don't nod anything you c ... More >>

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    February 1, 2007

    Commie Girl--Gone :-(

    Yes, kids: our award-winning Rebecca Schoenkopf has left the Weekly for...reasons you'll read later today when our infernal website finally puts up her farewell column. In the meanwhile, read OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit's take on the matter. And do leave your thoughts/rants/valentines belo ... More >>

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    November 2, 2006

    Moxley's Ochoa Trifecta

    Thanks to one intrepid reporter, the Weekly got mentioned in three different newspaper stories today. Oh, and someone got out of jail. And the DA looks stupid. And the cops. And a judge. Cool. Earlier today Paul Brennan expertly explained how the LA Times was almost exactly a year late in getting ... More >>

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    April 13, 2006


    Sheriff Caronas campaign claims amnesia on Vegas mob tie

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    April 4, 2006

    The Real Poop on William Lyon

    Orange County Register reporter Frank Mickadeit finishes his decade-long series on The Real Housewives of Orange County today, something our own Commie Girl did better a couple weeks back. But what caught our attention in Mickadeit's column was the reference to developer William Lyon, one of the Mas ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2005

    The Pringle-Spanos Tango

    Close ties between Anaheim mayor, Chargers owner might land OC a football team

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    June 2, 2005

    Notable Quotables

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