Last night will go down in OC political history as an epic embarrassment for the Democratic Party of Orange County. Not only did it get trounced countywide, not only did it lose two seats--the 65th State Assembly District and the 34th State Senate--that the state party desperately need to keep its S ... More >>
Once a civil-rights giant, the Santa Ana-based council is struggling with too much work to do and not enough funding
With hot drinks and even hotter girls, Natalie Nguyen is trying to uncloak the area's most enduring mystery: Vietnamese coffee shops
Forget pension reform: if you want the ultimate indicator of how bloated city government is, look no further than item 7B on tomorrow's agenda for the Garden Grove City Council meeting. The item calls for the council to pass a resolution that would limit public comments from five minutes to person t ... More >>
Seventeen of the 19 people swept up in last spring's crackdown on illegal gambling machines in Little Saigon have reportedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.Charges were dismissed against an 18th arrestee, California Café manager Anh Viet Quach, 34, of Westminster, while Cafe Miss Cutie owner Ha ... More >>
Little Saigon's Tet Festival is Friday through Sunday (the actual Vietnamese New Year), so the Garden Grove Police Department issued a reminder to the community that the city imposes a $1,000 fine on those who set off illegal fireworks.
Courtesy ACLU/SCBelinda Escobosa Helzer, staff attorney for the ACLU/SC, fights for Quan Am Temple. Hey, where's her award?Normally, we'd blow off the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California's 15th annual Law Luncheon on June 19. It's on a Friday, which is when we normally catch ... More >>
Chris Prevatt at The Liberal OC posted a fascinating piece over the weekend about efforts by Assemblymember Van Thai Tran to muzzle a critic on the Little Saigon airwaves. Reading excerpts from Tran's cease-and-desist letter to radio host Do Son was deja-vu all over again for me. In late 2003 and e ... More >>
With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from my Sept. 18 book signing at the Yost Theater for my new book, Orange County: A Personal History: *About 500 people showed up to hear my lecture! About 500! I add the qualifier because the Yost ... More >>
Perhaps its the Makers Mark that the Weekly's late, great Commie Girl bought me, but when someone at Pangea yelled "There's the news camera!" I sprung into action, Besides making ridiculous faces and pretending to get in a fight with Garden Grove City Council candidate Paul Lucas (who maintained his ... More >>
'He will have had a greater positive impact in people's lives than some judgmental, morally superior journalist who can only throw barbs to build himself up at the expense of one who has passed away'
Why do Supervisor Janet Nguyen's former supporters in OC's Republican power structure hate her so much?
Dana Adopts ACLUish Torture Position! At an Oct. 12 rally, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Skipped Vietnam Combat Duty) repeatedly blasted solitary prison confinement. “Long periods of solitary confinement are considered torture,” Rohrabacher said to a tiny Huntington Beach crowd that looked sta ... More >>
Our Annual Guide to the Angels
Curt Pringle, our biggest loser
Indians are the new bogeyman in the war against an already defeated airport
Communists, Bush defeat Little Saigon in human rights war
An Iraq invasion retrospective!
Orange Countys 31 scariest cops!
Garden Grove bends over for hotel developer, gives workers the shaft
Its a witness and a hoot