UPDATE, JULY 29, 3:02 P.M.: 29-year-old Thanh Van Tran, who a jury found guilty last month of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Lunar New Year celebrant leaving a Garden Grove restaurant in 2009, was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison.Co-defendant and fellow Garden ... More >>
As the debt-ceiling debate trudges on in Washington, a liberal political action committee is taking to every nook and cranny of the country--including Garden Grove. In emails sent to their members, Moveon.org urges "every patriotic American" to show up outside Democratic congressional ... More >>
Flickr user soundfromwayoutBy now, you've probably heard about Catherine Kieu Becker, the Garden Grove woman who cut off her husband's pecker and tossed it in the garbage disposal. (Guys, go ahead and cross your legs in mental agony--we'll wait.) Now, new details reveal the infa ... More >>
Bucking the trend of Orange County cities who are doing everything they can to shut down medical marijuana clubs within their borders, Garden Grove is taking the opposite tack. Instead of suing the clubs out of existence, city officials are planning to ask them to register like any other business ... More >>
Garden Grove police officers were on their way to the 8200 block of Acacia near Fern Street, where reports had come in of three or four people fighting in the street just after midnight, when a dispatcher informed over the radio that someone in the middle of the altercation had been stabbed. Cops ... More >>
For Garden Grove city officials, who've been trying for years to transform their benighted Harbor Blvd. corridor into a world class resort destination, the good news is that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state budget last week. If it had passed, the budget would have killed local redevelopment agen ... More >>
On Friday afternoon, Phat Huy To was read his 8-year prison sentence for forcibly raping and sodomizing a 23-year-old woman in Garden Grove in July 2010. To had plead guilty and was charged with one felony count each for forcible rape, sodomy by force, forcible oral copulation, and kidnapping, ac ... More >>
A 14-year veteran worker of the Garden Grove Unified School District was arrested at his home Wednesday for allegedly molesting a girl known to his family from the time she was 5 to 12 years old. Cody Charles Johnson, 47, of Garden Grove, was taken to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana and held ... More >>
A man who fatally shot a Lunar New Year celebrator outside D Saigon restaurant in Garden Grove in 2009 was found guilty by a jury today of second-degree murder.The jury also found true the sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death against Thanh Van Tran. The ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 3, 4:57 P.M.: Two more defendants have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the multi-agency sweep of Little Saigon cafes alleged to have operated illegal gaming machines.Hien Thanh Thi Nguyan, 41, of Garden Grove, and Quy Huu Tran, 61, of Santa Ana, both pleaded guilty to misdem ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 25, 5:15 P.M.: Four of the 19 defendants have already been convicted in the case of illegal gambling at Garden Grove cafés. Pleading guilty today to one misdemeanor count of possession of an unlawful gaming device, one misdemeanor count of possession or control of a slot machine, a ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park diner offers great dumplings and other late-night Korean munchies
Edwin GoeiA busy, busy March for the local restaurant scene this past month. We saw the long-awaited Chapter One: The Modern Local debut St. Patrick's Day in Santa Ana. This week we witnessed the popular Laguna Beach sushi bar, O Fine Japanese Cuisine, open its second restaurant in Irvine. The ... More >>
Garden Grove police received a call shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday of shots fired near Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue. As officers searched the area, a 19-year-old man who had been shot arrived at a local hospital.He was immediately pronounced dead by hospital staff.
No extra "lives" in real world street racing.UPDATE, MARCH 7, 2:07 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department has identified the driver who died in the high-speed street race as Caesar Michel, a resident of Garden Grove. Michel's brother has not been identified. ORIGINAL POST, MAR ... More >>
I reviewed Vientiane in Garden Grove last year and want more people to go to this Laotian stunner--hence, the plug in this past weekend's edition of Good Food With Evan Kleiman on KCRW-FM 89.9. And while we here know and love the Irvine Farmers' Market, Good Food had amazingly never been to the mark ... More >>
Photo by Professor SaltWith the start of 2011, we observed more of the same as other months: restaurants coming, restaurants going. Here's our monthly rundown of eating places that debuted and those that went kaput. If you see one not listed on either list, chime in.
UPDATED, JAN. 28, 10 A.M.: A second Garden Grove police press release (which amazingly also got the date of the incident wrong) states that the three suspects involved in the shootout were "16-year-old juveniles" with criminal records. The updated press release confirms that the suspects we ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Visit this Garden Grove Vietnamese star for big bánh mìs
Kids, here's some advice. The night of Thursday, Nov. 18 is a very good time to stay indoors. Police departments will conduct what they're calling the "largest-ever Orange County curfew sweeps." Cops in nearly every city--Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, ... More >>
It was billed as a Tea Party rally but today's event in a Garden Grove public park was actually nothing more than a Republican Party pep rally for Van Tran, the Republican hoping to unseat Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez on Nov. 2.Don't believe it? Well, explain why Scott Baugh, the chai ... More >>
Phat Huy ToPerhaps Phat Huy To wouldn't have been arrested last month in Garden Grove near Little Saigon, if he'd showered and brushed his teeth before spending 2.5 hours raping and sodomizing a woman he picked up on the street at 2 a.m.After the woman reported the crime, finding the suspect wasn ... More >>
Garden Grove's TusCA is a notch above the typical hotel restaurant
We told you here about a mystery man who went to a home in Garden Grove, identified himself as a city employee named Christopher for the resident and claimed he was there to perform tests because the city water supply had been contaminated.As the city then warned, there is no contamination, no su ... More >>
The so-called worldwide water crisis is being linked to current and future wars, disease and populations shifts.In fact, today's Huffington Post reports on a study showing water shortages will impact 70 percent of U.S. counties by 2050.But, back here in 2010, a different kind of water crisis has ... More >>
This weekend is Memorial Day, and if you live in Orange County that means it's Garden Grove Strawberry Festival time. While it's fun to walk around the booths and play a couple of games, the real reason to go is for a strawberry shortcake from the Garden Grove Bethel (chapter) of Job's Daughters. ... More >>
Headline: Garden Grove Man Pleads Guilty in Bird-Smuggling ConspiracyComment by malumot1: You wanted this "wonderful, diverse, mutlicultural" society. Now you got it. Comment by eviltwin: Ding dong Duc Le. lol.
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: Changes throughout (see below) . . . Courtesy of U.S. Attorney's OfficeI've heard of chicken legs, but this is ridiculous.Duc Le of Garden Grove pleaded guilty today to conspiring to illegally bring live Asian songbirds into the United States by attaching them to the legs o ... More >>
Yes, that's right. I put my cardiac health on the line today. I drove to the KFC on Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, steeled my nerves, crossed myself, walked in and ordered a Double Down. Let no one say I never take one for the team.Dave LiebermanNote to the KFC in Garden Grove: the kids in this p ... More >>
Yesterday, you were told that the city of Garden Grove would explain how a new tool for fighting graffiti--fining taggers $1,000 each--would work.So here's how it works:Get caught with the tools of tagging (let's see, there's spray paint and . . . uh . . . what else?), and you're subject to a $1, ... More >>
kellelly/Flickr.comMake the homies say ho!City and police officials this morning unveil a new strategy to erase Garden Grove.Let's just say taggers will be a lot lighter in the wallets if they get caught.
Original image: heidigoseek @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Certainly not the only offender, but the worst one...Harbor Boulevard. If there were any justice for people who love good food, the stretch between Ball Road and Chapman Avenue in Anaheim and Garden Grove would be called Horror Boulevard. Th ... More >>
This mentioned the Thanksgiving weekend burglary at the United Labor Agency of Orange County in Garden Grove, where 20,000 pounds of food, more than $25,000 worth of donated toys and other items for the benefit of underprivileged families were taken. Fortunately, local do-gooders helped save the ... More >>
Grace LeIt's HOT. What better way to deal with this freakishly cold SoCal weather than by counter-attacking with some tongue-singeing Korean food? Dolsot (aka or stone pot) bibimbap is a wonderful way to keep your belly warm during T-shit unfriendly weather and Kaju Tofu in Garden Grove does it r ... More >>
Various Orange County communities are going to be crawling with extra cops this weekend as pre-Thanksgiving pushes are made to get drunks, druggies, the unlicensed and unsafe motorcyclists off the road and to ensure everyone is buckling up.R. Scott Moxley blogged earlier today about the Orange Co ... More >>
Well, this isn't shocking. Laguna Niguel's Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq., the key anti-Obama lawyer that has had every single one of her lawsuits challenging the President's eligibility dismissed, will be speaking at an upcoming meeting of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform.You remember CCIR, ... More >>
What began as a routine traffic stop Wednesday ended with the arrest of a 78-year-old Garden Grove man for allegedly battering a much younger police officer--an attack the cops say included grandpa kicking the patrolman in the nuts. Twice!
DUI-OrangeCounty.comWhat pen, officer?As this keyboard is being drooled over, the Angels have taken a 4-0 lead over the Yankees in the first inning of Game 5 of the ALCS. If the lead held by the time you read this, that means there will be no need to drown season-ending sorrows and go drivin ... More >>
Photo by Edwin GoeiIt's a long, long way from Garden Grove to New York's Lower East Side, but Young Ja Chun's kim chi had made the trip and was featured by The New York Times in a short but sweet article.
This week's Locals Only feature introduced some of you to the power generated (literally) by scrappy punk quartet AM. Known for their fiery, stripped down tunes as well as their affinity for guerilla-style live shows in parts of OC and LA, the band is definitely an exciting act to watch, let alon ... More >>
Courtesy of Garden Grove Police DepartmentLae ThongphunA Long Beach man has been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse following Friday's death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in Garden Grove.Lae Thongphun, 27, was detained after Garden Grove police officers and paramedics had arrived sh ... More >>
Edwin Goei This just in: A reader has informed me that Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove finally opened this weekend. This after months of back-and-forths, pushing-and-pulling with the city.To those out there who are unfamiliar with Thai Nakorn or its history, READ MY REVIEW OF THE STANTON BRANC ... More >>
Edwin Goei There was some chatter on the Chowhound boards today about the progress of the Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove, and it reminded me that the last time I wrote about it here, I reported that March was the target opening date. Would you look at the time! It's almost freakin' Jul ... More >>
The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival starts today and continues through the weekend. There will be a parade, strawberry-related food, carnival rides, entertainment, and Cloris Leachman. But c'mon, you wanna know about that giant thing I have pictured above right? Yes, it is the world's biggest st ... More >>
HBO's unprecedented, multi-platform series The Alzheimer's Project--which includes four documentaries, 15 short films, a book, a community outreach program and a website covering every aspect of the disease--debuts on the pay-cable network Friday but locals get a sneak-peak at one of the films this ... More >>
Near the end of this Reid Wilson story on TheHill.com, Republicans indicate they will go hard at the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) in 2010. "We are looking to some unconventional districts where we believe we can draft a top-flight candidate to ... More >>
When you get a cut, do you bleed Kikkoman? When you're sad, do you cry ponzu tears? When your blow your nose, does wasabi come out? If so, then you love Japanese food. And as such you might want to know that the Japanese Food and Sake Festival 2009 is coming to town on Thursday, March 5th ... More >>
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Orange County United Way and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County have teamed to sponsor Free Community Tax Days to help families file their income taxes and claim tax credits they may not be aware they are eligible for. Particular focus will be directed ... More >>
O.C.'s Thai food-enthusiasts know the story already: Thai Nakorn was originally in Buena Park, blocks away from Knott's when it got kicked out by its landlords to make way for condos. But they moved to Garden Grove soon after, and all was well. That's when the fire happened.When things looked bl ... More >>