Garden Grove

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    [UPDATED with Conviction:] Oscar David Duenas Gets 4 Years and Sex Offender Tag for Roughing Up Three Prostitutes

    ​UPDATE, DEC. 15, 4:45 P.M.: Santa Ana 29-year-old Oscar David Duenas pleaded guilty today to one felony count of sexual battery in the case where prosecutors accused him forcibly raping three prostitutes he'd threatened with a gun. A jury on Dec. 2 found him guilty of two counts of misdemeanor ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Alexa Johzen Polar and Robin Antonella Pabello Accused of Stealing $285k for Lavish NYC Trip

    Pabello​Two Garden Grove roommates are accused of stealing a check from a Newport Beach law firm and changing the value to more than $285,000 that they spent on a lavish trip to New York that included private jet travel, multiple hotel rooms, and a shopping spree at Tiffany & Co. and Montbla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Loretta Sanchez Blasts Illegal Forecloses on Homes of Military Members

    ​There has been a lot of talk around the country about homes being illegally foreclosed upon. For instance, the word on the streets of Oakland right now is that greedy banks are specifically targeting the houses of African Americans. But such stories have gone from rumors to, well, legitimate stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    [UPDATED with I.D.:] Jason Nunez Shot and Killed by Garden Grove Police

    ​UPDATE, NOV. 21, 2:42 P.M.: A man who was reportedly chasing people down a street with knives before being shot and killed by at least one Garden Grove police officer has been identified as 31-year-old Jason Nuñez.Police say an argument escalated into Nuñez giving chase to people who were not i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    An Update On Wong's Chinese, OC Staple Since 1972

    ​About a few months ago, a reader named Steve tipped us off that Wong's in Garden Grove, an OC staple since 1972 (though they began in LA in 1952), would finally close and be sold to new owners.I said in that post that if there's a category for restaurants such as Wong's in Garden Grove, it's old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Oscar David Duenas, Accused of Raping 3 Prostitutes, Could Get Life After Trial Opening Today

    ​A Santa Ana man accused of forcibly raping three prostitutes is scheduled to go on trial this morning--with a possible life sentence handing over his head.Oscar David Duenas, 29, is charged with three felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible oral copulation, and one felony ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Garden Grove, Stanton and Villa Park Start Anti-Booze Patrols Tonight

    ​Garden Grove Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team is deploying officers for special saturation patrols tonight and Saturday night to crack down on drunken drivers. The Orange County Sheriff's Department is also holding the patrols tonight in Stanton and Villa Park.With saturation patrols, pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    [UPDATED with I.D.:] 76-Year-Old Edward Lee Royle, Upset Over Medical Woes, Apparently Commits Suicide by Cop

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 9:41 A.M.: The 76-year-old man who died in his Garden Grove backyard Friday morning after taking beanbag rounds from police officers and a self-inflicted regular gunshot to the head has been identified as Edward Lee Royle. Royle, who family members later said was despondent and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    "Dang! Crabs" Opens In Garden Grove​Another Cajun crawfish/crab/shrimp boil joint opened recently in Garden Grove, which makes it the umpteenth Cajun crawfish/crab/shrimp boil joint to open in Garden Grove. Before this one gets lost in the jumble, let's talk about the name. It's called "Dang! Crabs", which sounds like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Hundreds of Catholic Sisters Headed To OC For National Convention, Have A Mass Meditation Planned

    Maybe they'll shoot next year's calender cover in Garden Grove... ​Things are about to get hella holy around here. Next week, some 650 Catholic sisters from all over the country will convene in Garden Grove for the annual convention of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.   ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Sentence:] Thanh Van Tran Guilty of Murdering Lunar New Year Partier Outside Little Saigon Restaurant

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Drop By Rep. Loretta Sanchez's Office At Noon To Tell Her How You Feel About The Debt-Ceiling Debate

    ​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, urges "every patriotic American" to show up outside Democratic congressional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Penis Chopper Likely Poisoned Husband With Tofu

    Flickr user soundfromwayout​By 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Garden Grove To Marijuana Clubs: You're Welcome Here

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Emanuel Pennington, OC Homicide No. 28: Stabbed in Street Outside Family Party

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Will Gov. Brown Kill Garden Grove's Fantasy Hotel Resort Project?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Phat Huy To, the Garlic & Onion Donut Rapist, Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Cody Charles Johnson, Garden Grove School Bus Driver, Accused of Molesting Girl Over 7-Year Span

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Thanh Van Tran Convicted of Murdering Lunar New Year Partier Outside Little Saigon Restaurant

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    [UPDATED with More Guilty Pleas:] 19 Alleged to Have Provide Loosest Slots in Garden Grove

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    [UPDATED with First Four Convictions:] 19 Arraigned for Providing the Loosest Slots in Garden Grove

    ​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 >>

  • Food

    April 28, 2011

    Mandoorang Dumpling House Is the In-N-Out of Korean OC

    [Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park diner offers great dumplings and other late-night Korean munchies

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for March 2011

    Edwin Goei​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    19-Year-Old Man, OC Homicide No. 7: Dies at Hospital from Gunshot Wound

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    [UPDATED: Driver Identified] Street Race Between Brothers in Garden Grove Ends With One Dead

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Vientiane, Irvine Farmers' Market Get the Good Food Treatment

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for January 2011

    Photo by Professor Salt​With 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.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    [UPDATED: Shooting Victim Was 16] Garden Grove Cop Stabbed, Suspect Shot & Killed

    ​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 >>

  • Food

    December 2, 2010

    Thanh Tam Is a Corner Bakery

    [Hole In the Wall] Visit this Garden Grove Vietnamese star for big bánh mìs

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Alert To Minors: Don't Be Out Past Curfew on Nov. 18

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher, Gulp, Sings at Van Tran Rally

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Meet the Accused Garlic & Onion Donut Rapist

    Phat Huy To​Perhaps 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 >>

  • Food

    July 29, 2010

    Hotel California

    Garden Grove's TusCA is a notch above the typical hotel restaurant

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Water Scam Being Pulled in Garden Grove is Larger, Wider and Now Has a Face

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    There's a Different Water Crisis Going on Here

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Garden Grove Strawberry Festival This Weekend!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Day

    ​ 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.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    [UPDATED AND CORRECTED:] Today's Sentencing for Smuggling Songbirds From Vietnam

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    KFC's Double Down: Is There A Cardiologist In The House?

    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 >>

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    April 8, 2010


    Alexs Bar

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Garden Grove Fully Explains $1,000 Tagging Fine

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Garden Grove Explains How It Will Impose $1,000 Graffiti Fine

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Five Great Places to Eat Near Disneyland

    Original image: heidigoseek @ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Charity Office Burglarized Again

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Life on the Veg: Dolsot Bibimbap at Kaju Tofu in Garden Grove

    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 >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Cops to Be Out in Force Throughout OC This Weekend, "Black Friday"

    ​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 >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Orly Taitz and Barbara Coe, Together Again

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    78-Year-Old Man Arrested for Kicking Cop in the Nuts (Twice)

    ​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!

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    October 23, 2009

    2009 Postseason Throwdown: Think and Drive

    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 >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Locals Only Extra: Q&A with AM

    ​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 >>

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