Hours after a General Motors-hired arbitrator announced in Washington, D.C., there will be no limit on payouts to victims of accidents caused by flawed switches on GM vehicles, the Orange County District Attorney's office revealed it has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the company in Sup ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Christian Thomas McQueen turning himself in. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 29, 10:43 A.M.: What was originally believed to be a fatal hit-and-run in the city of Orange is now being investigated as a homicide as police suspect the driver of a pickup truck knew at lea ... More >>
Brandon Andreen, a Costa Mesa painting contractor better known to the nation as a contestant on The Bachelorette, made a bomb threat to a General Motors plant eight years ago. ABC isn't commenting about the, uh, bombshell, so for now we are to assume the 26-year-old is still in the running for Desir ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Our esteemed punk-rock columnist Exene Cervenka wanted to share a short story. Since most everything she does is badass, we figured this would be no different. The first part ran in last week's issue.] Her friends told her she spent too much time online. She followed YouTubers and b ... More >>
TV-music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas talks about small bands making big dollars in primetime
If the 75 or so cars that pulled into a massive Cypress parking lot Sunday seemed unusually quiet, that was by design. Electric car drivers, makers and enthusiasts gathered at the Mitsubishi Motors North America headquarters for Orange County's National Plug In Day celebration.
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CORRECTION, DEC. 12, 9:50 A.M.: No, it was not a bank of dead batteries that prevented filmmaker Chris Paine and his new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car from showing up as advertised (by . . . gulp . . . me) at the Art Theatre in Long Beach Sunday. As it turns out, that event was Dec. 4. ... More >>
Randy and Shane ShecklerUPDATE, FEB. 10, 11:15 A.M.: Guess what I just pulled out of my spam folder? It's apparently a letter from Shane Sheckler's father, Randall A. Sheckler.The communique begins, "Hey Matt Douche Bag Coker . . ."If I had nickel!The full letter, followed by my thoughts, after t ... More >>
Kudos to D.C. newspaper the Hill for asking U.S. Representative John Campbell the question that's been in the back of our minds ever since we read that the Office of Congressional Ethics was investigating him: Didn't Campbell, a former car salesman and auto executive, do a 180 on own conflict-of- ... More >>
UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney's Office this morning stepped up pressure on Toyota, unveiling a consumer complaint hotline, an online complaint form and access to its first civil complaint against the automaker (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Elizabeth JamesThis is where Eliz ... More >>
Here are The World Almanac and Book of Facts Top Ten News Topics of 2009:1. Obama Presidency Begins. With the U.S. at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Barack Obama swearing in as the nation's 44th president Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.her ... More >>
Finally, an issue has come along that has united people of all political stripes all over the country: the U.S. Government's refusal to bail out California (at least for now). Most bloggers used today's Washington Post story as a jumping-off point to analyze the development. While they were all over ... More >>
As part of bankruptcy proceedings today, Chrysler LLC says it wants to eliminate 789 of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships, including Union Dodge in Garden Grove and Urban Automotive Group in Foothill Ranch. In its motion filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, Chrysler said sales are too low at m ... More >>
Clockwork feels obliged to point out the latest comments left on our recent blog posts about the continuing turmoil within the Grand Avenue headquarters of the Orange County Register.HorneTo recap, it all started with our March 9 "Publisher to Register Employees: Let Them Eat Hawaiian Bread," which ... More >>
Sorry for not reporting as diligently on O.C. conservative yakmouth Hugh Hewitt as I did last year, but got a gem for you: yesterday, I do believe Baby Hewie said "tit" on the air!!!The context: Hewie was interviewing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich near the 3 p.m. hour, mostly so the two ... More >>
An OC jury ponders this question: Who is the right-handed man who murdered Minnie Smith?
Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
'Mexicans consume Chevys like mezcal'
According to the for-profit Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, the top new retail car and truck registrations this year through May: Toyota: 29.3% GM: 12% Honda: 11.5% Ford: 9.7% DaimlerChrysler: 6.3% Nissan: 5.6% According to the nonprofit Environmental Defense, the percentage of ... More >>
Who Killed the Electric Car? filmmaker Chris Paine turned anger to action
In yesterday's thrilling Clockwork, we shared the weirdness that ensued after we interviewed Who Killed the Electric Car? writer-director Chris Paine, when we discovered during the entire chat our Los Angeles Times was open, unbeknownst to lil' ol' us, to an Associated Press story with the headline: ... More >>
This is certainly a refreshing development, although the participation of a gubernatorial candidate smacks of political posturing. NEW REPORT ON COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA, ELSEWHERE TO FIND WIDE DISPARITY IN CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSES; INVESTORS WILL PUSH POOR-PERFORMING FIRMS TO SHAPE UP NEWS ADVISOR ... More >>
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