A U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor--who aggressively pursued a Los Angeles-based, Armenian organized-crime investigation with tentacles in Orange County but ran afoul of a federal magistrate--has been booted from the case. Though exceptionally rare inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal ... More >>
Oh, yes. Din Tai Fung, purveyor of the famed Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings that burst in your mouth upon consumption, is coming to South Coast Plaza. Arcadia's Best reports that the 8,000 square-foot restaurant won't be here until April 2014. Sigh. Still, SCP sounds like an ideal spo ... More >>
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"I don't consider myself old in any way, but I'm old school now. Even Dee (Nguyen), Mike (Rossi) . . .we're old."One of the best things about interviewing a well-connected baker is the exchange of information. Dean reminds us that the community of chefs is full of friends and customers. Can you beli ... More >>
What Glendale police describe as a big-time Santa Ana drug dealer pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday to felony counts of possessing methamphetamine and cocaine for sale, transporting the drugs, possessing the drugs and an AK-47 at the same time and possessing the AK, two other a ... More >>
With the flurry of want ads posted by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register recently, one could hope for a renewed, 1990s-style newspaper war between the two mainstream dailies.Wind comes out of the sails of such a prospect today with word the Times is pulling back further on Orange Count ... More >>
The FBI is accusing three men of causing more than $10 million in losses to investors, homeowners and financial institutions through various real estate schemes.After searches of one man's Tustin home, another suspect's in Coto de Caza and a Santa Ana business, the FBI on Thursday took into custody ... More >>
While the Armenian community in Glendale gets all the attention in Southern California, a small but vibrant one has existed in Orange County for decades, centered around Irvine and Fountain Valley, with its focal point 40 Martyr's Armenian Apostolic Church in SanTana (quick aside: I once crashed a q ... More >>
Before this chef hopped on a plane to Chi-town for business (to work on a burger blend and attend a quarterly financial meeting), Ryan O'Melveny Wilson had enough time to answer those burning questions, such as what he thought of his Chiquita-banana costume. Maybe his answer belonged in part one, bu ... More >>
Moments before the first full-squad workout of spring training and the launch of another disappointing season for the hapless Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly created some poster board material today by comparing his team to the New York Yankees and the Angels to the New York Mets.In ot ... More >>
Can one of the country's largest Middle Eastern neighborhoods patch up its rivalries to become OC's next famous ethnic enclave?
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWhat does it mean when Radiohead confirms the first 10 dates of its forthcoming 2012 U.S. tour? It can only mean the dates--mostly East Coast and Midwest stops--will be a precursor to their Coachella appearance on two weekends this April, since there are no West Coast date ... More >>
A La Habra man headed a notorious Crips street gang drug ring that sold marijuana across the country and held meetings on the same Compton block where a second Crips operation sold pot and moved prescription drugs to Louisiana, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.Deverick Desha ... More >>
It's not KROQ's fault copious amount of sonic garbage spew from their massive antenna on Tonga Peak in Glendale. No matter how cutting edge they purport to be, they're a mainstream radio station with salaried programming directors who strictly adhere to a business model. As such, they are going t ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times is pulling the plug on Brand X, a website and print insert with event and cultural coverage aimed at young adult readers.Today marks the final print version of Brand X, while the website will cease to exist after July 8.Some good news for Brand X editors and photographers wh ... More >>
Why is your kid still huffing lead and other nasty toxins in your low-income housing unit despite the federal government having already sent your Orange County city funds to remedy the hazard?Blame Belinda Exon. The president of Rehab Financial Services, Inc., a now-defunct Huntington Beach comp ... More >>
Forget Joan: A new version of the noir classic stays close to the text
Yesterday, I watched the Adicts practice one of their best known songs, "Joker in the Pack," on the small stage at the Slidebar in Fullerton yesterday. It was in anticipation of that evening's secret show, and one oddity stood out: The band's usual bassist, Shahen, was nowhere to be fo ... More >>
Recognize the guy on the right? The FBI and several Southern California law-enforcement agencies would love ever so much to know who he is, as he has been linked to seven bank robberies in the region since August 2009.His last hit was the Jan. 15 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Long Beach. He's ... More >>
Where happiness sometimes happens.Let us be clear about this very early: there wasn't some weapon-wielding costumed Mickey Mouse running down Main Street popping people, nor was some disgruntled Toy Story 3 producer slipping cyanide capsules in movie-goers jugs of soda. That said, the Walt Disn ... More >>
The world has lost another mad genius today. Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, passed away at the age of 69. Best known for his groundbreaking musical work that melded blues, free jazz and art-rock lunacy. Van Vliet's career included poetry and graphic art, as well. Sadly, Rolling Stone ma ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIt has finally happened. Porto's in Downey has opened! I just got word from my trusty tipster Cecile, who lives near the area, that the long-awaited and OC-close outpost of the acclaimed L.A. Cuban bakery had their grand opening today.
The day last year when Randy Adams signed on to become the city of Bell's police chief, the 59-year-old was immediately declared disabled, meaning that whenever he decided to retire, he would receives half of his $400,000 annual salary for life.Funny, then, that Adams was taking rigorous spinnin ... More >>
Flickr user myjulyAccording to ABC15 in Phoenix, Clarissa Bradford was asked to leave a Glendale, Ariz. McDonald's after breastfeeding her 6-month-old son. Clearly, the manager of this McDonald's has never heard of mombloggers, or this would never have happened.
Most shows at Day of the Dead-themed watering hole Alex's Bar will probably put you the center of some strange company. But trust us, even the crazy hipster melting pot of the Long Beach bar scene isn't capable of producing the crowd occupying this flier. Not even on a Thursday. In ... More >>
Hey haters and hater-watchers! Sorry for the lapse in writing this column. I was off for a brief vacation to Colorado, where I engaged in my favorite Nordic winter sports while also admiring the whiteness of the terrain--and its inhabitants. Speaking of whiteness...
In his new book, the Weekly's Nick Schou tells the tale of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, OC's notorious 'Hippie Mafia'
Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentArrested were (clockwise from top right): Garzon Omar David Diaz; Louis Carlos Lopez and John Marlon Rodriguez.The three Los Angeles men above have been arrested in connection with more than 80 burglaries and car break-ins targeting customers they'd a ... More >>
The American League Division Series between the Red Sox and Angels is not only the battle of Boston vs. Los Angeles of Anaheim, of East Coast vs. Left Coast, of Beantown vs. Beanertown. It is also an epic war being waged between the cryogenically frozen heads of each town's most iconic undead: Te ... More >>
Two corporations doing business in Irvine that are the subjects of a noteworthy/notorious whistleblower's fraud investigations have now apparently drawn the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The SEC is reviewing whether James Peterson, CEO of Irvine-based defense industry comp ... More >>
*Moved up, because the conversation is fun. Non-Armenians and non-Turks encouraged to comment! The Los Angeles Times had a fascinating story yesterday about how Turkish businessmen held a fundraiser last month in Orange County for the opponent of Glendale-area Congressman Adam Schiff. They don't li ... More >>
Spent the weekend hawking books at the Anaheim Historical Society's biannual home tour. There, many folks told me the bad news: Cafe Contigo, located just down the street from Anaheim City Hall, is no more. I reviewed it late last year, just a couple of weeks after it opened, and made it my place t ... More >>
Longtime media watchers know there are fewer pundits on Earth more blatantly hypocritical than Hugh Hewitt. He's the guy who has made a career of railing against the mainstream media even as he climbed its ladder--from KCET-TV Channel 28's Life and Times to OC Metro to talk radio (sorry, Hewie: bein ... More >>
Third world logic stormed UC Irvine last night as former Native Gun rapper Bambu took the stage, promoting his newest CD, "I-Scream for the Children." As a Pinoy born and raised on the streets of Watts, Bambu's rhymes and perspective come from a place few people outside Manila or Downtown Los Ange ... More >>
This morning, we noted that the man known as the "Irreconcilable Differences" bandit robbed his 16th bank out in Newport Beach. Now, CBS reports that a guy who matched his description was arrested in Glendale shortly after robbing a Wells Fargo. They got him in the parking lot of the local McDonald ... More >>
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