The Irvine resident and former Laguna Hills swim instructor who did time behind bars for having sex with a 15-year-old female student is about to earn another stretch.Todd Robert Sousa, a father married to a Laguna Hills City Council member's daughter at the time of the trysts, has pleaded guilty to ... More >>
When Orange County Congressman John Campbell announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election, the Irvine Republican's move immediately led to speculation about who wants the job: State Senator Mimi Walters? Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway? Ex-Congressman Christopher Cox? Ex-State Senator Dick ... More >>
As part of his effort to expand his party's base, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is meeting with Hispanic community leaders in Santa Ana this morning. A press announcement for the 10:30 a.m. event calls the affair "a listening session" for Priebus, who is meeting with Hispani ... More >>
After a bombing, a masterful thriller
Late last week, Anaheim's 11-member citizens advisory committee (CAC) on district elections wrapped up its final meeting, and its draft report of recommendations set to be delivered to the city council by the end of this month will suggest that the issue be put before the vote. When the previous A ... More >>
Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman and her Orange County-adjacent colleague Bob Foster in Long Beach are among 25 California mayors who have signed a Courage Campaign letter supporting gay marriage.All the other OC mayors--it seems as if there are 50 or so--apparently could not find pens with in ... More >>
Before President Barack Obama just announced 23 executive orders he will issue and a $500 million package and changes in law he will seek from Congress in the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 elementary schoolchildren, the Laguna Woods-based California Tea Party called for hi ... More >>
I began writing this on Friday, hours after NRA loon-in-chief Wayne LaPierre offered his predictably over-the-top defense of gun nuts, pimps and apologists for the weapons industry. Hard to imagine the cognitive dissonance required of somebody who can stick to his, yes, guns in the face of ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] DA's election-eve robocall for Irvine Democrat Larry Agran angers Orange County Republicans
The Costa Mesa City Council was legally in the right to twice remove immigrant-rights activist and punk rocker Coyotl Tezcatlipoca (a.k.a. Benito Acosta) from council meetings in 2006 under a municipal ordinance that makes it a misdemeanor for members of the public to engage in "disorderly . . . or ... More >>
Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker, a vocal critic of his town's police department in the wake of the Kelly Thomas saga, surely could drum up a place in the crowd of the many protests taking place in that North County municipality.If Whitaker wants to spread beyond city borders to demonstrate ... More >>
See update at the end of this post with Fred Wilson's denials.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 12, 4:19 P.M.: Thanks to a little game of Connect the Dots, Huntington Beach's city manager is being dragged into the city of San Bernardino bankruptcy scandal.Fred Wilson came to Surf City from Smog Berdoo, trading th ... More >>
In theory, U.S. immigration officials only allow foreigners with good morals to become citizens, but in 1989 Mexican Bernard Gari beat the system. In the months leading up to his citizenship, Gari sexually molested two Orange County kids under the age of 14 and kept that ugly fact a secret from ... More >>
A fascinating article appeared last week in California Watch, the news non-profit with more than a few Orange County Register alumni in it. The story focused on the California Voting Rights Act, a fascinating piece of work that essentially tells public governing entities--city councils, school di ... More >>
Ahead of yesterday's Anaheim city council meeting, a mailer to city residents from the Orange County Employees Association and numerous news reports on recently approved tax incentives for two future GardenWalk-area hotels made sure for a packed house. Mayor Tom Tait had an idea what would domin ... More >>
The Orange County-based white supremacist American Third Position Party finds itself in the headlines again as Anonymous defaced its website yesterday, with the flag of the Soviet Union serving as backdrop with superimposed images of the seal of the amorphous hackers and a rainbow-maned pony! The ... More >>
You can write all sorts of damning things against individuals, yet it's the most innocuous words that hurt. I'll never forget last year, when I got a call from none other than Mark Weber, the head of the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review, all upset that I called him a "cockroach" ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 23, 8:28 A.M.: The Laguna Hills City Council on Tuesday night approved on first reading an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from city parks and, if homeowner associations request to join in, their private parks as well.The city will join La Habra, Westminster, Yorba Linda, ... More >>
Rohrabacher "forgets" he lobbied for Taliban while it protected Osama bin LadenFor Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the week proved to be yet another political mess.First, the Weekly exposed that Orange County's senior career politician paid his wife 50 percent of the federal campaign contributions ... More >>
Rohrabacher: Campaign contributions land in family bank accountCosta Mesa Congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave his wife more than 50 percent of the campaign contributions he raised mostly from corporate sources during July, August and September, according to recently filed records at the Federal Ele ... More >>
Rohrabacher to unemployed: Screw you until Jan. 20, 2013. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher skipped all Vietnam War service but hilariously insists he's "a patriot" and military genius nowadays.In the last year, Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has also established that he believes Congress shouldn't take a ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required skiers and snowboarders under 18 to wear protective helmets.State Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and child psychologist, authored SB 105, which had received bi-partisan support in the state legislature.
BradBlog.comUPDATE, AUG. 17, 5:08 P.M.: I've swapped a couple emails with Brad Friedman today, and it's clear my original post about the Los Angeles-based blogger's encounter with an Orange County Registrar of Voters electronic voting machine at the OC Fair deserves some clarification.First, whil ... More >>
Ed Carrasco/OC WeeklyRon ThomasFullerton Mayor F. Richard Jones is "about ready to quit," Ron Thomas, father of police beating death victim Kelly Thomas, said after his two-hour one-on-one meeting.Speaking at Fullerton City Hall this morning, Ron Thomas said that after last night's raucous city c ... More >>
The Long Beach Harbor Commission illegally violated state environmental law when it weakened its truck cleanup program without first performing the required environmental review, a federal judge has ruled. Finding in favor of the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which ... 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 >>
Monica C. LozanoDozens of University of California students and Disney Resort workers in costumes plan to protest this morning outside the La Opinion office building in downtown Los Angeles.Perhaps this will make sense with a little more context. Another UC tuition hike has been proposed. The uni ... More >>
Paul Dean AndrewsUPDATE, MAY 25, 3:46 P.M.: A San Pedro man was sentenced today to 97 days in jail, three years probation and an order to stay away from Deborah Pauly for threatening violence against the Villa Park city councilwoman via a Facebook message. Paul Dean Andrews, 28, was slapped with ... More >>
It has been more than one year since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed controversial anti-immigrant legislation SB1070 into law provoking a swift activist response that stretched all the way to the music community in the form of the Sound Strike boycott. Since that time, and in the wake of cert ... More >>
[UPDATED: MAY 3, 12:21 PM] The Orange County Register is speculating that Adam "Goat Boy" Gadahn may replace Osama bin Laden as America's top fugitive, noting that the FBI has marked former most wanted man bin Laden as "deceased," and that Gadahn is currently ranked as Number 2 on that list. The ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 26, 11:52 A.M.: You might assume--wrongly, it turns out--that lying to a juvenile court commissioner so a woman's two daughters would be taken away from her for years would cost two County of Orange social workers their jobs. Even if you didn't believe those workers lied after the f ... More >>
Muzammil SiddiqiHere we go again.Organizers of February's controversial and much-blasted anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda have issued an ultimatum to the Orange County Human Relations Commission: rescind the Community Leader award it is presenting to Islamic Society of Orange County Imam Muzammil ... More >>
UPDATED, APRIL 6, 11:30 A.M.: As promised, the Tustin citizens group trying to recall Mayor Jerry Amante served him with official notice at the council meeting last night. TheLiberalOC reports that although there was space for 25 signatures, 30 residents signed the form. That still leaves 6,970 s ... More >>
EXCLUSIVE! Super-secret plans are afoot to name Orange County's largest public-works project after the Great Communicator
Here in the goldarn US of A, we argue about Net neutrality, but over in Vietnam, there are citizens struggling just to get access to the Internet. It's like a mass of people who would looooooove dial-up AOL.Help for them is coming from this side of the world--in Washington, D.C., to be precise--w ... More >>
Headline: First Mr. Gay Orange County CrownedComment by TAKEITNOMORE: Keep pushing your Gay agenda, All you do is Pi$$ NORMAL people OFF. That's Right I said NORMAL.! No I'm not a "homophobe" I don't FEAR you, I just think your perverted!Comment by DREWSKI: I am assuming they are not Tea Party me ... More >>
Thanks to Larry Agran, a few people have gotten very rich from the county's proposed $1.2 billion, still-not-built park
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
How Fullerton resident Alex Bernal's 1943 battle against housing discrimination helped change the course of American civil rights
The county's GOP central committee is in hot water with the tea party movement
The Costa Mesa City Council has made a formal proposal to have the city purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state for $96 million.
bredgur / Flickr / Creative CommonsVictorville. Not pictured: meth."I mean, I don't want to compare us to Victorville. Please... please... PLEEEEASE."-- San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Tom Hribar from behind the dais at last night's city council meeting, apologizing after wondering aloud whet ... More >>
Is this over-reliance on her family a cultural difference?
'Whats with ALL the drama?'
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The year in Mexican-bashing
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