See Update No. 3 on Page 2 about the charges against Sarwat Syed being dismissed. Update No. 2 has prosecutors saying she only thought of herself and the defense countering "she's absolutely innocent." Update No. 1 on the next page is about the trial beginning. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 16, 8 A.M.: Tria ... More >>
We knew about the Bite Me luxe lonchera a long time ago. What we didn't know was that she catered more than she rolled into food truck roundups. Alissa Grenis may be the brains behind the concept of cuisine that isn't deep fried (there isn't even a fryer on the truck), but she insisted on including ... More >>
As they sit in a conference room at Capitol Records, Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant can barely hide their smiles. The next day, they'll play KROQ's Weenie Roast before zipping up the freeway to Mountain View for BFD. In less than two years, Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant have gone from hearing th ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the victim.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 11, 9:13 A.M.: Fifteen years ago or so, picking up my son at a friend's home, I stepped onto a skateboard in the driveway and was promptly thrown on my ass. It was then I realized skateboards should have an expiration ... More >>
By: Greggory MooreThe world's greatest bands playing the indie record shop a half-mile from your home? It's not likely to become a trend, but for a lucky little trice Yo La Tengo is making this rock 'n' roll fan fantasy come true for a few of us here on the West Coast this week, with their four-stop ... More >>
There's a new izakaya in Fullerton. No, not Honda Ya. That's old news. Izakaya Kopan is taking over the spot of Red Chopsticks, a pho purveyor located next to the popular sushi joint Chomp at 141 E. Commonwealth Ave.
It's a Festivus miracle!A 5-year-old Corona boy has been reunited with his missing bike thanks to some dot connecting by Irvine Police Department investigators.
On one hand, it's great that a former Santa Ana College student and her 16-year-old son have found an activity to bond over.But, according to campus security, that activity led to the arrest of both and a 17-year-old accomplice.
As part of the investigation into last month's child rape that has rocked Santa Ana, the police department released an artist rendering of the attacker and later a generic photograph of the type of vehicle he was seen driving. Now, the Santa Ana Police Department has released an image of what detect ... More >>
This Fountain Valley restaurant resorts to pyrotechnics in a crowded market of Japanese pubs along Brookhurst Street
Update at the end of this post includes a photo of the type of car the attacker drove.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 8:09 A.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department has released a sketch of a man who abducted a 6-year-old girl outside an apartment complex Sunday evening, drove her to a parking lot where he sexu ... More >>
[Hey, You!] An angry tirade at a driver for whom stop signs mean nothing
It's always a good thing when I find that there are more restaurants opening than closing when I do these end-of-month reports. Restaurant closures are sad. Anyway, on with the post. Herewith is the roll-call of stuff we wrote about and/or noticed for the month that has passed.
Cesar Rovira, the concert-goer who suffered a puncture wound and three lacerations as a result of a fight at the Observatory in Santa Ana earlier this week, contacted the Weekly to give his side of the story."When we got to the venue, there was only one guy in a security shirt," Rovira, a Garden Gro ... More >>
UPDATE MAY 23 4:23 P.M.: The Observatory's Jon Reiser contacted the Weekly about the incident at the venue last night and offered what he deems a less dramatic retelling of events."What actually happened is two people in front of the stage got into a fight. One of the two had 5 inch spiked / plug ty ... More >>
Sitting down for lunch at Twisted Vine in downtown Fullerton, Dave Fernandez and I talked about family, restaurant reviews and great wines. It wasn't quite a business meeting, more like two friends sharing a bite to eat. Of course, he periodically checked his iPhone for incoming reservations, men ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 8, 2:12 P.M.: The Orange County Jail's Adult Correctional Health Services put another medical hold on Ruben Gurrola, so the Orange County District Attorney's office now estimates the 23-year-old will be arraigned Thursday at 10 a.m.UPDATE, FEB. 6, 4:41 P.M.: It's difficult to fathom ... More >>
It's the week that wuz and what we learned from it all . . .JAN. 28: Under a bright blue sky and appreciating warm temperatures despite occasional gusty winds, more than 1,000 line Bolsa Avenue in Little Saigon for the Tet Parade celebrating the Lunar New Year. Based on the number of South Vietna ... More >>
Too loud? Or too awesome? This OC foursome are psyching you out
A national business lobbying group issued a year end report of its "most outrageous" lawsuits filed in 2011.Included on the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's list is a woman who sued for $5 million because she was cheated out of an 80-cent refund; kids who sued their mother for not includ ... More >>
A Mission Viejo man who allegedly stole a SUV with a toddler strapped in a car seat out of an Aliso Viejo family's garage could get life in state prison based on the laundry list of charges against him. The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) was asking for $1 million bail today at th ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 21, 9:45 A.M.: Whether or not a small earthquake earlier in the day caused a 10-ton Blue Gum Eucalyptus to fall and crush to death Haeyoon Miller on Thursday afternoon, the city of Newport Beach is cutting down 100 more trees in the same area.The city announced Tuesday evening that ... More >>
Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States
UPDATE, JUNE 9, 6:45 P.M.: A Fountain Valley teen has been convicted of the gruesome murder of a 48-year-old woman whose arm and purse straps became entangled with a car that dragged her for almost a mile through the streets of Westminster last year.Christopher Dai-Ichi Yu, 18, faces life without ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 2, 1:10 P.M.: We just had a royal wedding. Now comes a Royals funeral.After months of negotiations, seemingly done deals and obviously un-done deals, the NBA's Kings are staying in Sacramento at least one more season, dashing hopes of regular season home games by the renamed Anaheim R ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 26, 2:41 P.M.: After a weekend of reports claiming its unlikely the Sacramento Kings will move to Anaheim before next season--if ever--Anaheim officials expressed confidence that their proposal remains the best one on the table for the NBA franchise.ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 30, 8:22 A.M.: The Anaheim City Council last night unanimously approved the $75 million bond-lease deal to put the NBA's Kings in the Honda Center. Meanwhile, the Sacramento City Council has moved beyond grief to the anger stage: Cap city leaders last nght discu ... More >>
This Tustin dive dazzles as the first Okinawan restaurant in Orange County
The Maloof Brothers-owned Sacramento Kings are ditching their outdated digs at Arco Arena (which has recently been renamed Power Balance Pavilion) for greener pastures at Anaheim's Honda Center. The move, which would make them the Anaheim Kings and bring yet another NBA team to ... More >>
Phil Aguilar’s brand of outlaw Christianity made him an evangelical powerhouse—and has law enforcement calling the pastor a criminal
Isaac Robert Longo, the 33-year-old Placentia resident who the Weekly surmised was being propped up as the poster child for marijuana-influenced manslaughter in the weeks leading up to the ultimately unsuccessful vote to legalize cannabis in California, was sentenced today to 15 years to life in ... More >>
For two industry vets, the future of music is right now
Yo no soy comida críticoYo no soy comida crítico, soy capitánSoy capitán, soy capitán...Despite my non-food-criticness, I did get an email from loyal reader (merci!) Jon of Costa Mesa, asking the following:Where should I eat dinner in Orange County for my birthday? Having the hardest time e ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyParamore's Hayley Williams in Anaheim.This edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...
The indecent ZarIt's apparently too much to ask demented criminals to leave alone Orange County women who walk their dogs in the morning. At least in Abu Zar's case, there's something deeply alluring about that scenario.It's a sexual turn on.
You'll be forgiven if you take a fleeting glance at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific's latest tourist-season promotion and feel deja vu all over again. After all, posters with teeth-blaring maneaters and a "Shark Summer" logo with an ominous fin replacing the "a" in shark do evoke memories of ... More >>
Hardtack, biscuits & gravy, salt pork, beef jerky, burritos, falafel, & banh mi—you know, cowboy food
A broken clock is right more often than Rohrabacher: Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher recently uttered that President George W. Bush deserves another six months to turn things around in Iraq. But the Huntington Beach/Long Beach representative has a shameful history on the subject. More t ... More >>
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