• Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Newport Beach Film Festival News & Notes as We Enter 2014's Home Stretch

    Here are some news nuggets to get you caught up as the Newport Beach Film Festival heads for the home stretch. (Orange County's premiere cultural event ends Thursday night once the last cocktail glass at the Closing Night Party has been drained.)

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Two OC Pot Smugglers Busted in Illinois With 16 Pounds of Weed

    Interstate 80 is a convenient highway to take if you're traveling from Northern California to the East Coast and are in a relative hurry. Because it begins in San Francisco, the nearest off-loading point to the storied Emerald Triangle, America's marijuana breadbasket comprising of Humboldt, Trinity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Death Stench:] Holy Calamari! Orange County Waters Squid-y (Again)

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 27, 4:09 P.M.: Newport Beach officials were scheduled today to remove 200 to 300 dead squid that washed up on Little Corona Beach Friday.That will hopefully remove the death stench, too.The city had hoped the tides would return the Humboldt jumbos to the sea from which they came, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Scott Cassell, Combat Diver-Turned-Conservationist, to Expose Blue Sharks Plight with Nonstop 30-Mile Dive

    ​Scott Cassell, a combat diver and counter-terrorism operative who captains a Canadian ocean conservation project, is attempting something Saturday that apparently has never been done: a 30-mile, nonstop underwater dive from Santa Catalina Island to San Pedro Marina.But the goal isn't just to get ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2011

    Into the Emerald Triangle

    Travels with OC potrepreneur B. Lucky to California's marijuana breadbasket

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Prop 19 Backers Set Sights on 2012

    ​Backers of Prop 19 say they will return . . . in two years."We plan to continue this discussion," spokeswoman Dale Jones said at a news conference in the Yes on 19 campaign's downtown Oakland headquarters. "There's a seat at the table for 2012," she confided. "This is not a matter of if, but when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Isaac Robert Longo, the Face of Marijuana Manslaughter?

    ​Don't be surprised if Isaac Robert Longo becomes a poster child for the evils of driving while high by forces girding to defeat marijuana legalization in California this November.After all, the 33-year-old Placentia man smoked pot before causing a five-car pileup on the 55 freeway in November 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    G. Love Talks About His Surfing Film, 'Grey Whale Sessions'

    ​On Thursday, surf documentary Grey Whale Sessions, featuring surfers Keith Malloy, Tyler Warre, Chris Christenson and Garrett "G. Love" Dutton is premiering at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.The film follows the quartet and documents a five-day road trip to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Post Card from The New Yorker from Orange County

    Have you ever hooked a squid on the end of a fishing line? From all accounts, they're quite the catch to battle--either dropping deep, like a dead weight, or shooting dramatically forward at the end of the line, propelled by a thick jet of black ink. The idea of having to wrestle with those disembod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    With Giant Squid Still Out There, Marinara Sales Must Be Through the Roof

    ​Remember that post a couple weeks ago about shiploads of giant squids plying our local waters? And how this had revived the sportsfishing business during what's usually its offseason? And how much I crave giant calamari with a side of marinara right now? Well, they're still out there. The squid, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Ginormous Squid: It's What's for Dinner

    Let's see, there's calamari, calamari salad, calamari tacos, squid sushi, squid burgers . . . Indeed, locals should demand anyone serving the mollusks to lower their prices considering the number of giant squid being pulled out of our waters. It's the law of supply and demand, baby. Call it squid pr ... More >>

  • News

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Feds Finally Lighten Up on Those Who Light Up

    Flickr user theskywatcher​In a move that will likely increase President Obama's favorable rating even here in conservative Orange County, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered federal drug agents to stop prosecuting cases involving medical marijuana users and providers who obey state laws legalizin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    For the Birds

    I See Hawks in LA

  • News

    June 21, 2007


    On deck with weekend warriors angling for the mighty Humboldt squid

  • Columns

    November 17, 2005

    Grass or Ass

    No one gets out of Kona Village for free

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Corn Dont Go

    I See Hawks in L.A. grow it organically

  • News

    May 15, 2003


    Ironite is your silent, potentially dangerous friend in the garden

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Ready to Inhale

    Alan Bock says the medical-marijuana war is over, and the good guys won

  • Culture

    July 20, 2000

    Big Old Jews

    Once upon a time, literary giants bestrode the Earth

  • Culture

    May 13, 1999

    Polyester Road Diaries

    My life in the bush of filmic ghosts

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Ode to Sneaky Pete

    Nuclear industry exposes ex-governor's Ward Valley lie