An animal rights organization has pressed Huntington Beach to investigate how an elephant was used in a recent wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa despite a city ordinance prohibiting wild animal performances.
I suddenly find myself in the market for a car again, which means I will again want an electric car to offset the large carbon footprint I created by driving a Caddy Eldo convertible for years. My quest takes me Saturday morning to Huntington Beach, a one-stop shopping destination for different mode ... More >>
I'm almost certain very few locals have dined at The Californian, the high-end restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach. It seems to me entirely the kind of place only a captive, out-of-town businessman would go if he had no car. Perhaps that's why it closed it recently. Now a new pl ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about a proposal from the mayors of Santa Ana and Newport Beach to reduce the number of fire rings in the beach city and convert some remaining into cleaner-burning pits. Update No. 1 on the next page is about air-quality regulators softening their hardline stance before t ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a chat with Alain Senderens. Enjoy!
Former presidential candidate Fred Karger wants the former Chapman University law professor to reveal who's donating money to his fight against gay marriage
Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery
The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!
Todd White, the SpongeBob Squarepants illustrator who either took out a Huntington Beach gallerist with a team of ninjas or is protecting the free world from art fraud and copyright infringement, now has the suit against him rising to class-action status.The plaintiff--one more time, with feeling ... More >>
Celebrity living has its downside in 'Somewhere'
Carly Fiorina--the former Silicon Valley CEO and current U.S. Senate candidate who ruffled the feathers of Irvine assemblyman and fellow Republican nomination seeker Chuck DeVore with her campaign's "demon sheep" ad--apparently scored a big hit at this past weekend's GOP state convention in Santa Cl ... More >>
Steve Poizner photo by Jack GouldWhitman for sale; heil, Poizner!From Los Angeles Times Capitol Journal columnist George Skelton: Steve Poizner's Wild-Eyed Accusations Against Meg Whitman Don't Bode Well: The GOP gubernatorial candidate alleges his opponent used attempted bribery and extortion to ... More >>
One thing you can say about Mike Duvall, the disgraced Yorba Linda Republican who resigned from the state Assembly last week amid a sex scandal, is that when he wasn't receiving lap dances from shapely lobbyists, he was lapping up awards, honors and accolades all across the state.
Photo by Christopher VictorioHeading to a protest in Irvine, for the people of Iran. Daniel B. Wood of the Christian Science Monitor spent some time with Iranian-Americans in Irvine over the weekend and discovered while they want to expose atrocities taking place in their homeland to the world, they ... More >>
Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc., a San Clemente-based real estate investment trust, will default on the June mortgage payment for its swanky W Hotel San Diego property and turn over the 258-room downtown hotel to lenders, after failing to lower interest payments.The hotel has been hurt by "significant ... More >>
One reason I find myself in the financial fix I am in is because I took took a gamble. The plan hatched with my mortgage broker was to temporarily pay a low, low mortgage--that did not lower my principal--to free up enough cashflow to pay down my credit-card debt. This would improve my credit score ... More >>
Like scores of others in the print media business (we know who we are), Orange County Register employees are reeling from diminished 401Ks, a freeze on raises and increased workloads brought on by a company initiative to boost its web presence. They were not exactly cheered up last week when publish ... More >>
John Cruz lives in San Clemente, but his job is either a long freeway drive away in downtown Los Angeles or, mostly, a plane trip away in Sacramento. That is because Cruz is the appointments secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The LA Times caught Cruz's hand in the state taxpayer cookie ja ... More >>
It's been a rough half-year for Peter Callahan of the Tustin law firm Callahan, McCune & Willis, mostly because of his big mouth. The head lawyer for the Catholic Diocese of Orange sex-abuse scandal unwittingly revealed in September the sealed amount Bishop Tod D. Brown gave to a statutory rapist, b ... More >>
This week in Huntington Beach grub
Being fabulous at the St. John Knits fashion show
Ayn Rand Is a Sociopath
I see you, baby, shaking that . . .
Residents pressure city to test for contamination at former Chevron site
Dailies give Rohrabacher a pass on al-Qaeda ties
The road unexpectedly taken in Lost in Translation
Dont say anything with jazz
Evil spawn of OCs Scariest People
A guide to union dining in OC
Residents say, No way to city officials who want to bulldoze their neighborhood to build roller coasters
Health crisis hits Commie Central
Whos afraid of the ladies who lunch?
In Pastoralia, we rat one another out in the big game of success
Would you run your presidential library the way we run Nixons?
And other tales from the political season
Head Supervisor lacks the vision thing