• Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Trio Allegedly Gave New Noses, Boobs, Tummy Tucks to Patients in $50 Million Fraud Scheme

    Three people associated with an Orange surgery center that was known at different times as Empire Surgical Center, Vista Surgical Center and Princess Cosmetic Surgery ripped off health insurance companies for $50 million with medically unnecessary procedures for patients who were paid off with new n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Orange County DREAM Team Pushes for Health Coverage of Undocumented Residents

    Despite the frothing mouths of Know Nothings, the reality of Obamacare is that it leaves undocumented immigrants uninsured. The Health Care for All Act seeks to remedy that exclusion in California. If signed into law, the Senate Bill wouldn't consider immigration status for enrollment in Medi-Cal. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Rand Robert Gordon and Wife Michele Louise Gordon Accused of $2 Million Fraud Scheme

    A Laguna Hills couple was arraigned Thursday for a $2 million tax evasion and insurance fraud scheme, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) reports. Prosecutor Debbie Jackson had sought $2 million bail for Rand Robert Gordon, but the judge set it at $100,000 with the stipulation it be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    How Do I Make Sure My Album Is a Success?

    By: Jessica Hopper [Editor's Note: Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Dee Francis and Rosalinda Rodriguez Landon, Administrators in Unity Medical Fraud Scam, Expand Their Rap Sheets with Guilty Pleas

    Two ex-administrators are the latest to be convicted in the massive medical insurance billing fraud case involving the since-closed Unity Surgical Outpatient Center of Buena Park. Dee Francis, 63, was sentenced to six years in state prison after pleading guilty the various counts Friday, while his f ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 30, 2012

    Go Text Yourself

    [Hey, You!] Colliding with stupidity on the 55 freeway

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    March and Rally on 'Day of the Janitor' in Irvine Demands Workers' Rights

    Janitors in Orange County will mark an important anniversary in labor history by continuing la lucha. Back in the day, on June 15, 1990, a peaceful protest by those who keep offices and properties clean for a living was repressed by la chota in Los Angeles, garnering worldwide sympathy for their dem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Starbucks Supports Gay Marriage

    ​Even if their coffee's not really your thing, this might warm you up to the StarCorp. The company has come out in support of Washington State legislation that recognizes marriage equality for same-sex couples.Here's the letter sent out to nearly 150,000 employees: 

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Iggy Pop, Paco Rabanne's New Poster Boy

    ​File this under well, at least it's better than endorsing car insurance. According to Women's Wear Daily, Iggy Pop is the new face for Paco Rabanne's latest men's and women's fragrances--called Black XS L'Excès--out in January in France. Music vid director Jonas Akerlund (famous for Lady Gaga's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Jose Luis Guerrero Accused of Workers Comp Fraud; Case Began With Employee Dying in Wood Chipper

    ​When Gabriel Gonzalez was killed in 2007 by his body accidently going through a wood chipper, the owner of the tree trimming business he worked at filed a workers compensation insurance claim with the state to collect benefits for Gonzalez's family. Police, coroner's investigators and safety reg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Glen Justice, Local Oncologist, Sentenced to 18 Months For Health Care Fraud

    ​An Orange County oncologist, whose fraudulent health care schemes caused losses of up to $1 million, was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in federal prison yesterday.In a precious paradigm of irony, the 66-year-old doctor who pleaded guilty to five counts of health care fraud is named Glen Justice. ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011

    John M. Shanahan: Hooked on Sexual Harassment

    [Moxley Confidential] The Newport Beach businessman pays $1.7 million after asking his employee for rough sex

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    National Cardio Labs Settles Whistleblower Suit for $3.6 Million

    ​An Orange County heart-monitoring service will pay $3.6 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company defrauded government health care programs, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced. National Cardio Labs LLC was based in Santa Ana, Aliso Viejo and then Irvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Healthcare Celebration Today, Healthcare Protest Tomorrow

    ​Supporters of the historic healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama will gather in front of the Garden Grove district office of Rep. Loretta Sanchez this afternoon to thank Orange County's only Democratic member of Congress for her yes vote on the controversial legislation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Duane Roberts, Anaheim Activist, Announces U.S. Sentate Run

    Roberts​If a former community organizer can become president of the United States, why can't a community organizer become a U.S. senator?Longtime Anaheim activist Duane Roberts announced that he will file papers with the Orange County Registrar of Voters today to put his name on the June primary b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Heath Insurance or Bust: Why You Might Want to Think Twice About Relying on that Student Health Plan

     ​They are nicknamed the "Young Invincibles." Thus tagged by the health insurance industry, they are the demographic of strapping 19- to 29-year-olds who, at 13.7 million strong, constitute the largest group of uninsured in America. Among the least likely to be able to afford coverage, Young ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Rally Tonight Opposes Obama and Town-Hall Criers in Health-Care Debate

    All for one and one for OC Healthcare for All.​OC Healthcare for All and other groups peeved about the current health-care debate march to the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in downtown Santa Ana tonight and rally in support of the following message:Both sides--the ones personified by President Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    The Dahlia Lady of Costa Mesa

    If you've visited Kean Coffee in Newport Beach (...but really Costa Mesa) in the last few months, you'll notice their abundance of beautiful, brightly colored, fresh-cut dahlias in all shapes and sizes—some, bigger than your face—on display. And if you peer even closer, you'll notice homemade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Chris Gaffney has liver cancer

    Chris Gaffney, who for years has been pretty much OC's go-to guy for quality country music playing, singing and songwriting, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. And, like far too many musicians, he needs help to pay for his very costly chemotherapy treatments. Even though Gaffney has health insura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2007

    Beach Break: Cheap drugs

    Who doesn't like cheap drugs? Nobody that's who! So lets all jump up and click our heels together in glee because the city of Long Beach has introduced a drug card program that will reduce prescription medication costs by up to 75 percent for its residents! Oh the joy of it all! The UNA Rx Card is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Healthy Skepticism

    The first thing to notice about Governor Schwarzenegger's plan, which is being billed as a universal healthcare plan, is that it isn't a universal healthcare plan. It's a mandatory health insurance plan. It will not make sure a sick person gets the treatment he or she needs-- the treatments, drugs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    Arnold's New Era Begins

    In his inaugural address last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the beginning of a new chapter in California history, the "post-partisan" era, explaining, "The question is not what are the needs of Republicans or Democrats? The real question is what are the needs of our people?… Post- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2006

    Is the Medical Malpractice Insurance "crisis" over?

    A group called Americans for Insurance Reform has issued a study that concludes there has been a "wholesale decline of medical malpractice insurance rates nationwide" and that the so-called medical malpractice insurance "crisis" is over--whether or not states enacted restrictions on patients such as ... More >>