By Joel Robinson In east Orange (the sprawling part, where history was erased), my mom received another code violation for her native habitat garden in her front yard. It has been five years since we won our legal effort to preserve our native habitat garden. And here we go again
Rich Mead, the self-described "IRS paper pusher" turned chef/restaurateur, is now in a public struggle with his landlord, The Irvine Company, to renew the lease on his Newport Beach restaurant. Sage, which has been in business at Eastbluff Village Center in Newport Beach for the last 15 ye ... More >>
Sneaking in under the radar, a non-pho establishment actually opened its doors in Irvine at the end of January. Part of a petite chain which includes locations in Aliso Viejo and Corona del Mar, Panini Cafe is just off Jamboree and 405 in the plaza known as Park Place.
UPDATE, DEC. 22, 5 P.M.: One-time super-sports agent Leigh Steinberg of Newport Beach has reacted to the bench warrant imposed on him by an Orange County court commissioner, calling the whole thing the result of a mix-up. The 62-year-old tells the Associated Press that he was under the mistaken i ... More >>
Janet Wilson blogged here in September and did whatever it is they call it when something that had been blogged later appears in print here in November about Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren's "gift" to Orange County of 20,000 acres of rugged wild lands at the county's eastern edge.At first leery ... More >>
Edwin GoeiAs I first reported in August of last year (after being tipped off from a fellow Chowhound), The Counter is opening its second OC store at Westcliff Plaza in Newport Beach. It's slated for this summer. But it looks like it soon won't be the newbie in that plaza.
Remember those UC Irvine students who visited the Newport Center office of Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) on Tuesday afternoon? As the video above shows, the future doctors, lawyers and researchers from UCI's law and medical schools are singing traditional Christmas carols with new lyrics pert ... More >>
UPDATED WITH PHOTOS FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING . . . Photo by Keith MayCounty Supervisor Bill Campbell, whose district includes the Irvine Co. land in question, is amused by a speaker at Tuesday's board meeting in Santa Ana.He's got a gift. Donald Bren, the secretive, aging multi-billi ... More >>
It's the third OC location for the self-serve, Irvine Company-owned venture (the others are in Fountain Valley and Westminster). It's on the site of the Tropical Smoothie Café that shuttered last year.So, what sets Yogurt Passion apart from its competitors? Not a lot, as far as we can tell, althoug ... More >>
Orange County Business Journal has some enlightening items in this week's issue, although you have to hunt for most of them. That, of course, is not the case with "OC Insider," the weekly column by executive editor Rick Reiff, a seasoned pro who knows to start off with his most newsworthy stuff: T ... More >>
Orange County Register: Four earthquakes have shook North Orange County in a week. Jeez, gay people, what have you done to piss off God now? . . . OC banruptcies jumped 57 percent in January. So you've got to love Southern California Edison's timing in these fucked-up financial times: included ... More >>
Nothing made for funnier reading this holiday season than an article in CityLine, a newspaper put out by what was once known as the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce but now calls itself the Greater Santa Ana Business Alliance so they can justify holding mixers outside of their beloved city. Under the h ... More >>
We've got the George Argyros-owned apartment empire "systematically ripping off" its largely poor or lower middle class tenants by fabricating excuses for not refunding deposits to literally thousands of people. We've got Donald L. Bren--owner of the Irvine Co. using strong arm tactics on small l ... More >>
Bus Stop: Orange County Transportation bus drivers voted to strike this morning. KCBS/Channel 2 is reporting that 50 of 80 routes will lose service. You know what this means? Rich Newport Beach folks could be forced to retrieve their domestic help. Capo School Scamsters: The LA Times reported today ... More >>
Second Annual Tree Hugger's Ball
Ever wonder where your local tax dollars go?
County officials say no to swimming, but yes to recycling at Irvine Lake
I was at Fascist Island for this morning's MoveOn.organized protest against John Campbell (R-Irvine Company), and I noticed a sign hanging high above the Atrium Court's lower parking lot. DE SIGN AIN'T WITHIN REACH I giggled all morning. Anyone else know ridiculous signage in and around Orange C ... More >>
All that stands in the way of Bill Vardoulis tunnel dream is the Irvine Co.
OCs richest recluse emerges briefly to swing at the Weekly
Times and Reg express surprise again and again over Irvine Co. donation
Evil spawn of OCs Scariest People
Agrans plan for a Great Park will make Don Bren a far richer man
The Irvine Co. backs its old nemesis: Larry Agran
Is Measure W already dead? Was it ever supposed to succeed?
As earthmovers move in, local Indians move to save their sacred land
Silva may be stupid, but his airport flip-flop shows hes smart enough to take orders
Dennis Kellys tales of briny woe
The year in not-so-open space
Irvine Co. deploys its troops on eastern border, prepares for war with city of Orange!
Sage Hill School may provide its wealthy students with a lesson in real-world politics
The Times knows, but it ain't saying who's responsible for the high-tech letdown
Irvine Co. donations generate publicity but little evidence of giving
Note to Don Bren: Take this bailout and shove it
Wilsons flip-flop on CEO proves the specter of outside interests controls Orange County government
Irvine Co.s Crystal Cove project raises eco-disaster fears
Public access jeopardized at Crystal Cove
El Toro Airport Watch No. 111
How taxpayers subsidize the Irvine Co.s Newport Coast development
El Toro Airport Watch No. 103