Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>
We once could have imagined The New York Times sending a future reporter to a completed Orange County Great Park in Irvine for an awe-inspiring article in the paper's "Great Homes & Destinations" section. Don't laugh. There's no shame in being fooled a decade ago. That's when Irvine political boss L ... More >>
The last time we told you about Neel Kashkari, the Republican nominee for governor out of Irvine was marching in a gay pride parade. Now, the investment banker and former U.S. Treasury Department official says he spent a week on the streets acting as if he was homeless. Call us when you're crossin ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Plus, Costa Mesa's cop-conspiracy case is on pause
Remember when Newport Beach's then-Assemblyman (and then-living) Gil Ferguson called his colleague on the Democratic side of the aisle Tom Hayden of Santa Monica a traitor? Good times ... Go ahead, ask Hayden about it when he makes an appearance behind the fabled Orange Curtain next week.
In the Transporter movie series, actor Jason Statham plays a highly-skilled, BMW-driving, special delivery man named Frank Martin, who lives by three rules: "Never change the deal," "No names," and "Never open the package." Fausto Villa Perez (a.k.a. "Seal K") was a real-life transporter, who tho ... More >>
When U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco lifted the stay on same-sex marriages in California back in August 2010, Erwin Chemerinsky said Prop 8 supporters had no legal standing to win a reversal.The U.S. Supreme Court this morning proved the UC Irvine School of Law dean ... More >>
Jean Pasco of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Office is not sure when same-sex marriages will be allowed again, reportedly saying it could be days or weeks from now.But Chapman University law professor John Eastman, a marriage equality opponent active with the National Organization for Marriage, ... More >>
Our news story this week told the saga of Jason Troia, Long Beach City College's (LBCC) student trustee who has declared war on the school's board over what he claims are financial irregularities in its decision to cut 11 vocational programs. After the release of the print story, Mark Taylor, the di ... More >>
The American public must be let in on what's going on behind closed doors regarding the federal government's attempts to preserve the full force of its controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, a UC Irvine law professor argues."There's a public right to know about issues surr ... More >>
Robert Topper received an early Christmas present in 1983: a toolbox for the wrenches, screwdrivers and other instruments he used in his spare time tinkering around in his Santa Ana garage. His pride and joy from his off-hours hobby was a Porsche he restored and would drive around, beaming. But Topp ... More >>
Are companies at the Port of Long Beach cheating truckers out of their rightful wages?
[Moxley Confidential] The Brea resident prefers digging into another man's marriage rather than focusing on his California senate race
"California, here we come! . . . Oh, no, wait, let's get the hell out of here!" If it seems like more and more people are fleeing California to start new lives elsewhere, it's because they are. In the last two decades, four million more people have booked it out of this perhaps-not-so-golden s ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Huntington Beach police accused of conspiring to protect the ex-cop whose ex-wife claims he violently sodomized her
Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been behind bars since his arrest in 1979 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Through his original convictions, overturned convictions and re-affirmed convictions, the 68-year-old has remained incarcerated in California. Against characte ... More >>
As his predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger did last year, Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a state parole board decision to release from prison Paul Crowder, who was convicted in 1991 of murdering a brilliant student-athlete from Anaheim's Crescenta Valley High School on her prom night.But Brown stil ... More >>
[BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] Organizers With the Orange County Dream Team
What if a vehement, Bible-thumping, anti-gay crusader--so vehemently anti-gay that many question his own sexual orientation--held a press conference to denounce what he considers the LGBT intrusion into public education and only three people showed up?And what if the trio hailed not from TV, radi ... More >>
The state parole board Wednesday found suitable for parole a two-time jail escapee convicted of bludgeoning a former girlfriend with a claw hammer and fatally shooting her husband in 1983. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas opposed Ivan Von Staich's parole bid, but if the 55-year-old is ultimately ... More >>
SolorioA proposed law authored by one Orange County assemblyman is being called a big favor for big labor, while legislation from another has powerful California business interests lined up against it.The legislators are Democrats and California Latino Legislative Caucus leaders Jose Solorio of S ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 26, 12:42 P.M.: There's an interesting nugget about Orange County and the Carlyle Group in coverage of the ongoing court battle over human waste from Southern California spread atop farmland in Kern County.Anyone trying to put the Bush 43 years behind them may have forgotten about the ... More >>
Is that you Tom Harman?The San Francisco Chronicle supplied excellent news this weekend.There is hope after all that this state's inept or corrupt (or, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, a combination of both) politicians and bureaucrats aren't entirely immune from accountability.And what's the cause of ... More >>
Presumably non-gay State Sen. Tom HarmanThe California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to analyze whether Proposition 8 proponents have standing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in the Golden State--a legal detour that could delay an appellate decision o ... More >>
Give Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley credit for this: He knows how to get anti-abortion advocates to do his bidding. Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, the former owner of a Santa Ana abortion clinic where women were once treated like slabs in a butcher shop, was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years in ... More >>
The Orange County Register's longtime columnist and senior editor Steven Greenhut left the Santa Ana daily in 2009 to open a Sacramento news bureau for the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market, individual liberty think tank based in San Francisco. But it's obvious he misses Orange County, o ... More >>
Van Tran There's no doubt that three months before the November election polling showed Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez might be in danger of losing to Little Saigon state Assemblyman Van Tran.To thwart Tran's potential rise, Sanchez--already known as a tireless campaigner--doubled he ... More >>
Drug dealer Gerardo Medina Hernandez, 26, of Anaheim, has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison for stashing more than 90 pounds of black tar heroin in false compartments of a car in an Anaheim garage last year. The punishment was handed down Wednesday after Hernandez pleaded guilty to on ... More >>
UPDATE: New details throughout . . . Billionaire Meg Whitman exploited a Latina housekeeper the GOP nominee for California governor knew was in the country illegally, alleged celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred this morning, setting off an array of charges and counter-charges.
A corruption probe resulted in the arrest of a city official in Huntington Beach this morning. Hell, that's not news, that's just another day in Surf City, you're probably saying to yourself. (Ah, ex-mayors Garofalo and Houchen, how we miss you so!) However, this time the busted city official ... More >>
Is Sacramento ready for Loretta?Never underestimate Loretta Sanchez.Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that the veteran Orange County congresswoman opened a bank account for a 2014 campaign to become California's governor.But is Sanchez, OC's lone congressional Democrat, serious about a race ... More >>
Chadd McKeen helps medical-pot patients grow their own, while openly bashing some weed dispensaries
Photo by John GilhooleyJerry Roach is not dead.Controversy and the Cuckoo's Nest--it's as if Jerry Roach never left us. But many assumed the owner of the former Costa Mesa punk rock club had left permanently. "People thought I was dead," he tells me with a chuckle.
[Moxley Confidential] Will Mike Carona's ex-punching bag be Orange County's next sheriff?
Photo by Christopher VictorioMeg Whitman presses the flesh in Buena Park earlier this month.California governor wannabe Meg Whitman won Monday's GOP debate in Costa Mesa, according to dean of Capitol muckrakers Dan Walters ("an indirect win"), conservative blogger Eric Hogue ("a win by split deci ... More >>
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 >>
[Moxley Confidential] Is GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman really Arnold Schwarzenegger with a skirt?
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to be replaced by Orly Taitz? Anti-Obama crusader Orly Taitz may be finished with her lawsuit in the Orange County federal courthouse, but that doesn't mean we're done seeing her around here.In fact, Californians may get to know her even better in 2010- ... More >>
The OC Weekly--as in ORANGE COUNTY Weekly--plot for Los Angeles media market domination has been slow to achieve but persistent, as evidenced by the impressive showing Weeklings make on the Los Angeles Press Club's list of finalists for the 51st annual SoCal Journalism Awards.Winners will be announc ... More >>
“I haven't seen you since 1988,” Tim Carpenter says with astonishment as he finally recognizes the progressive activist whose hand he's been shaking during a brief break between a press conference and rally for Democratic candidates at the Teamsters Local 952 union hall in Orange last Friday. B ... More >>
AG Brown: Investigate Santa Ana Renaissance Plan's conflict-of-influenza, por favor
Baby Needs a Ball Gag: The silly season starts strong in OC
How Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped worrying and learned to love selling out to special interests
Orange home project plagued by the law that time forgot
Republican candidate for California governor steps temporarily away from homophobia
More evidence that Orange County justice is just plain scary
Hey! It really IS the Year of the Woman!
Web gives all gubernatorial candidates a forum