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.
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 >>
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?
Election Day dispatches from around the county
[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 >>
[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 >>
Searching the High Road.Checking in on the Newport Beach Film Festival at its halfway mark, viewers have been treated in this 12th year to the option of sticking to one genre of presentations--say, only shorts or comedies or Spanish-language movies--or creating their own cultural bouillabai ... 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 >>
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 >>
Election 2010: Scenes from some of the few races where Dems didn't get tsunami'd
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 >>
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 >>
Eddie Rose writes: "In California this year, we have--with one notable exception--the WORST slate of candidates, including a man who can't pronounce the name of the state he claims to serve! Were it not for the importance of several ballot propositions, it probably wouldn't make much sense to go to ... More >>
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
Republican candidate for California governor steps temporarily away from homophobia
And its one, two, threewhat are we dining for?
More evidence that Orange County justice is just plain scary
Hey! It really IS the Year of the Woman!