So Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner tried to rally his troops yesterday during a townhall held at the Reg's third-floor newsroom. The occasion, of course, is an expected exodus of the newsroom--anywhere from 20 to 100 people--through a combination of severance packages and layoffs. Kushner ... More >>
An Anaheim bookkeeper has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from two law firms and issuing unauthorized checks to her husband. Meanwhile, the former treasurer of the Fullerton office of a Teamsters union has pleaded guilty to embezzling $10,000 and faces sentencing Aug. 4.
The Continental Room
As a cub reporter back in the Stone Age, the first time I covered teacher strike talks a union official decried the "paltry" salaries the school district paid new instructors--with nary a hint over how much more they earned than I did. This has been repeated throughout my career, often accompanied b ... More >>
Yes, yes: The Orange County Register has embarked on a hiring spree not seen since the days Otis Chandler was sweating money back in the 1980s. Yes, yes: hiring up, not down, is a wonderful strategy, not just because it ensures news reporting doesn't disappear but also employs people and keeps write ... More >>
For those disenchanted by reports of continued high unemployment, sequestration and the devaluation of your hard earned dollars, take heart, apparently it's not all doom and gloom. According to a study conducted by the California Public Policy Center (CPPC), we in the media haven't been entirely vig ... More >>
Back in my grad school days at UCLA, I made frequent use of my health care there--not because I suffered from anything more than the occasional stomach ulcer, but because I was a hypochondriac. Besides, it was cheap, accessible, and it was the first time in my life I ever had health care. That was i ... More >>
Striking hotel workers at the non-union Embassy Suites Irvine walked off the job today and are taking their two-year long labor dispute to Pasadena. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, which held its monthly board meeting there this morning, is a dominant investor in the ownersh ... More >>
The pot-smoking boss of a Santa Ana skate shop forced employees to pose for "sexually prurient" ads, work with "crude and questionably pornographic material" and, if they piped up about sexual harassment and drug use on the job, quit or be demoted, claims a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior ... More >>
It's April 17, so you know what that means . . .Wait, what? It's tax day? What the blazes is that?It's obviously Equal Pay Day, which the nonprofit National Partnership for Women & Families is marking with data showing a wide gender wage gap in California.
Interviewing David Clyde for today's "The Lost Boys of Summer" feature, it's as if the onetime pitching phenom suffers from baseball Tourette's. That's because, in between March thunderstorms, the former Texas Ranger is speaking with me on the phone while schooling a young pitcher at a North Hous ... More >>
Usually, I don't give a shit about my birthday for reasons no one ever seems to want to understand. But last year, after the accolades heralding my 846th year on this planet, I realized I shared February 3 with a far-more important person: Gabriel Zambrano of Soho Taco.
UPDATE, JAN. 13, 10:42 A.M.: Even those who question Mitt Romney's commitment to conservatism would agree that, when it comes to business, he has steadfastly advocated in public speeches that government must get out of the way so they can flourish. But now, a second Orange County connection to Ro ... More >>
Occupy textbooks! Angry over tuition hikes, slashed resources and hefty pay raises for top administrators, students at UC Irvine will be demonstrating today with a "study-in." Reads the Facebook page: "Bring your notebooks, your textbooks, your laptops and bluebooks. Bring lawn ... More >>
If someone was trying to send a message to the Orange County Labor Federation, they certainly caught everyone's attention. A noose was found dangling from the roof of the federations' offices in Orange this morning, according to numerous reports.As of this afternoon, there were no leads on who or ... More >>
Spitzer: "I've done nothing wrong."Talking to Chuck DeVore and Todd Spitzer, two men who were once pals, you get the sense that these two Republican candidates seeking the same office, the county's 3rd District supervisor's seat, don't like each other.DeVore recently produced a bombshell 30-secon ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Trunk off, GOP push-pollster!
UPDATE, JUNE 27, 11:52 A.M.: The Muslim woman at the center of a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch over being forced to remove her hijab while working in the stockroom of a Hollister Co. store in San Mateo spoke at this morning's press conference."When I was asked to remove my scarf after ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyHuy Pham, in a photo brought to a candlelight vigil for himUPDATE, MAY 31, 8:16 A.M.: Costa Mesa's police chief, Steve Staveley isn't entirely convinced by the conclusions being made from the coroner reports that Huy Pham had cocaine in his system at the time of his ... More >>
Newport Beach sits just to the south/southeast west of the oh-so-troubled city of Costa Mesa. It's a city full of pretty people and prettier cars. It has 10 miles of coastline. Its population is 90-plus percent white and the median value of a home is said to exceed $1 million. And yet, just like ... More >>
Local educators fume as the daily publishes its latest salary database
An Orange County Register editorial project that relies on the names, campuses and salaries of all public school teachers in the county has riled many instructors, a state teacher union official confirmed.This was most dramatically played out in the Huntington Beach Union High School District (HB ... More >>
After some two-and-a-half years of stalled negotiations and street theater, a new labor deal still seems like Fantasyland
BinnieA former Santa Ana plastics company is being dragged into the U.S. Senate Republican primary race in New Hampshire.William Harrison "Bill" Binnie is self-funding his campaign for the seat held by Republican incumbent Judd Gregg, who is retiring from the upper house. Binnie currently serves ... More >>
A coach is using the fall of Matt Leinart, the NFL quarterback by way of USC and Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, to teach his eager players a vital skill.But this coach's specialty is not offenses or defenses--at least not in the gridiron sense.And his players (think playahs) deal with totall ... More >>
Art piece courtesy of the Nadia Afghani Collection...EDIT, 5:30 P.M.: New updates and info emerge from the afternoon's press conference. Please see this post for more details. EDIT, 1:30 P.M.: We're live Tweeting from the press conference! Follow us at @OCWeekly for all the latest developments.Di ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] While the public wasn't listening to Steven Greenhut, the certainties of life changed
A San Juan Capistrano insurance broker this week brokered a 10-year deal behind state prison bars after pleading guilty to grand theft and insurance fraud in a $4.6 million scheme involving false certificates of insurance being issued to four companies.Mitchell Basil Zogob, 51, worked as an insu ... More >>
PignataroEx-OC Weekly investigative reporter Anthony Pignataro has joined the staff of the new Sacramento-based CalWatchdog.com which launched its website yesterday.Controlled by ex-Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut on behalf of a libertarian-leaning California think tank, C ... More >>
Lil Erna / Flickr / Creative CommonsImagine you're a vagrant wino (in these times, not hard to imagine). You get picked up by Newport Beach police. How to explain the stink on the breath... the unwashed clothes... the sad look in your eyes?From Corona Del Mar Today:Two transient men were arrested ... More >>
Coming to Anaheim Thursday.Kaiser Permanente employees will picket outside the Kaiser Orange County facility Thursday to protest the health behemoth's plans to slash 1,350 jobs in coming months.Kaiser workers in purple shirts are scheduled to chant, carry signs and speak with patients about the e ... More >>
Courtesy of OCTAWill Kempton moves to OCTA from Caltrans, where he has served for five years.The hiring of Caltrans director Will Kempton for the Orange County Transportation Authority's vacant executive director position would seem like a step down. After all, the Schwarzenegger appointee oversees ... More >>
An insider confirms what until now had been a rumor whispered around the water coolers at the Orange County Register: employees will be subjected to furloughs in the next quarter. Now the rumor being whispered in front of the vending machine is that the unpaid, one-week vacations will be manda ... More >>
Above the “Teamsters Local 952 Orange County and Vicinity” logo on the wall behind the speaker’s podium at the Orange union hall on Marks Way is the image of two horse heads. Instead of suggesting that represents the calling card of some syndicates that have been known to associate with labor ... More >>
A couple of days ago, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEUI) Local 1877 who clean offices at Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum Center voted overwhelmingly to strike against the two facilities' owner, the mighty Irvine Company. The Orange County Labor Federation is on board ... More >>
Walk to Stop Executions
The AP wires are humming today with news that Brian Doyle, former deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, has been sentenced. Doyle was caught sending sexually explicit messages to Sheriff's deputies posing as a 14-year-old girl named Ashlynne, for which he has been sentenced ... More >>
What did our one and only president, George W. Bush, tell the German weekly Bild am Sonntag was his "best moment of all" since he took office? For the answer, click here. Strange? Yes. Childish? You bet. Though to be fair to W, if you were president and the buck stopped with you for things like th ... More >>
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