John Gilhooley

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    February 21, 2014

    Dana Rohrabacher is Missing! (from His Office When Climate-Change Activists Pay a Visit)

    Activists who want to bring attention to the continuing problem of climate change paid a visit Thursday afternoon to the Huntington Beach office of a nationally known climate-change denier, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). Unfortunately for the Organizing for Action volunteers, the "Surf ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    The 50 Worst Things About the OC Music Scene

    Orange County, your musicians have a bone to pick with you. Well, more than one bone actually. You see, for being the second-most populous county in the Greater L.A. area-- behind L.A. of course-- the only figure that beats our count of approximately 3 million citizens is the number of times we're r ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    "Rockin' Fig" Rick Fignetti and the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: an Un-love Story

    Over the years, you've heard him on KROQ, read his local newspaper columns and walked past his Main Street shop, so it was really no surprise that one of last weekend's Surfers' Hall of Fame inductees in Huntington Beach was Rick Fignetti. No, the surprise came weeks earlier, when it was revealed ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    10 Late-Night Restaurants that UCI Students Are Grubbing At Right Now

    Since the founding of Harvard back in the 1600, college students have always frequented the open-til-two or the 24-hour restaurants, whether it was grog they were seeking or ramen, either as a study break or after a long night of partying at the generic frat house. Six hours of sleep and under ha ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Top 10 OC Shows of Summer 2012

    The only thing tougher than realizing that yet another summer concert season has come and gone is taking the time to sort all the best moments together an relive them in numerical order. For us, the difficulty of the latter usually means that we got to experience enough slam-dancing, chorus-shouting ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    10 Great Sandwiches in Orange County

    For this list of things eaten between two slices of bread, I've limited it to those that couldn't possibly be mistaken for a hot dog or a burger (thank goodness we already did those lists). Even then, the problem with these 10 listicles is that I still had to cut out a great many sandwiches for spac ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Ten Great Burgers in Orange County

    Kevin Lara / OC WeeklySt. Roy Chef's Pub... a worthy stop.​If there's any list of these "Best Of Best Of Best Of" items that's likely to engender bitter debate, it's this one. Burgers inspire more debate than any other food we write about, mostly because everyone in Orange County, even those with ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Ten Great Bakeries in Orange County

    ​Ten years ago, so-called food "pundits" predicted the demise of bakeries at the hands of the Atkins and South Beach diets. We rolled our eyes then, and we were right, because there's never been a better time to get baked goods in Orange County. From Scandinavian to Vietnamese, from French to Mexi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Chuck DeVore Drops Out of Supervisor's Race, Moving to Texas

    John GilhooleyOnly a keystroke away...​So long and thanks for all the tweets! Former California Assemblyman and OC Weekly cover boy Chuck DeVore announced today he's not only dropping out of the race for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, but he's also dropping out of the state of California. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Jim Gray: Voters Wanted To Regulate Pot Like Wine?

    Photo by John Gilhooley​Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, Orange County's favorite anti-drug war crusader, is pushing a ballot initiative for next year that would legalize marijuana for adults in California. Like Proposition 19, which failed at the ballot box last November, his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Eric Doran, Co-Owner Of Eat Chow, Killed in Car Accident

    Putting the finishing touches on breakfast.John Gilhooley/OC Weekly​Eric Doran was originally scheduled to be our featured chef for last week's On The Line; he even sat down for a photo session with us. However, co-owner Brian McReynolds told us two weeks ago Eric wouln't be able to conduct the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Ten Most WTF Music Stories of 2010

    ​We twittered, shared and reposted all these stories ad nauseum in 2010--for a good reason. This year, trashy viral videos made more of an impact than the Grammys, and Antoine Dodson was more memorable than Beatles songs finally getting on iTunes. So the line  blurring of talent and fame is m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Marijuana Legalization Debated at CSUF, Local Christian College and Newport Beach Hotel

    ​Recent polls show marijuana legalization will go down in flames in California on Nov. 2, while some interpreting those surveys claim many voters saying no to pollsters will punch yes to Prop 19 once inside the voting booth, paving the way to victory.The votes of undecideds will be critical. Fortu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Orly Taitz Says Vote for Carly Fiorina, Don't Trust Jim Lacy

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​Orly Taitz, the famed Laguna Niguel dentist and serial suer of Barack Obama, has had her issues with the Republican party in the past. Take, for example, her bid for California secretary of state earlier this year: She ended up suing her opponent in the Republican primar ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Orly Taitz Says She'll Staple Obama's Birth Certificate to her Forehead, Lashes out at Obama-Controlled Facebook

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​When Brian Williams asked President Barack Obama what he thought of all the people who suspected he was born outside of the United States, Obama had a snappy, headline-generating answer: "I can't spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    What You Missed: U.S. Open of Surfing Finals, Weezer, Crawfish Festival, Maloof Money Cup, National Lifeguard Championships

    John Gilhooley/OC Weekly​What'd you miss this weekend? It was a long one for us, full of what Orange County has come be known for (partially, at least): Action sports! We celebrated Brett Simpson's (right) second win at the U.S. Open of Surfing, checked out Weezer and Hot Hot Heat's performances a ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Groups Step Up Opposition to Punishment for UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union

    ​Meant to get this up yesterday, but a group that protects the legal rights of Asians and Pacific Islanders sent word that it has joined 14 other civil rights organizations and professional bar associations from across the nation in condemning the recommended suspension of UC Irvine's Muslim Stude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Campaign Law Revision Finally Reaches Board of Supervisors; Shirley Grindle Not Happy

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​A two-year-long study of the county's campaign contributions law has finally been completed, and the original architect of that law--septuagenarian OC campaign watchdog Shirley Grindle--isn't thrilled. "All hell is breaking lose," she chuffed when answering the phon ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 17, 2010
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    June 9, 2010

    Now We Begin the Real Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Era

    ​In the waning days of the campaign for sheriff, a resigned but not defeated Sandra Hutchens argued a point to an unreceptive group of voters in Newport Beach, handed the microphone to rival Bill Hunt and said something like "This crowd is yours again."Time and again, Hunt dominated events with pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Chuck DeVore Was Right on Low Turnout, Wrong That It Would Propel Him to Victory

    ​Termed-out Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) on Monday afternoon presented supporters a strategy to victory in the race for the GOP nomination to face U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in November. Though he was polling somewhere below Chuy Bravo's kneecaps, DeVore reckoned a record low voter turnout in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    LA Times Hints DeVore Misdirected Over Military & Reagan Background

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyChuck DeVore: Fill in the blank.​Perhaps inspired by the New York Times' recent detrailment of a Connecticut senatorial candidate's campaign by pointing out that he had repeatedly "misspoken" about fighting in the Vietnam War, a Los Angeles Times article today takes a clo ... More >>

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    April 25, 2010

    Jerry Roach of Cuckoo's Nest: Not Dead

    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.

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    April 14, 2010

    Sheriff's Poll: Sandra Hutchens In Big Lead

    John GilhooleySmile Sandy Smile​The first public poll of voter support in the Orange County sheriff's race found that Sandra Hutchens is far in the lead but significantly short of winning the necessary 50 percent plus vote to avoid a November runoff, according to the Voice of OC.

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    March 23, 2010

    Orly Taitz Gets In On the Suing Healthcare Reform Game

    Taitz photo by John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyThe two most powerful women in America.​The cluster of attorneys general filing suit against the federal government to stop the just-passed health-care reform bill aren't alone in their battle.We'll give you one guess on who else has taken up their cause.

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    March 22, 2010

    What You Missed: Sushi Eating Festival, MMA, New Found Glory, Swallows Parade

    Andrew YoussefNew Found Glory fan, not a teenager?​What'd you miss this weekend? Welllllllll on Saturday, New Found Glory and Saves the Day performed at the House of Blues Anaheim. Hello Goodbye and Fireworks opened. Photog Andrew Youssef was there to document all the high-pitched fun. See the ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2010

    Orly Taitz Slings Mud at Republican Opponent for Secretary of State / John GilhooleyBoth Dunn and Taitz like blue!​While we weren't able to attend Dr. Orly Taitz's speech regarding "The Truth About Election Fraud" to the Orange County Federation of Republican Women today, we were, as always, able to read Taitz's blog (we've got good virus protection ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Mission Viejo's MacLean Rescinds Recount Request

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyLance MacLean: at peace?​Orange Juice! and the Mission Viejo Dispatch are reporting that Mission Viejo ex-Mayor Lance MacLean has canceled his request for a recount of the ballot's in last week's election, which saw him recalled from office by a margin of 19 votes.Speakin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Still Crazies After All These Years

    Today's cover story follows Drake Doremus to Park City, Utah, where the young filmmaker's second feature, Douchebag, premiered at the Jan. 21-31 Sundance Film Festival. It was an equally momentous month for Doremus' mother, Cherie Kerr, whose Orange County Crazies comedic theater troupe celebrated i ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Mission Viejo's MacLean Recalled, Replaced by Anti-Recall Candidate [UPDATE: Yes, He Is... by 19 Votes]

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyLance MacLean: Okay, NOW mayor no more.​Update, 5:01 p.m.: The final results for the election are out. MacLean has been recalled by a vote of 50.1% to 49.9%, with a 19 vote difference between the two sides. Dave Leckness will replace him. Full results here.Update, 10:50 a ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    My Day with Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate

    So, this is my Andrew McMahon day. We met at the rehearsal space Jack's Mannequin uses in North Hollywood shortly before noon and had a lengthy chat about everything from Something Corporate reuniting for Bamboozle to McMahon's battle with Leukemia to buddy Tommy Lee to whether the Dana Hills High S ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Mr. Rampage's Wild Ride Results in Probation

    TMZ.comNothing to see here, folks.​Remember that July 15, 2008, incident where mixed-martial artist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson crashed his Ford F-150 into several vehicles and then led police on a high-speed chase that had him aggressively weaving through traffic, chatting on his cell phone, accele ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Looking Back: 2009 Orange County Deaths

    ​Turn on the weepy, string ensemble music: It's time for us to look back on the year that (almost) was and remember some of the figures from Orange County who have left us. There was unexpected tragedy, there were some suspicious circumstances, there were rich legacies... there's even the possibil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Santa Ana Judge Spikes Orly Taitz Lawsuit, Again

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​Late Friday afternoon, Judge David O. Carter passed down his judgment on Orly Taitz's Barnett v. Obama lawsuit: denied. Again! Taitz had filed a motion for reconsideration of Carter's earlier dismissal. The motion--and a follow-up filing--accused Carter of hiring a clerk ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Craig Monteilh's Mosque Spy Stories Draw FBI Response

    Photo by John GilhooleyFrom the Craig Monteilh Informant-Wear Collection.​The FBI provided a written response to a West Covina judge's decision to unseal court documents that an Irvine fitness instructor claims proves he was an FBI informant who spied on Southern California Islamic mosques and the ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    UPDATED: Afghanistan War Orphan Advocate Hasan Nouri Backs Obama Troop Increase Strategy

    Photo by John GilhooleyHasan Nouri​UPDATED WITH LINK TO VIDEO . . .Hasan Nouri, the Laguna Hills civil engineer and war orphan advocate profiled in a Weekly cover story a year ago ("War & Water"), and Nabil Miskinyar, the owner of Irvine-based, Dari Farsi-language network Ariana Afghanistan Te ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Juaneno Chief's Wife Cha Cha Belardes Passes Away

    Photo by John Gilhooley Chief David Belardes with tribal manager Joyce Perry of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians. ​When the Weekly was covering the conflict between Mission San Juan Capistrano and a faction of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians earlier this year, it appea ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Orly Taitz Motion Says Local Judge Wants to Lynch Her

    John Gilhooley, OC Weekly​Maybe we will get another date with Orly Taitz in Santa Ana's Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse after all. Less than two weeks after Judge David O. Carter dismissed the Laguna Niguel's Barnett v. Obama lawsuit seeking to throw the President out of office, Tait ... More >>

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    September 30, 2009

    Garden Grove Pays Half a Million to Settle Brutality Suit With Santos Family

    John Gilhooley​ Remember that feature story from last year, "Party Crashers"? The one with the cover artwork showing a birthday cake with all these cops as candles and the headline that said "At this Garden Grove Family Barbecue, the Cops Brought the Pepper Spray and Handcuffs?"The story concerned ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Judge To Orly Taitz: I Think You Owe Me $10,000

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​Laguna Niguel's best Obama-suer, Dr. Orly Taitz, has been tearing through headlines this week. The latest development: After accusing a judge of treason and petitioning to reverse his decision, that judge has asked Taitz why he should not fine her $10,000.The order from ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Public's Interest in FBI Spying on Islamic Mosques in OC Cited in Lawsuit Seeking Surveillance Guidelines

    Photo by John GilhooleyCraig Monteilh, a.k.a. Farouk Aziz​While the Senate Judiciary Committee peppered FBI Director Robert Mueller with questions today before about the guidelines the bureau operates under while spying on Islamic mosques in the United States, a San Francisco legal advocacy and ed ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Orly Watch: Taitz Battles Obama-Caused Beheadings In Georgia

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​We reported last Tuesday from Dr. Orly Taitz's hearing in Santa Ana. You remember Taitz, the Laguna Niguel "birther"/dentist/mother/lawyer/Weekly cover girl that's trying to sue Barack Obama out of office, right? Taitz's lawsuit with more than a hundred of plaintiffs bef ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Local Raider Nation Ministry is Heavenly Inspired

    Photo by John Gilhooley "Pastor Mondo" Armando Leon, who is shown in this 2005 photo above the cross-tattooed shoulder of Raiders Boosters of Orange County president Larry Garcia, founded Nation Ministry this season.​Should the Oakland Raiders bounce back from their close opening ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    From Scrooge McDuck to Ebenezer Scrooge for Chuck DeVore

    Photo by John GilhooleyAs California burns, DeVore tweets.Perhaps you missed it in our recent flurry of online and old-timey print coverage of Chuck DeVore--the Republican assemblyman out of Irvine making noise about running for Democrat Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat in 2010--but at one point Chu ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    "Parenting the Addict Child" Finds a New Home

    Photo by John GilhooleyShortly after publication of the Weekly's story on Laguna Beach's Leyla Fatima, who hosts the radio program Parenting the Addict Child, her station KLSX 97.1 FM switched from its "FM Talk" format to Top 40 music. That was curious because Fatima talked at the time of big plans ... More >>

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    May 2, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 5/2 - 5/4

    Free Fridays at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 5/2 @ 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thanks to the LA County Arts Commission, the Long Beach Museum of Art offers free admission to all guests every Friday. LBMA 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 562-439-2119 John Gilhooley Photography Exhibit, 5/3 @ 7 p.m. - 1 ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Avalon Bar Owner Mike Conley Found Dead

    The Weekly has received reports and the Chicago Tribune has confirmed that Avalon Bar owner Mike Conley was found dead early Thursday in a hotel parking lot in Leyden Township, Illinois. From the Tribune: Michael Conley, of Costa Mesa, Calif., was found unresponsive at 5:40 a.m. by a person stayi ... More >>

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