Last Monday, Nov. 25, someone tried to carry a loaded 9mm handgun onto a plane at John Wayne Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
As you might expect, the grenade sting ball and three military artillery fuses found in checked luggage at John Wayne Airport Aug. 27 made the TSA's roundup of arms, ammo and other curious items found last week at the nation's airports.
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the arraignment being delayed but bail being set at half of what prosecutors wanted. Update No. 1 is on the charges the woman driver faces and the maximum sentence with a conviction.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 3:24 P.M.: The big news out of John Wayne Airport ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our Mexican-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a sighting in the same area 12 hours before.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 7, 10:03 A.M.: An Orange County sheriff's deputy--or someone identifying themselves as an Orange County sheriff's deputy working John Wayne Airport--saw an orange object emitting a bright lig ... More >>
Orange Countians out earn and enjoy lower unemployment and higher home values on average than people in other Southern California counties, according to the County of Orange Auditor-Controller's Annual Citizens' Report released today. Only San Diego County employs fewer county government employees p ... More >>
Arash "Ash" Durrani, the actor, model and former Costa Mesa resident who is accused of getting so drunk off his "Ash" that he disrupted a Sept. 25 United Airlines flight from Chicago to John Wayne Airport, now has an Oct. 22 court date in Santa Ana.Released on a $50,000 bond posted by his brother Th ... More >>
An 26-year-old actor-model who goes by "Ash" is due in federal court today for allegedly making an "Ass" of himself on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to John Wayne Airport.Arash Durrani is accused of pacing up and down the aisles for about the first 45 minutes of United Flight 473 on Tuesday, ... More >>
Stuck in standby hell in John Wayne Airport, my prospects of getting to Las Vegas for a conference diminishing with each full flight of chicks in ass shorts and the bros they love, I decided to do something I had never done before at our lil' airport that can: eat lunch. John Wayne's much-ballyhooed ... More >>
Citing lack of bookings, United Airlines will end flights between Honolulu and John Wayne Airport starting Monday.As one who used to be able to afford air travel to the Islands, I can say we used LAX more often than JWA because the fares were so much cheaper.
Brandon FergusonUPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2011 8:30 P.M.: The most amusing part about this evening's Occupy protest in front of John Wayne Airport was the bewildered faces of cranky business travelers as they wheeled their suitcases through chanting crowds on the way back to their cars. But widesp ... More >>
Surfers are typically pro-environment, but construction of their surf boards can produce about a pound or more of toxic chemical waste.Does that tidbit make them hypocrites?Not necessarily--especially in San Clemente, where Soul Stix Surfboards sends its powdery polyurethane waste to Monarch Gree ... More >>
Jimmy 'Z' Parvin's flashy John Wayne Airport-adjacent restaurant needs a lot less Real Housewife and more him
Photo by Kevin LaraTrying to sit down with Renzo is a sight to see. Shaking our hand, quipping with a customer, working with a vendor and responding to a text is a post-lunch breather for this social businessman. He runs both a catering company and Peruvian establishment, the latter hidden in the ... More >>
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Those who've lived in Irvine near UCI about a decade or so ago should remember Jimmy Z Grill at Campus Plaza. It folded and then the sushi restaurant that followed it also failed. Now at the vacated spot, another sushi restaurant is poised to open.
Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine
Recent reports of near-misses in the skies near John Wayne Airport are bad enough.But Orange County's commercial airport seems to have shifted from the scary to the bizarre over the past week.Check out the rundown of five recent examples of weirdness involving planes arriving at or leaving from J ... More >>
Flickr User BridgetDSYou might have heard that John Wayne Airport is going to get a Anaheim Ducks-themed restaurant which will feature a floor that resembles an ice-rink and Ducks paraphernalia, which will, no doubt, be sold along with Buffalo wings and other game food standards. But did yo ... More >>
Flickr user b r e n tMany of ustedes are probably going through John Wayne Airport for points north and east this week, probably munching on food you brought with you from home lest you get ripped off at Mickey D's or Starbucks. Many of you are hoping that the Orange County Board of Supervisors a ... More >>
Flickr user ilovemypitGiven this was Turkey Week, the blogging 'round here was at a more-relaxed pace, but that doesn't mean there weren't goodies in the mix (sorry for the double negative, a no-no in English, but I'm still asleep from the racks of ribs we ate last night). After the jump, some hi ... More >>
Photo by Todd BarnesWe interviewed Rick LeBlanc of Rick's Atomic Cafe yesterday, the man who's bringing a bit of organic, New England class to the office drones around John Wayne Airport; after the jump, the rest of the story!
Flickr user b r e n tThere's a bit of a controversy brewing over two proposals vying to get the food concession contract at John Wayne Airport as it prepares to open its latest terminal next year. One, HMS Host International, has the current contract and proposes to change up the offerings to ref ... More >>
The daytime scene, 'cause I can't go there at night right now...The Place: Durty Nelly's, 2915 Red Hill Ave., # G101, Costa Mesa, (714) 957-1951; durtynellysoc.com.The Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thur., 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; ... More >>
Bellmen, bartenders and housekeepers at the Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport won raises, a $400 employee bonus and free, full family healthcare under their first-ever, just-ratified contract, UNITE HERE Local 11 announced today."Finally, we've won the respect and benefits we deserve," Manuel ... More >>
Courtesy of Barcelona on the GoHey OC! Are you jealous of the food truck lots up in LA, where several trucks join to create a tasty, mobile food court? Languish no more in your envy: Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., OC will host its first food truck lot.
Edwin GoeiJohn Wayne Airport is the gateway for most OC bound travellers--the first impression they get of our area. But if it's also where impressions are formed on the OC dining scene, I am hoping visitors stay away from the info kiosks you see above, which are found at baggage claim.
No-nonsense, double-sunglassed chief pilot Rex Kramer (Robert Stack) shoves, punches and tosses donation solicitors--including a Hare Krishna (David Leisure)--blocking his path at a busy airport in the 1980 comedy Airplane!Like much of the flick's now-dated humor (Airplane! was the best motion pi ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentWe call this collage "Robberies, Solved and Unsolved." Top left: a man hands a teller a note demanding cash at Chase Bank in Orange. Top right: Booking photo of Adam J. Bennett, 20, of Santa Ana, who is suspected of robbing $ ... More >>
Over the weekend, Orange County Register columnist Gordon "Bootlicker" Dillow wrote some claptrap about the continuing controversy involving the proposed renaming of John Wayne Airport to something reflecting idiot Orange County television shows. But because the Reg is the Reg, that column isn't onl ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's office announced late this afternoon that rapper Snoop Dogg has pleaded guilty to knowingly carrying a dangerous weapon into John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana a year ago. The 35-year-old international celebrity, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, was se ... More >>
Only 6 days after the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on it and 5 days after The Blotter first noted it, the Los Angeles Times today informs its readers about the state of California's bridges. The state: hundreds of bridges are considered at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake becau ... More >>
OCs most colorful cabby comes to the end of one ride, but therell be another any minute
Okay, now roll them down. Now back up again. . . . Now: down, quick!
Truth still grounded after El Toro approval
The town that whines
I went to an anti-hate rally, and a political-science class broke out
Add to the countys mammoth failures (bankruptcy, toll roads, El Toro) one more
El Toro Airport Watch No. 150
El Toro Airport Watch No. 133
I think its just the way Orange County is
OCs financial meltdown, five years later
El Toro Airport Watch No.94