Joseph Serna

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Did Rep. John Campbell Get Schooled by Irvine Republican Activist Allan Bartlett?

    ​In the aftermath of Monday night's news that John Campbell failed to win the endorsement of the local GOP Central Committee, allies of the veteran Orange County Republican congressman immediately launched efforts to find a positive public spin on the disaster. For example, Scott Baugh, boss of th ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Jim Righeimer Ordered to Pay Huge Legal Bill

    ​At the same time Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer poured more than $42,000 in personal funds into his 2010 political campaign to successfully fight police union attacks, the Republican real estate developer stiffed his own corporate lawyer out of nearly $195,000 in fees.That revelation is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    [UPDATED with Judge Issues Written Order, City Gets It Now:] Judge Blocks Costa Mesa Layoffs Until Civil Trial

    ​UPDATE, JULY 18, 4:49 P.M.: Though she made her ruling two weeks ago, Orange County Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann issued the written order blocking the city of Costa Mesa from laying off employees and privatizing their jobs late Friday night.The written order just added fuel to the nev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Costa Mesa Layoffs May Not Happen As Soon As Anticipated, Judge Tells City To Wait For Civil Trial

    ​Finally, the Costa Mesa employees who got layoff notices earlier this year have caught a break--or at least a reprieve. Joseph Serna of The Daily Pilot reports that an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled today that the city cannot lay off employees and outsource their jobs to private co ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Jason James Ellis, Famed Photographer Accused of Raping 15-Year-Old Girl, Marries Her

    ​Jason James Ellis' photographs have graced the covers of Elle, Maxim and numerous muscle and fitness magazines but more than the 36-year-old's telephoto lens graced the loins of a 15-year-old girl, alleges the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), which in March charged the famed Newpo ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Jeffrey Hubbard, Newport-Mesa Schools Chief, Denies Affair, Claims Trustees Approved $20,000 Stipend

    ​Despite the sexy-time chatter--pet names, love pledges and oral-sex references--e-mailed between Newport-Mesa Unified School District's superintendent and a subordinate from his days leading the school system in Beverly Hills, Jeffrey Hubbard maintains he did not have a relationship outside work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Police Learn More About Mummified Woman

    ​Costa Mesa police detectives are learning more about the 59-year-old woman found in a mummified state in the front seat of a car blocking a driveway 10 days ago.Signe Margit possessed two master's degrees and had worked with special education students in Los Angeles County. She later filed for ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    OC Dems party at the zoo​Today's local highlights include:Jerry Brown enjoys OC lovefest at zooDuring a Labor Day weekend party sponsored by local unions and inside the Santa Ana Zoo, attendees treated Jerry Brown, the state's current AG who wants to be governor again, like a rock star. Seema Meht ... More >>

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    July 18, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    ​Sunday's local news highlights include:Unsolved 1977 NY Murder Tied Again to OC-LA Serial KillerVeteran courthouse reporter Larry Welborn got nearly a full page today to tell the tragic story of popular 23-year-old Ellen Jane Hover of Manhattan. Hover was murdered 33 years ago this month aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2009

    Of Penises, Weights and Dumbbells (Both Kinds)

    I am iron man!​If you hopped into a way-back machine to the very early days of the OC Weekly, you could scan the advertisements from a fellow who went by the handle Ki Master. You'd immediately zero in on these because of the accompanying photos, which showed a middle-age man dangling a Sparklett' ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines. No Surprises: Last of the Rat Pack

    Last of the Rat Pack: Newport Beach resident Joey Bishop, the last surviving member of the Rat Pack, dies at 89. Coverage: Times, Register. Anti-Semitic UCI probe still on: Yesterday, the Daily Pilot reported that the Hillel Foundation of Orange County called off its investigation of racist activity ... More >>