It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have listed one of their Newport Coast estates for $8.6 million. Don't know if that means they'll be leaving Orange County as they've been reported in recent years to have built/purchased other pads up there. But if you'd like to gander at the 20,000-square-foot house that i ... More >>
Things haven't exactly been looking up for Kobe Bryant. He ended his last season with a torn Achilles. His Lakers made a quick exit from the playoffs. Now, he won't be handing the LA superstar baton to Dwight Howard, who left for Houston. Oh, and Vanessa's back! But at least we can now recognize ... More >>
A 13-year prison sentence has been handed to a parolee who defended himself in court before being convicted of stealing $198,000 from seven victims of a fraudulent investment scheme that included him having told marks Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were his clients.Calvin James Calvin, 48, of Newport ... More >>
Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>
Calvin James Calvin--yes, that's not a typo--sold investors on a securities plan by claiming he was a financial investor for Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and other pro athletes.The Newport Beach 48-year-old was really a parolee barred from investment activities, but Calvin's worst phony role involved p ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the Lakers hiring a new coach, a Mike Brown spotting near my house and threats his son received.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 9, 1:29 P.M.: An Anaheim Hills dad is going to have more time to watch his son play for basketball powerhouse Mater Dei High School of Sant ... More >>
Vanessa Bryant is reportedly selling one of three Newport Coast properties she received in her divorce settlement with off-again/on-again husband? Kobe Bryant. No one had been living in the five-bedroom, Mediterranean-style home that was built in 1999, sits on a quarter of an acre in a gated ... More >>
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of talking about the Kelly Thomas murder on The Tom Leykis Show. I had Facebooked Tom the horrific beating that the Fullerton police inflicted on Kelly; Tom was so disturbed that we talked about the incident for two hours, taking phone calls from apologists and non-apo ... More >>
The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!
Oh yeah, Hollywood. While we get our Justin Bieber sightings and Kobe Bryant run-ins, we're still jaded Southern Californians. So it's really rare when we are taken off-guard by celebrities who deign to mingle with mere mortals, so to speak. Take this girl Dee, for example, who was singing karao ... More >>
David Alan Grier has certainly come a long way from his In Living Color days. He's done tons of movies, he kills in Poker, he's a two time Tony nominee, the author of the book "Barack Like Me," and he was even on Dancing With The Stars! The one thing that shines the brightest amongst his many ta ... More >>
As you might have heard, new Lakers coach Mike Brown and his wife Carolyn purchased a home in Anaheim Hills.That might sound like a rookie mistake given it's 44 miles to the Lakers practice facility and what seems like three days inching across the freeways if you're headed to the Staples Center ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 17, 9:19 A.M.: The most important new wrinkle in the San Diego battery case against Newport Coast's Kobe Bryant is not that his attorney Mark Campbell is calling 21-year-old Thomas Hagos' accusations baseless and that they will be fully defended. Nor is it the fact that churchgoers a ... More >>
Mike Brown, the new king of the Lakers castle.Last week, Lakers fans learned that the legendary shoes of its retiring coach, Phil Jackson, were to be filled by a mostly-unproven coach who's best known for being LeBron James' first NBA coach. The news of Mike Brown's hiring caused mixed reactions, ... More >>
The Lakers are down 2-0 to the Mavs, and if they lose tonight in Dallas all hope will be lost for a three-peat.Speaking of elimination, the Honda Center in Anaheim won't be the home of an NBA team for at least another season.Are you ready for some basketball?
UPDATE, FEB. 25, 3:39 P.M.: Although Phil Jackson is the only one to go public with his opposition to the Sacramento Kings moving to Anaheim (scroll down to last post), there has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers franchise working behind the scenes to stop a SoCal relocation to prot ... More >>
Flickr user bridgetdsI like the Lakers, but despise Kobe Bryant. Ron Artest? Total weirdo, which makes him a class act in my book. And now another reason to like him: another In-N-Out nut.
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.In my 25 years as a hopelessly addicted basketball fan, I, like most Los Angeles/Orange C ... More >>
Crypt from the headlines, here are our annual 31 flavors of fiendishness
On Mondays, this feature exposes things on the Interwebs from and about Orange County, drawing from many sources that touch on many topics.However, a recurring theme kept popping up while this week's installment was being put together concerning a certain Orange County shopping mall.
Yours for just $57 million!Today's news highlights include:Orange County's Real WonderlandJeff Overley reports that Newport Coast, billionaire Donald Bren's masterpiece bubble development, is "nearly finished" after 40 years. Overley calls the area "Pleasantville meets Bel Air," interviews conten ... More >>
Fueled by sets from hip-hop's biggest money makers, Power House 2010--presented by Power 106 FM-- delivered a massive, beer-soaked night club radiating with radio gloss, left-field surprises, Laker pride and a touch of 90s nostalgia. Drawing crowds that nearly sold out Anaheim's Honda Center on S ... More >>
Just another happy Newport Coast familyThe poopy wrongful termination lawsuit brought by Kobe and Vanessa Bryant 's former maid has been settled out of Orange County Superior Court for $200,000--with $130,000 of that reportedly going to Maria Jimenez after her lawyers take their cut.
Part one of our promise to OC's non-wab mobile food trucks that we will review those who visit the Weekly's world headquarters in Costa Mesa every Monday. Next week: Taco Dawg.A great gyro is epic: pita bread stretching with meat, tangy with tzatziki sauce dribbling out from time to time to make ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyVanessa Bryant, left, and Kobe Bryant at the 2009 Maloof Money Cup at the OC Fairgrounds.Los Angeles Lakers fan are abuzz with news that Vanessa Laine Bryant, wife of Kobe, wore a blinged-out T-shirt with the words, "Do I Look Illegal?" to tonight's game.HOLLER!
Keith MayWatch and learnIt may have been 5,000-degrees out, but the weekend's events raged on regardless. From reminiscing with one of our favorite boy bands ever (what, you don't have one?) to watching a labrador retriever go down the line with more ease and comfort than any surf pro, we could bare ... More >>
The Orange County version of the Lakers victory parade above is tomorrow, Thursday, at 10 a.m. on Main Street USA at Disneyland. The Anaheim resort issued a media advisory saying that MVP and Newport Coast resident Kobe Bryant and other unnamed players will participate in the event.Perhaps the deje ... More >>
Wanna show your support for the Lakers but not so keen on the garish merchandise (bright purple pool table for three grand, anyone?). Morton's--the posh steakhouse with locations in Santa Ana and Anaheim--has come to the rescue with the Laker-tini ($12), available from now until the end of the serie ... More >>
Since no free photos of Vanessa exist, we'll use Taco Man as a reminder of her half-wabette ethnicityI loathe Kobe Bryant, the wife-cheating, Shaq-insulting, pouting pendejo who happens to star on my favorite NBA team. I do feel bad for his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, but she ain't no long-suffering ... More >>
El Camino Real in Fullerton needs no real introduction to Weekly readers; we've given it much love over the years for its weekend menudo that draws in Mexican mamis too tired to cook and the fact that Kobe Bryant is known to haunt the place. It's probably the best, for lack of a better term, "normal ... More >>
Orange County Register: South Coast Plaza shoppers are oblivious to President Obama's visit two miles away. If they can still afford South Coast Plaza, they are oblivious to his message, too. . . . Another Kobe Bryant court appearance, another dismissal. This time he was getting out of jury dut ... More >>
Fathers, lock up your daughters: Alfunction's coming to town.It seems as if a little band named (hed) PE has upcoming shows and needs a bass player. Something about their regular bassist having work visa programs. I don't know... Anyway, like every smart set of musicians in Orange County, when stuck ... More >>
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But let them play until they embarrass themselves first