Larry Agran

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Orange County Great Park Now to Be More Like a Ho-Hum Regional Park

    That Orange County Great Park that would rival Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Central Park in Manhattan? You know, the nature and multi-use park ringed by housing that Irvine and South County forces convinced a majority of county voters in 2002 was preferable to a new 24-hour, international a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    John Campbell's Quitting Congress Prompts Replacement Speculation

    When Orange County Congressman John Campbell announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election, the Irvine Republican's move immediately led to speculation about who wants the job: State Senator Mimi Walters? Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway? Ex-Congressman Christopher Cox? Ex-State Senator Dick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Irvine City Council is Scared of the Big Bad Vans Warped Tour

    Just days before the Vans Warped Tour steamrolls into the Great Park, Irvine City Council members are jumping up to say "not in my backyard!"Following Tuesday's council meeting, it was reported that council members representing the safest city in America are having some serious objections ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Orange County Great Park Gets a $1.4 Billion Puncture in its Balloon

    A court in Sacramento today denied the city of Irvine's temporary restraining order request that would prevent the state of California from seizing Orange County Great Park funds. It's part of the city's lawsuit against the state Department of Finance, which has ruled the Great Park is not entitled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2011

    2011 Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame Inductee: Barbara Coe!

    ​No one except Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Friend of the Taliban) in Orange County history has consistently proven to be scarier over a longer period of time than California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe--and even Dana has had flashes of sanity in his Bedlam brain. Shit, ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    [UPDATED with Feinstein Fooked!] Kinde Durkee, Democratic Treasurer Accused of Fraud

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 11:05 A.M.: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the latest Democrat claiming to have been hornswoggled by campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee. Feinstein first revealed her accounts had been totally cleaned out, but her spokesman later corrected that to say the amount of missing funds is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Spooked:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 11:17 A.M.: It's become so routine it's lost its news value: The District Attorney's office announces it's sending a rep before the latest of the 7,000 city councils in Orange County considering a ban on sex offenders in local parks modeled after the county law co-written by DA T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Early RSM Nod:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Nurses Rally Against Government Healthcare and Social Security Cuts

    ​Just to be clear, the more than 100 registered nurses huddled around Irvine's Civic Center Plaza at high noon today are not there to implant a conscious into Larry Agran. The RNs are joining community activists to rally against any cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2011

    Fred Karger Delights OC Crowd in Presidential Bid

    This is Fred​With a sparkling blue Pacific Ocean backdrop at his Laguna Beach house before sunset tonight, Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger delighted a politically diverse crowd with his trademark humor and determination to make gay and lesbian equality an acceptable stance within the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Orange County Great Park Corp. Isn't Paying Its Bills?

    More money woes at the Great Park​Late this month, a Montclair contracting business filed a lawsuit against the City of Irvine and it's Orange County Great Park Corp. in hopes of collecting $361,000 after creating a "shade structure" for the park's dubious balloon ride PR scheme.According to lawye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Federal Judge Grants Partial Victory for Liberal OC in its Pissing Match Against Orange Juice! But Calls Boths Sides "Childish"

    ​In perhaps the greatest waste of a courtroom in this county since the Rocco trial, a federal judge has sided with the Liberal OC in its lawsuit against the Orange Juice! blog. But U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter was hardly sympathetic to the Liberal OC."This case tells the story of an o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Another Reason why the Democratic Party of Orange County is Pathetic: Their Official Party is at Original Mike's

    ​Although we might come across as a left-of-left lefties, people who actually read the entirety of the Weekly know that we harbor a special animus toward local Democrats, who can boast of supporting corrupt politicians (SanTana Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido, Irvine boss Larry Agran, convicted fel ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    OC's Scariest People

    Crypt from the headlines, here are our annual 31 flavors of fiendishness

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    2010 Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame Inductee: Orly Taitz!

    ​After a years-long hiatus, we've decided to bring back Orange County's most prestigious honor: induction into the Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame! Every year, in conjunction with our annual round-up of the county's scariest people (which you can pick up on newsstands starting today; on-line? Wai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    What is Craig Reem Hiding at the Great Park?

    Shhh! I'm hiding great park secrets.​Crooks and con artists tend to erect ridiculous hurdles for journalists. For example, Mike Carona--our ex-sheriff-turned-convicted-felon--liked to grant interviews to journalists he knew would toss him only softball questions.For other reporters (like me), ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    New York Times Gets Orange County Laughably, Stupidly Wrong

    Never forget what's in our DNA...​As someone who collects any and all articles, dissertations, and books on Orange County history, this past Sunday's Page One New York Times story on how our fair land "is no longer Nixon country" was the literary equivalent of Rick Bayless talking about Mexican cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Liberals To Target GOP's Irvine Congressional Seat

    Libs target longshotBeth Krom finally has a reason to smile.​Politico is reporting this afternoon that Krom, the Irvine Democrat who is challenging incumbent Congressman John Campbell in November's general election, has won the promised support of a liberal group tied to former presidential c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    OC to Rule UCLA Commencement Speakers Slot Tomorrow

    ​Tomorrow, I will drive to my alma mater, UCLA, to give the school's commencement speech, a subject I've written about way too much already. Really, the person you should pay attention to is the student commencement speaker, as she's one of our own: Flavia de la Fuente of Irvine.

  • Food

    June 3, 2010

    Burrito Korner

    [Hole in the Wall] Liquor, breakfast burritos and sandwiches: What more could you want from Qwik Korner?

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    OC's Five Least Reprehensible Elected Officials!

    Photo by John GilhooleyDevore: OC's second-least reprehensible GOPer?​I was having lunch over the weekend with a pal, a Republican who will never vote for an OC Reep due to their rank hypocrisy. I, as a lefty nut, shared with him my frustrations with the Democratic Party of Orange County, the grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Tale of 2 Police Forces: While Irvine's Fumes, La Habra's Bites the Bullet

    To protect and serve . . . for less.​While their counterparts in "Safest City in America" Irvine fume over an employer-proposed wage freeze, officers who belong to the La Habra Police Association seem to have gladly accepted a deal that imposes what is essentially a 5 percent pay cut. "Although di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    "Press Conference" Against Iran Government Produces No News, Much Political Support in Irvine

    Rep. Laura Richardson (inset), Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Rep. Ed Royce, together at last.If the goal of a press conference is to produce a "big announcement" that makes news and warrants coverage--the usual reason one calls a press conference in the first place--then the Iran Sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Great Park, Nearby Farms Produce 100 Tons of Food for Poor

    Anyone else have a craving for a fresh orange?The Orange County Great Park at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is just getting started providing thrills, chills and paid-parking revenues, but farming has been continuing out there through it all--much to the benefit of the Orange County Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Cirque du Soleil Confirms 2010 Tour Stop in Great Park

    Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil"The Trickster" of Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza."There's not much to the park yet, but the Orange County Great Park in Irvine has been confirmed as a 2010 tour stop for the freaky French-Canadian circus Cirque du Soleil, OCGP chairman Larry Agran announced today.Montre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    No Ace with Taxes: Santa Ana Mayor Don Papi Pulido and His Family Muffler Shop

    Not scheduled for gentrificationThere is perhaps no business more fundamental to an Orange County politico's creation myth than Ace Muffler Shop, on First Street in downtown SanTana and belonging to the family of SanTana Mayor Don Papi "Miguel" Pulido. It was the city's planned demolishing of Ace Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2009

    An Orange County with Two Democratic Congress Members?

    Make room, Loretta Sanchez? reported today that serious efforts are underway to elect not just Orange County's second Democrat to Congress but also its second female Democrat. Dan Chmielewski, who runs the influential progressive blog and has undeniable insider Democratic Party conn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Councilwoman Blames Own Panel for Irvine Sister City's Demise

    The Irvine Sister City Foundation--which has helped make Irvine a truly international city thanks to successful partnerships with with Tsukuba, Japan, Hermosillo, Mexico, and Taoyuan, Taiwan--voted to dissolve last night. Despite the denials of Irvine Mayor Suhkee Kang, an Irvine City Coun ... More >>

  • Food

    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Attorney Who Misspent Clients' $2.7 Million Was at Center of Irvine Election Controversies

    The Register's Greg Hardesty has the scoop on 38-year-old Irvine attorney Sandeep Baweja admitting to burning through nearly all of a $2.7-million settlement that was supposed to be shared by about 1,000 plaintiffs he represented in a class-action labor lawsuit.According to the story, Baweja played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    If You Don't Support the Great Park Iconics, the Terrorists Win!

    Clockwork's Pete Townshendesque ears heard Irvine City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Christina Shea ask the following at Thursday's Great Park Corporation board of directors meeting at City Hall: “If you could put up on the screen the terrorist area.” Now, it is no state secret that Irvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    The One Great Thing About the Great Park...

    ...Is Avanti Cafe, the Costa Mesa Slow Food laboratory of everything great and healthy. They serve food at the Great Park's Hangar Cafe for the massive thing's free Friday and Saturday concerts. The menu is limited--veggie burgers, three-way hummus (as delicious as it sound randy), salads, and a ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Build It & Hope They Come: The Register reports that Irvine has approved a 5-mile, $280 million street car/bus plan that will link the future Great Park to the Irvine Spectrum and a train station by 2012. City officials, untrustworthy in the past, claim that each day 5,000 people will abandon their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2006

    KNOW YOUR PLACE - OC Weekly Archives

    Here at the Weekly, we've toiled for over a decade now to bring you the truth about life in Orange County. Some stories have sent people to prison; some have gotten people out. We've warned you of doctors threatening your lives. We've humbled crooked politicians, outed pedophile priests and even hel ... More >>

  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

  • Food

    May 12, 2005
  • Food

    November 11, 2004
  • Columns

    September 9, 2004
  • Columns

    September 2, 2004
  • Columns

    August 19, 2004

    State of the Union

    Vacation, time to get away

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Only God Can Water a Tree . . .

    . . . at former El Toro Marine base, where mere mortals dont have clearance

  • Columns

    January 22, 2004
  • Columns

    November 14, 2002
  • News

    June 14, 2001
  • Columns

    December 28, 2000

    Drinkin for Jesus

    And thanks for not hurling on the Indiana Jones Adventure!

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    This Is War?

    Behind-the-scenes ties between El Toro Airport supporters and the countys biggest anti-airport groups have to make you wonder

  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Don't Leak on Me

    Does the anti-airport coalition need a little more internal debate?

  • Columns

    January 14, 1999
  • News

    December 24, 1998
  • Columns

    December 24, 1998

    Bitten by Celebrity

    Who's the star here?

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