Days after the Costa Mesa City Council held the second of two public meetings required by state law of proposed charter cities, a San Diego-based nonprofit launched a website warning the public that it is among five or so California cities that risk becoming another Bell.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday essentially struck down Orange County's law banning registered sex offenders from public parks and recreation areas unless they first get permission from the sheriff's department.
Roy Englebrecht, the successful promoter of professional fights in Orange County for years, has reportedly thrown his mouthpiece in the ring for the November 2014 Newport Beach City Council race. This is great news when you consider the 10 ways boring council meetings will improve with the "Fight C ... More >>
Next Tuesday, after much speculation, the divisive $158 million GardenWalk hotel subsidy will return before the Anaheim city council for a vote. The agenda for the meeting spells it all out as there will be "discussion and action" on a resolution for the economic assistance agreements (aka developer ... More >>
Ahead of tonight's city council meeting, the Anaheim Police Association sent out robocalls attacking Mayor Tom Tait by saying he's supportive of "policies and procedures that will lead to more violence against police and less public safety." The voice making the accusations is that of APA President ... More >>
One in an occasional series on the county's craziest political races...and while we don't endorse candidates, we can sure as hell tell you who's more pendejo than others!Good ol' SanTana, the city that proved having Latinos running the city doesn't improve corruption, the place where progress is hav ... More >>
The Costa Mesa City Council was legally in the right to twice remove immigrant-rights activist and punk rocker Coyotl Tezcatlipoca (a.k.a. Benito Acosta) from council meetings in 2006 under a municipal ordinance that makes it a misdemeanor for members of the public to engage in "disorderly . . . or ... More >>
Click here for our Anaheim police shooting archivesI always knew Anaheim councilwoman Gail Eastman was a tool, or at best a deluded bat, especially after she deemed herself a historian and wrote an execrable book for children that purported to tell the history of my home town but bowdlerized everyth ... More >>
Disgraced Santa Ana councilman is the latest OC GOP Latino golden boy gone pendejo
As an extended subsidy to a hotelier was being blessed at city hall, the home of former Anaheim city council hopeful Belal 'Bill' Dalati played host to a fundraiser Tuesday evening for current candidate Jordan Brandman. The invitation for the event asked members of the Arab-American community to joi ... More >>
Anaheim residents filed into an auditorium at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church last night for a KABC-TV Channel 7 town hall. The space in the heavily Latino neighborhood is usually situated for bingo nights, but a majority of the capacity crowd attended in order to express anger for a city coun ... More >>
Pity the SanTana Fire Department, an agency with a 128-year-old history of serving the needs of the county seat. Times are tough around in all municipalities, but especially in SanTana, where the city faces an eight-figure hole due to an inept city council and the bureaucrats it's hired over the ... More >>
When Republican former assemblyman Chuck DeVore announced Friday he was moving to Texas and not, as previously announced, running against Republican former assemblyman Todd Spitzer for an open Orange County Board of Supervisors seat, the race lost an anti-tax and pro-morality nut. When Mark Buche ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 20, HIGH NOON: A San Juan Capistrano city councilman's proposal to legalize the carrying of unloaded guns in city parks was . . . wait for it . . . shot down by his colleagues Tuesday night.The City Council voted 3-1 to continue outlawing the firearms, with the lone dissent coming fr ... More >>
UPDATED, APRIL 6, 11:30 A.M.: As promised, the Tustin citizens group trying to recall Mayor Jerry Amante served him with official notice at the council meeting last night. TheLiberalOC reports that although there was space for 25 signatures, 30 residents signed the form. That still leaves 6,970 s ... More >>
The Costa Mesa City Council has made a formal proposal to have the city purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state for $96 million.
The ex-sheriff's open-space dealmaking has some in San Juan Capistrano crying foul
Edwin Goei The first item up for discussion at the Tustin City Council meeting agenda last night was the beer and wine permit for Traditions restaurant, a six-month old Indian restaurant in Tustin that I reviewed here. You'd think it would be a simple matter, but it turned out to be anything b ... More >>
Here's a story. Your reporter attends Dana Point City Council workshop tonight about the proposed Town Center design. Your reporter leaves midway through, unsure of what to later write about the generally uneventful first half of the meeting. Your reporter returns home a few hours later, for some re ... More >>
The Great Park Corp. Board of Directors this morning unanimously reelected director Michael Pinto to another four-year term and then reelected the Laguna Canyon Foundation founder their vice chairman. It was initially announced to be a straight flush, with the unanimous reelection of Irvine City Cou ... More >>
Why do Supervisor Janet Nguyen's former supporters in OC's Republican power structure hate her so much?
Remember my post yesterday, where I theorized out loud about how SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante could greatly benefit if Cordoba Corporation (headed by major contributor and fellow Santa Ana Business Bank director George Pla) ever got a contract with the city to develop a mass transit syste ... More >>
A guide to Santa Ana's ambitious, conflict-of-interest-y downtown-redevelopment plan
First of three parts... There are political hacks, and then there is SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante, the Orange County Republican Party's Great Brown Hope and a man who seemingly never met a political donation he didn't accept and subsequently vote for his donor's interests. Seriously, peo ... More >>
While Latinas have earned a reputation for having “spicy” personalities (just ask the governor!), it was something else to watch Santa Ana council member Michele Martinez and Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez exchanging insults and dirty looks during tonight’s city council meeting. Things starte ... More >>
San Diego has no business in San Diego County. At least, that's what their City Council seems to think. In our Best "Best of OC" Issue yet, Dave Wielenga eloquently described one of the major problems with the Save Trestles campaign: apathy. Surfers and the surf industry pay lip service to their be ... More >>
Self-righteous Agran leaves paper trail in voting scandal
Indians are the new bogeyman in the war against an already defeated airport
Irvine Mayor Agran could learn damage control from New Jersey Governor McGreevey
That stench coming from Irvine City Hall? Its convicted felonand energy lobbyistFrank Hill
Koos fights for your right to sketch cooze
In fraud investigation, will H.B. councilwoman claim the little-old-lady defense?
Register, Times sing of an Anaheim and Santa Ana Renaissancebut where are the Pietas?
Supervisor candidate Jim Potts wants to shake up county, dig tunnel under mountain
Crooked councilman gets kid-glove treatment
Residents say, No way to city officials who want to bulldoze their neighborhood to build roller coasters
California Fair Political Practices Commission investigates Garden Grove mayor
Mayor Broadwaters hotel city
Past fines dog council-hired lobbyist
Argyros and Gibbs missing from DAs Garofalo investigation
Is the DAs office too partisan to be trusted to investigate HB Republicans?
How not to solve the Aliso Creek pollution mystery
The firm's Laguna Beach project backers are paving a little piece of paradise
How to keep ignoring the bankruptcy fallout
The latest scandal in the city conservatives built
FBI sting pops Santa Ana City Councilman Ted Moreno