The Irvine resident and former Laguna Hills swim instructor who did time behind bars for having sex with a 15-year-old female student is about to earn another stretch.Todd Robert Sousa, a father married to a Laguna Hills City Council member's daughter at the time of the trysts, has pleaded guilty to ... More >>
Late last week, Anaheim's 11-member citizens advisory committee (CAC) on district elections wrapped up its final meeting, and its draft report of recommendations set to be delivered to the city council by the end of this month will suggest that the issue be put before the vote. When the previous A ... More >>
Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman and her Orange County-adjacent colleague Bob Foster in Long Beach are among 25 California mayors who have signed a Courage Campaign letter supporting gay marriage.All the other OC mayors--it seems as if there are 50 or so--apparently could not find pens with in ... 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 >>
Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker, a vocal critic of his town's police department in the wake of the Kelly Thomas saga, surely could drum up a place in the crowd of the many protests taking place in that North County municipality.If Whitaker wants to spread beyond city borders to demonstrate ... More >>
See update at the end of this post with Fred Wilson's denials.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 12, 4:19 P.M.: Thanks to a little game of Connect the Dots, Huntington Beach's city manager is being dragged into the city of San Bernardino bankruptcy scandal.Fred Wilson came to Surf City from Smog Berdoo, trading th ... More >>
A fascinating article appeared last week in California Watch, the news non-profit with more than a few Orange County Register alumni in it. The story focused on the California Voting Rights Act, a fascinating piece of work that essentially tells public governing entities--city councils, school di ... More >>
Ahead of yesterday's Anaheim city council meeting, a mailer to city residents from the Orange County Employees Association and numerous news reports on recently approved tax incentives for two future GardenWalk-area hotels made sure for a packed house. Mayor Tom Tait had an idea what would domin ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 23, 8:28 A.M.: The Laguna Hills City Council on Tuesday night approved on first reading an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from city parks and, if homeowner associations request to join in, their private parks as well.The city will join La Habra, Westminster, Yorba Linda, ... More >>
Ed Carrasco/OC WeeklyRon ThomasFullerton Mayor F. Richard Jones is "about ready to quit," Ron Thomas, father of police beating death victim Kelly Thomas, said after his two-hour one-on-one meeting.Speaking at Fullerton City Hall this morning, Ron Thomas said that after last night's raucous city c ... More >>
Bucking the trend of Orange County cities who are doing everything they can to shut down medical marijuana clubs within their borders, Garden Grove is taking the opposite tack. Instead of suing the clubs out of existence, city officials are planning to ask them to register like any other business ... More >>
Paul Dean AndrewsUPDATE, MAY 25, 3:46 P.M.: A San Pedro man was sentenced today to 97 days in jail, three years probation and an order to stay away from Deborah Pauly for threatening violence against the Villa Park city councilwoman via a Facebook message. Paul Dean Andrews, 28, was slapped with ... More >>
Muzammil SiddiqiHere we go again.Organizers of February's controversial and much-blasted anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda have issued an ultimatum to the Orange County Human Relations Commission: rescind the Community Leader award it is presenting to Islamic Society of Orange County Imam Muzammil ... More >>
EXCLUSIVE! Super-secret plans are afoot to name Orange County's largest public-works project after the Great Communicator
Thanks to Larry Agran, a few people have gotten very rich from the county's proposed $1.2 billion, still-not-built park
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.
bredgur / Flickr / Creative CommonsVictorville. Not pictured: meth."I mean, I don't want to compare us to Victorville. Please... please... PLEEEEASE."-- San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Tom Hribar from behind the dais at last night's city council meeting, apologizing after wondering aloud whet ... More >>
Ed Piskor / OC WeeklyVoters today are heading to the polls in Mission Viejo to decide whether or not to recall Mayor Lance MacLean.You'd know that fact already, many time over, if you'd been at last night's Mission Viejo city council meeting.For years, the council's public comments portion of the ... More >>
A guide to Santa Ana's ambitious, conflict-of-interest-y downtown-redevelopment plan
Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
Irvine's Rules of Ethical and Open Governance would restrict criticism of politicians, passing of "GO", collection of $200
Four reasons Placentia’s OnTrac development died
Irvine Mayor Agran attempts to muzzle his critics with legal threats
Somebodys going to get very rich on the Great Park
Will Irvines Larry Agran honestly answer questions in his mounting ethics scandal?
Irvine mayors planned public utility could enrich a political pal
Agran and Kucinich could be twins . . . very wee twins
AES and Scott Baugh want to make HB a company town
How a councilwomans taxpayer-funded multiple childbirth complicated HBs budget crisis
Is Costa Mesa being putsched to the right?
California Fair Political Practices Commission investigates Garden Grove mayor
AAA Electra 99 gallery wins its battle to stay in Anaheim
Supes strategy is to make the base look like crap
Anaheim cops discover long-ignored law, enforce it
Recent votes suggest HB Councilman Garofalo is up to his old tricks
El Toro Airport Watch No. 149
El Toro Airport Watch No.148
Like Garofalo, Christensen dogged by alleged conflicts
Is the DAs office too partisan to be trusted to investigate HB Republicans?
HB's Pacific Liberty Bank controversy offers a rare look at politics, Orange County-style
OCs financial meltdown, five years later
El Toro Airport Watch No. 122
Did politicians put tourism money ahead of public health in HB?
The Times-and the HB council-screws up on Bolsa Chica
Rise of GOP strategist signals transformation of anti-airport coalition
Hey! It really IS the Year of the Woman!
Secret meetings, shady deals: Life before & after the Orange County bankruptcy