Beyond the horsies
Cliff's . . . and that's about it
Saturday could see Orange County's greatest athlete ever crowned.
The Los Angeles County fairgrounds has been the site of horse racing since September 1933, but its last remaining event--an 11-day Thoroughbred race--would move to Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress under a deal reached Monday. It's all contingent upon approval by the California Horse Racing Board ... More >>
OC doesn't have its own Thai Town, but this doesn't mean that we don't have great Thai restaurants. It only means that the ones we have are scattered throughout our fair county--the proverbial Easter eggs waiting to be found. Some of the greatest--Coconut Rabbit in Los Alamitos, Sutha Thai in Tustin ... More >>
An earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale just shook the area bordering Los Alamitos and Long Beach. Did you feel it?
How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)
Was it just yesterday that I said that if you're not opening a waffle sandwich joint, you're probably opening an assembly-line pizza place? Well, now there's news that even more assembly-line pizza places are coming to OC. FastCasual.com has a story revealing that SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, which was ... More >>
An Orange County Superior Court hearing is scheduled this afternoon on how to proceed with the murder trial of a 30-year-old man who refuses to leave his jail cell for court hearings. Joseph Elija Ettima, 30, is accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother on Jan. 19, 2009, in her Los Alamitos home ... More >>
Is the still-undiscovered Los Alamitos restaurant the best of its country's cuisine in OC since Thai Nakorn?
Alcohol kills brain cells? Apparently not those of the regulars at a Los Alamitos bar called Mr. B's Sports Grille. They're in the running for the title of North America's Smartest Bar. They are in the top 5 contenders in this year's Buzztime's 2013 Smartest Bar Championship. What's Buzztime? It's ... More >>
You know how we said that Pieology has plans to rapidly expand yesterday? Well, so does Spin Pizza, a similiar concept that's already big in Kansas City and has franchise dreams of its own. And it starts in OC--Orange, to be exact, its inaugural store in California.
This La Habra restaurant sells great fish tacos straight outta La Puente
See the update at the end of this post detailing how many theft victims were reunited with their property at today's police viewing and how you can check if your stolen stuff remains.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 9, 12:30 P.M.: Julio Cesar Pachas is "one of the most prolific vehicle burglars the Garden Grove ... More >>
The Irvine Police Department just announced a DUI checkpoint Saturday night at Jamboree Road and Birch Street.This is the first of eight such ops the department has scheduled in coming months.
In light of three serval cats, who resemble small cheetahs, escaping from a Los Alamitos apartment recently, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) today renewed her call for a federal law prohibiting private possession of big cats except at facilities like accredited zoos. "This incident ... More >>
The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.
You've gotta hand it to the guys running Burger Records--whatever some animal activists may say about their undying taste for cow meat on a bun, they definitely do their part to help any endangered house pet they come across. This week, the Fullerton garage label/record store announced via Facebook ... More >>
We recently got word that Seal Beach Record Store Left of the Dial is closing after today. Kinda. They're really just relocating to a smaller storefront. But that's not stopping them from dropping some going-out-of-business style sales. The shop is closing it's current location off Pacific Coast Hwy ... More >>
Blake's Place, the winner of our Best of OC category for BBQ in 2008, has expanded to Los Alamitos for their second store at 11105 Los Alamitos Blvd. For those unacquainted to Blake's, here's a little bit on what I wrote about the ribs at the original restaurant in Anaheim. They're just about as g ... More >>
A 70-year-old retired colonel in the California Army National Guard pleaded guilty today in federal court to running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 28 victims approximately $2.7 million, according to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement.Timothy Melvin Murphy, a resident of Orange and at ... More >>
Pedestrians around Seal Beach Pier were reportedly treated to a most distressing sight: people getting out of a car, grabbing a pigeon, ripping its head off and smearing birdy blood all over themselves.They are said to have then grabbed some more birds before filing back into the car and darting ... More >>
DMVHattie StretzHarriett "Hattie" Stretz was a familiar face in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach area before Oct. 12 thanks to her volunteerism and community involvement. Tragically, the 73-year-old became known nationally after that date as the sole survivor among people who were shot inside Salon Me ... More >>
Edwin GoeiYou may have not realized it, but there was a long hard slog to get the In-N-Out that replaces Kaplan's Deli off the Harbor exit of the 405 approved through the proper authorities. It opens on Friday.As the Daily Pilot reports, "The approval process was lengthy, requiring both the ... More >>
Christopher VictorioWhen the food truck phenomenon first started, parking and setup were very much a fly-by-night operation: a single truck would find a spot, park, then Tweet its location to hungry fans. There was a sense of stealth to it; it was almost like electronic samizdat.When the first tr ... More >>
Kids, here's some advice. The night of Thursday, Nov. 18 is a very good time to stay indoors. Police departments will conduct what they're calling the "largest-ever Orange County curfew sweeps." Cops in nearly every city--Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, ... More >>
The California Department of Veterans Affairs holds a town hall in the Joint Forces Training Base's Liberty Theater in Los Alamitos at 6 this evening. (Anyone interested can also tour the base's Veteran Services Center from 5-5:30 p.m.) After an hour overview of programs offered and questions fro ... More >>
The aesthetics are hilarious!The act that brought about Dean Grose's very public resignation from the Los Alamitos mayor's seat last year may not have been the most racist thing any politician has ever done, but it may rank as one of the most stupid. He sent out an e-mail featuring the Obama ... More >>
A trainer who in 2002 was accused of failing to care for a racehorse that suffered a fractured knee at Los Alamitos is scheduled to be sentenced today for felony animal cruelty in connection with a 2008 offense at the Pomona Fairplex. This time, 58-year-old Swedish citizen Zvi Kriple could be dep ... More >>
"'Tis the Season to Bone Nonprofits, Fa La La La La, La La La La," which dealt with a spate of inside thefts from Orange County charities lately, included the case of 48-year-old Lydia Kathleen Fitzgerald, the former Casa Youth Shelter executive assistant accused of stealing nearly $450,000 over ... More >>
Above is the logo on boxes like those stolen this past Thanksgiving weekend from the United Labor Agency of Orange County in Garden Grove, where 20,000 pounds of food, more than $25,000 worth of donated toys and other items for the benefit of underprivileged families were taken. Total estimated l ... More >>
Orange has its International Food Fair, Irvine has its Global Village, Newport Beach has not only one food fest, but two (more on that later), and this Saturday, October 17th, Los Alamitos will have one. It will mark the 9th year for the Taste For Los Al, which takes place at The Shops at Rossm ... More >>
Eddie Rea, 21, an emerging disability rights leader from Fresno, is the youth speaker at the Sacramento forum's luncheon.It's a big week for the disabled in Sacramento--and, no, that was not a timely dig at the governor and legislature.Well, not this time.The 18th annual Youth Leadership Forum fo ... More >>
Mustard's, for those of you who don't know, is a down-to-earth sports-themed (in a good way) café at 3630 Katella Ave. in Los Alamitos. Its claim to fame is authentic Chicago-style dogs, which it does very well, but, really, what's with the ridiculously long repertoire? From pork chops to chicken s ... More >>
Yes, it's weird that the powers that be-in this case, Ronald Reagan-saw fit to declare a NICD during NICM (isn't every day of July NICD?) But I'm not complaining. Not when there are one-of-a-kind places like Quinn's, in Los Alamitos, to satisfy my urges. Open since March, the cute parlor sells Fosse ... More >>
The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Anti-Defamation League have arranged a meeting with Los Alamitos residents tonight, to figure out how to be safe in light of hate activity in the city. The meeting's at 6 p.m., 4000 Farquhar Ave. The incident spurring the meeting is the vandalizin ... More >>
Orange County Register: OMG, these Los Alamitos middle school Noobs were busted passing around nude photos of an eighth grader on their cell phones. LOL! Remember when Brittany did the thing with the thing in the thing? EG. . . . Ew, why are they letting someone's mom write about ... More >>
Orange County Register: It's all cars, all the time! The driver killed in the early morning Newport Beach crash that severed and mangled a $140,000 '04 Ferrari is identified as "Mask," Huntington Beach's 45-year-old mixed-martial arts promoter and TapouT clothing company founder Cha ... More >>
2008 Fireworks Spectacular
“LOCAL ANESTHESIA”: AN EXHIBITION OF EMERGING ARTISTS, until 9pm On display at OC’s “anti-mall” The ARTery at The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa “JUNGLE BOOK” AUDITIONS, 6:30pm Know any 7-17 year olds who have that acting bug? Liberty Theater at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Traini ... More >>
History for sale: Items salvaged from the dismantled Pride of Newport riverboat are on eBay starting today - the proceeds will go to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Pieces up thus far: a door to the riverboat's restaurant, the grand staircase chandelier (pictured), several smaller antique table ... More >>
The septuagenarian hot rodder shares some of his favorite things
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