As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.
How is this for a coincidence? The same day vector control officials announced the discovery of yellow fever mosquitoes in Los Angeles County, UC Irvine promoted a lecture on a strategy to eradicate disease-spreading mosquitoes worldwide.
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 >>
Dear Neighbors With Pet Dogs Barking All Night, I have never contacted you about the endless barking that you obviously have tuned out. But I implore you to start listening and investigating now that a family up the coast figured out why their 80-pound Akita kept yelping every night between last Au ... More >>
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 about the car of Bryce Laspisa's father being burglarized as he searched for his son in the Lake Castaic area. Update No. 2 is on sheriff's homicide detectives placing a security hold preventing the coroner from releasing information about the burned body found there. Upda ... More >>
State agriculture officials today declared a fruit quarantine for a 130-square-mile zone that includes parts of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton due to detection of oriental fruit flies. The quarantine zone, which also includes the Artesia/Cerritos area of Los Angeles County, stretches south ... More >>
A Los Angeles County law requiring the use of condoms in porn shoots is being blamed/credited for a migration of adult productions elsewhere--although not, apparently, to adjacent Orange County.Ventura County, where new development foes have moaned about not wanting to become the next (nearly built ... More >>
See the update on the next page about a lawsuit being filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 5, 3:23 P.M.: Based on the number of times I see a Lipstick Bounty Hunters vehicle, an employee either resides near someone I visit weekly in Long Beach or perps are routinely busted ... More >>
A band instructor was arrested at his Diamond Bar home by Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives Tuesday for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old female student at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton.Albert Anthony Morales, a 33-year-old who has tutored percussionists on various Southern Ca ... More >>
Igal Jonathan Feibush says he's an advocate of "tough love"--rehabilitation of troubled people with strict rules, but the Southern California businessman is getting a taste of his own medicine.Feibush--who boldly sued Drew Barrymore, VH1 and MTV for allegedly stealing what he claimed was his registe ... More >>
A media watchdog is barking about a recent Orange County Register editorial on an industry-friendly study boosting fracking, the controversial oil drilling technique critics fear causes earthquakes and groundwater contamination.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has tossed the lawsuit a Garden Grove couple brought against the Staples Center after their toddler son fell to his death from a luxury suite after a November 2010 Lakers game.Arena management were not duty bound to watch Lucas Anthony Tang for the 2-year-ol ... More >>
Seal Beach real estate agent John Wesley Martynec pleaded guilty last week to to stealing $302,000 from investors who thought he was buying and re-selling foreclosed homes for them.The Long Beach 36-year-old faces up to three years in state prison at his scheduled June 8 sentencing.
According to USA Today, the Los Angeles County coroner's office has declared Whitney Houston's official cause of death: It's "drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use." The coroner's office ruled her manner of death as an accident, but the toxicology report said "co ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 8:03 A.M.: Since Matt Hoff's disappearance was publicized in the media and on social networking sites, the bipolar 18-year-old was reported spotted in Brea, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. However, the Ladera Ranch man was found Tuesday evening in Santa Ana, not too far from the ... More >>
A vicious Orange County career criminal, heroin addict, pimp and killer given a death sentence nearly 12 years ago has reason to rejoice today after the California Supreme Court reversed the punishment because a judge here botched the jury instructions.In a 26-page ruling written by Justice Joyce ... More >>
YouTubeThey call him the streak.A thief was fully clothed when he stole a Hummer limo at gunpoint in Irvine Saturday night.But, as a helicopter officer informed after the man who led cops on a bi-county chase jumped out of the stretch in Whittier and started running, "He's naked!"
UPDATE, NOV. 30, 9:47 A.M.: The "teen" who apparently tried to kill himself by lighting coals inside his gray Infiniti in a Ladera Ranch neighborhood Monday evening has been identified as a 27-year-old Cerritos man who was reported to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as missing, depressed an ... More >>
Seal Beach real estate agent John Wesley Martynec, who was arrested in August for allegedly stealing $302,000 from investors by fraudulently promising to buy and re-sell foreclosed homes for a profit, is scheduled to be arraigned in Westminster this morning. The Long Beach 36-year-old is facing ... More >>
A convicted--and electronically monitored--sex offender pleaded guilty Wednesday to bothering and following a 13-year-old girl at a Foothill Ranch Ralphs supermarket the day after the Fourth of July.Steven Neil Paff, a 46-year-old transient, copped to a single felony count of annoying or molesti ... More >>
Already stung by the California Supreme Court siding with deputies, who'd been granted the right to retire at age 50 with lifetime pensions that are 90 percent of their highest earned salaries, the county Board of Supervisors today announced it will pick up the law enforcement union's $1.3 millio ... More >>
"If you can see the palm trees but can't find the beach, you might want to be careful." Although it's far from a steadfast rule, this common admonition is used by natives of Los Angeles County's urban areas to highlight its most hidden danger--the deceiving landscape. Inglewood is no exception ... More >>
If you didn't see this one coming, you probably still hold onto the belief machines will not one day enslave us mortals: Skeletal, Oprah-endorsed, Kennedy-spawn Maria Shriver has filed for a divorce from maid-bangin', 'roid-constructed, faded-action-star-turned-gubernatorial flop Arnold Schwarzen ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 7, 1:56 P.M.: Orange County Register political reporter Martin Wisckol writes today that the Latino-heavy congressional district of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), which had been virtually wiped out under a previous redistricting proposal, has been largely restored under ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 18, 4:29 P.M.: LA County supervisors have approved a $4.75 million settlement for two Anaheim residents, one of whom was critically injured, whose car was plowed into by a veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy driving a department SUV under the influence in 2008.Robert Andrew M ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 15, 2010, 10:43 A.M: 27-year-old Sean Paul Delacerda has been convicted of assaulting an ex-girlfriend with a firearm after accusing her of cheating and violently holding her against her will at gunpoint in her apartment.But the Fullerton resident, who is looking at up to 18 yea ... More >>
I.D.It's all Rodney Alcala, all the time on tonight's True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, a weekly program on cable TV's I.D. (Investigation Discovery) channel.The show will attempt to get inside the mind of the serial killer who was convicted in March 2010 and returned to Death Row for the murder o ... More >>
The snow-covered log cabin of La Mirada still serves the meals that have made us obese and happy for a half-century
UPDATE, FEB. 9, 8:50 A.M.: Creeper Herath Permarathne entered a guilty plea yesterday to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while both were on a bus. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years probation and mandatory sex-offender registration.But the Orange County district attorney's ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAAngel Duarte CernaUpdate, December 14, 2:54 p.m.: A jury today convicted Angel Duarte Cerna, 38, of Santa Ana, for the suffocation murder of his wife, whose body was dumped alongside the 60 Freeway in Los Angeles in 2006.After doing the dirty deed that Nov. 6, 2006, morning, Cern ... More >>
UPDATE: Two more teenagers have come forward to allege the suspect toughed them inappropriately on a bus (see end of post) . . . Surveillance video shows Herath Premaratnea getting on and off Orange County Transit Authority buses for four hours on Monday, mostly along routes 55 and 47.
Crypt from the headlines, here are our annual 31 flavors of fiendishness
www.imperialstars.comWhen you're an aging and desperate wannabe hip-hop star, you, too, can pull ridiculous stunts and act like you came out of Zoolander!According to their Twitter feed, yesterday's traffic blockers and self-declared hardcore hip-hoppers from Garden Grove are now out ... More >>
The FBI and the Orange County Sheriff's Department have issued a special bulletin and $10,000 reward for information leading to a live look at that breakin' and frontin' act taking center stage at local banks, the Pop and Lock Crew.B-boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyz!Check that: being sought for capture ... More >>
One argument in favor of legalizing marijuana in California centers on the massive funds that can be generated for the Not-So-Golden State through taxing and regulating weed.Some go so far as to hail cannabis as the solution to the state budget crisis, which has now been here so long it has its o ... More >>
Choo chooOrange County residents who love public transit--yes, some of these people do exist--talk fondly of Southern California's train-taking heritage. There was a time when the Pacific Electric "Red Car" rail system connected OC to LA to the Inland Empire and beyond; getting around without a h ... More >>
Lopez, in happier times...Longtime Orange County Aztlanista Larry "Nativo" Lopez still faces felony charges of voting fraud in Los Angeles County, a case I truthfully haven't followed much because it's still too bizarre for me to comprehend--as I've previously written, either Lopez is colossally ... More >>
The office of state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) sent out an email containing the flier attachment above for the "Pathways to Higher Education Conference," a free event for high school students and their parents set for Nov. 21 at Coastline Community College in Garden Grove. The confer ... More >>
Windy city.It was curious seeing the Los Angeles Times update on that nagging Station Fire among the roll of stories listed on the online edition's Orange County page. After all, reporter Carla Hall was covering a fire is in northern Los Angeles County, roughly between between Altadena a ... More >>
This just in from the County CEO office: Supervisors Appeal Decision in Pension Case By a 4 to 1 vote, the O ... More >>
I spent my Election Night trying to find non-existent parking outside Hamburger Mary's in Long Beach. The celebration inside sure looked like fun, though, but I don't think I would have stuck around past midnight to watch all the tears turn from Obama joy to Prop 8 despair. Failing that, I instead d ... More >>
David Reyes has a piece in the Times about plans to widen the I-5 from three to five lanes at the county line. Most surprising is the final paragraph, which might have warranted earlier mention: In other business, Art Leahy, OCTA's chief executive, was given a 6% pay raise and one-time 3% bonus afte ... More >>
Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
A solid rendition of Sam Shepards funniest great play
The Orange County Register reports this morning that the Irvine-based Beckman Foundation has donated $20 million to the City of Hope in Duarte, to help finance cancer research. The Foundation has an excellent sense of timing– because, as every other newspaper in the state is reporting this mor ... More >>
The LA-OC Pedophile Priest Swap
Why LA should love OCand why OC should let them