An all-day symposium at UC Irvine Thursday is not only dedicated to one of OC Weekly's favorite topics (marijuana legalization), but it includes ... um ... colorful characters who have filled our pages (print and otherwise) for years (Dana Rohrabacher, Lou Correa, Judge Jim Gray and Tom Umberg).
Even though California State Senator Lou Correa (D-SanTana/Anacrime) has long gotten the pointy end of the stick from us over the years, he's always been affable toward me. And I'm sure he'll continue to be affable toward me after this post, which only confirms what we've said all along: Correa is m ... More >>
Murderers, Todd Spitzer, pervy teachers, Arte Moreno and so many more!
On April 23, the California State Senate's public safety committee will hold hearings on SB289, the proposed law that would allow police to arrest anyone driving with even trace amounts of marijuana in their system. The bill's author Lou Correa, the Democratic State Senator from Anaheim who hopes to ... More >>
According to a study just released by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, chronic pot smokers can test positive for residual levels of THC in blood for up to several weeks after abstaining from smoking marijuana. The study is based on findings from 30 daily pot smokers who smoked ten joi ... More >>
Orange County's very own Lou Correa, the state senator from Santa Ana, knows a good wedge issue when he sees it, or rather them: stoners. Yes, stoners. Folks smoking marijuana, rather than drunk drivers, or teenagers texting, are the bane of our state's highway system. Why, studies have shown t ... More >>
Steven Greenhut, the onetime editorial writer at The Orange County Register and a man loathed by public employee union bosses, and state Senator Lou Correa recently met with 12 food truck owners who claim Santa Ana police and California tax officials are harassing their businesses.According to Green ... More >>
Last year, two schools in the Anaheim Union High School District tried a new academic incentive program. Students were given identification cards in colors that revealed how well they performed on standardized tests. Those with the "best" colors were given freebies and perks, like getting to stand a ... More >>
State Senator Lou Correa (D-Anaheim) and U.S. Reps. (and sisters) Loretta and Linda Sanchez (D-Garden Grove and Lakewood, respectively) joined legal forces Wednesday in filing a lawsuit against their disgraced former campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee.The trio is being represented in Los Angeles Co ... More >>
UPDATED, SEPT. 21, 2011, 2:31 pm: Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed SB847, according to this article in the 420Times. Needless to say, celebratory emails are bouncing all over the medical marijuana activist community, especially among members of Americans for Safe Access, which waged a massive call-in ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 20, 11:25 A.M.: And, back to the redistricting committee it goes.The Orange County Board of Supervisors had its first official look at the committee's redistricting recommendations Tuesday and opted to kick the proposed plan back to the panel, citing potential political harm to ... More >>
One Lou CorreaThe many, many, many laws cranked out of Sacramento every year usually come from constituents (one hopes), lobbyists (more likely) and the winds of change blowing off the Delta (likeliest of all).However, there are instances where a legislator's own experiences shape legislation. Ta ... More >>
Grrrrrrr!There are probably several descriptions you could give Orange County state Senator Lou Correa, but who knew one would be watchdog?According to a Sacramento Bee article today, at a Tuesday hearing, Correa (D-Anaheim) grilled California National Guard officials about lingering and widespr ... More >>
State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has introduced a bill that would help cut into California's budget deficit by installing an online poker system that aims to generate $1 billion in state revenues and 1,100 new jobs over the next 10 years.Vegas gives it 3-5 odds to pass--or at least Vegas d ... More >>
Update, December 22, 2:15 p.m.: The non-money grubbing side won in the matter of the OC Fairgrounds. Sort of. Yesterday the Fourth District Appellate Court agreed to hear the case, which will prevent the sale of the property until at least Jan. 10, 2011.Why is this a victory? By that time the new ... More >>
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 >>
Highlights include:The Latest Grocery Store Scam KCBS Channel 2 in LA is promoting its Monday investigative look into an area grocery store that pretends to honor product coupons but actually credits the shopper $0.00. No word on the identity of the alleged offender. The report is scheduled to ... More >>
Kring: Didn't get messageWhy Republican Lucille Kring is even bothering to campaign for the state senate from central Orange County is beyond me.Didn't Kring get the message that many OC Republican establishment players back Democrat Lou Correa?Well, Lucille?
Whoa! They're moving the Sydney Opera House to Anaheim!Oh wait, no. That's the newly approved design for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, a.k.a. ARTIC.On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council awarded architecture firm Parsons Brinckerhoff/HOK with the contract to design and lay the ... More >>
Law enforcement here has a history of demonizing the victims of hate crimes, especially those who are gay. But though Scott Steiner is an Orange County deputy district attorney, and a conservative one at that, he breaks the callous stereotype. During his stint as head of the hate-crimes unit ... More >>
*Updated, with new information on the bottom... Over the Labor Day weekend, someone claiming to be Christian fundie financier Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. left the following comment on my previous post about local conservative blabbermouth Hugh Hewitt being in cahoots with Ahmanson to end gay marriage i ... More >>
The most influential Orange County man you've never heard of is undoubtedly Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., heir to the Home Savings (remember that bank?) fortune. He rarely makes public appearances due to suffering from Tourette's Syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him from giving millions of dollars away ... More >>
In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Orange County Republican Lynn Daucher as director of California's Department of Aging. At the time, Daucher--a 2006 campaign loser to Lou Correa for a state Senate seat--uttered a predictable line about the elation of public service. “I ... More >>
With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from yesterday's Orange County Hispanic Bar Association annual fundraising dinner: *Greeting the well-dressed, well-coiffed crowd as they drove toward the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel were about ... More >>
Since Lou Correa has been elevated to the splendor that is the state Senate, the citizens in the Board of Supervisors' First District need a new Lou, and today is the day to elect one. The polls will be open until 8pm. If you have any questions about the how-and-where of voting, yo ... More >>
As of half-past seven Monday night, Lou Correa has over 50% of the vote, beating opponent Lynn Daucher by 1,302 votes and winning California's 34th Senate seat. He collected more votes than opponents Daucher and Otto Bade combined, ending speculation that Bade's last-minute write-in campaign is what ... More >>
Our R. Scott Moxley reports that, by the end of the night at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, the older Republicans in the room showed on their faces exactly what they felt: worry, frustration, indignation. But the Young Republican types in their 20s and 30s were not missing a beat--or a drop of hooch--as ... More >>
Rebecca Schoenkopf reporting from . . . ORANGE, Teamsters Local Something or Other--We've been told state senate staffers are here, giving up vacation time to walk for Lou Correa, Democrat for OC's 34th state Senate District. People here are sitting in chairs, too (union thing?), looking at the Tee ... More >>
If I hadn't been stuck in the courthouse for the last several months, this award would probably go to Larry Agran's robot Beth Krom, a deceitful mess of a politician/hack who should shame any true progressive. More on her and Agran after their victory. I promise. But tonight the one candidate who e ... More >>
Oct. 25 - Oct. 31
First there was yesterday's Election Day lunch--the GOP-heavy shindig where Weekly editor Will Swaim only got halfway through the hilarious speech I wrote for him because he was shuffling back and forth between pages and so lost my text and thus never got to the payoff, "Thank you, ladies and gentle ... More >>
Cinco De Me! Of meat and mariachis, Vidal Sassoon, and (ladies and gentlemen) Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Starring Courtney Love, Danny Bonaduce and a guy showing his wang!
Dennis Cross yelled all the time. He threw Kleenex boxes at students. He constantly pounded a gavel against the chalkboard. He once smacked my friend in the back with a yardstick.
A tribute to the best damn high school teacher I ever had
Three newspapers, three parachute dispatches, three laughers
Why LA should love OCand why OC should let them
Amd then we have sex with Simon LeBon
Smelly drunks, bad manners. Its all good
Next time, for sure!
The biggest problem with the 69th Assembly race is that theres no third choice
Hell is waiting for George W. Bush with Tom Fuentes as your host
Our cruel but insightful wrap-up of OC Elections
County school board trustee Ken Williams joins the Reverend Lou Sheldon for good, old-fashioned gay-baiting