UPDATE, NOV. 21, 4:21 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department just announced that it, too, will conduct a checkpoint tonight, from 9 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1400 South Bristol Street.
Taking on the epic, awesome Sunday brunch at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club resident bar & grill
Happy trails are here?
Is something in the water in Mission Viejo? Are moon beams hitting it at just the right (wrong) angle? Mood-altering, secret-government radiowaves, anyone? It's surely coincidence that within days of another there was a murder-suicide of a family of four "perfect Christians," a suicide performed in ... More >>
See Update No. 4 on Page 2 with deputies identifying all of the deceased and disclosing Michael Sheer, 21, is believed to have killed his father, mother and sister before turning his shotgun on himself. Update Nos. 1-3 on the next page identified the parents and confirmed no suspect was being sought ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on suicide being suspected in the discovery of the bodies of a married couple in La Habra. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 28, 7:09 A.M.: Some holiday weekend, no? We previously reported on a possible murder-suicide with four bodies found in a family's home in Mission ... More >>
The Tustin Police Department's Traffic Unit holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint and the Orange County Sheriff's Department's DUI Task Force will be out in force in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and Rancho Santa Margarita tonight.
A creeper who resembles the fellow in the drawing is being sought for jumping out of bushes and flashing his junk at a 12-year-old girl walking home from school.
Here's the second "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 that I neglected to share last week: on the TCA's never-ending efforts to expand the 241 Toll Road from Mission Viejo to San Onofre. My gawd, how long have we been fighting this damn thing? So long that I realized the best way to ch ... More >>
New Year's weekend is a magical time when human intelligence is diminished by excessive revelry, a time when normally sensible people find themselves in handcuffs following encounters lawmen on highways or inside barrooms and clubs. (It must be something in the Champagne.) Though plenty of thes ... More >>
Five Guys, In-N-Out, meet Smashburger. I believe you already know The Habit. Smashburger has opened its second planned restaurant last week in Aliso Viejo after debuting one in Mission Viejo weeks before, on November 20th. The latter was the first outlet in Orange County for the Denver-based ... More >>
See update at the end of this post about the Twitter war Jason Miller and UFC president Dana White engaged in two days before the arrest of "Mayhem."Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Jason "Mayhem" Miller, 31, of Mission Viejo once had a promising career fighting with UFC, Strikeforce and WFA, but aft ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The best little Persian supermarket in OC makes Mission Viejo sumptuous for the first time
Drink your green beer with the Jameson shot add-ons, but be aware that the coppers are roaming the streets with extra vigor this weekend.Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled tonight in Mission Viejo and Saturday night in Buena Park. Meanwhile, officers from the CHP, sheriff's department and various ... More >>
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UPDATE, JULY 19, 2:49 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge David Thompson revealed why Mission Viejo dance instructor Jason Alan Marian should be retried on some counts related to his case involving unlawful sex with a 16-year-old dance student and secret videotaping several other teen girls ... More >>
Next to non-pedophile apologist Catholics, my favorite group of religious-minded folks are Universalist Unitarians, who ground their radical politics on Jesus and a hella other traditions. I've spoken at four separate congregations in the area, and spoke for the second time at Tapestry in Mission ... More >>
The Meat House opened in Costa Mesa earlier this year, a franchise of "neighborhood" butcher shops that nevertheless offer quality meats and cuts. Business has been good enough to the point where the company is opening another OC location, this one in that culinary wasteland called Mission Viejo. ... More >>
There were a lot of great crimes committed in Taco Bells this week, like the employee who fought off a would-be robber with a mop--but NOTHING beats what happened at a Mission Viejo Del Taco this week.
Why no Frito Bandito Lane?The passive-aggressive-but-informative Mission Viejo Dispatch blog has been both reporting on and creating a racially tinged mini-scuffle in Mission Viejo. As you might expect from the master-planned South County burg where residents revolted over a city manage ... More >>
Pot filled two South County city council chambers Tuesday night.That is, separate issues from modern life in the cannabis age were taken up by the city leaders in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.
In less than an hour, the Mission Viejo City Council will be called to order.Among the items on this evening's docket: a proposed ordinance that would prohibit marijuana grow houses.Leaving some residents to wonder, "You mean it was OK to grow my own indoors before?"
UPDATE: The man who is said to have hanged himself at Orange County Jail has been identified as Stephen Clevenger.Does it seem as if there have been more in-custody deaths at Orange County Jail lately?The latest is a 29-year-old Mission Viejo man who apparently hung himself in his Santa Ana jail ... More >>
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Jason Alan Marian, the 31-year-old Mission Viejo dance instructor previously blogged about here, faces up to nine years in state prison following his conviction for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old dance student and secretly videotaping several other teen girls after a ... More >>
John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyLance MacLean: at peace?Orange Juice! and the Mission Viejo Dispatch are reporting that Mission Viejo ex-Mayor Lance MacLean has canceled his request for a recount of the ballot's in last week's election, which saw him recalled from office by a margin of 19 votes.Speakin ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentArrested were (clockwise from top right): Garzon Omar David Diaz; Louis Carlos Lopez and John Marlon Rodriguez.The three Los Angeles men above have been arrested in connection with more than 80 burglaries and car break-ins targeting customers they'd a ... More >>
"I can't believe there hasn't been any stories in regards to the foul odor that is covering Mission Viejo, CA like an airborne bacteria," writes a reader named Cori. "(Well . . . actually, in this Prozac laden city of Stepford, I'm surprised when anyone notices anything outside the 'norm.') The o ... More >>
Dale Tyler, the man who was signatory number one of 52 on the initial letter announcing the recall of Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Lance MacLean, has moved to be the first candidate in the race to potentially replace embattled councilman.No other candidates have yet pulled papers with the City of ... More >>
The Microsoft mall gods have blessed the Shops at Mission Viejo with the honor of being home to the second ever Microsoft retail story in the world. Why Mission Viejo? We're betting they want to staff the store with Nadadores, but who really knows.The store opens Thursday. The Mission Viejo Dispa ... More >>
Ed Piskor / OC WeeklyA proponent of the Lance MacLean recall (blogged about earlier today) just tipped me off to a list in published in US News and World Report last week: "10 Cities for Political Junkies." Orange County towns comprise one-fifth of the cities on the list, which seeks to document ... More >>
Late Friday afternoon, the Orange County Registrar of Voters announced it had certified the signatures gathered by Mission Viejo city activists seeking to recall Mayor Pro Tem Lance MacLean. It's a big step for the recall movement, which gathered nearly 14,000 signatures -- though they only ... More >>
Hey! I'm OC Weekly's new clubs editor! You may remember me as the guy who hung out with that one birther lady, but forget about that. I'm here for the drinks now.Thus far, this job has pretty much consisted of me revisiting the places I went during childhood, but getting drunk at them. Yeah, I gr ... More >>
Activists from Best Friends, Orange County People for Animals and Last Chance for Animals have stood outside pet stores in Los Angeles, Thousands Oaks and Mission Viejo "educating: shoppers and convincing them to adopt and not buy puppies. Now, the so-called "Puppy Store-Free Orange County" campaign ... More >>
Hey, hey, hey, the beauty of all these anti- (take your pick) -tax, -deficit, -progress tea parties was that they were truly grass-roots, free from the partisan political hackery that many believe in responsible for the country's fiscal woes in the first place. Then what to make of the Saddleback Re ... More >>
Very early Tuesday in Tustin. Not the real crime but an amazing facsimile. Once again, it's the Weekly's weekly round-up of Orange County police calls...MONDAY, JUNE 22Breaking Up the Boredom of a Bank Line: Shortly after noon, a man clutching a backpack threatened to blow up the Bank of America bra ... More >>
Just call him Rev. TeabaggerThe Rev. Wiley Drake, last heard from praying for President Barack Obama's death, leads the list of Orange Countains who have stepped up to lead the "Official Tax Day TEA Party" in their communities on July 4.TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already, by the way. Besides the co ... More >>
Ed Piskor / OC WeeklyAs I just posted: In Dana Point, when you use state and federal grants to fund a $7 million beautification project disguised as congestion relief, you don't have to worry a whole lot about public scrutiny and can expect a crowd of impressed citizens when you complete the project ... More >>
Spencer Kornhaber / OCWApril 15, 2009. Remember that? Best day of your life, right? Not just because you got to pay taxes, but rather because you got a chance to complain about paying those taxes. The Weekly, at least, had a pretty good time at last month's tax-hating/liberals-bashing Tea Party in S ... More >>
Okay, I guess we all saw this coming. Local Natives have officially changed their origin to Silver Lake on their Myspace page....sigh, okay guys. Well, hopefully you and the OC can still be friends. For those of you who have followed the harmaonizing echoes, rumbling rhythms and spangly guitar chord ... More >>
Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Lance MacLean sent out a press release a little more than an hour ago responding to the recall petition presented to him two Mondays ago. Here is the 200-word statement to voters that he's legally asked to issue:"I have been honored to represent you since 2002 and I am pr ... More >>
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