It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.
This sweltering heat and accompanying nasty winds are so bad that they're sweeping down the IE's fires and placing them in...Long Beach? Yep. A brush fire is currently blazing at the Los Cerritos Wetlands, the nature area that roughly separates Orange County from Long Beach. The fire was reported t ... 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 >>
Before we get to the shakers, if no one else has yet, may I be the first to blame Southern California's earthquake swarms and Hurricane Isaac on God's wrath for the Republicans nominating Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum?Or, perhaps the King of Kings is an Obama man and he's just pissed at the GOP for ... More >>
See update at the end of this post about a sharp jolt that just hit at 9:33 a.m.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 8, 8:59 A.M.: So I'm watching the end of a season one Damages episode via Amazon last night--keep an eye out for that Ted Danson kid, he's quite an actor--and what felt like an invisible train rolled ... More >>
SoCal native Donavon Frankenreiter is scheduled to play Catalina.com and KROQ's ROQ N' SURF summer concerts series on the water. Pepper, rock n' rhythm roots band, will headline the first date, Saturday, June 16, with support from Long Beach-based singer songwriter, Josh Fischel, and The Fiction. ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 20, 11:20 A.M.: In addition to shaky stories, we should share with one another the reason God punished us with this earthquake--because as Pat Robertson will tell you, there can be no other reason for seismic activity than a vengeful deity. Gay marriage? The ACLU caravan coming to Sant ... More >>
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Lainna FaderLuis & the Wildfires Wild Records' Gizzelle, The Desperados, and Luis & the Wildfires September 30, 2011 House of Blues, Anahaim The House of Blues Anaheim hosted the Wildest show on the planet on Friday night, an evening of vintage rock 'n' roll and soul hosted by Wild Reco ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 15, 7:23 A.M.: Um, you know those emergency exercises at UC Irvine I reported were happening Wednesday? Major brain fart: the drills are actually TODAY. Just apply the details from the original post on the next page to today, Thursday. But, here's the weird thing: when I thought&nbs ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 8, 10:24 A.M.: The Carbon Canyon wildfire has now spread to more than 500 acres and is 60 percent contained, but Orange County fire officials believe they have a handle on it.No injuries have been reported nor have any homes been threatened.Nearly 300 firefighters are trying to knock ... More >>
The folks who run the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)--and by "folks" I mean "Southern California Edison," or simply "SCE"--can't be happy with what's happening at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant up the coast near San Luis Obispo. Both plants were built in active earthquake zo ... More >>
On Monday, March 28, Haven Gastropub will host a fundraising event and contribute 100% of profits to the survivors of the Japanese earthquake disaster.Employees are donating their time and all of their gratuities from 11 a.m to 2 a.m. Last year, Haven customers raised nearly $11,000 for a similar ... More >>
In the wake of the unfathomable disaster in Japan, musicians are showing their support through benefit shows, merch and other creative endeavors, rallying fans to help the country. Their efforts can make a real impact--Gaga's Japan-relief wristbands raised $250,000 in just 48 hours. Here's ... More >>
One of the terrible ironies of the unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan is that two of the reactors that are overheating weren't even turned on when the earthquake and tsunami occurred. What sparked their meltdowns weren't the reactors, which were cool, but rather the toxic waste being stored next t ... More >>
UPDATED, JAN. 26, 5:49 P.M.: President Barack Obama agreed today that Orange County is a disaster. Ethically, morally, politically--it's like Mischa Barton's blank stare here, said . . .Check that: Obama today signed the paperwork that officially declared Orange County and several other Californ ... More >>
Screw the "Big One": a coming storm of biblical proportions may prove to be an even greater threat to Southern California than a mega-earthquake along the dreaded San Andreas fault.So say more than 100 scientists and experts gathered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to create an "ARkStorm Sce ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThere is substantial work to be done along the boardwalk at Laguna Beach.Update, December 29, 4:22 p.m.: Photographic evidence of the storm-caused carnage at Main Beach in Laguna Beach.
www.myspace.com/wyclefjeanWe knew it was official; Wyclef Jean did tell Time Magazine he was running for president of Haiti after weeks of rumors yesterday. But a few minutes ago, the AP reported that Jean has filed the paperwork to run for president of Haiti at an electoral council office i ... More >>
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American Red CrossA Haitian man in temporary shelter receives earthquake relief in a box.Orange County Muslims on Friday plan to ship out to Haiti a 40-foot container full of clothes, medicine, medical equipment, bottled water and other basic necessities.
UPDATED WITH TORNADO WARNING EXTENDING TO ORANGE COUNTY . . . ABC News reports the tornado warning previously issued for Long Beach and south-central Los Angeles County now includes the Orange County communities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Irvine, Fullerton, Costa ... More >>
Former Costa Mesa resident (by way of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and first gal to ever sign to Brushfire Records Zee Avi is currently being featured on the front page of NPR Music online. Check out three live tracks, "Honeybee," "First of the Gang" (Morrissey cover) and "You and Me," recorded at NPR's ... More >>
A few things have happened since we last checked in with Brushfire artist and Huntington Beach resident Matt Costa. Though he's been MIA for the last few months, it seems like he's back, but not without a few new developments. His Facebook page just posted this semi-new (recorded in August, it s ... More >>
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Hellish fires now, Sahara Desert later, says UCI doom prophet Mike Davis
The folks over at the Register are doing a fine job reporting on the massive Orange County arson fire that’s threatening to keep firefighters at work for another two days as winds approaching hurricane force continue to pound the region. Residents in Foothill Ranch are the latest to see their neig ... More >>
Well that sucks. Los Angeles Times pop culture reporter Geoff Bouche was covering the con when he got jumped on a sidewalk in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. He writes: "In the 15 years I have been writing for The Times, I have covered wildfires, riots, gang murders and plenty of other mayhem. I never ... More >>
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The Inconvenient Truth is on its way to becoming the box-office champeen of documentaries (pound sand, Michael Moore!). Orders are already brisk for the DVDs that won't be out until November. However, because Truth starred Satan's spawn Al Gore, there's a good chance many holy rollers skipped it and ... More >>
It's been funny--not funny ha-ha--sitting here on the sidelines watching the changing global-warming debate. While the international scientific community for years has piled voluminous report atop voluminous report detailing that global warming is real, producing all sorts of climatic problems and e ... More >>
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Only 6 days after the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on it and 5 days after The Blotter first noted it, the Los Angeles Times today informs its readers about the state of California's bridges. The state: hundreds of bridges are considered at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake becau ... More >>
Yesterday, as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was submitting to a public humiliation ritual before a Senate committee, his only punishment for letting New Orleans drown (in other countries, such incompetence would result in dismissal from office and permanent disgrace, but in the land o ... More >>
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