Norberto Santana

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    July 2, 2014

    New UCI Report Claims OC is on the Cusp of Political and Demographic Change--NO WAY!

    In news that will surprise only people who live in deepest darkest Montana, a new report released last night claims the times are a-changing in Orange County. More than 100 people from labor, faith and other groups came together at Buena Park's UFCW Local 324 union hall to discuss this momentous pro ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Anaheim City Council Candidates Forum Takes Place on Anna Drive

    Over the course of two hours, candidates vying for two open seats on the Anaheim city council fielded questions Tuesday evening from residents of Anna Drive, the neighborhood where an officer-involved shooting claimed the life of unarmed 25-year old Manuel Diaz earlier this summer. The killing and t ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Canyonites Gear Up for Legal Fight Over Board of Supervisors' Approval of 65 New Homes

    Stymied in their efforts to get the Orange County Board of Supervisors to reject a 65-home project into the rural canyons just northwest of Cook's Corner, canyonites are turning to the last place they can think of to stop what they believe to be a forever quality-of-life-changing development:The cou ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    [UPDATED with Locks Stay:] John Williams Told to Stay Away from Public Administrator Office He Was Forced Out Of

    ​UPDATE, JAN. 30, 3:54 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge William Monroe today denied former public administrator John Williams' request for a temporary restraining order aimed at getting him back into his county office.In other words, the locks that were changed after Williams left his offi ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Voice of OC Boasts of 2010 Accomplishments, Seeks Donations

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklySantana and his son, Max.​Only a handful of Orange County reporters dedicated themselves to investigative journalism on a daily basis before last March. That month saw the birth of Norberto Santana's dream: the Voice of OC, the county's first non-profit investigative ne ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Election 2010: Coker is Spun, Polled, Teabagged

    ​1:28 p.m.: Orange County agreed with state voters on most ballot initiatives, although more of us did want to keep choking on polluted air until the unemployment rate drops and most like the state budget approval process to remain fucked-up, thank you very much (probably because many are philosop ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Bill Clinton: OC Needs Loretta Sanchez in Congress

    Photo by R. Scott MoxleyBill Clinton visited OC today​Accompanied by a decent-sized Secret Service detail, Bill Clinton came to Orange County this afternoon to offer advice.The 42nd president of the United States told several hundred people (and at least 60 reporters) gathered under a cloudy sky a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    ​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 >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Voice of OC Gives Credit Where Credit is Due for Breaking Mike Carona Pension Story

    ​We told you here how the Los Angeles Times reported on the $215,000 annual pension for disgraced ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona nine days after the Orange County Register did, without crediting the Santa Ana daily for first breaking the news.Now the Register is being accused of doing the sa ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    [UPDATED] Primary Election 2010: Media Forces Unite, and the GOP Senate Parties

    The blurry end.​12:56 Downstairs, in the lobby bar, there is still a decent sized crowd of very well dressed people clutching cold drinks. The general idea is that government as business is back, and it's riding on the backs of women. Though I don't hear much political banter and as far as I can t ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Today's Important Unimportant Election, From My TV Screen to Your Computer/Phone Screen

    ​11:15 p.m.: Don't be surprised if KOCE is accused of turning over its election coverage to that rare Orange County bird known as the "Democrat." The "live, election night edition of Real Orange" came from the Artists Village in Santa Ana, OC's version of Havana. Their election expert was the Voic ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Gustavo Arellano Helps One Alma Mater, Gets Snubbed by Facebook Group at Another

    ​Gustavo Arellano will be one of two investigative journalists talking about the future of newspapers at Orange Coast College tonight. Meanwhile, a Facebook group has started in the campaign to prevent the Weekly's very own Mexican from taking part in a different higher-education gig: a scheduled ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Sheriff's Poll: Sandra Hutchens In Big Lead

    John GilhooleySmile Sandy Smile​The first public poll of voter support in the Orange County sheriff's race found that Sandra Hutchens is far in the lead but significantly short of winning the necessary 50 percent plus vote to avoid a November runoff, according to the Voice of OC.

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    March 31, 2010

    Voice of OC Launches!

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyNorberto Santana Jr. and son at the Voice's offices last year.​The much speculated-about, much delayed, non-profit journalism website helmed by ex-Register digger Norberto Santana Jr. went live today. We just noticed. Check it out and, uh, talk about it in the comments ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Voice of OC Taps Voice of SD Reporter for Editor Job

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyNorberto Santana Jr. and son in VOOC's office.​The Voice of OC, the nonprofit news site helmed by former Register reporter Norberto Santana Jr., is hiring up--and it's taking at least one staffer from a publication close to its own heart.The Voice of San Diego on Wednesday b ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    September 16, 2009

    Another Voice May Enter OC Investigative Journalism Fray

    State senator-turned-media-baron Joe Dunn With the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times experiencing shrinking staffs and budgets, another player may fill the perceived investigative news vacuum. The Times reports: A group that includes former state lawmakers, high-profile ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    June 5, 2009

    Black Friday: OC Register Loses Second Star Reporter In One Day

    The Orange County Register's Norberto Santana Jr. drove his green jeep (loaded with boxes and boxes of files) out of his paper's Grand Avenue HQ parking lot for the last time minutes ago. The veteran investigative journalist tells me that he's decided to leave the Register after a five-year-stint th ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Register Exposes Backroom Dealings on Sheriff's Whistleblower Lawsuit

    Thanks to ex-Sheriff Mike Carona, our infamous two-faced Master of Disasters, local taxpayers may have to give convicted felon George Jaramillo $750,000 to settle his lawsuit alleging that Carona, also a convicted felon, illegally fired him as assistant sheriff in 2004.Read all the details in a note ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Sandra, Say It Ain't So!

    The deep, angry, artificial breathing you hear in the distance?No, Jim Silva is chewing happily on apple sauce. It's not even James Earl Jones on the set of an upcoming Star Wars flick. It's Orange County's dark political lord Mike "Vader" Schroeder (pictured). At Gulfstream in Newport Beach. In bet ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    You, Norberto Santana, Put Lives in Danger

    Tom Mauk (pictured--in a foul mood--entering the Hall of Administration parking garage recently) apparently isn't shy about committing an ugly social faux pas.The unelected head of Orange County's multibillion-dollar government bureaucracy likes to take two parking spaces when he parks his taxpayer- ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    The Fleecing of OC Taxpayers, Part 692

    So far, best local story of the month goes to The Orange County Register's Norberto Santana Jr. and Natalya Shulyakovskaya, who wrote a June 13 article that further underscores the gross incompetence of ex-Sheriff Mike Carona. Based on interviews and public-records act requests, the duo found: -$-Mo ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part XI

    Dave Segal moved into Detroit Bar on both Friday and Saturday nights: "Free the Robots' thrilling [Friday] live show blew away Afrika Bambaataa's moldy DJ set. Local upstarts overshadowed a legend!" And on Sat, "DJs Josh One, Hyder, James Pants and Peanut Butter Wolf spun loads of great hip-hop cuts ... More >>

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    January 25, 2008
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    December 16, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: Poor Ho Chi Minh

    Good Ink for the Sheriff! Norberto Santana Jr. and Tony Saavedra at the Register today find that “a $2 billion effort to deport immigrants has little measurable effect on crime or illegal immigration” and that government agencies “often work at cross purposes.” To prove their point, Santana ... More >>

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    October 13, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Head Butting Cars Isn't Healthy

    Not Sure Why His Head Continued to Slam Into My Baton: Norberto Santana, Jr. at the Register reports that an unidentified “28-year-old inmate at the Orange County jail died Friday after deputies used a taser gun to subdue him.” Damon Micalizzi, the taxpayer-paid flack assigned to get Sheriff Mic ... More >>

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    September 16, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: Register UCI Panic!

    OC Gym Crook Arrested in LA: Police arrested Ronald James Navarrette Jr. of Mission Viejo Friday in El Segundo for breaking into men's lockers at the Spectrum Athletic Club not far from LAX. Gym employees had been on the lookout for the 45-year-old crook they knew from surveillance video taken at ot ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises

    Speed Eating: Would you eat 42 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in 10 minutes for $1,500? Patrick “P-Rock” Beroletti, a twentysomething-year-old Chicago cook, won the Drum Corps International World Peanut Butter and Jelly Eating Championship this week at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. (Ear ... More >>

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    April 16, 2007

    Cop Land

    Longtime courthouse observers can't remember the last time an Orange County jury convicted a police officer of abusing his power. It's not that abuse doesn't periodically occur. Several months ago, I watched the trial of an Irvine cop who got an erection and ejaculated on a female motorist in Laguna ... More >>

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    November 7, 2006

    Where's Loretta?

    Rebecca Schoenkopf reporting from . . . ORANGE, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 441--The beer is Heineken, the food Mexican, the lights fluorescent. A couple hundred people, very happy--and sitting. Sitting. And we're young. And so, thinking Loretta Sanchez's invite-only party ... More >>