For the next four months, Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice is hosting a Libyan community leader to strategize against human trafficking, learn how rampant it is in Orange County's Arab-speaking community and educate the same folks about it.
See the update at the end of this post where fallen cop foundation and Orange County deputy union officials agree raffling off semiautomatic weapons is no big whoop. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 21, 6:39 A.M.: Cop killers can be people or they can be fictional characters in songs or they can be an AR-15 r ... More >>
The OC Fair & Event Center released some fun facts the 23-day Orange County Fair that ended its run in Costa Mesa on Aug. 10.
First impressions of chefs are generally positive. While it might be a dog and pony show for me, instinct will say whether they are genuine in their demeanor and response. The first time I met Chris Tzorin, he was working alongside Pascal Olhats during a culinary competition I judged. While he hamme ... More >>
Remember all the holler when Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to sell the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds to a private company? The Governator has since left Sacramento for what will surely be an Oscar-winning role in The Expendables XVII. But as the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society r ... More >>
Looks like Santa Ana's going to be the next city in Orange County to get a fancy build-your-own pizza joint. PizzaRev, a Blaze Pizza / Pieology-style pizzeria will be opening the doors of its corner store on Bristol Street and MacArthur next Thursday, Aug. 14. And hey, they know how to celebrate a ... More >>
I find myself in disagreement with Tea Party members and state Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) when it comes to many things. But the idea of Caltrans ignoring the wishes of nine Orange County cities along the 405 freeway corridor that are against the installation of toll lanes--funded with ... More >>
As if on cue, a panga presumed to have carried undocumented immigrants (but no drugs this time) was found abandoned at Crystal Cove State Beach Thursday morning--providing yet more fodder for folks holding what they call "another planned National Anti-Immigration Protest" in Irvine Saturday afternoo ... More >>
Post moved up from Tuesday to remind that the protest is this evening. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 22, 7:07 A.M.: Those converging on Santa Ana for the annual creation conference kicking off today can expect two straight days of uninterrupted bliss at Calvary Chapel. "Uh, but isn't this a four-day conferen ... More >>
Sometime last week, someone passed out fliers in an Orange neighborhood off the 57 Freeway and Chapman Avenue urging them to join some offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan called the Loyal White Knights based out of somewhere called North Carolina. It made such an impact on the world that the news only came ... More >>
That a federal judge in California has declared the death penalty unconstitutional is no surprise--a 2006 ruling has put capital punishment on hold in Northern California--but that a federal judge in stodgy old Orange County did caused ripples Wednesday. To be fair, some are ripples of "atta boys" f ... More >>
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 >>
Three months ago, we showed you photos of clothing worn by a woman whose remains were found Jan. 6 in Casper's Wilderness Park, in hopes the shots could help Orange County sheriff's investigators identify her. But she still has not been identified, so the sheriff's department hopes newly released ar ... More >>
See the update on Page 3 with local immigration activists calling on the Orange County sheriff to cut all ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 5, 7:33 A.M.: After a federal court decision in Oregon, every county that surrounds Orange County immediately halted hon ... More >>
When Shirley Grindle tells a journalist there is something rotten in Denmark--and her and your Denmark is Orange County--s/he tends to listen. Since the 1970s, the good government activist and/or her group TINCUP (Time Is Now, Clean Up Politics) have tracked campaign contributions to Orange County p ... More >>
Your lesson for the day: Read each of the following six headlines and tell us if the incident happened in Orange County, Florida, or Orange County, California.
Bald eagles, once threatened with extinction, are reportedly nesting near Irvine Lake in Silverado.
Orange County animal activist Rose Tingle urged the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to add at least $50,000 to the animal care budget for the coming year to reduce the number of euthanizations at the county facility.
Many of us have found the need to go to the money machine to get some money, but Orange County sheriff's investigators claim Daniel Eamon Sweeny went to as many as 24 money machines to get the money machines.
On Wednesday, June 25, Tavern Bowl teams up with Yelp to benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. This 21 and over event is being held from 7-9 p.m. and includes a DJ, raffle, discounted bowling, select comped beverages and passed appetizers. 100% of the donations and raffle procee ... More >>
North County's been the center of Orange County's craft beer scene for awhile now, but within the next year, that center could be a little more... central. It's time for Santa Ana to bask in the fizzy, golden limelight. That's right; Santa Ana is going through a craft beer makeover. The city will ... More >>
To detail the vicious cycle mentally ill jail and prison parolees routinely find themselves in, Laguna Beach-based Advocates for Cost-Effective Justice presents an enlightening documentary and speakers Saturday morning.
Somewhere in the mean streets of Laguna Beach starting at 9 Saturday night, police will be screening drivers to make sure they are sober and properly licensed.
Saturday could see Orange County's greatest athlete ever crowned.
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Well here's some fine news (for a change) heading into Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start of the summer beach season in Orange County: Things have improved so much at perpetually polluted Poche Beach that the San Clemente locale has been removed from Heal the Bay's annual Beach Bumm ... More >>
The district attorney offices of the counties of Orange and Santa Clara have teamed up to charge five large pharmaceutical companies with endangering patients and deceiving doctors by intentionally misrepresenting the dangerously addictive nature of painkillers to expand their markets and profits.
See the update at the end of this post identifying the murder suspect. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 5, 11:43 A.M.: Orange County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the apparent murder of a man in his Mission Viejo apartment over the weekend.
Here at OC Weekly, we're a proud Aztlanista front, so we're more than happy to run the following open letter by the Orange County Dream Team, that amazing group of undocumented students and their supporters who have been advocating for amnesty for (relative) ages. Their target this time around? Thei ... More >>
Will Democrats holding/losing supermajorities in the California Assembly and State Senate come down to whether two veteran Mexican politicians in Orange County can fend off challenges from charging Asian-American GOP candidates? Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva would surely like to know the answe ... More >>
It came from Google Alerts. Wait, the California Supreme Court has cleared the way legally for pervy men to shower with babies in Orange County? WTF?
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday essentially struck down Orange County's law banning registered sex offenders from public parks and recreation areas unless they first get permission from the sheriff's department.
I recall a fellow in college sleeping on an abandoned mattress in the field next to his apartment when the intricacies of properly placing an entry key in a front-door lock were more than his pickled brain could handle late one night. But the Cal State Fullerton students who plan to sleep in boxes ... More >>
Get your designated drivers ready because April 26 will be filled with lots and lots of local beer. There will be two events happening at the same time, so here are all the details so you can plan accordingly.
Veterans who want an Orange County cemetery at the Great Park will be marching into tonight's Irvine City Council meeting. Also parachuting in will be representatives of Five Points, the company whose residential tracts will ring (and help pay for) the in-progress park. The council is scheduled t ... More >>
At a press conference Monday where Orange County law enforcement officials provided some details on their case against alleged serial killers Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, who are accused of murdering four women, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said investigators are "confident" there is at l ... More >>
When Mars Hill Church was having zoning problems in Santa Ana, church leaders told members of the Orange County media--including OC Weekly--that it may have been subjected to religious discrimination. But the pastor who led that congregation at the time now says it was all a big lie and that his bo ... More >>
The Santa Ana Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint tonight, while their counterparts in Irvine have one set Saturday night. Also tonight, special patrols of Orange County sheriff's deputies are scheduled to flood streets of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Many right-minded Orange Countians are routinely confronted with the region's reputation as a bastion for conservatism, intolerance and gawdawful reality show cast members. While we here at the Weekly do our part of expose our freaks, we should also make it a practice to honor those working to disp ... More >>
California is currently in the midst of a historic measles outbreak, with 49 cases confirmed since the beginning of the year, compared to only four cases during the same time in 2013. Orange County is the hardest-hit county, with 21 confirmed cases of the measles--over double any other county. But t ... More >>
It's Lent right now, which means some of the best food in Orange County is popping up at Mexican restaurants every Friday, when faithful Catholics eschew meat. Out comes the seasonal specials: tortas de camarones (ground shrimp reconstituted as fritters), chile rellenos in a potato soup, potato taco ... More >>
What do you do if you get sued for calling your fried, dough-nut-shaped, layered (and probably overrated) pastry a "Crauxnut"? If you're Little Bigs Bakery in Portland, Maine, you take a pot shot and change the name. According to the Bangor Daily News, Little Bigs owners James and Pamela Plunkett r ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley shop serves dougnuts stuffed with ice cream
As a proud UCLA alum, I always knew I was almost on campus whenever I'd pass the awe-inspiring Los Angeles National Cemetery near Westwood, especially come Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekend. It's a bit of cosmic irony, of course, that the muy muy liberal Westside has this ultimate testament to ... More >>
Save for the luxe lonchera Barcelona on the Go, there are few ambassadors of Spanish cuisine in Orange County. For a complete Spanish experience--and I do mean, like, with flamenco dancers and the Gipsy Kings as the constant and only soundtrack--one must go to Long Beach to Cafe Sevilla. Here you wi ... More >>
Remember the Snowboarder Bandit? Better yet, remember Navel Gazing's Snowboarder Bandit Fashion Show?