Original Mike

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    "Best Taste of Santa Ana" Event This Sunday

    There's a lot of great food to taste in Santa Ana, but not always all at once, together, at one single event. Tasting festivals like the one this post is about has been done many times before in Santa Ana, I'm sure--this isn't their first rodeo. But if you're already tired of OC Fair deep fried foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Not Just A Camp...It's a Passion for "Girls Rock Camp Orange County" !

    "Check! Check!" went the mic last Sunday at Original Mike's where eighteen women gathered in the spirit of rock n' roll participating an all first ever OC Ladies Rock Camp. It took only two days for these mujeres to learn bass, drums, paino, and tune their vocals in efforts to fundraise for this sum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    First Ever 'Ladies Rock Camp' in OC Happens This Weekend!

    The push for an inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Orange County continues! This Saturday in SanTana, young women ages 18 and up will be taking on an extensive weekend of songwriting workshops, drum circles, self-defense classes, and instrument instruction. Hosted by El Centro Cultural de Mex ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2012

    'We Will Live to Fight Again'

    Election Day dispatches from around the county

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2011

    Zorro Rescues Santa Ana From Itself (by Kicking Off Adventurous OC Film Fiesta) Tonight

    ​Who would have guessed it would have taken a gringo playing a Spaniard nicknamed fox who was introduced in a 1919 story set in San Juan Capistrano to save the effed-up Santa Ana City Hall from itself?And yet, Douglas Fairbanks will be on the big screen again tonight, in his classic 1920 silent fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Is Mike Harrah Cheating at One Broadway Plaza in Santa Ana?

    Michael F. Harrah's towering project swallows a Viagra.​You may recall the last time I addressed the issue of real-estate developer Mike Harrah's contentious efforts to build Orange County's largest commercial building, the proposed 37-story One Broadway Plaza in Santa Ana.Here was my July 22, 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    Mike Harrah Gets Fined for Illegal Signs on His Santora Building, Shrugs

    From the Clockwork Coker Photoshop collection...​The Voice of OC has done a bang-up job the past couple of months reporting on the Banana Republic, and it finds itself in the same delicious situation we were in back in 2003: reporting on our unethical landlord, mega-developer Mike Harrah.Harrah's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. ​1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Another Reason why the Democratic Party of Orange County is Pathetic: Their Official Party is at Original Mike's

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow, Then Hang Out at Original Mike's

    ACIDICSo you've got your voter's guide for city council and a defintion of all the propositions being voted on. Now all you have to do is figure out where you're going after the vote. Original Mike's in Santa Ana is inviting everyone to come out to the non-partisan event to view election results--wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    OC Film Fiesta, Documentary on Mormon Church and Prop 8 Roll in Santa Ana Tonight

    ​OC Film Fiesta continues tonight through Sunday in downtown Santa Ana with a classic film from the Mexican Golden Age about politics and integrity, an award-winning documentary that features interviews with some of the last surviving members of Emiliano Zapata's army, Walt Disney in South Amer ... More >>

  • News

    July 22, 2010

    Boss Mike Harrah

    [Moxley Confidential] Santa Ana sends a message to One Broadway Plaza's developer: Anything you say, sir

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    A New Twist for Original Mike's Bike Night

    Wrong kind of bike, Mike.​Every Thursday night for the past several weeks, Original Mike's Restaurant--the Santa Ana comfort food spot owned by mega-downtown developer Mike Harrah--has hosted a "Bike Night" gathering of sports, touring and cruising motorcycles, their riders and their lovers. This ... More >>

  • News

    June 10, 2010

    She's Still the Sheriff

    On the night declared the start of 'the year of the woman,' Sheriff Sandra Hutchens wins big enough to avoid a run-off with either the tea-party guy or the OC Republican-establishment guy

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Election Night Live: The Sheriff Race, a.k.a. the 'Hu-'Down (UPDATE: It's All Over!)

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyHunt in the hunt.​Hunt, Hunter, Hutchens: Do you know who's who? The safe bet is that, even after a fairly testy campaign for the Sheriff's seat, voters are still pretty confused by that whole the-candidates-all-have-the-same-name thing. Tonight, though, we find out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2010

    Joe Arpaio Visits Santa Ana Cholo Bar, Gets Protested, Ducks OC Weekly Questions!

    Photo by Beth StirnamanArpayaso, CCIR head witch Barbara Coe, and Hunt: Who is the biggest clown?​The big protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio--in town because OC sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt has a massive man-crush on America's Most-Corrupt Sheriff--is supposed to be happening outs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Reminder: Happy Hour Week Kicks Off This Sunday

    Eat, drink and be merry! Happy Hour Week runs from this Sunday, April 12, to Saturday, April 18, with more than 60 local restaurants, bars, breweries and pubs offering drinks and appetizers at "very happy" prices all day, as well as prix fixe happy hour menus. Teetotalers needn't miss out, however: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Filling Station Overpriced for Merely Good Meals

    I promised milady a special breakfast this morning, but she's the kind of gal who wants things her way. I suggested Anton Schwager's Jagerhaus, La Galette Creperie in San Clemente; she demanded The Filling Station, an Orange institution even though it truly hasn't been around that long, which goes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    This Saturday: Santa Ana Pub Crawl

    I've never met Ben Dayhoe, but as C. Montgomery Burns would say: "I like the cut of his jib." The blogger chronicles his life living in Santa Ana's Santiago Street Lofts and is the man who started The Santa Ana Pub Crawl. He calls it his "little sociological experiment designed to change the perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Bisno-ess Not So Good For Controversial SanTana Developer

    "What is it about SanTana's power structure that attracts them to moron landlords?" I wondered out loud as a friend drove up Broadway. We passed by a meticulously landscaped building--pretty really. But when it was owned by mega-landlord Mike Harrah a couple of years ago, the structure seemed pulled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/24

    OC'S MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR, 7:00 p.m. Bachelors gone wild for the single and ready to mingle. Newport Lexus Showroom 3901 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, Ca. PETER BJORN AND JOHN, 8:00 p.m. If you never have before, now's the time to hear their song "Young Folks" live. Orange County Performing Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    Headlines & Suprises: Jailhouse Shocker!

    Last year, I sat in a booth at Original Mike's in Santa Ana and listened to Assistant Sheriff Jo Ann Galisky explain--quite logically, in her mind--that jail deputies in Orange County have never used excessive force because jail deputies always behave. Why? Because, Galisky assured me, deputies are ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    She's The (Under) Sheriff

    Indicted by the Feds, Carona slides his most loyal soldier into temporary command at the Sheriff’s Department

  • Food

    April 19, 2007

    The Gentrifying Gourmet

    Learning to like Ambrosia

  • Columns

    November 9, 2006

    Commie Girl

    The Game: Carrots

  • Columns

    August 17, 2006

    Commie Girl

    You Know Whos Not a Criminal? Paul Lucas is everywhere but jail

  • Features

    October 13, 2005

    Rich Man, Po Boy

    In 10 years, Memphis has become the center of Orange County's hipperati universe

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    GET OUT!


  • News

    April 21, 2005

    Bare, Ruined Choirs

    The historic buildings in the way of One Broadway Plaza were doomed
    long before the vote on Measure A

  • News

    April 7, 2005

    Bare, Ruined Choirs

    The historic buildings in the way of One Broadway Plaza were doomed long before the vote on Measure A

  • Columns

    January 27, 2005

    Silly Slappy!

    Bribe Us for Kicks!

  • Columns

    December 23, 2004

    Kids Eat Free!

    And adults drink like theyve got a second liver!