Parks and Historic Sites

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Brush Fire Engulfs Silverado Canyon

    A 100-acre brush fire broke out in Silverado Canyon late this morning. State and county firefighters are working to contain the flames with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service, which has jurisdiction over the Cleveland National Forest. According to CBS, the fire was reported around 10:50 a.m. ... More >>

  • Film

    July 10, 2014
  • Calendar

    June 27, 2013

    Doheny Surf Festival

    Doheny State Beach

  • Culture

    April 25, 2013

    Location 1980: Jesse Fortune and Brett Douglas' Missouri By the Sea

    Two Shoe-Me Staters bring great art and a down-home work ethic to their Costa Mesa art gallery

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    [Exene Says . . .] What Happens On the Day Old Faithful Doesn't Explode?

    [Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her new column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Chipotle Promotes California State Parks With Half-Priced Deal TOMORROW

    The Mexican fast-casual chain known for light-hearted humor has a conscience. Or maybe it's a political wish bone. It might be a wannabe grassroots campaign, but it doesn't matter. They've got a deal that doesn't involve wrapping oneself in foil.70 California State Parks are scheduled to close July ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Spooked:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 11:17 A.M.: It's become so routine it's lost its news value: The District Attorney's office announces it's sending a rep before the latest of the 7,000 city councils in Orange County considering a ban on sex offenders in local parks modeled after the county law co-written by DA T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Early RSM Nod:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    [UPDATED with Ban Maintained:] Councilman Wants to Allow Guns in San Juan Capistrano Parks

    ​UPDATE, JULY 20, HIGH NOON: A San Juan Capistrano city councilman's proposal to legalize the carrying of unloaded guns in city parks was . . . wait for it . . . shot down by his colleagues Tuesday night.The City Council voted 3-1 to continue outlawing the firearms, with the lone dissent coming fr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Law on Agenda:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 22, 10:09 A.M.: While expressing some concern the county pervs-in-parks ban is too broad, the San Juan Capistrano City Council did decide Tuesday night to bring a local ordinance back for a vote July 5.Among the options the city with huge swaths of open space will explore are applyin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    [UPDATED with Not Guilty Plea:] Joe David Nelms, Former Pastor, Accused of Molesting Girl in 1993

    ​UPDATE, APRIL 9, 10:16 A.M.: 47-year-old Joe David Nelms pleaded not guilty Friday to eight felony counts related to the sexual assault of a then-14-year-old girl he met while serving as a youth pastor in San Clemente in 1993.Nelms, who was extradited to Orange County from Texas, returned to Oran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    [CORRECTED: Ex-Groomer Arrest] Pervs, Molesters and Creepers--Oh, My! DA Seeks Victims of Accused Pastor as County Parks Sex Offender Ban Sought

    "Oh, Coker . . ."​UPDATE, MARCH 31, 4:27 P.M.: The original version of this post has been corrected. At one point, the previous version referred to David Montano, who was picked up in Coto de Caza earlier this month on a child-molestation arrest warrant out of Turlock, as a "horse trainer." Later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Gov. Brown's Proposed Budget Cuts Will Affect State Parks, Including Those in OC

    Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyIt's technically San Diego County, but OC treats San Onofre like its own​Jerry Brown hasn't held the governor title for long, but he's already worthy of our unsupportive scowl. Reasoning? Part of his current suggestions for budget cuts milk state parks for $11 million thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    William Louis Poolman Accused of Sending Mysterious White Powder to Spook Parking Citation Workers

    ​A man angry over a $68 parking ticket he received at Carpentaria State Park will be arraigned today for allegedly sending an envelope containing white powder to spook employees of a Costa Mesa-based parking citation collection company. William Louis Poolman answers to one felony count of mailing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Park Rangers' Dilemma: Bust Nudists or Smokers?

    UPDATE: The bill to ban smoking at state parks and beaches fell short, but the Long Beach backer vows to bring it back. ​UPDATE: California lawmakers rejected state Sen. Jenny Oropeza's proposal to ban smoking at state parks and beaches, something that is already prohibited in Laguna Beach and Hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Bummer Summer for San Onofre's Nude Sunbathers

    Photo by Tim MelidoNaturist attorney Allen Baylis loses latest round in court but vows to press on. As last summer was winding down, the Naturist Action Committee scored a legal victory in their fight to retain the right for nude sunbathers to go au natural on San Onofre State Beach's traditionally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    To Do This Weekend 6/26 - 6/28

    Flock of Seagulls / Dramarama / When in Rome / Gene Loves Jezebel, Friday, 8 p.m.With a line up like this, how can you afford to miss it??House of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA; 714-778-2583Morning Tidepool Exploration, Saturday, 9 a.m.Join a state park docent on a morning tidepool exp ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 25, 2009

    Morning Tidepool Exploration

    Crystal Cove State Park

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    Summer Solstice Beach Walk

    Crystal Cove State Park

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Interesting Op-Ed Pieces on FBI Informant, Toll Roads

    In "Breach of Trust: FBI Wants It Both Ways," the editorial board of UC Irvine's New University student newspaper takes issue with the indictment of a Muslim resident of Tustin and the use of a controversial government informant. (Background is here and here.) The case is bound to have a chilling ef ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Beach Walk

    Crystal Cove State Park

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008

    Keep It Wild

    Volunteer Day

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Nature Photo Session

    Crystal Cove State Park

  • News

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    More on Huell Howser and the Evil TCA

    The strangest part in my interview with Huell Howser this week was learning that the Transportation Corridor Authority tried to get his special on San Onofre State Beach delayed. I knew the TCA hated ol' Huell for his opposition to extending the 241 Toll Road through San Onofre State Park, further t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2008



  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    Coastal Commission Denies 241 Permit

    The California Coastal Commission voted at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday night to deny a coastal permit to the Transportation Corridor Agencies. It will now be much more difficult for the TCA to construct the Foothill-South (241) toll road extension. The vote was 8-2 in favor of denying certification. More ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Dirty Harry on San Onofre

    Clint Eastwood is Vice-Chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. He also used to surf down at Trestles in San Onofre. Thus it's little surprise he appears in the following video urging Southern Californians to save Trestles and San Onofre State Beach. This can be done by opposin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Picture Your Favorite Park. Now Picture It Gone.

    Fresh off the system of tubes some call an internets from the California State Parks Foundation comes an announcement of a photo contest. Get those pictures soon - regardless of the contest deadline, if the Governor follows through on his scare-tactic plan of closing 48 state parks, it might be the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    YouTube Saves Trestles

    The Save San Onofre Coalition really hopes the Coastal Commission is a buncha voyeurs. See, the SSOC (made up of Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitats League, Laguna Greenbelt, Surfrider Foundation, Audubon California, the California State Parks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2008

    State Park Scare Tactics

    Or, How to Fool a County. To soothe concerns that their 241 (Foothill-South) toll road extension would rape the environment, destroy endangered species and habitat, pave over archaeological and sacred sites, close the San Mateo Campground, bisect inland San Onofre State Beach and possibly impact th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2008

    Toll Road Sound-Byte Wars

    Governor Arnold Schwarnzenegger thinks the TCA's 241 (Foothill-South) toll road extension (which would bisect San Onofre State Beach, impact an Indian burial ground, mess with Trestles and possibly bring about Apocalypse) is about as tasty as steroids or a married woman's breast. The TCA (or Transpo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Amber Waves


  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    241 Toll Road Delayed Indefinitely

    The 241 Foothill-South Toll Road extension that would have run through San Onofre State Park endangering wild life and costing tax payers $10 million, has been delayed indefinitely, according to Congressman Ken Calvert. In the Congressman's words, "thanks to Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    New poll shows mixed bag on 241 toll extension

    Photo by Craig Coppola/Courtesy Surfrider. A poll released this morning shows that OC voters are generally in favor of more toll roads, but not when they go through protected state parks. The poll, which was financed by the California State Parks Foundation, asked 400 voters from each of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Animal Uprising in Long Beach

    Crazy animals have begun invading Long Beach by sea and land. Yesterday, a six-foot female blue shark was spotted swimming in circles near docked boats at the Marina Pacifica. The shark was in good health except a for a fishing hook and line hanging from its mouth. Marine workers were forced to sc ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Toll Road Rage

    Hey, Porter! New firm cashes in on bad toll-road PR

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2006

    Foothill-South: "The Wrong Direction To Take"

    Don't worry about the Transportation Corridor Agencies getting their lawsuits moved to federal court. Federal regulations may be less stringent than any state restrictions, but it's not all bad news. Today the State Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 met to discuss, among other matters, a staff reso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2006

    35th Senate Race - A Road to Nowhere?

    Diane Harkey and Tom Harman are both running for the 35th District Senate seat. Harkey is the Republican's Republican, toeing the party line in her Dana Pointed way, while Harman has the misfortune of being a from-all-appearances honest politician in Huntington Beach (unlikely enough) as well as a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2006

    New Poll Takes Its Toll

    A public opinion survey released this fine Wednesday morning shows that 73% of Californians are opposed to extending a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. Last September, the Transportation Corridor Agencies commissioned their annual public opinion poll on how much we all love toll roads. The ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2005
  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Toll Road Rage: What Your Mimi Doesn't Know

    What your Mimi doesn't know could fill San Mateo Canyon, if the TCA doesn't do it first.

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    No Mo Moiso

    Grassroots campaign aims to stop homebuilder from invading OCs last protected wilderness area

  • Columns

    March 18, 2004
  • News

    September 11, 2003

    Blood in the Water

    San O. sharks bring out the Beast

  • Columns

    August 9, 2001

    No Friend in Deed

    Supes quietly shelve park protection

  • News

    May 4, 2000

    Bad Deeds Go Unpunished

    Officials say discovery that county parks are open for development is no big deal

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    Beach Reach

    Public access jeopardized at Crystal Cove

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