Irvine followed the leads of District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson in July by making city parks off limits to perverts, but the council stopped short of the county leaders' desire to apply the ban to all registered sex offenders, choosing to prohibit child preda ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 23, 8:28 A.M.: The Laguna Hills City Council on Tuesday night approved on first reading an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from city parks and, if homeowner associations request to join in, their private parks as well.The city will join La Habra, Westminster, Yorba Linda, ... More >>
Jeffrey Alec HendersonUPDATE, SEPT. 12, 8:39 A.M.: Costa Mesa Police investigators still are not releasing many details about a motive (or anything else) in the Aug. 30 stabbing death of 40-year-old Steven Craig DePhillips near Mesa Verde Country Club. However, it's been revealed that DePhillips ... More >>
Flickr user johanAh, summer. Time for picnics, beaches, and parks. Time for picnics on the beach, picnics in the park, picnics at the beach parks. Here are five picnic spots to consider for this holiday weekend and for every summer weekend thereafter that would do well with picnics, beaches, and ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 6, 3:34 P.M.: California State Parks confirmed that the naked man arrested after coming out of the San Clemente surf Tuesday morning was Jesse William Sauder, 18, of San Clemente.And, according to district supervisor Ken Kramer, the incident was more dangerous than might be indicate ... More >>
Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, a Huntington Beach company and two government contractors must pay $1,060,554 in back wages to about 885 employees at Fort Irwin, near Death Valley National Park.The share for Acclaim Technical Services is $234,311 to 177 employees.
More money woes at the Great ParkLate this month, a Montclair contracting business filed a lawsuit against the City of Irvine and it's Orange County Great Park Corp. in hopes of collecting $361,000 after creating a "shade structure" for the park's dubious balloon ride PR scheme.According to lawye ... More >>
State Senator Jenny Oropeza, who championed public health legislation and was expected to easily win reelection next month, died Wednesday night of complications from a blood clot. She was 53.The Democratic lawmaker represented Long Beach, first in the state Assembly and later in the state Senate ... More >>
Crime sceneFour of the six most crime-infested state parks are in Orange County, and each is a state beach. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation
Area near Pismo Beach logged by far the highest number of crime calls in 2009 with
nearly 6,000. Lake Perris State Recreation Area near Riverside
ha ... More >>
Having already been played out on the sand, in the media and at the courthouse, state park rangers' crackdown on sunbathers who let it all hang out on a secluded stretch of beach off San Onofre's Trail 6 has taken a most stinky turn.
Ancestor walks take on new meaning after efforts to carve a toll road through Pahne failed.Holiday celebrating started early for local environmental groups.On Friday, a diverse coalition of allies marked the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Department of Commerce decision that effectively stopped t ... More >>
California could become the first state
in the nation to ban smoking at state parks and beaches after the state Senate today passed legislation it says protects the marine
environment and reduces fire danger. Introduced by Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), Senate Bill 4 now moves to the Assembly, w ... More >>
The on-again, off-again hearing on the 241 Foothill South toll road extension by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce is back on, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22, and in an old/new home, O'Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, or the same place the California Coastal Commission met, took testimony ... More >>
Closest the British mope-rock kings come to OC is a two-date run at Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 24 and 25. Pre-sale tix are available April 9 and general on-sale April 12.
Grizzly Bear support Aug. 3-15, Liars Aug. 19-28. Radiohead have good taste.
August 1 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
August 3 - Verizo ... More >>
Governor Schwarzenegger sent a message to every one of his appointees this week by effectively firing the chair and vice-chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. Bobby Shriver, chairman of the Commission, is a Santa Monica City Councilman and the Governor's brother-in-law. Clin ... More >>
Full disclosure: I'm not too informed on the 241 Toll Road. I don't see how extending it to San Onofre will reduce traffic on the 5 Freeway. I don't surf so don't particularly care if the legendary waves of Trestles disappeared. I do know that the Transportation Corridor Authority is one of Orange C ... More >>
The Coastal Commission has had to change its February meeting venue to accommodate the expected 2,000-odd attendees. This is bad news for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, who already sent out an email to their contractors begging for support. The issue is the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road exte ... More >>
On February 19, 2005, after a heavy rainstorm, a massive tree fell on the historic, art deco-era bandshell in Long Beach's Bixby Park, the pride of the city's Alamitos Beach neighborhood since 1927, and more recently, a home to the homeless and weekly pottery classes. The tree crushed the building, ... More >>
Assemblyman Pedro Nava is taking his battle against the Foothill-South (241) toll road extension online.
At risk is San Onofre State Beach, 5th most popular state park in California, home to critical populations of endangered species such as gnatcatchers and pocket mice, not to mention the San M ... More >>
Today I listened to a State Senate Budget Subcommittee meeting on Transportation. Slightly more fun a C.I.A. interrogation. But as long as the TCA keeps trying to build a time/money-wasting toll road that might not even relieve traffic, when they haven't even done ANY studies on weekend traffic beca ... More >>
Okay, Newport's fine, but there must be Satanic snowballs somewhere. Today, the Transportation Corridor Agencies announced a 30-day delay on their choice of alignments for the Foothill-South toll road extension. The TCA board voted 12-3 for the delay mere hours after its staff received a letter from ... More >>