Peggy Lowe

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    [UPDATED:] 4 OC Weekly Staffers are Now Finalists for Los Angeles Press Club Awards

    See our fourth finalist staffer in the update near the end of this post. ​Three Four OC Weekly staffers are finalists for awards in the Los Angeles Press Club's 52nd annual Southern California Journalism Awards, including nominees for journalist and designer of the year.As previously announced, R. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    A Pedo-Apolgist's Best Pal: OC Supervisor Bill Campbell

    So it turns out icky Monsignor Lawrence Baird won't give the invocation at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting today after all as originally planned; Baird now says he has to give Mass at St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island at 9:30 a.m., and isn't that as bullshit an excuse as you'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    OC Journalism Loses Reporter, At Least Temporarily

    It's a sad fact that Orange County serves as home to numerous shills pretending to be journalists, but we've also been blessed with excellent reporters who've served their time here before graduating to the national and international stage. To name a few: Dexter Filkins, who has won acclaim for his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Ex-Sheriff's Dept. Officials Create Bold, New Firm!

    Over at the Orange County Register, ace reporter Peggy Lowe writes tonight on Orange County Sheriff's Department blog news that two of indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's Yes Folks (YF) quit today: assistant sheriffs Jo Ann Galisky and Steve Bishop. Somehow the third and final major YFer embarrassme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    The Reg Gets the Story

    So, Peggy Lowe at the Register broke the story that His Indictedness (hey, that title still works!) would announce his resignation today on the department's website. And here's the money quote—literally: By stepping down from his elected position, Carona will also be able to accept the free lega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: Another Carona Monster?

    Did Carona Create Yet Another Monster? If I was indicted Sheriff Michael S. Carona, I might be getting tired of Jo Ann Galisky, Kool-Aid Queen. This acting sheriff bit has swelled her mullet. Six weeks after she became temporary head honcho, she's still telling everyone she can that Carona's absence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines. No Surprises: Nice try, Debbie

    Story of the day goes to Christian Berthelsen at the Times for his piece on Chriss Street: "In 1994, Chriss Street was hailed as a hero for helping to blow the whistle on high-risk holdings in Orange County's investment portfolio, presaging the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines. No Surprises: Carona Giuliani?

    What do Mike Carona and Rudy Giuliani have in common? Ties to former cocaine smuggler Florida billionaire Hank Asher, reports ABC News: Asher, aka H.A. in the indictment, allegedly gave Carona's wife (and former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo's wife) a $15,000 diamond-studded gold Cartier watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines. No Surprises: Debbie Carona wants out

    Debbie Carona wants out: On Halloween day, the Weekly sat in a crowded Santa Ana courtroom and watched the odd trio of sheriff, wife and mistress twitching as they sat cuffed and in uncomfortably close quarters. Debbie Carona sat a lawyer away from her hubby and did not so much as look at him the en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: The Shame of Wayne Gross

    Dana Point Gets a Celebrity! Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his wife, Cookie, have purchased a $7.6 million gated-community “vacation” home in Dana Point, according to the Times. Though “Hot Property” reporter Ruth Ryon didn’t share more details about the location, you can assume it’s at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007

    Carona Trial set for next year

    This just in from Peggy Lowe at the Register: The trial for Sheriff Carona, his wife and mistress starts June 10, 2008. The Caronas have been told "to stay away from many of their friends and associates because they are potential witnesses."

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: OCSD's Bubbling Cesspool

    L Word? The board of supervisors is exploring whether indicted Sheriff Michael S. Carona can legally name his temporary replacement while he takes the next two months off (with full pay!) to fight “baseless” charges by the FBI. Jo Ann Galisky, 47, played Al Haig yesterday. She told told reporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises: KFI Nailing Carona?

    Chivalry at its Finest! Federal prosecutors gave Michael S. Carona, 52, multiple chances to save his wife and one of his mistresses from aggressive federal prosecution if he agreed to plead guilty on corruption and obstruction of justice charges. But the self-styled Christian conservative sheriff re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007

    Heard outside the courthouse

    "He's just lucky that both his wife and his mistress are named Debbie. Keeps it simple for the guy. Harder to mess up." - One dude in a suit to another outside the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse this morning, on Sheriff Mike Carona. His Indictedness eluded the media again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2007

    OC Sheriff Carona Indicted For Corruption After FBI Probe

    Christine Hanley at the Los Angeles Times is reporting late night that Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona (pictured in a Newport Beach bar with convicted felon Rick Rizzolo, a Chicago Mafia associate) "has been indicted on federal corruption charges stemming from a lengthy investigation into al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Monday's Headlines. No Surprises: More Ex-Gay Action in Irvine

    More ex-gay Irvine action: Over the weekend, the devil snuck into Irvine and the mainstream media said nary a word. On Saturday, Focus on the Family's homosexuality-quashing Love Won Out conference came to Mariners Church (the event was interestingly categorized under "MarinerScare" on the church we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises: Why Did the Mayor Quote Mein Kampf at South Coast Plaza?

    Look! Up in the Sky! It's SuperFascist! Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor jumped into a phone booth, ripped off his Orange County Sheriff greens and donned something that would make him, at least outwardly, a man of substance: a fine suit, tie and shiny shoes. Yep, yesterday at a ceremony to celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: One Down in Murder at Sea Case

    Inaction Action! In their hunt for additional pay and perks, Orange County sheriff’s deputies flexed their muscles again Friday by delaying the transfer of incustody folks to court for criminal hearings. The, if you will, inaction action is designed to frightened county supervisors at the negotiat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: My New Slogan For The Deputies!

    Back the Badge, Support the Star, Empty your Wallet: Peggy Lowe at the Register watched “dozens of black-shirted deputies march through Civic Center Tuesday as the union went on a public offensive to rally support for their fight to preserve” an incredibly generous pay, perk and pension package. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises: The Drake Two-Step

    Dancing With the Fibber: UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake has inspired a new dance. We’re calling it the Drake Two-Step, and it goes like this: hire, lie, fire, lie, rehire, wiggle. For a story in today’s Times, Drake admits that he “bungled” the firing last week of Erwin Chemerinsky as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: Bootlicker on Tasers

    Welcome to the Real IC: We should change the name of this place to Irony County. Latest reason? Peggy Lowe, a sleuth at the Register, reports today that during the very same meeting that the Orange County Board of Supervisors talked about slicing into generous pensions for sheriff’s deputies they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2007

    A note to Rick Reiff regarding a whiff of corruption

    Dear Rick: As the host of KOCE's Inside OC, you nearly have a monopoly when it comes to getting important stories on local television. I watched a rerun tonight of your recent interview with embattled OC Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss (I'm sick of people emailing me on this. His first name is spel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises: Stale Marijuana?

    Doesn't marijuana go stale? I dunno, but Jim Spray, 51, and Felix Cha (the person, not the tea), 22, want the government to return the pot police officers confiscated two years ago, according to Christine Hanley at the Times. Lawyers for both men told the Santa Ana-based Court of Appeal yesterday th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises

    No, really? You can finally relax. The Coastline Pilot decided it was time to voice its opposition to alcohol consumption by teenagers. “Drinks, teens shouldn't mix,” the Los Angeles Times-owned community paper serving Laguna Beach declared today. And just in case readers didn't comprehend the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises

    Saddle Sores: Supervisor John Moorlach hasn't been in office long but he could be the most revolutionary county politician since . . . well . . . we haven't had any revolutionary politicians on the board of supervisors. On Friday, Moorlach announced plans to cut pension benefits retroactively for ce ... More >>

  • Film

    November 9, 2006

    The Wretched of the Wretches

    Will OC see the ultimate Catholic pedophile bare all in Deliver Us From Evil?

  • Columns

    November 2, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Oct. 25 - Oct. 31