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Political Corruption

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Orange County Republicans Outraged That DA Tony Rackauckas Aided Larry Agran's Campaign

    The most historic, local moment of Tuesday's election happened around 9 p.m. when elated (literally jumping up and down) Orange County Republicans realized they were finally on their way to not just finally defeating Larry Agran but also taking control of Irvine.But the GOPers were also fuming becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Tony Rackauckas Wants His Prosecutors To File More Public Corruption Cases

    Hold your hat!Either Orange County flipped upside down in a cosmic miracle or a sudden gust of hurricane force wind tossed District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on his head and gave him amnesia.Rackauckas first ran for the county's top prosecutor job in 1998 while promising to shift agency resources awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    William Douglas Agopian Admits to Being OC's Latest Pig at the Public Trough

    ​Move over, Robert Rizzo and Jeffery Hubbard: another public official who lives in Orange County but worked in Los Angeles County is corrupt as hell. William Douglas Agopian resides in Santa Ana, but the 61-year-old was the chief business officer with the Lynwood Unified School District, from whom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    [UPDATED with Firing Confirmed:] Jeffrey Hubbard, Newport-Mesa Schools Chief, Guilty of Misappropriating Funds

    ​UPDATE, JAN. 24, 5:26 P.M.: The support Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard enjoyed from his Board of Education disappeared into the paneling separating trustees from the public barred from a secret meeting this afternoon.In other words, the board voted unanimously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Bruce Malkenhorst Sr., Vernon's Ex-Top Exec, Accepts Plea Deal

    ​A Huntington Beach resident who was formerly the city administrator of a tiny town in Los Angeles County has pleaded guilty to various public corruption charges against him.Nope, it was not  Robert Rizzo, but Bruce Malkenhorst Sr., the ex-top exec in the city of Vernon and dead ringer for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    [UPDATED] Remember Dana Rohrabacher's Vehement Defense of His Pal Tom DeLay?

    ​Update, Jan. 10, 3:07 p.m.: Former House majority leader Tom DeLay was sentenced today to three years in prison for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas Legislative candidates in 2002, the Washington Post reports. Throughout his political and legal ordeal, DeLay was vehem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Ex-OC Sheriff's Applicant Under Investigation For Fraud

    Babka​Beau Babka, the Utah lawman who applied to become Orange County's sheriff in the wake of Mike Carona's resignation to (unsuccessfully) fight corruption charges in 2008, is under investigation for committing fraud.According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Babka--a Cottonwood Heights cop who ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Robert Rizzo, Who Helped Create the Mess in Bell, Now Cleaning Messes at Local Thrift Store

    ​If you walk into the Huntington Beach Goodwill Store, turn a corner and are confronted by a big tub of goo with a bad dye job on top, don't assume that's a big tub of goo with a bad dye job on top.It could very well be Robert Rizzo, the disgraced ex-city manager of Bell.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Remember Dana Rohrabacher's Vehement Defense of His Pal (and Felon) Tom DeLay?

    ​As Tom DeLay moseys into a possible life prison sentence after being convicted today of federal money laundering charges, let us turn to his pal and Huntington Beach's Surfin' Congresstool, Dana Rohrabacher.We'll begin with something spit out of the Mouth That Rohrabachered, followed by a slimy c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Robert Rizzo Wants Back Pay

    ​Jabba the Corrupt, "Want more food."Huntington Beach resident Robert Rizzo, the tiny city of Bell's disgraced former city manager, said through his lawyer that he is due severence pay and benefits for his $1.5 million yearly position.

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010

    Waiting for Lefty

    California Repertory

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Reg: Dirty Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona Wants Disability Pay Too

    Carona wants more public dough for his "back pain"​While he ran California's second largest police agency, Mike Carona had sex with a county secretary in a car while his wife and young son sat oblivious nearby in an SUV. That fact, first revealed at OC Weekly, is part of the charming legacy the di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher Wasn't Brave Enough For Vietnam But Is Ready For Combat Now That He's Too Old To Fight

    Dana: If I only had a heart, a brain, some courage...​"Our government is taking the word of terrorists . . . "--Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher--who cowardly evaded military service during the Vietnam War and absurdly lobbied on behalf of the Osama bin Laden terrorist loving Taliban dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Sheriff's Lobstergate Scandal Produces Deputy Conviction

    Another dirty deputy nabbed​An on-duty Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy who fabricated a wild story to protect an off-duty deputy allegedly caught illegally poaching undersized lobsters was convicted today of obstructing a fish and game warden, according to prosecutors.Deputy Phillip Glen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Acclaimed OC Sheriff Finalist Retires

    South Orange County resident Ralph Martin, a well-respected longtime Los Angeles Sheriff's Department commander who finished third to replace the disgraced Mike Carona as Orange County's sheriff last year, officially retired today after nearly 36 years of public service."I've got mixed emotions," sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Mike Carona Struts After Learning Jury Still Deadlocked

    Thirty long hours. That's how much time the 11 men and lone woman of the jury have deliberated the federal corruption charges against ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona without reaching verdicts. Meanwhile, boredom has driven reporters to gossip, play poker, gossip, plan vacations, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Saint Mike Carona?

    "He worked hard for you. He was a tireless worker. He worked all the time. He did great things. He helped at-risk kids and he did so much for the vulnerable people in our community." --Exasperated, red-faced lawyer Jeffrey Rawitz (pictured) wrapping up an eight hour closing argument today in hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    George Jaramillo is Not in the Building

    Just got a call from the Weekly's R. Scott Moxley at the courthouse with this item: Word is that George Jaramillo is not likely to be called to testify by the prosecution in the Mike Carona corruption trial. Scott calls this a "tactical" decision by the feds, speculating that they must feel that Don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Sheriff Mike Carona Corruption Trial Quote of the Day! Part Two

    "The cover story was that he wasn't there to obtain a blowjob. It was to sign [legal] documents." --Prosecution witness and current Orange County Sheriff's Department employee Sandy Murphy testifying today how Mike Carona and his mistress Debra Hoffman helped devise a lie to mask the assertion that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    6 Observations about Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's corruption trial

    1. If it's his decision to make, indicted ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who is a superbly confident man with rare charisma, will testify in his public corruption trial. 2. Although the FBI and IRS appear to have nailed Debra V. Hoffman, Carona's top mistress, on bankruptcy fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Mike Carona Corruption Trial Quote of the Day!

    "He would be the fucking sheriff of Orange County. They'd be, uh, he'd be riding fat. All he had to do was be a white guy about it." --Then-Sheriff Mike Carona speaking to a confidante without knowing he's being recorded during an August 2007 meeting and bitching that George Jaramillo, his onetime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    But Mike Carona Cried on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power. . .

    “Cocksucker . . . He can suck my dick . . . Bob McDonell’s a lying cocksucker. Uh, most of what he’s done is illegal and my guess is that at some point in time, um, he’ll either get the shit sued out of him or he’s gonna get indicted on something, so you can tell him I said that.” --In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Mike Carona Says Millionaire Giving Bribes Bought Nothing

    "Uniforms, jackets, badges, guns, cuffs, belt, ammo, car--a black Crown Victoria with lights and siren . . . [and] three stars on my collar which means I'm second command to the sheriff." --Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying today about some of the things Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Look! Up in the Sky! It's Bad News for Mike Carona?

    "He looks up in the sky and says, 'From here on out we've got to be real careful and be concerned about [FBI] surveillance.'" --Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying today about Mike Carona's 2002 private reaction to speculation in the Orange County Sheriff's Department that federal agents had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    The Billboard on Mike Carona's Sizable Forehead

    "In plain terms, you have to do a little dance with politicians to get them to do what you want later. These two guys came in with 'For Sale' signs on them." --Don Haidl, a used car business owner and eventual assistant sheriff who admits to a long history of trying to buy influence from politician ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Carona Ordered "Back Door" Treatment for Gang Rapist's Father

    "They took me in the back door. They were good guys." --Millionaire Don Haidl explaining today in Sheriff Mike Carona's federal corruption trial that Carona had ordered the Dignitary Protection Unit of the Orange County Sheriff's Department to give him special, taxpayer-funded courthouse escorts du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Perhaps Mike Carona Only Meant to Order More Crab Cakes

    "Okay." --Inside a Newport Beach restaurant in August 2007, then-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona's secretly recorded response to a co-conspirator's plan to "burn" a document concerning a federal grand jury's corruption probe. (R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly)

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Sheriff Mike Carona Gave A Badge to His Favorite Restaurant Owner

    "Nobody was going to admit anything." --Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haild testifying today in the federal corruption trial of indicted Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who allegedly ordered silence about the department giving badges, guns, concealed weapon permits and police powers to unqualified i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Crime Made Sheriff Mike Carona Hungry

    "Crab cakes sounds good. How about that French brie too?" --Then-Sheriff Mike Carona pausing temporarily in August 2007 from plotting how to foil a federal grand jury corruption probe during a meeting at a Newport Beach restaurant with Don Haidl, his onetime assistant sheriff who is secretly wearin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Wire: Haidl and Carona Caught on Tape

    Today at ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona's federal corruption trial, prosecutor Brett Sagel introduced the following inflammatory excerpt of a secretly recorded July 7, 2007, conversation between then-Sheriff Carona and Don Haidl, who had served as assistant sheriff. At the time of the conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Carona Corruption Trial Quote Of The Day

    "A 'hubcap deal' was in regards to [then Sheriff Mike Carona's appointed assistant sheriff and best friend] George Jaramillo. A standing joke going way, way back [to 1998] while I was trying to control Jaramillo and Carona. George could be told that he would get a new car tomorrow and he'd steal it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Why Would The Sheriff of OC Be "Scared Shitless"?

    "Yeah, me too." --Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona said in July 2007 to his onetime Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl who'd just described himself as "scared shitless" that another alleged co-conspirator, Debra V. Hoffman--Carona's chief mistress, had talked at length to FBI agents in Newport Beach. Car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    OC Register Loses Sheriff Candidate

    Notice anything odd about this online Orange County Register story teaser from last night and this morning? Check our Total Buzz blog to find out what candidates Bill Hunt, Craig Hunter, Sharon Hutchens, Randy Adams, Jack Anderson, Salt Lake City undersheriff Beau Babka, San Bernardino undersherif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Nguyen vs. Nguyen: Janet Wins!

    Ok, so the timing sort of sucks for us, since we'd have liked to include the information in our story, but it's good news for Janet Nguyen: the California Court of Appeals ruled today, the same day our cover story hit the streets, that Janet did win her election, and therefore does get to stay in of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: Poor Ho Chi Minh

    Good Ink for the Sheriff! Norberto Santana Jr. and Tony Saavedra at the Register today find that “a $2 billion effort to deport immigrants has little measurable effect on crime or illegal immigration” and that government agencies “often work at cross purposes.” To prove their point, Santana ... 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 5, 2007

    Sheriff Loses Battle To End Federal Case

    A U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has refused Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s demand to dismiss a First Amendment complaint filed by former Carona challenger, ex-sheriff’s Lt. William Hunt, according to a press release issued this morning by Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine. Hunt attorne ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 12, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

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  • Food

    June 29, 2000
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