Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Rancho Santa Margarita Firefighter Fundraiser Shirt Under Fire for Mexi-Mocking Santa Ana

    The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is in hot water after a Rancho Santa Margarita station T-shirt made to raise funds has only raised ire instead. The design features a fire truck, a chicken perched atop it, cholo firefighters, a 50-cent tamale stand and a pit bull with Old English lettering th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, Immigration Lawyer, to be Arraigned in Fatal DUI Crash with Bicyclist

    A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs. Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Possible Barricade Situation Sends SWAT Team to Rancho Santa Margarita

    Given the events in D.C., think law enforcement on the Left Coast might be jumpy? Orange County sheriff's SWAT officers have been sent to a possible barricade situation in the 32800 block of Brookseed Drive in Rancho Santa Margarita.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2013

    Bruxie Is Coming To Costa Mesa!

    When we broke news of Bruxie coming to Irvine, it was luck. We spotted the teaser printed on the back of their Huntington Beach take-out menu when they opened. Finding out about this one was happenstance, but more on that later. It's about time we start classifying The Bold Fold as a chain, because ... More >>

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Pizza e Vino: Reppin' the RSM

    [Hole In the Wall] This Rancho Santa Margarita restaurant sells artisan pizzas from a tiny storefront

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    The Blind Pig Opens in RSM

    As we said earlier last month, The Blind Pig was ready to open in Rancho Santa Margarita. The restaurant's official opening was yesterday. A "Blind Pig," by the way, is another name for a speakeasy, so it's supposed to be a "throwback" to a time when there was a need for such nicknames. In its kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The Blind Pig To Open In RSM By The End Of The Month

    A "Blind Pig" is another name for a speakeasy, but it sure makes for a funny logo, apt for T-shirts which are, by the way, already printed up, waiting to be sold. And the new RSM restaurant which takes the name and is located at the edge of Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, isn't even open yet.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Costa Mesa Police and Highway Patrol Release Memorial Weekend Checkpoint Results: Update

    See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with results from the joint Costa Mesa Police Department and California Highway Patrol checkpoint Friday night. Update No. 1 on the next page had Anaheim Police announcing its DUI checkpoint that night.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 24, 8 A.M.: Another long holiday weeke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Cismontane Brewing Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

    What is it about April that causes people to open breweries? Michelle posted about Bootlegger's 5th anniversary party yesterday, and this weekend is also the 3rd anniversary of Cismontane Brewery in Rancho Santa Margarita. They're celebrating all weekend, starting at 3 p.m. today.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Wanted: Orly Taitz Paralegal; Only Those Who Know Law (Unlike Queen Birfer) Need Apply

    Anyone want to help lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/BSN Orly Taitz of Rancho Santa Margarita continue to clog courts across America with racist/partisan/unfounded/BSN litigation against the country's twice popularly elected president?Well, then, you may be in luck.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    [UPDATED with Conviction:] Flordeliza Aguillo Escano and Son James Francis Alambra Guilty of Abandoning 30 Dogs

    See the update at the end of this post on the defendants' guilty pleas and sentences.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 25, 8:02 A.M.: A mother and son are scheduled to be arraigned in Newport Beach this morning on charges of abusing and abandoning 30 dogs in a South County park. Rancho Santa Margarita's Flordel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    [UPDATED with Body Found:] Have You Seen This Woman? Michele Ann McKay is Missing and Distraught

    See update at the end of this post on the body of the missing woman being found under a bridge in Rancho Santa Margarita.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 5, 6:10 P.M.: Have you seen this woman?Michele Ann McKay was last seen leaving her home in the 25000 block of Alta Loma in Lake Forest around 10 p.m. Monday,& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Orange County District Attorney Sues Companies Over Blast That Killed 2 Workers

    Lissen up, Benjamin: unsafe working conditions at a plastics plant in Rancho Santa Margarita led to a 2009 explosion and the deaths of two workers, according to a civil suit filed by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). The complaint filed against Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC, E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Two OC Starbucks To Sell Beer and Wine

    Earlier this year, Starbucks reported plans to test-market beer and wine sales in a few, select markets across the country, and named Southern California as one such region. We learned the chain has chosen two Orange County locations where their baristi won't have to change their job titles, since t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Cismontane Brewing Doubles Production And Expands Tasting Room

    ​Cismontane has been producing standout beers for nearly two years. Now the tucked-away Rancho Santa Margarita microbrewery is becoming less of a secret--and less tiny.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    [UPDATED With Official Explanation] Rancho Santa Margarita Extends Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries

    ​UPDATED, Nov. 10, 1:30 P.M.: There's an interesting story on the Rancho Santa Patch website about the city's recent moratorium. In it, city attorney Greg Simonian, who came up with the idea along with city manager Steve Hayman, basically tells reporter Martin Henderson that the city is just using ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    If You Get Lost and Land in Rancho Santa Margarita Tonight, Look Out for the Sobriety Checkpoint

    ​Legend has it that at the end of a toll road that stretches far off over the horizon, there is a magical land the pixies who live there refer to as "Rancho Santa Margarita." And somewhere in this Smurfy berg there is a busy street, inhabited by pixies in pixie-mobiles. At times they get whiffs of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Man Fights With Estranged Wife Then Sets Himself on Fire

    ​A 50-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man attempted suicide by setting himself on fire.The Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded to a call that came in around 11:15 p.m. Friday from a neighbor who heard the man screaming on the deck of his condominium on Blu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    James Harry Fluch Accused of Embezzling $822,000 From Buddy's Business to Fund Lavish Lifestyle

    ​A former Rancho Santa Margarita accounting consultant is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana today for allegedly embezzling $822,000 from a longtime friend's company, using the ill-gotten money to pay off seven credit cards that racked up charges for gasoline, bar tabs, restaurant bills, cable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Ask a Comida Critic: Best Chile Relleno in OC?

    ​Someone actually asked this months ago, but it got lost in the pile along with my W-2 (eep!). Anyhoo, the query:What's the best chile relleno in Orange County?I must admit: I never order the dish. A chile relleno is never about subtlety; it's supposed be greasy, gooey, eggy, a glop to be mixed al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Tapas and Beer In Rancho Santa Margarita: First Taste

    ProfessorSalt.comGrilled chicken marinated in achiote with pineapple rice​If you thought I meant Papas and Beer, that south-of-the-border mega-bar, calm down. This is Tapas and Beer, a new restaurant that seeks to fuse a small-plate concept with a neighborhood sports bar.And the place looks like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    OC Cannabis University Now Offers Classes En Español

    ​Time was, all the good weed came from Mexico. After all, that's where it'd been grown for who knows how long, up in the hills of Sinaloa, Michoacan and Oaxaca. Now, the good stuff is grown north of the border, and with the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes now 15 years in the making, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    War on Christmas Rages in OC's Wealthiest 'Hoods

    ​Bill O'Reilly, Mike Huckabee and other Fox News blowhards yammer on and on about the "War on Christmas" waged by progressives who choke baby Jeebus in the cradle with their "happy holidays" chatter. Some dare call this fear mongering or lefty smearing, but those patriots are right: There is a War ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    This Week in Food: Crab Vending Machine, OC Food Contests, and Battle Deep-Dish Pizza!

    Flickr user Hydro-Man​Another amazing week on this infernal, yummy blog. After the jump: the best of the best!

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Five Food Challenges in Orange County

    The Catch Facebook Page The WTF Burger at The Catch in Anaheim is a stomach-busting stack of eight pounds of meat, five avocados, 15 strips of bacon, 24 slices of cheddar and a heaping pile of fried peppers.​Yes, America, this is why you're fat. Ah, well. Unbutton those pants and win some stuff! & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    La Reconquísta en Rancho Santa Margarita?!??

    ProfessorSalt.comSloppy but good: tacos of beef morita, tinga, and lengua​Maybe I don't get down to the sleepy bedroom enclave of Rancho Santa Margarita enough, because I was surprised to see today that quite a few mom-and-pop restaurants have encroached in this land of chain franchisees. Hell, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    This Week in Food: Rare Ramen, A Reason to Visit Rancho Santa Margarita, And Waiters Trying to Get Laid!

    Flickr user soundfromwayout​Some of the many highlights this week on this infernal blog after the jump, and including more than what the descriptive title promises!

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Drunk in the 949: Cismontane Brewing Co.

    Dave Lieberman​There aren't many reasons to go to Rancho Santa Margarita when you're a food blogger. It's nice to head to the Pavilions on Antonio Parkway to see the orange trophy wives shopping in their terry-cloth yoga pants, and of course Pane e Vino and Rice and Spice (our best Thai this year) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Slayings Awake Sleepy Rancho Santa Margarita

    ​What in the devil is going on in Rancho Santa Margarita?Essentially a giant master planned community, the 10-year-old city boasts neighborhoods with rows of million-dollar homes, locations where most of The Real Housewives of Orange County are filmed and, until the past 13 days, no reported homic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Warning to Rummies: DUI Patrols Tonight!

    Brooklyn Museum ArchivesDid somebody order a designated driver?​If you're driving in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita today, you may notice more sheriff's patrol cars on the road than usual.And, if you've been drinking:1) What are you doing driving, butt wipe?2) The deputies in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Return of the 241 Toll-Road Extension: South County Officials Pen Scary Letter to Feinstein

    Also known as "a concrete cage without walls."​The 241 extension saga in a nutshell: Transportation Corridor Agencies propose extending a toll road from Rancho Santa Margarita to the Interstate 5 in San Diego County, environmental groups flip out at the prospect of a freeway potentially encroachin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Knit One, Cure Too

    The holidays are supposed to be about sharing good will (and a boozy eggnog or two) with others - and it's always nice when you can use your crafty talents to help a great holiday cause as well! This Friday from 4-7pm, Spa Gregorie's and Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana are proud to host the second annua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Crime Time: Creepy Toys, Slick Bank Robbers, Egged On Victims, Dog-Beating Dipshits and At Least [Alleged] Criminals Still Read Newspapers

    It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.MONDAY, NOV. 2". . . and I don't like you!" ​"I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    TONIGHT: Lost Art and Abtract Rude at Blue Cafe in Long Beach

    ​The life of a local hip hop artist is a saga that usually leaks its way into the inspiration of their rhymes, more so than any other genre. And in that regard, tracks by Rancho Santa Margarita emcee The Lost Art  is rife with true life tales. I spoke of him a while ago when he released his s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Crime Time: Methed Mom, Nitrous Oxide, a Full Moon, a Gutted Black Cat and a Skateboarding Giant Ax Carrier

    It's our weekly Weekly roundup of Orange County police calls--with suspect mugs!TUESDAY, JULY 7Courtesy of Cypress Police DepartmentAlison Le Anne EbertAt Least She Left the TV On Officers responding to an anonymous, 4:45 a.m. report of child abuse in a home in the 8500 block of La Homa Street in Cy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 30

    Orange County Register: Fans gathered around a makeshift memorial outside Angel Stadium to honor pitcher Nick Adenhart, who died in a car accident. . . . A woman driving a car with a baby aboard was shot and killed in Santa Ana after leading police on a high-speed chase that began in Buena Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 29

    Orange County Register: Anaheim police want to question two men shown in an Angel Stadium surveillance video in the opening day assault death of Brian Powers, 27, of Buena Park. That's right, sports fans, they're even watching you in the cheap seats. . . . A man who was arrested at Disneyland l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Howard Ahmanson Jr. Only the Second Biggest Hater

    Gustavo's pal Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. just missed the top spot on the Dishonor Roll published online by Californians Against Hate. The Knights of Columbus of New Haven, Conn., gave $1.425 million to the campaign for the same-sex-marriage-barring Prop. 8, while Howie only ponied up $1.395 million.Hey, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Protest Prop 8 tonight and Sunday

    Is your activist streak feeling unloved after watching footage of yesterday's protests in LA against the passage of Proposition 8? Well, here's your chance to vent (peacefully, people, peacefully...). Tonight (Friday), the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center is organizing a protest march down Broadway, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    OC Fire: Reader Photos

    Some readers have shared their fire photos with us. Click the photo to see them. So far, we have snaps of the blaze from Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest and Foothill Ranch. Send yours to with a short description (and the photographer's name) and we'll add them to the slidesho ... More >>

  • Food

    March 30, 2006
  • Film

    January 19, 2006

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week:


  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

  • Film

    December 15, 2005

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: The Wizard of Oz

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    When the Moon Is the Only Light We See

    Stand By Me 19 summers later

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Columns

    October 23, 2003
  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Features

    September 27, 2001

    Rancho Santa Margarita

    City of the Big Boxes

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    Something Beige This Way Comes

    Rancho Santa Margarita flirts with disaster

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