Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey dismissed grand theft and conspiracy charges against William David Robin in May 2013, prompting prosecutors to immediately file new counts against the 66-year-old Coto de Caza man. Well, the same thing happened on Monday, except this time it was Jud ... More >>
North County's been the center of Orange County's craft beer scene for awhile now, but within the next year, that center could be a little more... central. It's time for Santa Ana to bask in the fizzy, golden limelight. That's right; Santa Ana is going through a craft beer makeover. The city will ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Hills restaurant sells awesome Persian under a terrible name
See the update on page 2 with the counts against John Edward Kudla, who is being charged as an adult in the attempted murder of Orange County Sheriff's Reserve Sgt. Jon M. Kulda, who is comatose.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 22, 4:18 P.M.: A 50-year-old Orange County reserve sheriff's sergeant was shot, possib ... More >>
A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!
A federal grand jury in Southern California has indicted three individuals who allegedly conducted a brazen, two-year conspiracy that stole more than $185,000 in postage stamps from U.S. Post Offices in Orange County and Los Angeles.According to the Dec. 19 indictment, Neil Lee Turner (AKA Tylar Rog ... More >>
Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas--a theater chain that began in Mexico--has opened the second of its two planned Orange County theaters in Rancho Santa Margarita last week. Its first OC theater debuted earlier this year in nearby Laguna Niguel.If you're new to the experience of having dinner and a movie fr ... More >>
It's always a good thing when I find that there are more restaurants opening than closing when I do these end-of-month reports. Restaurant closures are sad. Anyway, on with the post. Herewith is the roll-call of stuff we wrote about and/or noticed for the month that has passed.
Orange County's favorite wafflería officially opens its third location today in Rancho Santa Margarita. The Bruxians treated the local food bloggerati last night to a fabulous pre-opening celebration during which we sampled our way through countless delicious versions of Bruxie favorites, as well a ... More >>
Scott Andrew Christensen, a former Saddleback Valley Unified School District childcare worker found guilty in 2008 of molesting a 6-year-old boy, can now add convictions for doing dirty deeds to a second 6-year-old boy and a third boy under 14. The Rancho Santa Margarita 28-year-old had been work ... More >>
When Steve Dickus opened Pizza e Vino a few years ago on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, I wondered how he would stay in business. His Neapolitan pizzas are the best in South County, but opening a high-end pizzeria in the middle of a recession in one of O.C.'s most remote locales seemed crazy (Ortic ... More >>
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SchapelHere's your dilemma: You can either pay $4,000 a month for 200 months or spend 80 months locked in a California prison?Hard choice?It apparently wasn't for David Scott Schapel, a 36-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man.He chose prison.
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 >>
Branstetter (L) and Wickham Booking PhotosTwo men have been arrested and one has so far evaded capture in an alleged April 6 hate crime attack in Coto de Caza, the Associated Press reports, noting that the classy south OC enclave is "familiar to reality TV show viewers as the home of 'The Real Ho ... More >>
Rancho Santa Margarita's God's Green Earth College Online (GECCO), which provides classes on growing marijuana and operating a successful collective, is apparently enjoying a major spike in enrollment. The college put out a press release today boasting that the school is well on its way to "becom ... More >>
Take a cab, plan an alternate route, or get your drink on somewhere else: roving sobriety patrols will be out tonight in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita."These multi-city DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions," reads an ... More >>
Edwin GoeiYou may have not realized it, but there was a long hard slog to get the In-N-Out that replaces Kaplan's Deli off the Harbor exit of the 405 approved through the proper authorities. It opens on Friday.As the Daily Pilot reports, "The approval process was lengthy, requiring both the ... More >>
From Dean Patrick Maldonado's MySpace pageThe deceased, Dean Patrick MaldonadoUpdate, December 8, 3:15 p.m.: After a five-month investigation into the midnight hour shooting July 17 that claimed the life of 49-year-old Dean Patrick Maldonado, the Orange County District Attorney's Office has concl ... More >>
Edwin Goei This is a cheap shot, but I couldn't resist. This street sign in Huntington Beach says it all in its
UPDATE: Murder-suicide couple identified (updates throughout) . . . A neighbor in the quiet Robinson Ranch community in Rancho Santa Margarita called 9-1-1 after hearing gunshots Wednesday afternoon.
Finky the Blogger told us how for months and months, something smelled really bad in Mission Viejo, and the same source of the funk--think rotten eggs, high school locker rooms, Taco Bell kitchens--has been blamed for stinking up Rancho Santa Margarita.No, that's not a reference to the RSM City C ... More >>
As a Lake Forest medical marijuana dispensary owner and manager were being convicted today of selling and possessing cannabis, a Mission Viejo law firm was announcing a federal lawsuit aimed at barring authorities from denying patients access to Costa Mesa and Lake Forest dispensaries.
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[Sex Issue] Our guide to the steamiest-and not so steamy-municipalities
"I can't believe there hasn't been any stories in regards to the foul odor that is covering Mission Viejo, CA like an airborne bacteria," writes a reader named Cori. "(Well . . . actually, in this Prozac laden city of Stepford, I'm surprised when anyone notices anything outside the 'norm.') The o ... More >>
Clockwise from top left: Mark Sanchez (Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita); Todd Marinovich (Capistrano Valley and Mater Dei high schools); Matt Leinart (Mater Dei); and Carson Palmer (Santa Margarital). Steven Travers, a USC graduate, sports historian and fo ... More >>
City of Rancho Santa MargaritaTony BeallAs if to demonstrate why anyone would be interested in a movie about school districts, Capistrano Unified delivered some of its trademark drama at last night's premier of Not As Good As You Think (which we previewed here). Capistrano Dispatch editor Jonathan V ... More >>
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 >>
Millionaire Richard J. O'Neill died, reportedly of natural causes, on April 6, but not before the government took its last piece of flesh from Orange County's monumental Democrat. The 85-year-old real estate developer who headed the California Democratic Party 30 years ago and was a major contribut ... More >>
Orange County Register: Miss me? Great economic news! Pier 1 Imports will only close 80 or so stores, not the 125 anticipated originally. . . . The California Energy Commission is considering a ban on big screen televisions. It's not the pollution network programmers spew that is spur ... More >>
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board today fined Orange County's Santa Margarita Water District $133,190 for two spills that flushed 857,934 gallons of shit into San Juan Creek and Cristianitos Creek. The water district - Orange County's second largest, serving more than 150,00 ... More >>
Folk-rocker Shane Gooding died of cancer in 2007, but his music made a strong impact on many of his fellow OC/LA musicians. Consequently, MJ Lazarsky is organizing a tribute concert to Gooding, scheduled for May 18 in Rancho Santa Margarita, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. [see details below] Called FG-V, it will f ... More >>
Three years in the life of the Capistrano Unified School District
The pad see ewe reveals all about Rice and Spice Thai
Mexican for gabachos
This time, she means it
Movie of the week: The Italian Job
Movie Event of the Week: Nosferatu Double Feature
Movie of the Week: Dark City
Movie of the Week: PARADISE NOW
Winter non-recommendation edition
The year in doing nothing
The year in the 241, the year in doing nothing
Stand By Me 19 summers later
Marines talk war with kids at church