San Diego County

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Rich Congressman, Poor Congressman: Issa and Rohrabacher at Opposite Ends of Roll Call List

    Dana Rohrabacher? More like Poorbacher, according to a new D.C. insider list of the wealth of members of Congress. But the Huntington Beach Republican is not the only Orange County congressman to get listicled. Can you guess who was named the "richest" congressman?

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Empty Rifle Case Scares the Piss Out of Dana Hills High School

    Anyone missing an empty rifle case? Because one was found just before noon Thursday in Dana Point. In the Dana Hills High School parking lot, prompting a four-hour campus lockdown, frantic texts between students and their parents and, reportedly, the conversion of classroom sinks into urinals becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    OC Beaches Again Score Well on Heal the Bay Report Card (with Usual Bummer Suspects)

    Orange County beaches once again scored well on Heal the Bay's annual survey, with 95 of 102 testing spots being given an A or B during the summer. By the way, our county leads the state in number of testing spots.But it's not all sunshine and clean waves as two perennial dirty South County beaches ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Matthew Weaver, Former Huntington Beach High Student, Uses Computer to Rig School Election in San Diego

    A Surf City son has gone forth into the world and besmirched the good name of Orange County. While you're pondering how that could have happened, here are the facts: Authorities say Matthew Weaver, a 22-year-old former student at Huntington Beach High School, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, access ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    OC Annual Citizens' Report Shows We're in a Better Financial Place Than Our Neighbors

    Orange Countians out earn and enjoy lower unemployment and higher home values on average than people in other Southern California counties, according to the County of Orange Auditor-Controller's Annual Citizens' Report released today. Only San Diego County employs fewer county government employees p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    John Moorlach, County Board of Supes Chairman, Goes Toe to Toes on the Nose with Surfrider Over Trestles Landmark Designation

    It's unclear what's bigger news: that Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach is a "fan" of the Surfrider Foundation or that the longtime GOP conservative powerbroker is dubious of the San Clemente-based clean-water activists proposal to have Trestles declared a California His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Katherine Ann Heinzel, Retired Newport Beach Police Officer, Guilty of Killing One, Injuring 2

    A retired Newport Beach policewoman has been convicted of killing a dude and injuring three others in San Diego County.Jurors found Katherine Ann Heinzel, 51, of Winchester, guilty of three felonies, including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, for a fatal drunken-driving crash last November ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    The Udder Type Of Dairy: Camel Milking Arrives At The OC Fair

    It's a sight you never knew was missing from your life: frothy, white liquid shooting out from the udders of a camel. But as luck would have it, you can see this unique occurrence at the OC Fair.    From now until Aug. 12, camel milking demonstrations are taking place in the fair's livesto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Like Craft Beer? Head South This Weekend for the Tijuana Beer Fest

    If your idea of Mexican beer is Corona (lovingly known in this house as meados de gato), Tecate, and Negra Modelo, you've got to get educated. Baja California has been spawning craft breweries at a rate not seen since North San Diego County, and the old days of beer-flavored soda water are ending.Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Michael Burgin, One of Two Final Defendants in Crime Ring That Hit OC Jewelers, Gets 90 Years

    The final two North San Diego County gang members who were part of a crime ring that robbed Tustin Village Jewelers and Baca Jewelers of Laguna Beach in 2009 received their sentences today--and one was the largest handed out in the case: 90 years to life in state prison. Michael Burgin, 32, received ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    [UPDATED with Brain Doctor's Plea:] Junior Seau, Legendary NFL Linebacker, Apparently Commits Suicide

    UPDATE, MAY 4, 8:03 A.M.: If San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau suffered from a brain injury that contributed to his suicide, he could have been saved, according to a Newport Beach psychiatrist who has conducted three clinical studies with 115 active and former NFL players.And Dr. Daniel G. Amen h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Aria International Supermarket to Open in Tustin

    ​Like a scene from The Game, where Michael Douglas searches for a company that doesn't really exist, Aria Supermarket is a little ambiguous with its public information. With a just-made Facebook page, we get address, hours and a ringing phone. And that's about it.Replacing the defunct Sears Essent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Aida Arroyo, Michael Burgin and Adam Weick, Gang Members Who Hit OC Jewelers, Convicted

    ​Three more members of a San Diego street gang have been convicted for their roles in two Orange County jewelry store robberies, with two learning their fate from a jury today and the third having entered a guilty plea mid-trial. Aida Arroyo, 29, faces up to 15 years in state prison after pleading ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Two Earthquakes Strike Southern California

    Feel that? The end is near.​Two 3.0-plus earthquakes rocked Southern California in a recent 14-hour period.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the last one, a 3.5 "shallow" strike, hit just before 9 a.m. today in the mountains near Coachella.A Palm Springs newspaper is reporting that resident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Aida Arroyo, Michael Burgin, Adam Weick: Final Defendants in Wild Gang Crime Spree

    Arroyo​The beginning of the end of an Orange County crime ring came with the late August 2009 arrest of a man, who was hiding near a shed in Oceanside, for being involved in a Laguna Beach jewelry store robbery. What authorities did not know at the time was he would be tied to another robbery earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    [UPDATED: Lights On!] Life in South Orange County; CUSD Schools Closed Friday

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 9, 9:43 A.M.: While most of South Orange County was already asleep or elsewhere--seeing as how the power had been out for hours and SDG&E was expecting the blackout to extend into Friday--the lights came back on in Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and parts of Laguna Niguel, shor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Cinépolis of Mexico Brings the Luxury and Low-End Jobs to Hoity-Toity OC ZIP Codes for a Change

    See, the Spanish juxtaposed with Captain America ... oh, never mind.​Mexicans have taken over your menial jobs, your shitty apartments and your marijuana-delivery options, America.Prepare to have our amigos south of the border take over your movie theaters next.Like an endless wave of, oh, whateve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Meet Roosterhead's Technicolor Astro Van

    ​Some bands just ride vans; Huntington Beach psych rock duo Roosterhead recently painted their Astro van all sorts of fluorescent colors (to match their instruments). Then they gave it its own webpage,'s in keeping with their odd aesthetic; as we said in a story las ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 16, 2010

    Best Online Coupon Sites

    [Trendzilla],, LivingSocial, Market for Drama and Rue La La Allow You to Get Your Coup-On

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Ismael Calixto Ortiz, Wanted in '05 Santa Ana Rape, Apprehended After Hopping Border

    ​In a brushy area of Imperial Beach in San Diego County early Monday, a Border Patrol agent confronted two Mexican nationals who illegally entered the United States. The agent managed to detain one man but the second resisted. Just as a second agent arrived, the combative man tried to yank the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    OC Outspends San Diego County for Firefighting

    ​Remember those killer fires that have engulfed huge swaths of San Diego County in recent years? Orange County has suffered its own (a shout out to the '08 Freeway Complex Fire, yo!), but our neighboring county to the south has had to put it up with repeated massive wildfires that past few years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    [UPDATED] Devendra Banhart Deejaying at Mesa Tonight! you can pay a $10​ membership fee to get in if you don't R.S.V.P. Check out the flyer after the jump.Today, the S.U.N. group is hosting  "CAMM Tuesdays" at Mesa (725 Baker St., Costa Mesa) featuring a DJ set by folkie Devendra Banhart. First, a glos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Wheat Beer Showdown

    cogdog / CC BY 2.0Mothership Wit​With the masses of craft beers now widely available--many coming out of our southerly neighbors in San Diego County--American beer doesn't have quite the same stigma as it once did. There is certainly still the watery, cheap swill to uphold that stereotype, but wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Nuke Plant, Feds, Drugs. Oh, No.

    Jay Brockman​If you live or work within 10 miles of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), a.k.a. "the giant pair of boobs," the Feds would like to have a word with you about a little thing called radiation poisoning. EVERYONE PANIC!

  • 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

    January 19, 2010

    OC Impacts Some of Country's Worst Commutes

    ​No stretch of Orange County freeway winds up on The Daily Beast list of America's 75 worst commutes, but vehicles originating from, destined for or passing through here certainly contribute to three of those bad drives--including the No. 1 place holder.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Indictment: Jewelry Store Robberies Lead to Wider Crime Ring

    ​Alonso Jose Lopez, a 31-year-old resident of Vista in San Diego County, got Navel Gazing mentions here and here, but he'd no doubt prefer those over the his latest mention: in an Orange County grand jury indictment unsealed today that identifies him as one of nine San Diego criminal street gang m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    $3 Million Emerald Arrives at Height of Jewelry Heist Season

    Palagems.comEl Itoco: object of desire.​In a small room near the front desk of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana rests El Itoco, a 472-carat emerald crystal that is considered one of the finest in the world and valued and is valued at more than $3 million.The emerald that was dug up from black shale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Long Wait For Waves at San-O

    Photo by Jacob RepkoWaiting to get to the waves, around dawn outside San Onofre State Beach. Forecasts of an abnormally large summer swell in Southern California, particularly the southern parts of Orange County, northern San Diego County and northern Los Angeles County, have caused surfers to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Why Do More Latinos Settle in OC Than Closer to the Border?

    You'd think San Diego County's closeness to the Mexican border would make it a natural place for Latinos to call home, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Diego County continues to have the lowest concentration of Latinos among Southern California counties. That's because, immigration tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Potential Unlikely Swine Flu Victims THIS Close to OC (Updated!)

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that recent two deaths in LA County are being investigated by the coroner as possibly resulting from swine flu. The location of the two suspected flu victims? Long Beach and La Mirada, two Orange County border towns.With most of the previously reported Southern Cal ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    State Park Scare Tactics 2

    The Southern California Association of Governments has issued a warning that the California Coastal Commission's veto of the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road extension could spell doom for our air quality. Or at least our air quality credits. It's hard to imagine how a road which would increase cars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    Hot Ticket

    Los Angeles County firefighters who traveled the distance to fight recent blazes in San Diego County are being charged $100 for using the toll roads without paying the fee, the Register reported today. It seems that these "heroes" think they are the kings of the world who are magically exempt from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: Can The Borg Show Compassion?

    Car Booting Violence: The folks over at Universal Guaridan Holdings, Inc. in Newport Beach are smiling today because their Cobra StunLight (pictured) “was successfully used to help disable an armed assailant” recently in downtown Atlanta. They say Jeremiah Day was booting illegally parked cars w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    OC Weekly's Fire Forum (Updated)

    In the wake of the deadly, devastating fires burning from Ventura County down to San Diego County, one can't help but feel for the victims. OC Weekly and LA Weekly have teamed up to give a voice to these victims as well as those close to them. Below, we have provided an area for you to share your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: Safer Teen Sex in OC?

    Lots of Unprotected Fornications in SD: The San Diego Union-Tribune reports this morning that youths ages 15 to 24 in our southern neighbor county had a whopping 85,000 cases of chlaymdia, gonorrhea and AIDS in 2005. How’s that rank? Well, according to the newspaper, researchers at the Cali ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Beatallica: Because the Beatles & Metallica Need the Money

    Ever wonder what Beatles songs done in Metallica's heavy, hyper style would sound like? Me neither. But the clever buggers in Beatallica thought this would be a smashing concept; hence the forthcoming release of Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band (out July 10 on Oglio Records). The group consist o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    San Diego: Screw Trestles

    San Diego has no business in San Diego County. At least, that's what their City Council seems to think. In our Best "Best of OC" Issue yet, Dave Wielenga eloquently described one of the major problems with the Save Trestles campaign: apathy. Surfers and the surf industry pay lip service to their be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Smart Kids, Not So Smart Adults, and DNA for Dinner

    The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, "School-age children from Spanish-speaking households in San Diego County and throughout California are gaining English fluency at record rates". While this is excellent news, the news for adults is a little ... More >>

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Ask Not for Whom the Toll Blows

    San Diego wakes up, finds an Orange County freeway in its yard

  • Film

    April 1, 2004

    Sk8er Bois

    Get a chance to howl at the Dogtown casting call

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Somebody Call Roto-Rooter!

    San Onofre nuke plant ranks No. 3 for possibility of meltdown

  • Columns

    March 27, 2003
  • Columns

    September 2, 1999
  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Packards Pork

    OC congressman proposes neat idea: Let taxpayers clean up developers messes

  • Columns

    June 17, 1999
  • News

    May 13, 1999

    Lights! Camera! Reaction!

    Supes give Springer a run for his money

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    Ron Packard, Military Whore

    Beneath the South County Congressman's Mr. Vanilla exterior beats the heart of an old-fashioned, log-rolling, back-scratching, pork barreling special-interest pol

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