San Juan Capistrano

  • Film

    September 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    149 OC Arrests Logged After 1st Weekend of DUI Sweeps; Costa Mesa Adds Checkpoint

    See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with results from the first weekend of the "Avoid the 38" campaign against drunken driving through Labor Day, plus Costa Mesa's checkpoint plans. Update Nos. 1 and 2 were on past sobriety stops in Irvine and Seal Beach. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 16, 8 A.M.: There was a brief lu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    [UPDATED with Suicide:] Melissa Rae Sutor is Missing and Had Been Acting "Strangely"

    See the update at the end of this post about the woman reportedly taking her own life.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 1, 1:49 P.M.: Have you seen Melissa Rae Sutor? The 28-year-old left her San Juan Capistrano home around 11:30 a.m. Friday, has not been seen since and is considered "endangered" by authorities.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Capistrano Terrace Mobilehome Park Residents Successfully Save Their Homes ... for $8.25 mil

    In these days of shady foreclosures, robo-bank calls for mortgage payments before your mortgage is due and other assorted example of Mitt Romney's pals trying to royally fuck with us just trying to make ends meet comes a bit of happy news. About 150 families in San Juan Capistrano banded together to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    12 y.o. Boy Allegedly Leads Deputies on Chase That Ends With Car Burning to the Ground

    A 12-year-old boy allegedly led Orange County sheriff's deputies on a car chase from San Juan Capistrano to Dana Point early today before crashing into a tree and fleeing on foot as the family Chevy Aveo burst into flames.Dennis the Menace was found hiding in bushes, and the car burned to the ground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Brea and San Juan Capistrano DUI Checkpoints Tonight, Buena Park's is Saturday Night

    Labor Day weekend has creeped up, and so has the countywide Labor Day weekend enforcement against boozing drivers on the road.Besides saturation patrols in Orange County's four corners--are there four?--Brea and San Juan Capistrano have DUI checkpoints tonight and Buena Park conducts another Saturda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    [UPDATED with God's Motive:] 3.9 Earthquake Shakes OC

    UPDATE, APRIL 20, 11:20 A.M.: In addition to shaky stories, we should share with one another the reason God punished us with this earthquake--because as Pat Robertson will tell you, there can be no other reason for seismic activity than a vengeful deity. Gay marriage? The ACLU caravan coming to Sant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County this Christmas

    ​Because nothing exists on the Internet before three days ago, I'm reprinting a 2009 article I did on the best tamales in Orange County for the holidays--and I'm also ripping off a 2007 article I did on the same subject. I will also note that Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen and Taco María make great high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Sobriety Checkpoint in Anaheim and Roving Patrols for Boozy Drivers in South County Tonight

    ​The Anaheim Police Department is holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight through early Saturday.Meanwhile, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has roving DUI patrols in some of the South County cities it patrols tonight.Check after the jump for the exact locations.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Host a Home Bible Study, Get Fined $500

    ​Hide yo' crosses, hide yo' Bibles?   A San Juan Capistrano couple has been ordered by the city to stop hosting a weekly Bible study unless they obtain the permit required for churches.  Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm have already been fined $300 for their gatherings, and city ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    In-n-Out Demolishes Oldest Remaining Location to Build Museum Honoring Said Location

    ​The only gift Baldwin Park gave to the world was In-n-Out, and you know this to be so when its hometown paper, the San Gabriel Tribune, describes the chain's oldest-remaining location as the "city's most notable landmark." It hadn't been open since 2004, because In-n-Out officials had unveiled a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    'Sunday Night Chef Fights' Coming to Huntington Beach This Weekend

    ​This seems like it could be fun: Something called Sunday Night Chef Fights is coming to Huntington Beach--when else?--this Sunday night. Chefs. Fight. Yeah!

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    'Taste of San Juan Capistrano' Tomorrow

    JC Vera​I was driving up from San Clemente, passing San Juan Capistrano, when I looked up and saw birds, a flock of them, and I swore they looked like swallows. They turned out to be seagulls (I'm not exactly National Audubon Society material), but it did remind me that the Mission's big event is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    TODAY: New Local Natives Perform Third Daytrotter Session

    Johnnie Cluney​At this point in Daytrotter's love affair with Local Natives (who are we to talk, right?) we have to assume that this band is either extremely easy to draw as cartoons or their music is just good enough to earn them a third visit with Rock Island's cyber indie taste m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Celebrate Your Freedom at a DUI Checkpoint

    ​UPDATE: Irvine PD reveals location of its checkpoint (detaIls after jump) . . .Is there a better way to celebrate your freedom than involuntarily stopping for a government enforced sobriety checkpoint?

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Small Time Crooks Accused of Tunneling into Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    Which way to the pot?​In the 2000 Woody Allen movie Small Time Crooks, a dim, nickle-and-dime criminal hatches a plan to re-open a pizza place so he and his dimmer cronies can dig through to a bank down the street. Proving that inspiration can come from anywhere, three men allegedly tunneled thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Mitchell Basil Zogob, Insurance Broker Fraudster, Brokers 10 Years in Can

    ​A San Juan Capistrano insurance broker this week brokered a 10-year deal behind state prison bars after pleading guilty to grand theft and insurance fraud in a $4.6 million scheme involving false certificates of insurance being issued to four companies.Mitchell Basil Zogob, 51, worked as an insu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Five Great OC Places to Buy Tamales for Christmas

    Not a local brand, but who could possibly have a problem with a rockin' tamale?​Almost three years ago, I wrote up this round-up of the county's best places to get tamales. Rivera's is unfortunately closed, and I still don't understand why Central and South Americans prepare tamales (with the exce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Juaneno Chief's Wife Cha Cha Belardes Passes Away

    Photo by John Gilhooley Chief David Belardes with tribal manager Joyce Perry of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians. ​When the Weekly was covering the conflict between Mission San Juan Capistrano and a faction of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians earlier this year, it appea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    On the Line: John Q Humphreys, Chef/Owner of Ramos House Café

    ​San Juan Cap's most famous eaterie has been home (literally) to Newport Beach native John Q Humphreys for the last 15 years. During that time it has built a reputation for low-key yet memorable grub, in particular a stellar brekkie/brunch. While succumbing to our inquisition, he gets fruity and v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    French 75 Laguna (née 75 Laguna) Chef Now Cooking in SJC

    ​Mitch Gillan, who was, until recently, the chef at French 75 in Laguna Beach, has updated us on where he is now in a comment made on my review of the restaurant. The meal I reviewed, coincidentally, turned out to be one of the last meals he cooked there.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Flier of the Week: Pop Noir, the Union Line at Detroit Bar

    "If you want something done right, do it yourself." This adage seems to explain why Costa Mesa/LA's Pop Noir so often has such ridiculously cool show fliers; the band's brothers Luke and Joe McGarry, other than fronting one of our area's most fun (and stylish!) acts, are both accomplished illustrato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Crime Time: Move Over, Trendzilla!

    The must-have fashion accessory of the season for robbers in Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of Orange County police calls . . . TUESDAY, JUNE 16Forest Firebug is a Pot Farm Exposer to Boot: Seven fires were ignited within a short distance of each other in Trabuco Ca ... More >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    To Do This Weekend 6/5 - 6/7

    Paula Poundstone, Friday, 6 p.m.You probably recognize her name from NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me line up--or from watching early '90s stand up comedy videos (she's the one wearing the vests all the time), either way come and see this funny lady/stand-up comic/mother/writer perform at the Coach Ho ... More >>

  • Film

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Belardes, Mission San Juan Capistrano Settle Lawsuit

    Photo by Matt Coker The fountain gets to stay.Capistrano Dispatch reports the lawsuit pitting the Orange Diocese against Native Americans over a memorial garden installed above burial grounds at Mission San Juan Capistrano has been settled.The dispute produced a Weekly news story on the legal spat a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 18: Gone Since Friday Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Orange Residents Gathering to Protest Gang Injunctions

    A demonstration will be held in Orange Saturday to warn residents they could become victims of racial profiling by the city police department and gang injunctions by the county district attorney.Gang injunctions are similar to restraining orders courts issue to protect potential victims from someone ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2009

    We Can Do It!

    Ladies of Lincoln's Era

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2008

    Native American Saga, Part 2: So Many Bones, So Little Time

    "Next is another fun item," joked Chairman Bill Mungary as the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) moved on to the controversy surrounding remains unearthed on the mesa above the Bolsa Chica wetlands after a lengthy debate over the treatment of buried remains at Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 7/11 - 7/13

    GOOD FOOT, Friday 9 p.m. Hop to the Good Foot and do the bad thing. Que Sera 1923 E. Seventh St. Long Beach CA 90813 562-599-6170 BAT WALK, Saturday 7:15 p.m. Fuck yes. Bring good walking shoes and a flashlight. Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy 28672 Ortega Hwy. San Juan Capistrano CA 92693 949-489-9 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    You're only an Indian if the government says so

    Forget that the Juaneno Indians helped build Mission San Juan Capistrano, or that they had a very real and very different name (the Acjachemem) before the Spanish renamed them after the Mission, or that they've been around for 9,000 years. The federal government just ain't buyin' it. The blow came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2007

    Haunted OC Hotspots

    In honor of Halloween the OC Weekly has compiled a list of haunted Orange County locations courtesy the database of haunted places on So take some time and have a read. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, at least you can learn about some local legends and scare yourself silly! M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Turning tricks for Jesus

    If you like the X Games but wish there was just a little more Christ in the house, the innocuously named Orange County Festival this Saturday in San Juan Capistrano might be right up your alley. In eight years of Catholic school, I never got to the part of the bible where Jesus hits the half pipe, b ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Surreal Estate

    A short, strange trip up the winding road to the brand-new, landfill-adjacent San Juan Hills High

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Soil to Soul

    Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them

  • Music

    March 1, 2007


    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

  • Food

    June 29, 2006

    Grub Guide

    A sampling of Orange County's best damn dining guide

  • Unknown

    February 17, 2005
  • Features

    November 25, 2004
  • Columns

    August 28, 2003

    Say it with Puppets

    Dont say anything with jazz

  • Food

    April 24, 2003

    Calgon, Take Me Away!

    Five escapist eateries to make you forget our screwed-up world

  • Food

    January 9, 2003

    Construction Cuisine

    Navigating the asphalt jungle

  • Columns

    October 3, 2002
  • Culture

    March 29, 2001

    Ghosts of Bodie

    High school photographers capture the past and remind the future

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Broken Records Act

    New law could make it easier for you to find out where the bodies are buried

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