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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
UPDATE, DEC. 7, 12:41 P.M.: 34-year-old Robert Eugene Vasquez is being held without bail as his defense attorney got his arraignment continued to Jan. 6 in the alleged special circumstances murder of his San Juan Capistrano mobile home park neighbor and the assault on a second man with a metal ob ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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!
JC VeraI 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 >>
Johnnie CluneyAt 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 >>
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?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Another local band has signed to a major label: San Juan Capistrano's the Union Line have signed with Black Seal, an imprint of RCA Records--part of Sony Music Entertainment.
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.
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ladies of Lincoln's Era
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 >>
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 >>
In honor of Halloween the OC Weekly has compiled a list of haunted Orange County locations courtesy the database of haunted places on Shadowlands.net. So take some time and have a read. Hey, even if you don't believe in ghosts, at least you can learn about some local legends. ANAHEIMAnaheim A ... More >>
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 >>
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