San Onofre

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Tim Carpenter, OC-Turned-National Progressive Activist, to be Subject of Memorial in Orange

    Tim Carpenter, the recently deceased national progressive activist who has been feted on the East Coast, is now getting a hometown memorial.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    SoCal Edison Officially Retires San Onofre Nuke Plant Operating License

    Southern California Edison (SCE) would like the world to know that all the radioactive fuel has been removed from the doomed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's Unit 2 reactor. We here at OC Weekly, the newspaper that predicted the plant would shut down just a few days before the news broke, ar ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    SoCal Edison Laying Off Hundreds of Workers At Shuttered San Onofre Nuke Plant

    If there's anything sad about the fact that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) will never reopen--other than the prospect of those giant concrete boobies someday being dismantled--it's the 600 pink slips that went out Monday to employees at the aging nuclear power plant, and the fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2013

    The Half-Life of Half-Truths: San Onofre, Memento Mori!

    I would not presume to review the science or even explain the specifics of the regulatory tar baby that, thankfully, seems to have caught up So Cal Edison in its lies and obfuscations, stubborn insistence on the viability of SONGS. Read Nick Schou and other OC Weekly reporters for that. Mine is a po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2013

    Whale of a Tale of a Journal of a Story on the Radio: Children's Bookstore & New Faultline & No Nukes, Too!

    I am a little weary of bad news, cautionary tales and object lessons by way of instruction and warning. Another mass shooting? Thank the NRA. Mass spying on US citizens? Color me surprised, not. So, a little silver lining by way of the otherwise dark cloudy move by Whale of a Tale, whose terrific ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    San Onofre Nuke Plant Officials Say They Did Nothing Wrong--OH REALLY?

    In a conference call with reporters this morning, Edison International President and Chief Executive Officer Theodore Craver, Jr. essentially blamed bad luck on the company's historic decision today to shutter its controversial, problem-plagued San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS. "I as ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, Sues To Block Toll Road Extension

    At a June 19 hearing, OC's Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) is hoping to win approval from the San Diego Regional Water Control Board for a controversial extension of the 241 toll road that would cut a path between Oso Parkway and Ortega Highway. According to TCA, the 5.5-mile extension would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Federal Judges Rule San Onofre Can't Reopen Without Full Public Hearing

    In yet another major setback for the scandal-plagued San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) has ruled that the power plant may not open without a full public review. In doing so, the panel of federal judges granted a petition filed by the enviro ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 2, 2013

    Airstream It Up

    [Trendzilla] Rent An Airstream lets you reserve one of the classic campers without the hassle of buying one

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    L.A. City Council Joins Anti-San Onofre Nuke Plant Chorus

    So far most of the noise being generated against the re-opening of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has come from environmental watchdog groups. But now, the city of Los Angeles has joined the chorus of opposition. Yesterday, the city council passed a unanimous, 11 to 0 vote, callin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2013

    The Intimidator Still Lives in our Hearts: Re-Introducing Gary Amdahl, the Inland Empire's Chekhov

    The far and wide of readerly reach is often rewarded with time to linger, camp out, even put down roots in that place where resides, writes, exists a favorite writer, a discovery, a prize, a locale in which things happen which further complicate, define, explain and challenge. Devotion to artists, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2013

    Ace Hoffman, Legendary Anti-Nukes Activist, on Our Ace Hoffman Cover Story This Week!

    Our cover story this week, on legendary anti-nukes activist Ace Hoffman, has already generated mucho buzz and kind words. But it was very nice to get a letter from Hoffman himself.Of course, Hoffman being Hoffman, it wasn't just your usual gracias but a piece of art unto itself complete with stats, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Trestles Wins State Historical Landmark Nod and Now Goes for National Recognition

    Self-proclaimed historical preservationist and Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach blogged last month that he had "a hard time swallowing" a proposal to designate Trestles beach and San Onofre State Park historical landmarks.Someone give that man the Heimlich maneuver because the California State ... 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

    January 7, 2013

    Remembering Huell Howser, Fan of OC Weekly, Lover of OC, Antagonist of OC Republicans

    I'm still in shock over the news that Huell Howser, the greatest Californian since Hiram Johnson, has left us. He passed away last night of natural causes, leaving behind a legacy of Cali love that my alma mater, Chapman University, will guard forever.All the pundits of the Golden State will weigh i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Report Blames Computer-Model Errors for Woes

    A final inspection report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the steam generator tube wear that has kept both reactors offline at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) since January blames computer model errors for the design flaws.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2012

    Life in the Nuclear Family: On No-Nukes Nuns, Alison Bechdel, and San Onofre

    Philip Larkin's famous and bitter poem, "This Be the Verse," about what Mom and Dad do to you has "faults" and a "coastal shelf" which suits me fine for some easy book talk this week by way of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, that toxic and dilapidated Three Stooges movie with the endearingly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    AES Huntington Beach Plant Up to Fill the Void of a Summer Without SONGS

    Two retired natural gas-powered generators at the AES plant on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach were fired back up this weekend to help with summer demand as the region struggles with the sudden loss of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. With SONGS down, Orange, Los Angeles and San ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    [UPDATED with New Spotting:] Gray Whale Entangled in Fishing Net

    UPDATE, APRIL 24, 3:09 P.M.: The good news about the 40-foot gray whale who'd been entangled in a fishing net off Laguna Beach and San Onofre last week is it's headed in the right direction.The nonprofit Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach reports that the whale was spotted today off Gorda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    More Unusual Tube Wear Found at San Onofre Nuclear Plant

    Southern California Edison, operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), announced more unusual wear has been discovered on steam-generator tubes in the Unit 2 reactor and that it's consistent with the degradation that has left Unit 3 closed since January. While such wear is typica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Things are Tough All Over for San Onofre Nuclear Plant

    ​Perhaps you've heard the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ordered the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to remain shut down until plant operator Southern California Edison (SCE) can satisfy the feds that it knows why tubes wore out in two steam generators recently and that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    [UPDATED with Radiation Report OK'd:] Water Leak Shuts Down San Onofre Nuke Unit

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 23, 10:01 A.M.: The San Clemente City Council is to receive a staff report March 20 that should help city leaders decide whether more radiation monitoring should be done in the town 2 miles from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).Some residents have called for stepped- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    What We Learned, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

    ​It's the week that wuz and what we learned from it all . . .JAN. 28: Under a bright blue sky and appreciating warm temperatures despite occasional gusty winds, more than 1,000 line Bolsa Avenue in Little Saigon for the Tet Parade celebrating the Lunar New Year. Based on the number of South Vietna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    OCTA Thanks Congress for Transportation Bill Language Friendly to Finishing Toll Road

    ​When one author praises another on a book jacket, and the second author then does the same on the first author's tome, that's logrolling. It's a practice that's also common among academics and movie critics. In politics, logrolling happens when political favors are exchanged, even among members o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Jeanie Newman "Jeanie" Bernstein, Longtime Progressive Activist, Dies

    ​After suffering from the effects of congestive heart failure for several months, longtime progressive and environmental activist Jean Newman "Jeanie" Bernstein died at her Laguna Beach home surrounded by her children and caregiver Angie on Oct. 22.She was 88.

  • Culture

    October 13, 2011

    WINNER'S CIRCLE: Rin Tanaka

    [BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] Author and photographer

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    [UPDATED with Conditions of Injured:] Mysterious Explosion Rocks Newport Beach

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    241 Extension Builders Figure If You Can't Beat 'Em, Piecemeal 'Em

    ​Developers of the despised Foothill (241) Toll Road expansion into San Clemente figure if you can't beat 'em, piecemeal 'em.That's the takeaway from a Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency committee approving $206 million be spent for the first four miles of a planned 16-mile extension ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Allen Baylis, Surf City Lawyer, is Source on Stories About Red-Light Cameras, Nudity and Raëlians

    ​Huntington Beach attorney Allen Baylis is making the media rounds this week thanks to two issues he regularly fights in court: government use of red-light cameras and government bans on public nudity.As Orange and Westminster this week consider joining Anaheim in banning red-light cameras, Baylis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    [UPDATED with Federal Action Sought:] No Neighboring Nukes Tempt San Clemente City Council

    ​UPDATE, MAY 18, 11:31 A.M.: Facing a full house of potential voters opposed to the continued operation of the nearby San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the San Clemente City Council decided Tuesday night to send letters to lawmakers seeking removal of radioactive waste from the plant. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2011

    [UPDATE: Brazilian Takeover Complete; Gudauskus Second] World's Best Surfers Descend on Trestles--Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro

    Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThe Brazilians will be celebrating Pupo's (yellow jersey) win tonight.​​UPDATE, MAY 7, 9:28 P.M.: In the end, Tanner Gudauskas couldn't be perfect. He was the only surfer left holding back the utter domination by the Brazilians. He held on until there were just minutes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    San Diego Minutemen Get Back Their San Clemente Adopt-a-Highway Sign

    Mere hours after the Weekly's story regarding the tale of two Minuteman Project Adopt-a-Highway signs hit the streets, a federal judge ordered Caltrans to restore the one on Interstate 5 near the San Onofre immigration checkpoint sponsored by the San Diego Minutemen. In a misleading email sent out l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2008

    241 Toll Road Update

    The Department of Commerce has stated their interest in holding a public hearing on the Foothill-South toll road extension, disregarding the impotent raging of Transportation Corridor Agencies counsel Robert Thornton. The LA Times reported on the road's construction cost leaping from $875 million to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Schwarzenegger Fragged by Lieutenant

    Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has just fragged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road. The road, proposed by the Irvine-based Transportation Corridor Agencies, would cut through the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy, itself mitigation for the Talega development, and ... More >>

  • 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

    February 10, 2008

    Why The Toll Road Is Dead

    The Foothill-South (241) toll road extension, as we know it, is dead. Bold claim, you say? Presumptuous, maybe? Not so. Recently, mi hermano Gustavo Arellano pinpointed the root cause of the Transportation Corridor Agencies' failure to gain Coastal Commission approval for their Final Solution to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    The Real Reason Why 241 Toll Road Plan Failed!

    Full disclosure: I'm not too informed on the 241 Toll Road. I don't see how extending it to San Onofre will reduce traffic on the 5 Freeway. I don't surf so don't particularly care if the legendary waves of Trestles disappeared. I do know that the Transportation Corridor Authority is one of Orange C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    The Governor's New Warts

    Did Arnie's lawn suddenly sprout itchy red bumps? No, it's only volunteers from Sierra Club, Friends of the Foothills and Surfrider - all members of the Save San Onofre Coalition. Each red tent on the lawn represents one of the campsites the Transportation Corridor Agencies would destroy by building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    241 Toll Road Delayed Indefinitely

    The 241 Foothill-South Toll Road extension that would have run through San Onofre State Park endangering wild life and costing tax payers $10 million, has been delayed indefinitely, according to Congressman Ken Calvert. In the Congressman's words, "thanks to Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises: Dana's Selective Memory

    Can Bishop Brown Utter The Truth? Frank Mickadeit has an excellent column this morning on yesterday’s press conference by women who have been victimized at least three times--that would be: molested, ignored and then harassed--by Catholic Church officials. There will be more festivities today. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007

    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Ass Slapping Fun!

    Worm Attack in Dana Point? TMZ reports that Orange County police are investigating former Los Angeles Laker/Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for allegedly committing a “crime” inside the Hennessy's Tavern near PCH in Dana Point. The celebrity website says Rodman was accused of slapping a female custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2006

    Paging Prognosticators

    Will the Ducks win the Stanley Cup? Will the Angels make it to the Series? Will Tawny Kitaen stay out of jail? Will terrorists hit one of our local targets: Disneyland, the San Onofre nuke plant or TBN headquarters? Should they hit Disneyland? Will home prices collapse? What will happen first: our t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2006

    Save Trestles on the Airwaves

    Daniel Gannaway, musician and active member of the Surfrider Foundation, has composed a song called "Save Trestles". It can be downloaded from his MySpace page, Why is he giving away the goods for free? "I believe Save Trestles is a really important campaign, and I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Drugs Did Danny

    Smith: Sad (AP) Hot off the Associated Press: Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son died from a lethal combination of methadone and two antidepressant drugs, a U.S.-based pathologist who conducted a private autopsy said Wednesday. Toxicology tests showed Daniel Smith had methadone, Zoloft and Lexapr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2006

    Bill Campbell Hates the (Surfin') USA

    Today I listened to a State Senate Budget Subcommittee meeting on Transportation. Slightly more fun a C.I.A. interrogation. But as long as the TCA keeps trying to build a time/money-wasting toll road that might not even relieve traffic, when they haven't even done ANY studies on weekend traffic beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2006

    As A Disservice To Our Readers

    The Times seems a bit confused by Assemblyman Pedro Nava's recent condemnation of the Foothill-South toll road, and so might you be. On May 6 the Times told its readers that Nava (D-Santa Barbara) didn't think the road should be built, that he wanted $450,000 spent on a UC study of alternatives to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2006

    Bid for Trestles on eBay

    No, you can't actually buy Trestles Beach. But you can show your support for the Yosemite of Surfing by bidding on several on-line auctions, all to try and stop the Foothill-South toll road extension. Adio, Body Glove and Oakley have all donated prize packages to be auctioned off on eBay; 100% of p ... More >>

  • Food

    May 29, 2003

    Vacuuming in the Nude!

    Candy sets the summer on fire

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