Land of gracious summers
There's something in the water. I see dead people. No, these were not plucked from old movie posers but the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach, where two people killed themselves in or near bodies of water this week and a third tried to do the same recently.
Let's go to the scoreboard: In Huntington Beach, which years ago was the site of Fourth of July yard pissings, fistfights and riots with police cars overturned and set on fire, there were 22 arrests from midnight to midnight, July 4-5, according to city jailer Todd Florez. Over in Newport Beach, whi ... More >>
[Hey, You!] A violation of the golden rule of bikelandia
This is a story about an asshole cyclist. If you read the retrograde morons in the comment section of any news story about cycling, you'd think all cyclists are assholes. This is not true; the vast majority of the people who zip along the Santa Ana River Trail on the weekends are polite, pleasan ... More >>
Inland bicyclists passing me on my sometimes Saturday rides to the beach on the Santa Ana River Trail will from now on have covered a National Recreation Trial before reaching me.At a Thursday ceremony at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim, Orange County Parks unveiled a National Recreation Trail sign t ... More >>
When Costa Mesa Police and Fire personnel reached a 28-year-old man who'd hung himself by a tree in the Talbert Regional Park Preserve last Saturday night, there was still a chance to save him. Though "lifeless," the unidentified homeless man was still "warm to the touch," according to police Lt. ... More >>
Courtesy of the Santiago Creek Greenway AllianceIt's been a while since we checked in on the tempest in a teapot known as the proposed Santiago Creek bicycle trail--you know, the last quarter mile connecting Villa Park and inland Orange with the newly-secured Santa Ana River Trail? It's the one t ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 11, 6:23 P.M.: An autopsy determined that 49-year-old homeless man Antonio Ruiz Martinez, whose body was found Monday morning in Santa Ana, next to an auto shop's pickup truck with a large amount of blood inside, died as a result of "gastrointestinal issues," according to police. ... More >>
Courtesy of Santiago Creek Greenway AllianceClick for a larger image.See that map? It represents the new Santiago Creek Trail, which runs from the Orange County Water District Ponds near Cannon St. in Orange, all the way to the Santa Ana River--with one quarter-mile exception through Jack Fisher ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 2, 10:32 A.M.: The transient whose body was discovered Wednesday along the Santa Ana River Trail near the 91 freeway in Anaheim Hills has been identified as 42-year-old Lloyd Middaugh. The last known address for Middaugh, who was stabbed to death, was in Yorba Linda, but authorities ... More >>
Anaheim Police were called this morning to the Santa Ana River Trail between Tustin and Lakeview avenues this morning to investigate a man down.Officers and paramedics who responded to the 6:15 a.m. call discovered a dead, middle-aged man who had been stabbed at least once.
Inland water agencies may say they want to work with government regulators on a Santa Ana River habitat for a tiny fish known as the Santa Ana Sucker, but as long as the H2O providers press their lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four conservation groups will press back. The Si ... More >>
Inland water districts are using unfounded claims, invented projections and a "staged sham" hearing to spread fears to the populace about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) having designated a portion of the Santa Ana River as a "critical habitat" for a little fish known as the Santa Ana su ... More >>
Flickr user mokolabsOrange County's only outpost of the Blimpie sandwich-shop chain, located at 840 The City Dr. S. in Orange, has closed its doors, part of a reshuffling of businesses that has seen the departure of a doughnut shop, a cell-phone store and a flower shop.Management for the Orange C ... More >>
Sucker punchedA dozen water agencies serving nearly 3 million Southern California residents have formally warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it the federal agency does not want to be sued, it must rescind the recent expansion of critical habitat areas for the Santa Ana Sucker, ... More >>
Crime sceneFour of the six most crime-infested state parks are in Orange County, and each is a state beach. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area near Pismo Beach logged by far the highest number of crime calls in 2009 with nearly 6,000. Lake Perris State Recreation Area near Riverside ha ... More >>
Remember when we asked if OC was ready for a street food festival?Well, ready or not, here it comes! The OC Foodie Fest will take place Saturday, August 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Honda Center in beautiful Anaheim.
It's still safe to go into the waterAnticipating an increase in the number of people visiting local beaches during the remaining 10 months of 2010, the Orange County Board of Supervisors recently agreed to boost lifeguard related spending by a quarter of a million dollars to $1.8 million.U.S. Oce ... More >>
UCI Biology Department A brown pelican acts all pelecanus occidentalis-y along our coast. A neighbor of yours is getting either an assist or a death sentence from the federal government. Where's your teabagger now, brown pelican?
Dave LiebermanOrange County is a surprisingly bike-friendly place, and the crown jewel of north OC has to be the Santa Ana River Trail, which goes from the ocean at the Huntington Beach/Newport Beach border to Prado Dam in Corona, completely separated from cars. (It will eventually, when Riversid ... More >>
California's Department of Toxic Substances Control, which oversees the ongoing cleanup of a toxic site in Chino Hills which for years had been an Aerojet manufacturing facility, is collecting public comment on its efforts through April 10. Some testimony will be gathered at a ... More >>
The folks over at Surfrider Foundation are always working to clean up the ocean water from pollutants that degrade the environment, and they aren't alone. The Weekly recently received an interesting email from Dave Bulleshat, a.k.a. the Poop Detective. His personal mission is to remind people why t ... More >>
Show Me the Mole!
Earlier this year, an impressive number of birds died near the mouth of the Santa Ana River. The cause of the deaths was never discovered. Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that seabirds all along the West Coast have been dying in exceptionally large numbers. This is the third year that s ... More >>
Birds have been dying in suspiciously large numbers near the mouth of the Santa Ana River. Since February 4, approximately 60 dead and dying birds from the area have been brought to the Wetlands and Wildlife Center, and the bodies of more dead birds have been spotted in the area around the riv ... More >>
Patrick Mitchell tells the story of the Santa Ana River
Having recently considered some of OC's dirtiest coastal waters, let's turn our attention to freshwater– specifically the Santa Ana River, where even the good news is sometimes bad news. Take this nugget of good-ish sounding news about how things have changed since the '80's found in this mor ... More >>
Only 6 days after the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on it and 5 days after The Blotter first noted it, the Los Angeles Times today informs its readers about the state of California's bridges. The state: hundreds of bridges are considered at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake becau ... More >>
Feb. 23 - March 2
Orange Countys own Hurricane Katrina: the Great Flood of 1938
Januarys flooding wasnt an act of god, but man
Its the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine!
Ride the Santa Ana River trail while you still can
Orange officials okay plan to build homes in Santiago creek streambed
Secrets of the Good Life from OCs Undocumented
Looking for the most polluted water in OC? Look for a baby beach
Because of a flawed deed, the countys Talbert nature preserve is available for development
A closed weapons plant in the Chino Hills may be leaking hazardous chemicals into the Santa Ana River
Santa Ana River toll road elevates eco-fears
The life and death of the Santa Ana River