An animal rights organization has pressed Huntington Beach to investigate how an elephant was used in a recent wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa despite a city ordinance prohibiting wild animal performances.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican-Americans always say they lived the hard life?
In a long-ago Weekly listing for the Santa Ana Zoo, the writer snarkily summed up the wee animal population at the Prentice Park venue as a drunk monkey in a tree, or something like that.The one thing you can say about monkeys there is they sure are cute, and in the case of a crested capuchin (Cebus ... More >>
Here's a tasty story for our readers to chew on:Gawker has linked to an article about a Zoo in China where a baby leaf monkey named Francois accidentally ate a peanut thrown into its cage. Employees noticed the tiny primate had become dangerously constipated. Not wanting to use dangerous laxatives o ... More >>
The onetime exalted ruler tried to the lodge into the 21st Century
My being on assignment last week forced my skipping last Friday's What We Learned. Not that anyone noticed . . . sniff . . . It's because I'm fat, isn't it!?! MARCH 10: UCI's Nobel Prize-winning chemist F. Sherwood Rowland (right) passes away at his Corona del Mar home from Parkinson's Disease co ... More >>
The Orange County Fair Board, facing a crowd of more than 100 that included many animal advocates today, voted to end elephant rides.The news was cheered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has sought bans on performing pachyderms around the country, and disdained by Have ... More >>
The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!
Today's city of Santa Ana announcement that it is ending elephant rides at Santa Ana Zoo was cheered by animal rights activists. "Following more than a year of pressure from PETA, the Animal Protection and Rescue League, Animal Defenders International (ADI), and celebrities including Charo and ... More >>
Wikipedia CommonsDon't worry, this kinkajou is yawning.Just to be clear, a kinkajou is not a sex act performed in the back alleys of Thailand. It's the South American cousin to the raccoon. And one wandering near a Santa Ana elementary school was scooped up in October.After brief stays at county ... More >>
R.Scott Moxley / OC WeeklyHere's the leaner, meaner Frank MickadeitOn July 15, Frank Mickadeit, Orange County's best-dressed journalist, took what must have been painful action. He stripped off his natty business attire, hung it inside a locker and donned something similar to my daily outfit: a t ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 19, 7:29 A.M.: Constance Marie played Angie Lopez on ABC's George Lopez sitcom, and she's now Regina Vasquez on ABC Family's Switched at Birth.She's using her celebrity to issue this plea to Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido: Fire Have Trunk Will Travel as the elephant ride contractor at ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 27, 10:40 A.M.: A Los Angeles-based animal rights group today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the contractor who runs the elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo.However, the suit does not concern the ride operations that have been blasted by advocates for animals but Perris-ba ... More >>
Laura Goldman, who lives in Los Angeles, read an LA Times article last November about the Santa Ana Zoo's elephant rides, which have been blasted by animal-rights activists and defended by city officials."I thought it was bizarre that a zoo would offer elephant rides," Goldman tells me of her reacti ... More >>
Jay Brockman/OC WeeklyAn animal rights group is urging the city of Santa Ana to break ties with the supplier of elephants for a Santa Ana Zoo ride after allegations the same company abused a mammal that appears in the recent film Water for Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson ... More >>
Charo--you know, of "coochie-coochie" fame--has sent a letter to Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido urging him to stop elephant rides at the city-operated Santa Ana Zoo."Ay-yi-yi yeem whiting tu jew tu bane ..."Okay, that thick Spanish accent ain't working for me either. Let's drop it, shall we?
CORRECTION: Residents cannot get into Santa Ana Zoo free this weekend, that promotion was last weekend. We regret the error. If you happen to pass by the elephants at Santa Ana Zoo, you might want to think twice before going on a ride.That's because the County of Orange has a rule: Don't touch th ... More >>
OC Dems party at the zooToday's local highlights include:Jerry Brown enjoys OC lovefest at zooDuring a Labor Day weekend party sponsored by local unions and inside the Santa Ana Zoo, attendees treated Jerry Brown, the state's current AG who wants to be governor again, like a rock star. Seema Meht ... More >>
Children's Art Festival, Friday, 3:30 p.m.The Children's Arts Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to enjoy a day discovering the arts together. Hands-on arts activities and free performances provide a delightful celebration of the rich and cultural traditions that thr ... More >>
The Classic Lily Tomlin, Friday, 7:30 p.m.Check out this funny lady of television and film live in Costa Mesa.Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA; 714-556-2787 The Godfather, Saturday, 7 p.m.One of the greatest films ever made, up on the bi ... More >>
Santa Ana Zoo in Lights
THE DANIMALS, 7:30 p.m. Bonetastic! Renaissance Dana Point 24701 Del Prado Ave. Dana Point CA 92629 949-661-6003 DR. CHRIS LOWE: WHY DO THEY BITE AND STING?, 7 p.m. Why? Because they hate you. M.O.U.S.E. Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana CA 92701 714-953-8555 CREATE A HEALTHIER YOU! SK ... More >>
World Class Beer Tasting, 5:30 p.m. 'Nuff said. Kimera Restaurant 19530 Jamboree Rd. Irvine CA 92612 949-261-1222 Screening: West Side Story, 7:30 p.m. Catch this classic on the big screen. Regency South Coast Village 1561 W. Sunflower Ave. Santa Ana CA 92704 714-557-5701 See All The Mo ... More >>
SHIMMY & SHAKE BURLESQUE SHOW WITH THE TEQUILA WORMS; CATHOUSE THUMPERS, Saturday 9 p.m. Nipple tassels and nylons. Doll Hut 107 S. Adams St. Anaheim CA 92802 714-533-1286 CANINE RUNWAY, THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S MOST PAW-PULAR POOCH, Saturday 5 p.m. The next step is an eating disorder. Muttropol ... More >>
Sunsets at the Zoo
*Updated with new info on the bottom... You know we live in dark times when a Macarthur Genius-winning mensch like Rueben Martinez has to close his legendary Libreria Martinez, the country's premier Latino-themed bookstore visited by every author from the legendary (Carlos Fuentes) to the terrible ... More >>
Jewlicious Festival 4.0, the largest youth festival celebrating contemporary Jewish culture and identity, was held in Long Beach over the Feb. 29 - March 2 weekend at the Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center. Reza Allah-Bakhshi dropped by on Saturday and caught internationally acclaimed ra ... More >>
With the skies painted a dismal gray, and my mood darkening to match what loomed overhead, I headed to Santa Ana for the Santa Ana Zoo’s weekend birthday celebration. What’s that, you say? Santa Ana has a zoo? Yessiree. That it does and this weekend, the zoo turns 56. Fifty-six years of caged m ... More >>
NEW YEAR’S BUBBLY TASTING, 4pm Try extremely affordable sparklers from all over the world that will keep you raising your glass toast after toast after toast.... Vin de Pays, 5103 Richfield Rd., Yorba Linda HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL, 5:30pm The Zoo entrance and farm area will be transformed into a ... More >>
FOREIGN FILM SERIES SPOTLIGHTS TURKEY, 6pm Enjoy (for free!) a special screening of an acclaimed foreign road movie (with English subtitles). Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plz., Irvine, (949) 724-6000 ORANGE COUNTY NATURAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES, 7pm Orange County: Refuge or wreck? Santa Ana ... More >>
Ridin’, ropin’, rasslin’ & other games of skill & contests of strength, blazing trails, seeing sights &, of course, Anteaters
Top U.S. Secrets to Crooks, Idiots and Dopers: The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., reports this morning that the Pentagon, the guys running the Iraq War, now want Congress to allow national security clearances for government employees who are “ex-convicts, drug addicts and mentally incompeten ... More >>
For me, it's always been one of those questions. The sort of question that momentarily intrigues you every time it comes up, but doesn't interest you enough to actually do anything to find an answer. The question: How did UCI end up with an anteater as its official mascot? (P ... More >>
23rd Annual SoCal Story-Swapping Festival
Is Dora the Explorer turning baby minds to crap?
See it and weep