Seal Beach

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Michael Theodore Mordaunt, Boeing IT Pro, Posed as Surfer Boy to Lure, Molest Girls: Cops

    See the update on police and prosecutors alleging Michael Mordaunt posed as a surfer boy online to lure 17 girls, some of whom he met and molested. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:08 A.M.: The occupation of a Cypress man arrested for allegedly trying to contact teen-age girls via the Internet for sex a ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2014


    No bros, please

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Celebrate Your Freedoms This Memorial Day Weekend ... at a Shitload of DUI Checkpoints

    Orange County's "Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force"--the number referring to how many law enforcement agencies are part of it--is literally pulling out all the stops this Memorial Day weekend. The anti-boozy and -druggy driving campaign kicked off with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in Newport Beach la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Antonio Maitreya Nelton Arrested for Wearing Woman's Clothing--Woman's Stolen Clothing

    A 41-year-old man was arrested in Seal Beach this week for wearing women's clothing. Before you punch the civil rights key on your speed dial, let me explain further: the clothing belonged to a woman whose home was burglarized earlier in the day.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Eat This Now: Everything at Rocharin Thai Bistro

    OC doesn't have its own Thai Town, but this doesn't mean that we don't have great Thai restaurants. It only means that the ones we have are scattered throughout our fair county--the proverbial Easter eggs waiting to be found. Some of the greatest--Coconut Rabbit in Los Alamitos, Sutha Thai in Tustin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Seal Beach Ban on Pigs (to Go Along with Ban on Hogs) Should Not Freak Out Carnitasivores

    The Seal Beach City Council on Monday night is expected to pass an ordinance banning all pigs within city limits "regardless of size, kind or sex." What about deliciousness (think choice chorizo, killer carnitas, hellacious hambone)?

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Daniel Marcotte Held in Montreal for Allegedly Scamming Seal Beach Widow out of $30,000

    Perhaps you remember on the teevee from February an 86-year-old Seal Beach widow explaining how she was swindled out of $30,000 by a fellow on the phone claiming to be her grandson. Authorities at the time suspected the thief was based in Montreal, and we now know why. And who (allegedly).

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Countywide Law Enforcement Logs 316 Drunk or Drugged Driving Arrests in a Week: Update

    See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with arrest totals countywide through the first week of the summer DUI crackdown. Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page are about checkpoints in Placentia and Santa Ana. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 23, 7:30 A.M.: The Orange County law enforcement mobilization against drugged or drunke ... More >>

  • 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

    February 22, 2013

    Seal Beach Holds DUI Checkpoint Tonight

    The Seal Beach Police Department is holding a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. Hey, anyone out there in Seal Beach who sees cones being set up want to let us know where? Because the department's not releasing the location.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Something's Out There: Orange County Beach Cities Edition

    Seal Beach was just named by Forbes "the fourth friendliest town in America," which may explain the visitor(s) who caught the eye of a resident last Saturday.It was an unidentified flying object that was seen the same morning a similar-looking UFO was reported from a resident in nearby Huntington Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Left of the Dial Reopens New Santa Ana Location

    Every now and then, it's nice to be able to say that you can't keep a good record store down. A little over a month after shuttering their old location in Seal Beach, revered wax palace Left of the Dial has reemerged in SanTana. That's right, no more tussling with the Bermuda triangle of shittiness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Looking for Obama Love in All the Wrong Places

    It will surprise no one when Orange County goes Romney in November. Republicans, with 42 percent of the registered voters in the region, hold an 11-point edge over Democrats, with the only good news for donkeys being the GOP held a 55 percent chunk in 1992. However, there are some Obama supporters i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    A Slice of NY Pizza Opens (Finally!) in Huntington Harbour

    Any time we hear of a new restaurant's opening, we have a healthy fistful of salt on hand. Good intentions and strict timetables always seem to get waylaid by construction delays or permitting issues. So it is with A Slice of NY Pizza's second location, which opened this past weekend in Huntington H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Tonight: Build Your Own Mac And Cheese At Beachwood BBQ In Seal Beach

    Cancel your dinner plans. You're gonna want to have mac and cheese. That is, only if you're into the idea of a build-your-own mac and cheese dish with add-ons such as dried porcini mushrooms, bacon, chopped brisket, alligator andouille, pulled pork, duck confit and ground antelope. Yes. Yes. Ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    What Does Seal Beach Do with a For-Profit Jail Losing $144,000 Yearly? Keep on Losing!

    ​Seal Beach residents have been sold over the years on pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds into the city's private, pay-to-stay jail with promises it will make money from inmates who'd fund their incarcerations in the relatively nicer environs to avoid scummy county jail or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Broadway Singer Susan Egan Talks About the OC High School of the Arts and Growing Up in Seal Beach

    ​When I hear the term "Broadway," I think of lots of things, but mostly I think of New York City, bright lights, people wearing pea coats, taxis and how bummed I am that I never got a chance to see those failed "Spider-Man" previews. However, thanks to Saturday's Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Scott Evans Dekraai Insanity Plea Predicted:] 6 Women and 2 Men, OC Homicides Nos. 45-52: Massacred at Beauty Salon

    ​UPDATE, NOV. 29, 12:30 P.M.: During today's arraignment hearing, where Scott Evans Dekraai pleaded not guilty to murdering eight people and critically injuring a ninth, Deputy Public Defender Scott Sanders objected to press photographers being in the courtroom, saying this kind of media coverage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Pigeon Beheaded Before Blood is Smeared on Killers: Seal Beach Police Report

    ​Pedestrians around Seal Beach Pier were reportedly treated to a most distressing sight: people getting out of a car, grabbing a pigeon, ripping its head off and smearing birdy blood all over themselves.They are said to have then grabbed some more birds before filing back into the car and darting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    10 Held After Human Smuggling Boat Intercepted

    ​Ten people were detained early this morning after the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol intercepted a boat used for human smuggling off Seal Beach, authorities said.A Seal Beach police officer said on live television that the Harbor Patrol had been tipped off about the boat's arrival around 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    [UPDATED with Cops, Firefighters Thanked:] Seal Beach Police Should Be Praised, Not Faulted, at Town Hall

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 28, 11:05 A.M.: About 100 people turned out for Thursday night's town hall at McGaugh Elementary School, and the majority opinion was gratitude for the jobs Seal Beach police and firefighters did in the face of the senseless Salon Meritage massacre that claimed eight lives. Police C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    [UPDATED with OC Public Defender Getting Dekraai Case:] 6 Women and 2 Men, OC Homicides Nos. 45-52: Massacred at Beauty Salon

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 24, 3:05 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Erick L. Larsh this afternoon assigned the defense of Scott Evans Dekraai to the Orange County Public Defender's office. The lead attorney (at taxpayers' dime) will now be senior Deputy Public Defender Scott Sanders. Dekraai's origin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Seal Beach Massacre Tied to Grief Over Issues Like Global Warming

    ​A Global Warming is Real contributor has drawn a connection between the grief people feel over environmental issues and the Seal Beach hair salon massacre. Carlyle Carsh puts that head-scratching theory forward in her weekly Musings of a Malcontent column titled "Put Down the Gun and Breathe."

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Seal Beach Salon Stylists Should Have Been Packing More Than Hair Dryers, Says Open-Carry Advocate

    ​"What you will see if you restrict people's gun rights is more of what happened in Seal Beach last week, where people don't have the right to defend themselves." --Jeff Dunhill, an open-carry advocate who is incensed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month signing a ban prohibiting the spectacle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Scam Artists Try to Profit Off Seal Beach Hair Salon Tragedy

    ​Earlier today we blogged about ways you can help survivors and the families of victims of last week's mass killing in a Seal Beach hair salon:Seal Beach Hair Salon Shooting: 5 Ways to HelpRelated to one option are scam artists and the special place in hell reserved for them.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Scott Evans DeKraai, Mass Killer Suspect, is a Darling of the Tea Party and Divorced Dads Rights Groups

    ​Scott Evans Dekraai, the 41-year-old Huntington Beach man held without bail for last week's mass killing spree in a Seal Beach salon, is a teabagger. This license-plate frame at right was on Dekraai's Toyota SUV, proving that he was a proud member of the gun-lovin', tax-hatin', gubment-despisin' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Beachwood BBQ Will Open Second Restaurant July 5th

    Beachwood BBQ's Facebook page​They day after you've bungled your own Fourth of July BBQ, there will be hope for redemption: Beachwood BBQ has announced that their second restaurant will be open for business in downtown Long Beach, Tuesday, July 5th. But this, as we've reported before, is not just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Charges, Drunk-Ass Claims:] John Hines, Long Beach Fire Captain, Arrested for Felony Hit and Run

    ​UPDATE, APRIL 27, 10:08 A.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines began drinking April Fools Day morning at Schooner or Later bar in Long Beach, became heavily intoxicated and early that afternoon climbed behind the wheel of his Chevy pick-up, swerved into a bicyclist who was thrown 70 fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    320 Main Makes Jonathan Gold's List of LA's 55 Best Cocktails!

    Seal Beach: Not LA, but who cares?​LA Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold's list of Los Angeles' 55 best cocktails is essential reading, not so much for the drunk aspect but to hear him drop history bits after history bits on cocktails, restaurants, and so much more. But noth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! A Good Mimosa Near the Coast?

    ​From Twitter, from a gal whose name I can't remember, whose question I can't quote verbatim because it's buried under a pile of tweets, but which went like this:Where can I find a good mimosa near the beach?Actually, she first asked about a good mimosa, period. I recommended Memphis at the Santor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Celebrate the Day After Thanksgiving by Avoiding Seal Beach's DUI Checkpoint

    ​You're overstuffed with turkey, waterlogged with egg nog and slammed with yams--not to mention recovering from another forced dysfunctional family get-together. So, it might be tempting to bridge the day between Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend with some of the dog that bit ya. Or, a litter of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Left of the Dial Records Opens in Seal Beach

    ​Megastores are closing left and right, but vinyl lives on. How else would you explain Fingerprints' expansion and the opening of Seal Beach's newest record store, Left of the Dial Records?LOTDR not only reads like Lord of the Rings in acronym form, it also specializes in psychedelic, garage, powe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Drunk After Work: 320 Main

    320 Main​The Place: 320 Main, 320 Main St., Seal Beach; (562) 799-6246.The Hours: 3-6 p.m. daily (including weekends); all day Sunday. Closed Monday.The Deal: $4 draft crafts, $4 house wine, $4 well drinks, $4 appetizers. $5 speciality cocktails Tuesdays.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Spumoni Gelato Ice Cream Cake at Finbars

    Jessica Ford​ Finbars in Seal Beach, a "New York style" Italian restaurant, serves up heaping bowls of pasta and thin-crust pizzas that stretch over the edge of the plate. The atmosphere is more homey than sophisticated, but it works for this neighborhood favorite, especially among those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    OC's Fastest Shooters Blast Away at World Championships

    Speed shooter Daniel Horner's aim is true.​Burglars, peeping toms and other intruders would be advised to stay away from the Anaheim home of Joey Goodness, the Brea home of Bryan Brockway, the Irvine home of Steve Berry and the Seal Beach home of Glenn Seki. The four are competing through Sunday a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 5/11

    Film Screening: The Bridge on the River Kwai, 8 p.m. This 1957 WWII film classic starring William Holden and Alec Guinness won seven Academy Awards back in the day. See why tonight at the Bay  Theater in Seal Beach. They just don't make movies like this anymore.  Bay Theater - Seal Beach, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 4/20

    The Wall, 8 p.m.It's international pot smoking day. Why not partake in this trippy experience? Thanks largely to illustrator Gerald Scarfe and his constantly morphing, slightly disturbing and completely spellbinding images, The Wall is an hour and a half of absolutely mind-bending provocation set to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    What do I do with all these damned CDs?

    I'm moving from Placentia to Seal Beach next week—my fourth relocation since 2001—and once again, I'm forced to confront a moral quandary: what the hell am I supposed to do with all the CDs that were given to me by hopeful Orange County and Long Beach bands looking for ink back when I was the We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    Monday's Headlines. No Surprises.

    Need a Carona/Haidl primer? Paul Pringle and Christine Hanley provide one in today's Times. Or you could just skim the Moxley archives. Flying (and crashing) solo: An OC sheriff's deputy crashed his cruiser into a tree on an on-ramp to the I-405 in Seal Beach early this morning. The Register reports ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007

    Monday's Headlines

    Protesting a pedophile's presence: Members of SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) picketed at Seal Beach Sunday, warning locals that Michael Wempe, a convicted pedophile priest, was on parole and living in Leisure World. Sub resurfaces: After a nine-year death, Disney's bringi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2006

    Not to Beat a Dead Battery, But...

    We swear this will be our final electric-car post, at least until the next one, but there was one other tidbit we learned from Chris Paine, the writer-director of the excellent Who Killed the Electric Car?, which is now playing at Edwards University in Irvine. Paine, Seal Beach activist Doug Kortho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    Gentlemen, Start Your Suns...

    After a polite email exchange with Seal Beach environmental/electric car/anti-Bush activist Doug Korthof -- he was catching This Ticking Time Bum up on what he's been up to lately (lots more than us, that's fer sure) -- it occured to us that if the automakers are telling the truth, our heads will al ... More >>

  • Food

    April 20, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Greek Chili Billies: Athens West

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Food

    December 19, 2002

    Koi-Boy Toy

    What do Koi Restaurant and naked fat men in saunas have in common?

  • Columns

    December 19, 2002
  • News

    June 28, 2001

    The Accidental Environmentalist

    Jim Caviolas effort to re-tree Seal Beach

  • News

    May 18, 2000
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    October 28, 1999
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