The occupation of a Cypress man arrested for allegedly trying to contact teen-age girls via the Internet for sex and possessing child pornography has investigators worried. That's because 45-year-old Michael Theodore Mordaunt works in information technology for Boeing in Seal Beach.
No bros, please
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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)?
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).
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Canvas Shop
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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."
"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 >>
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.
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 >>
Beachwood BBQ's Facebook pageThey 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
320 MainThe 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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Greek Chili Billies: Athens West
What do Koi Restaurant and naked fat men in saunas have in common?
Jim Caviolas effort to re-tree Seal Beach