Robert Ruben Ornelas was to have made the trip Friday from his Orange County Jail cell to Superior Court in Santa Ana, where the 63-year-old former teacher was due for a preliminary hearing over charges he sexually assaulted a female relative, starting when she was 5 years old in the 1990s. But his ... More >>
Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! It's no secret. I'm a big fan of working in food and beverage despite all its pitfalls and pratfalls. It's not an easy life but ev ... More >>
As a cub reporter back in the Stone Age, the first time I covered teacher strike talks a union official decried the "paltry" salaries the school district paid new instructors--with nary a hint over how much more they earned than I did. This has been repeated throughout my career, often accompanied b ... More >>
Remember the creepy and kooky case against Larry Thomas Dominguez, who was charged with fraudulently collecting his father's Social Security and pension benefits after dad's bones were discovered in Lyin' Larry's former backyard in Santa Ana? The 66-year-old, who apparently believed he'd get away w ... More >>
What's the best way for a city to celebrate its 60th anniversary? No, counting down the years until getting a Social Security card doesn't count, but the boomer-aged Costa Mesa is going to do something age-appropriate: It's throwing a rock concert to honor the occasion. Not only is the city putting ... More >>
The New U was saved! The New U was saved!Yes, those UC Irvine students buried financially in tuition, boarding, book and PBR costs that'll have them paying back government loans until they reach the Social Security age to be pulled out from under them, have approved a $3 fee to save the student news ... More >>
Robert Redford and co. face the '60s—in their 70s
Moving crap from one corner of my garage to another a couple weekends ago, I set my eyes for the first time in years on an OC Weekly cover tied to a story I'd written. It was an illustration of Ronald Reagan with the headline "The President Who Created Punk Rock" (or something like that; I'm too laz ... More >>
I'm no Columbo, but an Orange County District Attorney's office statement I just received about Larry Thomas Dominguez being charged with illegally collecting more than $100,000 from his deceased father's Social Security benefits indicates to me the bones found in the homicide suspect's former backy ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans still bother with the United States?
Rack up another loss in court for Aliso Viejo lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/wingnut Orly Taitz, unsuccessful this time not in getting her press-on nails on Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate but his college records. Yep, no doubt inspired by Donald Trump (or vice versa), Taitz marched ... More >>
Cal State Fullerton graduate Tim Carpenter--a longtime, popular liberal activist in Orange County before moving to Massachusetts--is calling on Democrats to resist Republican attempts to shortchange middle class and low income Americans in advance of the federal government's so-called looming "fisca ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are Mexican Indians so poor?
Hi Mr. Glew,My friends were planning on running an identity theft scam and at first I was thinking about going along with their plan and I agreed to help but then I got scared and backed out right away. A couple weeks later they went through with the plan and were arrested. Can I be charged ... More >>
The fireworks blast every night in Anaheim as a thunderous reminder that escapism for locals is just around the corner at Disneyland.Of course, leaving reality isn't free.You'll have to pay $87 for a ticket and another $15 for parking.Perhaps that is why some people turn to other, more illicit ways ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 6, 3:12 P.M.: "[T]he numbers are suspiciously off all 4 polls taken from March 7 until June 3rd." Yup, that's Orly Taitz, in an update to her earlier OrlyTaitzEsq post titled "What Did We Learn From Observing Corrupt Party Bosses, Rigged Elections and Members of the Lap Dog Media? ... More >>
A former worker at the Anaheim office of the Employment Development Department, the state jobs agency, has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $40,000 bribes in exchange for issuing more than $500,000 in unemployment checks. David Paul Holden copped Friday to conspiracy and bribery, according to ... More >>
Young Noam with Mom and Dad I considered titling this week's review "Conservatism for Dummies" but that seemed unnecessarily cruel. As someone raised with your basic anti-social, self-hating, ahistorical so-called "conservative" values, I enjoy reminding myself and others of both my shame as ... More >>
Carla Ann Brennan, who vaulted to first runner-up in one of last year's Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week lists with the pose at right, was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty today to stealing $262,000 from at least five unsuspecting students by taking loans out in thei ... More >>
The Progressive Democrats of America, who consider themselves comrades with the Occupy Wall Street movement, is now linking their "Brown Bag Vigils" of local congressional offices with the phenomenon.In fact, they have one scheduled at noon today in front of the Newport Beach district office of R ... More >>
The day after the Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Texas Governor Rick Perry will navigate the Southern California freeway system (or probably fly over it) for private meetings with fat-cat donors in San Diego and Newport Beach.But worry not, mortgaged ... More >>
UPDATED, JULY 26, 4:15 P.M.: Another day, another federal judge Queen of the Birthers Orly Taitz has managed to piss off.The latest is District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who wrote of the Laguna Niguel dentist/lawyer/real-estate saleswoman--in a ruling dated Monday--"Plaintiff is either toyi ... More >>
As the debt-ceiling debate trudges on in Washington, a liberal political action committee is taking to every nook and cranny of the country--including Garden Grove. In emails sent to their members, Moveon.org urges "every patriotic American" to show up outside Democratic congressional ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 21, 4:13 P.M.: A representative of a Newport Beach law firm just provided the Weekly with more details on what members of a class-action lawsuit would receive under a proposed settlement with Anthem Blue Cross and related insurance and healthcare companies over personal information ... More >>
Just to be clear, the more than 100 registered nurses huddled around Irvine's Civic Center Plaza at high noon today are not there to implant a conscious into Larry Agran. The RNs are joining community activists to rally against any cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.
[Hey, You!] This guy was begging to NOT get the apartment
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And the securing-the-border myth! In the same week!
UPDATED, 1:59 p.m.: About 20 Disneyland workers stood outside the driveway that leads into the Grand Californian for a press conference announcing a class-action lawsuit against Disneyland. Although the suit portends to represent more than 20,000 Mouse minions, it was strictly a Unite HERE/progre ... More >>
The giants of geek rock are ready to play sitcoms, apology sets
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Facts and stats always win
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Special High-School-Graduation Edition
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Smells like more Know Nothing myths!
I accompanied a friend to the Wells Fargo near MainPlace this past Saturday when I noticed that SanTana Mayor Don Papi Pulido strolled up to a teller's window and proclaimed his account number for everyone to hear. I'm not exaggerating--I was a good 10 feet away from the diminutive man with the boom ... More >>
Ya wanna know why the California Coalition for Immigration Reform are evil, decrepit hypocrites? Because they're hosting Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Taliban) this Wednesday at their monthly Klavern at the Garden Grove Woman's Club on the corner of Gilbert and Garden Grove Blvd (starts at 7:30 pm ... More >>
Wall Street rogue or just opportunistic, minor-league thief, there’s such a thing as setting your sights too high. There’s also setting them too low. . .like WAY too low. Fullerton police are reporting that a computer hard drive, stolen from Systematic Automation Inc., a local data processing ... More >>
'Xoloitzcuintle: bald and edible'
More ex-gay Irvine action: Over the weekend, the devil snuck into Irvine and the mainstream media said nary a word. On Saturday, Focus on the Family's homosexuality-quashing Love Won Out conference came to Mariners Church (the event was interestingly categorized under "MarinerScare" on the church we ... More >>
'Rude to sing along? Never'
Doesn't marijuana go stale? I dunno, but Jim Spray, 51, and Felix Cha (the person, not the tea), 22, want the government to return the pot police officers confiscated two years ago, according to Christine Hanley at the Times. Lawyers for both men told the Santa Ana-based Court of Appeal yesterday th ... More >>
If your plan for getting your taxes done before the looming deadline involves using Turbo Tax's online service, you may want to reconsider. According to NBC 4 in Washington D.C., a customer wanting to check her tax info Turbo-ly, discovered something big and bad by accident. ""I knew immediately ... More >>
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