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 >>
Benny Hinn, leader of Benny Hinn Ministries World in Aliso Viejo and the subject of some of the most-viewed Navel Gazing posts ever, was shouted down as "the world's greatest scammer" by a fellow at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) recently.And the whole encounter was captured on video!See al ... 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?
Andy Mannix's excellent cover story on Chris Kluwe, the pride of Los Alamitos High School, shows how a Minnesota Vikings punter managed to eclipse his NFL career by becoming perhaps the nation's leading straight proponent for marriage equality. The story mentions a video Baltimore Ravens linebacker ... More >>
Last night the League of Women Voters Orange Coast hosted a candidates' forum for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and his Democratic Party challenger Ron Varasteh. But instead of partisan fireworks and lively debate, political junkies were instead met with a dud. Was Rohrabacher, wh ... More >>
An ex-employee at California's employment agency in Anaheim was slapped today with a federal prison sentence of 76 months--or more than six years--for taking more than $40,000 in kickbacks in exchange for issuing more than a half-million dollars in unemployment insurance checks to people who were ... More >>
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 >>
No one was happy when Kurt Duncan Naegele was blamed for causing a 2009 car crash near Hearst Castle that injured him, two others and killed a fourth. And they weren't happy when a mistrial was declared in his vehicular manslaughter trial after the defense said it would present evidence showing a di ... 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 >>
Barack Obama does not have to go to court to prove to Orange County's Orly Taitz and the Rev. Wiley Drake and seven other Southern Californians that he was natural born and eligible to be president of the United States, a federal appeals court ruled today. One reason a three-judge panel of the U ... 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
The evidence at right would indicate Carla Ann Brennan is a strong contender for Friday's semi-regular Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week feature. Believe it or not, there's an uglier one coming. But Brennan deserves some kind of recognition if the charges against her are true. Most brazen alleged g ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And the securing-the-border myth! In the same week!
No, PONZI scheme ...UPDATE, MAY 20, 4:30 P.M.: Orange County sheriff's investigators went to investigate a missing person and found a vast Ponzi scheme.Laguna Niguel house flipper William Warren Baker, 59, pleaded guilty today to stealing more than $900,000 from investors in a Ponzi scheme by fr ... More >>
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 >>
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