To catch you up in the Point Center Financial scandal, half of the defendants who'd accused the bankrupt development finance company's founder Dan Harkey of fraud have dismissed themselves from the case. Those hanging on have accused Harkey of shielding funds so they may never collect. Meanwhile, he ... More >>
Unlike Colorado and Washington State, where voters have a chance this November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for consenting adults, California has no such proposal on the statewide election ballot this year. We had our chance two years ago with Proposition 19, but the folks backing i ... More >>
Michael AlexanderNewport Beach investor Mike Alexander was portrayed as hero a few years back for acquiring and planning to rehabilitate hundreds of foreclosed residences in Detroit. Now that many similar deals have turned to merde in Cleveland, he is being portrayed as a scam artist who once wen ... More >>
San Diego? Oh, please. La naranja is where it's at these days for beer. We've got the space, we've got quasi-libertarian city governments who would love nothing more than to bring in business, and we've got three million thirsty people and easy access to Los Angeles. Here are ten of the best.
The dilemma facing collectors is this: shell out now for Dennis Rodman's boa, dollhouse (!?!) and green-velvet jacket or save the scratch to bid later on the oil paintings of Adolf Hitler's parents?South Coast Auction of Santa Ana is unloading the Worm's clothing, furniture and memorabilia on Wed ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThere aren't many reasons to go to Rancho Santa Margarita when you're a food blogger. It's nice to head to the Pavilions on Antonio Parkway to see the orange trophy wives shopping in their terry-cloth yoga pants, and of course Pane e Vino and Rice and Spice (our best Thai this year) ... More >>
State Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is not accepting his $142-per-day subsidies for living expenses (called per diem), retroactive to July 1, when this session's budget impasse began.Correa joins three other legislators refusing their per diem, while a fifth has vowed to donate to a nonprofit fu ... More >>
What the freak is happening off our beautiful, sin-kissed coast?There was the giant squid invasion this past winter. There was the rare sighting of Orcas earlier this week (with a giant halibut thrown into the cioppino for good measure). And there's the constant threat by that sea monster the egg ... More >>
No stretch of Orange County freeway winds up on The Daily Beast list of America's 75 worst commutes, but vehicles originating from, destined for or passing through here certainly contribute to three of those bad drives--including the No. 1 place holder.
Beth StirnamanSinger/actor/poet/writer/DJ/etc. Henry Rollins is bringing the first American stop of his worldwide 2010 spoken word tour to Solana Beach's Belly Up Tavern on Wednesday, Feb. 17. So far, it's the closest he's getting to Orange County, let alone the state of California, so if you wan ... More >>
Andrew YoussefLive at the Detroit Bar Last Night: The Raveonettes at the Detroit BarBetter Than: breaking Phil Spector out of jail to produce new albums.How could the Raveonettes top their fuzzy masterpiece album Lust, Lust, Lust? More focus and a little less fuzz. In and Out of Control is aptly ... More >>
The Sea and Cake Everybody (Thrill Jockey) Release date: May 8, 2007 Curb Your Cynicism is a recurring blogtastic feature in which the music editor pithily enthuses about new releases and reissues he thinks will enhance your life and erode your cynicism about the state of music, circa now. The Sea ... More >>
Sculptor Tuan Nguyens long journey to arrive
Last call at the Happy Hour
My nights with Jerry Lee and Smokey
Anti-radiation pills may never be fashionable in California