Former, bizarre Orange Unified School District Board member Steve Rocco, who was sentenced in 2009 to two years of probation for stealing ketchup from a college cafeteria and then unsuccessfully fleeing on a bicycle, apparently wants his conviction overturned. I say apparently because late last mon ... More >>
One in an occasional series on the county's craziest political races...and while we don't endorse candidates, we can sure as hell tell you who's more pendejo than others!Good ol' SanTana, the city that proved having Latinos running the city doesn't improve corruption, the place where progress is hav ... More >>
Steve Rocco, the perennial political candidate who previously served as a trustee of the Orange Unified School District, wants you to vote for him today in his race to unseat Janet Nguyen, the incumbent county supervisor from Orange County's first district. The beanie-and-sunglasses-wearing "re ... More >>
It'll take more than a lifetime of failed election bids (not including one wildly successful, from a comedic point of view, tenure as a school trustee), and repeated arrests for shoplifting to stop Steve Rocco. On March 8, one day after Janet Nguyen filed her own declaration of candidacy for a se ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 8, 8:38 A.M.: Game, set and match, The Partnership? Steve Rocco lost his bid for retrial of his ketchup theft conviction Friday when Judge Jacki Brown refused the ex-Orange Unified School Board trustee's request for court-appointed counsel and, thus, a continuation of the nonsense.
11:15 p.m.: Don't be surprised if KOCE is accused of turning over its election coverage to that rare Orange County bird known as the "Democrat." The "live, election night edition of Real Orange" came from the Artists Village in Santa Ana, OC's version of Havana. Their election expert was the Voic ... More >>
The Orange Unified School District is known for racking up national academic honors, three of its high schools consistently making Newsweek's "1,000 Best Public High Schools in America," and elementary and middle schools there continually scoring above average on standardized tests.The district i ... More >>
Larry CraigThe game of hot potato being played by California republicans in response to the state's budget crisis and recently defeated ballot measures is turning into quite a spectator sport. Actually, "hot potato" isn't quite right. More like... "smear the queer"? Or... "12-year-olds calling ... More >>
Rocco reads.The Partnership scored yet another victory today when Judge Jacki Brown of the Quentin Tarantino Justice Center sentenced former Orange school trustee Steve Rocco to two years of probation for his September 2008 theft of a non-refrigerated, half-empty bottle of ketchup at a Chapman Unive ... More >>
Stephen C. Smith calls on others to keep tabs on Irvine City Hall.CORRECTED!Lost in Santa Ana a few months ago, half paying attention to the street signs and half to Larry Mantle's KPCC interview show blaring out of the car speakers, I heard the host steer his Orange County "roundtable" guests--Oran ... More >>
Orange County Register: A hushed county awaits the jury verdict in Steve Rocco's trial for alleged ketchup theft. . . . County officials are talking settlement with ex-Sheriff, current-felon Mike Carona's former right-hand man George Jaramillo. . . . Orange County may be among the first in ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioSteve Rocco gets ready to face the music.After a three-day trial, a jury today convicted former Orange School trustee Steve Rocco of stealing a half-empty bottle of Heinz ketchup from a Chapman University cafeteria last September. Their harsh verdict brought a momentous, ... More >>
Orange County Register: An Adventure City security guard shot and killed an Inland Empire man who'd roughed him up around 11 p.m. Tuesday, long after closing time. Ed Gomez, a 14-year employee of the Stanton amusement park, was taken to a hospital and treated for a gash on his head. . . . ... More >>
Orange County Register: Eighth sign of the Apocalypse: Ambulances spontaneously combusting in Fountain Valley. . . . It won't be galloping from four white horses South County residents hear Wednesday and Thursday, but F-18s bombing Camp Pendleton. Don't worry, the Marine base planned it. . . . ... More >>
The defendant showed up for court today in the same outfit he was wearing last Wednesday: green pants, loose black loafers, a big bandage on his head and sunglasses clipped to his eyeglasses that were flipped up for indoor use. It was day three of the strange case of the People vs. Steve Rocco, the ... More >>
During my lunch break today, a nice lady with the Orange County Sheriff's Department dropped by the Weekly's offices looking to serve me with a subpoena. I won't go into the myriad possibilities of pissed-off people who crossed my mind, but suffice it to say I assumed this was some crazy or disgrunt ... More >>
Last weekend, The Orange County Register reports, Steve Rocco was busted for stealing a bottle of ketchup from a cafeteria at Chapman University. He was observed taking the bottle by a security guard who alerted police, who cited Rocco for misdemeanor theft, for which he will have to pay a $250 fine ... More >>
Chapman University political science professor Fred Smoller has been fascinated by the spectacular rise to power of Steve Rocco, the wacky Orange Unified School District trustee, ever since Rocco won his election in November 2004, and particularly after parents who voted for Rocco because the ballot ... More >>
An article (if you can call a 10-sentence blurb, including the writer's contact information, an article) in yesterday's Orange County Register confirms that Steve Rocco, Orange County's favorite edgoo-ma-caterer, has survived the latest assassination attempt by the secret cabal that controls local p ... More >>
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It's possible that, by censuring trustee Steve Rocco, the Orange Unified School District may be hastening the Second Coming. Not of Jesus, mind you, but of Andy Kaufman. The Weekly recently received the following graphic from a reader. At first we were puzzled—the first picture is clearly ... More >>
CNN couldnt do it; the LA Times couldnt do it; no other journalist or major media outlet could do it. Are we to accept that some moonbat reporter from a local free weekly actually sat down and researched the subjec
The racist-goosestepping-Stepford duo--Alan Mansoor and Wendy Leece--are outpacing the pack in the Costa Mesa City Council race with 11 of 70 precincts counted, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters website. Elect two: Mansoor, 28%; Leece, 25.3%; Garlich, 21.1%; Scheafer, 17.4%; Burciag ... More >>
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