The Orange County Register

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    December 20, 2013

    Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Aaron Kushner's Continuing OC/LBC/LA Register Empire!

    I'm still on the record as stating that Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner is heading toward a spectacular fall, especially given his recent announcement that he plans to open a Los Angeles edition of his paper. And the shoe seems to already be falling--not only has he told workers revenue a ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    OC Register Drastically Reduce Living Stipend for Cub Reporters, Turning Them into Street Urchins

    Part of the Orange County Register's much-ballyhooed campaign to save journalism is a "trainee" program--instead of hiring a kid out of college full-time and throwing them into city council meetings, they're now paying them $10 an hour without benefits (until six months) and stacking them four to a ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    OC Weekly Slaughters at OC Press Club Awards

    The Orange County Press Club held its annual awards dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort last night, and as the Mexican himself would say, we slaughtered the Special Olympics. Once again, we dominated the awards portion of the evening -- as well as the wine consumption.This infernal rag took home a whopp ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Lineup for SoCal Restaurant Show THIS SATURDAY on KLAA-AM 830: OC Register's Kedric Francis, Arepas, and More!

    We don't hate everyone at the Orange County Register, you know. Roving editor Kedric Francis has always been kind to the paper, and he used to be a staple of our gossip column back when we had a gossip column and he was the editor of Riviera. Anyhoo, he's going to be on tomorrow on the SoCal Restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    OC Register To Debut Sunday Magazine--And We're Not Talking Parade or The Mini Page

    Either the Orange County Register is reinventing itself as a magnificent daily, or they're taking one final, glorious charge toward doom in the name of great journalism.We've previously talked about new owner Aaron Kushner's ambitious plans to redefine OC's sole daily by rehiring a bunch of position ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    As Orange County Register Denies Climate Change, Media Matters for America Burns

    We here at the World Weekly HQ have our platters full when it comes to passing along racism, immigrant bashing and let-them-eat-caking in the pages (virtual and otherwise) of the Orange County Register. So, it's been up to Media Matters for America, a progressive national watchdog, to chronicle the ... More >>

  • News

    May 10, 2012

    The Orange County Register Urges the Public to Not Believe Its Own Eyes

    [Moxley Confidential] Bootlicking 101, using the now-infamous Kelly Thomas video

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Orange County Register Goes Madlibs

    ​Sadly, the Orange County Register just let some editors and reporters go, as El Jefe has been reporting. Wonder if one wrote headlines at the top of the online crime and courts page?

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Meet Soho Taco's 'Red Crack'

    Dave Lieberman​There are a hell of a lot of salsas in Mexican cuisine; beyond the usual green salsa verde made with miltomates (tomatillos) and fresh chiles and the usual red salsa roja made with dried chiles, jitomates (tomatoes) and garlic, there's an array of smoky sauces and dips made from all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Playground Festival: A Statement from the Organizers

    Kevin Lara/OC Weekly​Last weekend's Playground Festival was a disaster, and so was trying to get a statement out of the organizers afterward. Today, however, we finally got a statement from the organizers. The festival producers named a few reasons for why the festival sucked failed. You can read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Little Saigon Waitresses Must Put on More Clothes By FRIDAY

    Cafe Miss Cutie Facebook Page​Windows must be untinted. Gambling machines must be removed. Cigarettes must be tossed. And those little pasties adorning the nipples of waitresses must be replaced with something that resembles real clothing.  A new ordinance demands all of this by Friday f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    OC Register Article on Factory Records Has Best. Lede. Ever. LOL.

    Miguel VasconcellosDave James of Factory Records​We're not even going to say anything about how OC Register published a story on vinyl records making a comeback, five days after we put the same story on our cover (Revinylized, by Brandon Ferguson) on the same people, and photographed by a former O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    'OSAMA FOREVER!' Graffiti Surfaces on the 405 in Westminster

    Sam Gangwer, The Orange County Register​Putting a thorn of shock and bafflement into this decidedly "good day for America," some party-foulin' mystery tagger decided to blast a local freeway wall with a seemingly pro-terrorist declaration.  "OSAMA FOREVER!" was scribed in black spray paint th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Orange Bits: Slayer, Adolescents, Pete Yorn, The Wandering Tree

    ​Orange Bits is back! In this weekly round up of all OC-related music news, band members are donating a guitar, some anti-drug voice-overs and what goes on in the life of a punk rock parent.

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    December 11, 2010

    OC Supervisor: Let's Renege on Public Employee Union Contracts

    Clown or soothsayer?​Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach says there are three options to how the county can face an alleged looming financial disaster regarding county employee pension and benefit plans.First, the employee unions can refuse to negotiate down benefits and face years and years of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Orange County Register Releases First Story, Database on Public School Worker Salaries

    ​The Orange County Register's education editor previously told Weekly readers to look for the Santa Ana daily's initial pieces that pull from the names, schools and salaries of all 72,000 public school employees in the county in mid-November.Give William Diepenbrock this: He is a man of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Orange Bits: The Growlers Released a New Album, Dusty Rhodes Have Two New Songs (?) and Stereofix Asks Fans for Money

    Mary Bell/OC WeeklyHere it is! ​The weekly list of links to music coverage (that we didn't write) around the OC music blogosphere. 

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    October 8, 2010

    Local Music News Links: Tom Petty, Rascal Flatts, and Other Oldtimers

    Christopher VictorioPetty, please​Another week, another list of links to music coverage around the OC music blogosphere.

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    October 1, 2010

    Orange County Music News We Didn't Write: Pete Yorn, Zac Brown Band, Moostache and the Growlers

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPete Yorn at the House of Blues in Anaheim last year​This edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...At The Coach House Tuesday, Pete Yorn gave fans a taste of his new self-titled album that was released on the same day. The album was produced by Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Paramore, Steelwells, Local Natives and Others In This Week's Links Roundup

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyParamore's Hayley Williams in Anaheim.​This edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...

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    September 17, 2010

    Jonas Brothers, Hanson, the New Limb, and Other OC-ish Music Links

    ​This week in local music news links... lots of material for tween girls.

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    September 3, 2010

    Local Music News Links: Snoop, Green Day, Runner Runner, Lucinda Williams

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyGreen Day at Verizon Amphitheatre on Tuesday.​This week, we discovered another OC music magazine to link to. Guess what it's called! In local music news, we've got Runner Runner, Green Day, Snoop Dogg and more...

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    August 27, 2010

    This Week in OC Music News, Featuring Dusty Rhodes, Dave Matthews and Young the Giant

    Chad Sengstock / OC WeeklyJohn Mayer at Verizon in 2008.​School is back in session, and that means that most local college papers have started putting out music stories again. They're in the mix below, along with  news of an OC act's breakup.

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    August 20, 2010

    Orange Bits: Ozzy Osbourne, Barrett Johnson, Rye Douglas

    John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyOzzy at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, back in February '09.​Sorry to leave you hanging for two Fridays, but Orange Bits--our weekly round up of all the OC-related music news that wasn't in the Weekly--is back. Rejoice:

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    You Weren't Imagining It: This July Was One of the Coldest

    ​If you feel like Orange County's June gloom only turned into July gloomier, you're right. The OC Register reported that, according to the National Weather Service, last July "was one of the coldest on record for coastal California." Fullerton's high temperature, for example, averaged around 79 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Orange Bits: Runner Runner, Cypress Hill, Avi Buffalo

    Runner Runner: Good promo pic, or the best?​This week, no one wrote about Orange County music. Well, some people did. But less than usual. Step it up, blogosphere...

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    July 16, 2010

    Orange Bits: Lilith Fair, Billy Kernkamp, Pacific Amphitheatre and More

    Meg Strouse / OC WeeklyEmmylou Harris at Lilith.​This week in local music coverage that isn't ours: Lilith Fair gets positive-yet-bored reviews, Billy Kernkamp gets real, big-name touring acts get money problems.

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    June 14, 2010

    Costa Mesa's May Garden Gone; Replaced By Vegetarian Restaurant

    Edwin Goei​Stefani Peterson of the OC Register reported that a few weeks ago Takashi Abe's Sea Smoke in San Clemente closed permanently. Then our buddy at OC Register's Food Frenzy blog, Niyaz Pirani, revealed the shuttering of Q Restaurant, the crawfish and funnel cake hole-in-the-wall that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Mickey Not Bombs: Guess That Mystery Substance!

    This brilliant graphic was expertly made by me, Vickie Chang​A portion of Disneyland's shuttle arrival and departure area was shut down for less than an hour today after a mysterious golf ball-sized "clay-like substance" was discovered, reports the OC Register.

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    April 4, 2010

    [UPDATED] Baja-Centered Earthquake Rattles OC, SoCal

    ​ A magnitude 7.2 earthquake (initially reported as 6.9)  hit Baja California at 3:40 today, with shaking and rolling felt throughout OC. Aftershocks have continued both in Mexico and Southern California, according to the United States Geological Service.

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    February 16, 2010

    Reader Comments Funnier Than Register Stories on Slimy Santa Ana Mayor Pulido, Great Park Balloon Parachute Jumper

    On loan from the Gustavo Arellano Collection Horse trader​Funny:Doug Irving of the Orange County Register on Monday reports that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido voted on a project involving his former business clients. It's a solid report, although it read much better the first time it ran, as the J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    5 More Things Park Rangers Can Bury to Drive Nudists Off San Onofre Beach

    ​Having already been played out on the sand, in the media and at the courthouse, state park rangers' crackdown on sunbathers who let it all hang out on a secluded stretch of beach off San Onofre's Trail 6 has taken a most stinky turn.

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    November 27, 2009

    Reports of Freedom Paper's Death May Have Been Premature

    ​Perhaps a daily newspaper the Orange County Register's corporate parent planned to kill will rise from the ashes.The Arizona daily does circulate just outside Phoenix, after all.

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    July 9, 2009

    Camp Kids Kicked Out of A Private Pool in Philly for Being Black -- Would This Happen in OC?

    With all the rife racist sentiment that bubbles over daily in the comments section of the OC Register, and even here on our blogs, if anyone mentions the words "illegal," "undocumented," or "Mexican," (unless it's food chatter), you have to wonder: Could what happened in Philly happen here? Watch be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Source: 5% Across the Board Pay Cut for All Register Employees [UPDATED]

    UPDATED WITH CONFIRMATION, DETAILS FROM REGISTER REPORT...It will be was announced today that all Orange County Register employees will be subjected to a 5 percent pay cut, an insider tells the Weekly. effective July 13.This comes on top of mandatory employee furloughs--or unpaid, one-week vacations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    An Even More Dramatic Look at Register's Circulation Free Fall

    Data released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations at the end April was sad but unsurprising: over the previous six months, circulation at the Orange County Register of Santa Ana fell 7.9 percent to 230,877 for Monday through Friday editions and 3.7 percent to 300,273 on Sundays. But a Bay Area press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 22: Weekend and Monday Edition

    Orange County Register: Robbins: The chance of dying in Orange County from a natural disaster is relatively low. This is based on a study Fox News cheerily lables "the death map." . . . Wisckol: A 59-year-old Aliso Viejo woman's description of kissing President Barack Obama on his cheek at ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 21

    Orange County Register: It's not the happiest place on Earth today, as Disneyland begins laying off back-office employees and telling employees of a Paradise Pier Hotel restaurant it will close. . . . Motivational speaker Gary Shawkey was booked into Orange County Jail on murder charges after s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Source Says Furloughs Will Be Forced on Register Employees

    An insider confirms what until now had been a rumor whispered around the water coolers at the Orange County Register: employees will be subjected to furloughs in the next quarter. Now the  rumor being whispered in front of the vending machine is that the unpaid, one-week vacations will be manda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 2

    Orange County Register: Classes sizes will balloon, up to 254 teachers will lose their jobs and frogs will rain down from the sky if Capistrano Unified School District goes through with plans to slash $25 million from its budget. But deputy superintendent Ron Lebs seems more intereste ... More >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2008

    Someone Hire the Register a Copy Editor

    As daily newspapers have laid off employees, they also make the mistake of hiring the foundation for their structure: the copy editors. We'll just assume that's what happened with the Orange County Register, which since its decision to suicide itself these past couple of years has increasingly had m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    OC Register Laying off Five Percent of Workforce

    It's never fun being right about this kind of thing, but apparently the OC Register is laying off 80 to 90 employees, according to a post today on the newspaper's website. Here's about half of the post (it's really short): "... [Publisher Terry] Horne cited Orange County’s sluggish economy, es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    Vote for Man-Faye!

    The OC Register's contest to determine the new host of their online feature "The Juice" has been narrowed down to ten contestants, and they're asking for your vote. Most of the potential hosts look fairly generic, but one of them, as it turns out, has quite the colorful reputation, and we wonder if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008

    Wake Up and Suck the Orange 2.7.08

    DEAD END FOR TOLL ROAD: LA Times, OC Register - The California Coastal Commission voted 8-2 to deny the Transportation Corridor Agencies a coastal development permit for their Foothill-South (241). The Register says over 2,000 people showed up; the Times says over 3,500 attended. One surfer in atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    And Now, A Complaint

    Believe it or not, we want the Orange County Register to be healthy, to put out a good product. We wish it all the success in the world save for beating us on a story. So, Register: please, por favor, please work on your website. It takes forever to load, frequently misplaces Frank Mickadeit's col ... More >>

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    February 1, 2008

    Wake Up and Suck the Orange 2.1.08

    Rabbits rabbits, y'all. Rabbits to the motha-effin' rabbits. Happy February. Don't forget there's 29 days in this one. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: LA Times - Who knew it took dozens of officers and over $25,000 taxpayer dollars just to send one girl to the mental hospital? Wait, she's not a girl. No, she ... More >>

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    January 21, 2008

    The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper

    Last Friday, on the slowest of news days, the OC Register announced that it would become the largest daily newspaper in the country without a business section. The story came two days after the news that the Register's OC Post and Irvine World News would be merging into one thrice-weekly bundle. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Santa Ana's Golden Brown City Days?

    Ustedes already know that SanTana is one screwy city, but Los Angeles Times readers generally don't (readers of Jennifer Delson excepted). In my continuing effort to tell the Orange County story to the world, read my opinion piece regarding Santa Ana's war on human billboards. The piece has already ... More >>

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    December 5, 2006

    Post Hoc Crock

    We hate to brag--no, we don't--but we'll point out an error in today's Reg. Reporter Jennifer Muir says the HB police have decided to "stop planting unloaded weapons, fake drugs and other props in unsuspecting civilians' cars . . . two days after the the practice was detailed in [wait for it!] The O ... More >>

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