The Boston millionaire claimed he'd save The Orange County Register and transform journalism. He didn't
You know your publication is doing right when you become the talk of the local press club awards ceremony not just for all the awards you won, but also all the awards you didn't win--and also for the people in your paper who couldn't be in attendance, and for getting the keynote speaker to fuck up h ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
[Moxley Confidential] Bootlicking 101, using the now-infamous Kelly Thomas video
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?
Dave LiebermanThere 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 >>
Kevin Lara/OC WeeklyLast 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 >>
Cafe Miss Cutie Facebook PageWindows 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 >>
Miguel VasconcellosDave James of Factory RecordsWe'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 >>
Sam Gangwer, The Orange County RegisterPutting 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyHere it is! The weekly list of links to music coverage (that we didn't write) around the OC music blogosphere.
Christopher VictorioPetty, pleaseAnother week, another list of links to music coverage around the OC music blogosphere.
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPete Yorn at the House of Blues in Anaheim last yearThis 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 >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyParamore's Hayley Williams in Anaheim.This edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...
This week in local music news links... lots of material for tween girls.
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...
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.
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:
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 >>
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...
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.
Edwin GoeiStefani 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 >>
This brilliant graphic was expertly made by me, Vickie ChangA 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.
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.
On loan from the Gustavo Arellano Collection Horse traderFunny: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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>