The Orange County Fire Authority could have to refund to businesses $1.7 million they paid for hazardous materials inspections that may have never been performed.The government shakedown ... er ... honest mistake was reportedly discovered in an audit.
Conveniently located right across the street from Edison High school, the Ascon Nesi landfill is the place to go if you're looking for a glimpse of decades of environmental degradation, neglect, and under-regulation. There are five lagoons full of oil, sludge, petroleum byproducts and various c ... More >>
If there's anything the Orange County Department of Probation can learn from the recent firing of six employees, it's that housing male and female inmates in the same dorm can lead to sex. Today the Orange County Office of Independent Review (OIR) released a report of its findings regarding th ... More >>
Shortly before it was announced the Orange County Register was being sold to Boston businessman Aaron Kushner, reports had the Santa Ana daily winding up in the print stable of Doug Manchester, a developer who acquired the San Diego Union-Tribune in November. This made sense because U-T edito ... More >>
The OC Register's Jon Lansner broke the news today that 85°C Bakery Café--the bakery that to this day attracts lines that some people have called "retarded"--has just purchased a 70,492-square-foot industrial building in Brea for $5.64 million. He quotes a representative from the real estate compa ... More >>
Last night, the Orange County Press Club held its annual awards ceremony at Encore Dinner Theater in Tustin, and in-between a hoppin' swing music set, a pretty good four-course dinner, reporters gossiping, and way too many smoke breaks to count, there were awards handed out--and, surprise, surprise. ... More >>
Fresh off a flurry of sales of newspapers in Texas and the Midwest, the Orange County Register's owner Freedom Communications reveals it has sold 20 more papers in Florida and North Carolina.
[Mental Notes] Also, Poreotics and the trans-Pacific dance heist.
Cafe Miss Cutie Facebook PageWaitresses at Cafe Miss Cutie: "Would you like a smoothie with melons?"UPDATE, MAY 11, 1:17 A.M.: After the jump, read community responses to the proposed ordinance. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 10, 9:21 A.M.: Vietnamese coffee shops are getting too hot for Garden Grove polic ... More >>
The Orange County Register has its share of good (the sports section, Food Frenzy, Frank Mickadeit) and bad (owners, Fast Food Maven, Frank Mickadeit), but the following news is great: they have started a column highlighting Latino life in la naranja called OC Latino Link. "We want it to become a ... More >>
If Molly Ringwald had one of these devices, there'd be no Breakfast Club. At the movies instead of pre-algebra? They're watching you. The Anaheim Union High School District has decided to track habitual school-skippers Big Brother-style by giving them handheld GPS devices. According to the ... More >>
Headline: Celebrants Kick Off Kwanzaa Week Comment by SAVEUS2: WOW!!! What a beautiful Community celebration, the food, entertainment, decorations and the very educational and informational program was very well done....It was a pleasure to see the community come together and support such a cultu ... 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 >>
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 >>
OC Register screen shotGrounds for a RICO suit, we say.Total Buzz, the Orange County Register's "insiders' hotline to politics in O.C.," posted an item over the weekend with an insider tip from a Register photo editor saying that Laguna Niguel Obama-suer Orly Taitz looks, kinda, like pop diva La ... 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.
Daryn Peterson, who was convicted in December of posing as a doctor and claiming to heal serious or incurable diseases including cancer and AIDS, was sentenced today to 270 days in jail and five years probation, and is prohibited from working in any medical field or selling any vitamins or pharma ... 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.
The OC Register has unveiled a redesign for its website. Preview it here or check the advanced before-and-after screenshot graphic we assembled below:They're asking for your feedback, so give it to 'em. But let's talk first here.
The publisher whose vision defined the Orange County Register for much of this decade will become publisher of The Oregonian.N. Christian Anderson helmed Freedom Orange County Information from 1999 to 2007. During his tenure, the paper grabbed a clutch of Pulitzer nominations, but also saw the la ... More >>
I'd love to link to this week's edition--a break-in at a Taco Bell in Celina, Ohio, wherever the hell that is--but the newspaper that reported the story has a pay wall prohibiting non-subscribers from reading stories on its website. Strangest part? Its publisher is Freedom Communications, parent com ... More >>
Not sure why, but when I sat down to write up this column today, all the comments on all the hot-button stories on the OC Register website appear to have been disabled. Could it be that the overworked censors on Grand Street just decided to hit the nuke button? Either that or my computer sucks, in w ... More >>
With the Orange County Register's parent company Freedom Communications of Irvine confirming it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (something deemed inevitable in Nick Schou's Navel Gazing item yesterday), one would assume this to be a financial matter. But according to several reader ... More >>
I have so many restaurants waiting for SAFII reviews that sometimes I lag and get beat. That's what happened this Thursday, when the Orange County Register gave a thumb's-up to Matador Cantina in Fullerton. I visited about a month and a half ago, and don't necessarily disagree with writer Lori ... More >>
Orange County Register: The Catch restaurant and sports bar that had been in the shadow of Angel Stadium for 32 years before closing in February 2008 will reopen even closer to the Big A. . . . While noting highway deaths dropped nearly 10 percent locally and nationwide, the Reg unveils a map s ... More >>
In the vein of Spencer's post about Register interns, I've got some confessions of my own: a certain person on this blog may have, at one point, worked as an intern for one of the Orange County Register's sister papers, the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona. In fact, said Albert-esque person may ... More >>
Along with Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit, I'm appearing today on The OC Show With Cameron Jackson for an hour-long discussion about ex-sheriff Mike Carona, his disgraceful conduct in office, the just-completed trial, crazy jurors and the lapdog local media.You can hear the 5 p.m. ... More >>
If Barack Obama's move into the White House today is inspiring folks all over the world, here in Orange County the mood, at least as recorded by online comments posted Orange County Register readers, is dour:--"This man has done absolutely nothing, yet is a God. People are so dumb." --"God help us!" ... More >>
If you’ve stepped outside of your house today, chances are you’ve smelled the faint scent of burning. But don’t go calling the FBI on your stoner neighbors just yet. The reason behind that smell lingering in the air is wildfire, and it’s right in your back yard—in Brea, Yorba Linda and Cor ... More >>
"Breaking" news in its "Newspaper Deathwatch" category: Media Bistro reports Orange County Register employees are unsure whether to take the buyout currently being offered or risk having future buyout offers lowered: Nervous staffers at the Orange County Register had been considered asking for vol ... More >>
Poor OC Register reporter Hang Nguyen, who had to scribble up this totally straight, humorless blog post on the Reggie's web site about the Chick's Sporting Goods chain undergoing what could be a rather painful name change to Dick's Sporting Goods.....a transition sure to be applauded by hermaphrodi ... More >>
Probably the stupidest blog the Orange County Register ever published was one that's not even listed on their graveyard of retired blogs: one that dealt with the new 657 area code overlay. I saw it once or twice last year, and it went like the paper's page count. But maybe the Reg was onto somethin ... More >>
Just about everything that can be said has been said about pastor Rick Warren's performance this past weekend with underlings John McCain and Barack Obama. Except this: by getting all moving cameras in the Free World fixed on his Saddleback Church, Warren officially propelled himself past two other ... More >>
Notice anything odd about this online Orange County Register story teaser from last night and this morning? Check our Total Buzz blog to find out what candidates Bill Hunt, Craig Hunter, Sharon Hutchens, Randy Adams, Jack Anderson, Salt Lake City undersheriff Beau Babka, San Bernardino undersherif ... More >>
On Friday night, Dave Segal watched London duo, Black Ghosts, put on one of the better hipster-dance live shows he's seen in a while. Saying, "It was kind of like a combination of Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers, full of aggressive beats, filthy synth textures and sing-along tunes." Saturday found ... More >>
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 >>
I hope you're sitting down. For one thing, checking a blog while standing up is just ... weird. BYE-BYE RENT CONTROL? LA Times - A June 3rd ballot proposal could end the practice of rent control in California. Lawyers and landlords are both circling. If you prick a landlord, does it not bleed? PE ... More >>
What you get to read this morning: SOBER-LIVING HOME DEBATE: LA Times - Balboa Peninsula's plethora of sober-living homes faces the wrath of the Newport Beach City Council as well as the Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach. One wonders whether these Citizens are related to the Cannery Village Conce ... More >>
According to Editor and Publisher, the Audit Bureau of Circulations released circulation numbers for our local daily, the Orange County Register. Sadly, their numbers have fallen more than three percent in the past year. While circulation numbers for the Los Angeles Times are up nearly a half a perc ... More >>
Quite a night last night for Garret Anderson, who socked in a club record 10 ribbies for the Angels in their 18-9 thrubbing of the hapless Yankees, who they totally OWN (the Halos are the only MLB team with a winning record against the pinstriped peckerwoods during the Joe Torre era). Included in G. ... More >>
It was all so beautiful: Register reporter on his way out sticks his finger up his nose in the face of The Man and is caught on camera, then noticed by LA Observed and broadcast throughout the blogosphere, his message forever preserved in cyberspace... Too bad it's NOT TRUE. CP Smith was apparently ... More >>
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 >>
While 7-Eleven stores around the nation are temporarily transforming themselves into Kwik-E-Marts to promote The Simpsons Movie, a report in The OC Register suggests the San Onofre nuclear-power plant may have made a few mistakes that resemble the goings-on in Mr. Burns' facility. Among other thing ... More >>
Liar, liar: Yesterday, we noted that The OC Register wouldn't be taking Marti Buscaglia on as publisher after all, after she confessed she'd misrepresented her education in her résumé. The Times and Register follow up with the story. All apologies: Three former Exodus International leaders issued ... More >>
Yes, kids: our award-winning Rebecca Schoenkopf has left the Weekly for...reasons you'll read later today when our infernal website finally puts up her farewell column. In the meanwhile, read OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit's take on the matter. And do leave your thoughts/rants/valentines belo ... More >>
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