Todd Spitzer

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    April 14, 2014

    If Cash Is Determinate, Orange County May Get First Woman-Dominated Board Of Supes

    Fifty days remain until the June 3 elections for three seats on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and, as usual, the campaign money race offers hints about the likely frontrunners. Based on contribution activity (and personalities), the four-person race to replace termed-out 2nd District Super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Orange County District Attorney Absorbs Once-Shamed Public Administrator's Office

    Remember all that holler from a few years back about John Williams screwing things up so badly as Orange County's public administrator/public guardian that the Board of Supervisors drove him out of office? This week, the board finalized a plan to shift the public administrator half of the job to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Jonah Mowry and Mom Peggy Sue Join Daniel Mendez's Mother at County Anti-Bullying Event

    It's been quite the trip to international fame for Jonah Mowry, the Lake Forest teen whose courageous video about being bullied went viral and caught the attention of everyone from Lady Gaga to OC Human Relations. What about his mom? We'll get Peggy Sue Mowry's views about all this at a county even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Nicolas Cendoya, Kyndall Jack Again Off the Hook for $160k Trabuco Canyon Rescue Tab

    See Update No. 2 on page 2 about the Orange County Board of Supervisors deciding behind closed doors not to charge the rescued hikers for the $160,000 in various government costs.See Update No. 1 on the next page with the county considering sticking the teens with the tab if a sheriff's department i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Santa Ana, Garden Grove Hold Sobriety Stops Tonight; Distracted Drivers Targeted Across OC

    Some recent sobriety checkpoints in Orange County netted no or very few DUI arrests despite thousands of cars passing through them. Interpret that as you will--they're working or they're unnecessary--not that it matters what you think as more stops are coming, starting tonight in Santa Ana and Gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Losing Sex Offender Scarlet Letter After 16 Years to Return Man's Life, Claims Defense Lawyer

    Orange County can be a pretty hostile place if you are a sex offender, witness the bans on pervs in parks the district attorney's office has pushed for and the personal information about parolees made public thanks to the likes of county Supervisor Todd Spitzer.So, perhaps it is with some added gust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Courtney Madison Ideue Aoki, Ladera Ranch Murder Victim, to be Laid to Rest Saturday

    Twenty-year-old Courtney Madison Ideue Aoki will be laid to rest in private services Saturday, according to the Forest Lawn of Cypress website.The young Buena Park woman is the presumed first murder victim of Ali Syed, 20, of Ladera Ranch.

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    March 7, 2013

    Fund Collects Assistance for Annette Aoki, Mother of Ali Syed's First Presumed Victim

    A reader wondered if an online page he found to donate to Annette Aoki, the mother of Ali Syed'd presumed first murder victim in Ladera Ranch Courtney Aoki, was legitimate, especially in light of the phony money-collecting sites that sprang up after the Sandy Hook tragedy.So the Weekly asked the Ora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    [UPDATED with Student-Receptionist-Stripper?] 4 Dead in A.M. Shooting Spree

    Updates throughout. The latest is Update No. 8 at the bottom of page 4 with conflicting reports about the female victim's employment.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 19, 8:22 A.M.: Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a 25-minute spree of shootings that began in an upscale Ladera Ranch neighbo ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The Norbertine Code

    Monks and canyon dwellers go mano a mano in Silverado Canyon

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    OCDA Bigwig William Feccia To Retire

    ​Senior Assistant District Attorney Bill Feccia--one of the brainiest, longtime members of Tony Rackauckas' management team inside the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA)--is retiring this week.Except for the Todd Spitzer firing fiasco, it's the biggest OCDA personnel move since 2007, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    What We Learned, Jan. 21-Jan. 27

    ​A random collection of this week's randomness randomly tagged with random observations of what we learned from it.JAN. 21: Orange County's Democratic establishment is thrown into a tizzy as Julio Perez, formerly of the Orange County Labor Federation, handily gets more votes than his 69th Assembly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Spooked:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 11:17 A.M.: It's become so routine it's lost its news value: The District Attorney's office announces it's sending a rep before the latest of the 7,000 city councils in Orange County considering a ban on sex offenders in local parks modeled after the county law co-written by DA T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Early RSM Nod:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Law on Agenda:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 22, 10:09 A.M.: While expressing some concern the county pervs-in-parks ban is too broad, the San Juan Capistrano City Council did decide Tuesday night to bring a local ordinance back for a vote July 5.Among the options the city with huge swaths of open space will explore are applyin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Mike Schroeder Did WHAT Last Night With Lady Gaga?

    Schroeder: Walks on the wild side?​He dines with judges, travels on vacation with congressmen, and is known as an expensive red-wine connoisseur who can lecture on the intricacies of corporate tax policy and obscure voting regulations.But who knew Michael J. Schroeder is also, gasp, a Lady Gaga fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    The Top 2010 OC Story That Didn't Make the Register's Year-End List

    ​Veteran Orange County Register reporter Martin Wisckol has named his "Top 10" political events of 2010.It's a thorough list, except for one thing: it omitted arguably the top local political story of the year.Oops.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

    Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. ​1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    Todd Spitzer Keeps Digging

    [Moxley Confidential] At a press conference meant to refute that of the DA who fired him, Spitzer ends up making his old boss' point for him

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Add Todd Spitzer to heroes list in wrongful conviction case

    The last hints of Republican opposition to pay a Latino man wrongfully imprisoned for a robbery/carjacking he did not commit disappeared this week in the California legislature after Assemblyman Todd Spitzer (R-Orange) called on his colleagues to do the right thing. “As a society we have a respo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008

    The Reconquista Reaches Sacramento

    With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from yesterday’s sojourn to Sacramento, where I received a Latino Spirit Award (honoring Latinos who have made a positive contribution to California) from the California Latino Legislative Caucus: ... More >>

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    September 30, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: OC Inspired Space Travel?

    California's Police State: Imagine you are a suspect and the police take your entire statement out of context by secretly recording only snippets that seem to incriminate you in a crime. Can’t happen? Think again. California police officers have won the right to selectively tape you. It’s the R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Calling Nurse Ratched

    UCI Cluster Fuck: News emerged today that Michael J. Schroeder, OC GOP heavyweight, participated with a group of 20 fellow Republicans to pressure the UCI Chancellor from hiring liberal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of the university's first law school. Michael V. Drake offered the job to Cheme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Build It & Hope They Come: The Register reports that Irvine has approved a 5-mile, $280 million street car/bus plan that will link the future Great Park to the Irvine Spectrum and a train station by 2012. City officials, untrustworthy in the past, claim that each day 5,000 people will abandon their ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 27, 2005

    Silly Slappy!

    Bribe Us for Kicks!

  • Features

    December 19, 2002

    Hillside Strangers

    Trabuco Canyon monks brace for major changes to their quiet lives

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Landslide 2002

    What we saw on election night

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    November 7, 2002
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    November 7, 2002
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    October 10, 2002

    Jet Set!

    Hangin with homos in OKC and RepCon 2002, dawg

  • Culture

    October 3, 2002


    Danger and despair are just so damn hot!

  • News

    June 20, 2002


    Another open letter to the county Board of Supervisors

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    May 9, 2002
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    March 21, 2002


    Old bags, 1. Hipster girl, 0. Big cans, 2

  • News

    November 29, 2001


    Is the DA trying to befriend the man charged with investigating his friendships?

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    Public Display of Affection

    Wilsons subtle gesture reveals a lot about Orange County

  • Unknown

    September 6, 2001

    Dick Nixons Revenge

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 146

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    The Manchurian Supervisor

    The year in airport politics

  • Features

    October 26, 2000
  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Filtering Flip-Flop?

    County librarian now touts CyberPatrol

  • Columns

    July 27, 2000
  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Exit Strategy

    Ensuring Mittermeiers lips are sealed as she leaves CEO post

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    The Irvine Co.s Manchurian Supervisor

    Wilsons flip-flop on CEO proves the specter of outside interests controls Orange County government

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    Time to Chuck Smith

    Underfunded Elizondo ought to make the 1st District developers shill really nervous

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    Slumlord Sweepstakes!

    Is Eve Mitchell the countys most successful tenement entrepreneur?

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Thanks for Nothing

    Victims of County Housing Program Still Live in Squalor

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Pets Held Hostage!

    Week No. 9 at the countys screwed-up Animal Control agency

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Shot in the Arm

    Why the poor resort to backroom injections

  • Features

    January 7, 1999
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    July 3, 1997

    Stuck in Traffic

    TCA Prefers Secrecy Oaths to Public Disclosure

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