• Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Here's Irvine Police Friday Night Checkpoint Results: Update

    See the update at the end of this post with Irvine Police results on Friday night's checkpoint. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:30 A.M.: The Irvine Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. Where? Read on ...

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Navel Gazing Top Commenter Describes Gnarly Scene of Suicide-by-Amtrak in Tustin

    A transient in his 50s who apparently committed suicide by train Saturday "was nearly cut in two," according to a Navel Gazing "Top Commenter" who "could not have been more than 15 feet away" from the gruesome spectacle. The man was the second of two people believed to have taken their own lives wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Santa Ana Holds Checkpoint TONIGHT!

    The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday--and it's not on the First Street this time.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Laguna Beach: The Real OC Checkpoint

    Somewhere in the mean streets of Laguna Beach starting at 9 Saturday night, police will be screening drivers to make sure they are sober and properly licensed.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Santa Ana Targets Cinco de Mayo Cruisers, Sheriff Focuses on Drinko de Mayo Boozers

    Don't be surprised if you see a cop in your rear-view mirror if you spend Cinco de Mayo cruising select Santa Ana streets.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Garden Grove and Long Beach Hold DUI Checkpoints Saturday Night

    The Garden Grove and Long Beach police departments hold DUI/drivers license checkpoints in their respective cities Saturday night. No exact location for either operation was initially released.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Metrolink Train Strikes Person Between Fullerton and Buena Park; Train Delayed, Police Investigating

    Sometimes, the stories write themselves, and that's the case this afternoon. Earlier today, a Metrolink train hit someone between Fullerton and Buena Park. How do I know?Because Metrolink told me so on its Twitter feed. And Metrolink just told me that the lines "are open with restricted speed due to ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 14, 2013

    Bossy Bus Lady

    [Hey, You!] 'On my ride, y'all better follow my rules'

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Newport Beach Hosts Sobriety Stop Tonight

    Tourists take over beach towns on weekends, so locals know the best time to go out is Thursday night.Guess the cops have figured that out, too.The Newport Beach Police Department is conducting a sobriety checkpoint starting at 8 tonight at . . .

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Seal Beach, Laguna Hills, Los Alamitos DUI Checkpoints Tonight, Tustin on Saturday

    The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo Puts More Cops on Streets, Highways and Freeways Starting Tonight

    To herald the arrival of Stinko de Drinko weekend, the CHP, Garden Grove Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Department are deploying saturation patrols tonight.Saturation in this case does not define the human pickling that will take place in bars, pubs and house parties across Orange Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    United Airlines Harshes Orange County's Aloha, Ends Hawaii Service out of John Wayne

    Citing lack of bookings, United Airlines will end flights between Honolulu and John Wayne Airport starting Monday.As one who used to be able to afford air travel to the Islands, I can say we used LAX more often than JWA because the fares were so much cheaper.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Garden Grove Cops Cover Streets Like Rain Friday the 13th to Nab Drunken Drivers

    Sloppy roadways should keep you from getting your drinky-winky on before climbing behind the wheel tonight, Friday the 13th. If you're in Garden Grove, here's another reason you and Sailor Jerry should stay inside: Police will saturate the streets like raindrops beginning at 7 tonight. "If you drive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Jeremy Kealoha Belisario Gets 12 Years in Prison and $2.6 Million in Fines and Restitution for Embezzling from Travel Firms He Managed

    ​What do you get if you buy stuff for your boyfriend and yourself from high-end retailers like Sony, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as 42 Super Bowl tickets for yourself, family and friends for a weekend of partying that includes limos, hotel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Roving DUI Patrols Hit Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods Tonight

    ​The Orange County Sheriff's Department holds DUI roving patrols tonight in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods.Deputies will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions, according to a department release.

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    You May Not Know Your Future, But Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Does

    ​Roy Reynolds is a Fountain Valley-based pollster with a bug up his ass about the Southern California Association of Governments.Thank God.For those who have never heard of SCAG, it is, as Reynolds puts it, "an unelected, unrepresentative pseudo-government-like group" that "we must tolerate in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Ambulance Chasing? There's an App for That

    ​You're sitting there at the side of the road with another slack-jawed driver you've just engaged in a fender bender. Time was, you'd fumble for paper and pen and switch names and digits with the other bumper carsman for insurance deductible considerations to be figured out later. But now, a Newpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    [UPDATED with Final Tallies:] Fourth of July Surprise! Stepped Up DUI Checkpoints and Patrols

    ​UPDATE, JULY 6, 10:38 A.M.: The Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force just released the final numbers from the holiday weekend past's three sobriety checkpoints and multiple DUI saturation patrols countywide.From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 38 county law enforcement age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    OCTA Promotes 'Dump The Pump' Week, Gives Free Breakfast Tomorrow to Those Who (Gasp!) Leave Their Cars At Home

    ​More essential than personal trainers and trust funds in this county are our beloved cars. Bus passes, Google's walking directions, Metrolink--these funny words, what do they mean?   And yet the folks at Orange County Transportation Authority (bless their hearts) are taking on the noble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    [UPDATED with Arraignment:] John Hines, Long Beach Fire Captain, Arrested for Felony Hit and Run

    ​UPDATE, MAY 3, 9:36 A.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines turned himself in to an Orange County court this morning on a $250,000 arrest warrant and was to be arraigned immediately on felony drunken driving and hit-and-run charges that could keep him in state prison for nearly seven ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Holiday Toy Express Route Change Scrooges San Juan Capistrano​Metrolink's Holiday Toy Express chugs into Orange County this month, but after making more than 50 stops over 14 days last year, the Christmasy choo-choo is only stopping 13 times over five days this December.That has one South County town feeling particularly Scrooged.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    JetBlue Fetes More Las Vegas-Long Beach Flights With Special $19 One-Way Fares

    ​Do you suppose a budget airline's $40.68 roundtrip flights between Long Beach and Las Vegas has anything to do with JetBlue promoting expanded service between its Southern California hub and Sin City with $19 flights each way?Naaaaaaaaw, totally coinky-dink.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Mexicana Airlines Stewardesses Lose Their Jobs and Their Uniforms

    ​Mexicana Airlines' stewardesses have been out of work since the Mexico City-based carrier filed for bankruptcy two months ago.So, with no nuts to distribute, beverage carts to push or flotation devices to blow into, they have decided to move their tails for you in another way.By sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Airport Airspace Changes Prompted by Mid-Air Collision Warnings Come in for Criticism

    ​Looking up at the skies over north Costa Mesa a couple weeks ago produced a most disturbing site: a JetBlue plane making its normal descent into Long Beach Airport was passed maybe 100 feet above by another airliner heading for either LAX or the landing line at John Wayne Airport. Maybe that's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    High Speed Train May Demolish Buena Park Homes Designed to Be Near Trains

    California High Speed Rail AuthorityIf only the new train had only to contend with windmills...​Sunday's Los Angeles Times carried a piece that largely rehashed a few low-boiling controversies about the planned high speed train line that, when eventually completed, will connect Anaheim and San Die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    3 Hurt, 2 Killed, 1 Murder Charge in DUI-Crash Weekend

    ​As previously blogged, Anaheim Police conducted a DUI checkpoint and saturation patrols Friday evening through the wee hours Saturday, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department also stepped up patrols aimed at getting drunk drivers off the streets of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Bike Boxes Open in Long Beach

    Courtesy of City of Long BeachBicyclists feel boxed in--and safer--at this Long Beach intersection.​Long Beach is inviting two-wheelers to check the city's first bike boxes along Second Street at Bayshore and Marina Drive.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Is OCTA Sacrificing Transit Service for Executive Pay?

    Courtesy of OCTAWill Kempton moves to OCTA from Caltrans, where he has served for five years.The hiring of Caltrans director Will Kempton for the Orange County Transportation Authority's vacant executive director position would seem like a step down. After all, the Schwarzenegger appointee oversees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Santa Ana City Council to Put Fix in on Trolley Project Tonight

    It's been almost to the year since I last wrote about how the SanTana City Council would most likely award a light-rail contract to Cordoba Corporation, a company whose president George Pla sits on the SanTana Business Bank alongside councilmember Busty Bustamante. I theorized a scam of Chinatown-es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Pentagon Flyover Hysteria Rocks the Internets

    Ever since my cover story last Thursday hit the online conspiracy websites, my inbox has been bombarded with emails from folks obsessed with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as they pertain to the U.S. Pentagon and an American Airlines jet that either did or didn't hit the building, depending on what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    Thanks For Nothing

    The Transportation Corridor Agencies, whose Foothill-South (241) toll road extension was recently vetoed by the California Coastal Commission, sent out the following letter to its supporters. My edits are in italicized bold. Dear Supporter: Thank you for your ongoing support for the completion of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    TCA's Complaint "Completely Without Merit"

    Earlier this week the Transportation Corridor Agencies filed a complaint against Smart Mobility, preparers of planning studies for opponents of the TCA's Foothill-South (241) toll road extension. The complaint alleged that Smart Mobility's engineers, who are unlicensed in California, "are violating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    TCA Files Curious Complaint

    The Transportation Corridor Agencies has filed a complaint against Vermont-based Smart Mobility alleging that "the company's engineers are unlicensed in California," and are breaking the law by "practicing civil and traffic engineering without legal authorization." Opponents of the TCA's plans to bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    YouTube Saves Trestles

    The Save San Onofre Coalition really hopes the Coastal Commission is a buncha voyeurs. See, the SSOC (made up of Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitats League, Laguna Greenbelt, Surfrider Foundation, Audubon California, the California State Parks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Santa Ana's Grand Choo Choo Conspiracy: The Carlos Bustamante Connection

    Final post in our Carlos Bustamante conflict-of-influenza series--for now... All this week we've focused on Carlos Bustamante, the SanTana councilmember who gladly takes money from people seeking something from the city, then votes favorably for his donors. Some readers have wondered about my focus ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 18, 2007

    Hey, You!

    Train in Vain

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    On a Road to Nowhere

    For those who have followed the twisting path of the proposed Foothills South toll road-- ably plotted on this blog and in the pages of the Weekly by Alex Brant-Zawadzki and others-- the latest report in the Times will come as no surprise. For more than a year, transportation planners have said that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2006

    Another California First (Hijacking Edition)

    The pilot and co-pilot of the Pacific Airlines DC-3 could be forgiven if they were confused when the gunman burst through the cockpit door that July evening in 1961. No one had ever attempt to hijack a plane in California before. No one had ever attempted to hijack an airplane anywhere in the United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2006

    Can't Have Your Speed And Eat It Too

    Okay Register; I know we've had our differences. You write editorials suggesting people who oppose the toll roads are NIMBYs and BANANAs; I criticize you for poorly informing people on the toll road. Your acronym-happy propaganda-fests were goofy if a bit irresponsible. But you're being si ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    Memorial Daze

    A military transport plane crash 40 years ago killed 83 people. Steve Bedunah
    says hes No. 84

  • Columns

    October 17, 2002
  • Columns

    September 6, 2001
  • News

    March 15, 2001

    Just Build More Roads

    Is the Auto Club working for you or for the auto industry?

  • News

    February 8, 2001
  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Its Official!

    Dailies report whats been obvious all along: toll roads are in trouble

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Off Again

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 112

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    No Fly Zone

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 103

  • News

    April 15, 1999

    Bring on da Noise

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 101

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Park It Here

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 98

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Mythic Propaganda

    El Toro Watch No. 92

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