• Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Santa Ana Checkpoint and Anti-DUI Patrols in South County Tonight; Irvine Checkpoint is Sat.

    The Santa Ana Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint tonight, while their counterparts in Irvine have one set Saturday night. Also tonight, special patrols of Orange County sheriff's deputies are scheduled to flood streets of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day Weekend Kicks Off Tonight with Checkpoint in Mission Viejo; More Ops

    The Orange County Sheriff's Department gets a jump on St. Patrick's Day tonight with its DUI Task Force holding a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday somewhere in the city of Mission Viejo. Meanwhile, on the coast, Laguna Beach Police conduct "saturation patrols," wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Foothill-Eastern Toll Road Driving Toward Largest Bankruptcy Since Detroit's: Report

    The Foothill-Eastern Toll Road, a.k.a. Route 241, is reportedly nearing the biggest default in the $3.7 trillion municipal market since Detroit's record bankruptcy. Revenues and ridership chronically fail to meet projections--most certainly the ones politicians who said Orange County should be run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    OCTA $1.26 Billion Budget is Up From Last Year and So is the Anticipated Service

    The Orange County Transportation Authority board on Monday approved a $1.26 billion budget that was up from $1 billion last year due to an anticipated increase in service.Funding for more buses on routes with the highest ridership is part of a 4 percent increase in expected bus service, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    How to Stop Worrying and Love Lexus Lanes

    Remember that dust-up several years ago when it was discovered Caltrans was not filling potholes or performing other routine maintenance on the 91 freeway linking Orange and Riverside counties? Seems that few other than Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority knew about a non-compete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Buena Park DUI Checkpoint 6/22/12

    If you're planning on driving drunk along Beach Blvd. in the vicinity of Stanton Ave. tonight and early tomorrow morning, be sure to bring some warm clothes. The Buena Park Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint in the area between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Sobriety Stop Tonight in Buena Park, Saturday in Garden Grove; Costa Mesa Eyes Motorcycles

    There's mucho police enforcement going on along Orange County streets, starting tonight with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in the 8000 block of La Palma Avenue in Buena Park from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday. The Garden Grove Police Department holds its own on an undisclosed stretch of that cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    [UPDATED with More Participating Cop Shops:] Super Bowl Sunday Flex Defense Employed Against Offensive Boozers Behind the Wheel

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 3, 4:27 P.M.: According to a release this afternoon from the Anaheim Police Department, that agency and 13 others are taking part in the previously announced countywide law enforcement patrols targeting drunken drivers on Super Bowl Sunday. That now makes it an "Avoid the 26" operati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Garden Grove, Stanton and Villa Park Start Anti-Booze Patrols Tonight

    ​Garden Grove Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team is deploying officers for special saturation patrols tonight and Saturday night to crack down on drunken drivers. The Orange County Sheriff's Department is also holding the patrols tonight in Stanton and Villa Park.With saturation patrols, pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Sobriety Checkpoints in Buena Park Tonight, Westminster Saturday Night

    ​Sobriety checkpoint fever heats up tonight in Buena Park and Saturday night in Westminster.Buena Park Police's DUI/drivers license stop will be at the intersection of Stanton Avenue and Beach Boulevard from 7 tonight to 3 a.m. Saturday. Cops there note that over the past three years, DUI collisio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Are You Ready for Some Checkpoint? Costa Mesa Holds One During Monday Night Football Tonight

    ​The Costa Mesa Police Department no longer discloses the locations before holding DUI checkpoints, but at least the cop shop still informs us when they are happening.Such as the one tonight at 6.The stop in search of unlicensed drivers and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol will contin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    [UPDATED with Results:] Irvine Holds DUI Checkpoint Close to UCI

    ​UPDATED, MAY 9, 8:39 A.M.: Besides reporting no significant traffic delays, the Irvine Police Department released the following statistics from Friday night's sobriety checkpoint at Campus Drive and Bridge Road: Vehicles stopped: 545Sobriety tests: 9DUI arrests: 2Citations issued: 10

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    [UPDATED: TCA's Thoughts] Time for a Rematch? TCA Rekindles 241 Toll Road Talks, Citing Japan Devastation; Surfrider Foundation Responds

    Surfrider FoundationThe swindle'n continues.​UPDATE, MAY 9, 4:20 P.M.: The basis for the most recent PR campaign--pushing the need for additional evacuation routes in the case of a emergency at SONGS or Camp Pendleton--was a concern expressed in a public poll from November 2010 (months before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Charges, Drunk-Ass Claims:] John Hines, Long Beach Fire Captain, Arrested for Felony Hit and Run

    ​UPDATE, APRIL 27, 10:08 A.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines began drinking April Fools Day morning at Schooner or Later bar in Long Beach, became heavily intoxicated and early that afternoon climbed behind the wheel of his Chevy pick-up, swerved into a bicyclist who was thrown 70 fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    5 Examples That Prove When the Going Gets Bizarre, the Bizarre Go to John Wayne Airport

    ​Recent reports of near-misses in the skies near John Wayne Airport are bad enough.But Orange County's commercial airport seems to have shifted from the scary to the bizarre over the past week.Check out the rundown of five recent examples of weirdness involving planes arriving at or leaving from J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    [UPDATED with Mesa Results:] Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Target Drunk Drivers

    ​UPDATE, APRIL 11, 8:39 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department has released the results of its DUI checkpoint at Newport Boulevard and 17th Street Saturday night:2,127 vehicles through the checkpoint; 611 vehicles screened; 9 drivers given field sobriety tests; 6 DUI suspects arrested; 12 driv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Look for Weekend DUI Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoints and Persian New Year Traffic Throughout OC

    ​It's beginning to look a lot like a DUI enforcement weekend, as roving patrols and at least two sobriety checkpoints are scheduled.Meanwhile, Irvine police are warning drivers to be extra cautious around the weekend Persian New Year celebrations at Mason Park.But, before we get to the mean street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Avoid Pink Elephants and Roving DUI Patrols Tonight

    ​Take a cab, plan an alternate route, or get your drink on somewhere else: roving sobriety patrols will be out tonight in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita."These multi-city DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions," reads an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Colt Brennan, Former Mater Dei QB, In Car Accident And In 'Serious Condition'

    The record-setting QB is in a Hawaii hospital in serious condition.Update, November 22, 11:03 a.m.: Terry Brennan indicated to reporters that his son, Colt, is "heavily sedated" and is "far from being alert." Colt is able to acknowledge that family and doctors are in the room, through hand signals, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    [UPDATED:] DUI Checkpoint in San Clemente Tonight, Surf City Tomorrow

    UPDATED: Huntington Beach police hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night (details below) . . . Orange County DUI AttorneySteady​The Orange County Sheriff's Department conducts a DUI/driver's license checkpoint in San Clemente from 6 tonight until 2 a.m. Saturday.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Catching Up With Leif Garrett Again

    Leif Garrett, then and now.​Leif Garrett's arrest for drug possession Monday morning at the Metrolink station in downtown Los Angeles is a good excuse as any to revisit Dave Wielenga's great 1999 article, "Shakin' Like a Leif: Kicking Smack With Leif Garrett." What's the deal is with the 48-year- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009


    Honda Center

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2009

    Fitness Hike

    Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    More U2 Info

    ​We all know U2 sucks. The songs are boring, Bono's a pompous ass and the rhythm section might be the worst in the history of rock 'n' roll. They've sold a bazillion records, yet no one I know has ever bought one of them, probably because my friends and I have good taste. But lame-os who own four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Follow the Bouncing High-Speed Trains

    Rendering of new Anaheim transportation hub, awaiting whatever comes its way.Harry Reid (D-Nevada), who had earlier seemed to be the biggest supporter in the U.S. Senate for a magnetic-levitation (Maglev) train from Las Vegas to Anaheim, is now pooh-poohing such a system, favoring instead a high-spe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Fitness Hike

    Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    The Return of Toll Road Foister Jerry Amante

    Here were told you about our question to Tustin City Councilman Jerry Amante, the chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Transportation Corridor System Board of Directors and the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) who was all over the news last week after Comm ... More >>

  • News

    August 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Quinton "Rampage" Jackson goes on a . . .

    . . . rampage. Of course he does. In what assorted Internet pundits are already calling the stupidest hit-and-run ever, Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar (and Irvine resident) Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who was the subject of this 2007 Weekly cover story, was arrested yesterday in Balboa aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Colonel of Wisdom

    This toll road debate is starting to feel like Clue—who's going to kill the project? Was it Colonel Magness, in the media, with cold, hard facts? Col. Thomas Magness wrote a little letter the Transportation Corridor Agencies didn't like. The letter disclosed that the TCA's preferred, certified a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Santa Ana's Grand Choo-Choo Conspiracy Continues

    Back in January, I theorized out loud about a SanTana scandal of Chinatown-esque proportions: the introduction of a light-rail system most likely involving the Cordoba Corporation, whose CEO sits alongside SanTana conflict-of-influenza-afflicted councilmember Carlos Bustamante on the board of the Sa ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 7, 2007

    It's Your Money

    But the government spends it

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2006

    Toll Road Murders Women

    The 241 toll road is a real lady-killer. On May 16, the 241 killed 65-year-old Nancy Donahue-Reddish, a grandmother two weeks into her retirement. She was on her way to Hemet to care for her ailing father when Javier Nelso lost control of his car, drove across the median and deprived six kids of Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2006

    Will Walters Wescue the 241 Toll Woad?

    Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (R-73, 241, 261, 133) had a little get-together this morning with the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the Marines, and Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. Only a select group of normal Chamber meeting attendees received invitations for the so-called "workshop". The invitation ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Tamed Swedes

    Nature Benefit

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2006

    Pedro: Making Dreams Come True

    Assemblyman Pedro Nava is taking his battle against the Foothill-South (241) toll road extension online. At risk is San Onofre State Beach, 5th most popular state park in California, home to critical populations of endangered species such as gnatcatchers and pocket mice, not to mention the San M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2006

    Bill Campbell Hates the (Surfin') USA

    Today I listened to a State Senate Budget Subcommittee meeting on Transportation. Slightly more fun a C.I.A. interrogation. But as long as the TCA keeps trying to build a time/money-wasting toll road that might not even relieve traffic, when they haven't even done ANY studies on weekend traffic beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2006

    As A Disservice To Our Readers

    The Times seems a bit confused by Assemblyman Pedro Nava's recent condemnation of the Foothill-South toll road, and so might you be. On May 6 the Times told its readers that Nava (D-Santa Barbara) didn't think the road should be built, that he wanted $450,000 spent on a UC study of alternatives to ... More >>

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Ask Not for Whom the Toll Blows

    San Diego wakes up, finds an Orange County freeway in its yard

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2006

    Uncommonly Effective Cougar Repellant

    The 241 toll road is exceeding all expectations for its ability to exterminate wildlife. As Scott Giffin revealed back in 1994 (Kill The Cougar, 6.10.04), toll roads through key animal habitat make for more roadkill than the Basra Turnpike. Yesterday's Register supported this observation when Erin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2006

    Political Transvestism, Puma Killing, and The Blotter's Clairvoyance

    Political transvestism and puma killing are in the news today, and both were implicit in posts on The Blotter yesterday. Coincidence or clairvoyance? Yesterday's first Blotter post dealt with the investigation by State Senator Joe Dunn (D-Garden Grove) into the California National Guard's spying o ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    A Road Runs Through It

    Ride the Santa Ana River trail while you still can

  • Columns

    July 18, 2002

    Lost Highway

    Cmon down to Jims World of Pain Motors!

  • News

    May 10, 2001
  • News

    November 16, 2000

    The Great Farce

    El Toro Airport Watch No.148

  • News

    August 31, 2000
  • News

    July 13, 2000

    A Wreck

    Toll-road history under reconstruction

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    In-Fight Testing

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 119

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Something's Stinky

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 97

  • Features

    May 22, 1997

    Road to Ruin

    The toll road is bleeding money and the Weekly wants you to know what the TCA, local dailies won't tell you: it's a looming financial disaster

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