Even though California State Senator Lou Correa (D-SanTana/Anacrime) has long gotten the pointy end of the stick from us over the years, he's always been affable toward me. And I'm sure he'll continue to be affable toward me after this post, which only confirms what we've said all along: Correa is m ... More >>
Gabrielle Jane Nestande, the former Newport Beach deb and California GOP family scion, was reportedly assaulted Saturday in a Texas jail where she is near the end of a 180-day sentence for criminally negligent homicide. A fellow inmate in the Travis County Correctional Complex allegedly hit Nestand ... More >>
After an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled earlier this year there was no merit in the ABC News attempt to kill a libel lawsuit about a sensational, 2011 Internet dating scam broadcast by 20/20, the network has agreed to settle with the outraged plaintiff. That news is according to court doc ... More >>
Two freshman Orange County Assembly members have crossed the aisle to co-introduce legislation to "protect beach bonfires for all Californians." Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), seen here burning up over fire pits, and Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) say Assembly Bill 1102 will exempt beach ring ... More >>
When U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco lifted the stay on same-sex marriages in California back in August 2010, Erwin Chemerinsky said Prop 8 supporters had no legal standing to win a reversal.The U.S. Supreme Court this morning proved the UC Irvine School of Law dean ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning dismissed California's Prop 8 case, clearing the way for gay marriage to resume. On a historic day for marriage equality, the Supremes earlier announced the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which does not recognize gay marriages, is unconstitutional.
See the update at the end of this post about a legislative panel approving a request to audit Child Protective Services agencies across the state, without specifying which ones.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 5, 8:58 A.M.: The attorney and client who last month accused Orange County Social Services Agency's Chi ... More >>
When it comes to mainstream American politics, usually it's the Libertarian Party that one would associate with a pro-marijuana (medical or otherwise) agenda, but now you can add the Democratic Party to that very brief list. To wit: in Riverside, the very town whose fight over a local ban on marij ... More >>
Gabrielle Jane Nestande, the former Texas capital aide, one-time Newport Beach debutante and daughter of a California GOP power player, will do some jail time connected with her being convicted of criminally negligent homicide for a hit-and-run slaying of a pedestrian after a night of beers, vodka a ... More >>
Arnold returns—but do we still need him?
Former Orange County Republican state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has today published a new book--"The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America"--that compares Texas government policies with other large states.Spoiler alert: Texas has a superior climate because its politic ... More >>
Gabrielle Jane Nestande has been indicted on more serious felonies related to a hit-and-run that could send the daughter of a powerful Newport Beach Republican to a Texas prison for 20 years. The 25-year-old former Austin Capitol staffer and Gov. Rick Perry campaign worker, who had faced a single co ... More >>
*See end of post for information about the next hearing in this case as well as the Long Beach City Attorney's response, denying that the city's pot ban has been invalidated.ORIGINAL POST, Sept. 8, 5:23 p.m.: A Los Angeles Superior Court ruling may have far reaching consequences for Long Beach's ban ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far
An incumbent Republican congressman who jumped districts to avoid facing another GOP Member of Congress in Tuesday's primary will square off against a powerful office-holder from his own party in the fall. Gary Miller, who had been the Orange County congressional delegation's most-wealthy member, w ... More >>
Professional soccer player Brandi Chastain, who is known internationally for whipping off her jersey and falling to her knees in her sports bra after the U.S. defeated China in the 1999 Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl, was under the California Capitol dome Monday as the state Assembly recognized ... More >>
San Diego County Congressman Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of a powerful congressional committee, yesterday told California High Speed Rail Authority officials to preserve records in anticipation of an investigation into potential corruption.Among Issa's concerns about the Authority include ... More >>
Under the monicker emma's revolution, activist singer/poets Sandy O and Pat Humphries spend over 200 days a year sharing their music for various causes around the world. Last November, the duo released their third studio album Revolutions Per Minute, itself a journey through a multitude of genres ... More >>
[UPDATED: At conclusion of the article.]Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Mike Schroeder, his decades old travel companion and buddy, adamantly disagree on which 2012 Republican candidate would make the best U.S. president. Rohrabacher despises Newt Gingrich and is backing Mitt Romney. Schroeder d ... More >>
DMVJohn Kristopher AltamiranoUPDATE, DEC. 7, 5:10 P.M.: When sheriff's deputies found a dead John Kristopher Altamirano in his white pickup parked in front of his Laguna Niguel residence Monday afternoon, the 34-year-old had cuts and bruises on his face as if he'd been in a fight.However, the inj ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do teachers discriminate against students with Hispanic first names?
UPDATE, NOV. 17, 9:10 A.M.: The final tally, according to California State University police that responded to Wednesday's chaos at the Chancellor's office in Long Beach: 10 people were arrested, but it is unclear if they were students or activists and labor union members bused in to protest the ... More >>
After East Los Angeles-born Martha M. Escutia served in both houses of the California Legislature from 1992 through 2006, she helped found the private law practice The Senators (Ret.) Firm in Newport Beach, where she specializes in representing abuse victims and their families.In the wake of th ... More >>
Newsom: Bridging the nasty divide between NoCal and SoCal?There are certain scenarios that, at least on the surface, don't make sense.For example, you wouldn't expect that retired Orange County Republican Party chairman Tom Fuentes--a rabid right-winger and determined anti-gay advocate close to C ... More >>
You can stare into those eyes on Friday morning.The rumors are true: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the shiny faced and morally misguided Tea Party presidential candidate, will be sharing her wisdom and campaign rhetoric in Costa Mesa on Friday morning. Whether she will be incorrectly citin ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 28, 4:04 P.M.: Snip away. A Superior Court judge has ruled that the measure to criminalize circumcision in San Francisco violates both the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom, and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures solely a state matter, not a fu ... More >>
Marian Bergeson was a Salt Lake City-born, Brigham Young University-educated mom who raised four children and taught school in Newport Beach before launching a long and storied career as a politician that included stints as a city councilwoman, school board trustee, state senator, assemblywoman, ... More >>
Will he or won't he?It's the question close watchers of the Republican Party's presidential prospects want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to answer.Before he can, however, Perry has to come to Newport Beach today to ask the moneymen a question of his own: Should I?
The story of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's family maid-turned-baby mama will be the subject of a Lifetime movie.At least The Mildred Patty Baena Story is a go if comedian Kathy Griffin is to be believed.She shared the clip that follows after the jump on Jimmy Kimmel Live rece ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 31, 6:39 P.M.: The Irvine Police Department this evening released the booking photo at right of Austin Jeffrey Farley, the alleged drunken driver with a past DUI conviction blamed for causing the crash that killed 14-year-old Ashton Sweet.The Northwood High School freshman cheerleader ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:48 P.M.: Our original post previewing what became a large protest by Orange County parents, teachers, administrators, education professionals and school-board members at Assemblyman Chris Norby's Fullerton office Monday. That post also mentioned a rally at 4 p.m. today by North ... More >>
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
Should we credit/blame Latino voters for Jerry Brown returning to the governor's office, Barbara Boxer remaining in the U.S. Senate and Democrats not only holding the nation's upper house but picking up a seat in the California Assembly? Latino advocacy groups think so.
Investigating Eliot Spitzer's own worst enemies
Happy Election Day! Could you even sleep last night? Do you view your local polling place like a 5-year-old views a Christmas tree on Christmas morning? Can you not wait one more minute to vote the bastards out?Well, before you go get your teabag on, take a gander at bad initiatives that have gon ... More >>
Crypt from the headlines, here are our annual 31 flavors of fiendishness
We began Monday morning by noting the "Vota Tus Valores" ("Vote your values") bus filled with conservative Hispanics and marriage inequality proponents was in Santa Ana, following up with the news that a demonstrator against the Latino outreach effort there claimed he had been roughed up by someo ... More >>
Saying "no" is exhaustingI'd been wondering when my favorite Van Tran photo would appear in a campaign ad and this morning Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez obliged. No, it's not the one of Tran hugging Mike Carona in a photograph that recorded the Republican assemblyman happily accepting a real sher ... More >>
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported last week that Orly Taitz--the Laguna Niguel dentist who famously claims that Barack Obama isn't eligible for the office he holds--lost one of her Facebook friends recently. On Thursday, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal shed his social-networki ... More >>
News highlights include:Relax, sir. It's only .000034 percent of your wealth.Is OC's Biggest Billionaire Stingy?Two of Donald L. Bren's children are expected to take their father to court this week in Los Angeles in hopes of winning $800,000 in retroactive monthly child support payments because, ... More >>
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."Al Pacino's famous Godfather III line comes to mind when observing the Marx Brothersesque process to sell the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa to someone . . . anyone.The only difference is those who seemed to be out are the ... More >>
The blurry end.12:56 Downstairs, in the lobby bar, there is still a decent sized crowd of very well dressed people clutching cold drinks. The general idea is that government as business is back, and it's riding on the backs of women. Though I don't hear much political banter and as far as I can t ... More >>
Chadd McKeen helps medical-pot patients grow their own, while openly bashing some weed dispensaries
Drill Dana DrillReducing oil company offshore drilling will increase the number of offshore oil drill spills.--Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) expressing his logic this week to The Orange County Register's Dena Bunis in an article outlining efforts by California Democrat senator ... More >>
Therealbs2002 / Wikimedia / Creative CommonsBackstab DeVore? You betcha.Originally posted May 6, 12:41 p.m. Updated May 7, 8:22 a.m.: DeVore really is sad! See bottom of post.Half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina's run to dethrone Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Sen ... More >>
(photo by Chris Victorio / OC Weekly)John Eastman: "I ain't evolving!"It looked as if someone had placed a lamp in the middle of the California Republican Assembly (CRA) state convention last Saturday, but it was actually a delegate wearing a straw hat with tea bags hanging from the brim. The sym ... More >>
Fiorina: I'm on the DeVore diet.A conspiracy theorist might suspect that the boys running the California Republican Assembly (CRA) state convention in Buena Park this weekend wanted to slight U.S. Senate candidates Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell. Irvine's ultra-conservative Chuck DeVore, who also ... More >>
Joe Dunn fights for Mexicans, gets an ass
Who's behind the campaign to get Pat Bates?