So much for Randy Orbach's redemption song (allegedly). The parolee and subject of a Weekly cover story in March has been arrested on suspicion of making illegal contact with the ex-girlfriend whose complaints of being harassed sent Orbach to prison in March 2010.
The 77-page appellate brief filed this week by the defense seeking to overturn the misdemeanor convictions of 10 of the so-called "Irvine 11" boils down to the same question that was before Orange County Superior Court in 2011: Did the free speech rights of Muslim students who loudly and systematica ... More >>
A Santa Ana artist who has created an institute dedicated to the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci has joined visions with a former Huntington Beach museum director opening a new exhibit on citizen space exploration "to dream, conceptualize and build the world of tomorrow." You can't see the fruits ... More >>
The words "cardiothoracic surgeon" are most likely not found in the vocabulary of any two-year-old, except for Barbara Williams, a second-year medical student at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Williams recently completed clinical cardiovascular research at the nationally r ... More >>
The end of the academic year approaches, which finids Mr. Bib looking forward to the arrival of annual literary journals sponsored by local colleges and universities. Alas, The Ear, Irvine Valley College's magazine is long gone as, it appears, is Orange Coast Review, out of OCC. Still UC Riverside p ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown named Juan Felipe Rivera, UC Riverside poetry professor of Chair of Creative Writing, as California Poet Laureate on Wednesday, but he's just getting to know the wordsmith. The appointment is a first ever for a Latino in the state and the poet's writings articulate the life e ... More >>
"My people are being killed, my people are being oppressed, I'm going to do everything I can do to stop this. I'm not going to follow a form of protest that fits the status quo that allows my people to be oppressed." --Taher Herzallah, one of the so-called "Irvine 11," speaking at UC Santa Bar ... More >>
A 23-year-old woman who resided in Anaheim while attending university in Riverside died after falling while snowboarding at Mtn. High resort in Wrightwood Sunday afternoon.After the accident, Angelique Deleon was taken to Community Hospital of San Bernardino, where she was pronounced dead from he ... More >>
[BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] Owner of Break of Dawn
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklySee updates at the end of this post. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT 23, 12:04 P.M.: Cries and wails erupted in the Santa Ana courtroom as the verdict was read. All 10 defendants in the Irvine 11 case have been found guilty of disturbing a public meeting and engaging ... More >>
The First Amendment, academic freedom and Islamophobia collide in an OC courtroom
After a summer hiatus, the lecture series (unfortunately titled "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!"--not my choice) I host at the Fullerton Public Library in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (where I lecture) returns next week on Sept. 29 with a vis ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWas there an explicit rule against the Irvine 11's act of protest at the Israeli Ambassador event? The defense argues there was not, and witnesses have testified that at such controversial events, it may be impossible to enforce one. Sociologist Steven Cl ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyUC Irvine professor Rei Terada has taught on the subject of protests and civil disobedience, and said how the so-called Irvine 11 acted at the Israeli Ambassador event is "a normal way for students to protest an event they object to." The professor of comparati ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly"Of course it was planned," said defense attorney Jacqueline Goodman in her opening arguments today, addressing the charge that the so-called Irvine 11 (now 10) conspired to disrupt a public speech. "They conspired to obey the law, which is the opp ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTrying to show jurors that the Muslim students on trial did not act spontaneously in their disruption of the speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, prosecutors presented a series of emails that were sent by the defendants in the days leading up to the protes ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 15, 2:33 P.M.: The "Irvine 11" trial (now with one fewer defendant) was scheduled to begin today in Santa Ana.That didn't happen.Trial has been rescheduled to Aug. 29, which is when jury selection is scheduled to begin.
As Republicans in Congress and Democrats in the White House argue over whose role in the debt-ceiling crisis led Standard & Poor's for the first time ever to downgrade U.S debt from an AAA to AA rating, evidence mounts that the cause for this possible push into a double-dip recession was bor ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 21, 3:25 P.M.: The Irvine 11 may soon become the Irvine 10.If Hakim Nasreddine Kebir completes 40 hours of community service at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa by Sept. 23, the 20-year-old will be removed from the controversial case pending in Orange County Superior Co ... More >>
By now, any true Southern Californian eats Thai food as part of their regular diet, whether at Thai Nakorn, Bangkok Taste, Siam Taste of Asia, or any of the dozens of Thai restaurants in OC and the hundreds in Southern California. But ever wonder how we became the beneficiary of so much great foo ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 21, 11:51 A.M.: An Orange County judge last week denied a defense motion claiming 11 college students cannot be prosecuted criminally for disrupting an Israeli ambassador's speech at UC Irvine.Attorneys for the so-called "Irvine 11," who are enrolled at UCI and UC Riverside, argued t ... More >>
LiroffUPDATE, MAY 31, 1:18 P.M.: The lead prosecutor in the "Irvine 11" misdemeanor criminal conspiracy case is Dan Wagner, who earlier this year was named head of the Orange County District Attorney's Homicide Unit. He'll now match legal wits with another veteran homicide prosecutor as Lane Liro ... More >>
While CSUF students find an administration that applaud their protests, UCI coeds deal with heavier-handed officials
Seal Beach's RX Bandits, formed in 1995, last night announced that they were calling it quits after their final tour. They released this statement on their site, saying "the last tour is upon us":Dear friends,We would like to express our love and appreciation for all that you've done for us and ... More >>
Alan Sun-Long Lin, 22UPDATE: APRIL 1, 4:20 P.M.: According to The OC Register, Alan Lin has tested for a blood-alcohol level between 0.16 and 0.19 the night he went missing after last being seen at a Newport Beach pub. As a result, Lin might have been disoriented. UPDATE: FEB. 18, 11:23 A.M.: A m ... More >>
Photos by Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklySeven of the Irvine 11UPDATE, MARCH 11, 4:08 P.M.: The arraignment of the Irvine 11 was continued this morning until April 15 so the court can consider defense motions to seal grand jury documents, remove the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) from the ... More >>
Alan Sun-Long Lin, 22UPDATE: FEB. 18, 11:23 A.M.: A memorial will take place for Alan Lin tomorrow, Sat., Feb. 19, at Crystal Cathedral (12141 Lewis St, Garden Grove). The memorial starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be open to the public. UPDATE: FEB. 15, 9:20 A.M.: An autopsy has indicated Lin died by ... More >>
The anthology of songs crafted over the years by the rock group Caifanes is seemingly as sacred to rockeros as the passages of the Popol Vuh were to the Mayans. The pioneering Rock en Español band from Mexico City formed in 1987 and went on to record many of the most classic songs the genre ha ... More >>
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today it had filed a lawsuit against Orange-based Chapman University, alleging the school denied tenure to and fired a business professor because she's black.
Bikes are sooooo hot!In Long Beach, they are hot in the stolen property sense. More on that in a bit. First, we turn more positively to Orange County's LB.
[Summer Guide] The sweet science and the ol' ballgame dominate the theater's sports-themed lineup
Flickr user NikiSublimeDick head on a train.Six years ago, OC Weekly wrote about what happened when one of the greatest minds in sci-fi made plastic-land U.S.A. his home. Yes, Orange County drove Philip K. Dick mildly insane (can you blame the man?), but it also inspired some of his best work. UC ... More >>
OCGP.orgPreview Park at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.With the jury (grand and otherwise) still out on whether the Orange County Great Park is a sustainable project--fiscally, environmentally, popularly--the Great Park Conservancy tonight launches a free natural history lecture series dedica ... More >>
Will Peter the Anteater or Tuffy the Titan win the ultimate mascot-off?If you've ever wondered who would whip whose ass--UC Irvine's Peter the Anteater or Cal State Fullerton's Tuffy the Titan--the answer may be fothcoming today in Irvine.
Rejoice, Anteaters, because UC Irvine's leader has your back.Yes, yes, we all know that you are dealing with rising tuition and fees. And reduced services.And closed classes.And dirtier surroundings.And offices emptied due to furloughed professors, graduate assistants and staff members. But fret ... More >>
Victoria Patterson's excellent work of fiction Drift--which is composed of 13 intertwining stories about people struggling to eke out existences in Newport Beach and surrounding communities--is a finalist for The Story Prize.
McWilliams: The Original Gunkist Historian...This week's cover story on the controversy in the retelling of the historic Mendez vs. Westminster decision has a brief mention of the case's best chronicler: the great progressive historian Carey McWilliams. The Fullerton College professor quoted in t ... More >>
Ho-hum, another first day of classes for the UC system, another student/faculty/staff walkout over budget cuts, tuition hikes and work furloughs. The photo roll above from UC Irvine is not only less inspiring than the ones from bastions of rabble-rousing UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, but even bass ... More >>
Ah, the first day of school. Time to roll out of the dorm-room bed five minutes before class, throw a cap on to cover up the bed head and quickly jaunt to class . . . . . . So you can storm out of it in protest.UC Irvine faculty, students and staff will stage a walkout today--the first day of sch ... More >>
Pulido: Pay your taxes!I'm supposed to be relaxing at the Parker Resort in Palm Springs, a beautiful lil' oasis where UC Riverside MFA program in creative writing is holding a writer's retreat (I'm an invited lecturer), but news that SanTana mayor Don Papi Pulido is busy lubing Orange County's seat ... More >>
Stephen C. Smith calls on others to keep tabs on Irvine City Hall.CORRECTED!Lost in Santa Ana a few months ago, half paying attention to the street signs and half to Larry Mantle's KPCC interview show blaring out of the car speakers, I heard the host steer his Orange County "roundtable" guests--Oran ... More >>
Brian Levin is the director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, a frequent guest on my KPFK-FM 90.7 radio show, and someone who condemns hate groups on the left (that anti-Semitic imam whom the UCI Muslim Student Union always invites) and right (too many t ... More >>
Saturday Night Live had this skit years ago where they presented a Fugitivesque TV show called The Last Liberal. With all the talk on Fox News and conservative talk radio about the rise of Socialism in Obamerica, Bill Moyers decided to go out and find The Last Socialist to get the other side of the ... More >>
Orange County Register: It's all cars, all the time! The driver killed in the early morning Newport Beach crash that severed and mangled a $140,000 '04 Ferrari is identified as "Mask," Huntington Beach's 45-year-old mixed-martial arts promoter and TapouT clothing company founder Cha ... More >>
Organizers claim the LA Art Show -- a massive, mixed-media event that showcases everything from cutting-edge contemporary installations to works by Renoir and Monet -- is the main reason the Los Angeles City Council declared January "Los Angeles Art Month." What their resolution doesn't mention is h ... More >>
The Little Hoover Commission* (the bipartisan, independent state commission dedicated to "promoting economy, efficiency and improved service in the transaction of public business") has issued a new report on the state prison system, one that neatly dovetails with recent Blotter posts on sentencing a ... More >>