Urban Planning

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Grande Bakery and El Pollo Norteño, Legendary Mexican Restaurants, Closed by Santa Ana via Eminent Domain

    Multiple generations of Mexican families have sworn by the masa of Grande Bakery, off Grand Street in SanTana, open since 1951 and the second-oldest remaining Mexican eatery in Orange County. They were drawn by their pan dulce and tamales and champurrado and tortillas. And when they were done with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Arnold F. Peek, Santa Ana Butcher

    ​When the Brave New Urbanists talk about the good old days of SanTana, the days before Mexicans destroyed the Golden City, they inevitably point to people like Arnold F. Peek. Like the Brave New Urbanists, he wasn't originally from the area, hailing instead from Kansas. Like the Brave New Urbanist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Santa Ana's Gentrification Wars Get Solid Write-Up in the New York Times

    What was...​We have trashed the New York Times' coverage of Orange County so many times that I can't even remember them--hell, you can start with this piece about OC's food scene, written by Southern California correspondent Jennifer Medina. But Medina is a dogged reporter, and in today's Times pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    [UPDATED: Shop Owner Response] Surf Shop Survives: Frog House Clears First Hurdle, Has More Challenges to Overcome

    Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThe shop is small, but its roots in the Newport surf scene are deep.UPDATE, MAY 12, 5:03 P.M.: It's been a mentally draining--and sometimes sleepless--past six months for T.K. Brimer, owner of the Frog House in Newport Beach. Up until Tuesday night, when a city council vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    RIP Santa Ana's Calle Cuatro (a.k.a. Fourth Street), 1916 (?)-2011

    ​A couple of weeks ago, the carousel near the intersection of Fourth and Spurgeon streets in SanTana was unceremoniously dismantled. It had entertained thousands of kiddies over the years, but it didn't fit in with the plans of SanTana's Brave New Urbanists, who have salivated for decades at the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    The New and Improved Huntington Beach! (With Interest)

    The new Huntington Beach?​After having received the unanimous approval of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission in January, an ambitious proposal to remake the city's main corridor is scheduled to go before the City Council on March 1. Many suspect the plan will get the council's nod as well. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Why Santa Ana Natives Fear the Hipsters

    Tonight, SanTana officials hold yet another meeting for their much-vaunted, much-derided Renaissance Plan. A slew of different interests will attend, from loft dwellers who want to turn Orange County's largest city into another Aliso Viejo to activists who fear the Plan's gentrification purposes to ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 8, 2007


    Web Exclusive! The result of an art conference, Catalyst 18s Wonder-Room has a little of everything

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    You've Been Warned: Pacific Legal Foundation, CATO Institute come to Chapman

    Someone from the Chapman U Federalist Society asked that we notify our readers about the event we're going to notify you about in a couple secs. But, as we explained to the chap/chapette, we will not be able to notify readers in the print edition about this event because we got the notice from the F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    Prop 90: Enriching the Rich, Making Us Their Bitch

    Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine Company) has signed on to support Proposition 90, the Taxpayer Trap Initiative (or Save our Homes, if you're gullible). This is no surprise; back in September 2005, Prop 90's main backers poured $120,000 into Campbell for Congress, the campaign committee formed to ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 17, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Aug. 9 - Aug. 15

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2006

    Slumlord Moonbeam

    Do not continue reading if, like millions who clamor for the latest Multihousing Professional magazine, you do not want to know what's in the March/April 2006 issue. The cover boy is former California Governor/current Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, whose face is fuzzed out enough to make you wonder if h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2006

    Atomic Action Beanball

    A coincidence, but one which raises a question. The coincidence: last night Japan won the title game in the World Baseball Classic, and last night I happened across a curious minor relic of the relationship between baseball in the U.S. and baseball in Japan. The question it raised in my mind: do th ... More >>

  • News

    March 16, 2006

    Toll Road Rage: Ken Ryan and Friends

    Green-Collar Criminals:

    Ken Ryan will save us from the environmentalists

  • News

    June 3, 2004


    The Labs creator discovers theres no I in Irvine

  • News

    December 25, 2003
  • News

    December 18, 2003
  • News

    May 16, 2002

    Great Pork

    Agrans plan for a Great Park will make Don Bren a far richer man