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  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Cortina's Italian Market, Legendary Anaheim Spot, Suffers Damaging Fire :-(

    I haven't been to Cortina's Italian Market in a while, but that doesn't mean I don't keep up with it. My brother-in-law swears by its subs, and I always get folks to get me goodies whenever they're there. And I was planning to swing by sometime soon, as the legendary Italian market is celebrating it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Eddie Murray Pays $350k SEC Fine Tied to Tip from Ex-Orioles Teammate Doug DeCinces

    Securities and Exchange Commission heat came to the Baltimore Orioles' second-hottest hot corner (sorry, runner-ups to Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson), and now Hall of Fame first baseman Eddie Murray is paying $358,151 to extricate himself from a federal action that resulted from a tip he got from ... More >>

  • Film

    August 16, 2012

    'Cosmopolis': Twilight of a God

    David Cronenberg's film limos through the mind of a master of the universe

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Irvine Investment Operator Penalized For Scam Claiming 1,000 Percent Returns

    Omar Ali Rizvi graduated from law school in San Francisco and earned a Masters of Laws degree in securities and financial regulations at Georgetown University Law School in the nation's capital, but its obvious that the Irvine man never learned to obey the law.In the last decade, Rizvi has been conv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Broadcom Says SEC Probing Its Accounting

    ​Irvine chip maker Broadcom, which has been no stranger to courtrooms thanks to shareholder lawsuits, complaints that caused one co-founder to step away as owner of his NHL team and a scandalous divorce involving the other co-founder and his love dungeon, may be back in legal hot water.The company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Farzin Bazshushtari, Data Storage Maker's Sale Director, Accused of Insider Trading

    ​A 50-year-old Mission Viejo man charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with insider trading has agreed to pay more than $150,000 in penalties and surrendered profits to resolve the matter, the SEC announced.According to the complaint filed Friday in federal court, the SEC alleges sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Trevor Noah Talks About America, Accents and Audiences

    ​Trevor Noah is a big deal in South Africa, having starred on TV and worked with the best talents, but now he's taking his jokes to the States. He'll show the Irvine Improv how humor translates across the globe.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    All Dean Goetz Wants for Christmas is His Two Blocks of Shares Daughter Unwittingly Tipped Him About

    Goetz​Let this be a lesson to all you law firm associates working on big corporate mergers: DO NOT leave your documents about the pending deal lying around the family home during the holidays--lest your personal injury attorney father scan them and wind up facing accusations of insider trading.Tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    El Super Goes On a Purchasing Rampage

    ​When I lived in North Hollywood, we were equidistant from two Mexican-owned markets: Vallarta and El Super. When we moved here to Anaheim, the Vallartas were replaced with Northgate González, but there was only one El Super, on McFadden in Santa Ana.Lately, though, the simple sign ("cuesta menos ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 2, 2010

    The Mexican Migra Blues

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] Are you a vendido or a Manchurian Mexican?

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Larry R. Crowder, Joseph R. Porche Busted by SEC for Alleged Green-Energy Investment Scam

    ​A Securities and Exchange Commission complaint filed Wednesday alleges two Orange County men operated a boiler room that used millions raised for green-energy investments to fuel their lavish lifestyles.Larry R. Crowder, 53, of Newport Coast, and Joseph R. Porche, 51, of Aliso Viejo, ran the sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Ex-Coto de Caza Fraudster Gets 27 Years in Federal Pokey

    ​Former Coto de Caza resident golf equipment company CEO Colin Nathanson was sentenced today to 27 years in federal prison for his admitted masterminding of a multifaceted fraud scheme that bilked hundreds of victims out of approximately $55 million. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Shamed ex-SEC Chairman Chris Cox to Float Not on Ice Floe But Orange County Republican Party Boat

    John McCain wanted Christopher Cox fired as the George W. Bush-appointed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Los Angeles Times opined that Cox's chairmanship will be characterized by missing the signs that Wall Street was poised for a meltdown, noting the critics who said Cox's l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Orange County May Become the Avis of Municipal Bankruptcies

    Since 1994, Orange County has held the . . . um . . . honor of having achieved the . . . erm . . . distinction of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, a $1.64 billion financial fuck-up that has managed to stick like Roger Maris' single-season homerun record.But the seemingly unbeatable alway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Our Ex-Rep.-Turned-SEC Chief Chris Cox Comes Out Swinging

    The Washington Post reports today that embattled Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox is defending his restrained response to the country's financial crisis, arguing he has guided his agency with a steady hand while other federal regulators have not.Our former Republican congr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    As Cox Takes More Heat, a Bizarro World Blast From the Past

    The hits keep coming for embattled Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox, the former local congressman (R-Newport Beach). Amid the Bernard L. Madoff scandal, Cox last week publicly blamed his staff for not vigorously investigating complaints against the fraudster. Today, we hea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2007

    Chris Cox Finally Speaks The Truth!

    For more than a decade, I've slammed Christopher Cox, the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for a long list of political misdemeanors. Cox has a shameful record of representing the financial interests of the elites, but if Jeremy Grant with is right, the ex-N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006

    Behind every great man...

    For some reason, I had forgotten that former OC congressman and current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Christopher Cox is married, but married he is, and to a very industrious woman. Like many who belong to the bedrock traditional values strata of the Republican Party, which loud ... More >>