• State auditor gets OK to examine South Orange County water district’s financial records

    DANA POINT — The nonpartisan State Auditor’s Office was given the green light Wednesday, June 30, by a legislative committee to go over the financial records of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority following questions raised by area city officials about how the agency is spending its money.
    Sen. Patricia Bates, the Republican minority leader from Laguna Niguel, and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, pushed for the audit and received unanimous support  from the J
  • Residents rally Wednesday against Senate health care bill

    About 40 Obamacare supporters gathered Wednesday night, June 28, in Fullerton to denounce a Senate bill that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.
    The “Stop Trumpcare Rally,” organized by Indivisible CA-39, was held in front of St. Jude Medical Center.
    Earlier this week, Senate Republicans postponed voting on a bill that would eliminate the requirement that most Americans have health insurance and cut back the expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the
  • Santa Ana High teacher pleads guilty in rape, child porn case

    SANTA ANA — A 47-year-old former Santa Ana High School science teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday, June 30, to statutory rape and possession of child pornography.
    Alvar Albert Gonzalez of Santa Ana was scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 25.
    Gonzalez met the victim when she was in one of his classes as a freshman, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
    Sometime in 2013, Gonzalez arranged to have the then-16-year-old girl meet him in his class during lunch, according to Bertagna. The
  • Firefighters battling brush fire at Camp Pendleton

    SAN CLEMENTE — Camp Pendleton and Orange County firefighters are battling a vegetation fire on Cristianitos Road near the San Mateo Campground, according to base officials.
    Marine officials shared via Twitter just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, that the fire was 10 to 15 acres. Just before 8 p.m., the fire had grown to 300 acres, according to a tweet by the base.
    The Orange County Fire Authority said they sent a strike team to assist. There are “multiple off base resources&rdqu
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  • Santa Margarita drama students debut original play at national thespian festival

    Hannah Loessberg applies makeup backstage before a performance of the student-written play “Semicolon.” (Photo courtesy of Santa Margarita Catholic High School)From left, Raiya Browning, Hannah Billups, Hannah Loessberg and Griffin Webb perform their original play, “Semicolon” at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, on June 22, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Santa Margarita Catholic High School)Audience members react to the students’
  • Lakers see Brook Lopez providing more than just salary cap relief

    Rob Pelinka, general manager for the Lakers, right, introduces new center Brook Lopez in El Segundo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The Lakers acquired Lopez and forward Kyle Kuzma from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Brook Lopez, left, a new member of the Los Angeles Lakers, listens as the NBA basketball team’s general manager, Rob Pelinka, addresses the media during a news conference for Lopez on Wednesday
  • Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

    SYDNEY — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.
    Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia’s most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal.
    Victoria state Police Deputy Commissioner Shan
  • Fountain Valley man arrested on suspicion of sexually trafficking a minor

    A 41-year-old Fountain Valley man was arrested Tuesday, June 27, on suspicion of trafficking an underage girl in Los Angeles County.
    Cory Nieto is said to have used a residence in Anaheim in the 3500 block of La Palma Avenue for commercial sex purposes, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Wednesday, June 28.
    Detectives with the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force served a search warrant at the Anaheim location and another home in the 11200 block of Bluebe
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  • ACLU gets partial victory in suit alleging Laguna Beach discriminates against its disabled homeless

    LAGUNA BEACH  Attorneys are calling a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge a partial win in their lawsuit, which claims the city discriminates against homeless people with disabilities and that portions of its homeless program violate federal laws.
    U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford ruled Monday that the van used by the city of Laguna Beach to transport homeless from the downtown area to its permanent shelter, the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon, violates their rights with
  • Ducks hire Steve Konowalchuk, Mark Morrison as assistant coaches

    The Ducks hired Steve Konowalchuk and Mark Morrison as assistant coaches Wednesday, becoming additions on Coach Randy Carlyle’s staff.
    Konowalchuk, 44, served as coach of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds for six seasons and guided them to their first WHL championship in 2016-17. The 14-year NHL forward has a connection with Carlyle, having played under him in Washington during the 2002-03 season.
    Konowalchuk served as an assistant for Joe Sacco in Colorado for two yea
  • Try a bowl at Neotsai Grill Teriyaki

    The day I visited Neotsai Grill Teriyaki, the students from Marina High School were just getting out of school for the day. There was a line at this new little spot, and I joined the students waiting for bowls.
    The menu is simple. Just bowls filled with teriyaki chicken. spicy chicken, grilled orange chicken, teriyaki or spicy white fish, and sesame tofu. Each bowl comes with white rice, purple rice, or veggies.
    Prices are $5.99-$7.29. Try a mini chicken bowl for $4.99.
    I opted for the teriyaki
  • All-Star Classic brings some comfort to Brethren Christian group

    Brethren Christian coach Pat McInally, center, with his players Joey Gutierrez, Dante Sanchez, Nathan Sagastume and Jason Fuga, from left, in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. They are part of the South All-Star team that is getting ready for the Orange County All-Star football game. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Brethren Christian coach Pat McInally with his players Dante Sanchez, Joey Gutierrez, Jason Fuga and Nathan Sagastume, clockwise from top center, in Costa Me
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  • Film crew shoots in Old Towne Orange, likely for “American Horror Story”

    ORANGE – Word on the street is that scenes being filmed Wednesday, June 28, in the downtown Orange Plaza are for the critically acclaimed TV show “American Horror Story.”
    Officials for 20th Century Fox TV, the studio with a permit on file with the city to shoot all day Wednesday, would not confirm filming is for the anthology horror show that it co-produces. Documents on file with the city list the production as “Spring Fever.”
    But several business owners, notified
  • Newport Beach beefing up enforcement of short-term rentals for summer

    NEWPORT BEACH In anticipation of the large influx of visitors expected to visit Newport Beach this summer, city officials have taken steps to enforce the city’s short-term rental regulations.
    As of Tuesday, June 27, the city had recorded nearly 1,300 short-term rental permits. Most are located on the tourist hotspots of Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and the Balboa Peninsula, Community Development Director Kimberly Brandt said during a presentation to the City Council.
    “Summer has arr
  • San Clemente, outlet center at odds over freeway-facing signs

    SAN CLEMENTE The city and the Outlets at San Clemente are headed to court over the outlet center’s business signs facing I-5.
    Steve Craig, developer of the 52-acre outlet center at 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, filed suit on April 28 after city staff said it would only approve six of 18 temporary banner signs displayed since August under renewals of permits the city issued previously.
    Craig appealed staff’s decision to the Planning Commission, which reviewed arguments on Wednesday, J
  • Movies in theaters June 30-July 6

    Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies
    From news services
    ‘Baby Driver’: (R) A slick, stylish and wholly original action epic drenched in music about a talented young getaway driver opting, against the odds, for a life on the straight and narrow. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 53 minutes. Grade: ***
    ‘The Beguiled’ (R) Director Sofia Coppola takes a more feminist view of this lurid tale about a Civil-War-era Southern girls boarding school
  • Bill that could send nuclear fuel out of San Onofre advances

    A bill that aims to find a permanent home for America’s spent nuclear fuel, including material buried at San Onofre, just took a step forward, but some believe still might land in the same legislative quicksand that has paralyzed the process for decades.
    The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday approved the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017. The bill would revive the moribund Yucca Mountain project as a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste and aut
  • Fourth of July travel: Cheap gas means millions will hit the road

    A traveler drives the 57 freeway in a Class C motorhome along with other motorists in Brea. (Photo by KEN STEINHARDT, Orange County Register/SCNG)Motorists travel on the 91 freeway. (Photo by KEN STEINHARDT, Orange County Register/SCNG)A motorcyclist splits lanes with motorists and a tourist bus as they travel on the 57 freeway in Brea. (Photo by KEN STEINHARDT, Orange County Register/SCNG)Campers in a Class A motorhome travel out of Orange County using the 91 freeway. (Photo by KEN STEINHARDT,
  • Habitat for Humanity building two homes in Placentia

    David Vargas and his wife, Patricia, wanted to be homeowners.
    But with only one income, their dream of home ownership seemed unattainable.
    Then one day they saw a home for sale and learned about Habitat for Humanity of Orange County’s affordable homes.
    David Vargas said the qualification process took two and a half years, but the wait is well worth it.
    “When we got selected, my wife got an immediate smile on her face,” Vargas said. “We’ve been so happy.”
  • Seal Beach Planning Commission rejects controversial LA Fitness center

    People celebrate as the Seal Beach planning commission deny a conditional use permit for a new L.A. Fitness at The Shops at Rossmoor in Seal Beach, California, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The developers of the proposed health club are sitting in the front row. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Lynne Wilson, of Rossmoor, holds a protest sign as the Seal Beach planning commission debates a new L.A. Fitness for The Shops at Rossmoor in Seal Beach, California, on Tuesday, June 27
  • State Supreme Court refuses to hear case of OC college student convicted of 1979 murder of nurse

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The California Supreme Court refused today to reviewthe case of an Orange County engineer who was convicted of the 1979 murder ofa 28-year-old Torrance nurse he had briefly dated.Douglas Gordon Bradford is serving a 26-year-to-life state prison termfor Lynne Knight’s strangulation.At his December 2014 sentencing, he maintained that someone elsecommitted the crime.“I’m an innocent man wrongly convicted. I’m mad as hell I’m paying forsomeone
  • Laguna Niguel council approves hiring of city manager search firm

    Related Articles Laguna Niguel city manager to exit post next monthWith City Manager Rod Foster’s retirement less than one month away, the Laguna Niguel City Council unanimously voted on Wednesday, June 27, to hire a search firm to identify candidates for the job.
    The council agreed to hire Ralph Andersen and Associates for a cost not to exceed $26,500, according to a staff report. The cost for the firm is “offset by salary and benefit savings from vacant positions in the city manage
  • Homeland Security demands more security on international flights into U.S.

    WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes.
    Compliance with the new rules could lead to the lifting of a ban on laptops and other large electronics already in place for airlines flying to the United States from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. It could also stave off a muc
  • Tustin Tidbits: What’s coming up in town

    Fireworks light up the sky
    Come to the Tustin High football field, 1171 El Camino Real, on Fourth of July evening for food, live music and other entertainment. Stick around for spectacular fireworks after the sun goes down. Pack a picnic or purchase food and drinks from the school’s booster club. And, bring along some non-perishable food items for Operation Warm Wishes to donate to homeless and disadvantaged veterans. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. — all leading up to
  • Lake Forest resident, ‘spirit of the Red Cross’ celebrates 100 years

    Susan Abbott shows off the additional pages added to Ruth “Riki” Belew’s passport during a celebration for her 100th birthday at Freedom Village Retirement Community in Lake Forest on Friday, June 23, 2017. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)Linda Voss of The American Red Cross congratulates Ruth “Riki” Belew during a celebration for her 100th birthday at Freedom Village Retirement Community in Lake Forest on Friday, June 23, 2017. (Photo by Drew A.
  • Mission Viejo adopts $66.8 million budget

    MISSION VIEJO The Mission Viejo City Council adopted a $66.8 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year with projections for a $67.1 budget in 2018-19 at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
    The projected budgets for both years are balanced, with goals to maintain community core service and programs at current levels, as well as continuing funding for economic development, monitoring unfunded liabilities and completing capital projects that include park playgrounds, Felipe Recreation Center, M
  • Sibling authors bring tale of Yorkie who learns self-acceptance to Newport Beach

    The children’s book “Yorkietown,” written by siblings Casey and Karri Adler follows the plight of a Zaggy, an oversized Yorkie, who desperately wants to fit in.The children’s book “Yorkietown,” written by siblings Casey and Karri Adler follows the plight of a Zaggy, an oversized Yorkie, who desperately wants to fit in. (Courtesy Casey Adler)Siblings Kari and Casey Adler have collaborated on several writing projects. Their 2016 children’s book “Yorkietow
  • Following ACLU report on ‘inhumane’ Orange County jails, Sheriff Hutchens to hold press conference

    The day after the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California issued a report about “inhumane” conditions in Orange County jails, county Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will hold a press conference to discuss those allegations.
    The ACLU report stated that deputies often used excessive force against inmates, housed inmates in unsanitary conditions and denied inmates adequate health care. The report’s authors also called for Hutchens resign.
    Related Articles Orange County Sheri
  • Boys Town to shut down its Orange County homes for at-risk youth

    Boys Town California, which operates family homes for at-risk youth on a tranquil, picturesque, 80-acre site in Trabuco Canyon, has announced that it will shut down operations there this summer.
    Administrators say the move comes as they “shift resources to other programs.”
    In addition to the Trabuco Canyon site, which is Boys Town’s only one in California, the 100-year-old Nebraska-based organization also will close sites in New York and Texas.
    The move is part of Boys Tow
  • Smaller Brea Place project with 653 apartments approved by Planning Commission

    A reworked, 653-unit proposal for the mixed-used Brea Place project near the Brea Mall was approved by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 27.
    The developer, Hines, cut 94 apartments and lowered the buildings’ maximum heights from seven stories to five in answer to commissioners’ previous concerns about the project. The project’s retail space was also cut by more than two-thirds in the latest proposal submitted.
    Brea Place is proposed to fill in empty spaces in a 30-a
  • Wienerschnitzel adds beefed up burgers to its menu

    Irvine-based Wienerschnitzel is adding more burgers to its menu. (Photo courtesy of Wienerschnitzel)Irvine-based Wienerschnitzel is adding more burgers to its menu. (Photo courtesy of Wienerschnitzel)Irvine-based Wienerschnitzel is adding more burgers to its menu. (Photo courtesy of Wienerschnitzel)Irvine-based Wienerschnitzel is adding more burgers to its menu. (Photo courtesy of Wienerschnitzel)Show Caption of Expand
    Wienerschnitzel is ramping up its burger offerings by bulking up its patties
  • These 10 cities in Orange County are selling safe and sane fireworks before July 4th

    The countdown to the Fourth of July has started: Fireworks stands are opening in several Orange County cities around Orange County.
    Ten cities allow the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks, which has become a big fundraising opportunity for school and community groups.
    Sales start Wednesday, June 28 in Anaheim and Villa Park with other cities starting on June 30 and more on July 1. All allow sales through July 4.
    Jess Diaz, top left, and Lori Raichel help stock the shelves of the Esperanza s
  • Southwest is latest airline to cut back flights to Cuba

    Southwest Airlines will join other U.S. carriers in reducing flights to Cuba, saying laws that restrict Americans from traveling there for tourism are constraining demand.
    Southwest becomes the latest airline to accept that the industry, with little way to judge demand beforehand, was too optimistic when U.S. regulators allowed passenger routes to the island nation last year for the first time in decades. President Donald Trump added to the woes earlier this month by announcing restrictions that
  • Who are the Clippers getting in the Chris Paul trade?

    The first blockbuster trade of the NBA offseason came Wednesday with the Clippers, after being informed that Chris Paul intended to sign with Houston as a free agent, trading their All-Star point guard to the Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick.
    Here’s a quick look at the players involved:TO THE ROCKETS:
    Pos.: Point guard
    Age: 32
    Notes: 12 seasons in NBA, six with Clippers; nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-Defensive Team
    Career: 18
  • Rodney Bingenheimer jumps to SiriusXM after KROQ lets him go

    Influential Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer didn’t stay unemployed for long. After KROQ-FM/106.7 let him go after four decades earlier this month on Wednesday he announced on his Facebook page that he’s moving to SiriusXM starting Sunday, July 16.
    Bingenheimer’s new show will be part of the Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel on the satellite radio network. It will air at 9 p.m. Eastern / 6 p.m. Pacific each Sunday — Rodney’s favorite day for the sho
  • China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier

    GANZHOU, China Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands.
    The three activists walked out of a police station in Ganzhou, a city in southeastern Jiangxi province, on Wednesday, the final day of their legally mandated 30-day detention period limit.
    The activists were working with China Labor Watch, a New York-based group, and were investigating
  • Knicks, Phil Jackson part ways after dismal three-year run

    Phil Jackson wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony and wouldn’t rule out dealing Kristaps Porzingis.
    Turns out, Jackson is the one leaving.
    Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history, with the team saying in a statement Wednesday that they had “mutually agreed to part company.”
    Days after Jackson reiterated his desire to move Anthony and said he would listen to deals for Porzingis, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan reve
  • Chris Paul leaving Clippers in trade, will team with James Harden in Houston

    After six seasons and just as many playoff disappointments, Chris Paul’s time with the Clippers is over.
    After Paul informed the Clippers he would sign as a free agent with the Houston Rockets, the teams negotiated a trade that will land the Clippers several role players and a 2018 first-round pick in exchange for the perennial All-Star.
    The Vertical reported first reported the deal early Wednesday.
    The Clippers will receive former Lakers reserve Lou Williams, small forward Sam Dekker and
  • Homeless encampment sprouts at Tustin Civic Center — drawing both concern and compassion

    The homeless in the Tustin Civic Center pile up their belongings in the Tustin on Friday, June 23, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Kelly Harper, 55, who says he was a former business man and magazine owner wears a tie every day. He currently lives in the homeless encampment in the Tustin Civic Center in Tustin on Friday, June 23, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Kelly Harper, 55, who says he was a former business man and magazine owner current
  • Two men armed with handguns rob a 7-Eleven in Fullerton

    FULLERTON Two men armed with handguns robbed a 7-Eleven Tuesday night and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said.
    The incident happened about 11:30 p.m. in the 300 block of South Brookhurst Street, said Fullerton police Lt. Robert Bastreri.
    The men fled from the store and were last seen on foot southbound on Brookhurst Street, he said. No one was injured.
    Any one with information about the incident is asked to call Fullerton police at 714-738-6534.
  • $60 Lobsterfest returns in August to Newport Beach

    The ninth annual Lobsterfest will be held Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Newport Beach Waterfront Resort.
    Lobsterfest was born in 2009 as a fundraiser benefiting the Sunrise Rotary Clubs in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. It’s now a nonprofit that raises funds for Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire as well as Leadership Tomorrow in Orange County.
    The event, from 3-8 p.m., will feature live Maine lobsters flown in that day. The lobsters will be prepared on-site along with a buffet with steak,
  • Best thing I ate this week: great tacos on the road to nowhere

    I sincerely hope Centro Collective can survive its current, no-man’s-land location long enough that it can ultimately relocate to a better space someplace else, because the tacos served here deserve much greater access.The menu is limited to merely six. (There is another side of the collective devoted to pizza, but that’s another story.) Of the several that I tried, all were excellent but none of the others comes even close to the meatless taco made with mushrooms and zucchini blosso
  • Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’

    CARACAS, Venezuela — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted “terrorist attack” aimed at ousting him from power.
    The confusing exchange, which is bound to ratchet up tensions in a country already paralyzed by months of deadly anti-government protests, took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television Tuesday. He later said the helicopter had fired on the pr
  • Tesoro Football 2017: Schedule, Roster, Stats

    2017 SCHEDULE(All games 7 p.m. unless noted)
    Date           Opponent                        SiteAug. 25       vs. Edison                    Tesoro HighSept. 1        at La Habra                  La Habra HighSept. 8        vs. Huntington Beach  
  • Trabuco Hills Football 2017: Schedules, Rosters, Stats

    2017 SCHEDULE(All games 7 p.m. unless noted)
    Date                Opponent                          SiteAug. 25            vs. Pacifica                    Trabuco Hills HighSept. 1             vs. Fullerton                
  • San Juan Hills Football 2017: Schedule, Roster, Stats

    2017 SCHEDULE(All games 7 p.m. unless noted)
    Date              Opponent                     SiteAug. 25         at Dos Pueblos            Dos Pueblos HighSept. 1          vs. Canyon                  San Juan Hills HighSept. 8          vs. Capistr
  • San Clemente Football 2017: Schedules, Rosters, Stats

    2017 SCHEDULE(All games 7 p.m. unless noted)
    Date           Opponent                      SiteAug. 25      at Oceanside                Oceanside HighSept. 1       vs. Huntington Beach   San Clemente HighSept. 8       at Fullerton                    Fullerton
  • Supreme Court’s trademark ruling a blow to speech police

    Asked to decide whether a band name using pejorative slang could be deprived of trademark protections, the Supreme Court correctly ruled in defense of the band — and of the First Amendment.
    Let’s hope the decision will herald the high-water mark of America’s speech-policing movement.
    Americans have been busybodies about manners and mores for hundreds of years. That’s a tradition set to continue for a long time. But now, the concerted effort of a radical vanguard to inscri
  • Politics trumps economics on minimum wage issue

    Economists have oftentimes been made the butt of jokes for their significant differences of opinion on a number of issues. “If you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion,” the saying goes.
    But, despite a number of internal debates within the profession’s various schools of thought, there is strong agreement on some core beliefs, like the laws of supply and demand. The law of supply simply states that the quantity of goods
  • Needed flexibility on sober-living homes

    When it comes to sober-living homes, it seems there is a reflexive urge to throw the baby out with the bathwater. In Costa Mesa, home to the second-highest number of licensed drug rehabilitation centers per capita in the state, residents’ exasperation with the industry is understandable, but, as in all things, some flexibility is important.
    The Costa Mesa City Council, therefore, made the right decision last week when it exercised discretion in regulating the city’s sober-living hom

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