OC Register Set to Sell Santa Ana Headquarters

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The Orange County Register is set to sell its Santa Ana headquarters to developer Mike Harrah, reports the Orange County Business Journal. The newspaper put the building on the market late last year, and the sale is expected to close in the coming days.

As Kushner told his own newspaper when the building's availability was announced in December, "Along those lines, as have many newspapers, we will be marketing our Santa Ana real estate for either sale-leaseback or sale."

No word yet if they'll be staying on Grand Street, but I've reached out for comment.

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Richard Gardner Engel's Ex-Wife Defends Socialite Who Got 7 Years for Tax Evasion

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

UPDATE: Jolene Engel told City News Service's Paul Anderson today that she left Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. in 1998 but remained president in name only through June 30, 2001, when Richard Engel assumed that position. She added she separated from Richard in 1999, was divorced by 2000 and had no idea the company's taxes were not being paid, saying she should have been more diligent. "I've been asking to pay the money since 2002," she said of restitution. "The DA kept changing their mind about what I owed." She agreed with her ex-husband that negative publicity hindered his ability to raise his restitution and said the prison term will likely cost him his law license that the state bar suspended in June 2012. "Like he said (in court), his life is gone,'' Jolene said of Richard. "... I feel very badly that he's going to prison. It's so hard to see someone you know for so many years go to prison." But Senior Deputy District Attorney Bill Overtoom told Anderson that Richard Engel could have avoided his fate. "He's had substantial income and he still hasn't paid his taxes," Overtoom said. "We all have to pay our taxes whether we like it or not, so state prison is appropriate."

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Richard Gardner Engel from his days on the Orange Coast society circuit.

A once-wealthy Newport Beach socialite failed to come up with $300,000 in restitution and was sentenced today to seven years in state prison for not paying taxes related to his former power plant refurbishing business. Richard Gardner Engel's ex-wife Jolene Engel, who was once president of the couple's Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. (PMSI) business in Huntington Beach, already paid more than $1 million in restitution, had her felony charges knocked down to misdemeanors and was sentenced to three years probation.

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Miko Peled Shares His Journey from Staunch Zionist to Israel-Palestine Peace Activist Sunday

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Miko Peled is interviewed about his views on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Though he lives in Coronado now, Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem and has a grandfather who signed Israel's Declaration of Independence. His father served as an Israeli general who later became a peace activist, a critic of Israel's territorial expansion and a supporter of dialogue with the PLO and a two-state solution. Junior followed in his father's peacemaking footsteps, as you'll learn if you catch him speaking in Laguna Beach on Sunday.

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DEA: Beverly Hills Businessman Was International Cocaine, Pot and Ecstasy Dealer

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Nguyen's Linkedin page
Tom Nguyen attributes the success of his Beverly Hills-based Alenta Global Alliance (AGA) to "proven business acumen" that provides his customers "access to privileged business portfolios."

"At AGA, we identify high-growth segments of the economy where we can establish a competitive advantage and generate superior returns," Nguyen wrote in an Internet ad for his venture capital company.

But, according to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, Nguyen lead a lucrative double life as a "high-ranking member of an international money laundering and drug trafficking organization" selling large quantities of Ecstasy pills, marijuana and cocaine in Mexico, Canada, California, Arizona and Florida.

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Apple iPhone 6 Launch Draws a Crowd to South Coast Plaza Today ... But Some are Protesters

Categories: Labor, Tech

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If you go to the Apple Store at South Coast Plaza to order an iPhone 6, expect to be educated.

On the eve of debuting the iPhone 6 in retail stores today, Apple announced that it will not unlock most iPhones for the government. But don't mistake those rallying outside the South Coast Plaza Apple Store this morning as pro-Apple freedom lovers. Actually, they are there to "educate customers about big tech's economic toll on struggling service workers who contribute the industry's success."

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241 Toll Road Extension Hits Keep Coming: Report Ranks It Among 11 U.S. "Boondoggles"

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Transportation Corridor Agencies
Follow the dotted lines to the road to nowhere.

Bashing the extension of the Foothill-South Toll Road is sooooo hot right now. Yesterday, we reported on a California Parks Foundation poll that found 78 percent of Orange County voters oppose extending the 241. Today, we're dishing on a new report that ranks the toll road's initial Tesoro Extension among 11 examples in the U.S. of highway spending "boondoggles."

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Watch These Videos From Yesterday's Emergency Landing at Long Beach Airport

Categories: Long Beach

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So yesterday mornin,g a JetBlue flight headed from Long Beach to Austin had to turn around shortly after take off when one of its engines blew out, filling the cabin with smoke.

The flight crew successfully made an emergency landing, and all 142 passengers and five crew members made it off the plane without any major injuries. Now, thanks to the power of technology, you can all see what it was like on the airplane during the emergency landing by watching the two videos after the jump.

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Bloody Wedding Oozes with Nominations You Can Help It Win at FANtastic Horror Film Fest

Categories: Film and TV

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Pason is a best supporting actress nominee for her role in Bloody Wedding.
To be perfectly honest, I remember more having to correct multiple mistakes I made in a half-asleep-written post about Bloody Wedding when it rolled at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival than I do the campy slasher flick. But please do not let that stop you from voting for several fan awards for which the locally produced flick has been nominated.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Use-of-Force Review Process: Update

UPDATE: Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, just today announced that the agency will implement a unified, formal review process for use-of-force incidents. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson also announced a new delegation of criminal misconduct investigative authority to hold CBP personnel accountable. Representatives of the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, Border Action Network of Arizona and the ACLU of Texas welcomed these moves toward greater transparency but also noted there has been no disciplinary action taken for use-of-force incidents that have resulted in at least 29 deaths since 2010.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are on the move.

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) engages in unlawful excessive use of force and lacks accountability and transparency, according to a report to the United Nations by the UC Irvine School of Law's International Justice Clinic.

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Reda Hassan Safieddine Guilty of Shotgun Murder of 17-Year-Old Tagging Crew Rival

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Reda Hassan Safieddine in 2012
A jury today found a 20-year-old Fountain Valley man guilty of murdering an unarmed teen rival from a "tagging crew" with a shotgun blast to the neck in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Jurors in Santa Ana deliberated about four hours before convicting Reda Hassan Safieddine, who as a DJ went by "Big Reda," of second-degree murder and brandishing a firearm and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a gun.

He faces up to 40 years to life in prison at his scheduled sentencing Nov. 7.

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