Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area CEO Under Internal Investigation

Categories: School Daze

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Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area (BGCHA) employees allege CEO Tammy Walz created a "hostile work environment" while letting the nonprofit's Westside Costa Mesa branch fall into disrepair, according to internal emails and letters from several of the nonprofit's employees obtained by the Weekly.

The emails and letters, addressed to the nonprofit's 13-member board, paint BGCHA's administrative office as a funhouse complete with tissue box throwing and insensitive racial comments. Meanwhile, the Westside Costa Mesa branch, one of four total branches throughout Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach, was allegedly left without furniture and flooring after a renovation project.

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Sebastian Alexander Swisher Busted for Allegedly Keeping 16 Ferrets in His Santa Ana Pad

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Don't taze me, bro!
Working off a tip, Santa Ana Police Animal Control officers were arrested a 23-year-old resident for allegedly importing and transporting live restricted animals and took custody of 16 ferrets that were turned over to OC Animal Care.

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Dr. Sears, OC Republican Legislators Illin' Over Gov. Brown Signing Vaccinations Bill

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Too late for this boy, who was infected in 1963.
That late December/early 2015 outbreak of measles traced from Disneyland to other parts of Orange County, across California, over the border to Mexico and to other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington state prompted Golden State vaccination legislation that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday--and then immediately blasted by Orange County Republican legislators and a pediatrician embraced by "anti-vaxxers" or those opposed to or skeptical of vaccinations.

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17-Year-Old Boy in Stable Condition After Being Shot by Garden Grove Police Officer

Categories: Crime-iny

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Some things have changed about the Garden Grove Police Department's report about an officer-involved shooting in the area of Jacalene Lane and Chapman Avenue just after 4 p.m. Monday. Yesterday, the person who was shot was an 18-year-old man who had pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the officer before being shot and hospitalized. Today, he's a 17-year-old boy and the bit about raising his weapon is missing from the police narrative.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Buena Park Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs' Union-Dues Challenge

Categories: Court, School Daze

Rebecca Friedrichs is the teacher at the center of it all.
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a major challenge to California's public unions--and public unions all over, really--brought by a Buena Park teacher-turned-Fox News heroine.

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Orange Mobile Park Residents Protest Steep Land Rent Hikes

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Group of Park Royale residents getting their protest on

Residents of Park Royale Mobile Home Park in Orange protested a sudden $175 hike in their land rent this past weekend--and they vow to stand outside the downtown SanTana office of part-owner Norman Katnik every weekend until he and the other owners listen.

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Should Anyone Care That Ann Coulter Hawks Her Latest Polemic in Costa Mesa TOMORROW?

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Hot on the shelves!

I may be going out on a limb here, because I have yet to read Ann Coulter's new book (or, come to think of it, any Ann Coulter book), but other than the upside down exclamation marks before the titles and right side up exclamation marks after, her ¡Adios, America! and The Mexican-in-Chief's ¡Ask a Mexican! book and columns take far different views of U.S. immigration policy.

The pair of authors do have this in common: both will be in Costa Mesa Wednesday.

Gustavo will be here at Weekly HQ, putting the final touches on the latest edition of the best alternative newsweekly in all the land (that's for sale).

Coulter will be pimping ¡Adios, America! at the local Barnes & Noble Booksellers, where a crowd is expected ... to protest her. (They likely won't be able to get as close at Coulter's July 13 gig at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.)

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At Least Ex-Dentist Damian Newhart Did Not Get the Chair for Seven SoCal Bank Robberies

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Damian Newhart (left) is welcomed by Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce president Derek Quinn at the 2008 dental office grand opening.
A former Newport Beach dentist--who blazed a trail of theft convictions, prescription drug abuse, shoddy patient care and allegations of practicing without a license--was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for being the bank robber dubbed the "Rolled Sleeves Bandit."

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2016 Scion iA and iM Models Hug the Canyon Roads Like Much Pricier European Sportscars

Categories: Ride Me

One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

The Scion iM (left) and iA are the first newly designed models from the Toyota brand in 3 years.
It was total coincidence that had me at Dave Wilson's South Coast Toyota in Costa Mesa Sunday afternoon, when I sat a few feet from rows of 2015 Scions. That's when it struck me how much different those cars look compared to the 2016 Scion models that I test drove three days before even though they won't hit American showrooms until September.

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Theresa Fisher of Tustin Gets 3.5 Years in Scam That Gave Patients New Noses, Boobs, Tummies

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Their tummy tucks were billed as "hernia disc surgeries."
A Tustin woman has been sentenced to nearly 3.5 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution for her part in an Orange plastic surgery center's scam that gave new noses, boobs and tummy tucks to patients whose insurance companies were fraudulently billed for covered, medically necessary procedures.

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