What We Learned, Feb. 4-10
FEB. 4: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange reveals on its website that it is accepting from parishoners new names for Crystal Cathedral through Feb. 20. Bishop Tod Brown's only requirement is that the new moniker be "Christological," but Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano later learns His Todness already decided that "transfiguration" will be included in the winning title. What We Learned: Let he who has not sinned in a bankruptcy acquired glass house cast the first stone.
FEB. 6: After spending three months in Orange County Jail while suspected of murdering his mother and older brother, 23-year-old Eder Giovanni Herrera of Yorba Linda was to be freed with the arrest of former classmate and accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo for those slayings. Instead, Herrera entered federal lockup under an immigration hold--before being released on his own recognizance today. What We Learned: Who is ever really free?
FEB. 8: The Orange County Register names Gustavo Arellano one of the county's most interesting people. "OC Weekly readers have long known Arellano's wit," writes reporter Tom Berg. "But since his best columns were made into a book a few years back, Arellano is known nationally, appearing on the Today show, Nightline, The Colbert Report and in the Village Voice. What We Learned: There goes Gustavo's hat size again.
FEB. 10: El Monte gang member Cesar Gomez is sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of 24-year-old Inglewood prostitute Ashley Nicole Lilly in an upscale Garden Grove hotel in August 2009. The victim had advertised her services in the Weekly's Backpage.com, among other sites. Gomez had been deported to Mexico but sneaked back into this country. What we learned: Jim Gilchrist, may we introduce your new poster boy.