What We Learned, Feb. 11-17
FEB. 11: Whitney Houston dies in Beverly Hills, and a shrine goes up in . . . Laguna Hills? It's at the home of Mike and Mahi Pasha now, but in 2006 the legendary singer rented the place to be closer to her drug counselor. What We Learned: At the former Fullerton apartment of Houston's The Bodyguard co-star Kevin Costner . . . crickets.
FEB. 12: After years of backslapping, glad-handing and fake back-and-forth, construction finally begins at One Broadway Plaza, developer Mike Harrah's Santa Ana skyscraper that is destined to become Orange County's tallest building. And here is Gustavo Arellano's photographic evidence of that new construction:
FEB. 13: A pervy guy with a cell phone camera shoots a student doing her business in a women's restroom stall at Cypress College before being chased away. The next day, Steven Anthony Sender, 42, of Santa Ana, is arrested for allegedly sneaking a peak in an Orange Coast College ladies room. What We Learned: Neither victim could spare a square
|Tha's Linda May on the left.|
FEB. 15: Harry Welch, head coach of the state champion Santa Margarita High School football team, is reinstated after a three-week suspension brought on by allegations he pushed or shoved an Eagles player. The Catholic school/Diocese of Orange probe of the coach, who has gone 22-5 in two seasons, also revealed three of his assistant coaches have been let go for pot possession raps. What We Learned: To imagine the outcome had Welch gone 5-22.
FEB. 17: Chad Martin Jurjaks is sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison for yelling "Fucking Mexicans" at a 42-year-old Latino man and his 26-year-old nephew before punching them outside a 7-Eleven in Costa Mesa last March. What We Learned: Costa Mesa's next mayoral race had a new candidate.