Orange County Register: It's not the happiest place on Earth today, as Disneyland begins laying off back-office employees and telling employees of a Paradise Pier Hotel restaurant it will close. . . . Motivational speaker Gary Shawkey was booked into Orange County Jail on murder charges after spinning wild tales about criss-crossing the country in search of his business partner, who is believed to be the victim. . . . Firefighters battling a blaze at a Santa Ana commercial storage building discovered an indoor pot farm. Firemen immediately removing their hazmat masks to take in the smoke was not reported. . . . California Coastal Communities, the builder of the controversial Brightwater development on the Bolsa Chica mesa, lost $44.7 million last year. . . . Police believe the woman found floating in Huntington Harbour died of an accident.
Los Angeles Times: Let cash registers ring! This is the last weekend to buy something in California before the sales tax increases. . . . Tolls for the 91 Freeway Express Lanes will drop 50 cents during seven time slots throughout the day as the Orange County Transportation Authority tries to attract commuters. . . . Cal State Fullerton reached a deal with Lennar Corp. to continue leasing classroom space in Irvine's future Great Park. . . Consumers trying to stage a protest over alleged loan-modification scams at Centre Legal in Buena Park got stuck in the office building's elevator. . . . A decorative wall constructed around a Huntington Beach "castle" has neighbors pissed. Wait until the see the moat!