Anaheim Officials Welcome the Kush Expo--While Suing Small Pot Shops and Their Landlords

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Jeff Drew/OC Weekly

Every summer for the past five years, the Anaheim Convention Center, a swirly tower of concrete and blue-tinted glass, transforms itself into a mecca of marijuana. This magical event, the world's largest of its kind, lasts exactly two days and happens just across the street from the Disneyland Resort. It's called the Kush Expo.

On display inside the four-hall, football field-sized facility are dozens of vendors hawking products ranging from the latest vaporizers to bongs, soil nutrients and hydroponic growing equipment. There's the annual Kush Cup Awards, offering recognition for best indica, sativa and hybrid strains; oil; wax; hash; edible chocolate; vape pen; and tube bong--to name but a few categories. Then there's the Hot Kush Girl Contest, in which bikini-clad lasses with green numbers spray-painted on their thighs compete for up to $500 and a gift bag.

If all the bare flesh and bong raffles aren't enough to keep you entertained, you can step inside an open-air white tent out back, where folks with a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana can smoke pot while guarded by Anaheim police officers. Doctors are on-site and available to help out the poor souls who forgot their cards. For a small fee, they can figure out what ails you, and presto change-o, you're a certified medicinal-marijuana patient.

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David Rose Gets 5 Years and Must Pay Doctors, Dentists and Orthodontists $2.3 Million

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Courtesy of the FBI
David Rose's former $80,000 Sea Ray boat
An investment professional who stung physicians, dentists and orthodontists for $2.3 million--and spent the money he received on a Cota de Caza home, college tuition, luxury cars, shares in the Green Bay Packers and the $80,000 boat shown above--was sentenced in Santa Ana federal court Monday to nearly five years in prison.

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Cars and Coffee Became America's Most Famous Auto Meet-up--And That Is Why It's Now Gone

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Bruce Benedict

It's a few hours before dawn on Dec. 20--a Saturday--and the 405 and 5 freeways around Irvine are slammed. Porsches and Lamborghinis and other exotic cars are clipping along, some at speeds and RPMs normally reserved for a racetrack, until they hit the gridlock, all headed toward the same Alton Parkway, Irvine Center Drive and 133 exits lit up red on Waze and Google Maps.

As the clock clicks closer to 7 a.m., the traffic gets heavier, briefly forming a solid row of cars stretching to a large parking lot just north of the El Toro Y that's shared by Ford's California design team and Mazda's corporate offices. As the cars idle while waiting to get in, their engines produce a symphony of roars, purrs, putters, growls and zooms. These are special cars--restored bombs, gleaming land yachts, Italian sports coupes, Asian imports, Beamers, school projects, a military troop carrier, a collection of Volkswagen buses and beetles, and dozens of other pretties for weekend warriors to gawk at and praise.

They all eventually pull single file into the Ford/Mazda lot, slowly crawling as the drivers follow signs and volunteers to empty spots. Drivers and passengers--older white men wearing bomber jackets; wealthy foreign-born Asians, Asian Americans and Middle Eastern men; and a handful of women, children and dogs--get out of their cars and start to wander, walking the lot and literally kicking the tires of the cars that have gathered.

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Longtime Juaneño Indian Leader David Belardes Loses His Battle with Cancer

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Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
David Belardes, R.I.P.
The passing of David Belardes, the onetime chief of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians in San Juan Capistrano, warrants a look back at our Feb. 5, 2009, cover story.

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Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It

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The atmosphere was jovial as more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Santa Ana on May 25, 1906, to watch their civic dream come true: the burning of the city's Chinatown.

Politicians and residents alike had long pushed for the torching, and now was the time to do it. The once-thriving area--bounded by present-day Main, Third and Bush streets--was almost vacant, atrophied over the years by anti-Chinese laws that made a peaceful life there impossible. Health officials had just condemned Chinatown's few remaining buildings, rounding up out the last residents as onlookers jeered. A representative of China's minister to the United States was rushing in from Los Angeles, seeking to stop the planned kindling. But Santa Ana would be denied no more.

Families gathered to witness the destruction, along with law enforcement and businessmen--the whole town, it seemed. "It was like a big picnic, or a Fourth of July," an eyewitness recalled decades later. A fire marshal was on the scene to douse coal oil on Chinatown's structures and set the blaze. But light drizzle throughout the day put a damper on everyone's plans; the fire marshal couldn't strike a spark.

That delay thinned the original crowd to a couple of hundred curious onlookers as the evening arrived. But when the first flames curled up to the sky around 8 p.m., visible for blocks around, a stampede returned "in time to see the fun," according to the Santa Ana Evening Blade.


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Holiday Horror Stories Comic: Losing Man's Best Friend on Christmas Eve

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Holiday Horror Stories Comic: No More Turkey

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Holiday Horror Stories Comic: Holiday Blackout

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Holiday Horror Stories Comic: Being Single During The Holidays

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By Leslie Agan

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Holiday Horror Stories Comic: Whiskey, Norm's & Break Ups

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By Julio Salgado & Tina Vasquez

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