Pat Leborio: The Clown Prince of Addicts

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By Lisa Whittmore

This church of ours is open to all. . . . There will be no outcasts," reads a banner looming over comedian Pat Leborio as he struts onto the stage. He's in the church hall of St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, ready to start a set for an audience that seem to be the last people on earth ready to listen to an hour of insults thrown their way: addicts.

Bald head gleaming, faded Dickies shorts reaching down to his calves and wearing a tent-like T-shirt that comfortably covers his 300-plus-pound frame, Leborio nods and smirks. It's time. His ferret-like eyes, bags underneath bruised so violet it looks as though he hasn't slept in a week, dart across the audience, looking for someone, anyone to trash. They land on a heavily tattooed man, seated in the second row.

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Bao Nguyen Is Garden Grove's History-Making Mayor in More Ways Than His Ethnicity

Categories: Politics

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Please keep wearing those bow ties!
If you need a metaphor for Bao Nguyen's stunning win as Garden Grove's new mayor earlier this month and what it means for the future of Orange County, look no further than the city's historic Main Street on election night. The storefront-heavy stretch is the last remnant of Garden Grove's old downtown, nowadays a forlorn place usually as alive as a two-stoplight town somewhere in Kansas. But as election results rolled in on Nov. 4, the street hosted two distinct parties right across from each other.


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How Do You Make OC More Food Secure? Donate, Expand Food Stamps and Turkey Trot

Categories: Events

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Lucca
This turkey won't be trotting Thursday.
The Orange County Rescue Mission hosts its first ever "Turkey Trot OC" 5k run/walk in Tustin Thursday morning to raise funds for and awareness of the less fortunate here.

Meanwhile, various groups have launched a program to expand the distribution of food stamps in Orange County as data shows an alarmingly high number of "food insecure households" in this little slice of paradise.


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Vigil and March for Michael Brown, Ferguson Tomorrow in Downtown Santa Ana

Categories: Main

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Portrait of Brown by local artist Valerie Lewis
A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson--surprise, surprise--for the on-duty shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson gunned down the unarmed 18-year-old African-American back in early August under bitterly disputed circumstances. The decision absolving Wilson of any wrongdoing yesterday touched off riots in the St. Louis suburb with cop cars and buildings set ablaze.

Demonstrations broke out in Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles and other cities last night. Anaheim police laughably thought riots might spark off in its streets, but nothing of the likes happened. OC is mobilizing, though, with a peaceful march in solidarity with Ferguson and the Brown family set for tomorrow evening, not in Anaheim, but downtown SanTana.

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Mother, Aunt and Uncle Admit to Abuse of Toddler Who Died After Days of Smacks to Head

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
From left: the victim's mother Noel Hurtado, aunt Ilene Hurtado and uncle Timothy Hurtado
The mother, aunt and uncle of a 23-month-old Anaheim boy who died in 2007 pleaded guilty to child abuse charges and now face 15-year prison terms.

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Motel Residents Sue Over Costa Mesa Law That Makes Them Move Every 30 Days

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Photo by Todd Mathews/OC Weekly
Is spending a night here on anyone else's bucket list?
Motel residents have filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court and will seek an emergency order there today to stop the city of Costa Mesa from making them move every 30 days.

Filed on the residents' behalf by lawyers from the Public Law Center, Haynes and Boone LLP and Western Center on Law and Poverty, the suit challenges an ordinance the Costa Mesa City Council passed by a 3-2 vote in August.

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Steven Dean Gordon Confessed He and Franc Cano Slayed 5 Prostitutes: Grand Jury Report

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Megan's Law
Steven Dean Gordon and his partner pleaded not guilty in May.
Half of the pair of alleged serial killers of prostitutes in Orange County confessed to police about the murders, the disposal of bodies in trash bins and how there was a fifth, yet-to-be-identified victim, according to a grand jury transcript unsealed Monday.

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More Bad News for Drug Rehab Center with Counselor Facing Murder Charge for DUI Crash

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The Shaun Eagleson Memorial Fund
Neil Storm Stephany pleaded not guilty to murdering Shaun Eagleson (shown with wife Olivia).
A Costa Mesa drug and alcohol recovery center that had a counselor charged with DUI murder in October is dealing with more negative press this month: the city claims one of its group homes in a residential neighborhood had 11 more beds than legally allowed after some shady moves to avoid detection.

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UC Irvine Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence's Inaugural Lecture is THIS EVENING

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Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Jacquelyn C. Campbell is in demand.
An internationally known professor who created a tool for predicting lethality in domestic violence situations gives the inaugural lecture for the newly minted UC Irvine Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence this evening.

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, the Anna D. Wolf Chair at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health; and national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars, is scheduled to speak from 5-7 p.m. at the UCI School of Law.

She will be introduced by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

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California Drought Solutions Explored at Aquarium of the Pacific Gathering TODAY

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Cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
Got water?
Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.

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