Joseph Jackson Jr. Tells His Tougaloo Nine Story on KPFK 90.7FM THIS MORNING!

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AMAZING cover photo by John Gilhooley
We put a brother on the cover!
The story of Joseph Jackson Jr., hero of the Tougaloo Nine, that graced our cover last week is now going on the air. The Anaheim resident took part in a historic sit-in at Jackson, Mississippi's whites-only public library on March 27, 1961 before disappearing into OC obscurity for decades.

He'll be recounting it all in an interview I recorded May 31 for the Weekly cover story and edited for an hour-long Sojourner Truth Radio with Margaret Prescod special. The program airs this morning from 7-8 a.m., so tune-in to KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles now!

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Hotel Workers at Garden Grove's Hyatt Regency to Rally for Rights

Categories: Labor

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flickr user Marc van der Chijs
Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove

Heading into Fourth of July weekend, Hyatt Regency hotel workers in Garden Grove want more freedom on the job. A rally is planned this afternoon on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue bringing together union allies and community members in support.

"The working conditions are very unjust," Hyatt Regency banquet worker Maricela Perez tells the Weekly in Spanish. "There's no respect of the majority of the workers."


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Christopher Bryan McKenzie Guilty of Molesting 5 Boys, Most of Whom He Met at Churches

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Christopher Bryan McKenzie Sr. met four of his seven victims through Sunday school.
A 51-year-old former volunteer Sunday school teacher at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa and Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach was convicted Wednesday afternoon of sexually assaulting five boys and attempting to attack a sixth.

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El Nino May Ease Drought and Cause a Whole Other Problem Along Coast: Too Much Water

Categories: Environment, H2no

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Public Policy Institute of California
Accompanying the weird weather we've experienced the past couple days has been the word "tropical," which is also often used when describing warm, muggy rainfall during El Nino years, like the one we're entering now. Some are pinning their hopes on the El Nino reversing our drought conditions, but the Public Policy Institute of California is warning of a new cause for concern: flooding that may damage more than $575 billion worth of property in the Golden State.

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Exactly Who Won Santa Ana's Medical-Marijuana Lottery?

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It was the video seen 'round the world, seven minutes of Keystone Kops-worthy exploits that exposed Santa Ana's sham of a medical-marijuana system once and for all.

The first image on the grainy footage, taken from a secret camera in the upper-right-hand corner of an empty hallway, is a hand-held battering ram smashing through the front door of Sky High Holistic Collective. Weapons drawn, a rush of plainclothes and uniformed police officers--most of them wearing hoods or motorcycle helmets--charge offscreen. A camera inside the dispensary's lobby captured officers pointing their guns at customers and employees, ordering them to lie down on the floor.

The officers arrest everyone inside the dispensary without incident, including wheelchair-bound amputee and legendary medical-marijuana activist Marla James (see "OC's Matriarch of Medicinal Marijuana," March 20). After a female officer wheels James out of the lobby, the video shows her crowbar-wielding partners ripping cameras from walls and dismantling a DVR machine. "Can we break some fucking cameras and make the boss happy, please?" one of the plainclothes officers shouts.

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Meet the OC Prosecutor Who Was Promoted After Letting a Suspected Child Molester Walk

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Bob Aul/OC Weekly
When Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly issued a numbskull explanation of his February prison sentence for a 20-year-old Santa Ana man who raped his 3-year-old half-sister in a garage, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas pounced. Rackauckas' move was understandable. Despite Kelly's posturing to the contrary, sodomizing a toddler is an act of horrific violence, even when an offender announces a post-arrest religious awakening. Indeed, the child complained of pain and suffered visible injuries, according to law-enforcement records.

"We have a very vulnerable victim and innocent victim," the four-term DA complained in April as he announced an appeal of Kevin Rojano-Nieto's 10-year prison sentence, 15 years below California's mandatory minimum punishment for such a crime.

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Full Video of Santa Ana Dispensary Raid Shows Even More Cops Eating Pot Edibles

Categories: Bong Blotter

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Scooby Snack!

The Weekly has obtained full and unedited footage of the Santa Ana Police Department's May 26 raid of Sky High Holistic Collective that went viral in June. The footage contains hours of video from four separate cameras, not all of which were equipped for sound. However, footage from a camera inside the dispensary's lobby area as well as one inside the club's safe room appears to solve the the mystery of exactly what the officers were eating, as they confiscated box after box of dry marijuana and pot edibles.

And yes, the word "officers" is not a typo. Although the edited footage originally released showed only one officer munching on a Scooby snack while handing a treat to another cop, the full video clearly shows four officers gobbling away on what one of the cops calls "pretty good looking chocolate bars" that were retrieved from an open safe containing pot edibles.


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Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area CEO Under Internal Investigation

Categories: School Daze

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Lou Yantorn Branch

Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area (BGCHA) employees allege CEO Tammy Walz created a "hostile work environment" while letting the nonprofit's Westside Costa Mesa branch fall into disrepair, according to internal emails and letters from several of the nonprofit's employees obtained by the Weekly.

The emails and letters, addressed to the nonprofit's 13-member board, paint BGCHA's administrative office as a funhouse complete with tissue box throwing and insensitive racial comments. Meanwhile, the Westside Costa Mesa branch, one of four total branches throughout Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach, was allegedly left without furniture and flooring after a renovation project.


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Sebastian Alexander Swisher Busted for Allegedly Keeping 16 Ferrets in Santa Ana Pad

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All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Don't taze me, bro!
Working off a tip, Santa Ana Police Animal Control officers were arrested a 23-year-old resident for allegedly importing and transporting live restricted animals and took custody of 16 ferrets that were turned over to OC Animal Care.

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Dr. Sears, OC Republican Legislators Illin' Over Gov. Brown Signing Vaccinations Bill

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Too late for this boy, who was infected in 1963.
That late December/early 2015 outbreak of measles traced from Disneyland to other parts of Orange County, across California, over the border to Mexico and to other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington state prompted Golden State vaccination legislation that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday--and then immediately blasted by Orange County Republican legislators and a pediatrician embraced by "anti-vaxxers" or those opposed to or skeptical of vaccinations.

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