Lights AREN'T on and No One's Home When Immigration Activists Visit Ed Royce's Office

See the update at the end of this post on protesters arriving to Rep. Ed Royce's empty office, the sign that was left on the door for them and the messages they left for the congressman.

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Courtesy of National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Immigration-reform protesters block a road outside Rep. Ed Royce's office on June 27.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 28, 6:05 A.M.: If you thought the arrest of seven people in June outside the Brea district office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) would prevent protesters demanding immigration reform from returning this morning to show solidarity with a larger demonstration in Washington, D.C., think again.

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Orly Taitz Border-Crosser Lawsuit in Texas Allowed to Proceed ... With Major Conditions

See the update at the end of this post on the judge allowing Orly Taitz's suit to move forward--with major conditions.

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Orly Taitz shown in 2009 with documents alleging Barack Obama was born outside U.S.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 6:31 A.M.: Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real-estate saleslady/Three Wishes Keks Orly Taitz is hailing a federal judge granting her motion to subpoena four Border Patrol agents to testify today in her "emergency" challenge to the U.S. government transporting undocumented immigrants from South Texas to California and other states.

But the Queen of the Birfers may have tipped off in a letter to the office of vehemently anti-immigrant Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) that she "shopped" for a Brownsville jurist most sensitive to her cause.

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Hurricane Marie-Whipped High Surf Pounds Balboa Pier But Occupants Don't Seem to Mind

Categories: Wax On, Wax Off

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Photo by Matt Coker/OC Weekly
Heavy surf pounds Balboa Pier Wednesday evening.
It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

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3 DUI Defendants Arrested in Courthouse Sting as End-of-Summer Enforcement Continues

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

See Update No. 5 at the bottom of Page 2 on a courthouse sting involving people with licenses suspended due to DUI. Update No. 4 revised DUI arrest results during the end-of-summer crackdown. Update No. 3 is on a DUI task force sweep. Update No. 2 has opening weekend DUI arrest totals. Update No. 1 was on a late-added checkpoint.

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Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department
Deputies warn you'll be seeing this sign a lot in Orange County through summer's end.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 15: Summer ending anti-DUI enforcement kicks off tonight with three--count 'em--three DUI checkpoints, in the cities of Irvine, Tustin and Garden Grove.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Gang Injunction Battle in Santa Ana's Townsend Street!

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CopWatch Santa Ana
SanTana's finest

The summer has been especially hot in the Townsend Street neighborhood in SanTana, where the Orange County District Attorney's office is trying to fully implement a gang injunction. Nevermind that residents in the area don't want it. Nevermind that DA Tony Rackauckas usually overreaches on such efforts, leading to court decisions against him. There's cholos in dem dere apartments, so send in the cavalry!

The fight between activists and the DA/police is the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9's "Orange County Line" this week.


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UFC Hall of Famer Suggests "Boring MMA Fights" Are a Symptom of "Tito Ortiz Virus"

Categories: Sports

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No outward signs of a virus.

An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer says he is coming out of retirement to stop the spread "of the virus that's known as Tito Ortiz," something Stephan Bonnar claims is manifested by the Bad Boy of Huntington Beach's "boring fights for too many years."

S to the NAP, girlfriend. This is like Arnie Palmer calling out Jack Nicklaus!


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Kelly Michele Wolfe Could Get 16 Years in Prison for Drunken-Driving "Murder:" OCDA

See the update at the end of this post on the possible punishment and bail amount Kelly Wolfe faces.

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Kelly Michele Wolfe is booked.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 8:36 A.M.: A Capistrano Beach woman faces arraignment Thursday on a murder rap, other serious felonies and a misdemeanor in the Fourth of July 2013 killing of a 76-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle while walking with her grandson along a San Clemente bike trail.

Kelly Michele Wolfe fled the scene of the collision that night but was later detained outside her residence, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD).

Wolfe's blood-alcohol that night measured at 0.31 percent, claims Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell, the prosecutor in the case.

However, the 46-year-old suspect was not arrested until Tuesday--as in yesterday.

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Where's the Beach? Orange County's War Over Public Sand

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Cameron K. Lewis/OC Weekly

It's 7:02 on a recent summer evening, and the main gate at Strands Beach, located next to a parking lot on Selva Road on the north side of Dana Point Harbor, slams shut. The gate, which opens to the Strand at Headlands development, locks at this time every evening from May through September; from October to April, the gate shuts promptly at 5 p.m. Factoring in seasonal changes in daylight as well as daylight saving time, this means that no matter what time of year it is, the sun is still shining when the gate closes and blocks off the beach to all but the wealthy homeowners who live there. (Though there is public access less than 200 yards north of this gate.)

According to California's state constitution, the gate shouldn't even be there: All the sand below the high-tide line is public property, and access should be guaranteed to anyone. But over the past few decades, throughout the state--especially in places such as Malibu and South Orange County--you'd be forgiven for thinking the beach is for millionaires only: Well-heeled homeowners use everything from bogus no-parking or no-trespassing signs to private security firms to keep the public away.

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Santa Ana Residents Unite Against Proposed Homeless Shelter

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In late June, Dora Lopez received a flier in the mail from the city of Santa Ana, letting her know the county government was considering putting a homeless shelter in an industrial area less than a mile from her home.

Lopez figured officials were seeking "opinions" as "a first step" toward deciding where to place such a shelter. But at a July 2 community meeting, she learned Orange County was already in late-stage talks to buy a building near McFadden and Grand avenues.

"There was a knot in my stomach," she remembers. "I was so angry I couldn't even hold my emotions."

She was one of just a handful of neighborhood residents who attended that meeting, which drew mostly county and city staff and people from nonprofits that serve the homeless.

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OC Man's Pot Sale Conviction Overturned In Groundbreaking Court Ruling

Categories: Bong Blotter

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Jay Brockman
Better Call Glew!
The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law.

Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmative defense citing protection under California's medical marijuana law.

Now, thanks an appeals court ruling that involves a Newport Beach marijuana collective operator convicted of possessing pot with the intent to sell, prosecutors might have a much harder time winning convictions in cases where collectives have followed state law.

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