OCDA Clears Anaheim Cops in High Speed Pursuit Death of Bank Robber

Categories: Crime-iny

Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Not the shiny, new APD Dodge Chargers
It didn't take long for convicted bank robber Arthur Taylor to go back to his old ways. After finishing a 20-year sentence for the crime, he enjoyed all but 8 days in freedom a before walking into a Bank of the West branch in Anaheim on January 10 with a special note for the teller: "ROBBERY GIVE MONEY HAVE GUN NOW."

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Gang Injunction Didn't Stop Gang Injuncted from Killing Ximena Meza

Categories: Where you from?

Ximena Meza forever R.I.P.
Ricardo Cruz and Alfredo Miguel Aquino stand charged with the October 22 murder of 9-year-old Ximena Meza in Anaheim, caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting. Though Cruz and Aquino admitted this summer to being members of a relatively new gang called RAW (Ready at War), court documents obtained by the Weekly show that the murder charges OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas filed against them push forth an interesting claim: that they carried out the shooting as "active participants" of the decades-old Anaheim FOLKS (Family of Latin Kings SureƱos) gang.

Who's FOLKS? Oh, just one of the thirteen OC gangs under one of Rackauckas' infamous gang injunctions, this one dating back to March 2011. Tony Rack and his crew always love to trot out stats claiming that the gang injunctions work, that they're a successful tool against cholo violence. Yet more than three years later, they're now essentially admitting that a gang they targeted with an injunction ended up killing an innocent girl anyway.

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Protest Outside OC's Mexican Consulate Planned for 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa

Categories: Politics

Josue Rivas / OC Weekly
A casket with the number '43' symbolizing the disappeared students at Santa Ana's Noche de Altares
Protests continue to engulf Mexico following the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero in late September. A nationwide strike has been called for November 20 with supportive actions planned in U.S. cities that same day, including a march to the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana.

The date marks the anniversary of Mexico's 1910 revolution. Is another one in the making?

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Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians Screens at Fullerton College This WEDNESDAY

Categories: Film and TV

Courtesy of the Filmmakers
Filmmaker Hernan Vilchez and his actor Enrique Ramirez were somewhere near Albuquerque when they sent over carefully thought-out responses to my questions about their latest film, Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians, including the basis of the title. "We're the only ones who manage the peyote; it gives us more strength to find where we are connected to the spirits around the universe, and from there comes our visions and everything in the natural world," wrote Ramirez, the spiritual guide and shaman (known as marakame).

Ramirez and Vilchez are currently on a North American tour to spread the word about their film and the people at its center, the Huichols, the people native to the Mexican states of Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Jalisco, an area they refer to as Wirikuta. They currently face threats from corporate mining companies who desire their land for excavation and exploitation. Huicholes stops by this Wednesday at Fullerton College with Ramirez and Vilchez in tow with an open call for donations to help fund the remaining costs of the film and for the Huichol community.

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OC Screen Productions' Between Two Harbors, Chasing Hollywood Chase Kickstarter Funds

We Are Ocean
Recovering from cancer on a surfboard, in the fledgling documentary Between Two Harbors.
Locally tingled small screen productions are currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, to varying success.

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Medical Marijuanist "Dr. J" Wijegunaratne Told to Stop Practicing Due to Sexual Assault Claim

An Anaheim Hills-based doctor who practices out of a medical marijuana clinic and goes by "Dr. J" (get it?) has been court-ordered to stop practicing medicine while he is out on bail for the alleged sexual assault of a female patient. But here's the deal with Dr. Sri Jayantha Wijegunaratne: He's already out on a bail in a separate case that accuses him of having defrauded Medicare by prescribing powered wheelchairs to patients who did not need them.

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New, Refreshing Day In Garden Grove: Bao Nguyen Captures Mayor's Office

Nguyen: Honest concern for residents outranked opponent's "communist" name game
A refreshing, new era in Garden Grove unofficially began tonight when the Orange County Registrar of Voters ended its Nov. 2014 vote counting and left young, upstart Bao Nguyen the victor over crusty, entrenched politician Bruce Broadwater in the race for mayor.

The result should mean Garden Grove--a city festering too often in grotesque backdoor dealings, questionable policy making, anti-immigrant sentiment and blatant nepotism thanks to Broadwater--is poised to enter an uplifting phase where residents don't take a back seat to national corporate interests luxuriously feeding financially off of nearby Disneyland.

While Broadwater seemingly couldn't resist any lunch or dinner with a wealthy developer or political hack, the Buddhist Nguyen--a UC Irvine graduate and son of parents who fled communist Vietnam and landed in Orange County's Little Saigon--has been known for years in Southern California's progressive communities for his mellow personality that defies an absolutely stern commitment to minorities, workers and everyday residents.

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An Inconvenient Thirst: See Jay Famiglietti's
60 Minutes Segment "Depleting the Water"

UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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Mike Murray, Prominent Homicide Prosecutor, To Run For Orange County Judge Post In 2016

Michael F. Murray, one of Orange County's most accomplished homicide prosecutors, is running to win a superior court judge post in the 2016 election.

Long feared by criminal suspects for his intense, relentless pursuit to solve major crimes, Murray's prospective departure from prosecution duties should bring a collective sigh of relief from future Southern California hoodlums.

I've witnessed psychopathic killers cringe when the no-nonsense, West Point graduate--a U.S. Army captain during the first Persian Gulf War--entered the courtroom.

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the righteousness of Murray's homicide conviction in People vs. Marvin Smith after bickering lower courts nitpicked about imaginary violations of Smith's constitutional rights.

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More OC Register Problems: OC Metro Shuttered, Saddleback Issues, and...a Lobster Bake?

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From the OC Weekly Museum
BOOM! goes the dynamite!

The bad news just keeps coming for the Orange County Register, so much so that we gotta combine items now instead of pacing them out day by day. So on this day's edition of As the Kush Turns, we have the death of OC Metro, embarrassing proof that the Reg no longer has any institutional knowledge left, and...a lobster bake?! Read on...

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