Jim Washburn's Latest Presentation Shows What British Invasion Did to Orange County

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A local author, historian and former OC Weekly editor/columnist discusses a subject that is very much associated with your favorite Orange County-based alt.-rag that debuted in 1995: the 1964-1966 "British Invasion."

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Antonio Delgado Juarez Faces Multiple Charges for Robbery via Scooter, Apartment Invasion

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Antonio Delgado Juarez has been identified as the man in the power scooter.

A 35-year-old man who allegedly rode a motorized scooter through a Santa Ana grocery store before getting up and robbing the manager was charged with several felonies Monday, according to police, who add he faces several more counts for a violent apartment invasion.

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OC Register Set to Sell Santa Ana Headquarters

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The Orange County Register is set to sell its Santa Ana headquarters to developer Mike Harrah, reports the Orange County Business Journal. The newspaper put the building on the market late last year, and the sale is expected to close in the coming days.

As Kushner told his own newspaper when the building's availability was announced in December, "Along those lines, as have many newspapers, we will be marketing our Santa Ana real estate for either sale-leaseback or sale."

No word yet if they'll be staying on Grand Street, but I've reached out for comment.

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Report Raises Suspicions About Grand Jury Target-Tied Contribution To District Attorney

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Potential police lineup: What is Mayor Miguel Pulido in the middle of now?
Embattled in a scandalous civil dispute in 2008, wealthy, Republican, socialite Dick Marconi wanted Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, a fellow Republican, to enter the battle on his side by converting the matter into a criminal case against his opposition.

Marconi and his wife Priscilla contributed $3,200, then-the maximum campaign contribution, to Rackauckas on June 4, 2008, and seven days later government agents swung into action in the year-old dispute that had previously involved negotiating lawyers.

Working behind the scenes with Rackauckas' staff, Newport Beach police detectives arrested Irvine-based civil attorney Jim Toledano, former chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, and his client, then-fitness trainer Michael Roberts, on extortion charges.

The move effectively gave the GOP power couple a victory in the dispute and left a shocked Toledano and Roberts facing felony counts--charges so weak and suspicious prosecutors have worked to delay a trial even to this day, more than four years later.

At the heart of the DA's case is the laughably absurd assertion made by prosecutor Rebecca Olivieri to fooled grand jurors: civil lawyers never seek to resolve disputes by requesting monetary damages for their clients prior to the filing of lawsuits.

Now comes Adam Elmahrek's Sept. 16 Voice of OC article revealing that one of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido's closest pals sent money to the DA this year while prosecutors ponder indicting Pulido on corruption charges.

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Jon Madison Runs for Laguna Beach Council and Away from Queries About His Past Claims

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Someone running for council.
"In my 57 to 61 years on this earth, I respect people enough that I would not lie to them."
-Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison to Stu News Laguna.

The community news site was following up on a report by the Orange County Register's veteran political reporter Martin Wisckol, who questioned Madison's real name, age and college education. Madison had no explanation for why he'd told the paper he was born on Jan. 29, 1957, when his current voter registration shows his birth date as Jan. 29, 1953. Informed that Orange County Superior Court documents show someone named John Mancuso successfully had his name changed to Jon Jay Madison on Nov. 15, 1994, Madison reportedly told Wisckol he did not know a John Mancuso and that he's had his current name since birth.


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OC Deputies Union and Fallen Cops Foundation Defend Raffling Off Semiautomatics: Update

See the update at the end of this post where fallen cop foundation and Orange County deputy union officials agree raffling off semiautomatic weapons is no big whoop.

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AR-15s like this once fell under the federal assault weapons ban.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 21, 6:39 A.M.: Cop killers can be people or they can be fictional characters in songs or they can be an AR-15 rifle and Beretta 92FS pistol, which is weird because Orange County sheriff's deputies have been helping raffle those off as prizes (not the people or song characters but the semiautomatic rifle and handgun; please keep up!)

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Irvine is No. 5 Best U.S. City for Soccer Moms and Dads; Which OC Cities Cracked the Top 20?

Categories: OC Media, Sports

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Who do I listen to, my coach or my mom?

Irvine has been named the fifth best place in the country for soccer moms (and dads), which shouldn't surprise anyone who has had a kid on a club team from elsewhere in Orange County. Seems like they were always playing games in Irvine or against a team from there. A couple other OC cities cracked the Top 20 in the NerdWallet rankings; can you guess which ones?

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Ferguson Shooting: Top 5 #Dorner Tweets

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Chris Dorner and his manifesto: still hot

Christopher Dorner refuses to die, or at the least the idea of the former La Palma resident and rogue ex-LAPD cop won't go away. Witness the sad events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, where the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old fellow has led to much unrest--and Twitter call backs to Dorner, who posted a ranting manifesto about racism on social media before murdering his first victims, an Irvine couple.

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Dan and Diane Harkey, Financial and Political Power Couple, Keep OC Courts Humming

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Assemblywoman Diane Harkey appears lost in thought as state Sen. Mimi Walters speaks at the Laguna Niguel City Hall grand opening in October 2011.

If Orange County courts are hurting for operating funds as much as they claim to be, don't blame Dan and Diane Harkey, whose cases alone should help keep the lights on.

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Santa Ana Ranked Ninth Most Vigilant U.S. City

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Nothing to see here, folks; just a couple safely walking through downtown Santa Ana.

Is Santa Ana on a roll this year or what? So far, it has been named among the nation's selfiest, coolest and, for you herbal indulgers, highest cities.

(In the interest of full disclosure, SanTana also wound up on a list of the most boring cities in America this year.)

Now, all you gun lovers, cop groupies and home security shopkeepers in town will be happy to learn Santa Ana has also been named among the most vigilant cities in the U.S.

See also:
Anaheim-Santa Ana Ranked One of the "Selfiest" Places on Earth by Time Magazine
Santa Ana Goes From One of Forbes' Most Boring Cities in the U.S. to One of the Coolest
Santa Ana & Irvine Among Nation's "Highest" Cities?


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