You Can Uber or Lyft to and from John Wayne Airport But Leave Your Bodily Fluids to Yourself

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NerdWallet
Now that we can (legally) be picked up or dropped off at John Wayne Airport by an Uber driver, the question is will we be taxed on our bodily fluids.

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405 Freeway Traffic in Fountain Valley-Costa Mesa is Among the Worst in California

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Orange County Transportation Authority
They paved the 405, put up a parking lot.
Did you see our recent post on the "10 Worst Orange County Roadways?" I didn't bother including the northbound 405 freeway in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley in that wreck/near-wreck report because, as much as I really, really, really hate that stretch of road, I can never get going fast enough in all the traffic to actually collide with anything. More like fender kissers than fender benders. But the massive headache that is the northbound 405 in CM/FV has been recognized by Caltrans as the state's second-worst bottleneck.

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Uber Sued by Aliso Viejo Customer Alleging Safety Shortcomings; OC Drivers Make $100k?

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NerdWallet
An Aliso Viejo customer is suing Uber for allegedly misleading riders about how safe the service is, according to litigation filed in Northern California.

(Gut this post out to the end if you want to find how many Orange County trips it takes for an Uber driver to make $100,000 a year.)

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Ravi Ghataode and His Gold Star Auto Sound Allegedly Sells Bogus Auto-Performance Device

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gforcechips.com
Prosecutors say this is a bogus device.
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) last week detailed its allegations against an Irvine company that supposedly hawked a "bogus" auto-performance device, but an attorney for the accused vehemently denied the charges.

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10 Worst Orange County Roadways, Mostly According to OC Weekly Staffers

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OCTA
A welcome sight coming back from LA.
Others use official crash statistics to come up with Orange County's most dangerous roads, but we here at the Weekly are relying on our own lying eyes to single out streets, roads, highways and freeways where we have (hopefully) avoided near-death experiences.

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Cars and Coffee Became America's Most Famous Auto Meet-up--And That Is Why It's Now Gone

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Bruce Benedict

It's a few hours before dawn on Dec. 20--a Saturday--and the 405 and 5 freeways around Irvine are slammed. Porsches and Lamborghinis and other exotic cars are clipping along, some at speeds and RPMs normally reserved for a racetrack, until they hit the gridlock, all headed toward the same Alton Parkway, Irvine Center Drive and 133 exits lit up red on Waze and Google Maps.

As the clock clicks closer to 7 a.m., the traffic gets heavier, briefly forming a solid row of cars stretching to a large parking lot just north of the El Toro Y that's shared by Ford's California design team and Mazda's corporate offices. As the cars idle while waiting to get in, their engines produce a symphony of roars, purrs, putters, growls and zooms. These are special cars--restored bombs, gleaming land yachts, Italian sports coupes, Asian imports, Beamers, school projects, a military troop carrier, a collection of Volkswagen buses and beetles, and dozens of other pretties for weekend warriors to gawk at and praise.

They all eventually pull single file into the Ford/Mazda lot, slowly crawling as the drivers follow signs and volunteers to empty spots. Drivers and passengers--older white men wearing bomber jackets; wealthy foreign-born Asians, Asian Americans and Middle Eastern men; and a handful of women, children and dogs--get out of their cars and start to wander, walking the lot and literally kicking the tires of the cars that have gathered.

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Bad Walking, Bicycling and Motorcycling Gets Police Attention in Corona del Mar SATURDAY

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Photo by flickr user Adam Baker
Nothing to see here, officer.
Special patrols aimed at impaired drivers are common in Orange County (especially this weekend), but operations that target pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists? That is who the Newport Beach Police Department is concentrating on Saturday, at least along East Coast Highway east of Macarthur Boulevard in Corona del Mar.


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A Formula Style Street Legal One Seater Electric or Hybrid Kit Car ... with a New Name: Update

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Predator's Ltd. Egoista Motors
Pre-orders for Predator's PC010 ST Egoista's EM01 Stradale are available for as low as $10,000.
UPDATE, DEC. 9, 2:59 P.M.: The Italian company taking pre-orders on a street-legal, formula-style, one-seat, electric or hybrid kit car have already changed the name of the company and the car. (See the letter on the next page.)


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Newport Beach Police Scope Out Bicyclists, Motorcyclists and Pedestrians (Oh My!)

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Super Streetbike Magazine
Probably not the one doling out punishment.
The Newport Beach Police Department is targeting bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians Sunday--that is, BAD bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

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Knott's Berry Farm Will Have Guests Saving the Park via 4-D Attraction Voyage to the Iron Reef

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Triotech
But I was looking for Camp Snoopy.
Knott's Berry Farm announced plans Thursday for a new interactive 4-D attraction for 2015 that has guests saving the theme park from mysterious creatures emerging from the seas beneath the Boardwalk. Which must mean the Big One or a killer tsunami just hit because I'm next to positive the seas didn't used to extend to Buena Park.

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