Monthly Archives: September 2014

Redemption through art…

Remember “Robo-quarterback?”

That was Todd Marinovich’s nickname, because it seemed he’d been programmed by his father to be a star quarterback since he was in the crib.

Private coaching. Endless hours on the football field. Personal trainers. A strict diet.

He starred in high school right here in Orange County. Then at USC. Then in the NFL for the Raiders.

And then he crashed. His vice? Drugs. Lots of drugs. They landed him in the clink. Landed him in rehabs. How many stories have we read about his drug busts, his efforts to get clean?

Well, a funny thing happened along the way. One of the greatest athletes ever to emerge from Orange County discovered he was… an artist. He loves painting, and he’s good at it.

Recently, the city of Garden Grove hired him to paint murals in downtown. You can catch him at the Gem Theater most evenings, doing his thing.

We’re working on a story about him. Look for it in an upcoming edition of the Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades

Cities say ‘no thanks’ to toll lanes on 405

Local residents; business community leaders; and federal, state, county, and city elected officials strongly voiced their opposition at a Town Hall Forum in Costa Mesa last week regarding Caltrans’ latest proposal to add toll lanes on the I-405 Freeway.

The cities have banded together to oppose Caltrans’ effort to add toll lanes along the stretch of the freeway between the SR-55 Freeway in Costa Mesa and the I-605 Freeway at the Los Angeles County border, and wanted to gather public input on the subject to pass along to OCTA, which discussed Caltrans’ proposal at its Sept. 22 board meeting.

OCTA urges interested members of the public to 714-560-6282 to express their feelings regarding the issue.

See full story in this week’s Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades

Local gets votes of confidence

Local resident Francisco “Frank” Paras, Jr. is a busy man.

He recently was elected to positions by three different organizations.

He was elected chaplain of Sons of American Legion District 29. He was elected post vice commander of the Native American Veterans Association. Then he was elected to a second term as commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17.

Paras, Jr. is a former Marine who served in Desert Storm.

–Brady Rhoades

Happy 50th!

Henry’s Bar and Grill, at 10549 Stanford Ave. in Garden Grove, is scheduled to received a Community Spotlight award from the City Council this week.

The bar has been in business for 50 years, and on Saturday co-owners Katrina Garcia and Paula Agredano are planning an all-day anniversary celebration.

Meanwhile, get over to Harry’s to get your grub on.

–Brady Rhoades

Key Senate race turns negative

The competition for the 34th District State Senate seat, being watched state-wide because it will be one of the most important outcomes in the November election, is not — I repeat not — a pretty site.

The race pits Republican Janet Nguyen, who currently serves as an Orange County Supervisor, against former Democrat Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

And they’re playing hardball. Especially Solorio, who is accusing Nguyen of all manner of ethics violations. Nguyen, for her part, is denying his claims. She’s also staying busy in her role as a supervisor, working on healthcare issues and job creation.

Read about it in this week’s Orange County News.

– Brady Rhoades