Hello, friends! Today’s National Backyard Day; did you know that ZYRTEC®, the allergy relief medicine, designated the first observance of the day in 2021? It’s Sylvia, your host of the Orange County Patch newsletter — here to impart everything that’s fit to print about what’s happening in the area. Today we’ll cover…

  • 🧑‍⚖️ A guilty plea from a serial flasher
  • 🏗️ Decades of memories get demolished
  • 🌳 All American Asphalt will make way for the Gateway Preserve

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☁️ But first, today’s weather:

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A little afternoon rain. High: 65 Low: 56.

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Three of the Cheapest Gas Stations Across Orange County

  • Mohsen #3 at 5981 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster, $4.28
  • Costco at 27972 Cabot Rd. in Laguna Niguel, $4.69
  • 76 at 3401 Newport Blvd. in Newport Beach, $4.69

😋 Fair Food Poll!

Fair food is the ultimate cheat meal. Although we all know it’s unhealthy, everyone has a guilty pleasure. Which is your favorite?

  • 26.3% Funnel cake
  • 24.6% Candy apples
  • 15.8% Corndogs
  • 5.3% Guacamole
  • 3.5% Cotton candy, Cheesecake, Tri-Tip sandwiches
  • 1.8% Turkey legs, Guacamole with cheese, Pork chop on a stick. Deep-friend bacon-wrapped pickle, Cinnamon rolls, Spicy sausage link on a French roll, Fried cheese curds, Deep-fried butter

The rest have the willpower to stay away from fair food.

📰 Here are the top stories in Orange County today:

  1. A man was wounded in a shooting at The Outlets at Orange mall on Friday evening. The story sounds familiar. Two groups of men, who most likely knew each other, got into it. Things went bad, and a gun was drawn and fired. The alleged shooter escaped, but reportedly one person was arrested. (KTLA)
  2. On Friday, a 53-year-old Costa Mesa man pleaded guilty “to two felony counts of indecent exposure with prior convictions for the offense, as well as a misdemeanor count of maintaining a nuisance.” The repeat flasher annoyed riders on a Santa Ana bus in 2022. He received a sentence of 364 days in jail, of which he had already served 184 days while in custody. (CBS)
  3. Newport Beach Landslide Update: One of the homes affected by the sliding hillside was torn down on Thursday. The property at 1930 Galaxy was red-tagged, and the owner requested the demolition, seeing that the neighboring houses are only yellow-tagged and might be saved. It is noteworthy that the owners had lived in the home their entire lives and couldn’t save anything from inside before the demolition. “I was right there, and it was heartbreaking,” Newport Beach Council Member Erik Weigand said. (Fox, Patch)
  4. We learned on Thursday that Irvine intends to close the All American Asphalt plant, buy the property, and establish the Gateway Preserve. Irvine’s City Manager explained that one of the reasons for the Preserve is to create a buffer zone “between wildlife and residential areas.” Shuttering the plant will most likely take place by the end of this year. (New University)
  5. Sparkling Ice is holding a monthly Flavorful Giving tour. On Saturday, they partnered with Foster Love to donate “an all-expenses-paid shoe shopping spree” to 100 children in the O.C. foster care program. The kids were invited to Foot Locker at the Brea Mall, where they received new shoes and could hang out with friends. (Sparkling Ice, 2)

📆 Today in Orange County:

  • No Limit Personal Training puts on a Free Workout Sunday at 980 S Vía Rodeo in Placentia (7:30 AM)
  • Come to a Bilingual Arabic Storytime at the Irvine Heritage Park Library (10 AM)
  • Take a Charcuterie Class at Broken Timbers Brewing in Anaheim with ChaChaCuterie (3 PM)
  • The Newport Beach Public Library hosts Sunday Musicale featuring Ryan Whyman on piano (3 PM)
  • Temple Beth Sholom Santa Ana hosts Jewish Food for Thought “An Ethical Discussion Series” (4:30 PM)

🖊️ From my notebook:

  • “Are you enjoying the sunshine we’ve been having? The last round of rain kept us busy, both in and out of County. We responded to a variety of calls for service that ranged from a landslide impacting homes in San Clemente to helping a lady that pulled into Fire Station 53 in Yorba Linda with her flat tire in the rain.” (Orange County Fire Authority via Facebook)
  • “A trail near Hemet is open for visitors eager to see flowers, but Walker Canyon remains closed.” (Orange County Register via Facebook)
  • “With strong winds and heavy rains predicted in the forecast for next week, the Harbor Department would like to remind vessel owners to check in on their boats. Please make sure your lines/boat covers are securely fastened and in good condition, & all hatches/windows are secured.” (City of Newport Beach)
  • “Who’s ready for another Young Catholic Professionals Networking Happy Hour? Who wants to know the great things planned for 2023? Who wants to know…WHO IS YCP??? SAVE THE DATE…MARCH 29TH…more information to come.” (YCP Orange County via Facebook)
  • “Mark your calendar! OC Waste & Recycling is excited to host FREE compost giveaways Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m. – noon while supplies last. Giveaways will be held in Brea, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.” (OC Waste & Recycling)


🏡 What are homes selling for these days in Orange County?

  • Median Listing Home Price $1M
  • Median Listing Home Price/Square Foot $598
  • Median Sold Home Price $955.4K

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You’re all caught up for today! See you all Tuesday for another update.

Sylvia Cochran

About me: Sylvia Cochran works out of sunny Southern California and has been freelance writing full-time since 2005. She loves dogs, cats, books, plays Best Fiends (don’t judge), embraces social justice, and tries to live out Micah 6:8.

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