Best Cupcakes in Orange County and San Diego
cupcake (also British
English: fairy cake; Australian
English: patty cake or cup cake) is
a small cake designed
to serve one person, frequently baked in a small, thin
paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, frosting
and other cake
decorations, such as sprinkles,
are common on cupcakes.
their origin is unknown, recipes for cupcakes have been
printed since at least the late 12th century.
first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back
as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a cake to be baked
in small cups" was written in American Cookery
by Amelia Simms.
The earliest documentation of the term cupcake
was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and
Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's Receipts
the early 19th century, there were two different uses
for the name cup cake or cupcake. In previous
centuries, before muffin
tins were widely available, the cakes were often
baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins,
or molds and took their name from the cups they were
baked in. This is the use of the name that has persisted,
and the name of "cupcake" is now given to any small
cake that is about the size of a teacup.
The name "fairy cake" is a fanciful description of its
size, which would be appropriate for a party of diminutive
to share. While English fairy cakes vary in size
more than American cupcakes, they are traditionally
smaller and are rarely topped with elaborate icing.
other kind of "cup cake" referred to a cake whose ingredients
were measured by volume, using a standard-sized cup,
instead of being weighed. Recipes whose ingredients
were measured using a standard-sized cup could also
be baked in cups; however, they were more commonly baked
in tins as layers or loaves. In later years, when the
use of volume measurements was firmly established in
home kitchens, these recipes became known as 1234
cakes or quarter cakes, so called because
they are made up of four ingredients: one cup of butter,
two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, and four eggs.
They are plain yellow cakes, somewhat less rich and
less expensive than pound
cake, due to using about half as much butter and
eggs compared to pound cake. The names of these two
major classes of cakes were intended to signal the method
to the baker; "cup cake" uses a volume measurement,
and "pound cake" uses a weight measurement.
the early 21st century, a trend for cupcake shops was
reported in the United States, playing off of the sense
of nostalgia evoked by the cakes. In New York City,
cupcake shops like Magnolia
Bakery gained publicity in their appearances on
popular television shows like HBO's Sex
and the City. In 2010, television presenter Martha
Stewart published a cook book dedicated to cupcakes.
have become more than a trend over the years; they've
become an industry. Rachel Kramer Bussel, who has been
blogging about cupcakes since 2004 at Cupcakes Take
the Cake, said that "in the last two years or so, cupcakes
really exploded" with more cupcake-centric bakeries
selection of gourmet cupcakes
standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as
standard-sized cakes: butter,
and flour. Nearly
any recipe that is suitable for a layer
cake can be used to bake cupcakes. Because their
small size is more efficient for heat conduction, cupcakes
bake much faster than layer cakes.
"cake in a mug" is a variant that gained popularity
on many internet cooking forums and mailing lists.
The technique uses a mug as its cooking vessel and
can be done in a microwave
oven. The recipe often takes fewer than five minutes
butterfly cake is a variant of cupcake,
also called fairy cake for its fairy-like "wings".
They can be made from any flavor of cake. The top
of the fairy cake is cut off or carved out with a
spoon, and cut in half. Then, butter
cream or other sweet filling (e.g. jam)
is spread into the hole. Finally, the two cut halves
are stuck into the butter cream to look like butterfly
wings. The wings of the cake
are often decorated using icing
to form various patterns.
ball is an individual portion of cake, round
like a chocolate
truffle, that is coated in chocolate.
These are typically formed from crumbled cake mixed
with frosting, rather than being baked as a sphere.
gourmet cupcake is a somewhat recent variant
of cupcake. Gourmet cupcakes are large and filled
cupcakes, based around a variety of flavor themes,
such as Tiramisu
In recent years there has been an upcropping of stores
that sell only gourmet cupcakes in metropolitan areas,
such as Crumbs
fairy cake is a much smaller version of a cupcake.[citation
needed] Usage more common in
Britain and Ireland.
cupcake pan, made of tinned steel.
cupcakes were baked in heavy pottery cups. Some bakers
still use individual ramekins,
mugs, large tea cups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type
dishes for baking cupcakes.
are usually baked in muffin
tins. These pans are most often made from metal,
with or without a non-stick
surface, and generally have six or twelve depressions
or "cups". They may also be made from stoneware,
rubber, or other materials. A standard size cup
is 3 inches (76 mm) in diameter and holds about
4 ounces (110 g), although pans for both miniature
and jumbo size cupcakes exist.
Speciality pans may offer many different sizes and shapes.
patty cases, or cupcake liners, may be used in baking.
These are typically round sheets of thin paper
pressed into a round, fluted cup
shape. Liners can facilitate the easy removal of the
cupcake from the tin after baking, keep the cupcake
more moist, and reduce the effort needed to clean the
The use of liners is also considered a more sanitary
option when cupcakes are being passed from hand to hand.
Like cupcake pans, several sizes of paper liners are
available, from miniature to jumbo.
addition to paper, cupcake liners may be made from very
thin aluminum foil or, in a non-disposable version,
silicone rubber. Because they can stand up on their
own, foil and silicone liners can also be used on a
flat baking sheet, which makes them popular among people
who do not have a specialized muffin tin. Some of the
largest paper liners are not fluted and are made out
of thicker paper, often rolled at the top edge for additional
strength, so that they can also stand independently
for baking without a cupcake tin. Some bakers use two
or three thin paper liners, nested together, to simulate
the strength of a single foil cup.
an alternative to a plate of individual cakes, some
bakers place standard cupcakes into a pattern and frost
them to create a large design, such as a basket of flowers
or a turtle.
San Clemente California
Best Cupcakes San Clemente California
Clemente is a city in Orange
The population was 63,522 at the 2010 census. Located
on the California Coast, midway between Los
Angeles and San
Diego at the southern tip of the county, it is known
for its ocean, hill, and mountain views, a pleasant
climate and its Spanish Colonial style architecture.
San Clemente's city slogan is "Spanish Village by the
Sea". The official City flower is the Bougainvillea
and the official City tree is the Coral
pier in San Clemente, at the end of Avenida Del
Mar, part of the original village created by Ole
to the arrival of the Spanish, the area was inhabited
by what came to be known as the Juaneño
Indians. Long admired by explorers and passing settlers,
it remained virtually uninhabited until 1776, when Mission
San Juan Capistrano was established by Father Junipero
Serra and led both Indian and Spanish settlers to
set up villages nearby. After the founding of Mission
San Juan Capistrano, the local natives were conscripted
to work for the mission.
rights to the land exchanged hands several times, but
few ventured to build on it until 1925, when former
Mayor of Seattle, Ole
Hanson, with the financial help of a syndicate headed
by Hamilton Cotton, purchased and designed a 2,000-acre
(8.1 km2) community. Hanson believed
that the area's pleasant climate, beautiful beaches
and fertile soil would serve as a haven to Californians
who were tired of "the big city". He named the city
Clemente Island, which in turn was named by the
explorer Vizcaino in 1602 after Saint
Clement, whose feast
day occurs on November 23, the day of Vizcaino's
arrival on the island.
envisioned it as a Spanish-style coastal resort town,
his "San Clemente by the Sea" (it was many years later
that a few misguided people change Ole Hanson's original
city name to Spanish Village by the Sea). In an unprecedented
move, he had a clause added to the deeds requiring all
building plans to be submitted to an architectural review
board in an effort to ensure that future development
would retain some Spanish-style influence (for example,
for many years it was required that all new buildings
in the downtown area have red tile roofs).
succeeded in promoting the new area and selling property
to interested buyers. The city was to consist of buildings
built in the classic Spanish style with red tile roofs.
He built public structures such as the Beach Club, the
Community Center, the pier and San Clemente Plaza, now
known as Max Berg Plaza Park, which were later donated
to the city. The area was officially incorporated as
a City on February 27, 1928 with a council-manager
to the way he would develop the city, Hanson proclaimed,
"I have a clean canvas and I am determined to paint
a clean picture. Think of it – a canvas five miles (8
km) long and one and one-half miles wide!"
Historic Landmark in San Clemente: Soon after San Clemente
was incorporated, the need for a "Fire House" was realized.
The headlines in San Clemente’s first newspaper, "El
Heraldo de San Clemente" June, 1928 read: "Building
to house local fire department will be constructed by
popular subscription and turned over to the city when
completed!" Individual subscriptions were received in
the amounts from $6.00 to $1500.00 from the local citizenry.
1969, an event occurred which accelerated the growth
and reputation of San Clemente. In that year President
Nixon purchased a Spanish mansion in the southern
part of town that Hamilton Cotton had built in 1927.
This "Western White House" became the site of numerous
historical meetings. The Old City Plaza also at one
time had a small Nixon museum inside when the city occupied
"Western White House"
1968 President Richard
Nixon bought part of the H. H. Cotton estate, one
of the original homes built by one of Hanson's partners.
Nixon called it "La
Casa Pacifica", but it was nicknamed the "Western
White House", a term now commonly used for a President's
vacation home. It sits above one of the West Coast's
premier surfing spots, Trestles,
and just north of historic surfing beach San
Onofre. During Nixon's tenure it was visited by
many world leaders, including Soviet
Brezhnev, Mexican President Gustavo
Díaz Ordaz, Prime
Minister of Japan Eisaku
Sato, and Henry
Kissinger, as well as businessman Bebe
Rebozo. Following his resignation, Nixon retired
to San Clemente to write his memoirs. He sold the home
in 1980 and moved to New York City, later to Saddle
River, New Jersey, and then eventually to Park
Ridge, New Jersey. The property also has historical
ties to the Democratic side of the aisle; prior to Nixon's
tenure at the estate, H.H. Cotton was known to host
D. Roosevelt, who would visit to play cards in a
small outbuilding overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Clemente is located at 33°26?16?N
to the United
States Census Bureau, the city has a total area
of 19.5 square miles (51 km2). 18.7
square miles (48 km2) of it is land
and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it
(3.89%) is water.
Clemente enjoys a mild climate where temperatures tend
to average around the 70's. The warmest month of the
year is August with an average temperature of 79
°F (26 °C).
The coldest month is December with an average temperature
of 64 °F (18 °C).
The annual rainfall in 2010 was 10.5 inches (270 mm)
and the annual days of sunshine was 310.
5 runs through San Clemente. The Foothill
Transportation Corridor has proposed to connect
Viejo to the Orange/San Diego county line, running
along the east side of San Clemente and through San
Onofre State Beach on its way to I-5. The California
soundly rejected this proposal by an 8–2 vote. Reasons
cited for rejection included: the road's alignment through
a state park, endangered species habitat, and a native
American archaeological site, and the runoff from the
road damaging the state park and surf
break. The Federal Government rejected the proposal
to place the toll road in accordance with the TCA proposal.
This decision was viewed as a major defeat for the TCA
and great victory for The
Surfrider Foundation, which is based in San Clemente,
and assorted environmental groups.
the south end of town is located Camp
Pendleton and Trestles
surf beach. Additionally, the city is served by numerous
daily trains operated by Amtrak and Metrolink
between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Medical and Pick
Up Stix are based in San Clemente.
to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,
the largest employers in the city are:
view of the pier in San Clemente, a popular surfing
spot in the city.
Clemente catches swells all year long. Going from South
to North, they include Trestles
(technically just south of the city line), Twon's Sandbox,
State Park, Riviera, Lasuens (commonly mistaken as Lost
Winds),The Hole, T-Street, The Pier, Linda Lane, 204,
North Beach, and Poche Beach.
Clemente is also the surfing media capital of the world
as well as a surfing destination. It is home to Surfing
Magazine, The Surfer's Journal, and Longboard Magazine,
with Surfer Magazine just up the freeway in San Juan
city has a large concentration of surfboard shapers
and manufacturers including Lost Surfboards, Stewart
Surfboards, Cole, Timmy Patterson Surfboards, Terry
Senate and Dewey Weber Surfboards. Additionally, many
world renowned surfers were raised in San Clemente or
took up long-term residence in town, including Shane
Parsons (originally from Laguna Beach), and many
Clemente High School has won 6 out of 7 most recent
NSSA national surfing titles. One title was won by Capistrano
Connections Academy. San Clemente Surfboards & Art
by Paul Carter sanclementesurfboards.com http://www.ocregister.com/news/surfboards-163804-surfing-shape.html
the 32,569 registered voters in the city, 18,320 (56.2%)
7,532 (23.1%) are Democrats,
5,132 (15.8%) declined to state political affiliation,
and the remaining 1,585 (4.9%) are registered with a
legislature San Clemente is located in the 38th
District, represented by Republican
Wyland, and in the 73rd Assembly
District, represented by Republican Diane
Harkey. Federally, San Clemente is located in California's
44th congressional district, which has a Cook
PVI of R +6
and is represented by Republican Ken
city is served by Capistrano
Unified School District.
the city, there are six elementary schools, three middle
schools, and one high school. There is also one virtual
public K-12 school: Capistrano Connections Academy with
flexible hours for students. The elementary schools
are: Concordia Elementary, Truman Benedict, Vista Del
Mar, Las Palmas, Marblehead Elementary, and Lobo Elementary.
The middle schools are Bernice Ayer, Shorecliffs,
and Vista Del Mar.
Palmas Elementary is well known for its dual
Clemente High School has an IB (International
Baccalaureate) Program and a large number of advanced
placement courses. Students at San Clemente High
School have proven to be well rounded and versatile,
receiving academic accolades as well as hosting groups
ranging from national title winning dance teams to award
winning orchestras, bands, voice groups and one of the
nation's most skilled athletic programs; these groups
have even received opportunities to perform at various
venues including Carnegie hall (madrigals and orchestra),
various venues in Hawaii (marching band), and many others.
Clemente was the setting of the MTV
reality show, Life
was also the setting of the 2005 film Brick.
The town was chosen because it was particularly close
to the director Rian
Johnson who lived there and went to San
Clemente High School, which was the school depicted
in the film. Many of the locations in the film are still
identical to the real ones, with the exception of the
Pin's house which was flattened a week after exterior
the interior was constructed in a local warehouse. The
phone booths that were used all through the film are
mostly props that were placed on location.
natives and residents
Baillargeon, international television host
Carter, Surfer/Shaper/Artist. sanclementesurfboards.com
Chaney, Jr., actor
Cumia, Radio Show Host
de la Puente, NFL football player
Enquist, Hall of Fame UCLA Softball Coach
Fawn, porn star and mainstream science fiction
actress and producer
Fletcher, professional skateboarder/ actor
Hanson, former mayor of Seattle and founder of
Hardy, musician with Giant
Karcher, founder of Carl's
Jr. and CKE Enterprises[citation
Kiraly, Olympic gold medalist in volleyball
McPhillips, professional longboarder
Nixon, 37th President
of the United States and Pat
Nixon, former first
Sheckler, professional skateboarder
Vander Pyl, actress
Vernola, Playboy Playmate Miss June 2010
De Phillippi, Race Car Driver
Witt, longboard surfer
Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major West
Coast base of the United
States Marine Corps and serves as its prime amphibious
It is located on the Southern
California coast, in San
Diego County, and bordered by Oceanside
to the south, San
National Forest, Orange and Riverside counties to
the north, and Fallbrook
to the east.
base was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for
service in World
War II. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared
a "permanent installation" and by 1946, it became the
home of the 1st
Marine Division. It was named after Marine General
Henry Pendleton (1860–1942), who had long advocated
in setting up a training base for the Marine Corps on
the west coast. Today it is the home to myriad Operating
Force units including the I
Marine Expeditionary Force and various training
to World War II
1769, a Spaniard by the name of Capt. Gaspar
de Portola led an expeditionary force northward
from lower California,
seeking to establish Franciscan
missions throughout California. On July 20 of that same
year, the expedition arrived at the location now known
as Camp Pendleton, and as it was the holy day St.
Margaret, they baptized the land in the name of
the next 30 years, 21 missions were established, the
most productive one being Mission
San Luis Rey, just south of the present-day Camp
At that time, San Luis Rey Mission had control over
the Santa Margarita area.
1821, following Mexico’s
became the new ruling class of California,
and many were the first generation descendants of the
Portola expedition. The Mexican governor awarded land
grants and ranchos to prominent businessmen, officials
and military leaders. In 1841, two brothers, Pio
Pico and Andres
Pico, became the first private owners of Rancho
Santa Margarita. More land was later added to the grant,
giving it the name of Rancho
Santa Margarita y Las Flores, which stayed with
the ranch until the Marine
Corps acquired it in 1942. The design of the ranch's
brand is seen in the base's logo today.
1863, an Englishman
(Don Juan) Forster (Pio Pico’s brother-in-law) paid
off Pico’s gambling debts in return for the deed to
the ranch. During his tenure as owner of the ranch,
he expanded the ranch house, which was first built in
1827, and developed the rancho into a thriving cattle
heirs, however, were forced to sell the ranch in 1882
because of a string of bad luck, which included a series
and a fence law that forced Forster to construct fencing
around the extensive rancho lands. It was purchased
by wealthy cattleman James
Flood and managed by Irishman
Richard O’Neill who was eventually rewarded for his
faithful service with half ownership. Under the guidance
of O’Neill’s son, Jerome, the ranch began to net a profit
of nearly half a million dollars annually, and the house
was modernized and furnished to its present form.
the early 1940s, both the Army
and the Marine Corps were looking for land for a large
training base. The Army lost interest in the project,
but in February 1942 it was announced that the 122,798
acres (497 km2) of Rancho Santa Margarita
y Los Flores was about to be transformed into the
largest Marine Corps base in the country.
It was named for Major General Joseph
Henry Pendleton who had long advocated the establishment
of a West Coast training base. Construction began in
April but the base was considered a temporary facility
so it was built to minimum standards of wood frame
After five months of furious building activity, the
Marine Regiment, under then Colonel Lemuel
C. Shepherd, Jr., marched from Camp
Elliott in San Diego to Camp Pendleton to be the
first troops to occupy the new base. On September 25,
1942, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt officially dedicated the base.
breaches the obstacle belt during an amphibious
exercise in 1997.
base's diverse geography, spanning over 125,000 acres
(506 km2), plays host to year-round
training for Marines in addition to all other branches
of the U.S.
military. Amphibious and sea-to-shore training takes
place at several key points along the base's 17 miles
(27 km) of coastline. The main base is in the Mainside
Complex, at the southeastern end of the base, and the
remote northern interior is an impact area. Daytime
population is around 100,000. Recruits from nearby Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego spend a month on
Range receiving field training, and after graduating
from boot camp return to the base's School
of Infantry for further training. Camp Pendleton
remains the last major undeveloped portion of the Southern
California coastline, save for a few small state parks.
In this way, it acts as a kind of buffer between Orange
County and San
in 1954, Camp Pendleton has hosted a variation of Basic
Training familiarization for teenagers age 14 to 17.
This training, called "Devil Pups", promotes physical
fitness, instills discipline and promotes love of country
and the Marine Corps.
August 2004, Camp Pendleton has been one of five locations
in the Department of Defense to operate the Standard
Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) air
radar. The STARS radar allows the facility to simulate
air traffic for training purposes.[citation
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011, a AH-1W
Super Cobra military
helicopter crashed during a training exercise, killing
locations (by area)
Pendleton was built on a wide swath of coastal land
that once supported an estuary
at the mouth of the Santa
Margarita River and extensive salt
Outlying land within the base is made up of floodplain,
dunes and bluffs, coastal
sage scrub, chaparral,
and several types of wetlands, including ephemeral wetlands
such as vernal
is not uncommon.
Research in ecology takes place in undeveloped areas
of base, which contain examples of rare and endangered
California habitat types. The Department of Defense
has issued management plans for various ecosystems on
within the base still includes breeding habitat for
birds such as the Western
The coastal bluffs have many of the few existing specimens
of the Pendleton
button-celery, which was named for the base.
Rare mammals on the base include the Pacific
pocket mouse and Stephens'
Orange County California
Best Cupcakes Orange County California
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in the state of California
in Orange County
groves that were once plentiful in the area
Zip Codes and Cities: Aliso
Viejo 92656, 92698,
92801, 92802, 92803, 92804, 92805, 92806, 92807, 92808, 92809,
92812, 92814, 92815, 92816, 92817, 92825, 92850, 92899, Atwood,
92811, Brea, 92821, 92822,92823, Buena Park, 90620 ,90621,90622,
90624, Capistrano Beach, 92624, Corona del Mar, 92625, Costa
Mesa, 92626, 92627, 92628, Cypress, 90630, Dana Point, 92629,
East Irvine, 92650, El Toro, 92609, Foothill Ranch, 92610, Fountain
Valley, 92708, 92728, Fullerton, 92831, 92832, 92833, 92834,
92835, 92836, 92837, 92838, Garden Grove, 92840, 92841, 92842,
92843 ,92844, 92845, 92846, Huntington Beach , 92605, 92615,
92646, 92647, 92648, 92649,
Irvine, 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92617,
92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92697, La Habra, 90631, 90632, 90633,
La Palma, 90623, Ladera Ranch, 92694, Laguna Beach , 92651,
Laguna Hills ,92653, 92654,92607,92677, Laguna Woods, 92637,
Lake Forest, 92630, Los Alamitos, 90720, 90721, Midway City,
92655, Mission Viejo, 92690, 92691, 92692, Newport Beach , 92658,
92659, 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663, 92657, Orange, 92856, 92857,
92859, 92862, 92863, 92864, 92865, 92866, 92867, 92868, 92869,
Placentia, 92870, 92871, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688, San Clemente,
92672, 92673, 92674, San Juan Capistrano, 92675, 92693, Santa
Ana , 92701, 92702, 92703, 92704, 92705 ,92706, 92707, 92711,
92712, 92725.92735, 92799, Seal Beach , 90740, Silverado 92676,
Stanton, 90680, Sunset Beach 90742, Surfside 90743, Trabuco
Canyon, 92678, 92679, Tustin ,92780, 92781,92782, Villa Park,
92861, Westminster, 92683, 92684, 92685,
| - Total
||2,455.3 km2 (947.98 sq mi)
| - Land
||2,044.5 km2 (789.40 sq mi)
| - Water
||410.7 km2 (158.57 sq mi)
| - Total
| - Density
||1,472.3/km2 (3,813.3/sq mi)
Standard Time (UTC-8)
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County is a county
in the U.S. state
Its county seat
Ana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,010,232, up
from 2,846,293 at the 2000 census, making it the third most populous
county in California, behind Los
Angeles County and San
It is the sixth most populous county in the United
States as of 2009 while at the same time is the smallest area-wise
county in Southern
California, being roughly half the size of the next smallest
The county is famous for its tourism, as the home of such attractions
Berry Farm, as well as several beaches along its more than 40
miles (64 km) of coastline. It is known for its affluence
and political conservatism
– a 2005 academic study listed three Orange County cities as being
among America's 25 "most conservative," making it the only county
in the country containing more than one such city.
County was the largest US county to have gone
bankrupt, when in 1994 longtime treasurer Robert
Citron's investment strategies left the county with inadequate
capital to allow for any raise in interest rates for its trading
positions. When the conservative residents of Orange County voted
down a proposal to raise taxes in order to balance the budget, bankruptcy
followed soon after. Citron later pleaded guilty to six felonies
regarding the matter.
most population centers in the United States tend to be identified
by a major city, there is no defined urban center in Orange County.
It is mostly suburban, except for some traditionally urban areas
at the centers of the older cities of Anaheim,
Santa Ana, Orange,
Beach, and Fullerton.
There are several edge
city-style developments such as Irvine
Business Center, South
Coast Metro and Newport
city of Santa Ana serves as the governmental center of the county,
Anaheim as its main tourist destination, and Irvine
as its major business and financial hub. Three Orange County cities
have populations exceeding 200,000: Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Irvine.
cities are located in Orange County; the newest is Aliso
Viejo, which was incorporated in 2001. Anaheim was the first
city incorporated in Orange County, in 1870 when the region was
still part of neighboring Los Angeles County.
of the Tongva,
Juaneño, and Luiseño
Native American groups long inhabited the area. After the 1769 expedition
de Portolà, a Spanish
expedition led by Junipero
Serra named the area Valle de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint
Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission
San Juan Capistrano became the area's first permanent European
settlement. Among those who came with Portolá were José
Manuel Nieto and José
Antonio Yorba. Both these men were given land grants - Rancho
Los Nietos and Rancho
Santiago de Santa Ana, respectively. The Nieto heirs were granted
land in 1834. The Nieto ranches were known as Rancho
Los Alamitos, Rancho
Las Bolsas, and Rancho
Los Coyotes. Yorba heirs Bernardo
Yorba and Teodosio
Yorba were also granted Rancho
Cañón de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Canyon Ranch) and Rancho
Lomas de Santiago, respectively. Other ranchos in Orange County
were granted by the Mexican government during the Mexican period
severe drought in the 1860s devastated the prevailing industry,
and much land came into the possession of Richard
Irvine and other land
barons. In 1887, silver
was discovered in the Santa
Ana Mountains, attracting settlers via the Santa
Fe and Southern
growth led the California
legislature to divide Los
Angeles County and create Orange
County as a separate political entity on March 11, 1889. The county
is generally said to have been named for the citrus
fruit (its most famous product).
However, in the new county there was already a town by the name
named for Orange
County, Virginia, which itself took its name from William
of Orange. The fact the county took the same name as one of
its towns may have been coincidence.
citrus crops, avocados,
and oil extraction
were also important to the early economy. Orange County benefited
from the July 4, 1904 completion of the Pacific
Electric Railway, a trolley
Angeles with Santa
Ana and Newport
Beach . The link made Orange County an accessible weekend retreat
for celebrities of early Hollywood.
It was deemed so significant that the city of Pacific City changed
its name to Huntington
Beach in honor of Henry
Huntington, president of the Pacific Electric and nephew of
Huntington. Transportation further improved with the completion
of the State Route and U.S.
Route 101 (now mostly Interstate
5) in the 1920s.
such as the boysenberry
which was made famous by Buena
Park native Walter
Knott, began to decline after World
War II but the county's prosperity soared. The completion of
5 in 1954 helped make Orange County a bedroom
community for many who moved to Southern
California to work in aerospace
and manufacturing. Orange County received a further boost in 1955
with the opening of Disneyland.
Linda-born Orange County native Richard
Nixon became the 37th President
of the United States.
the 1980s, the population topped two million for the first time;
Orange County had become the second-most populous county in California.
investment fund melt-down in 1994 led to the criminal prosecution
of County of Orange treasurer Robert
Citron. The county lost at least $1.5 billion through high-risk
investments in derivatives.
On December 6, 1994, the County of Orange declared Chapter
from which it emerged in June 1995. The Orange County bankruptcy
was the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
recent years land-use conflicts have arisen between established
areas in the north and less developed areas in the south. These
conflicts have regarded things such as construction of new toll
roads and the re-purposing of a decommissioned air base. For example,
Toro Marine Corps Air Station site was designated by a voter
measure in 1994 to be developed into an international airport to
alleviate the heavily used John
Wayne Airport. But subsequent voter initiatives and court actions
have caused the airport plan to be permanently shelved. Instead
it will become the Orange
County Great Park.
to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 947.98 square
miles (2,455.3 km2), of which 789.40 square miles
(2,044.5 km2) (or 83.27%) is land and 158.57 square
miles (410.7 km2) (or 16.73%) is water.
It the smallest county in Southern
California. The average annual temperature is about 68
°F (20 °C).
County is bordered on the southwest by the Pacific
Ocean, on the north by Los
Angeles County, on the northeast by San
Bernardino County and Riverside
County, and on the southeast by San
northwestern part of the county lies on the coastal
plain of the Los
Angeles Basin, while the southeastern end rises into the foothills
of the Santa
Ana Mountains. Most of Orange County's population reside in
one of two shallow coastal valleys that lie in the basin, the Santa
Ana Valley and the Saddleback
Valley. The Santa Ana Mountains lie within the eastern boundaries
of the county and of the Cleveland
National Forest. The high point is Santiago
Peak (5,689 feet (1,734 m)),
about 20 mi (32 km) east of Santa Ana. Santiago Peak and
Peak, just 200 feet (60 m) shorter, form a ridge known
visible from almost everywhere in the county. The Peralta
Hills extend westward from the Santa Ana Mountains through the
communities of Anaheim
and ending in Olive.
Ridge is another prominent feature, running parallel to the
Santa Ana Mountains through the central part of the county, separated
from the taller mountains to the east by Santiago
River is the county's principal watercourse, flowing through
the middle of the county from northeast to southwest. Its major
tributary to the south and east is Santiago
Creek. Other watercourses within the county include Aliso
Juan Creek, and Horsethief
Creek. In the North, the San
Gabriel River also briefly crosses into Orange County and exits
into the Pacific on the Los Angeles-Orange County line between the
cities of Long
Beach and Seal
Beach is home to the county's only natural lakes, Laguna
Lakes, which are formed by water rising up against an underground
Orange County in purple shades. South Orange County in blue
sometimes figuratively divide the county into "North Orange County"
and "South County" (meaning Northwest and Southeast—following the
county's natural diagonal orientation along the local coastline).
This is more of a cultural and demographic distinction perpetuated
by the popular television shows "The
OC" and "Laguna
Beach", between the older areas closer to Los Angeles, and the
more affluent and recently developed areas to the South and East.
A transition between older and newer development may be considered
to exist roughly parallel to State Route 55 (aka the Costa
Mesa Freeway). This transition is accentuated by large flanking
tracts of sparsely developed area occupied until recent years by
agriculture and military airfields.
there is a natural topographical Northeast-to-Southwest transition
from inland elevations to the lower coastal band, there is no formal
geographical division between North and South County. Perpendicular
to that gradient, the Santa
Ana River roughly divides the county between northwestern and
southeastern sectors (about 40% to 60% respectively, by area), but
does not represent any apparent economic, political or cultural
differences, nor does it significantly affect distribution of travel,
housing, commerce, industry or agriculture from one side to the
of August 2006, Orange County has 34 incorporated cities. The oldest
is Anaheim (1870) and the newest is Aliso Viejo (2001).
Viejo, incorporated in 2001
incorporated in 1870
incorporated in 1917
Park, incorporated in 1953
Mesa, incorporated in 1953
incorporated in 1956
Point, incorporated in 1989
Valley, incorporated in 1957
incorporated in 1904
Grove, incorporated in 1956
Beach, incorporated in 1909
incorporated in 1971
Habra, incorporated in 1925
Palma, incorporated in 1955
Beach, incorporated in 1927
Hills, incorporated in 1991
Niguel, incorporated in 1989
Woods, incorporated in 1999
Forest, incorporated in 1991
Alamitos, incorporated in 1960
Viejo, incorporated in 1988
Beach, incorporated in 1906
incorporated in 1888
incorporated in 1926
Santa Margarita, incorporated in 2000
Clemente, incorporated in 1928
Juan Capistrano, incorporated in 1961
Ana, incorporated in 1886
Beach, incorporated in 1915
incorporated in 1956
incorporated in 1927
Park, incorporated in 1962
incorporated in 1957
Linda, incorporated in 1967
communities are outside of city limits in unincorporated
County has a history of large planned
communities. Nearly 30% of the county was created as master
needed], the most notable being the City
of Irvine, Coto
de Caza, Anaheim
Santa Margarita, and Mission
is often referred to as a model master-planned city, for its villages
of Woodbridge, Northwood, University Park, and Turtle Rock that
were laid out by the Irvine
Company of the mid-1960s before it was bought by a group of
investors that included Donald
in Orange County is offered primarily by the Orange
County Transportation Authority. The American Public Transportation
Association (APTA) cited OCTA as the best large property transportation
system in the United States for 2005. OCTA manages the county's
bus network and funds the construction and maintenance of local
streets, highways, and freeways;
regulates taxicab services; maintains express toll lanes through
the median of California
State Route 91; and works with Southern California's Metrolink
to provide commuter
rail service along three lines - the Orange
County Line, the 91
Line, and the Inland
Empire-Orange County Line.
transportation in Orange County relies heavily on three major interstate
highways: the Santa
Ana Freeway (I-5), the San
Diego Freeway (I-405 and I-5
south of Irvine), and the San
Gabriel River Freeway (I-605),
which only briefly enters Orange County territory in the northwest.
The other freeways in the county are state highways, and include
the perpetually congested Riverside
91) and the Garden
Grove Freeway (SR
22) running east-west, and the Orange
57), the Costa
Mesa Freeway (SR/SR
55), the Laguna Freeway (SR
133), the San
Joaquin Transportation Corridor (SR
73), the Eastern
Transportation Corridor (SR
241), and the Foothill
Transportation Corridor (SR
241) running north-south. Minor stub freeways include the Richard
M. Nixon Freeway (SR 90), also known as Imperial Highway, and the
southern terminus of Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1). There are no
Highways in Orange County, though two existed in the county
until the mid-1960s: 91
91 went through what is now the state route of the same number,
and 101 was replaced by Interstate 5. SR-1 was once a bypass of
US-101 (Route 101A).
bus network comprises 6,542 stops on 77 lines, running along most
major streets, and accounts for 210,000 boardings a day. The fleet
of 817 buses is gradually being replaced by LNG
(liquified natural gas)-powered vehicles, which already represent
over 40% of the total fleet.
in 1992, Metrolink
has operated three commuter rail lines through Orange County, and
has also maintained Rail-to-Rail service with parallel Amtrak
service. On a typical weekday, over 40 trains run along the Orange
County Line, the 91
Line and the Inland
Empire-Orange County Line. Along with Metrolink
riders on parallel Amtrak
lines, these lines generate approximately 15,000 boardings per weekday.
also began offering weekend service on the Orange County Line and
the Inland Empire-Orange County line in the summer of 2006. As ridership
has steadily increased in the region, new stations have opened at
Anaheim Canyon, Buena
Viejo. Plans for a future station in Placentia
are underway and is expected to be completed by 2014.
1938, the Atchison,
Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad and later Amtrak, has operated
Surfliner regional passenger
train route (previously named the San
Diegan until 2000)
through Orange County. The route includes stops at eight stations
in Orange County including San
Clemente (selected trips), San
Juan Capistrano, Laguna
Niguel/Mission Viejo (selected trips), Irvine,
(selected trips), Anaheim,
County's first public Monorail
line is undergoing Environmental
impact assessment. This line will connect the Disneyland Resort,
Convention Center, and Angel Stadium to the proposed ARTIC
transportation hub, in the city of Anaheim.
line connecting Downtown Santa Ana to the Depot at Santa Ana is
also in the environmental phase.
car and passenger ferry service, the Balboa
Island Ferry, comprising three ferries running every five minutes,
operates between Balboa Peninsula and Balboa
Island in Newport
County's only major airport is John
Wayne Airport. Although its abbreviation (SNA) refers to Santa
Ana, the airport is in fact located in unincorporated territory
surrounded by the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Irvine.
Unincorporated Orange County (including the John Wayne Airport)
has mailing addresses, which go through the Santa Ana Post Office.
For this reason, SNA was chosen as the IATA Code for the airport.[citation
needed] The actual Destination Moniker which
appears on most Arrival/Departure Monitors in airports throughout
the United States is "Orange County," which is the common nickname
used for the OMB
Metropolitan Designation: Santa
Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California. Its modern Thomas F. Riley Terminal
handles over 9 million passengers annually through 14 different
of Orange County are known as "Orange Countians".
communities are included if their population is greater than 15,000.
These numbers are estimates from the 2005 Census
updates for these locales. Numbers are approximate until a new Census
de Caza: $153,118
Santa Margarita: $92,671
Juan Capistrano: $78,638
Garden Grove: $78,112
developing urban core in the City of Irvine.
County is the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies including
(#69) and First
American Corporation (#312) in Santa Ana, Western
Digital (#439) in Lake Forest and Pacific
Life (#452) in Newport Beach. Irvine is the home of numerous
start-up companies and also is the home of Fortune 1000 headquarters
for Allergan, Broadcom,
Pacific and Sun Healthcare Group. Other Fortune 1000 companies
in Orange County include Beckman
Coulter in Brea, Quiksilver
in Huntington Beach and Apria Healthcare Group in Lake Forest. Irvine
is also the home of notable technology companies like PC-manufacturer
Inc., router manufacturer Linksys,
and video/computer game creator Blizzard
Entertainment. Also, the prestigious Mercedes-Benz
Classic Center USA is located in the City of Irvine. Many regional
headquarters for international businesses reside in Orange County
like Mazda, Toshiba,
Kia Motors, in
the City of Irvine, Mitsubishi
in the City of Cypress,
and Hyundai in the City
of Fountain Valley. Fashion is another important industry to Orange
Inc. is headquartered in Lake Forest. Hurley
International is headquartered in Costa Mesa. The shoe company
USA, Inc. is located in Fullerton. St.
John is headquartered in Irvine. Wet
Seal is headquartered in Lake
is headquartered in Anaheim.
Restaurants such as Del
Taco, Taco Bell,
El Pollo Loco,
have headquarters in the City of Irvine as well.
County contains several notable shopping malls. Among these are
Coast Plaza (the largest mall in California, and the third largest
in the United States) in Costa
Mesa and Fashion
Island in Newport
Beach. Other significant malls include the Brea
Santa Ana, The
Shops at Mission Viejo, The
Block at Orange, the Irvine
Spectrum Center, and Downtown
remains a vital aspect of Orange County's economy. Anaheim
is the main tourist hub, with the Disneyland
being the second most visited theme park in the world. Also Knotts
Berry Farm which gets about 7 million visitors annually located
in the city of Buena
Park. The Anaheim
Convention Center receives many major conventions throughout
the year. Resorts within the Beach Cities receive visitors throughout
the year due to their close proximity to the beach, biking paths,
mountain hiking trails, golf courses, shopping and dining.
triangle tower 1
plaza condominium tower
triangle tower 2
triangle tower 3
triangle tower 4
triangle tower 5
triangle tower 6
at Town Center 1
at Town Center 2
Skyline Tower 1
Skyline Tower 2
Skyline Tower 3
Center - 5 Park Plaza
Center - 4 Park Plaza
Center - 3 Park Plaza
Hotel (Formerly the Four Seasons)
Tower (formerly Tower 17)
Marriott (Koll Center Irvine)
Marriot - Palms Tower
South Coast Plaza
Newport Beach Hotel
Marriott - Oasis Tower
Tower (Two Town Center)
Bank Tower (Two Town Center)
Scream (amusement ride)
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (amusement ride)
Arts and culture
Points of interest
aerial photo of Anaheim Disneyland,
Hotel with its Monorail Station. The Disneyland Heliport,
surrounding orange groves, Santa Ana Freeway (now I-5) and the
Melodyland Theater "in the round," and part of the City of Anaheim.
Stadium can be seen under construction near the upper left.
area's warm Mediterranean
climate and 42 miles (68 km) of year-round beaches attract
millions of tourists annually. Huntington
Beach is a hot spot for sunbathing and surfing;
nicknamed "Surf City, U.S.A.", it is home to many surfing competitions.
Wedge", at the tip of The Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach,
is one of the most famous body surfing spots in the world.
tourist destinations include the theme
California Adventure in Anaheim
Berry Farm in Buena
Park. Since the 2011 closure of Wild
Rivers in Irvine, the county is home to just one water
City in Buena Park. The Anaheim
Convention Center is the largest such facility on the West Coast.
The old town area in the City of Orange (the traffic circle at the
middle of Chapman Ave. at Glassell) still maintains its 1950s image,
and appeared in the That
Thing You Do! movie.
Saigon is another tourist destination, being home to the largest
concentration of Vietnamese
people outside of Vietnam. There are also sizable Taiwanese,
Chinese, and Korean communities, particularly in western Orange
County. This is evident in several Asian-influenced shopping centers
in Asian American hubs like the city of Irvine.
points of interest include Mission
San Juan Capistrano, the renowned destination of migrating swallows.
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is in Yorba
Linda and the Richard
Nixon Birthplace home, located on the grounds of the Library,
is a National
Historic Landmark. John
Wayne's yacht, the Wild Goose or USS
YMS-328, is in Newport
Beach. Other notable structures include the home of Madame Helena
Modjeska, located in Modjeska
Canyon on Santiago
Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa
Ana, the largest building in the county; the historic Balboa
in Newport Beach; and the Huntington Beach Pier. The county has
nationally known centers of worship, such as Crystal
Cathedral in Garden
Grove, the largest house of worship in California; Saddleback
Church in Lake
Forest, one of the largest churches in the United States; and
the premiere in fall 2003 of the hit Fox
series The O.C.,
and the 2007 Bravo
Real Housewives of Orange County" tourism has increased with
travelers from across the globe hoping to see the sights seen in
County has some of the most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods
in the U.S., many along the Orange
Coast, and some in north Orange County.
County is the base for several significant religious organizations:
number of novels by best-selling fiction and horror author Dean
Koontz, a resident of Newport Beach, are set in the area.
of the stories in Pulitzer
Prize-winning author Michael
Chabon's collection, A
Model World, are set in Orange County. Chabon studied creative
writing at UC
County is the place in which Kim
Stanley Robinson's Three
Californias Trilogy is set. These books depict three different
futures of Orange County (survivors of a nuclear war in The Wild
Shore, a developer's dream gone mad in The Gold Coast,
and an ecotopian utopia in Pacific Edge). Philip
K. Dick's novel A
Scanner Darkly was also set in Orange County.
his first novel, "Laguna Heat," to more recent books such as "California
Girl," mystery-writer T. Jefferson Parker has set many of his novels
in Orange County.
modern fantasy novel "All the Bells on Earth" by James
P. Blaylock is set in Orange.
classic novel "Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Henry Dana,
Jr. describes journeys along the California coast in the early 19th
century and the trading of goods for cow hides with the local residents.
The south Orange County city of Dana Point takes its name from the
author, as the cliffs around the harbor were a favorite location
Juan Capistrano is also the home of the first Zorro
novellas. It was first called Curse of Capistrano, but was later
changed to the Mask of Zorro due to the popularity of the movie.
In popular culture
County has been the setting for numerous films and television shows:
starring Bette Midler and Barbra Hershey was filmed at Crystal
Cove State Park in Newport Coast.
opening scene of Gilligan's
Island that shows the S.S. Minnow leaving the harbor
was in Newport Beach.
best known portrayal is as the setting of the popular 2003 Fox
Network television drama
which is set in the Orange County coastal harbor town of Newport
is the subject and setting of the eponymous 2002 movie Orange
County. However, the film was not actually filmed in Orange
is also the setting of the 2003 sitcom
Development. Most of the series was not filmed in Orange
County, but in Culver
City and Marina
del Rey in Los
Angeles County. A running joke in the series that pokes fun
at The O.C.
is that characters will frequently refer to Orange County as "The
O.C.," followed by another character's saying, "Don't call it
that" (mirroring the fact that Orange County residents rarely
if ever use the term "The O.C.", but rather just, "O.C.").
closing scene in Rain
Man with Dustin
Hoffman and Tom
Cruise was shot at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center.
Luck Tomorrow was shot and set in the cities of Cypress
of California, Irvine, has been used in many films, most notably
Eleven (2001 film); others include Conquest
of the Planet of the Apes and Poltergeist
had Harmon University shot in Chapman
University in Orange.
as a House was set in Laguna
Beach, although it was filmed in Los
was shot and set in San
Beach: The Real Orange County was filmed in the Orange
County coastal town of Laguna
Harbor: The Real Orange County was filmed in the Orange
County coastal town of Newport
Life of Ryan
is a reality show following the life of pro skateboarder Ryan
Sheckler. The title of the show is a play on Monty
Python's Life of Brian, filmed in and around the Sheckler
household in San Clemente, California.
key scene in the film Borat:
Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation
of Kazakhstan was shot and set at The
Block at Orange in the city of Orange.
Christian Slater film Gleaming
the Cube was set in Orange County and filmed in several
cities, such as Anaheim, Woodbridge High School in Irvine, and
John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.
plot line in the television
West Wing involved a dead liberal Democrat
unexpectedly winning a Congressional
seat from an Orange County district.
County is the home of the late Republican President Teddy
Bridges on the (now canceled) ABC drama Commander
Jarrah from the ABC drama Lost
was bound to go to Irvine, where his longtime friend Nadia lives.
Locke, another castaway from the series, is said to have lived
most of his life in Tustin.
that she is from Newport Beach.
County was the location of the 1994 Charlie
Sheen movie The
Chase; the movie, however, was mostly filmed in Houston.
Park Place, Irvine corporate mall was the location for futuristic
scenes in the 1993 film Demolition
Man starring Sylvester
Stallone and Wesley
2006 film A
Scanner Darkly was set in the city of Anaheim.
A freeway scene was shot along the Northbound I-5
Real Housewives of Orange County is filmed in Coto
Mesa is the setting for The
X-Files episode "Hungry".
the 2001 film The
Fast and the Furious, the scene when the Johnny Tran and
his gang catch up with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker blowing up their
car was filmed in Little
season six of the HBO drama
while in a coma Tony Soprano dreams he is a businessman in Costa
chase scene at the beginning of the Arnold
Schwarzenegger movie Kindergarten
Cop was filmed at Main
Place Mall in Santa Ana.
Incredible Mr. Brisby" episode of The
Venture Bros., Hank and Dean Venture Travel to the fictional
theme park Brisby Land, a spoof on Disney
Land. During the episode, radical Orange County Natives known
as the Orange
County Liberation Front launch a full-scale assault on the
Brisby Land compound out of revenge for the ever increasing size
of the Park. Members of the OCLF are easily identified by their
helmets that resemble enormous oranges.
shuttle bay scenes for the 2009 Star
Trek movie were shot in the Tustin MCAF Blimp Hangars.
Skanner Darkly The main Character is portrayed as an Undercover
Narcotics Agent for Orange County
Troopers were filmed at Mile Square Park in Fountain
majority of the 2002 Nickelodeon Film "Clockstoppers" was shot
in Old Town Orange, CA.
moon walk scenes of the 1998 HBO mini-series "From The Earth To
The Moon", were shot in the Tustin MCAF Blimp Hangers.
opening scene for the movie Hancock with Will Smith was shot in
County has also been used as a shooting location for several films
and television programs. Examples of movies at least partially shot
in Orange County are Tom
Thing You Do, the Coen
Man Who Wasn't There, and the Martin
Lawrence movie Big
Momma's House. All three of which were filmed in or around
the Old Towne Plaza in the City of Orange. The Reality Television
Real Housewives of series started in Orange County.
Beach annually plays host to the U.S.
Open of Surfing, AVP
Pro Beach Volleyball and Vans World Championship of Skateboarding.
It was also the shooting location for Pro
Water Polo, Inc. has moved its headquarter offices to Huntington
Orange County's active outdoor culture is home to many surfers,
skateboarders, mountain bikers, cyclists, climbers, hikers, kayaking,
sailing and sand volleyball.
banners promoting the county's two major league teams, the Ducks
and the Angels.
League Baseball team in Orange County is the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2005, new owner Joey Deal wanted
to change the name to "Los Angeles Angels" in order to better tap
into the Los Angeles media market, the second largest in the country.
However, the standing agreement with the city of Anaheim demanded
that they have "Anaheim" in the name, so they became the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim. This name change was hotly disputed by the city
of Anaheim, but the change stood and still stands today, which prompted
a lawsuit by the city of Anaheim against Angels owner Arte
Moreno, won by Moreno. It has been widely unpopular in Orange
Hockey League team, the Anaheim
Ducks, won the 2007 Stanley
Cup beating the Ottawa
Senators. They also came close to winning the 2003 Stanley
Cup finals after winning three games in a seven-game series
against the New
County Flyers are a North
American League Baseball team based in Fullerton, California.
The league is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Flyers
were sold on March 21, 2007 to an Orange County investment group,
making them the first Golden Baseball League team to ever be sold.
Before their sale, the Flyers were called the Fullerton Flyers,
but on March 28, 2007 they became the Orange County Flyers; they
kept their team colors (blue and orange) and home games are still
played at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field.
County Blue Star is a USL
Premier Development League soccer club. They play at Orange
Coast College. Among those who have played for OCBS are Jürgen
Klinsmann, the former German star and Germany's 2006 World Cup
coach, who played under an assumed name.
County Roller Girls 
- Since 2006, this flat track league has been competing against
teams from up and down the great state of California and across
the Country. In 2010 they built the 9th banked track to compete
at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.
County Outlaws are a rugby
league team formed in 2010, they play their home games at LeBard
Mesa. They are a developing team in the USA
and will become a full member team in 2012.
Kings basketball team of the NBA
are widely believed to be planning a move to Anaheim in the near
and defunct sports teams
baseball made a brief appearance in Orange County during the post
World War II boom in minor league ball when the Anaheim
Valencias of the Class C Sunset
League played the 1947 and 1948 seasons with La Palma Park as
their home field. Future Fullerton High School baseball coach Bud
Dawson was the Vals' shortstop.
the late 1950s (c.1957-59) the Orange County Rhinos, a semi-pro
football team, played their home games at La Palma Park in Anaheim.
Football League football left the county when the Los
Angeles Rams relocated to St.
Louis in 1995. Anaheim
city leaders are in talks with the NFL to bring a Los Angeles-area
franchise to Orange County, though they are competing with other
cities in and around Los Angeles.
Angeles Clippers played some home games at The Arrowhead Pond,
now known as the Honda
Center, from 1994 to 1999, before moving to Staples
Center, which they share with the Los
Surf played in the North
American Soccer League from 1978 to 1981. The club called Anaheim
soccer franchise, the California
Sunshine of the Major
League Soccer in the late 1970s played games in Orange
and Anaheim (Anaheim Stadium). Their team office was in Villa
Angeles Salsa played at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium
in 1993–94 in the American
Professional Soccer League (APSL), at the time the top soccer
league in the U.S. The Salsa, whose general manager was former Cosmos
star Ricky Davis
and its coach former Brazil star Rildo
Menezes, also played some games at East
Los Angeles College in Monterey
Park, California, and Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo,
California attempting a season in Mexico's second-tier Primera A
Division. That attempt was cancelled after several games when FIFA
and CONCACAF ruled
a club could not play in two leagues in separate countries. The
Salsa lost to the Colorado
Foxes in the 1993 APSL final at Cal State Fullerton.
County Zodiac, affiliated with MLS's Los
Angeles Galaxy, played soccer at Santa
Ana Stadium (also known as Santa Ana Bowl) and Orange
Coast College from 1997 to 2000.
Arsenal are an NBA
D-League expansion team for the 2006–2007 season. They play
their home games at the Anaheim
County Gladiators are an American
Basketball Association (ABA) expansion team starting in November
2007. They played their home games at Fieldhouse Gym at JSerra in
San Juan Capistrano.
county was also the home of the Orange
County Buzz basketball team of the American
Basketball Association (ABA). Both the Buzz and Gladiators have
was also the home of the prior American
Basketball Association franchise known as the Anaheim
Amigos in the mid-sixties.
that played in the Arrowhead Pond/Honda Center:
was a member of the National
Lacrosse League. They folded in 2005 due to low attendance.
Piranhas were an Arena
Football League team in 1996-97, but folded due to team board
Bullfrogs were a Roller
Hockey International team that lasted from 1993–99 and were
briefly revived in 2001.
was a soccer team that played in the Continental
Indoor Soccer League from 1993 to 1997.
California Sun was an American
football team based out of Anaheim that played in the World
Football League in 1974 and 1975. Their records were 13–7 in
1974 and 7–5 in 1975. Their home stadium was Anaheim
County Ramblers were a professional football team that competed
in the Continental
Football League from 1967-68. The Ramblers played their home
games in Anaheim (Anaheim Stadium). The team was coached both seasons
by Homer Beatty, who had won a small college national title at Santa
Ana College in 1962.
Ana Winds, a women’s professional football team played in Santa
Ana College and later Chapman College in Orange in the 2000s.
semi-pro Mexican Soccer franchise, the Santa
Ana-Anaheim Aztecas played in Santa Ana College in the 2000s.
finally, the Orange
County Pioneers and California Mariners/Sharks/Storm of Irvine
and Newport Beach, were semi-pro collegiate baseball teams in the
1990s and 2000s.
County is a chartered county of California; its seat
Ana. Its legislative and executive authority is vested in a
five-member Board of Supervisors. Each Supervisor is popularly elected
from a regional district, and together the board oversees the activities
of the county's agencies and departments and sets policy on development,
public improvements, and county services. At the beginning of each
year the Supervisors select a Chairman and Vice Chairman, but the
administration is headed by a professional municipal manager, the
County Executive. The current supervisors are Janet
Campbell, and Patricia
C. Bates, with a vacancy in the Fourth District, which was previously
occupied by Chris
Norby until he resigned to become a member of the California
other public officials are elected at-large: the County Assessor,
Treasurer-Tax Collector and Public Administrator. Since 2008, the
County Sheriff's Department has been led by Sheriff-Coroner
Her predecessor, Mike
Carona, resigned earlier in the year to defend himself against
VA loan limit
maximum $0 down VA home loan limit for Orange County is $700,000
as of 01/01/2011.
July 12, 2010, it was revealed that Carona received over $215,000
in pension checks in 2009, despite his felony conviction, as the
county's retirement system faces a massive shortfall totaling $3.7
billion unfunded liabilities. He is one of approximately 400 retired
Orange County public servants who received more than $100,000 last
year in benefits. Also on the list of those receiving extra-large
pension checks is former treasurer-tax collector Robert
Citron, whose investments, which were made while consulting
psychics and astrologers, led Orange County into bankruptcy in 1994.
funneled billions of public dollars into questionable investments,
and at first the returns were high and cities, schools and special
districts borrowed millions to join in the investments. But the
strategy backfired, and Citron's investment pool lost $1.64 billion.
Nearly $200 million had to be slashed from the county budget and
more than 1,000 jobs were cut. The county was forced to borrow $1
California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility filed a lawsuit
against the pension system to get the list. The agency had claimed
that pensioner privacy would be compromised by the release. A judge
approved the release and the documents were released late June 2010.
The release of the documents has reopened debate on the pension
plan for retired public safety workers approved in 2001 when Carona
"3 percent at 50," it lets deputies retire at age 50 with 3 percent
of their highest year's pay for every year of service. Before it
was approved and applied retroactively, employees received 2 percent.
"It was right after Sept. 11," said Orange County Supervisor John
Morrlach. "All of a sudden, public safety people became elevated
to god status. The Board of Supervisors were tripping over themselves
to make the motion." He called it "one of the biggest shifts of
money from the private sector to the public sector." Moorlach, who
was not on the board when the plan was approved, led the fight to
repeal the benefit. A lawsuit, which said the benefit should go
before voters, was rejected in Los Angeles County Superior Court
in 2009 and is now under appeal.
opposed the lawsuit when it was filed, likening its filing to a
"nuclear bomb" for deputies.
County is the home of many colleges and universities, including:
institutions not based in Orange County operate satellite campuses,
including the University
of Southern California, National
University, and Pepperdine
Orange County Department of Education oversees 28 school
stations KOCE-TV and
KDOC-TV are located
in Orange County.
county is primarily served by The
Orange County Register. OC
Weekly is an alternative weekly publication and Excélsior
is a Spanish-language newspaper. The "hard news" online nonprofit
VoiceofOC.org began covering the county in 2010. A few communities
are served by the Los
Angeles Times' publication of the Daily
Pilot, the Huntington
Beach Independent and the Laguna
Beach Coastline Pilot. OC
Music Magazine is also based out of Orange County, serving
local musicians and artists.
County is served by radio stations from the Los
Angeles area. There are a few radio stations that are actually
located in Orange County. KJLL-FM
92.7 has an adult contemporary format. KSBR
88.5 FM airs a jazz music format branded as "Jazz-FM" along with
news programming. KUCI 88.9FM
is a free form college radio station that broadcasts from UC
Irvine. KWIZ 96.7 FM,
located in Santa
Ana, airs a regional Mexican music format branded as "La Rockola
96.7". KWVE-FM 107.9
is owned by the Calvary
Chapel of Costa
Mesa. KWVE-FM is also the primary Emergency
Alert System station for the county. The Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim also own and operate a sports-only
radio station from Orange, KLAA.
natives and residents
to Orange County's proximity to Los
Angeles, many film and media celebrities have moved or bought
second homes in the county. Actor John
Wayne, who lived in Newport
Beach, is the namesake for Orange County's John
Wayne Airport. Orange County has also produced many homegrown
celebrities, including golfer Tiger
Woods, basketball player Kobe
Bryant, a number of professional ballplayers, including retired
slugger Mark McGwire,
WWE Wrestler, Chavo
Guerrero Jr. actor, Kevin
Stamos, actor and radio personality R.J.
Adams a.k.a. Bob
Martin and Will
Ferrell, actresses Michelle
Pfeiffer and Diane
Keaton, and singers Chester
Bell and Major League Ballhawk John
Witt. Ms. America Susan
Jeske is also a resident. Sublime,
Big Fish, Social
and Leo Fender
(the inventor of the first commercially successful solid body electric
guitars) also call Orange County home. MMA fighter Tito
Ortiz is a resident of Huntington Beach which is stated in his
entrance as the "Huntington Badboy."
county's most famous resident was perhaps Richard
Nixon, the 37th President
of the United States, who was born in Yorba
Linda and lived in San
Clemente for several years following his resignation.
library is in Yorba Linda.
County was also home to The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley of Santa
Ana, and Bobby Hatfield of Anaheim. The Santa Ana High School auditorium
now bears Medley's name. Another less well-known sports figure from
a previous era was Clifford C. Cravath, for many years judge of
the Laguna Beach Municipal Court. Known as "Gavvy" Cravath as a
professional baseball player from 1910 to 1920, he was the major
league home run king prior to Babe Ruth's emergence as a slugger.
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