Orange Coast Magazine



The Long Shot Bet

Here on the backside of Los Alamitos Race Course, trainers lean against the rail outside Schwanie’s Grill at the Gap, timing their mounts galloping past. The morning air is filled with the sounds of snorting horses and thudding hooves—and a sense of excited change: Among the familiar muscular quarter horses speeding past are longer, leaner thoroughbreds. And around me are some of the top trainers and jockeys on the national racing scene. Thanks to a bold gamble by track owner Ed Allred, Los Alamitos now features daytime thoroughbred racing for the first time in two decades. Read more...

#OCLocal Contest

When it comes to picking things to do in Orange County, we have different priorities than out-of-towners. Sure, we love Disneyland, but we’ve been there so many times. So stash that tourist guidebook! In our September issue, we created an insider’s list of amazing sights, offbeat places, challenging adventures, and just plain fun things to do. To make it more interesting, keep score and see how local you really are. Read more...

Elizabeth Turk Transforms Marble Into Ribbons, Cages and Collars That Defy Gravity

The din from the 5 Freeway rumbles through Santa Ana’s Chiarini Marble & Stone, but it’s as innocuous as elevator music compared to the ear-splitting high-powered drills and cutting machines the artisans are using to turn stone into fireplaces, fountains, and other architectural objects. Read more...

Snapshot: Confidence Woman

For a decade, she gave hundreds of women life-changing makeovers on TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Now that the series has ended, the 43-year-old Newport Beach native who grew up in Surf City is channeling everything she learned into her own makeup line. Read more...

So Far, So Good

Before I tell you about the odd little video I shot of my blind, 96-year-old father unloading the dishwasher—and why everything you need to know about living honorably and on your own terms is contained in those six minutes—let me give you some backstory. Read more...

Snapshot: The Hardy Globetrotter

The 2013 championships, held in Costa Rica, proved brutal for Tubbs’ Team Bones. Expected to last six days, the nearly 550-mile route took nine to complete. One teammate broke three ribs on the first day. Tubbs weathered a foot infection that landed him in a wheelchair after they crossed the finish line. Read more...

Erasing Pereira

What do California’s cultural institutions have against William Pereira? The Chicago native, seeing Orange County transitioning awkwardly from orchards to housing tracts after World War II, tackled every design and building opportunity that came his way. Two of the architect’s biggest plums: the master-planned city of Irvine and UC Irvine. When President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the university site in 1964, this new campus boldly pointed the way to the future. Read more...

2014 World Cup 'Just Absolutely Mental'

When the U.S. men’s soccer team takes the field June 16 for its 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Ghana, one of the loudest concentrations of American supporters not at the stadium in Natal, Brazil, will be 6,000 miles away—in an unassuming commercial building about 1½ miles north of Santa Ana’s Civic Center. Read more...

The 300-mph Burn Rate

It’s still a few hours before drag racing legend John Force will compete at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. But as the 64-year-old Yorba Linda man makes his way through the autograph- and picture-seeking fans on the track’s fringes, he’s already clad in the bulky, uncomfortable-looking fireproof suit that drivers customarily don just before a race. Read more...

Summer Guide: Coming Attractions

Muckenthaler Jazz Festival, Huntington Beach Pier Swim, Summerfest , Sawdust Art Festival, Art‑A‑Fair, Cher Read more...

California has more national parks than any other state: nine. Use our guides, outlines below, to plan a memorable visit.


CRIME: O.C. Confidential

Our "Center of the Universe" story about seduction and a serial killer is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 For more true crime coverage, check out:
  • Murder, Love & Redemption Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save. 
  • Sandy Murphy's Complicated Life Convicted of murder in 2000 and branded as Las Vegas’ most notorious femme fatale, she resurfaced a decade later as the happily married owner of a Laguna Beach art gallery. 
  • Murder. Just Because. One of the most loathsome killers in Orange County talks. Without remorse. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
  • The Private Struggle of a Public Woman To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death, she lost what mattered most.
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.