PHOTOS: Presidents on President’s Day

YORBA LINDA – What do Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson have in common? They were all in Yorba Linda on Monday celebrating Presidents Day.

A trio of actors portrayed the presidents and, along with the Air Force Band of the Golden West, entertained close to 5,000 guests at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.

Lincoln Pindroh, 9, of Placentia, entered the library dressed as his namesake, complete with a long black coat and stove pipe hat. Pindroh said he loves Lincoln because they share a name.

“He saved the slaves… and I love that,” he added.

Pindroh said he is planning to bring Lincoln cupcakes to school for his own birthday on Tuesday.

As presidents Lincoln and Jefferson posed for pictures inside, President George Washington, played by Gary Beard, walked the line of people waiting, keeping in character as he greeted folks and let children wear his three-pointed hat. Beard has been portraying Washington at the library since 1999.

The Nixon Library, which was renovated last year, has three free days a year: President Richard Nixon’s birthday on Jan. 9, First Lady Pat Nixon’s birthday on March 16 and Presidents Day.

Presidents Day is always the busiest, but Joe Lopez, ‎communications director for the Richard Nixon Foundation, said this year’s holiday was expected to break a record for attendance.

VIDEO: 75 years later: Japanese-Americans Remember their Internment in Southern California


On Feb. 19, 1942, the Japanese American community in Southern California — the nation’s largest — was horrified by President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. It declared the government’s intent to treat some part of the West Coast as a war zone, complete with powers that suspended some constitutional guarantees.

Soon, Japanese Americans up and down the West Coast were told to pack their things, sell or give away what they could, and prepare for the unknown. What had happend a century earlier to Native Americans, and what was happening again to Jews in much of Europe, was about to happen to Japanese Americans — forced relocation.

(Video by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

PHOTOS: More Rain in North Orange County

PHOTO: Odd Pressers at the OCDA

Shirley Grindle, the lead author of Measure A, peeks over the shoulder of Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer holds an impromptu press conference outside the Orange County District Attorney office in Santa Ana on Tuesday to defend himself against allegations from Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Rackauckas held a press conference inside where he accused Spitzer of impersonating an OCDA assistant district attorney. Rackauckas said Spitzer failed to identify himself as a 'former' assistant district attorney in an automated call supporting Measure A that went out to voters last week.

These were two of the oddest press conferences I’ve ever seen.

First, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference to tell the media that he accusing County Supervisor Todd Spitzer of impersonating an OCDA assistant district attorney – Rackauckas said Spitzer failed to identify himself as a ‘former’ assistant district attorney in an automated call supporting Measure A that went out to voters last week.

Measure A calls for an ethics commission, partly prompted by Rackauckas “snitch scandal”.

The OCDA was checking media credential a the door, only allowing certain media to attend the presser.

When it was over, Shirley Grindle, the lead author of Measure A, was outside with Spitzer waiting to have their own press conference.

Spitzer, who is a former DA, held up his old business card to the media and said, “See, it says I’m an assistant district attorney”

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PHOTOS: Sharks at The Wedges, Swimmers in the Water, Dolphins in the Waves

Bodysurfers take to the water at The Wedge in Newport Beach after a lifeguard told them they could renter the surf at noon. The beach had been closed since a shark attack three days earlier. read more>>

PHOTO: Frozen Selfies

Laura Hollender, left, and Mellisa Paul, of Sacramento, take a selfie before entering the World Premiere of "Frozen - Live at the Hyperion" at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on Thursday.

Laura Hollender, left, and Mellisa Paul, of Sacramento, take a selfie before entering the World Premiere of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton in Buena Bark

U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during a rally at the UFCW union hall in Buena Park. Clinton is on the second day of a four-day swing through California, ahead of the June 7 primary.

PHOTOS: Feeling the Bern in Anaheim

U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders address supporters at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 24, 2016.

PHOTOS: Seal Beach Pier

The Seal Beach Municipal pier remains closed Monday morning after a fire destroyed the former Ruby’s restaurant on Friday. The restaurant, which closed in 2013, was completely destroyed in the blaze.

PHOTO: Irvine Dads have their Heads in the Sky

Kain Sosa, left, and Brent Freeze, are spearheading a program where teams at Irvine high schools build a satellite that will be launched in to space from Russia. Students at each of Irvine's high schools are teaming up to build and launch a miniature satellite a year from now. It would be the first such launch by high school students in the U.S. The project is the brainchild Sosa and Freeze, who have gotten the interest and support of folks from NASA/JPL, local tech and communications firms, and seed money from Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

Kain Sosa, left, and Brent Freeze, are spearheading a program where teams at Irvine high schools build a satellite that will be launched in to space from Russia. Students at each of Irvine’s high schools are teaming up to build and launch a miniature satellite a year from now. It would be the first such launch by high school students in the U.S. The project is the brainchild Sosa and Freeze, who have gotten the interest and support of folks from NASA/JPL, local tech and communications firms, and seed money from Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

PHOTOS: Peyton Manning Goes to Disneyland


Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning rides down Main Street USA with his twin children, Marshall and Mosley, during a parade to celebrate their Super Bowl win on Monday in Anaheim.

PHOTOS: Odyesso’s Big White Top goes up in Irvine

Workers raise a giant in preparation for Odysseo in Irvine. The tent, called The White Big Top, is 125 feet tall, higher than the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland which is 77 feet tall, and is about the size of a football field. The tent seats 2,000 people for the show, which combines equestrian arts and high-tech theatrical effects in live performance. The White Big Top is the largest traveling tent in the world.

PHOTO: Shelter from the Rain

In the shadows of the Big A, Michael Diehl keeps an eye on the rain from inside a tent along the banks of the Santa Ana River in Orange on Tuesday. Diehl said he's been homeless for six months - after exhausting savings on medical bills related to being shot in the head in 2009.

In the shadows of the Big A, Michael Diehl keeps an eye on the rain from inside a tent along the banks of the Santa Ana River in Orange on Tuesday. Diehl said he’s been homeless for six months – after exhausting savings on medical bills related to being shot in the head in 2009.