Author Archives: Jeff Gritchen

PHOTOS: Disney Premiers new Fireworks Show ‘Disneyland Forever’ to Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Disneyland showed off it’s new fireworks show to celebrate the theme park’s 60th anniversary. The show includes projections on Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

PHOTOS: Disney’s Premiers new World of Color Show at California Adventure

In celebration of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, the “World of Color” water show at Disney California Adventure got a reboot – including a new story about the history of Walt Disney and his first theme park.

PHOTOS: Knott’s Berry Farm Premiers Voyage to the Iron Reef Ride


Riders on Knott’s Berry Farms’ new Voyage to the Iron Reef ride use their freezer blasters to destroy a villain on Wednesday in Buena Park.

Voyage to the Iron Reef is a 4-D ride where 4-person cars travel from screen to screen shooting villains.

PHOTOS: Softball Friends

Mission Viejo softball players Taylor McQuillin, left, and Alyssa Palomino on the softball field at Mission Viejo High School on Friday.

The two seniors have been friends since they were little and compliment each other – McQuillin is a pitcher and Palomino is a hitter. They are both going to end their high school careers holding several O.C. and CIF-SS records. They will begin playing together next year at the University of Arizona.

PHOTOS: Fire Guts Cypress Apartment

Firefighters battle a fire at the Cypress Garden Apartments on Graham Street in Cypress on Tuesday. The fire started in a carport below apartments. Eight cars and four apartments were damaged.

PHOTO: CSUF Grads

Cal State Fullerton graduates Karla Lopez, left, Christian Bana, center, and Angelica Ruiz on campus on Monday. Karla Lopez is a 26-year-old biology undergraduate student who is on her way to becoming a health specialist. She hopes to be a physician's assistant in the future. Christian Bana is a music student. When filling out his CSUF application, he accidentally checked the "music" box instead of the "kinesiology" box. He decided to stick with music and will be teaching next year. Angelica Ruiz is an undergraduate health science and women and gender studies graduate who conducted a research project on the affordability, access and the quality of fruit and vegetables in the Santa Ana community.

Cal State Fullerton graduates Karla Lopez, left, Christian Bana, center, and Angelica Ruiz on campus on Monday. Karla Lopez is a 26-year-old biology undergraduate student who is on her way to becoming a health specialist. She hopes to be a physician’s assistant in the future. Christian Bana is a music student. When filling out his CSUF application, he accidentally checked the “music” box instead of the “kinesiology” box. He decided to stick with music and will be teaching next year. Angelica Ruiz is an undergraduate health science and women and gender studies graduate who conducted a research project on the affordability, access and the quality of fruit and vegetables in the Santa Ana community.

PHOTO: Walking in Circles

Visitors to Cal State Fullerton walk down the circular steps of a parking garage on Monday. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Slug: scan.xxxx, Day: Monday, May 4, 2015 (5/4/15), Time: 1:01:46 PM, Location: Fullerton, California - Scan Photo - JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Visitors to Cal State Fullerton walk down the circular steps of a parking garage on Monday. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Slug: scan.xxxx, Day: Monday, May 4, 2015 (5/4/15), Time: 1:01:46 PM, Location: Fullerton, California – Scan Photo – JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTOS: New Water Consumers in a Drought

New homes in Rancho Mission Viejo back up against dry hillsides in unincorporated south Orange County. The neighborhood sits near the corner of Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway in south of Ladera Ranch. With more than 40,000 new homes now in the pipeline — and a projected 150,000 new homes expected to be built by 2040 — many Orange County residents are asking where the water will come from for a projected growth spurt bigger than the population of Anaheim. Some residents are calling for a moratorium on homebuilding — in Orange County and elsewhere in California.

PHOTOS: Scenes from a Vietnamese Market

PHOTOS: The Gentleman’s Truck

Jim Ellis with his 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup through his Aliso Viejo Neighborhood.

Ellis’ said his 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier was sold as, “The gentleman’s truck” and conceived as a stylish vehicle that combined passenger car design with truck practicality

“I think the biggest thing that attracted me to it was not only is it a gorgeous vehicle, but also its rarity,” Ellis says of the truck he purchased 2 1/2 years ago after seeing it for sale at the Cruisin’ for a Cure car show at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

TIME LAPSE: Angels Baseball Home Opener


This time lapse video is a look at opening day at Angel Stadium condensed to two minutes. I mounted one camera in the TV box behind home plate and another camera on top of the video board in right field. The rest of the angles were shot o as I roamed the stadium with camera and a tripod.

PHOTOS: City’s Deal with the Drought

Cities in south Orange County are dealing with California’s drought in different ways. Some are replacing public green areas with drought-tolerant plants, some are repiping areas with recycled water and some are banning car washing, except at professional car wash businesses.