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  • Poke, slow to catch on, is now hot, hot, hot

    Poke, slow to catch on, is now hot, hot, hot

    Restaurants offering the raw-fish dish are proliferating in Orange County.

  • Your guide to Orange County food halls

    Your guide to Orange County food halls

    Say what you will about the culinary landscape in Orange County: It may be home to strip malls packed with chain restaurants, but it’s also where the artisanal food hall scene is taking off like nowhere else in California. Angelenos may not think twice about driving from East Pasadena to Venice...

  • Bennett: If you can find these bars, you'll still need to know the password

    Bennett: If you can find these bars, you'll still need to know the password

    Shhh, don't tell anyone, but some bars in Orange County are meant to be secret affairs. We're talking no signs out front letting you know of their existence, hidden entrances where you least expect them and nightly passwords procured via the most roundabout of ways. Once inside these clandestine...

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  • O.C. mansion-murder: Man, 22, pleads guilty to killing parents, shooting siblings in 2014 rampage

    O.C. mansion-murder: Man, 22, pleads guilty to killing parents, shooting siblings in 2014 rampage

    A college dropout from Orange County pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his parents while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano mansion before trying to kill his sister and brother, who was left paralyzed from the shooting. Ashton Sachs, 22, entered his guilty plea in a Santa Ana courtroom to...

  • Football: The Dave White appreciation tour continues vs. Mater Dei

    Football: The Dave White appreciation tour continues vs. Mater Dei

    It's not quite like Kobe Bryant's farewell tour, where gifts are presented and even the visiting crowd starts chanting, "Ko-be, Ko-be, Ko-be." But retiring Edison Coach Dave White is certainly receiving plenty of kudos from opposing coaches. His team is 4-0 and next up is top-ranked Santa Ana Mater...

  • Style Week OC struts its stuff

    Style Week OC struts its stuff

    Fashion Island kicked off its ninth annual Style Week OC on Thursday evening with Neiman Marcus presenting a runway show of fall trends from luxury designers. Style Week festivities continue Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. with in-store parties and promotions at shops, including Joie, Vince Camuto and...

  • NBA star LaMarcus Aldridge makes a $7-million splash in Newport's Crystal Cove

    NBA star LaMarcus Aldridge makes a $7-million splash in Newport's Crystal Cove

    LaMarcus Aldridge has landed in Southern California after all. The five-time all-star, who chose the San Antonio Spurs over the Lakers a year ago, has bought a home in Newport Coast for $7 million in a deal done outside the Multiple Listing Service. Behind gates in affluent Crystal Cove, the 2008...

  • Man in critical condition after being pulled from pool at Hyatt Regency Newport

    A man found floating unconscious in a hotel pool in Newport Beach was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after police pulled him from the water, authorities said. Authorities responded to a report of a near drowning about 7:20 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach at 1107 Jamboree Road,...

  • Short-term rentals, including boats, vexing Newport

    Short-term rentals, including boats, vexing Newport

    The city looks to keep track of the units and which should be paying taxes, even as the boat owners are getting in on the action and adding to the confusion.

  • Demolition starts on famed actor Buddy Ebsen's former Balboa Island home
    Demolition starts on famed actor Buddy Ebsen's former Balboa Island home

    The Balboa Island home of late actor Buddy Ebsen began a slow demolition this week as crews worked to pave the way for a new house on the property overlooking Newport Harbor.

    The home at 530 S. Bay Front was custom-built in 1965. Ebsen’s children sold it in August 2015 for $5 million.

    Aside from...

  • Costa Mesa intoxicated driver sentenced to 4 years in fatal crash

    A Costa Mesa man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, authorities said.

    Jesus Guadalupe Silva-Manriquez, 20, pleaded guilty to causing a crash that killed a Tennessee man and injured his son on Feb. 4, 2015.

    Silva-Manriquez also pleaded guilty...

  • Costa Mesa mosquito-abatement plan is working so far, officials say
    Costa Mesa mosquito-abatement plan is working so far, officials say

    Recent efforts to tamp down mosquitoes breeding in the artificial wetlands at Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park appear to be paying dividends, with fewer of the pests turning up in traps in the area, officials said this week.

    Despite that, officials say, it’s important for residents to stay vigilant and...

  • Is Seal Beach's historic Bay Theatre getting a new lease on life?
    Is Seal Beach's historic Bay Theatre getting a new lease on life?

    A Fullerton developer plans to restore the structure, which the Seal Beach City Council just voted to designate a historic landmark.

  • Live entertainment OKd for new Costa Mesa bar; neighbors worry about noise
    Live entertainment OKd for new Costa Mesa bar; neighbors worry about noise

    Live entertainment will return to a property in Westside Costa Mesa once occupied by a business that ran afoul of nearby residents and the city.

    The Costa Mesa Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday night to allow Holiday, a new speakeasy-style bar and lounge at 719 W. 19th St., to host performances.

    ...

  • 24-hour UFC Gym wins approval in Costa Mesa
    24-hour UFC Gym wins approval in Costa Mesa

    A former car dealership on Harbor Boulevard will soon be home to a 24-hour mixed martial arts gym following a unanimous vote by the Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday night.

    UFC Gym plans to use 14,755 square feet of building space at 2860 Harbor Blvd. for a gym, a children's gym, a workout...

  • Newport Beach candidate forums will be held Wednesday and Thursday

    Newport Beach voters will have an opportunity to see and hear candidates for local offices during two community forums this week.

    On Wednesday, Speak Up Newport will present a forum for City Council hopefuls. Three council seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election, with at least two candidates...

  • Governor signs bill prohibiting sale of O.C. fairgrounds
    Governor signs bill prohibiting sale of O.C. fairgrounds

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday prohibiting the sale of the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

    "I thank the governor for his support for my bill, which deletes the provisions of state law exposing the property to a potential sale," Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) said in a...

  • Huntington Beach dedicates 9/11 memorial
    Huntington Beach dedicates 9/11 memorial

    After five years of design and 15 years after the terrorist attacks that inspired it, Huntington Beach dedicated its Sept. 11 memorial on Sunday afternoon outside the City Hall council chamber.

    The centerpiece of the $200,000 monument consists of two 9 1/2-foot-tall granite pillars that pay tribute...

  • 6 injured in rollover crash on 405 in Huntington Beach

    Six people suffered minor injuries when their SUV rolled over on the northbound 405 Freeway in Huntington Beach early Sunday, authorities said.

    The 2001 Ford Explorer was traveling in the slow lane on the freeway, just south of the Beach Boulevard exit, when it flipped on its side shortly after...

  • Revitalization effort continues at Lido Marina Village as new businesses take shape
    Revitalization effort continues at Lido Marina Village as new businesses take shape

    Lido Bottle Works, a restaurant expected to open in the fall, promises to offer high-quality food and craft brews.

  • California wants to pull this doctor's license. Here's how it's sparked a new battle over child vaccinations
    California wants to pull this doctor's license. Here's how it's sparked a new battle over child vaccinations

    Dr. Robert Sears is one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccination world, a hero to parents suspicious of childhood immunizations that public health officials say are crucial to preventing disease outbreaks.

    So when the Medical Board of California announced last week that it was moving to pull...

  • A barking good time at Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club's annual dog show
    A barking good time at Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club's annual dog show

    Hundreds of dogs of many shapes and sizes stepped into the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday for the first day of the Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club's 66th annual AKC licensed all-breed dog show.

    The show, which ends Sunday, is expected to feature more than 1,200 canine competitors....

  • Costa Mesa campus receives, and gives, a Peace Pole
    Costa Mesa campus receives, and gives, a Peace Pole

    A Costa Mesa campus is now home to one of tens of thousands of Peace Poles planted in more than 160 countries.

    Students of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Seamless Transition Enrichment Program, or STEP, gathered at their campus' garden Friday to participate in a Peace Pole ceremony...

  • After 66 years, Korean War vet gets his diploma from Huntington Beach High
    After 66 years, Korean War vet gets his diploma from Huntington Beach High

    Richard Allen Seaberry never imagined that 66 years after leaving Huntington Beach High School, he'd one day be in front of a crowd at his former school, being honored as a hero.

    The 83-year-old, known as "Al," attended Huntington Beach High from 1948 to 1950, but never graduated. In fact, he dropped...

  • Parking near Corona del Mar High goes to a City Council vote Tuesday

    Parents are expected to pack the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday to protest recently tightened parking regulations around Corona del Mar High School.

    In August, the council voted to limit non-permit parking on Arbutus and Aleppo streets, Alder and Almond places, and Alta Vista Drive,...

  • Remembering 9/11
    Remembering 9/11

    Huntington Beach will unveil its Sept. 11 memorial Sunday afternoon on the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    The $200,000 monument pays tribute to the World Trade Center towers in New York City that fell after being struck by hijacked airliners. The centerpiece consists of two 9 1/2-foot-tall...

  • Costa Mesa Planning Commission to decide fate of UFC Gym

    Members of the Costa Mesa Planning Commission are set to decide Monday whether to allow a 24-hour mixed martial arts gym to set up shop in an old car dealership.

    As proposed, the gym at 2860 Harbor Blvd. would replace a Mitsubishi dealership that closed and relocated to another site along Harbor.

    ...

  • After concerns from neighbors, poles near Estancia High's baseball field to come down
    After concerns from neighbors, poles near Estancia High's baseball field to come down

    Poles supporting a netting structure meant to intercept foul balls from Estancia High School's baseball field before they strike nearby homes and solar panels are coming down.

    Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Fred Navarro wrote in a Thursday letter to nearby Joann Street residents that...

  • Local events to commemorate 9/11 on 15th anniversary
    Local events to commemorate 9/11 on 15th anniversary

    Several local events are scheduled this weekend to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed a total of 2,977 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pa.

     

    Huntington Beach

    The city will premiere its Sept. 11 memorial during a...

  • Costa Mesa steps up effort to combat human trafficking
    Costa Mesa steps up effort to combat human trafficking

    'We are ground zero in the battle to protect young women from sexual slavery,' Costa Mesa mayor says after city's police department officially signs on with Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

  • How should Laguna deal with municipal trees? City Council will take up the issue
    How should Laguna deal with municipal trees? City Council will take up the issue

    The eucalyptus in front of Urth Caffe started the process of reexamining procedures for dealing with vegetation that could present a hazard.

  • 13-year-old donates 500 Care Bears for charity drive
    13-year-old donates 500 Care Bears for charity drive

    In recognition of national Care Bears Share Your Care Day, a 13-year-old philanthropist donated 500 Care Bears plush toys to Orange County first-responders on Friday at South Coast Plaza.

    San Diego resident Jessica Carscadden, founder of the nonprofit We Care Bears Project, presented the toys,...

  • New Harbor Inn owners file civil-rights lawsuit against Costa Mesa
    New Harbor Inn owners file civil-rights lawsuit against Costa Mesa

    The owners of New Harbor Inn in Costa Mesa have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the city has discriminated against them and their tenants and that recent efforts to close the motel violate their constitutional and civil rights.

    Ming Cheng Chen and Hsiang Chu Shih Chen, the motel's owners...

  • New Newport-Mesa teachers looking to make their marks
    New Newport-Mesa teachers looking to make their marks

    They made sure to study hard before the first day of school this week. They also worried a little about getting lost on campus and remembering names of their peers.

    They're the new kids in school or, rather, the new teachers to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

    While the district welcomed...

  • Man killed after chase involving H.B. police is ID'd
    Man killed after chase involving H.B. police is ID'd

    An officer whose badge deflected a bullet was treated at a hospital and released.

  • Costa Mesa's Karma Automotive shows off $130,000 Revero luxury hybrid at Laguna event
    Costa Mesa's Karma Automotive shows off $130,000 Revero luxury hybrid at Laguna event

    Karma Automotive, a Costa Mesa-based car maker, officially unveiled its new model Thursday night during a private event in Laguna Beach.

    The 2017 Revero — a luxury hybrid sedan — has a list price of $130,000 and is being built at Karma's production facility in Moreno Valley.

    "We are building each...

  • Huntington Beach police on the lookout for carjacking suspect

    Huntington Beach police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who carjacked a vehicle while attempting to run over its owner outside the Hoag Health Center on Tuesday.

    Officers arriving at the center, at 19582 Beach Blvd., just after noon said the victim told them he had left the car running...

  • All the rage: Style Week OC
    All the rage: Style Week OC

    Fashion bloggers, who have proved to have much influence on the buying public, will help host the annual event this week at Newport's Fashion Island.

  • Dr. Bob Sears, critic of vaccine laws, could lose license after exempting toddler
    Dr. Bob Sears, critic of vaccine laws, could lose license after exempting toddler

    Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician and nationally known critic of vaccination laws, faces the loss of his medical license after the state medical board accused him of improperly excusing a toddler from immunization and endangering both the child and the public.

    The Medical Board of California...

  • After rejection of development plan, Banning Ranch owner weighs next move
    After rejection of development plan, Banning Ranch owner weighs next move

    Though the latest chapter in a nearly two-decade saga over Banning Ranch ended late Wednesday with the California Coastal Commission's rejection of a large development project proposed for the site, the story is likely far from its conclusion.

    Property owner Newport Banning Ranch LLC had hoped...

  • The Ranch gets OK for Scout Camp
    The Ranch gets OK for Scout Camp

    Planning commissioners sign off on the camping area by granting a conditional use permit, but the controversy surrounding the broader project continues.

  • Huntington Beach to unveil 9/11 memorial
    Huntington Beach to unveil 9/11 memorial

    Five years and two designs later, Huntington Beach will finally celebrate the premiere of its Sept. 11 memorial — on Sunday, Sept. 11.

    The $200,000 monument, whose centerpiece is two 91/2-foot-tall granite pillars paying tribute to the towers that fell 15 years ago in a terrorist attack, features...

  • Costa Mesa to appeal ruling against Motor Inn plan as owner begins eviction process for remaining residents
    Costa Mesa to appeal ruling against Motor Inn plan as owner begins eviction process for remaining residents

    The Costa Mesa City Council will appeal a preliminary injunction against a proposal to redevelop the Costa Mesa Motor Inn into luxury apartments — a project that has been the subject of criticism and a target of legal challenges from affordable-housing advocates.

    Meanwhile, Motor Inn owner Miracle...

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