There was a time when the Orange County Sheriff Harbor Patrol had lieutenants and higher-ranking captains leading the department and its three harbors. Now the buck stops with Lt. Mark Long. He has had to justify the budget model the county uses to pay for harbor patrolling, hammer out a new deal with Newport Beach to administer its mooring services, conduct drills with federal and local agencies, and more.
First, there was the alleged murder-for-profit plot that Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Ed Everett and other detectives uncovered in May. Then, in October, an investigation into a mummified body found in a car took a bizarre turn. Everett and other detectives found the car's driver and learned she had been driving around with the corpse for about 10 months. Difficult as they were, Everett was lauded for his work on both cases.
She was a cheerleading coach at Corona del Mar High School between 2001 and 2008, but in August this year she died in a car accident south of Bishop, Calif. Wendy Rice, 35, was one of three people killed in a fiery crash. She had led the CdM squad to winning the Cheerleaders of America West Coast Open, the U.S. Spiritleaders National and the Universal Cheerleaders Assn. West Coast championships.
Martin Benson, David Emmes
Martin Benson and David Emmes, founders of South Coast Repertory, announced that they were stepping down this year to make room for a new artistic director. In 1964, Emmes and Benson were two state college graduates with no money or experience, but they had imagination. Today they are considered cultural visionaries who helped put "The City of the Arts" on the map.
After abruptly closing the Arches in January 2009, Dan Marcheano reestablished himself by reopening the Newport mainstay at 1617 Westcliff Drive. Marcheano just refuses to let the Arches die, and we think that's a good thing. After all, great celebrities have been known to dine there as far back as 1922, such as movie greats John Wayne and Gary Cooper. Welcome back, Dan.