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Girls' Volleyball: Oilers roll at Edison

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Exhibition explores Day of the Dead

Laguna Beach

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Bennett: Drop in at Blinking Owl distillery for eclectic local liquors

Bennett: Drop in at Blinking Owl distillery for eclectic local liquors

If Wes Anderson decided to go into the liquor businesses, the result might resemble Blinking Owl, the quirky new distillery that's home to the first spirits to be made in Orange County since Prohibition. Not only are the spirits that are now being crafted inside a former staircase-manufacturing...



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  • Commentary: Golf tournament reminds of the game's challenges

    As the annual Toshiba Classic approaches, let's talk golf. As a sports psychologist who enjoys working with golfers at all levels, and one who played competitive golf from age 11 through college, and then again two decades later, I understand firsthand how difficult it can be to manage our nerves....

  • Commentary: Measure Y would put a check on Eastside growth

    In June of this year, by a 3-2 vote, the Costa Mesa City Council approved an update to the General Plan that created an overlay along Newport Boulevard that will allow 4- to 5-story apartment buildings with six-level parking structures. These huge buildings, which may one day loom over nearby single-family...

  • Commentary: CdM made decisions with health of students in mind

    News goes viral contingent on its ability to resonate and relevancy — or its sexy and salacious nature. In the case of Corona del Mar High School last week, it was both. Corona del Mar High made national headlines when the flames of bad decisions, fueled by winds of rivalry-game emotion, parental...

  • Mailbag: Op-ed piece on public safety 'has it all wrong'

    Re. "Commentary: Voters want 'clean, safe, peaceful, quiet places to live'," (Sept. 13): I am a 44-year resident and homeowner in Costa Mesa. I'm also a retired law enforcement member (25 years) and then operated my own private investigation company for 20 years, all the time with an eye focused...

  • Commentary: City is better-positioned today than eight years ago

    Eight years ago, I was blessed to be appointed to the Costa Mesa Planning Commission. When I first got on the commission, times were bleak. The Great Recession had decimated municipal budgets, including Costa Mesa's. Harbor Boulevard was dotted with vacant properties covered by green chain-link...


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  • Man, claiming to be a fire official, suspected of fraudulent inspections

    A Newport Beach man who pretended to be a fire marshal and charged area businesses for fraudulent inspections pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Brian Lee Carsten, 36, has been charged with four felony counts of second-degree burglary, four felony counts...

  • Police Files for Sept. 28

    Costa Mesa Pomona Avenue: Grand theft was reported in the 2000 block at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. Harbor Boulevard: Shoplifting was reported in the 3000 block at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday. Harbor Boulevard: Disorderly conduct related to alcohol was reported in the 2600 block at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday. Newport Beach...

  • Police Files for Sept. 27

    Costa Mesa Visalia Drive: Vandalism was reported in the 1000 block at 8 a.m. Monday. Bristol Street: Burglary was reported in the 300 block at 10:08 a.m. Monday. Anaheim Avenue: Petty theft was reported in the 1800 block at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Enterprise Street: Auto theft was reported in the 3000...

  • Costa Mesa man suspected of DUI, resisting arrest

    A Costa Mesa man was arrested after police said he drunkenly fled from them in a car in Newport Beach. Police responded to a domestic violence call from a woman at an apartment complex in the 200 block of Cagney Lane at 3:45a.m. Saturday, according to Newport Beach police. When officers arrived...