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Laguna's 'The Sunbathers' sculpture is back, new yet familiar

"The Sunbathers" are back at Laguna Beach's Nita Carman Park. The man and woman, each made of stainless steel, are new renditions and rest atop one concrete slab, but the sculpture holds true to its essence, according to the artist who designed and built the original and new versions. "It's the...


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Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Around Town: Costa Mesa Foundation gives awards to area groups

The Costa Mesa Foundation hosted a celebration dinner Wednesday at the Neighborhood Community Center. During the dinner, foundation leaders presented money to several area nonprofits, including the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club, Save Our Youth and Youth Employment Service, as well as to...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Election 2016: Fountain Valley voters to decide on proposed 1% tax increase

After a decade of financial trouble, on Nov.8 Fountain Valley voters will decide to support or deny a proposed 1% sales tax increase to boost city coffers. After months of research by city Finance Director David Cain, many city officials have backed the measure, determining that the tax increase...

Laguna Beach

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Election 2016: Laguna voters to decide on pot and hotel tax measures

Laguna Beach voters will see two ballot measures this election. One measure, a citizens initiative, seeks to repeal the city's current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The other measure, proposed by the city, would raise the tax hotels charge guests by 2% to help pay for services such as...


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Mural's message to O.C. jail inmates: You are loved



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  • Mailbag: Measure TT proponents rely too heavily on financial speculation

    Re. "Commentary: Merging water, sanitation districts would save ratepayers money," Sept.22: Mesa Water District Director Jim Fisler opens by saying, baldly, that sewer and water "should consolidate to reduce the size and cost of local government." He goes on to tell us that "Measure TT was put on...

  • Mailbag: Ben Carlson statue needs more detail about his sacrifice

    Mailbag: Ben Carlson statue needs more detail about his sacrifice

    As a boardwalk runner, I pass by the Ben Carlson statue about five mornings a week and always notice the many people who stop to view and appreciate its beauty. Like the John Wayne statue at the airport, it stands as a fitting tribute to a local citizen. Surprisingly enough, nowhere on the statue...

  • Commentary: Council comments belittle the Costa Mesa Fire Department

    At a recent Costa Mesa City Council meeting, I was disappointed to hear Mayor Steve Mensinger and Mayor ProTem Jim Righeimer bash your Costa Mesa firefighters, with Righeimer specifically claiming that that firefighters' pay and benefits are "destroying" Costa Mesa and the state of California. ...

  • Commentary: O.C.'s Nature Reserve marks 20 years of preservation

    Orange County created something extraordinary 20 years ago. If you want to see it, take a hike in Bommer Canyon. Or kayak in the Back Bay. Or mountain bike in Crystal Cove State Park. These are all part of the Nature Reserve of Orange County, which arose from a remarkable set of circumstances and...

  • Commentary: Eating restaurant-style at home

    I used to love to cook. Now I panic at the thought of putting an actual meal together. Having guests is beyond my capacity — an economic boon for the local restaurants. It's not that I love to eat out, but every restaurant meal yields two meals of leftovers. I have a big collection of freezer-perfect...


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  • Police Files for Sept. 30

    Costa Mesa Harbor Boulevard: Possession of a controlled substance for sale was reported in the 2100 block at 5:32 p.m. Thursday. Harbor Boulevard: Disorderly conduct related to drug use was reported in the 2300 block at 7:32 p.m. Thursday. Harbor Boulevard: Driving with a suspended license was reported...

  • Police Files for Sept. 29

    Costa Mesa Vanguard Way: Petty theft was reported in the 2300 block at 5 p.m. Wednesday. West Wilson Street: Burglary was reported in the 100 block at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Tanana Place: Auto theft was reported in the 900 block at 10 p.m. Wednesday. * Newport Beach Ocean Lane/Iris Avenue: Vandalism of...

  • 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...

  • Thousands lose power in Huntington Beach when electrical transformers malfunction

    Thousands lose power in Huntington Beach when electrical transformers malfunction

    Thousands of Huntington Beach homes lost power Wednesday morning after underground electrical transformers malfunctioned, authorities said. The outage was reported around 6:30 a.m. at Murdy Park, near Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach police Lt. Bo Svendsbo said. About 3,600 houses lost power...