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Effort to recall Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter fails

The recall effort against Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter has apparently fizzled after proponents failed to deliver enough valid petition signatures to force a special election, the Orange County registrar of voters office said Tuesday. Recall proponents, however, said they will seek...

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Laguna Beach suffers first setback, loses to Orange Lutheran

Laguna Beach suffers first setback, loses to Orange Lutheran

Laguna Beach High's best start to the boys’ basketball season in school history came to an end Tuesday night with a bleak performance against Orange Lutheran in a tournament opener. The effort spurred coach Bret Fleming to issue his team a challenge. The Breakers, winners of their first seven games...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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500 homeless children are treated to holiday party at South Coast Plaza

500 homeless children are treated to holiday party at South Coast Plaza

More than 500 Orange County children who don’t have permanent homes were treated to toys, treats and a holiday festival at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The 11th annual “Sharing the Spirit” holiday party Friday night was organized by the Festival of Children Foundation and the Happiness Project,...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Laguna Beach City Hall lawn ready for a splash of light and color
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Laguna Beach City Hall lawn ready for a splash of light and color

The area in front of Laguna Beach’s City Hall could get a lot more colorful in the coming months. Stereo.bot, a Los Angeles-based design and technology company, developed six circles, made of aluminum, that are illuminated in various colors by LED lights. The installation, titled “Light Beam,”...

Life & Arts

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Winter Fest returns to Orange County
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Winter Fest returns to Orange County

Snow is coming to Orange County. These ice crystals don’t stem from Mother Nature; rather, they come courtesy of Winter Fest, a holiday festival that will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. In its third year, Winter Fest will feature a host of holiday-themed attractions,...

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  • Freedom of religion does not grant businesses a license to discriminate

    Freedom of religion does not grant businesses a license to discriminate

    I am appalled at the assertion by a recent letter writer that the Colorado cake baker “has every right . . . to run his small business as he feels appropriate” (“Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom”). Actually, that is not true. The right of religious freedom,...

  • Newport Beach must protect against tendency to over-develop

    Newport Beach must protect against tendency to over-develop

    On Dec. 7, the Newport Beach Planning Commission heard the community’s concerns about the height and bulk of a new home at 2607 Ocean Blvd. (“Blufftop Corona del Mar house gets go-ahead, with more changes”). The owner of the irregularly shaped property had asked to build a 5,200 square-foot house...

  • Effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter is a solution in search of a problem

    Effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter is a solution in search of a problem

    Groucho Marx was right when he famously said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” The Scott Peotter recall is the wrong remedy. Defeated City Council candidate Michael Toerge and recall proponent Lynn Swain...

  • Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom

    Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom

    I respect the rights of David Mullins and Charlie Craig to have a ceremony they believe is appropriate. I respect the right of Ms. Halverson-Cano to support them (“Commentary: O.C. faith community to eat cake in support of LGBTQ rights,” Dec. 1). I do not agree with Ms. Halverson-Cano’s disrespectful...

  • O.C. faith community to eat cake in support of LGBTQ rights

    O.C. faith community to eat cake in support of LGBTQ rights

    When the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council held its September luncheon at the Baha’i church in Costa Mesa, we invited the mayors of each of our three cities. It was an opportunity to connect with one another and the religious community to ask questions of our elected officials. It caught most...

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  • 2 companies reach $7.7-million settlement over allegations of selling fetal tissue

    Two bioscience companies that once operated in Costa Mesa have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney’s office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday. According to the settlement signed...

  • Brush fire extinguished at Talbert Park in Costa Mesa

    Firefighters knocked down a fire Thursday night at Talbert Regional Park after it consumed about an acre. The fire was reported after 9 p.m. near the BMX track, Costa Mesa fire Capt. Chris Coates said. No structure damage or injuries were reported. “We recommend if someone sees smoke out there...

  • Newport man pleads not guilty in attempted liquor store robbery

    Newport man pleads not guilty in attempted liquor store robbery

    A Newport Beach man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trying to rob a Costa Mesa liquor store last weekend. Jamieson Wallace MacKenzie, 39, faces a felony charge of attempted robbery, according to court records. Officers responded to Powers Liquor at 1888 Placentia Ave. shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday...

  • Huntington Beach brush fire damages daycare center and bank

    Huntington Beach brush fire damages daycare center and bank

    A Huntington Beach daycare center and a bank were damaged Thursday after a brush fire started at Bartlett Park near Beach Boulevard and Adams Avenue. The Huntington Beach Fire Department received a report of the fire around 10 a.m. amid winds gusting to about 30 mph, said Battalion Chief Jeff Lopez....

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