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Tet festival celebrates Year of the Monkey

You still have time to celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the 35th annual UVSA Tet Festival, which continues through Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The three-day event, billed as the world's largest festival for the Vietnamese New Year, presents traditional foods, contests,...


'Eaters' Young steps up


  • Mailbag: Best option for desalination plant? Don't build it at all

    While Anthony Clark Carpio's article ("How would desalinated water be distributed? Water district decides to look at 5 of 8 options," Feb. 5) refers to the proposed Poseidon Water project as "highly contested," it did not deal with the sanest and most cost-effective option of all — don't build...

  • Mailbag: Please consider the needs of the hearing-impaired

    Please consider the needs of the hearing-impaired Please Be Patient. These are the words that are most likely to be inscribed on my gravestone. For the last 30 years, I have been hearing-impaired. So I know a little bit about this subject. In an article published by the Los Angeles Times in 2012[,...

  • Commentary: Costa Mesa's success in addressing homeless is a story worth writing

    From 2013 to 2015, the city of Costa Mesa helped house 122 individuals and reconnected 31 homeless with their families, providing more than 150 people with a roof over their heads once again. This remarkable piece of news speaks volumes to an innovative strategy and the tireless efforts of our church...

  • Commentary: Newport Beach needs political reform

    In a democracy, the integrity of the election process is the bedrock of our freedom. As a nation of laws, citizens depend on the assumption that government will enforce the laws on the books equally, without fear or favor. Recent events have convinced me that to protect the integrity of the political...

  • Commentary: Pick an alternative Valentine's Day narrative

    We all know the typical celebration ritual for couples on Valentine's Day — an exchange of endearing and heartfelt cards; chocolate and flowers; a romantic dinner at a quiet and cozy restaurant, including liberal indulgence in the libation of your choice; and some playful flirtation with the hope...


Life & Arts

At Gratitude, vegan aims to be another mainstream cuisine

At Gratitude, vegan aims to be another mainstream cuisine

When Mike Perez began adding vegan dishes to his diet last year, he thought he was only doing it so he could support Cafe Gratitude, the plant-based organic restaurant he worked at in San Diego and Los Angeles. But as time went on, he realized how much better he felt eating the food. And as the...



Police Files for Feb. 12

Costa Mesa Baker Street: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Adams Avenue: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1600 block at 6:50 a.m. Thursday Harbor Boulevard: Driving with a suspended or revoked license was reported in the 2600 block at 3:26 a.m. Thursday. Broadway:...