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Heading to Huntington Beach for the U.S. Open of Surfing? Here's a guide

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier starting Saturday to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s largest professional sports competitions: the annual Vans U.S. Open of Surfing. The event is slated to run through Aug. 6, featuring more...

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Local girls come together to compete for HB

Local girls come together to compete for HB

It was a breakthrough season for the Huntington Beach High girls’ water polo team this past winter, as the Oilers were more competitive than ever. They came very close to winning their first title in the ultra-competitive Sunset League. Five seniors, all signed to play in college, helped lead the...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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High-flying pogo stick athletes defy gravity at O.C. Fair
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High-flying pogo stick athletes defy gravity at O.C. Fair

Biff Hutchison seemed immune to gravity as he flipped through the air Wednesday afternoon on his pogo stick at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa. Hutchison was performing as part of the Xpogo extreme pogo stick team, along with Dan Mahoney, Dmitry Arsenyev and Nick McClintock. A crowd gathered...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Recent water well failures leave Fountain Valley with only two still working
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Recent water well failures leave Fountain Valley with only two still working

Four of Fountain Valley’s six municipal water wells are down at once with pump failures, and the city is working to bring two back online at an estimated cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. City Public Works Director Mark Lewis said redundancies in the local water network give Fountain Valley...

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Woman arrested in Laguna on suspicion of stealing rental car

Laguna Beach police on Friday arrested a homeless woman suspected of stealing a rental car, Laguna Sgt. Jim Cota said. Police said officers responded to the 200 block of Forest Avenue at 10 p.m. and surrounded the driver of a black Nissan Altima. Valarie Hewin, 58, was arrested on suspicion of...

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It's not just another day at the beach, as the O.C's waterfront hotels get a makeover

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  • New contract would give Costa Mesa's fire chiefs raises but they'd pay more toward retirement

    New contract would give Costa Mesa's fire chiefs raises but they'd pay more toward retirement

    With virtually no discussion, the Costa Mesa City Council moved forward this week with a proposed new contract for high-level fire employees that would provide pay raises while requiring them to contribute more toward their retirement. On a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with members Allan Mansoor and Jim Righeimer...

  • Laguna Beach police seek suspect in cellphone theft

    Laguna Beach police seek suspect in cellphone theft

    Laguna Beach police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of stealing a cellphone from a vehicle last month on Blumont Street. A man was seen in video surveillance footage riding up to an unlocked vehicle on a skateboard, opening the door and making off with a cellphone at...

  • Portable air conditioner sparks apartment fire in Huntington Beach

    A portable air-conditioning unit sparked a fire in a Huntington Beach apartment Wednesday morning, according to fire officials. Huntington Beach firefighters responded at 5:48 a.m. to a fire at the Huntington Breeze Apartments at 16171 Springdale St. The first crews on the scene reported light...

  • Man dies after falling from paddleboard in Huntington Harbour

    Man dies after falling from paddleboard in Huntington Harbour

    A 26-year-old man who fell off a paddleboard in Huntington Harbour died Tuesday afternoon soon after being pulled from the water, officials said. Jose Mendoza of Lakewood was stand-up paddleboarding with a relative near the 16500 block of Channel Lane at about 3:30 p.m. when he fell off the board...

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