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International Greeter Day delights in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach recognized contributions of greeters Sunday during the second International Greeter Day. More than 100 people stopped to say hello and learn about greeters such as Michael Minutoli, the man who waves to motorists and passersby on the corner of Brooks Street and South Coast Highway,...

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Look out, here comes Parker Cohn

Look out, here comes Parker Cohn

After winning three trophies at the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. (NSSA) Western Regional Championships, Parker Cohn created quite the buzz around him. Could he be the next great surfer to come out of Newport Beach? Cohn, an intelligent and creative 17-year-old, plans to answer the question...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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8 honored at Daily Pilot community service luncheon
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8 honored at Daily Pilot community service luncheon

Eight community members were honored Friday at the ninth annual Daily Pilot Community Service Hall of Fame Luncheon. The event at American Legion Post No. 291 in Newport Beach recognized members of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa service clubs. State Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) was master of...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Fountain Valley rides into summer with a 4-day carnival
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Fountain Valley rides into summer with a 4-day carnival

Summer is officially here, and so is Summerfest. Fountain Valley’s annual carnival opened Thursday with food trucks, live entertainment and 30 rides at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. The festivities continue through Sunday. Saturday also will feature a classic car and truck show from 7 a.m. to...

Laguna Beach

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CVS appeals to the City Council in its effort to move into Laguna Drug site
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CVS appeals to the City Council in its effort to move into Laguna Drug site

CVS Health has appealed the Laguna Beach Planning Commission’s decision earlier this month to deny the retail pharmacy chain’s bid to move into a Broadway Street property currently occupied by Laguna Drug. Commissioners on June 7 claimed the company’s merchandise mix did not differentiate itself...

Life & Arts

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Gallery at O.C. Great Park celebrates artistic past of El Toro Marine base

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  • Laguna City Hall places commerce above residents' welfare

    Laguna City Hall places commerce above residents' welfare

    Our city’s commercial-friendly groupthink has made it official: Welcome to Laguna Beach, the Disneyland of O.C. beach communities, whether residents like it or not. Take that Huntington and Newport. Yes, we can. We can “out-gaudy” you, we can better deface and clutter our sidewalks, we can monetize...

  • Mariner's Mile should not be widened to six lanes

    Mariner's Mile should not be widened to six lanes

    Many of my neighbors and I in the Heights are in opposition to the construction of a six-lane “freeway” along what is fondly referred to as Mariner's Mile. To turn several established neighborhoods upside down to construct a six-lane highway for such a short stretch of land appears to us, in Newport...

  • Home ownership in Orange County is at serious risk for many would-be buyers

    Home ownership in Orange County is at serious risk for many would-be buyers

    I often speak of the nexus between public policies that affect real estate practitioners and those that affect everyone else. Perhaps there is no better example of this nexus than our current affordable housing crisis. While Realtors have trouble finding listings, other people have trouble finding...

  • Republicans remain the party of ‘Just say no,’ and little else

    Republicans remain the party of ‘Just say no,’ and little else

    The GOP truly is the party of Reagan – Nancy Reagan, that is. Its entire agenda consists of the former first lady’s anti-drug mantra: “Just Say No.” No to any policies that address the very real problems in 21st Century America. Our government used to have statesmen on both sides of the aisle who...

  • Immigrants, facing multiple hardships, deserve access to health care

    This June is the fourth annual Immigration Heritage month, which highlights contributions that immigrants have made — and continue to make — in America. It’s a time to celebrate our diversity, as well as to show support for our immigrant colleagues, neighbors and friends. I am a proud daughter...

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  • Newport Beach man sentenced in drug scheme that produced ‘spice’

    Newport Beach man sentenced in drug scheme that produced ‘spice’

    A Newport Beach man who orchestrated a drug operation that produced “spice,” or synthetic marijuana, was sentenced Thursday to 120 months in federal prison, authorities said. Sean Libbert, 41, orchestrated a “wide-reaching conspiracy” that smuggled, manufactured and distributed millions of dollars...

  • 2 men charged with pimping out of Costa Mesa motel

    Two out-of-state men were charged Thursday with pimping out of a Costa Mesa motel, authorities said. Tyshawn Johnson, 30, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Marco Marcellus Mowry, 34, of Honolulu are facing felony counts of pimping and pandering, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. If...

  • Fountain Valley police arrest man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting woman

    Fountain Valley police arrested a man this week suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a woman. Officers responded Sunday to a report of a possible domestic violence and kidnapping incident in the 16000 block of Harbor Boulevard, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a man dragging a woman into...

  • 4 arrested in Newport in car containing large-capacity rifle magazines, drugs and other people’s IDs

    Newport Beach police said they arrested four people this week after pulling over a car and finding empty magazines for a semiautomatic rifle, along with drugs and other people’s identification cards. An officer pulled over a Hyundai Elantra near the intersection of Rutland Road and Westcliff Drive...

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