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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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$350,000 memorial for farm workers is open after renovation
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$350,000 memorial for farm workers is open after renovation

Renovation of an agricultural workers memorial at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa is finished, and it will have an official reopening ceremony in August, officials said Thursday. “Table of Dignity,” designed by Ricardo Mendoza and Josh Sarantitis, had to be closed off and rebuilt last...

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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