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Political Landscape: Democratic presidential candidates forum set for Segerstrom Center

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The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is scheduled to be the site of a Democratic presidential candidates forum Sept. 8.
(Courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is scheduled to host a Democratic presidential candidates forum at 9 a.m. Sept. 8.

The AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Victory Fund and Asian Americans Rising PAC will present the event for the first time.

The AAPI Victory Fund said this week that candidates Tulsi Gabbard, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang have accepted invitations to attend and that it hoped to announce more soon.

Tickets are on sale for $25 to $500 at


For more information, call (714) 556-2787.

You smell that?

At around the time the Newport Beach City Council was preparing to issue a round of approvals for a proposed senior-living facility Tuesday night, a pungent odor swirled in from the patio and filled the cavernous council chamber at City Hall.

It was the unmistakable smell of something that’s legal in California for medicinal and recreational purposes but not usually part of City Council meetings.

Yes, someone apparently was smoking marijuana outside the meeting, and the scent filled the room.


The council went on with its business without skipping a beat, but police who regularly provide security noticed. Police Chief Jon Lewis and an officer went outside to investigate and returned a few minutes later as the odor dissipated.

The Police Department’s daily blotter says police “assisted” at a “community relations event” at City Hall shortly after 9 p.m., around the time of the not-so-mysterious aroma.

Assemblywoman seeks applicants for advisory councils

State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) is inviting members of the public to apply for four advisory councils she’s establishing.

The Climate Change & Sea Level Rise, Education, Small Business & Economic Development and Military Veterans advisory councils will meet quarterly and communicate policy recommendations to Petrie-Norris while interacting directly with her and staff, according to a news release.

The councils are intended to “foster community input and help me make informed decisions on issues impacting Orange County,” Petrie-Norris said a statement.

To apply or for more information, visit

Applications are due by Tuesday.

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3:30 PM, Aug. 14, 2019: This article was originally published at 1:53 p.m. and was updated with the advisory councils item.