California is a shifting patchwork of locally controlled beach closures — notably, Los Angeles County beaches are closed but several in Orange County have stayed open. Now, local officials may revisit that access after seeing how many people answered the call of summery temperatures this weekend.
James Righeimer, Gary Monahan, Steve Mensinger and Eric Bever, as well as current Councilmembers Sandy Genis and Allan Mansoor — all former mayors — wrote a strongly-worded letter to city leaders, calling for them to reopen parts of the economy.
As COVID-19 continues to fasten its grip on Orange County, county and city staff are adjusting 2020 census outreach efforts and figuring out creative ways to reach underserved communities that have traditionally gone uncounted.
City officials say this year’s $13.5 million is a conservative estimate, and the city can absorb it by tightening up on spending without having to dip into reserves. But in contrast, fiscal year 2020-21, which starts July 1, is “exceptionally challenging” to forecast without knowing the duration of stay-at-home orders and associated high unemployment.
Today we face two global threats that each have the potential to dramatically impact human life, individual livelihoods and society at large. The causes behind both crises are invisible to the naked eye, require policymakers and the public to rely on scientists and, as with most threats, have the potential to be politicized for partisan gain.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has promised to work with local leaders as they follow the process for coming slowly out of quarantine. He will be using the six criteria developed by health leaders and epidemiologists. Not one of these criterion has been met yet by Orange County.
Erik Skindrud writes that dozens of communities around the world, in Australia, Spain and Portugal, Manhattan Beach, Trestles, Laguna Beach and elsewhere, have acted, instituting bans on beach and water access that remove all ambiguity from the question.
The respirator mask has become so ubiquitous during the coronavirus pandemic that it’s easy to make the connection when looking at the T-shirts Nolen Putnam and Sawyer Farmer are selling to benefit front-line medical workers.
The Fountain Valley City Council unanimously confirmed a grant to help small businesses with low- and moderate-income workers and an ordinance that allows first responders to use RVs as alternative housing to keep their families safe from COVID-19.
Historically, Americans have paid little attention to situational constraints surrounding poverty. Compared to citizens in other countries, Americans are among the most likely to attribute poverty to an individual’s potential shortcomings, like laziness or bad decisions, instead of situational causes, like structural unfairness.
We thank the board for its hard work and leadership to protect our community during this crisis. But it has become clear that the status quo is not economically or socially sustainable, even in the short term.
Christien Francis Petersen of Costa Mesa allegedly approached a cameraman and reporter from KTTV Channel 11 while they were covering the end of the demonstration in downtown Huntington Beach and demanded they delete any video he might be in, the station reported Monday.
The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday will consider new financing options for a 10-year wastewater system capital improvement program, including increasing the sewer user charge by 5%, 10% or not at all.
Hoag Hospital physicians worry that the specter of the COVID-19 coronavirus is keeping people out of emergency rooms even if they’re experiencing a heart attack, stroke, appendicitis or another emergency.
The Oasis Senior Center may be closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean senior citizens are forgotten. Among the ways the center in Corona del Mar has been helping was a drive-by mask giveaway Thursday.
Close to 200 people gathered in downtown H.B. Friday to protest the ongoing social and economic restrictions that are part of city, state and national efforts to suppress and control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rylen Schmid, 16, a Newport Beach resident and a sophomore at Orange Lutheran High School, is using her sewing talents and donating masks to local hospitals and senior centers. She says she’s made close to 500 masks in the past three weeks.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa has canceled or postponed all events through May because of the continued coronavirus pandemic. Ticketholders were invited to donate them to the center as a tax-deductible gift.
All metered parking on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach have been closed, along with all beaches in Huntington Harbour, in an effort to promote social distancing amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The GoldenTalk senior chat and crisis line, launched by former Costa Mesa resident Kimberly Lewis, founder of the I Did Something Good Today Foundation, serves Californians 60 and older and has almost 200 volunteers.
With ticket sales for this summer’s Pageant of the Masters in steep decline amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is seeking financial support through accelerated ticket sales and donations in the hope of raising as much as $2 million by the end of May.
Laguna Beach on Wednesday night revised its emergency order requiring face coverings to include customers as well as employees of essential businesses as efforts continue toward inhibiting the spread of the coronavirus.
John Wayne Airport is slated to receive $44.9 million in government aid to help respond to plunging travel demand created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. JWA estimates it will lose as much as $50 million in revenue in the 2020 fiscal year as a result of the outbreak.
Hoag Hospital, which has locations in Newport Beach and Irvine, is experimenting with a federally approved investigational treatment and has already treated its first COVID-19 patient using “convalescent plasma.”
Though the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the original plans for her daughter Madison’s 16th birthday, Dawne Moore still wanted to celebrate somehow. So Tuesday night, a group of Madison’s friends helped light paper lanterns and release them into the sky.
Dr. Gregg DeNicola, who offers coronavirus testing outside his Laguna Beach office, says patients with more severe cases have responded favorably to his use of hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat malaria, lupus and arthritis. Other medical experts say more study of the drug is needed.
The city of Costa Mesa is making face coverings mandatory within city limits when in public for essential purposes as a way to help curtail the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the city announced Monday evening. A face covering is not required for residents walking, biking or running, the city manager says.
“It’s important to note that one day does not make a trend, and we must monitor case counts over time for a more complete picture,” the Orange County Health Care Agency said Monday of the slight increase of nine coronavirus cases since Sunday. Countywide cases now sit at 1,283 infections and 19 deaths.
The Newport Beach restaurant has been serving pizza and Italian food for over 30 years, and one customer has been a regular the whole time. In these uncertain times, he wanted to show his gratitude with a $1,000 “grant” for each employee.
Stu News Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, along with Voice of OC and the Laguna Beach and Newport Beach Independent weeklies are adjusting to a new way of reporting, while looking at new streams of revenue.
The Strength Co. in Costa Mesa emptied its gyms into people’s garages and living rooms. “People need to work out right now, they don’t need to sit on their couch or watch Tiger King,” gym owner Grant Broggi said.
Lynn Lorenz writes that out of the coronavirus crisis that we are experiencing now, the brave men and women we revere, who dare to tread where most of us would not go, are not the politicians among us.
Marina, Edison and Estancia are considering ways in which they can give their students some of the traditional end-of-year experiences such as athletic awards, senior days and graduation while dealing with COVID-19.
In tandem with UCI Beall Applied Innovation, faculty from the university’s engineering, arts, medicine and nursing departments developed, assembled and tested a face shield prototype. The first 2,500 were shipped to the UCI Medical Center in Orange.
Recyclable items are going straight to landfills during the coronavirus pandemic as area haulers move to protect workers at facilities where they say maintaining 6-foot social distancing is impossible.
As they close their campuses to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, public and private schools have moved to distance learning, providing online classwork and other materials for students as they stay at home. Here’s how families are making the transition.
A makeshift sign attached to a white delivery van points the way to an artisan market open to the public and filled with goods from Orange County food makers who have come together with the goal to keep themselves and their employees in business during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Ocean View School District and the Huntington Beach Union High School District will extend their campus closures through the end of the school year in June in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Wednesday’s 107-case surge in the Orange County coronavirus case count is the largest day-to-day increase so far, outpacing the 82-case spike Saturday. Deaths increased by three, bringing the countywide total to 10.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District now plans to resume in-person classes June 1, delaying a return previously set for April 13. The Laguna Beach Unified School District says it will deliver online instruction until further notice. The decisions extend distance learning in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Huntington Beach City Council has decided to suspend water shutoffs and to halt rent for small businesses on city-owned property as ways to ease financial hardships caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
As California hospitals brace for what is expected to be the worst weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, UC Irvine medical students are holding community drives this week to collect masks, sanitizer and other crucial supplies for members of the university’s medical staff while also helping by walking their dogs, babysitting and doing grocery shopping.
Newport Beach plans to close its ocean-facing boardwalk on the Balboa Peninsula every weekend in April, or until Gov. Gavin Newsom relaxes California’s social distancing guidelines that are intended to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. That’s in addition to restrictions on the piers, parking and other locations.
South Coast Plaza will remain closed until further notice, a spokeswoman said Monday, the day before the Costa Mesa mall had planned to reopen following a two-week closure after a store employee tested positive for the coronavirus.
If you’re in need of a break from worrying about the coronavirus pandemic, you might spare a few minutes to learn about an inspiring philanthropic venture that could serve as a practical model for how to make a difference in the world.
While the Laguna Playhouse, like all other local theaters, has shut its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, its officials want to show their appreciation for workers performing essential services to help others during the crisis.
John Wayne Airport’s tower closed Friday as a precaution for “cleaning and quarantine” after a control manager showed a presumptive positive test result Thursday, officials said. Further testing Friday came back negative.
As the coronavirus pandemic pummels industries across the globe, one group of professionals is particularly hard hit. But with honed tenacity and perseverance, many artists continue to do what they do best: make art.
Newport Beach is one of the leaders among Orange County cities in reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to data released Friday by the county Health Care Agency. Newport had 32 cases, while Irvine had 33.
The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to authorize sending a letter to residential and commercial landlords asking them to defer rent collection through May and forgo evictions for nonpayments related to the coronavirus.
The FAA air-traffic control tower at John Wayne Airport has been closed because of a possible case of coronavirus, the airport said Friday. The airport remains open to commercial aircraft, with air traffic being handled by the FAA’s regional control center.
Stanford softball player Kristina Inouye, a Huntington Beach High graduate, was among the college athletes forced to come home after campus closures ensued due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
A company spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that the employee works at the store at 7881 Edinger Ave., in the Bella Terra mall, and is now in quarantine. She did not release further details, including when the employee last worked.
Classes at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Coastline College in Fountain Valley haven’t been held for two weeks as faculty prepares for a move to distance learning as part of efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Wednesday announced another round of event cancellations and postponements through April to help limit gatherings and the possible spread of the coronavirus.
Local school campuses have been closed since mid-March because of coronavirus protections and aren’t planned to open again until mid-April, but that doesn’t mean students will go uneducated. Even without classrooms, school is back in session this week or soon will be, districts said.
Costa Mesa City Manager Lori Ann Farrell Harrison said the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to assess the empty Fairview Developmental Center this week as a possible place to house coronavirus patients or surplus hospital patients.
The pod of hunting dolphins that arced in and out of the water just off Newport Beach on Tuesday afternoon provided a display of nature best seen from a surfboard or a pier. As of Wednesday, the latter will no longer be an option in Newport — at least for the time being — as part of efforts to prevent gatherings and curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Laguna Beach’s next City Council meeting March 31 will proceed, but public participation will be limited to electronic communication, with no in-person attendance allowed in hopes of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The city of Costa Mesa is closing its City Council and Planning Commission meetings to in-person public attendance effective immediately and indefinitely as a measure to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In an escalated effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the city of Laguna Beach directed staff to close city beaches at 5 p.m. Monday. Meanwhile, Huntington Beach announced that is closing its iconic pier beginning Tuesday until further notice and is shutting down many recreational amenities, though the beaches remain open. Newport Beach also has closed many recreational amenities but kept beaches open. Costa Mesa is closing all city parks.
UC Irvine announced Monday at a digital news conference that it is participating in a clinical trial to test the antiviral drug remdesivir as a potential treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that has sparked a global pandemic.
A resident at UC Irvine’s graduate student housing has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, officials said Saturday. The patient, who is not a student, has been “resting comfortably in good condition,” according to a statement.
Church leaders speak into cellphones feeding straight to Facebook or to video cameras on tripods before their words and images are edited for YouTube. Echoes bounce off the ceilings of empty sanctuaries. Voices in song or response are elsewhere — probably living rooms. Houses of worship have shifted to worship inside the house.
The call for social isolation is causing the temporary closure of several gathering places for older residents across Orange County. But they’re finding help in getting what they need and avoiding loneliness.
The prolonged closure of Disneyland to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus could have deep economic ramifications for Anaheim and greater Orange County, according to Cal State Fullerton researchers.
Dr. Matthew Abinante, 36, performs drive-up testing for the novel coronavirus by appointment near his Huntington Beach office’s loading dock, eight floors down from where he runs a small private practice in a medical tower off Beach Boulevard.
During a call with Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) on Wednesday afternoon, local businesses expressed the need for easily accessible loans through the Small Business Administration and for more people to shop locally.
On March 18, Claude Reyes, who turns 91 in April, was the only person to show up at the courts at Magnolia Tree Park, where members of the Tustin Tennis Club play every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.
In an effort to stem confusion by many residents and businesses about what they could and couldn’t do, Orange County on Wednesday issued a clarification on its emergency order the day before that placed strong new restrictions on gatherings and some businesses as a precaution against the coronavirus.
In response to the coronavirus, the Costa Mesa City Council voted to create a Disaster Council with authority to create emergency and mutual-aid plans. It also voted to waive parking citations during street sweeping and not enforce the street residential permit parking program until April 16.
A couple weeks ago, sisters Corinne Burton and Deanne Mendoza were with their Teacher Created Materials employees at Golden View Elementary School, volunteering for Read Across America and helping renovate the school’s farm, where their students learn about environmental science as sheep, goats, chickens and a giant tortoise roam around.
As restaurants everywhere in Orange County shutter their dining areas and offer only takeout and delivery in response to coronavirus isolation measures, one Costa Mesa restaurant is offering a timely bonus: free toilet paper.
Tuesday’s order from Orange County to curtail all gatherings except for “essential” activities means Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are closing all city facilities to the public, including City Hall, to help slow the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus.