I'm happy to report the Daily Pilot has completed its move out of the
old Bay Street location in Costa Mesa.
As most of you must know by now, the Pilot administration,
newsroom and most of advertising moved into The Times' Orange County
offices in north Costa Mesa in October. But while we were all getting
snug in our new digs, there was still a legal and classified
advertising crew working out of the old Daily Pilot offices.
Not any more.
The team of Lorraine O'Donnell at (714) 966-4686, Ann Gendrolis at
(714) 966-4685, Susan Channels at (714) 966-4689 and Mike Sletten at
(714) 966-4688 has officially moved into our new satellite offices at
299-B East 17th Street in Costa Mesa. More specifically, it's at the
corner of 17th Street and Tustin Avenue, across the street from Mi
Casa Mexican Restaurant.
It's a great location, because it's about as close as you can get
to being in the middle of our coverage area, giving our readers easy
In addition to the legal notices and classified advertising
offerings, readers can do a number of things at this office, such as
drop off engagement, wedding, anniversary or vacation photos and fill
out the forms for all of those features. Also, feel free to drop off
letters to the editor, which will be delivered to the newsroom each
day. Those readers, who pick up the paper in news racks, can also do
the same at this new office. It also has lots of windows, a real
treat for those of us who worked at the relatively closed-in Bay
The office is open between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through
So come on down and pay a visit to our staff. They'll be happy to
The next bit of news is just a reminder to take part in the
Christmas Toy Drive for the children of Camp Pendleton Marines
fighting in Iraq.
The Pilot is sponsoring the toy drive in conjunction with
Operation Gratitude, a larger, citywide effort to help the Marines.
Newport Beach residents Joy Wynkoop and Laura Dietz, who are heading
up the efforts, will be collecting items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today
at the corner of Goldenrod and Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.
Operation Gratitude has already gotten much support, according to
Wynkoop and Dietz, who said: Danny Marcheano, owner of the Arches
Restaurant, has donated the tent for the Christmas Walk donation site
at Coast Highway in Corona del Mar (taking place today); Quiksilver
has offered to donate children's clothing; at least one major church
wants to adopt families for Christmas dinner; Newport Beach Sunrise
Rotary has already donated $300 in toys and gifts certificates from
David Lustik; Harbor View Elementary teachers and students
contributed food and money, while the Corona del Mar High Associated
Students donated Thanksgiving food and grocery cards, with the help
of reservist/teacher Gary Matheison, who has already flown wounded
troops in Iraq on two missions.
Other needs include hotel accommodations for families visiting
injured loved ones in nearby hospitals and gasoline money to pay for
transportation from Oceanside to hospitals all over Southern
California, they said.
For more information on "Operation Gratitude" or for major cash
donations, call Wynkoop at (949) 760-8727 or Dietz at (949) 721-8035.
Those who want to help the Daily Pilot's efforts to donate items
to the families can drop off new, unwrapped toys, baby formula,
non-perishable food items or diapers at our aforementioned new
offices on 17th Street through Dec. 16. Those who drop off items can
get a certificate for a free classified advertisement in the Daily
Pilot. Only one per household please.
For more information about the toy drive, call our main number at