Some Costa Mesa seniors concerned about where foundation money will be spent

A group of Costa Mesa seniors is concerned that money from a non-profit memorial foundation could be used in the coming months to benefit the outgoing Costa Mesa Senior Center Corporation instead of the center itself.

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Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

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Bay swim is woman's 80th birthday gift to herself

Bay swim is woman's 80th birthday gift to herself

For 28 years, Connie Modnick vowed that she would one day swim across the Newport Bay channel outside her condominium complex on the Lido Peninsula.

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An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'

An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'

In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.

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Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

As the daytime crowds at Aliso Beach packed up and the sun started its descent into the sea Sunday evening, the beat rose.

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No color or cuts at Laguna's new blow-dry hair salon

No color or cuts at Laguna's new blow-dry hair salon

Laguna Beach now has a place specifically dedicated to braids and up-dos.

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Virgen: Steinberg definitely ready for radio

Virgen: Steinberg definitely ready for radio

At 65, and having experienced some of the highest of highs and the depths of rock bottom, Leigh Steinberg paused before answering a non-sports question while he sat at his desk near a window that overlooks Lido Isle.

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Debated modern-art sculptures join concrete bunnies in Civic Center Park

Debated modern-art sculptures join concrete bunnies in Civic Center Park

Ten modern art sculptures that were blasted by some residents during City Council meetings this year will be installed near the Newport Beach Civic Center during the next several weeks.

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Virgen: Foley evokes emotion in 'West Newport Blues'

Virgen: Foley evokes emotion in 'West Newport Blues'

The past five years for Steve Foley has included darkness, depression, yet victory and happiness, resolve that led to writing a book about Newport Beach.

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New police unit saddles up

New police unit saddles up

Huntington Beach police officer Gabe Ricci was a dog handler for the Police Department for years. But he's decided to trade his canine companion for another four-legged partner — one that's bigger, faster and more intimidating.

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Port Theater gets commission's OK for expanded alcohol sales

The independent Port Theater in Corona del Mar is stepping up its competition with Regal's Island Cinema movie theater at Fashion Island.

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Huntington council kills ballot measure on mobile-home rent control

The Huntington Beach City Council decided during a special meeting Monday to remove a ballot measure that would have asked residents whether the city should amend its charter to allow rent control in mobile-home parks.

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These competitors pull their weight at arm wrestling

These competitors pull their weight at arm wrestling

In a nightclub just down the road from John Wayne Airport in Newport Beach, hundreds of burly men and women gathered Saturday to compete in the Ultimate Arm Wrestling League's day-long competition.

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Police shoot knife-wielding man with non-lethal weapons

Costa Mesa police say they shot large rubber bullets at a mentally ill man to disarm him when he refused to drop a knife Friday afternoon.

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Theater's plans to be discussed by Newport Beach City Council

Council members will discuss how the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation should continue to move forward with plans for the Balboa Peninsula space in a study session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Fairgoers gobble up turkey racing

Fairgoers gobble up turkey racing

Nancy Riegler is the first to admit that nobody plans to spend a lifetime racing turkeys.

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Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

An OC Fair food vendor temporarily ceased operations Friday in response to a state investigation, according to fairgrounds officials.

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When lobsters fly ... they head to Newport's Lobsterfest

When lobsters fly ... they head to Newport's Lobsterfest

More than 1,000 lobsters are taking flight this weekend.

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Anti-abortion activists won't face charges over chalk writing near Newport doctor's home

Anti-abortion activists won't face charges over chalk writing near Newport doctor's home

Law-enforcement officials said Wednesday that they will not file charges against a group of protesters who wrote anti-abortion messages in chalk outside a Newport Beach doctor's home.

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Boys' Volleyball: Bryan Cottriel resigns as Newport Harbor HS coach

Boys' Volleyball: Bryan Cottriel resigns as Newport Harbor HS coach

Bryan Cottriel has stepped down as Newport Harbor High boys' volleyball coach after one season with the Sailors, Principal Sean Boulton said Monday night.

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Boys' Water Polo: Robert Lynn steps down as Newport Harbor HS coach

Boys' Water Polo: Robert Lynn steps down as Newport Harbor HS coach

Robert Lynn resigned as boys' water polo coach at Newport Harbor High on Friday, Principal Sean Boulton said Monday night.

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Virgen: Extreme Rodeo lives up to name

Virgen: Extreme Rodeo lives up to name

Growing up in Compton wasn't that bad, Chris Byrd said. He was said it was a "little rough," and he knew a few people who were gangbangers.

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New shop continues owners' long toy story

New shop continues owners' long toy story

A tangle of deep green ivy surrounded the round anchor sign as if Toys Ahoy had been there for years, tucked among the high-end boutiques in Newport Beach's Westcliff Court.

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More testimony points to cronyism, waste in Great Park project

Mounting testimony from an audit of the $200 million effort to transform a retired Orange County military base into one of America's great municipal parks paints the picture of a runaway project that was eventually undermined by waste, dysfunction and cronyism.

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Costa Mesa City Council will look into medical marijuana law

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will consider placing a medical marijuana initiative on November's ballot, a proposal that supporters say will give proper city regulation over dispensaries.

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Surfers' Hall of Fame greets newest inductees

Surfers' Hall of Fame greets newest inductees

The red carpet was rolled out on the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach as two legends of the surfing world became immortalized in concrete.

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Virgen: Calm, so far, at U.S. Open of Surfing

Virgen: Calm, so far, at U.S. Open of Surfing

I did not attend last year's U.S. Open of Surfing, and missed what Peter "PT" Townend called, "just a skirmish."

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Dr. Beyer on air with Angels

Dr. Beyer on air with Angels

If you haven't seen your doctor about your sports-related injury, you can listen to a local doctor on the radio. Just listen and this doctor will offer free medical advice.

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Public officials object to 405 toll lanes, 'schoolyard bully' Caltrans

Public officials object to 405 toll lanes, 'schoolyard bully' Caltrans

With the steady hum of morning traffic behind them, public officials from cities along Orange County's 405 Freeway corridor gathered in Costa Mesa on Thursday to decry a state proposal to add toll lanes to the busy thoroughfare.

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3 charged with kidnapping, torturing prostitute

3 charged with kidnapping, torturing prostitute

Three people accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman who police say worked for the trio as a prostitute could face decades in prison if convicted, according to charges announced Wednesday by the Orange County district attorney's office.

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Virgen: Foster leads special camp

Virgen: Foster leads special camp

DeShaun Foster had a rough start to a seven-year career in the NFL. The UCLA standout running back, who starred at Tustin High, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason in 2002.

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Prostitute tortured, held captive in motels for a week, police say; 3 arrested

A group of kidnappers tortured a prostitute in Costa Mesa and Westminster motel rooms for about a week before officers were able to free her, authorities said Tuesday.

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Theater facing an unusual problem

Wanted: three adult males with impressive vocal ability. Must love community theater and be willing to rehearse and appear in a show without monetary compensation. Historical savvy and ability to handle period pieces a plus.

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'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son's left foot.

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La Vida moves into The Triangle with a spin on authentic flavors

On a clear summer afternoon perfect for margaritas and ribbon cuttings, invited guests welcomed the newest restaurant at The Triangle.

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Football lifts Estancia's Urquiza

Two weeks after Ronnie Urquiza turned 18 on June 6, he sat down to write the hardest four paragraphs in his life. It took him two days to finish.

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Paddleboard record attempt: 'Superman does this kind of stuff'

"There he is!"

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Have they got a vacation rental for you

In the past few months, Pat Chamberlain has had to tell dozens of would-be renters that the great price they just paid to rent a Newport Beach vacation cottage was part of an online scam.

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Residents fear 1928 church's sale will put history at risk

One of Costa Mesa's oldest churches is up for sale, and Eastside residents are worried about new development and closing the book on a page of local history.

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Most of Allergan's 1,500 job cuts will be in Southern California

Most of the 1,500 job cuts that Botox maker Allergan Inc. announced Monday morning will be made in Southern California, the company’s chief executive said.

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Owner Howard Silver, center, assists Betty Malone of Monterey as she looks for T-shirts for her husband at Family T's on Balboa Island on Thursday in Newport Beach. After opening his doors 30 years ago, on Jan. 1, 1984, Silver plans to close his shop by the end of the year.

Tiny Balboa T-shirt shop folding up after 30 years

Among the boutique shops on Balboa Island's main drag, a small store called Family T's has long offered a tourist basic.

FPPC role in campaign finance will go to vote

Orange County voters will be asked whether they want the state's Fair Political Practices Commission to enforce local campaign finance rules, a unanimous Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

Could a new developers' fee fund parks? Costa Mesa takes a look

Costa Mesa may start acquiring more money to put toward parks under a proposal making its way through City Hall.

The business education building at OCC, designed by famous architect Richard Neutra in the 1950s, is slated to be demolished to make room for new classrooms, upsetting some faculty at the school.

OCC considers ways to maintain Neutra's vision

The business education building has sat nestled in the interior of the Orange Coast College campus for the past 61 years.

Lynsee DiMicelli, who plays Olivia the Orange, dances with Zoe Martinez, 10, and he brother Max, 8, at the OC Fair on Wednesday, July 16.

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

For all the many temptations that the OC Fair offers, Lynsee DiMiceli sometimes enjoys nothing there more than air conditioning, a water cooler and a comfortable couch.

Ryan Heenan, a local entrepreneur, is a seller on the website Fiverr, where participants render services for as little as $5.

Musician, entrepreneur strikes a chord online at Fiverr.com

Ryan Heenan hopes to be a guru in the online business world. But Wednesday afternoon, at his Newport Beach studio, he offered a crash course in a decidedly more low-tech device.

A man hoses down his car at a self serve car wash in Costa Mesa on Wednesday. The State Water Resources Control Board approved, after a 4-0 vote, new drought regulations that will impose new restrictions on outdoor water use starting Aug. 1. The new rules include giving local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day.

Wasting water can cost you $500

While state water regulators approved fines of up to $500 per day to encourage California residents to turn off the tap, several local Orange County water agencies don't have plans to dole out the punishment just yet.

Law aimed at campaign signatures moves forward

An ordinance barring county employees from gathering campaign signatures in the workplace was pushed forward Tuesday.

County approves site for year-round shelter

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to buy a site in Santa Ana for a year-round emergency shelter — filling what homeless advocates have long called a gaping hole in services, but also drawing ire from neighbors of the property.

Members of the Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa Fire Honor Guard carry the flag to the stage to close the Ben Carlson Celebration of Life ceremony on the beach at Orange Street in Newport Beach on Sunday evening.

Thousands honor lifeguard Ben Carlson at evening beach memorial

The paddle-out Sunday morning created a circle wider than Newport Beach had ever seen. By evening, supporters had drawn tighter on shore, with many thousands coming together for a celebration of the life of Ben Carlson.

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