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Honoring Rex Brandt

Honoring Rex Brandt

When Gordon McClelland got his introduction to Rex Brandt, the Newport Beach painter's work came with a ringing endorsement.


Costa Mesa's conservative mayor on mailer with Democrats

Costa Mesa voters saw an odd pairing of political candidates in their mailboxes this week when they received a flier promoting conservative Mayor Jim Righeimer with a slate of heavy-hitting Democrats up for election.


Irvine tops website's list of region's best cities for young families

Irvine is ranked No. 1 on a list of "Best Cities for Young Families in Southern California" by consumer website

Second marijuana initiative headed to a decision in Costa Mesa

For a second time this month, the Costa Mesa city clerk's office has certified a medical marijuana petition that could pave the way for storefront dispensaries to openly operate in the city.


Irvine man convicted of murdering father so he could visit girlfriend

A jury Wednesday convicted an Irvine man of murdering his father so he could meet with his Internet girlfriend across the country.


3 recruits join Costa Mesa Police Department

Costa Mesa police added three recruits this week as the city tries to fill a backlog of vacancies at the department.

Election 2014

Political Landscape: Costa Mesa candidate gains MMA fighters' endorsements

Costa Mesa City Council candidate Christopher Bunyan announced three new endorsements from Orange County-based mixed martial arts fighters:...

3 questions: Where Newport-Mesa school board candidates stand on the issues

One incumbent and six challengers are running for three spots on the seven-member Newport-Mesa Unified School District board. The Daily...

Ex-Costa Mesa worker in another flap over campaign signs

A former city employee walked into the Costa Mesa City Council chambers Tuesday night armed with irony.


Life + Arts



County GOP gives $50,000 to PAC supporting 4 Newport council candidates

In the final stretch toward Election Day on Tuesday, the Republican Party of Orange County has funneled about $50,000 into a political...

Fair Board considers foundation for veterans museum

Orange County Fair Board directors Thursday debated whether to create a foundation to support a planned veterans museum, with one director...

Gov. Brown, O.C. water district president meet on drought, ballot measures

Gov. Brown, O.C. water district president meet on drought, ballot measures

Gov. Jerry Brown met with Orange County Water District President Shawn Dewane — who is also a director of the Mesa Water District...

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Leece fails at attempt to control fireworks

Costa Mesa's debate about fireworks reignited this week at City Hall, with youth sports and arts boosters rallying at the City Council...

Newport approves $22 million bike-safety plan a week after latest death

Newport approves $22 million bike-safety plan a week after latest death

Days after an area cyclist was killed in a crash on East Coast Highway, Newport Beach leaders approved a long-range plan to make the city...

School board candidate stresses parental involvement

School board candidate stresses parental involvement

Armed with a basic knowledge of the English language and few expectations, school board candidate Fidel Mora moved to the United States from...

Public Safety

Police Files for Oct. 30

Costa Mesa: West 19th Street: Petty theft was reported in the 700 block at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Oct. 29

Whittier Avenue: Grand theft was reported in the 1900 block at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Newport, Costa Mesa, Irvine police get traffic-safety grants

The state recently awarded Newport Beach, Irvine and Costa Mesa police hundreds of thousands of dollars to help boost traffic-safety...

Personal trainer pleads guilty to extorting ex-employer for $350,000

A personal trainer from Corona del Mar pleaded guilty Monday to his part in an extortion plot that threatened to smear a former employer...

Police seek 3 men who robbed victim behind Newport Boulevard bars

Costa Mesa police are looking for three men in their 20s who are believed to have been involved in a robbery in an alley outside two Newport...

Passengers delayed at John Wayne airport as sick child is treated

The evacuation of a toddler suspected of having meningitis caused delays for other passengers disembarking a flight from Vancouver,...

Police: Driver trying to flee triggers chain-reaction crash; 6 hurt

A man suspected of drunken driving who was trying to flee from Costa Mesa police caused a chain-reaction crash that sent six people to...

Do you know this man? Police seek help identifying body found off Balboa

Do you know this man? Police seek help identifying body found off Balboa

Authorities are asking for help identifying a man whose body was found off Newport Beach this month.

Business & Real Estate

Biz News: Newport residents create sprouting kit

Newport women create 'superfood' sprouting kit

Newport approves A-frame signs for Corona del Mar

They're about hip height, they'll tell you the daily specials and until Tuesday evening, if you saw them loitering on the sidewalk in...

O.C. better off in dealing with drought, expert says

Orange County is in better shape than most areas when it comes to dealing with California's increasingly dire water woes, a longtime water...

Motels' calls to police are down

Motels' calls to police are down

For a second time this year,...

Great Park audit brings back-and-forth allegations of misconduct

Great Park audit brings back-and-forth allegations of misconduct

A week after a developer broke ground on a scaled-back version of Irvine's long-planned Orange County Great Park, a bitter fight over the...

Biz News: New food locations opening

Grand opening set for Island Hotel gourmet collection


Newport-Mesa schools, faced with fleeing families, go all-out to woo parents

When Mark Hubbard and his wife discussed where to send their children to school, notions of low test scores and watered-down academics led...

Vanguard University begins $7 million building renovation

Vanguard University begins $7 million building renovation

Vanguard University broke ground this month on a $7 million building renovation at its Costa Mesa campus.

Workshops to explain Common Core math to parents

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is planning workshops over the next two months to help parents understand the ways Common Core is...

Mesa Water to host 'water-wise' workshop

The Mesa Water District is hosting a "water-wise" landscaping workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Student project a triumph for O.C.

Student project a triumph for O.C.

Alex McDonald's road to graduate school started with a grant and a desire to build a solar-powered house.

Costa Mesa group gets $20,000 grant for scholarships

Save Our Youth, a nonprofit group that provides tutoring and other after-school activities for students in Costa Mesa's lower-income...



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