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JWA will keep curfew, increase passengers and flights as O.C. approves new regulations

JWA will keep curfew, increase passengers and flights as O.C. approves new regulations

An extension to a legal agreement that makes Orange County's John Wayne Airport one of the most tightly regulated commercial airports in the nation cleared a major hurdle Tuesday as county supervisors voted unanimously to approve it.


UCI's latest championship: World's largest pillow fight

UC Irvine students claimed the title of the world's largest pillow fight Tuesday.


Back to school is back to knitting at Waldorf

Parent James Marca sat in one spot, slightly away from the organized chaos that was back to school night Friday at Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa, completely focused on his knitting project.

2 window washers stuck 17 stories up in Irvine; rescue under way

Firefighters were working to rescue two window washers stuck near the top of a 19-story Irvine high-rise Wednesday morning, according to authorities.


Teachers brace for another heat wave and too-hot classrooms

Teachers across Newport-Mesa Unified are preparing for the return of sweltering temperatures this week, while the district struggles to find a short-term way to keep students and employees cool in classrooms that lack air conditioning.


Founder Chuck Smith's family sues Calvary Chapel

A daughter and the widow of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa founder Chuck Smith have sued his former church, alleging a conspiracy to commandeer Smith's ministry and deny him emergency medical attention on his deathbed.

Election 2014

Former schools trustee Collier seeks to reclaim position

Former schools trustee Collier seeks to reclaim position

Former Newport-Mesa Unified trustee Michael Collier has been away from the school board for four years, but he's eager to reclaim his...

Mayor drops idea of floating docks during Newport candidates forum

Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill intends to stop pursuing the idea of trying floating docks instead of moorings in the harbor, he said during a...

Venezia: Candidates decline to meet the press

Last week we taped the eighth edition of the Feet to the Fire Forum at Orange Coast College with Costa Mesa City Council candidates Lee...

County Assessor Guillory denies false filing charges

Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory denied charges Monday that he lied when he signed off on documents nominating him for the March 2014...


Life + Arts



A new park by 2016: Marina Park under budget and on schedule, Newport says

Newport Beach's Marina Park is running under budget and on schedule for a spring 2016 opening, the city says.

Fair Board opposes privatization of grounds

The Orange County Fair Board made its sentiments clear once again Thursday: It would not support any privatization efforts of fairgrounds...

Newport Heights residents hold a 'Hootenanny'

Newport Heights residents hold a 'Hootenanny'

Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros presented the second annual "Hootenanny in the Heights" neighborhood gathering Sunday at the newly...

Irvine council gets a civics lesson

What was to be a discussion about political campaign ethics at Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting turned into a lecture on sensible...

Parks Commission considers districting system

Costa Mesa's Parks and Recreation Commission continued its discussion Thursday of dividing itself into a districted body.

Newport council members defend handling of city finances

As in most cities, campaign signs have multiplied on lawns and street poles in Newport Beach. Knocks at the door have become expected. A...

Public Safety

Police Files for Sept. 30

Costa Mesa: Bristol Street: Commercial burglaries were reported in the 2900 block at 12:18, 12:19, 12:40, 1:22 and 1:52 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Sept. 29

Newport Beach: 38th Street: Battery was reported in the 400 block at 3:28 p.m. Sunday.

Costa Mesa to recognize public safety

The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce plans to host its annual public safety recognition barbecue Thursday.

Contractor convicted of stealing workers' wages during Costa Mesa project

A general contractor was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $80,000 in wages from employees who were working for him on a state...

3 accused of pimping plead not guilty to torture, kidnapping

Three suspects accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman in a Costa Mesa motel room pleaded not guilty Monday to human trafficking and...

Swimmer, 53, drowns in Irvine pool

A man drowned in a pool at his Irvine town home complex Friday, according to authorities.

Fountain Valley woman drowns at Costa Mesa motel pool

A 57-year-old Fountain Valley woman drowned in a Costa Mesa motel pool Friday evening, according to authorities.

Coffee with a Cop Wednesday in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesans can talk to a local police officer over a cup of coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Business & Real Estate

Vitamin Shoppe opening in Costa Mesa

Vitamin Shoppe, Costa Mesa, Share the Health, SOCIAL Costa Mesa restaurant, Bistango, Bill Blank, Talk About Curing Autism, "Real Help Now"...

30th Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday

The California Coastal Commission presents California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, the 30th edition of the annual event to clean the...

Harbor Boulevard getting new look

Harbor Boulevard getting new look

Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa has long been closely associated with its miles of strip malls, shopping centers and car dealerships. But...

4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

With the 36th annual Lido Boat Show about to begin, organizer Duncan McIntosh was buzzing about at Lido Marina Village on Tuesday morning.

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

The GMC Yukon trundled past a barbed-wire fence and up a dry grassy hillside — the brush scratching loudly against its underside...

Building's old Studebaker sign re-emerges during renovations

Building's old Studebaker sign re-emerges during renovations

When Costa Mesa resident Doug Rugg looked at his cellphone Tuesday, he saw an image that jolted his memory.


Car show to benefit Newport Elementary

Those venturing down the Balboa Peninsula Saturday should expect to see muscle cars, street rods and many classic car enthusiasts.

Candy collection for Marine families

Costa Mesa and its Military Affairs Team are organizing a Halloween candy drive for families of Camp Pendleton Marines.

Gala will raise funds for CMHS arts

The Costa Mesa High School Foundation is hosting a masquerade gala this month to raise money for the new theater and various art programs at...

Newport-Mesa schools give go-ahead to arts and sciences academies

Signature Academies, which allow students to specialize in a specific subject from kindergarten through graduation, will begin to emerge...

OCC to hold plant sale Friday, Saturday

Fall and winter vegetables, succulents and perennials will be up for grabs at Orange Coast College's plant sale this week.

Big turnout for first Newport-Mesa State of the Schools breakfast

Big turnout for first Newport-Mesa State of the Schools breakfast

Linen-draped tables packed with fresh fruit, pastries and eggs filled the gymnasium at Corona del Mar High School Wednesday morning for...



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