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

'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

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

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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A historic Costa Mesa building, the Costa Mesa Community of Christ church, at 1950 Church St., is currently up for sale. Historical society records say it was built in 1928. The asking price for the 0.23-acre property is $1.4 million.

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.

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

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.

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.

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