'Our people cannot downsize. They are down.'

'Our people cannot downsize. They are down.'

Rumors were already circulating among residents at Ebb Tide Mobile Home Park when a letter arrived that confirmed their fears.

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A surrogate's journey: Her body of work: creating new families

A surrogate's journey: Her body of work: creating new families

Second of two parts.

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Lawsuit alleges bias, fights, public sex at Balboa Bay Club

Lawsuit alleges bias, fights, public sex at Balboa Bay Club

A Newport Beach businessman filed a lawsuit against the Balboa Bay Club and its owners Thursday, alleging the beachfront resort routinely ignored drunken escapades by its members but kicked him out after one incident when he accidentally mixed painkillers and alcohol.

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2 dead as O.C. West Nile outbreak grows

2 dead as O.C. West Nile outbreak grows

Two Orange County residents have died of West Nile virus in the past week as the county's number of human infections has grown fivefold this month and appears to be "spiraling out of control," health officials said Thursday.

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A surrogate's journey: Laura liked being pregnant

A surrogate's journey: Laura liked being pregnant

First of two parts.

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Newport's Wedge lives up to its reputation: 1 hurt in thundering surf

Newport's Wedge lives up to its reputation: 1 hurt in thundering surf

A day with big surf in Newport Beach is like a snow day in New England, Newport Beach Deputy Police Chief David McGill explained.

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Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on huge swells generated by Hurricane Marie that have begun battering the Southern California coastline this week as surfers size up what are expected to be the summer's biggest breaks.

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Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Thirty-seven years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley remains a celebrated figure at the Orange County Market Place.

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Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Elvis Festival

Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Elvis Festival

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Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

A former child-care worker at Hoag Hospital, UC Irvine and two private day-care centers in Irvine and Costa Mesa was arrested this month for allegedly sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl in Los Angeles County, according to authorities.

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Trying out tomatoes

Trying out tomatoes

The crowd at Roger's Gardens on Saturday morning gasped with excitement when they learned 90 different varieties of tomatoes were waiting for them in a nearby tasting area.

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Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Police this week arrested two men and a woman who they say operated brothels at apartments in Irvine and Los Angeles.

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Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.

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Water districts scramble to find own sources

Water districts scramble to find own sources

Reduced dependence on imported water is the goal of local districts, which must continue to supply customers in a parched state.

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Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has less vegetation among the hiking trails, oaks and sycamores.

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Gathering of creative minds hits one-year mark

Gathering of creative minds hits one-year mark

Tucked into an A-frame cottage on Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach is a business that feels like a home run by entrepreneurs who seem like a family.

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Ice challenge warms hearts

Ice challenge warms hearts

Holding bright-orange buckets filled with ice water, Newport Beach community members began to count down from 10.

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Young dancers find inspiration from mouse

Young dancers find inspiration from mouse

Angelina Ballerina, the dancing cartoon mouse from a PBS Kids television series, is quite the big cheese these days.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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William Duma, 9, grabs two Playmobil packages and gives them to his mom at the Toys Ahoy store in Newport Beach.

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.

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.

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.

Huntington Beach surfer, filmmaker, and inspiration Timmy Turner, writes his name into the wet cement as he is inducted into the Surfer's Hall of Fame in front of Huntington Surf and Sport in Huntington Beach on Friday.

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.

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."

Dr. Alan Beyer, a Hoag Orthopedic Institute surgeon, has a new show called "Doctor in the Dugout" on 830 KLAA.

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.

Assemblyman Allan Mansoor speaks at a press conference to declare opposition to the 405 Freeway toll lane proposal as officials from Orange County cities stand behind him in support Thursday.

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.

From left, Cierra Rose Thompson, Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas and Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis.

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.

DeShaun Foster says football taught him how to be a real man.

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.

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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