Commentary: Lack of air conditioning is unacceptable

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is simply not doing enough. Since school began, the average temperature has been suffocating.

Commentary: The real housewives of Orange County shop at Target

The gasp that came out my mouth scared a few people at Shirley's Bagels on a recent morning when I read your headline: ," (Sept. 11).

Reader Report: Lessons of surviving brain cancer

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Reader Report: Max von Strobel had the right idea for creating O.C.

The official date of Orange County's incorporation is Aug. 1, 1889. If you dig deeper, you'll discover it could have happened nearly 20 years earlier.

Commentary: City Hall is too management-heavy

The hiring binge by Costa Mesa's administrative staff that was begun several years ago appears to be accelerating, and it needs to be contained.

Commentary: Group's behavior belies stated mission

As a longtime Costa Mesa resident who possesses a degree of knowledge about planning issues, and who was involved in the Westside overlay process, I felt it would be instructive to hear what Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) had to say in these regards.

Mailbag: Weitzberg, Humphrey polled closely on name recognition, so why the comment?

I have read the Sept. 6 Pilot article "Genis clarifies Weitzberg comment and the Sept. 5 column "Venezia: Stirring up a CM4RG hornet's nest" and have some additional key points to make.

Commentary: Coyote control is a concern throughout the region

I recently met with several concerned citizens in Huntington Beach who had contacted me about an increased presence of coyotes in their neighborhoods and told them I would work with them on the issue. Following that meeting, I attended a town hall meeting in Seal Beach about the same issue. There...

Commentary: Prepayment of debt would trigger financial penalties

There is an old saying: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."


Apodaca: A forgettable night on ship provides lasting memories

When I read about the Pilgrim of Newport's recent visit to Newport Harbor, it brought me back to a memorable night spent aboard the 118-foot replica of an 18th-century merchant ship.

Corona del Mar Today: Filming of 'SciGirls' gets underway at Crystal Cove State Park

Three girls, all Crystal Cove State Park Junior Guards participants, were recently hanging out at the park, conducting scientific research in the ocean and in university laboratories — all part of filming of a PBS television show that will air in the spring.

From the Boathouse: Stop by Lido for a show

Ahoy, and time for a boat show and a ship celebration!

My Answer: Take survival as sign from God

Q: I escaped with only minor injuries from a bad car wreck a few months ago. Did God have something to do with this, like one of my friends says, or was I just lucky? I've never thought about questions like this before.

The God Squad: When watch stops, does life go on?

Q: In a recent column, you mentioned how the time of death of a man's father showed up on a grandfather's clock when it stopped working several weeks later. I wanted to share a similar story.

The Harbor Report: Calling for comments on story boards

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and yet the harbor is as active as if it were June.


Editorial: City should air Eastside debate

Costa Mesa City Hall recently decided not to broadcast the Oct. 2 political forum sponsored by the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors' Group. The city's election counsel had concerns about dedicating public funds and city staff time toward political events or activities.

Orange County toll road blues

Like many other toll roads across the nation, those in Orange County have gone cashless. Motorists who aren't equipped with a transponder are supposed to set up an online credit card account with the Transportation Corridor Agencies — their license plates are read automatically and their...

Editorial: Adams fence is a necessary evil

The school board recently made one of those unpopular but necessary decisions of the post-Isla Vista, post-Sandy Hook, post-Fort Hood, post-Aurora, post-Virginia Tech, post-Littleton, post-etc. world.

Editorial: David Stiller set a good example

Community service isn't what it used to be. You sign up for a city committee these days and you're met with brickbats and backhands, critiques and criticism, not to mention marathon meetings. Sometimes you deserve the criticism, sometimes you don't.

Editorial: You should have 'good cause' to carry a gun

As you've likely read, the Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to process an increase in applications for concealed-weapons permits. They did this in response to a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that will allow more people to carry guns...

Editorial: Cheating scandal exposes unrealistic expectations

The alleged cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School is an interesting case study in how students in one of the county's top-performing high schools responded to intense pressure to succeed. We're talking about a world where some children feel like their lives are over if they don't gain...

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