Mailbag: Undergrounding proponents don't tell the whole story

The signature-gathering phase of the undergrounding petitions in Assessment District 114 and 118 — both Newport Heights areas — is coming to a close.

Mailbag: Businesses get a break; public on the hook

I'm puzzled by the Irvine council's decision not to nickle-and-dime small-business owners by charging $51 for a business license, while everyday residents cover the general fund shortfall.

Commentary: Effects of Banning Ranch on humans must be considered

A city the size of Bishop in population is about to be built on the last few acres of coastal open space in Orange County. The enormous development is proceeding to approval under the radar of many residents of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

Commentary: Dixon should expect to be questioned

Barbara Venezia wrote a column June 19 about Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon, a self-proclaimed reform candidate who voted to increase spending ("Mayor Pro Tem Dixon's team spirit questioned").

Mailbag: Civic center audit is a must-have

Re: "Commentary: Outside pressures contributed to civic center's rising costs" (June 28):

Commentary: Estancia's 50th suggests a missed opportunity at Mesa

Re: "Time capsule from 1965 and 1990 surfaces at Estancia High" (June 17):

Mailbag: Online video reflects meeting's pro-undergrounding bias

Online video reflects meeting's pro-undergrounding bias

Commentary: Outside pressures contributed to Civic Center costs

While Councilwoman Diane Dixon's commentary ("The Civic Center audit will provide a necessary third-party review") in the June 25 edition of the Daily Pilot was much appreciated, keeping...

Mailbag: Allow church to keep serving parishioners on Lido Isle

St. James the Great Episcopal Church has been a part of the community for 70 years. It is a beautiful structure for the neighborhood and not an outdated relic.

Commentary: Filling up on spirituality can help your waistline

When my wife was a teenager, she became very concerned with her weight. But her mother told her not to worry. Why? Because she knew her daughter was too astute to let her weight get out of control.


Apodaca: Big school news: vaccination law and debate over caps on reserves

As the grills cool and fireworks detritus is swept away from our holiday celebrations, the fifth of July is as good a time as any to take stock of some important developments involving our schools.

The Crowd: Art of Dining celebrates artist Tony DeLap

Tony DeLap has lived his 88 years on the planet exploring creative expression through the visual arts. As a 20th century contemporary artist, his work has been exhibited internationally, gracing many esteemed collections.

A Word, Please: You and I trip ourselves up when we try too hard

"Since I gave up hope, I feel much better." The slacker attitude of this once-popular bumper sticker has gone the way of Lehman Brothers and pension plans. But if we apply the same idea to grammar, the message is timeless: Since I gave up hope, I talk much better.

The God Squad: After church murders, forgiveness a mighty sword against hate

We've been here before and we'll be here again. But how should we respond?

Apodaca: Education falters when teachers are afraid to speak

Have our schools become rigid fortresses of political correctness?


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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