Commentary: Councilmen should drop police union from their lawsuit

Some perspective is needed in the wake of two private investigators being charged relating to tactics they allegedly directed toward Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan.

Commentary: Sleep-out was a valuable lesson in what it feels like to be homeless

I imagine that people like Karen McGlinn sleep really well at night. She is the CEO of the Share Our Selves (S.O.S.) health center in Costa Mesa and has been since 1993.

Reader Report: Getting sober in supportive Costa Mesa

At 6 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2014, I got out of the car and stood on the icy ground in front of the half-lit American Airlines check-in desk at O'Hare International Airport, in my hometown of Chicago, and looked at my exhausted, emotional mother.

Commentary: ExplorOcean lease raises questions for Newport

On Nov. 25, I addressed the City Council regarding the lease of Newport Beach land to ExplorOcean. This was the last working session of the old council.

Commentary: The difference between sober homes and treatment facilities

The media, the "rehab" industry and even some attorneys and politicians conflate residential treatment facilities and sober-living homes, though there is a clear distinction between them.

Commentary: Next energy-efficiency duty: Cities must become 'smart'

"Green buildings" are popping up everywhere, California schools are getting more efficient and installers of home solar panels are multiplying.

Commentary: Donating your old stuff means training, jobs for others

Do you know what's lurking in your garage? Under your bed? In your closet?

Commentary: Supreme Court strips retirement account protections

Imagine this: You've worked hard to save money in your individual retirement account (IRA) or 401(k).

Mailbag: Law enforcement employees earn their pensions

Re. "Police chief's pension is near $185,000, Costa Mesa officials say," (Dec. 5): Reporter Jeremiah Dobruck writes of the chief's retirement income and combines it with the salary he will be...

Commentary: How did Team Newport uspet the council status quo?

As an opinion columnist, I have found the four years of outgoing Mayor Rush Hill's council service very interesting, especially how it ended.


Apodaca: Sister's health would be best present

There's a story I heard countless times when I was growing up about a girl with two younger brothers who prayed for a baby sister.

Corona del Mar Today: Maker of Christmas magic finds soft spot among 'sharks'

A Corona del Mar woman who created a kit to help kids believe in holiday magic won over the tough panelists on "Shark Tank."

The Harbor Report: As tide rolls out on 2014, a look back

It's that time of year again, and like the tide that rolls in and out methodically, I was able to complete my weekly columns one after another. Over the last five years, we are now at 195. That's a lot of water coming in and out of our harbor, and I again look forward to many more tides.

The God Squad: Christmas is bigger than its namesake

Last week, I continued an annual God Squad holiday tradition by offering remembrances of Father Tom Hartman's Hanukkah greetings. I remember vividly how he loved Hanukkah, and this week I joyously share with you why I love Christmas.

My Answer: Forgive aunt her sharp tongue at Christmas

Q: We're debating whether or not to invite my aunt for Christmas dinner. We normally do, but last year she was so sharp-tongued and critical about everything that no one wants to be around her. We don't want our Christmas spoiled. What should we do? — Mrs. P.F.


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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