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: 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.

Commentary: Prepayment of debt would trigger financial penalties

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

Commentary: Chuck Jones knew creativity could unlock the mind

Mom might have told you that cartoons will rot your brain, but Chuck Jones knew otherwise.

Commentary: Why Keith Curry is the right choice for Assembly

As a retired Assembly member and senator in the California Legislature, I know firsthand what it takes to be a successful legislator and the type of person who will be an effective leader in coastal Orange County. I know both candidates for the 74th Assembly District, and I urge you to support Keith...

Mailbag: Measure Y would reduce traffic citywide

The general plan is Newport Beach's master plan. About every decade it needs updating and approval by voters to ensure that it reflects today's realities and remains effective at protecting our quality of life.

Commentary: Curry has the public, private experience to lead in office

The new state representatives we elect this November will have the opportunity to represent Orange County for the next 12 years.

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.


Fitness Files: Feeling hopeful after seeing help for Alzheimer's sufferers

I left my conversation with Lynn feeling melancholy. Had trouble sleeping that night.

Apodaca: Kids can break the code to success

Both Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools now offer Advanced Placement classes in computer science. That's an encouraging sign, given the increasing calls for educational curriculum geared toward the knowledge and skills most in demand in the 21st-century workforce.

Corona del Mar Today: Candidates square off at CdM forum

Seven candidates vying for Newport Beach City Council seats met Thursday morning at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a 90-minute candidates' forum sponsored by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.

From the Boathouse: Not the worst of winter in SoCal

Ahoy! It might be time to winterize your condo on the water!

The God Squad: After 13 years, 9/11 truths linger

I try not to think about 9/11 until it comes around each year. Thinking about it too much is both frightening and numbing to my soul. It's still too big and too evil to sit comfortably among my remembrances of things past.


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...

Editorial: Homeless housing warrants serious consideration

We're not yet prepared to endorse or oppose a proposal to build homeless housing at Civic Center Park in Costa Mesa. The idea shows great promise and warrants serious review, but we'll reserve final judgment until more specifics become available.

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