A few months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a slow, agonizing end, one of those things that began with a trip to the hospital and became progressively worse as the months wore on. In some ways, she knew that once she went in, she would not be coming out. In some ways, we did too.
Until July 30, residents of Newport Beach have the chance to have their voices heard regarding an activity that is exploding in popularity in our city: bicycling.
Nobody's yet singing "Happy Days Are Here Again," but after many years of seeing city economic development resources and efforts directed elsewhere, residents and business owners on the Balboa Peninsula now have reason to at least whistle an upbeat tune.
What will voters decide when it comes to the impending decisions about taxing and tolling today's totally tapped-out drivers?
I have read "County COIN proposal hits roadblock," in the July 19 Daily Pilot, and the article explained two important things that cause concerns about the proposed Costa Mesa city charter.
As a longtime resident of West Newport, I just wanted to say how great it is to see all the improvements going on in our end of town.
Re. "Council should forgo stipends, benefits," July 8: Council members need to continue receiving modest stipends and benefits.
Re. "Commentary: Proposed charter comes with great risk. Benefits? Unknown," July 15:
The recent Costa Mesa Motor Inn's hearing before the Planning Commission regarding long-term stays vindicates the mayor's common-sense approach to our motel dilemma.
I have been a Costa Mesa resident for eight years. My wife and I purchased a home here because we fell in love with Costa Mesa's character.
Parenting fads come and go. In the past few years alone, we've been introduced to the ferociously competitive Tiger Mom, sophisticated and confident French mothers, and the naturalistic techniques of "Attachment Parenting," among others.
When Landmark Restaurant served its last customers in May, Corona del Mar residents lost a restaurant, at least until El Cholo opens in the fall.
Q: My doctor just called to say I need to go back to the radiologist for another X-ray, because something suspicious showed up on the first one. But I can't face going back. I'm so frightened that I might have breast cancer. I know that's stupid, but I can't help it. Why is God doing this to me? ...
Q: I have a job where I'm exposed to much sadness. I do everything I can to alleviate the darkness which surrounds so many of my patients and families, but often I feel helpless that I can't do more, so I pray for them.
This week, I attended our Harbor Commission meeting, and for the first time in the years that I have attended these meetings, all the faces of the commission had changed.
Ahoy, and do not give invasive mussels a free ride!
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Newport-Mesa public school parent, writer
An experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist
Longtime Costa Mesa resident