Mailbag: That columnist who (may have) met Bacall was my father

William Lobdell's column reached me in Northern California and had me laughing out loud in delight ["Commentary: Bacall, Bogart and the Daily Pilot columnist," Aug. 21] He wrote about Lauren...

Commentary: How to stay safe in the weekend surf

The last days of summer are upon us, and as people try to eek out one last (or first) trip to the beach for the season, lifeguards are prepared for huge surf and large crowds.

Mailbag: City Council isn't as conservative as it claims to be

Newport Beach's current City Council is filled with self-proclaimed Republicans — fiscally conservative, against big government — and they want to just leave people alone and keep the government out of people's lives.

Commentary: Robin Williams' possible Parkinson's diagnoses has patients concerned

Robin Williams' suicide is a tragedy that broke the hearts of his family and friends and an entire nation. But with the stunning revelation that the famous comedian had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the actor's death is particularly hard felt in the Parkinson's community.

David Lazarus: Adjusting for life in the world of Big Data

The invitation offered a "free gourmet meal exclusively for people with neuropathy symptoms."

Commentary: Trash crew handled spill with professionalism

Thursday is trash day in our neighborhood. After the CR&R truck went down the block in front of my house, I saw the driver leave his stopped vehicle carrying a bucket of sand and sweep the sand onto dark spots in the street corresponding to where the truck had stopped to pick up trash...

Mailbag: Development is the enemy of water conservation

The Newport Beach City Council seems to have a problem. Its left hand doesn't seem to know what its right hand is doing.

Mailbag: Stop running commentaries from political candidates

I am sick and tired of the Daily Pilot printing commentaries written by candidates for public office. The Pilot and, I assume, its sister newspapers are providing free campaign platforms to these candidates.

Commentary: City charter would allow rule of three

I have read Andy Smith's "Charter would give us 'home rule'" in the Aug. 3 Daily Pilot, and unlike Smith, I oppose the proposed charter (Measure O). I oppose it for several reasons, but primarily I...

Mailbag: I've noticed traffic getting worse in Costa Mesa

Has anyone noticed the traffic getting worse? As I was sitting in traffic the other day, I thought about how our streets look better, with the new plants and new cement medians, but they don't seem to do much to alleviate the burgeoning amount of traffic that is now pretty much constant.


Corona del Mar Today: Bike lane near Corona del Mar High is almost complete

A new bike lane being built near Corona del Mar High School and Our Lady Queen of Angels neared completion last week, according to Newport Beach staff.

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

Never doubt the value of the celebrity connection when it comes to charitable fundraising. Even in this age of over-exposure, star power sells.

The Harbor Report: Beautiful weather for the Long Point Race

This time each year, I reflect back to previous Long Point Race Weeks, and this year's event — which took place last weekend — was another extraordinary regatta.

Venezia: CM4RG rep says Weitzberg was squeezed out of race

With the next Feet to the Fire Forum just around the corner for Costa Mesa council candidates, political rumblings are starting to surface.

Fitness Files: The healing power of laughter

A few years ago, I read about laugh therapy. People met and laughed, not at anything in particular — just laughed. "Ridiculous," I thought.


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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