Mailbag: Attacks on Monahan are unfair

Re: "Costa Mesa police supporters plan rally on same day as 'wake'": Columnist Barbara Venezia seems to think Councilman Gary Monahan should know more about Jay Pinson than the police.

Commentary: Scholarship program is now enriching Mesa, Estancia students

Last year, I had the honor of sitting down and talking with Ronald Simon, one of our community's most successful entrepreneurs.

Kind words exchanged — 50 years after the divorce

I went to see my ex-husband (E.H.) in the hospital Sunday. I've had as little interaction with him as possible since our divorce in 1965, considering that we share two children.

Commentary: Gaining context on Paris shooting from the streets of Morocco

I was in Morocco when the Paris attacks took place, prematurely tarnishing the optimism I had for 2015. Amid the sights and smells of Marrakesh — perhaps the most colorful city in the world, where you share the crowded streets with motor bikes that whiz by at lightning speed and donkeys...

Commentary: Grand jury service is a noble act

Have you wondered how our county and city governments truly operate? How our jails are run? Are you interested in giving back and making a positive difference in your community?

Commentary: Learning a life lesson in a church parking lot

"Yeah, somewhere in here it says something about people who haven't found God are the walking dead," the bearded homeless man said to a volumeter. "I think it means they have no sense of wholeness because you have not let God in yet."

Commentary: New City Council is hardly revolutionary

It is always a joy to observe the new City Council members as they take office and embark on their various concepts of public service.

Commentary: 'Still Alice' is raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease

People often go to the movies to escape their problems. In the case of "Still Alice," many are flocking to the theaters to see their lives' biggest struggles writ large.

Mailbag: Bunny issue indicative of oversight problem

Whether the sculptures of bunnies at the Civic Center stay or go will be debated. In the meantime, the bunnies point to a larger issue, namely an abdication of oversight and follow-through and lack of accountability by city staff and the previous City Council.

Commentary: Oscar nods point to an old white boys club

I'm feeling a lot of the outrage since the announcement of the Academy Award nominations — namely, that all 20 lead and supporting nominees in the acting categories are white for only the second time in 14 years.


Patrice Apodaca: Backlash arises over 'flipped' classrooms

There's a lot of flak about flipped classrooms lately.

Corona del Mar Today: City seeks community input on beach bonfire plans

Newport Beach has launched an online survey seeking input from the community regarding the city's beach fire rings.

The Harbor Report: Mariners Mile still nearing finish line

As I traveled around the harbor this week, the first question that came to mind was, when will the construction along Mariners Mile on Pacific Coast Highway be completed?

The God Squad: Rosaries are not beads like any other

Q: Today, at the doctor's office, the woman checking me in was wearing two rosaries with crucifixes. I asked her, "Are those rosaries?" She said, "Yes" with a bit of a smug look. I asked, "Are you Catholic?" She said, "No." I said, "Oh, so you're wearing them as jewelry?" Her response: "Yes. Have...

Reel Critics: 'Mortdecai': painful, pitiful and pointless

It's only January, but you can already see what may be the worst big-budget movie of 2015 at a theater near you. "Mortdecai" is a pitiful attempt to reprise the near-dead genre of British madcap farce. It's based on a series of comic thriller novels published in the 1970s.

The Crowd: Helping people dress for success

In case you have not noticed, the media, especially television and social media outlets, are obsessed with style infotainment. Reporting on fashion trends, hairstyles, makeup and must-have accessories, including $1,000 sunglasses and multi-thousand-dollar handbags, trumps the news offered on lunar...


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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Patrice Apodaca

Newport-Mesa public school parent, writer

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Len Bose

An experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist

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Jim Carnett

Longtime Costa Mesa resident

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June Casagrande

Grammar book author, columnist and editor

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Barbara Venezia

Newport Beach resident, political columnist

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Mike Whitehead

Host of boating radio talk show, "Boathouse Radio Show"

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