Mailbag: Costa Mesa should create a fine-arts hub

Costa Mesa, the City of the Arts, has a rich and diverse arts community that includes visual and performing arts. The city is home to three major performing arts venues, as well as a wide array of galleries, museums and music settings.

Commentary: Do not forget Mesa Verde branch in library discussion

On April 16, the second opportunity to discuss the Dungan Library and the Neighborhood Community Center continued with increased interest.

Commentary: Donating unwanted goods helps save the planet and create jobs

Unless you're Superman, you can't save the planet. But you can save an old computer from a landfill.

Commentary: Drought is a reminder not to develop open space

The governor of California recently imposed a mandatory 25% reduction in water use because of the state's drought, now in its fourth year.

Mailbag: Newport can look to Costa Mesa for public art

Newport Beach has debated the use of tax dollars to fund public art.

Mailbag: Benefit of underground utilities is not the question

Re: "Commentary: Making homeowners pay to underground utilities is wrong," (April 16).

Mailbag: Undergrounding utilities offers benefits overlooked by opponents

This is in rebuttal to "Commentary: Making homeowners pay to underground utilities is wrong,"

Commentary: Newport should maintain current `blackball' regulations

Re. "Newport surfers may get a break with 'blackball' reduction," (April 9): Newport Beach's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission's misguided recommendation to allow hardboard surfing to...

Mailbag: Allow fair mooring transfers to continue

Thank you for your recent article regarding the Newport Harbor moorings ("Fees for Newport Harbor moorings may take a dive," April 9).


Apodaca: Variety of school scandals all victimize students

Newport-Mesa residents may be wondering if there's something inherently different about our school district that makes it prone to scandal. It sometimes seems as if we roll from one mishap to another without pause — from controversies over student cheating to a former administrator's recent...

Corona del Mar Today: Shop owner tapes suspected shoplifters

A Corona del Mar boutique owner said two alleged shoplifters hit her shop Wednesday for the second time — but this time she caught them on camera.

The God Squad: Shepherd, sheep both work for God

Q: When the current pastor arrived, our Catholic parish was a vibrant, singing community. Now, after many of his changes, it is not. Many parishioners have left. After a few attempts to speak to the pastor about what's been going on, I wrote a letter to Pope Francis, on which I copied both...

My Answer: Prayer not the only cure to depression

Q: My wife seems to be getting more and more depressed. A friend of hers says she just needs to pray more and have more faith, but I'm not sure if that's right. Is depression just a spiritual problem, like her friend says? — J.W.


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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