Commentary: Measure Y is better than Newport Coast development

On Election Day, I will be voting in favor of Measure Y. Here's why I think Measure Y offers a valuable amendment to the current general plan.

Mailbag: Readers sound off on local elections

Costa Mesa is safer than candidate implies

Commentary: Groupthink is informing Measure Y support

Being elected to the Newport Beach City Council or even being appointed to fill a vacancy or serve on a commission in no way conveys any special omniscience.

Commentary: Consider possible safety ramifications of Measure Y

As a District 4 resident representative on the 2006 General Plan Advisory Committee, I worked with the Newport Beach City Council to ensure that the final buildout development allotments at Newport Center did not generate traffic to exceed the six-lane capacities of Pacific Coast Highway, Jamboree...

Mailbag: Hill, Brown, Toerge are sensible choices in Newport Beach

As an accountant, I am fairly cognizant of the numbers and financial issues being brought up in the City Council election in Newport Beach.

Mailbag: Recent sign conflict raises too many questions

Re. "Ex-Costa Mesa worker in another flap over campaign signs," Oct. 23: As stated in the article, "During the heated 2012 City Council race, (former city employee Steven) White allegedly was...

Commentary: Foley, Humphrey own stronger records than Bunyan

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Commentary: Union endorsements are telling in Newport race

When it comes to endorsements, the employee associations usually stay with what they know, instead of what might be.

Commentary: Measure Y could get drivers out of their cars, and that's OK

It was standing room only at the Civic Center the other night as Speak-Up Newport hosted a debate on Measure Y.

Mailbag: Viewpoint on political mailing was too one-sided

I am responding to the written piece presented by Eric Bever in the Daily Pilot ("Commentary: Employee unions are paying for Costa Mesa political mail," Oct. 22). As usual, he presents one side...


The Harbor Report: Preparing questions for harbor meeting and cruise

I have written about the Harbor Commission special meeting set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

My Answer: Faith is answer to marital woes

Q: My husband says he loves me, but all he's really interested in is his job. He always brings work home and often spends weekends working, and no matter how much I get after him, things never change. Is it time for me to move on? — Mrs. K.G.

The God Squad: How long have we prayed for the dead?

Q: My husband died in April of this year after a three-year battle with cancer. At the wake, the priest asked us to pray for his soul. Other than, "May he rest in peace," what prayers did he have in mind? In mourning. — C., Melville, NY

Fitness Files: A Wonder is worth the workout

We are on vacation, we're hiking Zion National Park's spectacular trails. Two-hundred-million-year-old sandstone shoots up 7,000 feet in sheer cliff and spire, sporting colors of orange, rose, toast, salmon and purple in geometric striation.

Venezia: Campaigns reach the final, weird days

This week in Newport you can just smell the crazy in the air as Election Day approaches.


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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