History shows that Democrats are good for U.S. economy

As we prepare for another presidential campaign, a theme one hears from Republicans is that their party is better for the economy.

Commentary: O.C. agencies need to equip officers with body cameras

Nationally, there has been widespread coverage of officer-involved shootings and the subsequent upheavals resulting from the lack of accountability by law enforcement.

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.

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: 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).


Corona del Mar Today: Town meeting aims to update community, answer questions

About 175 people attended the Corona del Mar annual town meeting on Wednesday at Sherman Library & Gardens, where residents and business owners mingled with City Council representatives, city staff and community leaders.

The Crowd: East meets west in Hutchins concert

On the back of the program, organizers of Song of India, a benefit dinner for the Hutchins Consort, printed an Indian proverb:

The Harbor Report: Angling for fun in the harbor

The last two weeks of April are always packed with activity around the harbor, and this year is no different.

A Word, Please: For this word choice, it's all well and good

When someone asks how you're doing, can you respond "I am good"? Or is the only correct form "I am well"? And why?

Apodaca: The wait for grandchildren is growing longer

My mother never got to meet any of her grandchildren, and it saddens me knowing how much she would have loved being a grandparent.

The Crowd: Fashion for funds at Childhelp luncheon

A spring fashion show produced by South Coast Plaza featured the chic design trends from the houses of Cavali, Fontaine, Bally, Von Furstenberg, Karan and more, delighting the ladies of Childhelp on the occasion of their annual luncheon. Several hundred patrons raised upward of a quarter million...


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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