New facility warrants community support
I first heard the phrase "to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" in church. A pastor used it to describe the responsibilities of church pastors. I thought it a fitting description of pastoral duties.
Officials are considering building a fence around Andersen Elementary School in the Port Streets neighborhood of Newport Beach.
Lent, a religious season that is about so much more than avoiding chocolate, is drawing near.
While law enforcement authorities are considering the finances of Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration (the city's report on the matter was handed over to the district attorney for review), the public is getting an object lesson in the perils of outsourcing city functions.
Here's the good, bad and unruly in my Los Angeles Marathon preparation.
You may have heard that the governor has declared a drought emergency for California. The idea of running out of water can be a scary thought, but it's important for our customers to not be afraid.
I am in receipt of a letter sent to the Daily Pilot by Adams Elementary School librarian Deborah Lucas regarding the issue of fencing at the school ("Commentary: Adams Elementary fence belongs on...
Newport Beach residents have recently questioned the city's efforts to outsource certain services. I appreciate their concerns and thought it would be helpful to clarify our approach to outsourcing.
On Feb. 13, I attended the meeting held at Estancia High School regarding the layout of fencing to be installed at Adams Elementary School.
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I read with interest "Neighbors complain about field use," (Feb. 14).
Recent comments by certain Newport-Mesa Unified School District board members concerning school resource personnel and security guards reflect little knowledge of the laws and qualifications necessary in providing proper school safety.
Because of the retirement of board member David Brooks, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's governing board has a vacancy.
Not too long ago, this nation fought the bloodiest of all its wars to abolish the inhumane institution of "involuntary servitude," also known as slavery.
It took the school board more than five hours of hand-wringing in a closed-door meeting to make the wrong decisions in the Corona del Mar cheating scandal.
Tucked under the issues of increased density and the financing of the 60th anniversary celebrations, an important and revealing problem appeared at the Feb. 5 council meeting.
Valentine's Day is the holiday that plays a big role in dating and relationships. Whether you have just started dating or have been dating someone for months, this holiday has the ability to either speed up or slow down the relationship.
Remember thinking your teacher lived at school? You couldn't imagine that he or she ate, shopped or washed clothes.
One side of a telephone conversation overheard in an office at some time in the future:
Recent City Council decisions on several key issues are going against the wishes of many Newport Beach residents and the Coastal Commission, which is tasked with protecting California's beaches against actions like these.
"Cherish me as much as I cherish you," The Association, 1966
Latinos, who needs them?
When working with teenagers, I try to keep up with the latest trends so that I can name-drop a Kardashian or crack a joke about Instagram to let them know that this old-man teacher does have an awareness of youth culture.
On Feb. 1, I saw more than half a dozen young people grinding their skateboards on a concrete planter located in the center of Broadway at its east end. The new streetscape has not made Broadway safer for kids but more dangerous.
I had three separate experiences recently that reinforced just how bad things are for business owners in California.
As a public school teacher for 30 years, I have been interested in the recent Corona del Mar High cheating scandal.
Are you under 35 with plenty of money to spend? Then Costa Mesa is putting out the welcome mat for you. But are you a senior citizen or a financially struggling family? Then Costa Mesa is pulling the rug out from under you.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared a drought state of emergency. His proclamation gives state water officials more flexibility to manage the supply throughout California under drought conditions.
In Japan, the annual slaughter of dolphins, porpoises and small whales continues.
I read of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees' decision in Thursday morning's Daily Pilot ["11 expelled in CdM cheating episode," Jan. 30].
I wanted to applaud the amazing sports staff at the Daily Pilot.
As the parent of three children who have grown up in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, I am shocked at the dialogue centering on the Corona del Mar High School kids who have been accused of cheating by changing grades.
It's official. The governor has declared that the state is in a drought. He asks that every resident voluntarily reduce his or her water usage.
I was heartened to read Paul Leon's commentary about the Illumination Foundation's work with the homeless; it is a good cause ["Commentary: Article mischaracterized foundation-city relationship,"...
The announcement that Newport-Mesa Unified School District board member David Brooks is stepping down presents the board with the option of naming someone to replace him or holding a special election.
Re: "New parks are in the works for Newport Beach," (Jan. 10): We join our City Council and city administrators in praising existing facilities and outlining further park plans.
Had a sobering experience the other day.
I was a religion major at Chapman University, took several postgraduate world religions courses at Claremont Graduate University and taught classes at Orange Coast College. I am on the board of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council and am very active in interfaith work.
God's message to humanity has taken on constantly morphing forms over time, from stone tablets to papyrus scrolls to gilt-edged books. For the Christian community, the story of the "Day of Pentecost" in the Book of Acts makes the case that there is no single sacred language or medium for...