At 6 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2014, I got out of the car and stood on the icy ground in front of the half-lit American Airlines check-in desk at O'Hare International Airport, in my hometown of Chicago, and looked at my exhausted, emotional mother.
Some perspective is needed in the wake of two private investigators being charged relating to tactics they allegedly directed toward Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan.
I imagine that people like Karen McGlinn sleep really well at night. She is the CEO of the Share Our Selves (S.O.S.) health center in Costa Mesa and has been since 1993.
The media, the "rehab" industry and even some attorneys and politicians conflate residential treatment facilities and sober-living homes, though there is a clear distinction between them.
On Nov. 25, I addressed the City Council regarding the lease of Newport Beach land to ExplorOcean. This was the last working session of the old council.
"Green buildings" are popping up everywhere, California schools are getting more efficient and installers of home solar panels are multiplying.
Do you know what's lurking in your garage? Under your bed? In your closet?
Re. "Police chief's pension is near $185,000, Costa Mesa officials say," (Dec. 5): Reporter Jeremiah Dobruck writes of the chief's retirement income and combines it with the salary he will be...
Imagine this: You've worked hard to save money in your individual retirement account (IRA) or 401(k).
As an opinion columnist, I have found the four years of outgoing Mayor Rush Hill's council service very interesting, especially how it ended.
In his column, Brian Crosby ("Commentary: Nanny state in schools lessens education," Nov. 11) doubts the wisdom of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's School Renewal Program. Crosby arrives at...
Election Day is over, and now the honor of helping to govern our great city lies ahead.
For weeks now, the media have been talking about Ferguson, Mo., and all the rioting, looting and burning of businesses there.
The many public speakers at Tuesday night's City Council meeting were fawning over Councilwoman Wendy Leece's service and impending departure. The same was true for the meeting Nov. 18.
I'm writing this after reading the article in the Daily Pilot on the opening show at the new Costa Mesa High School theater. I'm excited that the Daily Pilot takes the time to cover the arts and, in particular, the new theaters made possible with Measure F, passed in 2005.
The coverage of the Costa Mesa Police Department by reporter Jeremiah Dobruck has been laudable, for both consistency and attention to detail. However, I have noticed an important omission of fact between articles written on Nov. 15 and 25 regarding CMPD police officer staffing.
I have a grim practice of walking through animal shelters to visit the animals. The sounds of desperation in each bark, begging for a chance to be loved again, tug at my heart. I wish I could take them all home, though this has never been a real option for me.
Net neutrality is quite literally one of most important issues of the decade.
Re. "Reporter's Notebook: 'Homeless' for a night," (Nov. 24): Thanks for the article on the sleep-out. I had heard about it and wondered how it went.
What is most intriguing about ("Commentary: Nanny state in schools lessens education,"
Re. "Righeimer Wins Seat by 47 Votes," (Nov. 19): We worked very hard to get candidate Jay Humphrey into office, and am so sorry he lost by only 47 votes. I guess we will just have to...
Slow down, you move too fast… — Simon and Garfunkel, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
On Nov. 4, the California Department of Education revealed its list of the state's 1,000 worst-performing schools. Four schools in our Newport-Mesa district made the list, all of them in Costa Mesa. They are College Park, Rea, Whittier...
I'm walking in Arlington National Cemetery on the Sunday before Veteran's Day. I can feel the weather changing and within minutes have to put on my coat again as I make my way across the grounds.
This year the NFL raised the profile of head injuries in contact sports, highlighting the prevalence of concussions on the field and kicking off concern among parents of high school and club sports athletes.
If you think about it, all people (except psychopaths) live their lives with the libertarian values of persuasion instead of coercion.
Whew. What an election!
I just had a run-in with Costa Mesa City Code Enforcement, and to my surprise, the encounter was quite pleasant.
We would like to defend the bunny rabbits in civic center park.
I'm sitting in the airport and I have a few minutes before I need to catch my flight home from my first couple of days in Sacramento as an Assembly member-elect.
Councilman-elect Scott Peotter wants to get rid of Newport Beach's concrete bunnies. He says he's never met anyone who likes them. I would be happy to meet Peotter.
Councilman-elect Scott Peotter's initial plan upon taking office is to get rid of the concrete bunnies in the upper reaches of the Newport Beach Civic Center park.
*This post has been corrected, as noted below.
Re. "Councilman-elect Peotter: Newport Civic Center 'bunnies' should go," I am resting much easier this morning, knowing that my relatives in Newport Beach are in the hands (figuratively)...
Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.
This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.
Lost in the middle of the midterm election coverage was a major press conference by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing a $150-million infusion into the Big Apple's 94 worst-performing schools, creating community schools.
A new juice bar could be opening at 2744 East Coast Highway in a space formerly occupied by a dry-cleaning business.
On the street where I am temporarily staying in London, a newsletter arrives through the mailbox every few months. It details the neighborhood news, is often unintentionally hilarious (the last one had a single line about a local bakery running out of bread by 10:30 a.m., and the previous one...