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Reader Report: Getting sober in supportive Costa Mesa

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.

Commentary: Councilmen should drop police union from their lawsuit

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.

Commentary: Sleep-out was a valuable lesson in what it feels like to be homeless

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.

Commentary: The difference between sober homes and treatment facilities

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.

Commentary: ExplorOcean lease raises questions for Newport

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.

Commentary: Next energy-efficiency duty: Cities must become 'smart'

"Green buildings" are popping up everywhere, California schools are getting more efficient and installers of home solar panels are multiplying.

Commentary: Donating your old stuff means training, jobs for others

Do you know what's lurking in your garage? Under your bed? In your closet?

Mailbag: Law enforcement employees earn their pensions

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...

Commentary: Supreme Court strips retirement account protections

Imagine this: You've worked hard to save money in your individual retirement account (IRA) or 401(k).

Commentary: How did Team Newport uspet the council status quo?

As an opinion columnist, I have found the four years of outgoing Mayor Rush Hill's council service very interesting, especially how it ended.

Commentary: Providing social services through schools is fiscally prudent

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...

Commentary: Embrace the meaning of 'together' to make new Newport council work

Election Day is over, and now the honor of helping to govern our great city lies ahead.

Commentary: Lessons from Ferguson inform our police work too

For weeks now, the media have been talking about Ferguson, Mo., and all the rioting, looting and burning of businesses there.

Mailbag: Personal attacks distract from important city business

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.

Mailbag: Another great theater is about to come online, at CdM

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.

Mailbag: The stark difference between approved and needed police staffing

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.

Commentary: How my rescue dog actually rescued me

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.

Commentary: Net neutrality would ensure an even playing field

Net neutrality is quite literally one of most important issues of the decade.

Mailbag: Homeless sleepover event lacked true cruelty of the streets

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.

Commentary: Big-city mayor needs to butt out of schools and just do his job

What is most intriguing about ("Commentary: Nanny state in schools lessens education,"

Mailbag: It's time for Costa Mesa to have a female mayor

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...

Commentary: For a truly meaningful life, appreciate what you have

Slow down, you move too fast… — Simon and Garfunkel, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

Commentary: District must come up with a turnaround plan for under-performing schools

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...

Commentary: We're still asking, what good is war?

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.

Commentary: Some myths, facts about sports-related concussions

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.

Commentary: Libertarianism's the antidote to liberalism, conservatism

If you think about it, all people (except psychopaths) live their lives with the libertarian values of persuasion instead of coercion.

Commentary: The helping hand of Costa Mesa code enforcement

I just had a run-in with Costa Mesa City Code Enforcement, and to my surprise, the encounter was quite pleasant.

Mailbag: Protect the rabbit statues from the City Council

We would like to defend the bunny rabbits in civic center park.

Commentary: Thank you to those who helped me win office

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.

Mailbag: Meet someone who likes the bunnies — for the joy they provide

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.

Mailbag: Peotter is wrong to take aim at bunny statues

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.

Commentary: Preventing illness begins in the produce aisle

*This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Mailbag: Bunnies are set in stone so leave them be

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)...

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

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.

Commentary: Nanny state in schools lessens education

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.

Corona del Mar Today: New juice bar opening on PCH

A new juice bar could be opening at 2744 East Coast Highway in a space formerly occupied by a dry-cleaning business.

Commentary: How well should we know our neighbors?

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...

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