| Apr 18, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the Fire forum Thursday night.
The roughly hourlong debate in the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center featured...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Five years ago this week I became a weekly columnist for the Daily Pilot.
Today — some 250 published columns later — I'm still at it, and can scarcely believe it.
I received a call from a Pilot editor in April of 2009, asking me if I'd...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:55 AM
The April 17 Feet to the Fire Forum looks at the race for the 74th Assembly District, which covers parts of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Costa Mesa.
The forum returns to the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:23 PM
April is around the corner, and so is Feet to the Fire Forum season.
This year, members of the Feet to the Fire team — Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, Voice of OC Editor Norberto Santana Jr. and Orange County Register columnist Jack Wu —...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:03 PM
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life.
In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it....
| Jun 26, 2014
| 7:27 PM
The story of Erik Hale could be described simply as the American Dream, but there's nothing simple about Hale.
Most recently, he had been driven by the pursuit of happiness. He sought fulfillment.
Why else would a highly successful car salesman quit...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:47 PM
A friend once told me about a horrendous experience she had as a teenager. She had liked a young man, a popular athlete, but when they were alone together he pushed her to the floor. Her head struck a table, and while she was dazed, he raped her. Years...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:05 PM
As of Dec. 31, the Newport Beach Firefighters Assn. Political Action Committee had $76,115.67 on hand. By the end of summer, it should have more than $90,000 at its disposal.
The Newport Beach Police Employees Assn. Political Action Committee had $89,...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:21 PM
As Rick Reilly talked about his dreams to be a pro golfer or someone like Derek Jeter, it was difficult to ignore the sign near where he stood at the Newport Beach Library Saturday afternoon.
The sign read, "The Witte Lectures: A forum for ideas with...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 7:52 PM
By now you've probably read about the Feet to the Fire Forum lineup planned for 2014.
Those are the political debates I host with my friends from the Orange County Register and Voice of O.C. We're planning to interview candidates for county supervisor,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:27 PM
From his Sports Illustrated column to his work as columnist and personality with ESPN.com and ESPN, Rick Reilly has become a celebrated sports journalist.
Reilly, who has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times, will speak at the Newport...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:47 PM
When Orange County Register columnist Barbara Venezia and I met four years ago at the Balboa Yacht Club, we began an unlikely friendship.
I say unlikely because we worked for competing papers. And she, to put it mildly, was as outgoing as her red hair...