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  • Henry Segerstrom, South Coast Plaza developer, dies at 91

    Henry Thomas Segerstrom, a farmer who transformed a family lima bean plot into South Coast Plaza and then used his fortune to help build Orange County's most significant performing arts center, has died.
  • Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

    Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy
    The GMC Yukon trundled past a barbed-wire fence and up a dry grassy hillside — the brush scratching loudly against its underside — toward a peak with sweeping views. Below, the blue and glassy Irvine Lake stretched toward the 241 Toll Road....

    Commentary: Newport-Mesa architecture is unimaginative

    Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design. Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...

    The DP 103: Our list of 2013's newsmakers

    The DP 103: Our list of 2013's newsmakers
    1.) Tom Gazsi: Costa Mesa's police chief celebrated the 60th anniversary of his department — one he leads with a steady, capable hand, despite the tension between his officers and a majority of the City Council members. 2.) Keith Curry: The...

    Commentary: Put Lucille Kuehn's name somewhere on the library

    An appropriate tribute to the late Lucille Kuehn, one of the most important women in Newport Beach's 106-year history, would be to name something in her honor at the Central Library. Lucille, who passed away peacefully last week at 89, was the...