| Sep 20, 2014
| 6:26 PM
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....
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:18 AM
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...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 10:39 AM
1.) Our Olympians: No one made us prouder this year than the capable athletes, coaches and announcers from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine who represented Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London. They grew up, trained or live here. Costa...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:02 PM
She was a movie star from the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood celebrating life in her eighth decade. I was a 30-something former network TV producer writing a column for the Daily Pilot.
It was an unlikely alliance, but in spite of the obvious...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:53 PM
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...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 2:58 PM
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...
| Feb 19, 2011
| 5:07 PM
Irvine Ranch and UC Irvine researchers are undergoing a project that examines the ranch's native plant communities and its potentially threatening, non-native plant species.
The research project is the first launched that's part of a five-year, $1-...
| Mar 12, 2011
| 5:38 PM
Irvine's population increased considerably in the last decade, far outpacing other Orange County cities, according to U.S. Census data.
Thanks to plenty of new housing, some of it built by the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co., Irvine's population grew from...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 9:22 PM
The causes were deserving. The mothers and their daughters were fashionable. And the tradition was embraced. The 25th annual mother-daughter spring fashion luncheon on behalf of National Charity League, Juniors, Newport Beach chapter, unfolded at the...
| Dec 31, 2010
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in town who had a bigger news year than Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer. The former Planning Commission chairman went toe-to-toe with the police union, which smeared his name on...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 8:13 PM
The CHOC Follies recently wrapped up its 15th annual production, "Christina and the Crystal Ball: A Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set." It was a four-show run that played to some 2,300 cheering fans at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 8:54 PM
1.) Jim Righeimer. Costa Mesa's mayor pro tem led an unapologetic charge to restructure the city with layoffs, pension reform and the creation of a proposed city charter, making him the target of organized labor and a hero of reform-minded conservatives...