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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • DP 103

    DP 103
    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...
  • 19-story tower will rise at Newport Center

    19-story tower will rise at Newport Center
    The Irvine Co. plans to expand its Newport Center headquarters by adding a 19-story tower to its complex there, a news release said last week. Construction on the building at 520 Newport Center Drive is expected to begin early next year and be...
  • The Crowd: Remembering an exceptional friend

    The Crowd: Remembering an exceptional friend
    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...
  • Imposter pleads guilty to bank fraud

    A man accused of stealing a nearly $1.4 million tax return check from billionaire Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren pleaded guilty Monday to one count of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Moundir Kamil, a 41-year-old convicted bank robber, obtained Bren'...
  • Mooring debate stays afloat

    NEWPORT BEACH — If some Newport Harbor boaters have their way, Donald Bren would pay more to keep up the bay. He and other bayfront homeowners would pay more for docks like the one in front of his Harbor Island home. And the business Bren chairs,...
  • Bren among honorees for philanthropy awards

    Donald Bren and four other Newport Beach philanthropists were honored for their giving at the National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon in Anaheim on Wednesday. Bren, the chairman of the Irvine Co., has given more than $60 million to UC Irvine, both...
  • Irvine Co. buys Chicago skyscraper

    Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. announced Monday that it had acquired a skyscraper in Chicago's central business district. The company headed by Donald Bren bought the Hyatt Center, a 48-story, 1.5-million square-foot office building in Chicago's...
  • Irvine population up nearly 50% since 2000

    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...
  • The Crowd: Mothers, daughters show style at fashion show

    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...