| 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...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 9:10 PM
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'...
| Feb 28, 2012
A $25-million Venetian Palazzo-inspired Newport Beach estate hits the market this week with at least one potential buyer interested in the property, according to the listing agent Monday.
The 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion at 43 Linda Isle is...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 6:06 PM
IRVINE — The first photo book cataloging the historic Irvine Ranch captures a "sense of freedom," Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren said at a book-release party last week.
The 208-page book, "Southern California Coastal Mountains to the Sea: A...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 9:40 PM
NEWPORT COAST — Managing Director Giuseppe Lama still has the receipt from the Resort at Pelican Hill's very first customer and purchase: an early-morning cappuccino.
Pelican Hill, owned by the Irvine Co., runs an occupancy rate of about 70%...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 8:36 PM
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...
| Sep 6, 2010
| 9:11 PM
My father was not a wealthy man. Not even close. But he now has something in common with Donald Bren, the billionaire chairman of the Irvine Co.
A few days before my father passed away 10 years ago, he told me he wished he'd spent more time with his four...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 7:04 PM
Newport Beach's wealthiest resident dropped five notches in the annual ranking of America's richest individuals, according to the 2010 Forbes Rich List.
In a ranking of 400, real estate investor Donald Bren came in at 21, with a calculated net worth...
| Sep 28, 2010
| 8:41 PM
A convicted bank robber is scheduled to stand trial in November on charges that he lied to a bank to steal $1.4 million from Newport Beach's wealthiest man.
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles accuse Moundir Kamil, 41, of creating a fake driver's license...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 7:01 PM
The U.S. Secret Service is searching for a man who stole a $1.4-million tax refund check from Orange County's wealthiest businessman and got away with most of the cash.
Investigators say the man stole the check from Donald Bren, the chairman of the...