| Sep 26, 2012
| 8:17 PM
It is no simple task to cast a magic spell over a social event.
On Sept. 19 in the garden of Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, the executive team of Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza welcomed 100 guests for a 45th anniversary celebration dinner. The operative...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 10:24 PM
Facing public opposition to building an apartment complex on the to-be-vacated City Hall property, the Newport Beach City Council agreed Tuesday night to study the feasibility of a hotel there instead.
The study, proposed by Councilman Keith Curry,...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 9:02 PM
I always appreciate the thoughtful comments by my friend Tamar Goldmann (Re. "Council agenda is harming public services," June 21), but this time, I think she reached several wrong conclusions. Let me explain why.
FOR THE RECORD:
| Oct 8, 2012
| 10:31 PM
SANTA ANA — Crime statistics, the homeless being "dumped" in town, hoarders, prostitutes and prostitutes' use of motels — all were up for discussion at Monday night's town-hall meeting geared for northern Costa Mesa residents.
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:38 PM
The lovable dive known as the Little Knight left its spot on 17th Street in August, and the Wild Goose Tavern has swooped in.
Reporter Jill Cowan and I stopped by for media night Nov. 8. Not just a bar, the tavern boasts a menu of gourmet sausages,...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 7:14 PM
File this one under "only in California ..."
Newport Beach's Island Hotel staff kicked off seasonal festivities by constructing a full-sized gingerbread lifeguard tower, which took shape in the hotel's lobby this weekend — steps away from a tall...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 8:28 PM
A Costa Mesa police officer shot at a stolen truck that began ramming his patrol car Thursday morning, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 6:11 a.m. outside the New Harbor Inn, 2205 Harbor Blvd.
According to police, an electronic vehicle...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 8:40 PM
Some Corona del Mar and Newport Coast property owners will be exempt from special building and landscaping requirements if the Newport Beach City Council adopts a revised map outlining areas with high fire risk.
The map is one of the items on Tuesday's 7...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 10:17 PM
Newport Beach hotels will likely no longer have to pay taxes on complimentary hotel rooms.
A majority of City Council members said during a study session Tuesday they wanted to grant hoteliers an exception.
Any such exception, however, still faces...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 8:55 PM
The award-winning trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will headline Wednesday night's Sunset Jazz show in Newport Beach with a concert paying tribute to Louis Armstrong.
The third season of the 11-show summertime jazz series at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel...
| Jul 21, 2012
| 8:40 PM
Newport Beach's hotel business is on the rise, the city's destination marketing company reported to the City Council last week during its 2013 annual budget submission.
"Our industry is thriving," Visit Newport Beach's Gary Sherwin said. "It's actually...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 8:36 PM
The Western frontier — Southern California, in particular — represented a tableau of possibilities and artistic freedom for women who strived to be painters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
"Many of the artists who came here got...