| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:47 PM
On East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, just north of Hobie Surf Shop, green grass covers a triangular piece of land that is easy to miss, save for the painted mural periodically changed on the wall behind it.
The mural will continue, but this 1,300-...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 7:20 PM
Supporters cheered as volunteers rode King Arthur's Carrousel at Disneyland last week on behalf of 10 local nonprofits.
The early morning event, dubbed "The Carousel of Possible Dreams," raised $208,575 for Orange County charities that benefit children....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:38 PM
When a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island lights up for the first time Friday night, it will mark just one mega-tree in a series sparkling to life for the holidays in shopping centers throughout Southern California.
Fashion Island's white fir,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:20 PM
South Coast Plaza plans to host a holiday party for about 500 homeless children Dec. 6 — after the shopping center closes for the day.
The "Sharing the Spirit" event is being organized by two Orange County nonprofits that work with disadvantaged...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 3:49 PM
"Hi, baby, how ever are you?"
"Oh, in heaven, everything is fine. There's no pain, sickness, sadness. What about on Earth?"
"Well, there's all of that and we miss you terribly."
"I miss you too, Mommy, but please smile for me. I see...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the Fire forum Thursday night.
The roughly hourlong debate in the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center featured...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners.
That's not to say he won't help an organization, initiative or individual get closer to victory. But, when that doesn't work, he has no misgivings about cutting loose or moving on.
"My energy goes to...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 6:29 PM
More than 125 residents and community activists gathered in Costa Mesa to discuss Banning Ranch, a proposed development in West Newport that opponents argue will burden humans and wildlife.
The Thursday night meeting at the Neighborhood Community Center...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:05 PM
As construction of Sunset Ridge Park gets underway, one question has been worrying city staff: Where will visitors park?
A possible solution emerged Tuesday, when staff explained during a Newport Beach City Council study session that a 64-space pay...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Things may be happening on the library front. The city is considering exchanging the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library (7,500 square feet) with the Neighborhood Community Center building, which would make the library three times as big.
The meeting room...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 6:58 PM
A group interested in founding a private Christian high school in Newport Beach found a possible location at the site of their alma mater, a school that has since been converted into the West Newport Community Center.
Newport Beach is hoping to get a...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:47 PM
When Orange County Register columnist Barbara Venezia and I met four years ago at the Balboa Yacht Club, we began an unlikely friendship.
I say unlikely because we worked for competing papers. And she, to put it mildly, was as outgoing as her red hair...