| May 6, 2011
| 7:35 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — The story of Salvador and Margarita Avila began long before they started the Avila's El Ranchito restaurant chain in Southern California.
The two met in the small colonial town of Guanajuato, Mexico, in the 1940s. She was 21 and he...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 10:21 PM
COSTA MESA — T3 Motion announced new sales of its single-rider, stand-up electric vehicles to police and private security clients in Mexico and other countries.
T3 Motion will ship $309,000 in T3 ESVs over the next several months...
| Dec 8, 2010
| 8:08 PM
CORONA DEL MAR — One person can make a difference. You just have to believe in yourself, be patient, put in many hours of work, and, sometimes — just sometimes — search far and wide for Spanish translators.
That was the message...
| Dec 28, 2010
| 9:16 PM
Editor's note: This corrects the name of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Agent Michael Jimenez' title.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating a Tuesday-morning incident in which eight to 10 people reportedly came ashore at...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 7:09 PM
A 14-year-old Irvine teenager was reported missing after not showing up to school on Tuesday morning. Authorities think that Alan Rose may be a runaway headed to Mexico, according to an Irvine Police Department news release issued Wednesday.
| Aug 16, 2010
| 9:42 PM
Since 1892, Hussong's Cantina has been a stop for many travelers heading to Baja California. The family-run Ensenada, Mexico, institution boasts that it invented the first margarita in 1941. The Hussongs, German immigrants, claim they poured the first...
| Aug 21, 2010
| 7:06 PM
COSTA MESA — Two men convicted of kidnapping and holding an illegal immigrant mother and her child in a Costa Mesa motel for ransom in 2005 will get a retrial after a panel of judges ruled jurors were not given proper instructions before reaching...
| Sep 4, 2010
| 6:44 PM
Fewer illegal immigrants are coming to Orange County, mostly because of a trying economy coupled with a fortified U.S.-Mexico border that's made crossing into the United States more difficult, a UC Irvine professor who tracks their numbers said earlier...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 12:50 PM
"Locked up in a federal prison in Durango, Mexico, is a short, slight, frightened farmer with a pencil mustache and an ugly growth on the side of his neck. I was allowed to interview him, and I'll never forget his face. Nor will I forget that this small...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 7:18 PM
The kitchen is my favorite place in any home. I don't care how pretty it is, if it has the latest gadgets or if it is bigger than a three-car garage. The kitchen is where magic happens.
So when I heard that an amazing magician named Rick Bayless would...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 7:18 PM
Jennifer and I had our good friends Julie and Craig Chamberlain over for a barbecue the other night. The four of us started to talk about Newport Harbor politics, building permits and the cost of living.
Though Julie and I go back to second grade, Craig...
| Oct 30, 2010
| 4:29 PM
COSTA MESA — Ofelia Cortez went from living in the impoverished southern Mexican state of Oaxaca to learning how to run the Xerox machine at Rea Elementary School.
She's one of an estimated 100 parents, most of them Latino, who are learning real-...