| Feb 8, 2014
| 4:57 PM
Latinos, who needs them?
If you're the Republican Party in California, you do. But there is a big difference among needing, tolerating and identifying with.
At the moment, California is a one-party state, big "D" Democrat. The Republican Party is the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening.
"I believe that the old man who's running for City...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Two candidates for county supervisor met in Costa Mesa on Thursday evening to debate issues ranging from taxation to immigration law.
State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) and state Board of Equalization Vice Chairwoman Michelle Steel spoke...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:54 PM
A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.
Anila Ali, a native of Pakistan who moved to Irvine in 1996, said she hopes to draw on her background as an immigrant and her roles as a mother and...
| 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...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 8:30 PM
A Costa Mesa planning commissioner has sent city officials what he terms a "formal grievance" regarding Police Chief Tom Gazsi's decision to endorse Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry's bid for state Assembly.
"I don't believe a Costa Mesa police...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Saying he'd like to focus on finishing out his current job, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is dropping his congressional campaign, he announced Monday night.
"I was moving forward, having fun, but my team would say, 'How are you doing on...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:06 PM
A former U.S. solicitor general who has argued dozens of prominent cases before the Supreme Court has agreed to represent Newport Beach in its bid for judicial intervention in the city's years-long legal battle with sober-living homes.
The city this...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 9:40 AM
I always ask candidates what made them decide to throw their hat in the ring.
Nine times out of 10 they tell me so many people are urging them to run they can't ignore the pleas.
How many is "many"?
No one's ever given me a number, though I've...
| 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...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:03 PM
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life.
In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it....
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:06 PM
Former state Education Secretary Marian Bergeson has endorsed business consultant Diane Dixon for Newport Beach City Council.
Dixon is seeking the seat for District 1, currently occupied by Councilman Mike Henn, who has reached his term limit....