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  • Speaking limits ruled 'unconstitutional'

    A section of a Costa Mesa law that limits what speakers can say at City Council meetings is unconstitutional, federal justices have ruled. The law's ban on "personal, impertinent, profane, insolent or slanderous remarks" during public comment periods...
  • Carnett: Bible Belt is so named for a reason

    I sat in Starbucks a couple of Wednesdays ago quaffing my usual caramel latte, reading the morning newspaper and soaking up a friendly vibe. As far as I could tell, no one toted a concealed firearm. It seemed as though everyone in the establishment...
  • Bias complaint filed against CdM

    The Orange County Equality Coalition has filed a complaint with the state accusing Corona del Mar High School of discriminating against an organization that offers support to gays and lesbians. The coalition alleges in a Department of Education filing...
  • Motels to pay for excess police calls

    Motels to pay for excess police calls
    Motels and hotels in Costa Mesa that draw "excessive" amounts of police attention will now have to pay for the extra trouble. The City Council passed the Excessive Use of Resources Ordinance on Tuesday after a second reading, with a majority —...
  • At-large voting: Latino handicap?

    At-large voting: Latino handicap?
    The way Juana Trejo remembers it, the heavy double doors of Costa Mesa's City Council chambers hit her on the way in. She stood in the doorway. A sea of unfamiliar faces turned to look at her. Some were laughing. It was her first time at City Hall,...
  • District rethinking 'fees' in light of AB 165

    Newport-Mesa Unified plans to change wording in regards to materials fees paid for sports and other activities, in response to a court settlement and bill moving through the Legislature that sheds new light on what it means to provide a free public school...
  • Apodaca: AB 165 makes schools nervous

    Parents all over Newport-Mesa know the drill. Suzie wants to play soccer for the school team, so Dad ponies up hundreds of dollars to a booster club out of fear that she won't get any game time otherwise. Or Johnny announces that he needs to buy a copy...
  • Judge rejects motion

    SANTA ANA — An Orange County judge on Thursday rejected a motion by prosecutors that he unseal the transcript of a grand jury investigation into the Irvine 11 case. Eleven students stand criminally charged for allegedly disrupting a speech at UC...
  • Mailbag: 'Loud' ordinance flaws become clear

    Good intentions have some flaws ("'Loud' ordinance announcement coming Thursday," June 23). This ordinance obviously was already in effect on Balboa Island a few weeks ago. A very nice family owns a home on the island and also "rents" a big, famous...
  • Lemmon, Pyle help programs

    Guy Lemmon created the Ryan Lemmon Foundation 16 years ago to "enhance" high school baseball. Now, he's trying to save it. Lemmon, an Irvine resident, believes high school baseball and other high school sports face being eliminated because of a lack of...
  • Apodaca: Authorities must listen to and protect our children

    Once again, adults entrusted with the care of children have let them down. If you've been following the news lately, you've no doubt been horrified by accounts of a Los Angeles elementary school teacher who allegedly subjected students to lewd acts,...
  • Panel rules anti-solicitation law too broad

    Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and a Latino-rights advocacy group on Monday praised a federal appellate court ruling that will likely have implications for Costa Mesa's anti-solicitation ordinance. In a 3-1 ruling, a 9th Circuit Court...