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By Anh Do | October 8, 2013
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman,  Loretta Sanchez  (D-Santa Ana)
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been updated, as noted below. | October 7, 2013
Costa Mesa officials have denied a public records request for a 20-year-old archaeological study about the Fairview Indian Site. The Daily Pilot, which filed the request Sept. 23, had sought a copy of the 1993 report, conducted by the Keith Cos. According to Los Angeles Times archives , the detailed investigation of the site within Costa Mesa's Fairview Park cost $83,000 and recommended various protection and preservation measures for the area. It was not clear whether the study was made public at the time.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 5, 2013
Representatives from two Native American tribes visited Fairview Park on Saturday as a reminder that their ancestors inhabited the bluffs there for thousands of years. At the end of Pacific Avenue in Costa Mesa, the group's leader, Rebecca Robles, explained why they were there. "We want them to know our story," she said. "We want them to know our plight. " She stood where Costa Mesa City Council had considered installing a parking lot but last month instead approved creating only a turnaround.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 4, 2013
A project planned for Fairview Park could disturb religiously significant Native American land that includes a burial ground, a second state organization warned Friday. California's Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) sent a letter to City CEO Tom Hatch advising him and other officials of the site's archaeological importance. "At least one set of remains has recently been reburied at Fairview Park," according to the letter, which says the area may qualify as a "sanctified cemetery" or be eligible for another designation that would affect development.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 31, 2013
Four Newport Beach girls' water polo players went to Argentina this week to compete in the UANA Youth Pan American Championships. In terms of experience, the "youth" part certainly rang true. For three of them, it was their first international water polo tournament, first time representing their country on the world stage. Yet Mater Dei High incoming senior Brianna Daboub, Corona del Mar incoming sophomore Maddie Musselman and Newport Harbor incoming juniors Rachel Whitelegge and Carlee Kapana all rose to the challenge in the end. As a result, they got an experience on Saturday that they'll never forget.
NEWS
By Chasen Doerr | August 7, 2013
A Coastline Community College student hopes to inspire more Vietnamese Americans to attend college by leading by example, according to a news release. "There is a Vietnamese proverb that says 'Gratitude is the sign of noble souls," Hung Ta, 60, said in a news release about a $5,000 scholarship he received last spring. "I want to demonstrate the significance of that by thanking Coastline for giving me a chance of competing for and tasting this sense of huge honor. " Ta was one of five to receive the Asian and Pacific Island American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | July 20, 2013
COSTA MESA - It was a win so coveted, it turned parents into paparazzi, too-cool teenage older brothers into sentimental supporters, and silenced crosstown bragging rights that had blared, uninterrupted, for more than a half-decade. But Saturday's 4-2 baseball victory that gave the Costa Mesa American Little League Majors Division All-Stars their first best-of-three Mayor's Cup series title in seven years, wasn't enough to disconcert 12-year-old winning pitcher Matthew Ingram. "I knew he was a good choice [to start the game]
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | July 19, 2013
COSTA MESA - One manager clung to discretion when asked about his next starting pitcher, but there is no secret who will have recent history on their side when the Costa Mesa Mayor's Cup Little League Baseball tournament is decided Saturday at Costa Mesa High. The Costa Mesa American Little League Majors Division All-Stars seized an 8-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 victory over Costa Mesa National on Thursday at TeWinkle Intermediate, evening the best-of-three series at one game apiece.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013
Costa Mesa resident April Ross teamed with former UC Irvine standout Whitney Pavlik to remain unbeaten in three pool play matches on Wednesday at the Federation Internationale de Volleyball Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland. Ross, a Newport Harbor High product, and Pavlik, the No. 3 women's seed, topped Laura Bloem and Rebekka Kadijk from the Netherlands, 21-19, 21-15, in 37 minutes to advance to the first round of single-elimination play on Thursday.
SPORTS
June 13, 2013
UC Irvine junior pitcher Andrew Morales was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, adding to the third-team All-American honors he received earlier from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Morales, a transfer from Rio Hondo Community College, went 10-0 in his first season with the Anteaters. He posted a 1.89 earned-run average, the third-lowest in UCI single-season annals. The first-team All-Big West Conference performer made 17 appearances, including 13 starts for the 'Eaters.
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