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By Michael Miller | April 24, 2012
For some, living near the beach in Orange County is a priceless luxury. But actually going to it - by car, anyway - is about to get a little pricier. The state Department of Parks and Recreation announced this month that annual vehicle passes at state parks will increase from $125 to $195. Among the locations affected are six in Orange County: Corona del Mar, Bolsa Chica, Huntington, San Clemente and Doheny state beaches, and Crystal Cove State Park. The raises for the vehicle passes and other annual passes takes effect May 1. The cost for single-day use and camping fees will remain the same in most areas, although some regional superintendents may adjust fees for specific parks, spokesman Roy Stearns said.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | November 12, 2010
The Newport Beach City Council has amended an ordinance to give dog owners 90 extra minutes to walk their dogs on the Balboa Peninsula. Now, dogs are only banned from the sandy stretches between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ordinance immediately took effect, city officials said. The change in hours was fashioned to give dog owners more daylight in which they could take their dogs for walks, coming on the heels of turning the clocks back last week.
NEWS
By: | August 21, 2005
There are people who think Newport-Mesa residents live a charmed life, what with "The OC" and other such glossy portrayals of life in this part of Orange County. Truth be told, however, it's been a tough summer around here, particularly at the beach. There have been red tides keeping people out of the water, and black jellyfish to sting those who got too close. In the water, there was the surf, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Until this week.
NEWS
August 5, 2003
When I was in school, which was not only in the last century but in the first third of the last century, the best you could do was straight A's. At a certain point, this changed into numbers. The best you could do was a 4.0. Either way, it meant your academic record was perfect. Now, I understand, you can do better than a 4.0. How this is achieved I do not know, but assume it is along the lines of the 110% effort. It's an inflation. Which brings me, in a roundabout way, to my topic.
NEWS
February 17, 2003
Lolita Harper I have a horrible confession to make. I am not proud of it and know many of you will disavow me as your community columnist for hiding such a criminal past. I only hope you understand that I am working to overcome this issue and plan to get back on the right track as soon as possible. I felt the weight of my past on Friday as I walked along the beach. It was the first day the sun had shone through the dark clouds in a week. The rain had ceased, and I was again reminded that I live in paradise.
NEWS
October 13, 2002
June Casagrande Forty-three thousand dollars set aside by council members on Tuesday could mean better, cleaner conditions at the city's 14 beach restrooms. The decision is just the latest chapter in the city's ongoing quest to keep beach bathrooms clean -- a quest that illustrates the difficulties of choosing between contractors or staff to do the less-than-desirable work. Budget pressures in the late 1980s caused city officials to change restroom cleaning from a city staff responsibility to a service provided mainly by outside contractors.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | April 16, 2010
On the Orange County coast there are only a few rugged spots left — where the cliff falls into the Pacific or the beach is buffered by sage, not homes. One of those spots is Lower Trestles. This beach and surf break near San Clemente is even more special than the rest because of its world-class waves and its exotic (for Orange County) trek to the beach. It’s down a dirt path, across live railroad tracks and through the marshlands. Now, some locals fear that their special experience at Lowers will be ruined by conservationists, environmentalists and architects who want to build a new trail and to make the railroad crossing safe.
NEWS
June 2, 2002
--Sean Hiller, photographer Every Memorial Day weekend, the Pilot sends a photographer to the beach to sum up the weekend invasion of our beaches by inlanders. And every year it's the same situation, total chaos. Luckily things were going my way this year. After jockeying for a parking space, I made my way to the beach. Right off the bat I saw some people burying a friend in the sand. I knew this was cliche, but the shot is always different enough to work.
NEWS
March 31, 2005
The Daily Pilot went to the Newport Pier area and asked students: What are you doing for spring break? "Hanging out at the beach -- Newport or Venice -- because I never get to come to the beach." CRYSTAL LOVEJOY, 18 Chino "Just hanging out with friends mostly. I've been going to the beach, shopping and the movies." JUDY PANG, 18 Los Angeles "Going to the beach, hanging out with friends, catching up on family time and sleeping in."
NEWS
July 22, 2001
People around City Hall and their developer friends are fond of saying that the beach in front of Marinapark is underutilized and they conclude that it is because there is a mobile home park occupying the inland side of the property. They take this argument one step further and contend that if they only had a five-star hotel there instead, the general public would come. Access to the beach is now available from either Las Arenas Park walkway -- 16th Street and Balboa Boulevard -- or the beach on West Bay Avenue at 18th Street with a public walkway spanning the length of the mobile home park.
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By Emily Foxhall | May 1, 2014
The Wedge Preservation Society kicked off the first day of blackball season Thursday with a beach cleanup at the end of the Balboa Peninsula, home of the notorious Wedge surfing spot. Though the sandy turf has served as a focal point in a recent battle over city surfing regulations, the bodysurfers who spearheaded the cleanup effort hoped to start the season on a friendly foundation. After all, they couldn't have been certain months earlier that the black-and-yellow blackball flag would fly again so soon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall | April 26, 2014
Burgers, fries and onion rings had been served at the private party on Ruby's rooftop deck, but the Newport Beach sailing enthusiasts rose from the white plastic chairs, abandoning their food for a better view. They craned their necks and angled their cameras as the vessels raced past the Balboa Pier. "Look at them go. Isn't that exciting?" Jerry Moulton said into a microphone for the benefit of the crowd. "It is to me. " It was the start of the 67th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, and Moulton had arrived with a wealth of information and a list of the 168 registered boat names at hand.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | April 26, 2014
LONG BEACH - Water polo can be an inexact science, but when you play defense like the UC Irvine women's team, the math usually adds up in your favor. The top-seeded Anteaters gave up just one goal each half against host Long Beach State on Saturday to earn a 5-2 victory in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. The win propelled the No. 6-ranked Anteaters (23-7) into Sunday's championship game against No, 9-ranked Cal State Northridge. The winner earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | April 26, 2014
OJAI - Austin Di Giulio waited and waited Saturday afternoon. Then, he waited some more. The 14-year-old from Newport Beach was scheduled to play in the Ojai Tennis Tournament boys' 14s championship match at noon at Libbey Park. That became 2 p.m. when his finals opponent, Gavin Dail of North Hollywood, had a lengthy semifinal match Saturday morning. Then, that became 3:30 p.m. as each of the four courts on Upper Libbey had marathon matches of their own. Di Giulio ultimately didn't mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Ellen Fisher was in for a surprise. Determined to avoid a repeat of last year's Newport Beach Film Festival opening night - where she arrived a half hour before the start of the film - the Orange resident made her way to Edwards Big Newport with two hours to spare Thursday. "We were almost late," the 70-year-old recalled. "We were way down the street in line. " Although Fisher and her husband, Bill, 66, expected to be quite a ways down the road, they found a spot right at the top of the queue.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 23, 2014
For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy. From the outside, the grade-school principal in the movie "Lovesick" - played by actor Matt LeBlanc - has everything: a great circle of friends, a supportive family and a satisfying job. All that's missing is a relationship. He seems to have trouble in that department because while he is perfectly sane, it's a different story when he falls in love. Although not biographical, the story is based loosely on the experiences of Bel Air-based writer Dean Young.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 19, 2014
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 where I see success," the Corona del Mar resident said. "I like being associated with things that work. I like to think that I'm part of why they work. " One such alliance is with the Newport Beach Film Festival. In 2001, Baker, then a member of the city's Arts Commission, attended an event where he met Leslie Feibleman, director of special programs and community cinema.
NEWS
April 19, 2014
Call it a Christmastime pun, an ode to wintertime life on the harbor: "Deck the hulls with bows of jolly. " That's the theme for the 106th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, event officials said in a release Friday. The local person who crafted the words, however, wants to remain anonymous, officials said. The winner will receive a free VIP excursion on one of the leading boats during the parade, whose roughly 100 participants take a nearly 15-mile route around Newport Harbor.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
SoulCycle, a trendy brand of spinning that enthusiasts claim as life-changing, may be coming soon to Newport Beach - its first Orange County location. The lease has not been finalized, but the city granted a minor use permit Thursday to clear the way for the spin studio's move to Fashion Island. "The application was submitted with the intent that they would be coming if they were approved," said Brenda Wisneski, the city's deputy community development director. Based in New York, SoulCycle was founded in 2006 and now boasts 26 locations, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Brentwood.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | April 14, 2014
Sophomore went up against sophomore with one out, the bases loaded and the score tied, 4-4. This wasn't necessarily a play that defined young players pitcher Connor Brown of Estancia High and Evan Larsen of Corona del Mar. It actually turned out being a bit anticlimactic as a pass ball became the final play when Nick Premer scored to give CdM a 5-4 victory in a Beach Pit Classic game at CdM Monday. But both players, Larsen's a pitcher too, made plays throughout the game that caused their coaches to continue to be excited about their respective futures.
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