March 6, 2008
The California Citrus State Historic Park attempts to rekindle the magic of the centuries-long history of the citrus industry in California. Referring to a time when “citrus was king,” the park gives visitors the opportunity to tour 377 acres of citrus groves for a view that is depleting in the state. The park is created to reflect a 1900s city park, featuring an activity center, interpretive structure, amphitheater, picnic area and demonstration groves. The Riverside location was chosen for the park due to the area’s abundance of citrus groves and its historical importance in the orange’s history.
October 3, 2004
The playoffs are about to begin, signaling the saddest time of year for baseball fans. In the words of the late baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, regarding the game, "It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." After the World Series is over, it's a long stint with nothing but the winter meetings to keep us avid fans excited until we hear the magical words "pitchers and catchers report" in February.
June 9, 2006
La Ca"ada Flintridge's "Michigan Hill," on Foothill Boulevard, starting in front of St. Francis High School, is the site for The Los Angeles Soap Box Derby. The Kiwanis Club of La Ca"ada is hosting the races on May 27. The race ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. and Racing starts at 10 a.m. You can watch the races for free. Girls and boys race in three different categories. Ages 8 to 13 race in Stock cars. Ages 10 to 17 race Super Stock and Masters cars.
January 1, 2003
Newport-Mesa schools to get $800,000 from lottery The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will receive about $798,000 from the state's Lottery Education Fund. Under Proposition 20, passed by voters in March 2000, a certain percentage of lottery funds must be used directly to purchase instructional materials. All-American Boys Chorus auditions set for Feb. 6 The All-American Boys Chorus will conduct individual auditions for boys 8 to 10 years of age throughout January at its offices on the Orange County Fairgrounds.
February 1, 2005
Jeff Benson "How many times have I told you? You've got to keep your head on your shoulders and your feet on the ground." Glenn Martin's own father told him he was fooling himself by believing that man could someday fly. And Martin's dream would've never gotten off the ground if it hadn't been for a little willpower, some automotive repair expertise and a 40-horsepower boat engine. In 1912, when the Santa Ana native flew his biplane 34 miles over the Pacific Ocean from Newport Pier to Catalina, it became a significant moment in California's aviation history that seldom appears in today's fourth-grade textbooks.
September 8, 2006
Compared to the old Newport Beach City Jail, the Black Hole of Calcutta was the Ritz Carlton. Imagine, if you will, a room 20 feet by 30 feet, into which 50 to 70 men were jammed every Saturday night — all drunk, some throwing up. It was worse during Prohibition when everyone drank straight alcohol, which was hard to get down and harder to keep down. If one prisoner barfed, so did the whole bunch. Charlie Crawford, a Los Angeles Times reporter who lived down here, was the booking officer during Prohibition.
October 18, 2004
Chris Yemma When Palisades Tennis Club regular Bill Hyde was 17 years old, he won the national hardcourt championship in singles and doubles in the under-18 category. Fifty-three years later, he's back at it again. This year, at age 70, he won the national clay court championship and the national doubles championship in the men's 70-and-older age group. He placed second in the national grass court championship and third in the national hardcourt championship, all with three different doubles partners.
July 2, 2001
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- If you think Piccolo Pete and Mad Dog are ex-convicts, you're probably not a big fan of fireworks. But those who enjoy those colorful sparkling showers, lightning flashes and hazy smoke lights sure flocked to local fireworks stands Sunday to stock their Fourth of July stash. More than 50 stands citywide opened their shutters at 9 a.m. Sunday, in accordance with city law. They will remain open until midnight Wednesday, the Fourth of July.
February 12, 2013
BASEBALL Orange Coast 8, College of the Canyons 3 COSTA MESA - Sophomore Ricky Navarro finished three for five with three runs batted in the Pirates' nonconference game on Tuesday. Danny Jimenez went three for five with one RBI for OCC (5-2). * WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 86, Concordia 55 Nicole Ballestero scored 24 points and Chelsea Alfafara added 22 points for the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Tuesday. Esther Timmermans had 18 points and nine rebounds for Vanguard (18-2, 9-2 in conference)
October 11, 2011
COSTA MESA - Police and local marijuana dispensary owners said they will take their cues from federal authorities on how to proceed in light of last week's announcement that the U.S. Attorney's office is ramping up enforcement against pot collectives in California. "We're in wait-and-see mode," said Jeff Byrne, director of American Collective, a cannabis club on Cabrillo Street. "It looks to me to be a play to take property. Too early to tell. " Last week, California's four U.S. attorneys gathered in Sacramento and announced that they were going after the state's marijuana dispensary businesses, which are federally prohibited.