June 27, 2013
While a few of the finer points of Fairview Community Church parishioner Beth Syverson's wedding were ironed out in advance, one big detail remained a mystery: when it would take place. The attire and location, the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, were chosen before Wednesday, but caterers, photographers and, especially, the perishable flowers, were aspects she and her partner of four years couldn't plan without setting a date. On Wednesday, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions affecting same-sex marriage, Syverson, 44, and Jan Mabie, 50, learned they would have a ceremonial wedding June 26, with the state-recognized paperwork to come after Proposition 8 is formally lifted.
April 11, 2014
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 week hired attorney Theodore Olson, whose credits include Bush vs. Gore and Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. Newport Beach will pay Olson $280,000 to petition the high court to review a case that opened the city up to discrimination lawsuits based on a zoning ordinance that pushed out dozens of group homes for recovering addicts.
September 25, 2002
46, Corona del Mar ... Leading candidate for a superior court judge seat to be decided in this November's election ... In Newport Beach close to 17 years since arrival in the U.S. from Durban South Africa, where she grew up ... Was a barrister or trial lawyer in South Africa ... Tried cases in the high court, equivalent to the superior court ... "Decided it was time for me to start being a little more eclectic" ......
October 24, 2013
The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) launched its 2013/14 charitable lecture series in grand style this past week. Wolfram Koeppe , the curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, graced the Oct. 15 Decorative Arts Society reception as the very special guest opening the annual series on art and design. He was welcomed by hosts Caroline and Brad Vassar for a cocktail reception in their elegant Balboa Peninsula residence designed in the high court French architectural style.
June 24, 2009
The Newport Beach Anglican church embroiled in a bitter property dispute with the Episcopal Church filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday. St. James Anglican Church will ask the court to resolve whether the 1st Amendment of the Constitution protects church property ownership. In the case, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles claims it has a right to keep St. James’ Newport Beach church after it left the Episcopal Church in 2004 over differing views on theology and homosexuality.
September 12, 2007
Bowing to pressure from conservatives in the UC Irvine community, university officials rescinded an offer to one of the country’s best-known constitutional law experts to be the first dean of UCI’s Donald Bren School of Law. Erwin Chemerinsky accepted the university’s job offer on Friday, but as news spread through the UCI community opposition grew, university officials said. On Tuesday, UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake flew to Duke University, where Chemerinsky has taught law since 2004, to tell him the university would withdraw the job offer.
June 29, 2002
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- At least one member of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees says random drug testing on students participating in extracurricular activities could be adopted as early as this year. The testing could be rolled into the district's zero-tolerance policy, which lays out standards for student conduct. Trustee Serene Stokes called for the testing Friday, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling, endorsed it for high school and middle school students.
May 15, 2010
Convicted sex offenders are the editorial writer’s low-hanging fruit. Their actions have outraged the community. Everyone wants justice. All the editorialist has to do is show sufficient outrage, join in the community outcry and watch the water boil over. Today, we’ve decided to pick these easy apples because we, like the rest of Newport Beach and Orange County, are having a hard time accepting the latest chapter in the continuing and tragic saga of Greg Haidl, Keith Spann and Kyle Nachreiner.
February 11, 2007
In 2004, when John Campbell was elected state senator in the 35th District, 360,907 voters cast ballots. In June of last year, in the special election to replace Campbell as he went on to Congress, just 125,316 votes were cast. That's 24.2% of registered voters. And now, Tom Harman, who won that contest, wants to make it harder to vote. The senator argues that his bill requiring voters to show ID at the polls would cut down on fraud. And it's pretty hard to argue with that goal.
June 25, 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court again recently rejected President Bush’s policy of holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and suspending their rights to habeas corpus — the right to seek their freedom before a judge. Bush has indicated, as he has after similar High Court rulings, to seek some relief from the ruling through legislation. What sort of legislation would you favor, or should the administration just let the ruling stand? I strongly oppose this ruling.