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By Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times | April 5, 2014
On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd - young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing strollers, and employees from nearby businesses simply enjoying the open-air courtyards. Designers can be spotted in the design showrooms too, as they stop to eye the furnishings on display in the more than 20 stores specializing in home design.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 3, 2014
Olivia Johnson was 30,000-plus feet in the air when she first read the script for "Rest. " Tears coursed down her cheeks as she learned about dementia patient Gerald and his wife, Etta, en route to San Francisco for Thanksgiving. The story hit too close to home for the Tustin Hills resident and South Coast Repertory board member, whose mother was struggling with the same affliction and, like the play's protagonist, lived in a senior center. Alice Gedikian was weeks away from her 100th birthday, and her health was rapidly declining.
By Steve Virgen | April 3, 2014
Paul Salata feels great pain in his hips and legs when he walks. The famous Newport Beach resident tires easily when he goes on an outing, but you wouldn't really know it because of his effervescent personality, unique charm and welcoming sense of humor. There's no knowing if he'll be able to stand the pain to make it to New York for next month's NFL Draft to do what he always does, announce the final pick. That's his baby, his creation, Mr. Irrelevant. It always brings a smile to his face, no matter what else is going on. Whether he makes it there or not, he can be more than content with the fact that Irrelevant Week is in good hands.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | April 1, 2014
Part of the deal for Bryan Cottriel to take over the Newport Harbor High boys' volleyball program involved one man. Cottriel wasn't going to take the Sailors' head coaching job without Dan Glenn assisting him. Glenn sits right next to Cottriel during matches. There used to be a time when Cottriel helped Glenn. Glenn stepped down as coach of the boys' program three seasons ago, right after the Sailors claimed their third undefeated Sunset League crown in four years. Glenn, who began coaching the boys in 1986, walked away from a successful run. The next coach lasted two seasons, each time Newport Harbor placed second in league.
By Emily Foxhall | March 26, 2014
Newport Beach plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is discriminatory. City Council members voted unanimously during a closed session meeting Tuesday to pursue the petition, City Atty. Aaron Harp said Wednesday. At stake is an ongoing argument over whether group homes in Newport Beach can challenge the municipal ordinance limiting homes for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts at trial. Many of the homes were forced out of the city by a 2008 law placing strict limits on them.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 26, 2014
Within hours of a break-in late Sunday, Costa Mesa police officers recovered $2,000 worth of gold jewelry from a bicyclist they later arrested as a suspect in the case. Two officers were patrolling Harbor Boulevard near Bay Street about 2 a.m. Monday when they spotted a bicyclist who seemed to be avoiding them, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. When the officers talked to the cyclist, he told them he was on probation and admitted that he had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on him, according to police.
By Len Bose | March 21, 2014
I made it back last week from the 34th Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten, where I observed a couple of fresh ideas on how to better promote yachting events. First off, the regatta was spectacular. I highly recommend that you place it on your bucket list. One innovative idea, which I could not help but notice, was the use of drones. They were about the size of a Frisbee, hovering above the regatta and the various parties, filming all of the activities. If you would like to view the beauty of this Caribbean island, along with the types of boats in the event, Google "Heineken Regatta drone.
By Bradley Zint | March 7, 2014
Mayor Jim Righeimer announced appointments this week for a group that will address the "negative impacts" some rehabilitation homes have on Costa Mesa neighborhoods. The Preserve Our Neighborhoods Task Force will meet for the first time in a few weeks and establish a regular meeting schedule, city spokesman Bill Lobdell said. Its members are Planning Commissioner Tim Sesler, an attorney who also serves on the city's Pension Oversight Committee; Charter Committee member Kerry McCarthy, an account manager for a national food provider company; Larry Weichman, a local real estate agent; Jeremy Broderick, founder of the Costa Mesa-based Windward Way group home; Scott McClane; Joe McGreevy; and Lisa Morlan.
By Matt Szabo | March 6, 2014
Around the start of Thursday's nonleague match, Palos Verdes High boys' tennis coach Danny Moscovici had a question for Corona del Mar Coach Jamie Gresh. Moscovici inquired about the whereabouts of CdM junior Chaz Downing, an integral part of the teams that reached the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match each of the last two years. Gresh said that Downing is not playing high school tennis this season, choosing to focus on junior tournaments. Palos Verdes took advantage at the CdM courts, winning seven singles sets to post a 10-8 victory in the battle of schools with Sea Kings as mascots.
By Jill Cowan | March 6, 2014
A Newport Beach recovery home could be forced to shut its doors after an independent official rejected its request for permission to operate in the city at an administrative hearing last week. Costa Mesa-based Ohio House - which opened a sober living home on 36th Street in Newport in May - can still appeal the decision to the City Council. The house's founder, Brandon Stump, said this week that he has not yet decided whether he will. "The bottom line is this: The Ohio House is a wonderful program that's saving a lot of lives, and there's nothing that I can do or say that's going to change the mind of Newport Beach or the neighbors," he said.
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