July 20, 2006
I am stunned that Tom Johnson, publisher of the Daily Pilot, advocates selling KOCE to the Word of God Fellowship ("Fair Game," July 7). His implication that KOCE-TV is unnecessary reflects a lack of understanding of the media and community. It is irresponsible for anyone who lives in Orange County to advocate selling the only local TV station that provides ongoing kindergarten through 12th-grade education to students and teachers; high visibility to local non-profit causes; information on local institutions and events; and regularly shows the faces of local leaders to the community.
November 4, 2006
A mailer this week endorsing candidates for the Coast Community College District board of trustees appears to be connected to the Christian broadcaster embroiled in a legal dispute with the district over public TV station KOCE. No one seemed to have heard of the group listed on the mailer — Taxpayers, Students and Educators for Coast Community Colleges — but the group's sponsor, Marcus Lamb, shares a name with the president and chief executive of Daystar Television Network.
July 19, 2005
Ensure KOCE stays public The Coast Community College District must explore all possibilities that will preserve Orange County's only public television station, KOCE, as a public broadcast entity. KOCE has always presented impartial and informative programming directed to all the residents of Orange County. Orange County does not need, much less want, any takeover of KOCE by the Christian television network from Texas -- Daystar -- that will probably feature primarily Christian programming.
August 29, 2006
Mansoor isn't one who's evil in debate One has to wonder how our once peace-loving and law-abiding society has sunk so low to encourage and allow illegal immigrant criminals to live within our midst under the pretext of "providing for one's family" at the expense of citizens and legal residents? Since when are we obligated to provide a living for an entire other country? There are laws in this country that provide for orderly immigration, not only to assist those from poorer countries, but to protect the well-being of our resources, citizens and legal residents who already reside here.
September 6, 2007
KOCE-TV introduced the OC Channel to the media Wednesday, a new PBS station that will offer full-time news and lifestyle coverage targeted to Orange County residents. The OC Channel will begin airing programs Oct. 24. KOCE has teamed up with Cox Communications, Chapman University, the Orange County Register, Time Warner Cable, Caltrans, UC Irvine and the Orange County Department of Education to produce and bring programming to the channel. “We have felt for years Orange County is underserved by the broadcasters.
July 7, 2011
COSTA MESA — Signs that the new PBS SoCal building was still under construction were evident at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the public TV station's new headquarters. Ceiling tiles between lights were missing, and the building's inner pipes and beams were exposed. There were bright yellow hard hats on tables. Orange, magenta and purple balloons were strewn about the station's sparse 2,100-square foot studio space. Some 200 community and nonprofit leaders and donors — including members of Costa Mesa's City Council, "Real Orange" host Ed Arnold, and Jo Ellen Chatham, president of PBS SoCal's board of directors — showed up at the building at 3080 Bristol St., less than a mile from South Coast Plaza.
December 3, 2007
Newport home builder gets national recognition John Laing Homes, a home-building company headquartered in Newport Beach, won the Builder of the Year award in a nationwide survey of home buyers who rated firms on customer service, purchase quality and other factors. Laing, which builds homes in California, Colorado, Texas and Arizona, finished first in overall customer satisfaction for the third straight year. The firm also took top honors in home readiness, construction, first-year customer service and other categories.