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NEWS
June 16, 2011
Orange County prosecutors are expected to argue in court Friday that a letter related to the criminal case against 11 student activists who protested a speech by an Israeli ambassador last year at UC Irvine should be released to the public. Prosecutors and defense attorneys Thursday declined to discuss the contents of the letter or the case in general, partially because of a gag order instituted by an Orange County Superior Court judge last month. The misdemeanor criminal case has become synonymous with its defendants, dubbed the Irvine 11. The group disrupted a speech by Israel Ambassador Michael Oren at the university early last year.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | June 23, 2011
Even though there is a lockout in the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell was able to provide a highlight during Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach. Goodell sent a personal letter to Cheta Ozougwu, nicknamed Mr. Irrelevant for being the final pick in the NFL Draft, selected by the Houston Texans. The letter was read at the Arrival Party Monday at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, and again at the All-Star Lowsman Trophy Banquet Wednesday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Here is the letter: Congratulations on being selected as the 36 th “Mr.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014
Editor's Note: Cami Levin read a letter she wrote to Slammers director of coaching Walid Khoury at the Slammers Celebration Saturday at the OC Mix in Costa Mesa. Levin, a Newport Coast native, said she wrote the letter during her senior year of high school at Tarbut V'Torah in Irvine. She said she also used the letter as her essay when she applied for Stanford, where she later starred on the women's soccer team. Waiting on the sideline feeling both eager and nervous as we were about to take our first steps on the field I felt as though my legs were carrying 10-pound weights.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | January 11, 2013
Opponents of Newport Beach's residential dock-fee increases reiterated their plans this week to sue the city if the recently passed increases aren't reconsidered. Attorney and state Republican Party Vice Chairman Steve Baric, acting on behalf of the Stop the Dock Tax group, alleged in a letter sent Thursday that an ad hoc City Council committee met and discussed the dock fees in violation of California's open meetings law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. The council, in voting to increase fees for residential dock owners on public tidelands Dec. 11, acted based on recommendations from that committee, according to the letter.
NEWS
August 18, 2011
Friends of the Newport Coast has been dissolved, according to a letter from the nonprofit group to supporters. Its board of directors voted in June to disband. Over its 35-year history, the group has helped protect almost 80% of the coast between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. "It is not often that a nonprofit organization has completed its mission and is able to step into the history books," Fern Pirkle, president of Friends of the Newport Coast, said in the letter. "We believe we have done so and the time is right.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 26, 2011
IRVINE - The City Council on Tuesday night approved a letter addressed to the Orange County Grand Jury that disagreed with the jury's findings that Irvine council members are among the highest paid countywide. The countywide compensation study completed June 3 concluded that Irvine has the highest annual compensated City Council members, with a base pay of $21,120 and benefits of $26,976. The council cited these findings as flawed, according to a draft of the letter. The letter states that "the Grand Jury erroneously added together the annual salary of each member of the City Council and the annual salary of those who also serve, in a separate and distinct capacity, as members of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Great Park Corporation.
NEWS
December 3, 2011
Your publication of David Gold's letter ("'Occupy' coverage was a little faulty," Nov. 29) regarding the "Occupy" demonstration at John Wayne Airport illustrates both a positive trend and a disturbing one in Daily Pilot news coverage. The very positive trend is that you seem to be allowing more letters in opposition to your apparent political position. The disturbing trend is that a political position is so apparent in your news reporting. The discrepancies that Gold pointed out in his letter are frequently obvious in your reporting on Costa Mesa political news in both the unbalanced attention paid to the hotly disputed actions of the City Council and the slant of the headlines and subheadings.
NEWS
By June Casagrande and By June Casagrande | December 17, 2013
Around this time of year, I usually give out advice about how to avoid the errors people make forming plurals and possessives on their holiday cards. You know, like how some people goof up and write "Merry Christmas from the Smith's" or "Holiday party at the William's" or "We'll be at Thoma's house. " Or how they write "Wishing you the best of the season and all it's joys" or "Who's house will we visit?" But this year, instead of giving constructive advice, I'd like to assign blame.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | June 19, 2012
The Orange County district attorney's office has concluded that Sheriff's Department deputies are not culpable for the death of a Costa Mesa man while he was in custody. In a letter Monday to Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, the D.A. stated that Keith Eric Files, 28, died due to methadone toxicity Nov. 30, 2010. Files had been arrested and booked into Orange County Jail the day before for violating his probation after he left the Roque Center, a treatment facility in Garden Grove.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is accepting entries for its annual high school creative writing contest, Library Lit '11. The contest is open to Newport Beach Library card holders ages 14 to 18, who attend, or are going to attend, high school. The first-place prize is $250, and the winning short story will be published in "The BookMark," the foundation's quarterly publication. Runners up will have their work published on the foundation's website. All entries should be 2,500 words or less, and be set in a library or have a library-themed element.
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NEWS
By John Canalis | May 2, 2014
My family became Clippers' fans last year. I know what you're thinking, but we didn't hop on the bandwagon. The nephew of one of the players is in my daughter's second-grade class. When school started in September, he told her about his uncle, whom I don't feel comfortable naming but will say is an outstanding outside shooter. Much of the class was excited. My daughter said she wanted to watch a Clippers game - something she'd never done before - because of her classmate's enthusiasm.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | April 30, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to further explore color-coded restaurant inspection signage in response to a grand jury report that criticized the county's current system as confusing. For years, a debate over the system — which uses nearly identical orange placards that require close scrutiny to see whether a restaurant has passed, conditionally passed or failed its most recent inspection — has largely been on the back burner. In past discussions, the board has considered moving toward letter grades to align with the systems in neighboring counties, including Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | April 23, 2014
The Festival of Children Foundation and Team Kids are busy with their Letters from Home program, an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most letters written to U.S. military personnel in a one-month period. The two nonprofit organizations teamed up for Global Youth Service Day on April 12 at South Coast Plaza in an effort to collect 10,001 letters by May 12. The campaign is a group effort, according to Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of the Festival of Children Foundation, which raises money for children's charities.
NEWS
By John Canalis | March 28, 2014
I know this paper's called the Pilot, but I have to admit that I had never piloted an actual boat until a couple of weekends ago. My wife recently bought a Groupon for a two-hour Duffy boat rental in Huntington Harbour. I looked forward to using it for weeks. I would learn to steer an actual boat by navigating the safe, man-made channels at 5 knots. With our daughter in tow, we had lunch and drove down Coast Highway to the rental place. The staff was nice and informative as we filled out the paperwork, got a life jacket for the little one and asked questions about the route.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 28, 2014
Officials with a popular flag football program allegedly made misstatements to the city of Costa Mesa to avoid paying nearly $50,000 in fees to use a public field, according to allegations contained in a confidential city memo reviewed by the Daily Pilot. City CEO Tom Hatch contends in the Feb. 18 memo that Newport-Mesa Friday Night Lights owes taxpayers back payment for its use of the city-owned Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex. In the memo addressed to the City Council, Police Chief Tom Gazsi and high-ranking administrators, Hatch asserts that former municipal Recreation Manager Bob Knapp granted Friday Night Lights its fee waiver based on a "likely fraudulent" letter written by President Mark Broersma of Orange County Youth Sports Assn., which operates the youth football league.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Area nonprofits are collaborating next month on an effort to break the world record for most letters written to military personnel in one month. The "Letters From Home" campaign - organized by the Costa Mesa-based Festival of Children Foundation, Encino-based Operation Gratitude and Irvine-based Team Kids - begins at noon April 12 in South Coast Plaza's Carousel Court. The goal is to collect 10,000 letters between April 12 and May 12 and be eligible for a Guinness World Record, organizers said.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
Re. "Zucco: Why we edit your letters to the editor," (Feb. 27): At the risk of not getting another letter published in the Daily Pilot, I have some feedback for the letters editors. I am taking this risk because I strongly believe the Pilot's letter-editing process should be improved. I personally know many of the contributors to the Pilot's Forum. Many, including myself, are long-time Costa Mesa residents who have submitted letters to the Pilot for many years. Most of these letters were published with only modest editing.
NEWS
By John Canalis | February 27, 2014
By now you've probably read about the Feet to the Fire Forum lineup planned for 2014. Those are the political debates I host with my friends from the Orange County Register and Voice of O.C. We're planning to interview candidates for county supervisor, state Assembly and the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa city councils. If you don't know about this exciting series, you can read about it in my last column . As a little warmup, Daily Pilot columnist Barbara Venezia and I are going to join Lynn Selich and Tom Johnson on the radio this weekend to talk about the debates.
NEWS
By Debbie Zucco | February 26, 2014
We in the news business serve many masters, among them our sources, our readers and the truth. We hold our reporters to high standards in their pursuit of facts, expecting that they will be persistent but respectful and, when writing, fair to all sides. Things get a little more complicated when dealing with the letters to the editor and commentaries you send in for publication in the Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent or Coastline Pilot. You become the writers, and you are often impassioned.
NEWS
By John Canalis | February 21, 2014
When Orange County Register columnist Barbara Venezia and I met four years ago at the Balboa Yacht Club, we began an unlikely friendship. I say unlikely because we worked for competing papers. And she, to put it mildly, was as outgoing as her red hair and forward fashion sense would suggest. I was more reserved behind my glasses and button downs. Nevertheless, we shared a passion for newspapering, politics and the twin cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. One of the most important outgrowths of that friendship was the Feet to the Fire Forum, a series of candidate debates we started that were often compelling, occasionally boring and at times a little bizarre (but always interesting and well-attended)
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