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By Lauren Vane | August 13, 2006
After a group of people were caught illegally fishing in Newport's Back Bay last weekend, officials said poaching in local waters likely happens more often than they know. The Back Bay is a protected ecological reserve, and except for two specific spots, fishing of any kind is illegal. California Department of Fish and Game officials said they patrol the area often but don't have enough staff to keep a constant watch. "This is one group out of probably a dozen groups," Fish and Game Warden Dave McNair said.
By Lauren Vane | March 31, 2006
A Newport Coast resident and Los Angeles County deputy district attorney was appointed to the Superior Court bench this week by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Richard Goul, 48, now leads the sexual assault unit in the Long Beach branch of the district attorney's office. He will fill the vacancy on the bench left by the death of Judge Robert Sandoval, according to a Wednesday news release from the governor's office. "I was taken a bit by surprise," Goul said. "I'm very excited about the opportunity to continue the commitment I have to justice on a different level."
By ROBERT GARDNER | January 8, 2006
readyOnce upon a time, we used to call Orange County semiarid. Now strike the "semi." We are about as arid as the Sahara. Were it not for the water we import, we would have a few million very, very thirsty people. We usually don't get much rain, and when it does rain, everything always seems to flood. A good storm finds me in the backyard, readying my ark. All this is a roundabout way of getting to why Orange County in those early days was only semiarid. Believe it or not, there existed in the northern part of the county and in Los Angeles County what we called artesian wells.
June 13, 2005
Elia Powers In 1905, an Ohio resident named Frank H. Ayres bought a $2 train ticket to Los Angeles and brought his wife and son along to scout out property for land development. He had no intention of making Southern California his permanent home, but the ocean waves, warm weather and business climate were too intriguing to pass up. Ayres began a family business, Frank H. Ayres & Son, that 100 years later is still in operation under a different name.
June 10, 2005
Michael Miller Aide Brambila's public education, which began with her packed in a room of 50 children, ended with her alone amid a stack of volumes. As a child growing up in Jalisco, Mexico, Brambila attended first grade and second grade in a tiny, two-room schoolhouse. Afterward, she had to travel to other towns to attend secondary school; her village, with a population of about 400, didn't offer the third grade and above. Nearly 40 years later, the 50-year-old Costa Mesa resident once again went out of her way to go to school.
October 23, 2004
Deirdre Newman At a young age, Eric Bever's parents made an indelible mark on him when they demonstrated the take-charge skill of finding a void and filling it. "That made a strong impression on me and I've functioned like that almost my entire life," he said. Bever is running for City Council for just that reason. "I believe we need to change some of the fundamental philosophies going on with the City Council for nearly two decades," he said.
January 3, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Light holiday traffic helped offset rain-slicked roads Friday, keeping accidents to a minimum during 2004's first storm. Orange County escaped with a minimum of rainfall, unlike areas of Los Angeles County, which received a more substantial soaking. Fewer cars on the road coupled with the small amount of rain also meant Newport-Mesa got away with fewer of the traffic problems that traditionally accompany rain in Southern California. "When a few drops of rain fall, people freak out," Newport Beach City Councilman and South Bronx native Steve Bromberg joked.
December 15, 2003
DAVID SILVA A NEW COLUMN BY A FAMILIAR FACE Editor's note: Starting today, the Daily Pilot will run a weekly column already being carried in several of our sister papers: David Silva's "Inside/Out." For three years, Silva has opened up his personal life to his readers, sharing his experiences as a lifelong Southern California resident. "Inside/Out" will now appear every Monday in the Pilot. Lolita Harper's Thinking Allowed columns will still run on Wednesday and Friday.
November 20, 2003
Deirdre Newman Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic day after day on the San Diego Freeway makes drivers wonder when traffic will get moving. But county transportation officials want the public to think of how to get traffic moving between the Corona del Mar Freeway in Costa Mesa and the San Gabriel River Freeway at the Los Angeles County line. That is why they are inviting public input on an 18-month study of improvements for the freeway, which handles more than 300,000 car trips every day in Orange County.
January 30, 2003
I never applied myself much to math unless it became critical. Like learning how to use a plotting board in my lap when I was flying a Navy airplane. Or learning the odds for hitting a 15 at the blackjack table when the dealer was showing a 10. Especially, in recent years, the latter. So when Our Leader in Washington, D.C. told me that he thought it wise for my own safety to get a smallpox shot -- and even got one, himself, to demonstrate real leadership -- the first question I considered was: What are the odds?
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