March 27, 2013
The characters in playwright Samuel D. Hunter's devastating drama "The Whale," now onstage at South Coast Repertory, are not the sort you might invite into your home for dinner or a chat. They're not even, with one exception, particularly likable. But as they expel their vitriol on one another in director Martin Benson's riveting production, they tend to grow on the audience - if only because their miserable lives make ours, however harsh, seem more palatable. And their performances are strong and dynamic, even though painfully negative.
October 3, 2002
June Casagrande The Planning Commission is scheduled to take a final vote on a proposed Mormon temple and steeple, but chances are that tonight's vote won't be the end of the discussion. Planning commissioners could opt to postpone their decision to request more information or simply to take more time to make up their minds. If they do give an official yea or nay tonight, there's a good chance that, either way, the question could be appealed to the City Council.
May 20, 2000
Andrew Glazer They spend most of their time cruising Costa Mesa streets in a long sedan like many suburban teenagers. But inside their car is silence--no "Thong Song" or Dr. Dre booming from the speakers, no unnecessary chatter. And unlike weekend cruisers--out to waste time, pick up girls and see the scenery--these two young men have a mission. "Our job is to invite people to hear the gospel," said Benjamin Wilkinson, 20, who is from a small town outside Minneapolis.
August 16, 2003
June Casagrande The first Mormon Temple in Orange County broke ground Friday, nine months after the City Council approved the construction. Weatherford Clayton, president of the Newport Beach stake center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the process of getting permits through the city and approving details through the church's Salt Lake City headquarters took longer than expected. "The permits are almost complete, and we hope to have everything in place very shortly, so this was the right time to break ground," Clayton said.
September 6, 2002
June Casagrande Almost a year after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled plans for the county's first Mormon temple, residents with strong feelings on the project had built up plenty of steam for Thursday's Planning Commission meeting. More than 220 residents packed City Council chambers to take part in the commission's first public hearing on the 17,575-square-foot project, slated to be built at 2300 Bonita Canyon Drive. A show of hands showed at least a third of the audience supported the project.
July 18, 2002
June Casagrande Extensive community meetings, hours of staff time, a three-inch-thick environmental report and untold reams of correspondence between residents and city officials have all hinged on the belief that the city has a say in whether a Mormon temple is built here. But a closer look at a new federal law suggests this might not be the case at all. City officials are now analyzing the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The act, which President Clinton signed in 2000, says, "No government shall impose or implement a land-use regulation in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person."
July 17, 2002
June Casagrande Tables that had turned in favor of a proposed Mormon Temple have turned again as a city subcommittee and an unofficial survey show powerful opposition to the project. A meeting of the city's Environmental Quality Affairs Committee on Monday drew a large crowd of residents to hear discussion on an environmental report on the project that was issued last month. The very favorable environmental report had described the proposed temple as having "no significant impacts" on the surrounding area -- a conclusion disputed by a subcommittee charged with reviewing the report's findings.
October 2, 2002
June Casagrande City planners are reconsidering their 100-foot recommendation for a Mormon temple steeple in light of new information that shows the existing stake center's steeple is shorter than city documents state. The 100-foot limit recommended by city officials late last month was a compromise between the 124-foot steeple church planners requested and the allegedly 86-foot steeple on the church's existing stake center. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints representatives have said that the temple's steeple must be more prominent than that of the stake center to reflect the building's greater religious significance.
April 22, 2001
-- Stefanie Frith Newport Beach is to be the home of the first Mormon temple in Orange County, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City announced Friday. An exact site has not yet been announced, and the temple will take one to two years to build. Most of the 60,000 Mormons in Orange County will find out today during services held in chapels around the area, but for those who already know, it has been a historic couple of days.
July 29, 2005
It was an invite too big to pass up -- a tour of the new Newport Beach California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The personal invitation to tour this temple, the first in Orange County and only the 122nd in the world, came from local church members Kathleen Peterson, Ann Owens and Joe Bentley. I was flattered to be on the invite list, and I must say, the tour didn't disappoint. Perched at the edge of Bonita Canyon in Newport Coast, the completed temple is 17,800 square feet, 90-feet tall and made of Salisbury pink granite imported from North Carolina.