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By Bob McCaffrey | April 26, 2014
This November presents Newport Beach taxpayers with a chance to return fiscal restraint back to city government. I took a 20-year break from civic affairs until 18 months ago, when city leaders chose to raise taxes - which they termed fees - on residential dock owners, commercial marina operators and harbor businesses. They did it because they could. There was no state mandate, court order or administrative finding requiring the tax hikes. The insatiable appetite of government for more money led our Republican City Council members to feast on their constituents.
By Emily Foxhall | April 26, 2014
Burgers, fries and onion rings had been served at the private party on Ruby's rooftop deck, but the Newport Beach sailing enthusiasts rose from the white plastic chairs, abandoning their food for a better view. They craned their necks and angled their cameras as the vessels raced past the Balboa Pier. "Look at them go. Isn't that exciting?" Jerry Moulton said into a microphone for the benefit of the crowd. "It is to me. " It was the start of the 67th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, and Moulton had arrived with a wealth of information and a list of the 168 registered boat names at hand.
By Matt Szabo | April 26, 2014
OJAI - Austin Di Giulio waited and waited Saturday afternoon. Then, he waited some more. The 14-year-old from Newport Beach was scheduled to play in the Ojai Tennis Tournament boys' 14s championship match at noon at Libbey Park. That became 2 p.m. when his finals opponent, Gavin Dail of North Hollywood, had a lengthy semifinal match Saturday morning. Then, that became 3:30 p.m. as each of the four courts on Upper Libbey had marathon matches of their own. Di Giulio ultimately didn't mind.
April 25, 2014
Police departments across Orange County will collect expired and unneeded prescription medications Saturday. Irvine, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police will all host collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who wants to dispose of unused prescription drugs can drop them off freely and anonymously. There will be two collection sites in Irvine, at the Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, and at the Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center, 6670 Alton Parkway. Newport Beach's collection site will be the Oasis Senior Center at 800 Narcissus Ave. And Costa Mesa police will collect the drugs in the department's lobby at 99 Fair Drive.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 24, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to force a former South Korean president and his family to turn over $700,000 they allegedly laundered by buying and selling a house in Newport Beach. In a civil forfeiture lawsuit filed Thursday morning in Los Angeles Federal court, the DOJ alleges that former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan bought a home on Port Manleigh Place in 2005 using money connected to millions of dollars of bribes he allegedly received while in power. "While serving as Korea's president, Chun Doo-hwan betrayed the Korean people by taking over $200 million in bribes, some of which his family members then illegally laundered into the United States," Acting Assistant Attorney General David O'Neil said in a news release.
April 24, 2014
Coastline Community College showed off its Newport Beach campus to local high school students Wednesday. More than 200 students from Costa Mesa, Estancia, Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar, Back Bay, Godinez Fundamental and Huntington Beach high schools attended the College Preview Day, according to a news release. The students attended sessions about online learning, financial aid and scholarships, and several classes including public speaking, chemistry, psychology and human anatomy.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Ellen Fisher was in for a surprise. Determined to avoid a repeat of last year's Newport Beach Film Festival opening night - where she arrived a half hour before the start of the film - the Orange resident made her way to Edwards Big Newport with two hours to spare Thursday. "We were almost late," the 70-year-old recalled. "We were way down the street in line. " Although Fisher and her husband, Bill, 66, expected to be quite a ways down the road, they found a spot right at the top of the queue.
By Hannah Fry | April 24, 2014
Hotel California by the Sea, a self-proclaimed luxury drug and alcohol treatment center based in Newport Beach, hosted an open house Thursday evening to celebrate the unveiling of its new outpatient services center in Costa Mesa. More than 80 community members attended the event at the new center, which officially opened this month on East 17 t h Street. Though the Costa Mesa outpatient center is open to all adults, the location specifically targets executives and celebrities who would like a certain amount of privacy during recovery, said Director of Community Relations BJ Hickman.
April 23, 2014
The young boy who suffered serious burns when he fell into a Newport Beach fire pit on Easter is expected to make a full recovery, according to an official at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. "He's doing great," said Wendi Forrest, a spokeswoman for the hospital, where the boy was taken Sunday afternoon. The boy is 3-years-old, not 5 as originally reported to police, Forrest said. It's still unclear how he ended up in the beach fire pit, but police said it was probably an accident.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 23, 2014
For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy. From the outside, the grade-school principal in the movie "Lovesick" - played by actor Matt LeBlanc - has everything: a great circle of friends, a supportive family and a satisfying job. All that's missing is a relationship. He seems to have trouble in that department because while he is perfectly sane, it's a different story when he falls in love. Although not biographical, the story is based loosely on the experiences of Bel Air-based writer Dean Young.
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