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April 17, 2014
The Vanguard men's basketball team that won the NAIA national championship this season will be honored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors at a hosted reception on April 29 at 8:45 a.m. at the Hall of Administration in Santa Ana. An award presentation will immediately follow at 9:30. Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach, and the County of Orange will honor the Vanguard University athletes with a congratulatory proclamation for their record-breaking season. In the program's 64-season history, the 2013-14 Lions are the first to earn a Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament crown in the same season.
By Emily Foxhall | April 17, 2014
A popular cycling route alongside the Upper Bay that helps connect Newport Beach to Irvine has come under scrutiny. In response to concerns from a community group about safety on Back Bay Drive, the city's Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee is reviewing policies regarding the road, which is used by drivers, runners and bikers. The varied types of recreation on a single-track road make for a dangerous mix, according to a letter from the Newport Bay Conservancy written to the Oversight Committee, a group charged by the City Council last year to provide a public forum on the development of suggestions for bike-related improvements in Newport.
April 16, 2014
An apparently intoxicated Costa Mesa resident drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve and then crashed into a marshy area of Upper Newport Bay early Wednesday, police said. About half an hour after midnight Tuesday, the woman drove down a trail and broke through a barrier on the side of a bridge, dropping into the shallow water below, according to Newport Beach police and a report from KTLA-5. The driver, Amy Melissa Gibson, 29, of Costa Mesa, was the only person in the vehicle, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.
By Emily Foxhall and By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
While some Newport Beach residents eagerly await the opening of Marina Park in two years, others already have cause for celebration. They've been promised some of the location's sand. To make way for the 23-slip marina planned for the new Balboa Peninsula park, crews will soon dredge more than 40,000 cubic yards of material from the harbor and redistribute it throughout the city's shoreline. It's a perfect source for reusable beach material — a highly sought-after commodity for beach dwellers who experience, quite literally, life's shifting sands.
By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
SoulCycle, a trendy brand of spinning that enthusiasts claim as life-changing, may be coming soon to Newport Beach - its first Orange County location. The lease has not been finalized, but the city granted a minor use permit Thursday to clear the way for the spin studio's move to Fashion Island. "The application was submitted with the intent that they would be coming if they were approved," said Brenda Wisneski, the city's deputy community development director. Based in New York, SoulCycle was founded in 2006 and now boasts 26 locations, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Brentwood.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 11, 2014
A former U.S. solicitor general who has argued dozens of prominent cases before the Supreme Court has agreed to represent Newport Beach in its bid for judicial intervention in the city's years-long legal battle with sober-living homes. The city this week hired attorney Theodore Olson, whose credits include Bush vs. Gore and Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. Newport Beach will pay Olson $280,000 to petition the high court to review a case that opened the city up to discrimination lawsuits based on a zoning ordinance that pushed out dozens of group homes for recovering addicts.
By Bradley Zint | April 11, 2014
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening. "I believe that the old man who's running for City Council can lend his experience and work with people," said Lee Ramos, a Costa Mesa resident since 1947 who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees. Ramos, 70, was one of three invited candidates from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who spoke at the Newport-Mesa Tea Party event.
By B.W. Cook | April 11, 2014
The 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Dream Gala was billed as "Let's Misbehave," and they certainly did. More than 500 Orange County citizens dressed to impress in Roaring Twenties period costume and danced a wild Charleston to help raise crucial funds for diabetes research, in particular a cure for Type I diabetes. Organizers created a speakeasy theme, complete with antique claw-footed bathtubs filled with gin on ice. Disneyland's popular announcer, Bill Rogers , emceed the evening, which was dedicated to O.C. citizens Janet and Carl Nolet, Jr. and Lara and Tom Giddings . Co-chaired by Julie Hellmers , Eric Seedman and John Stoner , with assistance from honorary chair John Giovannone , the March 29 party at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort was made possible by serious donors, including Newport's Mary and Dick Allen , Toni and Steve Berlinger , Ellen Darling and Alex Conti , Jackie and Norm Kallan , and Nancy and Larry Silverberg , to name only a few. Important corporate sponsors included ABP Capital, Black, Starr & Frost, Golden State Foods, Stoner Fox Law and Greenberg Traurig, again to name only a few. The fundraising effort included tremendous underwriting support combined with auction proceeds sold by auctioneer Jeff Stokes (including a Harry Winston ladies' watch valued at $40,000)
By Barbara Venezia | April 10, 2014
The April 17 Feet to the Fire Forum looks at the race for the 74th Assembly District, which covers parts of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Costa Mesa. The forum returns to the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Candidates on the hot seat - so to speak - will be: • Republican and business owner Emanuel Patrascu,; • Democrat and middle school teacher Anila Ali,; • Republican and Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper,; • Republican and Newport Beach City Councilman Keith D. Curry,; • Democrat and small business owner Karina Onofre, . Asking the tough questions will be the Feet to the Fire team of Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, Orange County Register columnist Jack Wu, Voice of OC Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana Jr. and a special guest panelist, Daily Pilot City Editor Alicia Lopez.
April 10, 2014
A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday night in Newport Beach when he and an SUV crashed near Fashion Island, police said. The motorcycle and a Toyota 4Runner were traveling opposite directions on Coast Highway and collided when the SUV's driver turned left at the intersection of Newport Center Drive, according to Newport police Spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Police identified the hurt rider only as a man in his 20s who'd been on a Kawasaki motorcycle. Emergency personnel took the motorcyclist to the trauma center at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, but police said his injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.
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