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March 25, 2004
Deirdre Newman After she left the Daily Pilot, former Features Editor Jennifer K Mahal's passion for the arts never waned. Next month, she will be reunited with her love for the arts as the new publicist for the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Mahal will replace Angela Dickson, who had a baby in November. Mahal has been working at Envision Group, an Internet marketing and consulting firm in Torrance, for more than a year. Her experience as features editor for more than two years will be valuable in her new position, she said.
By Joseph Serna | December 29, 2009
It was a typical Tuesday morning at Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa. The place was bustling. The parking lot was crowded, families were walking out with bags of groceries, and even more folks were going in. The waiting area was full, not an empty seat in there. Meanwhile, people waited to see one of a few counselors who could help them get back on their feet in the sluggish economy and lifeless job market. These days it seems more and more people need help. Thanks to a $5.6-million grant from Orange County United Way to Orange County charities, including $360,000 to five in Costa Mesa, help is on the way. “We just never have enough for everyone, so getting that support is phenomenal,” said Karen Harrington, SOS director of development.
By Alicia Robinson | January 24, 2007
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 750 people around Southern California, including 111 people in Orange County, in a week-long operation that ended Tuesday. It's not clear whether any arrests took place in Costa Mesa, where a federal agent works from the city jail to check the immigration status of people booked there. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn't have information for specific cities, and Costa Mesa police said they weren't aware of any federal enforcement activity in their city.
By Alan Blank | December 9, 2008
Chapman University President and economist James Doti spent the first 10 minutes of his popular annual economic forecast jokingly wallowing in self-satisfaction for having the foresight to predict a recession and a precipitous drop in housing prices when many economists were more optimistic. In fact, when Edward Leamer — who does a similar annual forecast at UCLA — was saying, “Be calm, my friends. Be calm,” Doti recalls telling people, “Jump out the window, my friends.
By Mike Reicher | April 16, 2010
The number of homes nearing foreclosure in Orange County spiked during the first quarter, indicating that banks may be finally working through their backlog of homes. RealtyTrac Inc.’s figures, released Thursday, show there were 93% more notices of trustee sale than in the first quarter of 2009. This is one of the last stages in the foreclosure process before a bank repossesses a home. “It’s possible that as banks are getting stronger and the economy is looking more solid, they’re more willing to take the potential hit to their balance sheets,” said Patrick S. Duffy from MetroIntelligence Real Estate Advisors.
By Amanda Pennington | January 8, 2007
As Orange County becomes a hub for lifestyle and fashion companies, more businesses are learning the art of creative promotion, according to business experts. The trend is giving rise to smaller boutique-style public relations firms that are often highly specialized. Stacy MacCallum of Irvine was working with a large public relations firm before she switched to TO Media Co., run by Allison Olmstead and Lauren Townsend in Costa Mesa. "It was a really tough relationship," MacCallum said of her former publicist.
By Steve Virgen | March 9, 2007
A smile came to Mark O'Meara's face when the topic of Costa Mesa came up. Those days of driving around Orange County in his Volkswagon Rabbit usually bring at least a chuckle to him. O'Meara, the renowned golfer making his debut on the Champions Tour, has had several chances to reminisce while he's been at the Newport Beach Country Club for the Toshiba Classic. Taking first and $500 in Wednesday's pro-am also gave him joy — call it an added bonus to a man who does his best to cherish the simplicity of his past.
By Candice Baker | July 5, 2008
Love of history comes naturally to Phil Brigandi. After joining the county’s historical commission at 18, the county archivist has made it his life’s work to dig into the area’s history. His latest book, “Orange County Place Names A to Z,” details monikers from the common to the bizarre — including many in Newport-Mesa. “Place names are also just such a great way to lay out history in little bite-size chunks,” Brigandi said.
By Brianna Bailey | June 23, 2009
Services for community activist, businesswoman and photographer Chloe Blom will be Sunday and Monday at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. Blom died Friday after battling pancreatic cancer for the past year. A longtime Newport Beach resident, Blom was 63. “She was just a rare person that everyone loved, and she had the magical quality of drawing people to her,” her husband John Blom said. “She was just a remarkable human being.
By Amanda Pennington | April 25, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Christine DeFrain-Grocki wants it all, and she wants it now. At least that's what the West Newport woman told casting producers for Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" recently. For DeFrain-Grocki, 49, this is "her big year" — the year she turns 50; it's the year she and her husband would've celebrated 25 years together if they hadn't divorced recently; it's the year her youngest child graduates from high school — but it's also the year she hopes to make her reality-TV debut.
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