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By Jill Cowan | March 7, 2014
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive Santa Ana River Mainstem Project, county officials said. While the president and Congress have already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, another $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 6, 2014
The most common response to Asad Faulwell's latest series comes with a question. It goes something like this: You're neither Algerian nor a woman, so why did you make these? The 35 pieces in "Les Femmes D'Alger" form a modern-day commentary on heavily stylized works created by Delacroix in the 1800s and Picasso in the 1950s. They are the Orange County resident's canvas, acrylic paint and paper shrines to female combatants from the Algerian people's struggle to overthrow the French government.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 4, 2014
Orange County supervisors cleared the way Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to speed up the processing of more than 1,000 concealed weapon applications that have poured in since a federal appellate court ruling relaxed gun restrictions. Orange County has received so many applications since the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that sheriff's officials said it would take a full year to process all the paperwork unless additional employees were brought in. Sheriff  Sandra Hutchens  told supervisors Tuesday that she believed the hundreds of applications for carrying a concealed weapon were just an “initial rush” and predicted the trend would taper off. Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who has pushed to expedite the processing of the applications, said he was pleased that Hutchens was bringing aboard temporary help to clear out the paper.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 20, 2014
Legislation that could force Costa Mesa and other Orange County cities to implement geographic district-based city council elections is expected to be introduced in the state Assembly on Friday, according to a spokesman for Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina). The bill would require general law cities - meaning they are not governed by charters - with populations of more than 100,000 to switch from citywide council elections to districts. Hernandez said recently that his proposal addresses the state's shifting demographics.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 11, 2014
Following remarks from Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill, two City Council members and two representatives from Girl Scouts of Orange County, 11-year-old Olivia Bobrownicki approached the podium Tuesday. Dressed in her uniform, the Irvine Girl Scout climbed onto a green stool to speak directly and confidently into the microphone. Olivia outlined all that she had learned so far as a Scout, a list that included skills in marketing, goal setting and leadership. "And I learned that a girl can do anything," she said to the assembled crowd of more than 150 people.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
A man who raped and murdered a pregnant woman in her Costa Mesa home 25 years ago was sentenced to death Friday. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno handed down the sentence in the case against Jason Michael Balcom, who strangled and stabbed 22-year-old Malinda Gibbons in the chest on July 18, 1988. Kent Gibbons found his wife dead in the newlyweds' apartment, bound and gagged with his neckties. Police said she'd been sexually assaulted. At the time of the crime, 18-year-old Balcom was living with his mother and aunt in a Costa Mesa motel less than a mile from the Gibbonses' home.
NEWS
By Nuran Alteir | February 1, 2014
Irvine's Jen Necir has been named Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Necir was recognized for her "unwavering dedication to making a positive, long-lasting impact," according to a press release sent out by the organization. "I was very surprised," said Necir, 33, explaining that her story is different from other Bigs of Year, who have seen their "littles" do something notable. "I don't know, we're just very simple people," Necir said of herself and her "little," Abbie.
NEWS
By Kate Jeffrey, Special to the Daily Pilot | January 31, 2014
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told a crowd of more than 250 supporters Wednesday in Newport Beach that the fight to uphold abortion rights must continue because women's health and lives are at stake. "We won the battle in 1973 with Roe vs. Wade, which was very significant at the time, but the fight to uphold a woman's right to make her own reproductive choices is still happening today," she said. In the landmark case, the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy based on the right of privacy, striking down dozens of state antiabortion statutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 24, 2014
The Orange County Museum of Art will join 20 Southern California arts venues during the ninth annual Museums Free-For-All. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, patrons can enter the Newport Beach location at no charge. Along with free admission to its galleries, OCMA will also offer a docent-led tour at 1 p.m. About 40,000 people pass through the museum's doors every year, with weekends bringing maximum foot traffic. Despite this, OCMA also provides free general admission on the second Sunday of each month.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | January 23, 2014
It is a very special week for South Coast Repertory. On Wednesday, the complex was renamed the David Emmes and Martin Benson Theatre Center. Previously, the SCR complex had taken the name of Paul Folino , former board president and honorary trustee, whose $10-million gift in 2002 was honored with the renaming of SCR the Folino Theatre Center. Last fall, on the occasion of the 50th-anniversary gala season opening ball for SCR, Folino generously told the patrons gathered for the celebration that his gift in honor of the 50th anniversary was to rename the center and recognize its founders, Emmes and Benson.
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