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By Ron Vanderhoff | December 31, 2010
  Last week my little rain gauge mounted on my fence reached its capacity and overflowed. Next time I checked it, water was over the rim again. I have to buy a bigger rain gauge. But not far away a neighbor, an amateur meteorologist, has recorded almost 16 inches of rainfall so far this season. Because our yearly rainfall averages about 13 inches, and we're only a third of the way through the rainy season, we can safely say it is going to be a wet winter. During the early morning following the wettest night of the storm, I managed to weave my way through flooded, rain-soaked streets.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | September 18, 2010
Those who can remember smoking sections in restaurants should know where to stake out turf in Newport Beach parks. That's if the city approves newly proposed smoking restrictions that would ban smoking in parks and open spaces. Already, smokers are barred from lighting up on beaches, piers and the boardwalk. The proposed regulations come as the city also is considering banning noisy leaf blowers and while cities across the U.S. pass broader smoking regulations. Smokers, whose habit has long been considered harmful to others' health, continue to be targets for broader government restrictions.
NEWS
October 19, 1999
One of the oldest political cliches -- that all politics are local -- actually is one of the most deceptively complex, as Costa Mesa's planning commissioners discovered last week. For a month, the commission had been going over plans to enact a moratorium on new development on the city's West Side. The idea is to prohibit any building before a revitalization plan for the area is approved by the City Council. It makes sense. If you're planning on reshaping an area, supposedly for the better, why allow some last-minute construction and design that goes against your overall vision?
NEWS
May 22, 2010
Could there be a more appropriate acronym than ROCKS, which stands for Recreation on Campus for Kids after School? We’ll answer our own rhetorical question with a resounding “no.” The city of Costa Mesa’s program is solid and safe, a worry-free environment for working families who need someone to supervise their youngsters between the time the school bell rings and Mom and Dad get home from work. ROCKS, which is on the city’s chopping block alongside youth sports and recreation programs, should not be rolled away.
NEWS
May 18, 2013
There's been a good deal of commotion about a pair of teenage Costa Mesa hikers who went missing in South County after Easter. Though the hikers were rescued after a five-day search, and drugs were allegedly found in one of their cars, the truly unfortunate part of this story is that a rescue worker trying to help them suffered serious injuries. The tab for the rescue effort grew to about $160,000. The Orange County Sheriff's Department opted not to seek reimbursement for the assistance, but the Board of Supervisors decided to examine whether it could on behalf of the taxpayers.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 15, 2009
UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Tuesday urged students at Orange Coast College to keep up with current events and make their voices heard to prevent abuses of power by our nation’s highest authorities in their War on Terror. In a 45-minute speech to hundreds of students, Chemerinsky, an acclaimed Constitutional law attorney, discussed some of the country’s biggest abuses of power in its history; many, he noted, occurred during times of national crisis.
NEWS
March 19, 2005
Alicia Robinson For Ron Centra and some of his neighbors, the phrase "slippery slope" is not just rhetorical -- it describes where they live. The residents of about 20 homes on the edge of Morning Canyon want the city of Newport Beach to pay for stabilizing the canyon, where runoff from the Pelican Hill golf course and other development in Newport Coast has carved holes in the soil and caused slope failures. After high-volume rainstorms earlier this year, residents are worried about their yards -- and with good reason.
NEWS
September 19, 2003
Tom Titus Remember the greenhouse scene in the movie "Days of Wine and Roses" in which Jack Lemmon tore the place apart in a drunken rage looking for that last bottle he'd hidden there? "Some Men Need Help," the current production of Orange Coast College's OCC Repertory Company, opens on this level -- with its alcoholic protagonist already at the bottom of the barrel. There's only one direction to go from that point -- up -- but it's a long, tortured climb on a slippery slope.
NEWS
December 5, 2001
There was, until just recently, a movement in my household. A sacrilege, really. The flicker of an idea to jettison one of the most endearing and enchanting traditions of Christmas. "It can't be," I muttered to myself in the wee hours of recent mornings. "O Tannenbaum, where art thou?" My wife, the source of this blasphemy, said she knew. "There's a nice one on sale at Target. An eight-footer," she slyly suggested. "Target?" I wondered aloud.
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May 18, 2013
There's been a good deal of commotion about a pair of teenage Costa Mesa hikers who went missing in South County after Easter. Though the hikers were rescued after a five-day search, and drugs were allegedly found in one of their cars, the truly unfortunate part of this story is that a rescue worker trying to help them suffered serious injuries. The tab for the rescue effort grew to about $160,000. The Orange County Sheriff's Department opted not to seek reimbursement for the assistance, but the Board of Supervisors decided to examine whether it could on behalf of the taxpayers.
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By Ron Vanderhoff | December 31, 2010
  Last week my little rain gauge mounted on my fence reached its capacity and overflowed. Next time I checked it, water was over the rim again. I have to buy a bigger rain gauge. But not far away a neighbor, an amateur meteorologist, has recorded almost 16 inches of rainfall so far this season. Because our yearly rainfall averages about 13 inches, and we're only a third of the way through the rainy season, we can safely say it is going to be a wet winter. During the early morning following the wettest night of the storm, I managed to weave my way through flooded, rain-soaked streets.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | September 18, 2010
Those who can remember smoking sections in restaurants should know where to stake out turf in Newport Beach parks. That's if the city approves newly proposed smoking restrictions that would ban smoking in parks and open spaces. Already, smokers are barred from lighting up on beaches, piers and the boardwalk. The proposed regulations come as the city also is considering banning noisy leaf blowers and while cities across the U.S. pass broader smoking regulations. Smokers, whose habit has long been considered harmful to others' health, continue to be targets for broader government restrictions.
NEWS
May 23, 2010
C ould there be a more appropriate acronym than ROCKS, which stands for Recreation on Campus for Kids after School? We'll answer our own rhetorical question with a resounding "no." The city of Costa Mesa's program is solid and safe, a worry-free environment for working families who need someone to supervise their youngsters between the time the school bell rings and Mom and Dad get home from work. ROCKS, which is on the city's chopping block alongside youth sports and recreation programs, should not be rolled away.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 15, 2009
UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Tuesday urged students at Orange Coast College to keep up with current events and make their voices heard to prevent abuses of power by our nation’s highest authorities in their War on Terror. In a 45-minute speech to hundreds of students, Chemerinsky, an acclaimed Constitutional law attorney, discussed some of the country’s biggest abuses of power in its history; many, he noted, occurred during times of national crisis.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | October 6, 2007
A representative for many of the online travel companies targeted in a class-action lawsuit said Newport Beach would do well to stay out of the case, calling it a self-defeating lawsuit that would hinder cities’ ability to fill hotel rooms. The suit, filed in December 2004 by the city of Los Angeles, claims that Expedia, Travelocity and other online providers shortchange cities on the transient occupancy tax they pay for booking rooms. The Newport Beach City Council is scheduled to consider the matter in closed session at its Tuesday meeting, and assistant city attorney Aaron Harp said the city’s options included filing litigation against the travel companies.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | December 20, 2005
Shoring the sides of Morning Canyon should save houses from destruction by heavy winter rains. CORONA DEL MAR -- It looks like a bunch of chicken wire and rocks, but a project the city of Newport Beach is building in Morning Canyon means peace of mind for families with homes along the canyon's rim. The canyon has eroded dangerously over the last 15 years because of runoff from urban development, said Bob Stein, an engineer in the city's public...
NEWS
March 19, 2005
Alicia Robinson For Ron Centra and some of his neighbors, the phrase "slippery slope" is not just rhetorical -- it describes where they live. The residents of about 20 homes on the edge of Morning Canyon want the city of Newport Beach to pay for stabilizing the canyon, where runoff from the Pelican Hill golf course and other development in Newport Coast has carved holes in the soil and caused slope failures. After high-volume rainstorms earlier this year, residents are worried about their yards -- and with good reason.
NEWS
April 3, 2004
It will not end with legalizing polygamy either. Anyone who is reading the news knows that other issues like pedophilia (sex with children), incest and others are also being challenged. Open the door and where will it stop? It won't. I have moral objections to all of these issues in a society that is increasingly coming to the conclusion that the only absolute is that there are no absolutes. From a business or government perspective, imagine the costs and paperwork headaches in the HR departments to add and subtract and change the status of multiple partners.
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