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By Jill Cowan | November 7, 2012
SANTA ANA - With all 71 precincts reporting, former Mayor Sandy Genis and current Councilmen Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan are the top three vote-getters in the Costa Mesa City Council race. Voters were able to choose three of eight candidates. But with potentially thousands of provisional and vote-by-mail ballots still uncounted, and with fourth-place candidate John Stephens trailing Monahan by 319 votes as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the local attorney said he's not ready to concede.
November 5, 2012
Two local colleges will host ceremonies this week to honor the nation's service men and women. Orange Coast College and Vanguard University are hosting Veterans Day tributes Thursday and Friday, respectively. OCC's program, "Honoring Their Service and Sacrifice," will feature a flag-raising ceremony, a panel discussion and guest speakers Charles A. Macias, the co-author of "Operation Legacy" and Joshua Stone, an OCC student and U.S. Army veteran. The tribute begins at noon in the quad with the panel discussion immediately afterward in Student Center on campus, 2701 Fairview Road.
By Sarah Peters | October 19, 2012
An old adage takes on new meaning for two local shipwrights preparing to watch a piece of Newport Harbor history sail out of port Saturday for the last time: Home is where the hull is. Newport Beach residents and Vietnam veterans John Matthews, 70, and Robert Payon, 57, spent more than seven years and upward of $45,000 restoring Old No. 9, the harbor's first fireboat, after it was docked more than a decade ago at the Newport Sea Base . ...
By Brittany Woolsey | October 18, 2012
When he got out of the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge in 1993, Patrick Tillich's life took a negative turn. He spent some nights in jail, which he looked forward to so he wouldn't have to sleep on the streets. He also enjoyed the jail's warm meals over Dumpster diving for food. He continued the drug abuse he had picked up overseas while in the service and was absent from his daughter's life. "As an active alcoholic and drug addict of over 27 years and a homeless veteran, I felt that nobody cared about who I was as person," he said via email.
By Brittany Woolsey | October 5, 2012
David Jenkins retired from the military last December. He went back to school to pursue his master's degree in organizational leadership but still sought help with transitioning back into civilian life. That's when the Reboot Workshop stepped in. Reboot is a three-week "holistic reintegration program" that helps veterans find their identity and purpose after military life but before they embark into the civilian world, said co-founder Maurice Wilson. He said that other programs only helped veterans after they had "already hit rock bottom and needed help to be rebuilt back up again.
By B.W. Cook and By B.W. Cook | September 19, 2012
Cindy McCain , wife of Sen. and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain (R-Ariz.), came into Newport Beach on Friday evening for a special dinner at the Ritz Restaurant in Fashion Island. Cindy McCain is a double Blue Star Mom, a member of an organization of mothers of children who have served in the military. The organization is a non-sectarian and nonprofit support group assisting members of the United States military. The purpose of her visit was to raise awareness for another organization, HonorVet, who "has created a sustainable and tactical approach to address the crippling issues facing our veterans today," according to an event flier.
From the family of Don McCartin | September 18, 2012
Don McCartin, a former Orange County Superior Court judge who lived and practiced law in Costa Mesa, has died. McCartin was surrounded by family when he died Saturday at his home in Bass Lake, Calif. He was 87. He practiced family law in Costa Mesa from 1957 to 1978. On April 2, 1978, Don, a longtime Republican, was appointed to the Orange County Superior Court by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. During his tenure on the bench, he presided over many infamous criminal cases that resulted in nine death-row convictions.
By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2012
Coastline Community College will continue providing services to veterans at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on Sept. 5 approved an agreement with the base to continue the Orange County One-Stop Center, which provides veterans and their families with career and transition services. "By providing these services, on-base in an environment they are familiar with, and offering assistance to them through a network of their peers, we hope that more veterans will take advantage of these career resources," board President Jim Moreno said in a prepared statement.
By Brittany Woolsey | September 8, 2012
In honor of a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11, runners will support the Tunnel to Towers 5K on Sept. 16 in Newport Beach. The 3.1-mile race - which starts at 8 a.m. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive - commemorates Stephen Siller and others who died in the attacks. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the race as a marathon, but it is actually a 5K run. Tunnel to Towers, founded in 2002, has about 70 runs around the world, including ones at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, London, San Diego and Corona.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | August 21, 2012
Jeff Brinkley said he never does much during his birthday. He has a good excuse to treat it like any other day. His birthday falls during the Newport Harbor High football season, when he's busy coaching. It has been that way ever since he arrived at the school in 1986 and began leading the Sailors. Brinkley's next birthday is a big one. He turns 60 on Sept. 21, the same day his Sailors play a home game. The only thing he's looking to celebrate is a win on the field. It will be difficult to pull off because the Sailors play San Clemente, last year's CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division runner-up.
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