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By Joseph Serna | September 22, 2007
College textbook prices have been growing at four times the rate of inflation since 1994, according to a nonpartisan public interest group; but there are ways to save money. While there is one Assembly bill pending that publishers advocate and another bill on the governor’s desk that would address the rising cost of textbooks, students are turning to computers and libraries to lower their book budgets. “In some years I spend $900 on textbooks. That’s 20% of my course fees,” said Ching-Yun, a UC Irvine student.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
IRVINE — Pulling out his black iPhone, Luke Stanback called up an app for "Alien Invasion" and started blasting space invaders from a ship. The game is pretty challenging, but Luke knows all the "cheats. " That's because the 11-year-old created the game over the last four days. "It's pretty cool," said Luke, "especially since it's on my iPhone. " Luke was just one of many kids working diligently on computers Thursday morning at the weeklong iD Tech Camp in UC Irvine's Mesa Court Community Center.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | May 8, 2008
Two men, including a UCI police dispatcher, who allegedly took photographs of area high school water polo players that were posted on gay sex websites will not face criminal charges, a UCI official said today, although a university investigation is ongoing. Scott Cornelius, 44, a UCI police department employee, remains on paid administrative leave as the university’s investigation continues, UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said. The Orange County District Attorney’s office has decided not to press charges against the two men after a four-month investigation found the men did not break any laws, Lawhon said.
LOCAL
January 24, 2008
Orange County prosecutors are considering whether any laws were broken when a UCI police dispatcher allegedly photographed local high school water polo players and then posted the images on gay pornographic websites, authorities said. If the Orange County prosecutors find laws were broken they will launch a full investigation, spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. “Right now, we’re considering the circumstances and looking at the law,” Emami said. “It’s not an investigation yet,” and it may not become one, she added.
NEWS
October 17, 2011
The city of Costa Mesa is providing its show to websites and bloggers, and is giving away "I heart Costa Mesa" bumper stickers. For the videos, Costa Mesa created a widget that sends "Costa Mesa Minute," a daily news show hosted by Dane Bora and Christine Cordon, to interested websites, which can modify the widget to fit their space. The widget can be found at www.costamesaca.gov . The city is also offering residents free bumper stickers in the city clerk's and spokesman's offices.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa police helped take down an international fraud ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars by selling nonexistent cars and other high-priced items, the department announced Friday. An organized crime syndicate run by a Romanian national orchestrated the elaborate online schemes, according to an indictment filed in a New York federal court and unsealed Thursday. Syndicate members flooded websites like Cars.com, eBay and AutoTrader.com with ads that lured victims into paying for things that didn't actually exist, usually making $10,000 to $45,0000 per sale according to the charges.
NEWS
By Kelly Parker | September 28, 2012
The November election is approaching quickly, and we believe it is crucial for voters to know is on the ballot — especially in the local races. This year, we've created special online election guides for the Daily Pilot , Huntington Beach Independent and Coastline Pilot websites, which we hope will help readers be more informed come election day. The sections, which can be accessed through the top navigation bar on all three websites, feature a few different elements for readers to get acquainted with.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 2, 2011
Tom Johnson, publisher of the Newport Beach Independent, said Wednesday that he was resigning because he had qualms about the way the weekly newspaper treated its advertising customers. "There was some questionable handling of ad rates, offering one company a low rate and another a high rate," Johnson said. "I have a problem with that ethically. If it blows up, it's my reputation. " Johnson later clarified that the ad rates were for a sister publication. Johnson, a former longtime publisher of the Daily Pilot, has been publisher of the Independent since its first issue came out in June.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | October 13, 2008
The groups that sponsor candidate forums in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa are to be thanked for arranging these meetings. In order, however, to have attendees get to know how the candidates really think and how they would react in certain situations, it is important for the queries to move away from “website questions.” A website question is any question that can be answered by visiting the candidate’s website. Having sat through two Costa Mesa forums thus far and extensively reviewed one Newport Beach forum, it is imperative that future meetings heed the following request: Please do not ask any more questions that can be answered by visiting the candidates’ websites.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | March 9, 2012
For the month of March, I'll be working on improving the social media presence of our newspapers on Twitter and Facebook, which are two ways readers can find links to our websites and interact with our content. I hope to make lasting changes that improve the way we disseminate digital content and enhance the online conversations we have with readers every day. We've been using those platforms for quite sometime, but now it's time to step up our efforts. Social media users can expect vast improvements, including livelier discussions, more frequent posts, clearer tweets with easier-to-use links and content they won't find on our sites or in print.
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NEWS
March 14, 2014
I read with interest the article "Report: Departing cops cite politics," (Feb. 27) , regarding data provided to the Costa Mesa City Council about the statistics for our sworn police personnel (staffing, recruitment, attrition and years of service). The council had requested the information, and it was provided by the city's Assistant CEO Tamara LeTourneau. This is particularly important to me since actual facts are not obvious, while I have no trouble finding many points of view about our Police Department's status and its ability or inability to adequately serve us and whether any deficiencies are linked to special-interest politics or our council's actions or inactions.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | November 27, 2013
Books, both fiction and nonfiction, are the main items found in most of the OC Public Libraries' 33 branches, with the exception of the several "technology" libraries that mostly have computers. Other materials available at most branches are newspapers, magazines, large-print books, telephone books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. These are all listed in the library's catalog, which is on its website. I have accessed the website for the OC Public Libraries hundreds if not thousands of times, but I usually just look in one or two places for what I want.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa police helped take down an international fraud ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars by selling nonexistent cars and other high-priced items, the department announced Friday. An organized crime syndicate run by a Romanian national orchestrated the elaborate online schemes, according to an indictment filed in a New York federal court and unsealed Thursday. Syndicate members flooded websites like Cars.com, eBay and AutoTrader.com with ads that lured victims into paying for things that didn't actually exist, usually making $10,000 to $45,0000 per sale according to the charges.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | August 6, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn., which represents 200 city employees, launched a website Tuesday that aims to provide its perspective on recently launched contract negotiations at City Hall. Promising "common sense," CostaMesaWorks.com plans to offer regular updates during what are expected to be contentious negotiations with the city. "As we enter into contract negotiations this year, we also reaffirm our commitment to transparency and accountability in all we do," CMCEA President Helen Nenadal said in a prepared statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | July 6, 2013
When Colbie Caillat takes the stage Friday at the OC Fair, the person who jump-started her career may be in the audience. Well, why not? Caillat has no idea who that first Myspace supporter was, but he or she could be anywhere. In 2005, the Malibu native started an account on the social-media page and, with a friend's help, posted a handful of recordings on it. Soon, the clicks began - dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then a deal with Universal Republic Records, chart success and a pair of Grammys.
NEWS
By Kelly Parker | September 28, 2012
The November election is approaching quickly, and we believe it is crucial for voters to know is on the ballot — especially in the local races. This year, we've created special online election guides for the Daily Pilot , Huntington Beach Independent and Coastline Pilot websites, which we hope will help readers be more informed come election day. The sections, which can be accessed through the top navigation bar on all three websites, feature a few different elements for readers to get acquainted with.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 7, 2012
Costa Mesa will continue its move toward transparency and technological upgrades Monday when officials plan to launch the city's revamped website. The site is expected to make it easier to find basics, such as a departmental directory, public meeting agendas and employee compensation and contracts. More than 1,200 pages were transferred from the old site to the new one, said city spokesman Bill Lobdell. Last year, Costa Mesa tapped private company Vision Internet to give the site a much-needed upgrade.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 23, 2012
Costa Mesa's website offers more information about employee compensation than just about any other city in the county, according to a recent Orange County Grand Jury report on cities' online transparency. Costa Mesa joined four other Orange County cities - Buena Park, Laguna Woods, Placentia and Yorba Linda - on the grand jury's Gold Honor Roll, earning "A" grades in three categories: accessibility, transparency for city workers and executive compensation. "Clearly, government at all levels needs to make better decisions," said city CEO Tom Hatch in an email.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 27, 2012
Costa Mesa spent nearly $700,000 in legal fees through the end of January to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by its employees, invoices show. Total fees have reached $692,379, according to invoices obtained this week by a Daily Pilot public records request. That figure is $186,000 higher than the $505,399 reported on the city's website earlier this week. Such a disparity online was a mistake, however, as the total did not account for the months of July, August or January, according to city Assistant Finance Director Colleen O'Donoghue.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 20, 2012
When he's not working as a paramedic for the Orange County Fire Authority, Steve Islava invents devices that prevent physical and emotional injuries. Twenty-five years ago, after delivering a Spanish speaker's baby, he created a handbook of crucial Spanish phrases for English-speaking EMTs and firefighters. Then came an easy-to-use ladder used for escaping a fire-engulfed home. And there was also an inflatable splint. But with his latest creation - a neon-orange toy named Laffy Laffalot - the Newport Beach resident is using a portion of the sales to raise money for cancer research.
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