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Estancia clinches playoff berth with four-set victory against rival Costa Mesa

Estancia clinches playoff berth with four-set victory against rival Costa Mesa

When Alejandro De Mendoza took over the Estancia High boys’ volleyball program in December, he saw a lot of potential because of the school’s proximity to the beach. For quite sometime, before De Mendoza arrived, the Eagles have looked like they have been playing in quicksand. Estancia hasn’t had...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Grand jury report faults management in O.C. jail escape
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Grand jury report faults management in O.C. jail escape

Serious management failures at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department helped three inmates charged with violent crimes escape from jail last year, according to a new report by the county grand jury. In a scathing assessment, grand jurors said key factors in the January 2016 escape included management...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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2 local school employees win state honors
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2 local school employees win state honors

A Newport-Mesa Unified School District classified employee and another from the Huntington Beach Union High School District were selected for state honors this week. The California Department of Education on Monday announced six 2017 Classified Employees of the Year, including Karen Allison from...

Laguna Beach

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Bus route cuts hit South County disabled riders
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Bus route cuts hit South County disabled riders

For 16 years Paul Pieczentkowski used the Orange County Transportation Authority’s bus service for people with disabilities to travel from his board and care group home in Laguna Beach to a rehabilitation center in San Clemente, where he gets a full range of therapy services five days a week. Pieczentkowski,...

Life & Arts

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Photographer shows off coastal Orange County through his smartphone
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Photographer shows off coastal Orange County through his smartphone

A local photographer hopes to showcase the beauty of coastal Orange County with his smartphone. Costa Mesa photographer and business consultant Don Murray, 56, started taking landscape photos with his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, hoping to push the boundaries of smartphone photography to mirror the...

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Opinion

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  • Lack of respect causes worldwide problems

    Lack of respect causes worldwide problems

    Quoting David Hansen’s column (“Underground rebellion with business signs in Laguna Beach?” April 18): “Now, all we have is a city sign ordinance that encourages snitching. Rat your business neighbor out. Tell the teacher.” This is the case not only with signage, but with most all Laguna Beach...

  • You can still protest even if you no longer march

    You can still protest even if you no longer march

    The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, millions around the globe marched in protest. When asked why I didn't participate in any demonstration, my answer was simple: I intend to register my complaints in writing, not in steps. Thinking that was the end of it, I began focusing my attention...

  • Despite councilman’s misgivings, Reagan statue belongs in the Civic Center

    Despite councilman’s misgivings, Reagan statue belongs in the Civic Center

    In his diary, President Ronald Reagan was quoted as saying, “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” Newport Beach Councilman Jeff Herdman’s April 17 letter, “Reagan statue influenced my vote on arts’ package,” is proof that Reagan was right. In 2011, private funds were raised by former Councilman...

  • Councilman greatly exaggerates Newport's financial health

    In response to Councilman Jeff Herdman’s April 13 commentary, “Newport Beach is a picture of financial health,” I disagree. Herdman uses a recent Fitch Ratings report to spout the party line about the city’s financial health. We should all remember Orange County’s 1994 bankruptcy that the rating...

  • California’s future depends on women thriving in STEM careers

    California’s future depends on women thriving in STEM careers

    Earlier this month the state Assembly celebrated “California Women and Girls in STEM Week.” The Assembly started this tradition as a way to bring to light the vast gender inequalities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and to encourage our young women to pursue opportunities...

Crime

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  • Surfer dies after being pulled from the water at Sunset Beach

    A 46-year-old man drowned while surfing off 19th Street in Sunset Beach, according to Orange County coroner’s officials. Eric Reno of Sunset Beach was pulled from the ocean at about 1 p.m. Friday and was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m., according to...

  • City ambulances will transport patients under new Costa Mesa system

    City ambulances will transport patients under new Costa Mesa system

    The Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Department will assume providing all ambulance transportation services in the city under a new model approved this week. City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to give their blessing to a system in which the department will contract with private firms to provide...

  • Laguna chief discusses staffing and crime trends at police department event

    Laguna chief discusses staffing and crime trends at police department event

    As the Laguna Beach Police Department has faced an uptick in calls for service and in certain crimes the past two years, it has added staff and expanded crime prevention programs, officials say. Police Chief Laura Farinella and several staff members spoke to about 50 people who attended a State...

  • Cyclist seriously hurt in crash with Newport Beach police vehicle

    A 62-year-old bicyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday afternoon after a collision with a Newport Beach police vehicle. The crash was reported about 4:05 p.m. near Los Trancos Canyon View Park at 22900 Newport Coast Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol. The police...

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