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Werner Escher, credited with transforming South Coast Plaza, dies at 85

Werner Escher, a longtime South Coast Plaza executive credited with transforming the luxury Costa Mesa shopping center into a world-class destination, has died. The Newport Beach resident, who had been the center's executive director of domestic and foreign markets, died Friday after a brief illness,...

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Girls' Soccer: Rosen wins it for CdM

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New deputy chief took path from within Newport's department
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New deputy chief took path from within Newport's department

Lt. Jeff Brouwer, a 17-year veteran of the Newport Beach Police Department, will be promoted next month to deputy chief. Police Chief Jon Lewis announced during Tuesday's Wake Up Newport meeting, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, that he had selected Brouwer to take over for former...

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Friends and families of 2 slain women share fond memories through their shock and heartbreak

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Bennett: New Los Alamitos eatery is family-friendly like Hof's but mightier

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  • Commentary: Museum House petition process has been unnecessarily burdensome

    In just a few days, Newport Beach residents gathered 13,730 signatures to require a public vote on the Museum House condominium tower project. More people signed the petition than voted for City Council members Scott Peotter (11,920) or Kevin Muldoon (11,768). It is also clear to observers of this...

  • Commentary: Cyberbullying at Orange Coast College 

    After watching the fragment of Olga Perez Stable Cox's lecture at Orange Coast College, shot by a student without permission, it is clear that the Shawn Steel law firm mischaracterizes Cox's comments as "hate speech and bullying tactics" ("Professor at OCC claims she's living in fear," Dec. 30)....

  • Mailbag: Petition's flaws the fault of Newport Beach council, not Line in the Sand

    Gino Canori, developer of the Museum House, says the petition for the Museum House is fatally flawed and that his attorneys have never before seen a petition like it ("Petition signature target exceeded," Dec. 22). Undoubtedly, that is true. Having had the pleasure of carrying two of them around...

  • Mailbag: Laguna Beach needs to continue to revitalize old structures

    Your article in Forum of the Daily Pilot, "Hansen: Reviewing 2016 in Laguna," (Dec. 21) was spot-on. Having lived in Laguna since 1984, we seem to be seeing a progression downward in the state of the city. One thing I would add to your list in reviewing 2016 is downtown buildings and the deplorable...

  • Commentary: Council faces tough choices on Museum House

    Now that the people have overwhelmingly spoken, demanding that the question of Museum House be placed on the ballot, it is time to look at the alternatives available to Newport Beach City Council, the consequences arising from each option and hope, perhaps against reason, that thecouncil will do...

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  • Fire strikes laundry room at Costa Mesa home

    Fire crews quickly knocked down a blaze Thursday that began in a Costa Mesa home's laundry room. The Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Department received a report at 11:56 a.m. of a residential fire in the 300 block of Costa Mesa Street, Capt. Chris Coates said. By the time firefighters arrived five minutes...

  • Costa Mesa man, 65, struck and killed by truck in Santa Ana

    A 65-year-old Costa Mesa man died shortly after being struck by a pickup Thursday morning as he was trying to cross a street in Santa Ana, police said. Witnesses told Santa Ana police that the man was struck by a Dodge Ram traveling west on West Warner Avenue, authorities said. The Orange County...

  • Costa Mesa woman, 19, suspected of DUI after crash into gas station sign

    A 19-year-old woman was arrested in Costa Mesa on Thursday morning after a vehicle crashed into the price sign at a gas station on West Baker Street. Costa Mesa police received a report at 5:12 a.m. about the crash at the Shell station at 1201 W. Baker and that the driver was trying to leave, Sgt....

  • 2 men sought in check fraud case in Huntington Beach

    Police are asking for the public's help in finding two men accused of trying to defraud a Huntington Beach resident out of more than $1,400, authorities said Tuesday in a Facebook post. Huntington Beach police received a report on Dec. 23 from a man who claimed he had been scammed by two people...

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