Nick Berardino, a longtime Orange County labor leader and general manager of its largest public employee union, announced this week that he plans to retire over the summer.
On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa's to win.
For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County's most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom.
When Marlis Porter Fyke, daughter of a Vietnam War fighter pilot, got married, she had no problem affording a wedding dress.
Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a bigger question: What makes an endorsement?
A grace period has been extended for drivers who use Orange County toll roads without paying, according to a news release.
In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed-weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to carry guns is close to doubling, and thousands more are awaiting approval.
When arriving at John Wayne Airport to jet off to distant destinations in the next year, you can still have staff park your car and wash it too, but the service might end up costing more.
In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.
Southwest Airlines is offering fliers a new option for hopping internationally from one sunny location to another — that would be Orange County to Cabo San Lucas.
The state Assembly bill to establish a veterans cemetery in Southern California is "in suspense" after consideration by the appropriations committee Monday.
A proposed county ordinance aimed at increasing transparency in traditionally closed labor negotiations hit a stumbling block this week when supervisors opted not to finalize its passage.
While state water regulators approved fines of up to $500 per day to encourage California residents to turn off the tap, several local Orange County water agencies don't have plans to dole out the punishment just yet.
By a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a new two-year contract for sheriff's deputies and district attorney's office investigators.
An ordinance barring county employees from gathering campaign signatures in the workplace was pushed forward Tuesday.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to buy a site in Santa Ana for a year-round emergency shelter — filling what homeless advocates have long called a gaping hole in services, but also drawing ire from neighbors of the property.
An Assembly bill that aims to protect fire rings in Southern California has passed out of a legislative committee.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that officials say will make often-contentious and opaque labor contract bargaining processes more transparent.
Jim Fisler, president of the Mesa Water District, was recently reelected to the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission as an alternate special district member.
The proposed ordinance is one sentence long.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters officially certified the primary election results Tuesday.
The next Race for the Cure could be the last in Newport Beach.
Orange County residents who are five or more years behind on their property taxes must start a payment plan by June 30 or risk their property being auctioned off, county officials said Wednesday.
Orange County pet owners served by the county's animal control agency will see an increase in fees, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.
The Orange County Water District will look into the cost of buying water from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach.
With 101,613 vote-by-mail, provisional and other ballots left to count as of Wednesday afternoon in Orange County, the results of Tuesday's primary election won't become final for about another week.
Orange County's top fire chief stepped down Tuesday amid controversy and a scathing audit that said the county fire authority suffered from poor morale and inconsistent leadership.
Coastline Community College recognized Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) students at its 13th annual awards banquet last week.
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police carried a torch through their cities Thursday to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.
A dozen students from Irvine, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Laguna Beach were among nearly 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners in the organization's second round of announcements for the year.
Orange County has released a draft report of environmental effects that could result from proposed increases in operational capacity at John Wayne Airport.
As the June 3 primary nears, candidates for the 74th Assembly District continue to battle for votes.
California's coastline — helped along, ironically, by the drought — had an especially healthy year, the environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card said, and Orange County's beaches rode the tide.
A trove of Korean books worth $52,500 will be divvied up among libraries around Orange County, thanks to a gift from the Orange County Korean Cultural Center, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi and the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival Committee.
It was a day of fresh starts for the Orange County Fair Board Thursday morning, as the panel welcomed three new members and previewed this year's events.
More than 2,500 students earned associate degrees and certificates from Orange Coast College during the school's 66th commencement ceremony Wednesday evening.
Orange County supervisors on Tuesday debated implementing an ordinance aimed at increasing transparency in labor negotiations, but voted unanimously to put off a decision until next month.
An influential conservative group in Orange County has pulled its endorsement of an Assembly candidate, saying he broke a pledge to reject political donations from public employees unions.
Orange County has released its recommended budget for the upcoming fiscal year, with officials highlighting the document's balance and, well, lack of excitement.
The Los Angeles Clippers of Orange County?
When it comes to finding Pheildole megacephala, state and local officials have upped the ante.
Costa Mesa's Civic Openness in Negotiations, or COIN, ordinance could soon be tested on a bigger stage, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach said Tuesday.
Candidates for the Orange County Board of Supervisors' 2nd District seat sparred over pensions, problem-solving and their community ties Monday night in a debate that took on something of a wonkish tone.
A recent report on the state of Orange County's communities paints a picture of a growing economy powered by job increases in major industries, but with the region's families struggling to keep up.
To vinyl collectors, Record Store Day is the equivalent of Christmas morning. And with the seventh-annual event being celebrated Saturday, audiophiles will flock to their local record store to try to get their hands on great deals and limited-edition LPs and Eps, some of which are only available that day.
Representatives from the body that oversees accreditation for community colleges in California visited the Coast Community College District's three campuses last week to track the district's progress.
When the expensive new civic center opened in Newport Beach last year, some claimed it as a symbol of an irresponsible government out of touch with the people it represented.
In the wake of the 5.1 temblor that rattled the region late last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week took a necessary step toward unlocking state and federal disaster relief funds.
A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress.
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens talked jails, guns and drugs Thursday morning at a breakfast event with members of Newport Beach's business community.
A group of Newport-Mesa Unified parents are circulating an online petition urging the Orange County Board of Education to drop a lawsuit filed against the district and several Corona del Mar High School families whose children allegedly participated in CdM's recent cheating scandal.
In a win for her opponent, Orange County Board of Supervisors candidate Michelle Steel will have to change her official occupation from "taxpayer advocate/businesswoman" to "Board of Equalization member" on the ballot, a judge has ruled.
Officials with a popular flag football program allegedly made misstatements to the city of Costa Mesa to avoid paying nearly $50,000 in fees to use a public field, according to allegations contained in a confidential city memo reviewed by the Daily Pilot.
A Los Alamitos city councilman who was disqualified from a race for Orange County clerk-recorder because he was seen gathering nomination signatures past a filing deadline will not be on the June ballot, a judge ruled Friday.
As drivers whizzed north on the San Joaquin Hills (73) toll road Thursday, some veered right toward the cash tollbooths at the Catalina View Mainline Toll Plaza rather than continue through the FasTrak lanes.
Orange Coast College signed a pledge this week to support veterans by enhancing resources, programs and policies for students who served in the military.
A group of veterans and local activists urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to build a memorial garden at the fairgrounds that would honor veterans and the property's military heritage.
After two years of negotiations marked by back-and-forth accusations of political chicanery, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a new contract with the county's biggest employee union Tuesday.
The Newport Beach Fire Department will host a workshop Wednesday night about preparing for an earthquake or tsunami.
It only took minutes for the hundreds of amateur and professional skateboarders who attended the opening Saturday of the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark to seemingly cover every available surface.
Dance is an art form that can be symbolic of life.
For Deanne Tate, president and chief executive of Veterans First, the selling points of the Orange County nonprofit's new digs are many.
Opening statements began in Orange County Superior Court this week in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting two women in Newport Beach and Irvine.
Retired Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder briefed the Huntington Beach City Council this week on efforts to address homelessness countywide.
Coast Community College District has some growing to do if it wants to continue to beef up its budget in future years, according to a presentation made to district trustees.
A backlog of applications for concealed weapons permits in Orange County has grown to almost 3,000, officials said Thursday, as the Orange County Sheriff's Department scrambles to speed up the process.
Orange County’s vast network of toll roads will go cashless this spring, shutting down all of its toll booths and eliminating the need to fish for exact change.
What do the words "taxpayer advocate" mean to Orange County voters?
Diana Carey, who fought against an unpopular proposal to add toll lanes to the 405 Freeway in Orange County, has been named the 2014 Woman of the Year for state Assembly District 74.
LONG BEACH — The California Coastal Commission will support a state bill that aims to protect beach fire pits along the coast by giving commissioners authority over the South Coast Air Quality Management District on the issue.
After moves that folded many of her duties into other departments, Orange County's public guardian and assistant public administrator, Lucille Lyon, will retire after almost three years in that post, a news release said.
Posted unobtrusively low in the floor-to-ceiling front window of a trendy salad joint or fading in its plastic sleeve at the sushi place next door, the orange-ringed seal has for decades been a great equalizer of sorts among Orange County restaurants — theoretically useful, but often unnoticed.
After hours of deliberation, the Orange County Department of Education's board decided Wednesday that it needed more time to determine whether it has the authority to hear the appeals of five Corona del Mar High School students who were expelled for their involvement in the school's cheating scandal.
For a place with the word "agricultural" in its formal name, there's an awful lot of asphalt about.
The chief executive for Orange County’s toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job.
Saying he'd like to focus on finishing out his current job, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is dropping his congressional campaign, he announced Monday night.
A recent study says many of Orange County's supermarkets and convenience stores make buying tobacco, alcohol and other unhealthy items too convenient for kids.
Even now, Jennifer Friend wonders if her former classmates from sixth and seventh grades bought the stories she would spin.
An Orange County official once convicted of election fraud has been quietly stripped of his authority over the registrar of voters.
The California Republican Assembly has endorsed Michelle Steel for Orange County supervisor.
Orange County supervisors cleared the way Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff’s deputies to speed up the processing of more than 1,000 concealed weapon applications that have poured in since a federal appellate court ruling relaxed gun restrictions.
A financial analyst has been appointed to serve on the Orange County Fair Board, state officials said Tuesday.
Michelle Steel raised her right hand Monday afternoon and over Top 40 radio music vowed to uphold the laws of the United States.
The chief executive officer for Orange County’s toll road agency has been put on leave after less than one year on the job, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed Friday.
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Thursday filed the necessary paperwork to seek a fifth term.
Five possible designs were unveiled this week for a crime victims monument to be erected in Irvine's Mason Regional Park.
The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday approved steps to create a nonprofit organization whose primary goal would be set up a veterans exhibit at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
Orange County Board of Supervisors hopeful Michelle Steel announced Friday that she has received endorsements from three current members.
It was not "Mad Men" protagonist Don Draper's name or profession that viewers learned first.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department may hire temporary staff to help process a flood of concealed-weapons permit applications in the wake of a loosening of the county's gun restrictions.
California State Parks has added a portion of Huntington State Beach to its short list of beaches charging visitors for parking by the hour as opposed to a flat, $15 day rate.
Legislation that could force Costa Mesa and other Orange County cities to implement geographic district-based city council elections is expected to be introduced in the state Assembly on Friday, according to a spokesman for Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina).
A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.
The Orange County Restaurant Assn. will spotlight eating establishments around the county for the sixth year in a row when Orange County Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday.
The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department married a record number of couples on Valentine's Day, according to a recent news release.