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Car pampering at JWA may get pricier

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.

Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

Southwest starts O.C.-to-Mexico flights Sunday

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.

Veterans cemetery has a few more hurdles

The state Assembly bill to establish a veterans cemetery in Southern California is "in suspense" after consideration by the appropriations committee Monday.

County COIN proposal hits roadblock

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.

Wasting water can cost you $500

Wasting water can cost you $500

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.

County approves sheriff's deputies' contract

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.

Law aimed at campaign signatures moves forward

An ordinance barring county employees from gathering campaign signatures in the workplace was pushed forward Tuesday.

County approves site for year-round shelter

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.

Senate committee OKs fire ring bill

An Assembly bill that aims to protect fire rings in Southern California has passed out of a legislative committee.

Supervisors move toward open negotiation law

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.

Fisler reelected to LAFCO

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.

Ordinance aimed at limiting campaign conduct in county offices

The proposed ordinance is one sentence long.

Political Landscape: Primary results certified, now it's on to November

The Orange County Registrar of Voters officially certified the primary election results Tuesday.

Race for the Cure to leave Newport

The next Race for the Cure could be the last in Newport Beach.

Behind on property taxes?

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.

Pet owners face higher fees

Orange County pet owners served by the county's animal control agency will see an increase in fees, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

OCWD to look into desalination

The Orange County Water District will look into the cost of buying water from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

Few election surprises after primary vote

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.

O.C. fire chief to step down amid controversy

O.C. fire chief to step down amid controversy

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 EOPS students recognized

Coastline EOPS students recognized

Coastline Community College recognized Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) students at its 13th annual awards banquet last week.

Police participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

Police participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police carried a torch through their cities Thursday to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.

More Merit Scholarship winners announced

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.

Impact report linked to expanded operations at JWA released

Orange County has released a draft report of environmental effects that could result from proposed increases in operational capacity at John Wayne Airport.

Political Landscape: Curry wins backing of Rohrabacher

As the June 3 primary nears, candidates for the 74th Assembly District continue to battle for votes.

Orange County beaches earn high marks

Orange County beaches earn high marks

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.

Collection of Korean books donated to libraries

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.

Fair Board starts fresh

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.

OCC grads get their certificates

OCC grads get their certificates

More than 2,500 students earned associate degrees and certificates from Orange Coast College during the school's 66th commencement ceremony Wednesday evening.

Supervisors debate COIN-like ordinance

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.

Lincoln Club rescinds endorsement of Curry

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.

County releases balanced budget

Orange County has released its recommended budget for the upcoming fiscal year, with officials highlighting the document's balance and, well, lack of excitement.

Candidate wants to give Clippers a second chance in O.C.

Candidate wants to give Clippers a second chance in O.C.

The Los Angeles Clippers of Orange County?

Search for invasive ants widens throughout county

When it comes to finding Pheildole megacephala, state and local officials have upped the ante.

Moorlach aims to make COIN ordinance countywide

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.

Supervisorial candidates spar at Feet to the Fire forum

Supervisorial candidates spar at Feet to the Fire forum

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.

Report: O.C. economy growing, but residents struggle

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.

'Everything we do is pro-vinyl'

'Everything we do is pro-vinyl'

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.

Accrediting body visits Coast colleges

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.

Civic center lends itself to debate

Civic center lends itself to debate

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.

Supes want state of emergency declared after earthquake

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.

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress.

Sheriff addresses jail overcrowding, drug abuse

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens talked jails, guns and drugs Thursday morning at a breakfast event with members of Newport Beach's business community.

Petition urges county ed board to drop CdM lawsuit

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.

Judge: Steel must change ballot designation

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.

Hatch alleges Friday Night Lights misled city

Hatch alleges Friday Night Lights misled city

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.

Candidate for county clerk cannot appear on ballot

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.

Work marks start of big toll system change

Work marks start of big toll system change

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.

OCC pledges to help veterans

Orange Coast College signed a pledge this week to support veterans by enhancing resources, programs and policies for students who served in the military.

Veterans make a pitch for a memorial garden

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.

County reaches agreement with employee union

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.

Disaster preparedness workshop Wednesday

The Newport Beach Fire Department will host a workshop Wednesday night about preparing for an earthquake or tsunami.

 'Everything is all good' at skate park

'Everything is all good' at skate park

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.

Virgen's View: Wayne, others dance for children's cause

Virgen's View: Wayne, others dance for children's cause

Dance is an art form that can be symbolic of life.

More room, more ability to help vets

More room, more ability to help vets

For Deanne Tate, president and chief executive of Veterans First, the selling points of the Orange County nonprofit's new digs are many.

Trial begins for accused rapist

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.

Speaker: Reducing homelessness will take the efforts of many

Speaker: Reducing homelessness will take the efforts of many

Retired Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder briefed the Huntington Beach City Council this week on efforts to address homelessness countywide.

For Coast, it's all about growth

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.

Applications to carry concealed weapons pile up

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 toll roads going cashless

Orange County's toll roads going cashless

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.

Mansoor sues Steel over ballot designation

What do the words "taxpayer advocate" mean to Orange County voters?

Toll lane opponent named Woman of the Year

Toll lane opponent named Woman of the Year

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.

State agency supports bill to protect fire pits

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.

Public guardian to retire

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.

Grand jury targets restaurant ratings

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.

County school board on fence about CdM cheating

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.

Fairgrounds under the microscope

For a place with the word "agricultural" in its formal name, there's an awful lot of asphalt about.

O.C. toll roads chief agrees to resign, will get $78,000 payout

O.C. toll roads chief agrees to resign, will get $78,000 payout

The chief executive for Orange County’s toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job.

Moorlach drops out of congressional race

Moorlach drops out of congressional race

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.

Study: O.C. shops make unhealthy buying too easy

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.

Support (and empathy) for the kids

Support (and empathy) for the kids

Even now, Jennifer Friend wonders if her former classmates from sixth and seventh grades bought the stories she would spin.

Official stripped of authority over county's registrar of voters

An Orange County official once convicted of election fraud has been quietly stripped of his authority over the registrar of voters.

GOP group backs Steel for supervisor

The California Republican Assembly has endorsed Michelle Steel for Orange County supervisor.

Retired deputies to help O.C. process concealed weapon applications

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.

Brown appoints Democrat to Fair Board

A financial analyst has been appointed to serve on the Orange County Fair Board, state officials said Tuesday.

Michelle Steel files campaign papers

Michelle Steel raised her right hand Monday afternoon and over Top 40 radio music vowed to uphold the laws of the United States.

O.C. toll road CEO put on leave after spending questioned

O.C. toll road CEO put on leave after spending questioned

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.

 Rackauckas seeks fifth term as D.A.

Rackauckas seeks fifth term as D.A.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Thursday filed the necessary paperwork to seek a fifth term.

 View possible designs for crime victims monument

View possible designs for crime victims monument

Five possible designs were unveiled this week for a crime victims monument to be erected in Irvine's Mason Regional Park.

Fair Board eyes means of setting up veterans exhibit

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.

Steel picks up support of supervisors

Orange County Board of Supervisors hopeful Michelle Steel announced Friday that she has received endorsements from three current members.

Eat, then drink, and be merry

Eat, then drink, and be merry

It was not "Mad Men" protagonist Don Draper's name or profession that viewers learned first.

Expediting of gun permits sought

Expediting of gun permits sought

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.

Pay-by-the-hour beach parking taking hold

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.

Bill would mandate council districts

Bill would mandate council districts

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).

Democrat enters Assembly race

Democrat enters Assembly race

A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.

O.C. Restaurant Week starts Sunday

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.

266 couples have civil weddings on Valentine's Day

266 couples have civil weddings on Valentine's Day

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department married a record number of couples on Valentine's Day, according to a recent news release.

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