La Vida moves in with a spin on authentic flavors

La Vida moves in with a spin on authentic flavors

On a clear summer afternoon perfect for margaritas and ribbon cuttings, invited guests welcomed the newest restaurant at The Triangle.

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Football lifts Estancia's Urquiza

Football lifts Estancia's Urquiza

Two weeks after Ronnie Urquiza turned 18 on June 6, he sat down to write the hardest four paragraphs in his life. It took him two days to finish.

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Paddleboard record attempt: 'Superman does this kind of stuff'

Paddleboard record attempt: 'Superman does this kind of stuff'

"There he is!"

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Have they got a vacation rental for you

In the past few months, Pat Chamberlain has had to tell dozens of would-be renters that the great price they just paid to rent a Newport Beach vacation cottage was part of an online scam.

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Residents fear 1928 church's sale will put history at risk

Residents fear 1928 church's sale will put history at risk

One of Costa Mesa's oldest churches is up for sale, and Eastside residents are worried about new development and closing the book on a page of local history.

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Most of Allergan's 1,500 job cuts will be in Southern California

Most of Allergan's 1,500 job cuts will be in Southern California

Most of the 1,500 job cuts that Botox maker Allergan Inc. announced Monday morning will be made in Southern California, the company’s chief executive said.

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Tiny Balboa T-shirt shop folding up after 30 years

Tiny Balboa T-shirt shop folding up after 30 years

Among the boutique shops on Balboa Island's main drag, a small store called Family T's has long offered a tourist basic.

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FPPC role in campaign finance will go to vote

Orange County voters will be asked whether they want the state's Fair Political Practices Commission to enforce local campaign finance rules, a unanimous Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

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Could a new developers' fee fund parks? Costa Mesa takes a look

Costa Mesa may start acquiring more money to put toward parks under a proposal making its way through City Hall.

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OCC considers ways to maintain Neutra's vision

OCC considers ways to maintain Neutra's vision

The business education building has sat nestled in the interior of the Orange Coast College campus for the past 61 years.

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OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

For all the many temptations that the OC Fair offers, Lynsee DiMiceli sometimes enjoys nothing there more than air conditioning, a water cooler and a comfortable couch.

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Musician, entrepreneur strikes a chord online at Fiverr.com

Musician, entrepreneur strikes a chord online at Fiverr.com

Ryan Heenan hopes to be a guru in the online business world. But Wednesday afternoon, at his Newport Beach studio, he offered a crash course in a decidedly more low-tech device.

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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.

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Law aimed at campaign signatures moves forward

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

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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.

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Thousands honor lifeguard Ben Carlson at evening beach memorial

Thousands honor lifeguard Ben Carlson at evening beach memorial

The paddle-out Sunday morning created a circle wider than Newport Beach had ever seen. By evening, supporters had drawn tighter on shore, with many thousands coming together for a celebration of the life of Ben Carlson.

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Girl, 15, hit in crosswalk by man suspected of drunk driving

A man suspected of driving while intoxicated fled the scene after he hit and injured a 15-year-old girl in a crosswalk at Fairview Road and Baker Street in Costa Mesa early Monday, police said.

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Photo Gallery: Friends, family remember lifeguard Ben Carlson at Sunday ceremony

Photo Gallery: Friends, family remember lifeguard Ben Carlson at Sunday ceremony

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Photo Gallery: Ben Carlson Paddle Out

Photo Gallery: Ben Carlson Paddle Out

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Historic home in Costa Mesa is sold

Historic home in Costa Mesa is sold

A tiny abode — believed to be the oldest house in Costa Mesa — has been sold to a local businessman who says he plans to keep the quaint structure intact.

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[Updated] Officer-involved shooting in Newport Beach leaves suspect in critical condition

Police shot an armed man after an outburst of gunfire at the beach Friday night, leaving the man hospitalized and a pool of blood outside his Newport Beach home, according to authorities and witnesses.

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Flying start at the fair

Flying start at the fair

Thousands flocked to the Orange County Fair on Friday afternoon to get their hands on deep-fried concoctions, slabs of meat wrapped in bacon and, of course, oversized stuffed animals.

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2 suspected of using heroin at Chuck E. Cheese's

2 suspected of using heroin at Chuck E. Cheese's

Costa Mesa police arrested two men who they say smoked heroin in a Chuck E. Cheese's bathroom Tuesday night.

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Hobie the sea lion released after rehab

Hobie the sea lion released after rehab

After three months of rehabilitation, a sea lion named after the late surfing icon Hobie Alter was released by Pacific Marine Mammal Center staff into the ocean Wednesday, according to a news release.

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Aloha Ben Carlson: Newport mourns lifeguard

Aloha Ben Carlson: Newport mourns lifeguard

After a lifeguard died Sunday rescuing a swimmer who survived, the town of Newport Beach has together mourned its lost hero.

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The Offspring to kick off concert series

The Offspring to kick off concert series

When Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman takes the stage on the OC Fair's opening night Friday, he may play to some audience members for whom he played a vital role in childhood.

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Drug-sniffing dogs coming back to campuses

Dogs able to sniff out drugs, alcohol and gunpowder will return to Newport-Mesa Unified middle and high schools in the fall.

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Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor

A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

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Contract gives police raises, increases pension contributions

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday approved a new contract with police that includes raises over the next three years in exchange for employees paying more toward their retirement.

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How might John Wayne settle this dispute?

The heirs of John Wayne and a certain North Carolina university are duking it out over their right to the word "Duke."

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Board approves fence at Andersen

Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees Tuesday approved plans to add fencing and look into installing security equipment at Roy O. Andersen Elementary School.

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OC Fair is ready to feed and entertain

It's not summer in Orange County until the first fried concoction has been consumed and the iconic Ferris wheel makes its initial turn, at least according to this year's fair theme, "Summer Starts Here."

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'Swim out' pays tribute to lifeguard

Members of the Pier Club brave the chilly ocean waters at the Newport Beach Pier every Wednesday morning to swim and then eat breakfast together before work.

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Capturing the past

If Bill Anderson ever picks an official theme song for his Sunset Beach art gallery, he might do well with the Pretenders' "My City Was Gone."

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Photo Gallery: Ben Carlson memorial swim out

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Three swimmers saved from rip current

A Newport Beach resident caught a dramatic ocean rescue on video Monday afternoon when a lifeguard saved three young swimmers from a rip current and waves that could have smashed them into a jetty.

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'We never think we're going to go to work and die'

Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson was manning a rescue boat Sunday evening when he got a call that a swimmer was struggling to get back to shore near 16th Street.

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Newport mourns for lifeguard

Bouquets in swim fins sat on the plastic chairs outside the entrance to the Newport Beach lifeguard headquarters Monday morning in memory of lifeguard Ben Carlson, who died while rescuing a distressed swimmer over the weekend.

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Newport Beach lifeguard death is first on duty in 100 years

A Newport Beach lifeguard who drowned during a weekend rescue is the first on-duty death in the division’s 100-year history, officials said.

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Newport Beach lifeguard dies during rescue

A 15-year veteran lifeguard drowned while rescuing a swimmer Sunday evening in Newport Beach.

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JWA report brings ire

A recent report by the Orange County Grand Jury suggesting that John Wayne Airport's operating constraints are blunting its potential impact on the local economy is ruffling feathers in Newport Beach, where residents have long fought to keep the roar of jets over their homes to a minimum.

OCC expanding classes for the fall

Orange Coast College students registering for fall courses will have more classes to choose from than in previous years, according to a news release issued by the college Thursday.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs with the Pacific Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

A family that plays together stays together

The Fourth of July is often a time for family gatherings, and when Glen Marhevka takes the stage with his bandmates Friday, he'll be surrounded by a group that feels like family to him.

The lobby of the new Balboa Bay Club and Resort is nearly complete. People check-in for the holiday weekend.

Revitalizing the Balboa Bay Club

As the holiday drew near, managers at the Balboa Bay Club discovered that the round frame for the tiered Fourth of July cake had been crushed in storage.

Driver pins pedestrian between cars

A sedan driven by an 81-year-old Santa Ana woman sped through a Costa Mesa parking lot Wednesday afternoon and crashed into a pedestrian, pinning him against another car, police said.

These ducklings were rescued in an Irvine park.

Animal service officers rescue 23 baby ducks in Irvine

Nearly two dozen “domesticated” ducklings were rounded up and rescued by animal service officers at anĀ IrvineĀ park after a group of concerned citizens notified police, authorities said on Wednesday.

Paula Durnian hoses off anti-abortion messages written in chalk on the street in Newport Beach. Twice in the past week, pro-life protestors allegedly left messages targeting Durnian's neighbor, Dr. Richard Agnew, an OBGYN.

Abortion protests return to Dover Shores

A group of anti-abortion protesters returned to a Newport Beach neighborhood twice this week, prompting complaints from residents that police aren't doing enough to shield them from the demonstrations.

Harbor patrol mistakenly aids yacht theft

The Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol inadvertently helped a man steal a $3-million yacht from its Newport Beach dock last week — after he radioed for help when he got stuck.

Thousands boogie at first of five-part Concert in the Park series

For longtime Costa Mesa resident Dan Duenes, nothing signals the beginning of summer quite like the Concerts in the Park series at Fairview Park.

Landscaper Ron Rogers mows a lawn in 2012 on East Ocean Front on the Balboa Peninsula. Technically the homeowner's property ends at the wall to the right and the grass is on the public land. A new law allows the California Coastal Commission to fine those who block public access to the beach.

Newport residents blocking public access to beaches could face heavy fine

Frustrated beachgoers this summer will finally have a remedy against anyone who blocks public access to California's shoreline.

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