Mailbag: Mobile-home park owners must live up to their promises

The only silver lining for mobile-home residents in Huntington Beach — since the city decided to pull a ballot measure that would have allowed rent control in such parks — is that space-rent spiking and other abuses have been raised.

Commentary: I am the dependable conservative in Assembly race

What does a campaign pledge mean to a candidate who has already broken a previous campaign pledge?

Commentary: Robin Williams' possible Parkinson's diagnoses has patients concerned

Robin Williams' suicide is a tragedy that broke the hearts of his family and friends and an entire nation. But with the stunning revelation that the famous comedian had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the actor's death is particularly hard felt in the Parkinson's community.

Mailbag: Rudeness at meetings can't be tolerated from anyone

Some months ago I attended a City Council meeting on a contentious issue (plastic bag ban repeal), and when a member of the public quietly said the word "boo," Mayor Matthew Harper immediately stopped the meeting and reminded the speaker to respect the audience and the person at the podium by...

Commentary: Setting the record straight on toll lanes

Much has been written recently about the Caltrans proposal to require tolls on the new lane improvements to the 405 Freeway, and not all of it has been accurate, so I want to set the record straight.

Commentary: I was moved by his 'vulnerability and courage'

If you ever wind up on the streets of Costa Mesa, one of the first things you learn is that people around you die younger than average — mostly before their time — and that tragedy waits around every corner. I first learned this lesson when I met a stranger at Taco Bell in the summer...

Mailbag: Relating to the behavior of Lucky Day

I enjoyed the article on Lucky Day and his trash removal vocation ("Lucky picks up hobby," Huntington Beach Independent, July 31).

Mailbag: Long past the 4th, Main Street still needs cleanup

The Fourth of July has come and gone, and yet Main Street in Huntington Beach, the primary parade route, is still littered with chalk markings.


On Theater: A bouncy 'Mattress' at playhouse

It's been quite a while since the musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress" visited a local community theater, an oversight the Huntington Beach Playhouse is enthusiastically correcting.

A Word Please: Tempted to use quote marks? Ask yourself why

Much has been said about misused quotation marks. Photos of signs boasting about "fresh" seafood and "free" refills abound on the Internet, offering a good laugh at the expense of business owners who don't realize that quotation marks around "fresh" and "free" could suggest quite the opposite.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Saddle up and visit the Ranch

I was going to review a new restaurant that had just opened, or so it seemed when I Googled it. But on arrival I discovered that it wasn't opening for two more days, so my favorite dining companion and I wandered around and decided to try a restaurant that we had never eaten at before but looked...

Retail Therapy: Mixing up a sale at SOCO

Walk on up: The OC Mix at SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, is hosting a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers will save up to 70% off a curated selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, gifts and more. Full...

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

Outside of writing this column, I spend a lot of time working as a music journalist. As I travel to interview artists and review shows, I'm always left wondering why Huntington Beach does not have a major performance venue.

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.

Retail Therapy: Ice Cream. Get your ice cream.

Ice screaming good deal: Stop by Baskin-Robbins locations on Sunday to score a regular scoop of ice cream for $1.31 plus tax. The deal also will be good on Oct. 31 and Dec. 31.

In the Pipeline: Continue the fight for bonfires

"With the decision today of the Democrats to side with the [South Coast Air Quality Management District] in holding AB 1102, they sent the message that politics trumps the voice of the people."

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