Commentary: If elected, I will defend Proposition 13

I first signed the pledge to protect Proposition 13 in 1998 as a candidate for the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees.

Commentary: Protect the beach bonfire fellowship

Our Southern California beach bonfire rings continue to be endangered by the board of directors of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mailbag: Pay attention to the water district races

Please don't ignore the water district races this election cycle: Mesa Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Orange County Water District. Even though water has been a hot topic all year, it's not likely that you know the candidates and incumbents running for these...

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.

Reader Report: Brightening kids' lives with movies a rewarding experience for all

In the third grade, my friend missed a lot of school complaining of migraines. Unfortunately, the migraines turned out to be the result of a cancerous tumor growing in part of her brain. She was in and out of school for 2 1/2 years.

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.

Mailbag: Including 'God' is a matter of collective will

Exercising my freedom of speech as a American, I can say that removing the word God from our Pledge of Allegiance or desecrating our flag as freedom of expression are not constitutional rights.

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.


The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

I recently had a delicious dinner at a small Korean restaurant in a mall in Irvine. The restaurant is called Tang 190. The word "tang" means soup, and 190 stands for the ideal temperature for eating Korean soup.

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

Linda Purl has come a long, long way since she played Fonzie's girlfriend on TV's "Happy Days" in the 1970s. Check out "The Year of Magical Thinking" at the Laguna Playhouse to see just how far.

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

I did not know Robin Samsoe personally, but I certainly have gotten to know her in the past few months. After I wrote a column about what happened to her 35 years ago in Huntington Beach, I've had the fortunate opportunity to become friends with her mother, sister and two brothers, along with...

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The bohemian chic Babette's Restaurant first opened in East Hampton on Long Island some 20 years ago and became one of the most popular eateries there. After many years of catering to the trendy islander set, it opened its second location on the West Coast in beautiful Crystal Cove.

Retail Therapy: Join the Block party at Brea

New kid on the block: Brea Mall will host a collaborative Shopping Block party with Refinery29 from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the mall's lower level. Cult favorite shopping website Refinery29 will bring its style into the physical world for a curated fashion experience at the...

Retail Therapy: Check your health at Hoag

Healthy dose of wisdom: Hoag Health Center - Huntington Beach, 19582 Beach Blvd., will hold a free Health and Wellness Fair for seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Residents ages 55 and older will have the chance to receive free flu shots and medical screenings. Skin cancer...

Reader Report: 13-year-old completes three half-marathons in eight months

I did it! I finished the Long Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, completing a goal that took almost a year to achieve — and I'm only 13 years old.

On Theater: NTAC, Concordia kick off season

There's a little something for every theatergoer at the Newport Theatre Arts Center this season, beginning with a golden oldie, Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels," now on stage and continuing through Sunday.

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