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.

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?

Editorial: Yellow Alert system deserves green light

A proposed piece of state legislation that would allow the use of digital signs on freeways to broadcast information about vehicles involved in deadly hit-and-run accidents got a big boost recently when the Los Angeles City Council gave the bill its support.

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: Golden West College remains fully accredited and open for business

I am proud to be the president of Golden West College and to see the positive effect that the institution has had on thousands of people in the community.


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."

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."

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: 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: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

I never met Ella Christensen, known by many in Huntington Beach as the queen of the pier.

Titus: 'Peter Pan' soars — figuratively

Every year, the Summer Players from South Coast Repertory's Theater Conservatory seem to get more and more ambitious. This year's production is a sprawling, multi-ensemble version of that century-old family favorite "Peter Pan," now celebrating its 110th anniversary as an entity and its 60th...

On Theater: A rocking 'Creation' at OCC

Over 40 years ago, Arthur Miller — long past his great dramatic play period — wrote the satirical comedy "The Creation of the World and Other Business," which didn't create much business on Broadway, running for just 20 performances.

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