Commentary: Proposed H.B. power plant isn't needed

In March, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to authorize the procurement of some 1,300 to 2,200 megawatts of gas-fired electricity generation. It's very unclear that the state even needs such megawatts of additional capacity anytime soon.

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...

A note to our readers: We're on the move

Times Community News, which publishes the Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, relocated Monday to new Los Angeles Times Orange County offices.

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: Hope View community rallies after school closure

Hope View Elementary School is closed for a number of weeks, but that does not mean learning will come to a halt. The students, parents and staff of the Hope View community are coming together to make this asbestos closure work.

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: 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.


In the Pipeline: Pageant winner is serious about literacy

I'm waiting to speak with the newly crowned Miss Huntington Beach, but she is busy. Watching as she works on college applications, writing essays and drafting her resume, I am impressed. I'm aware of how busy she is at school, juggling advanced placement courses while also preparing for a part in an...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan. Eventually, its success led to other restaurants opening throughout Asia, Australia and then the U.S.

Retail Therapy: All things sweet and spooky

Sweet stuff: Baskin-Robbins lovers can receive a scoop of ice cream for $1.31 at all locations Friday. Information: If you prefer shakes, enjoy one for a special price of $2.99 at Ruby's from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays this fall....

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

I love to find small new shopping center restaurants that serve really good food. My latest discovery is Ceppo in Huntington Beach.

On Theater: 'Venus' radiates plenty of heat

In producing a play for the stage, one of the most crucial elements is the casting process. Choosing the right actor or actress for a particular character often means the difference between the success or failure of a production.

On Theater: 'Zealot' a zenith for SCR

Of all the world premieres unveiled at South Coast Repertory over the years, few have approached the level of dramatic conflict or its effect on society that Theresa Rebeck has achieved with her superbly structured drama "Zealot."

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

We all met Sunday morning at about 8 o'clock on the front lawn at Dwyer Middle School, where a tree is planted in memory of Robin Samsoe.

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