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Commentary: Thank you to those who helped me win office

I'm sitting in the airport and I have a few minutes before I need to catch my flight home from my first couple of days in Sacramento as an Assembly member-elect.

Commentary: Ocean View School District coming together after asbestos scare

This has certainly been a challenging time for the students, parents, teachers and staff of the Ocean View School District.

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.

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.

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

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.

Mailbag: Don't allow private use of fireworks

Regarding the upcoming election on Nov. 4 and in considering Measure T for the city of Huntington Beach (safe and sane fireworks), I think two considerations are significant.

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.

Columns

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

Chef Ali Kihanmahd has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, including 15 spent in top Italian restaurants in New York, and he is now demonstrating his many talents in a charming little restaurant in Costa Mesa called Al Forno Caffe.

Retail Therapy: It's tree-lighting time again

Disney fans, rejoice: The Fashion Island annual holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The free 20-minute show, which features a full ensemble of Disney characters and magical snowfall, attracts about 10,000 guests each night. Arrive early (people...

Retail Therapy: Hello Kitty, hello holidays

As we enter the holiday warehouse sale season, heed a few tips: Many clothing sales don't offer dressing rooms, so ladies are reminded to wear layers like leggings and tank tops to make it easy to quickly try on garments. Leave the large bags at home, and never wear clothing by the label whose...

On Theater: 'Pippin' still a bright 'corner of the sky'

When "Pippin" first burst onto Broadway in 1972, John Rubinstein starred in the title role of the son of Charlemagne seeking his own little corner of the sky.

On Theater: 'Romeo and Juliet' updated (again)

Modernizing Shakespeare is nothing new — directors have been doing it forever. Scissoring the script so the play checks in at under two hours and scrapping the intermission, that's a new — and quite welcome — practice.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Out and about at Social

Social Costa Mesa is the hot new spot in town. Like many of the new restaurants these days, it is quite casual, and the food is rich and tasty.

In the Pipeline: A daring WWII landing, dismal prison and forced march

I had a very special Veterans Day last week, having had the privilege of spending the morning with Bud Guillot. He's another of the amazingly resolute service members we are honored to have living in Huntington Beach. And like all the others, his story is filled with unique and unforgettable...

In the Pipeline: Ex-manager's birthday evokes Meadowlark Airport's high-flying legacy

After thanking everybody, he said, with a smile and in his small voice, "This is the last plane to leave Meadowlark Airport." Then his forefinger pulled the trigger on a handheld launcher, sending the small, green plastic airplane across the room.

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