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.


In the Pipeline: Surviving WWII to grow a new life

Last week I wrote about Bud Guillot, an Army Air Forces veteran who had been shot down over Berlin in April 1944, was captured by the Germans and spent a harrowing 13 months at the infamous Nazi prison camp Stalag 17B.

On Theater: No smoke, but plenty of steam in 'Anna'

Simmering passions boil and bubble underneath the ennui of the manufacturing of Cuban cigars at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Anna in the Tropics" has taken up residence.

Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a cold sweat, never fear. Websites like have done all the work for you, leaving you with a searchable database of offers....

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.

A Word, Please: Some definitions provide options

Sometimes it seems like grammar is all darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't propositions. If you say "Who are you visiting tomorrow?" some people will look down on you for not using "whom." But if you use "whom," others will think you're out of touch (at best).

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...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen.

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.

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