Commentary: It's time to challenge O.C.'s Republican 'industrial complex'

During this election season, much has been made of "fixing" California. California is beautiful, and Orange County hails as one of its jewels.

Commentary: Plastic debris is devastating the Pacific Ocean

Re. "Bag Ban Is Just Another Intrusion," (Feb. 11):

Mailbag: Plastic bags are degrading environment

 Does Huntington Beach really want to help grow the plastic garbage island floating in the Pacific?

Mailbag: No more building and polluting the air

Re: "Beach, Edinger growth targeted," (Feb. 19):

Kind words exchanged — 50 years after the divorce

I went to see my ex-husband (E.H.) in the hospital Sunday. I've had as little interaction with him as possible since our divorce in 1965, considering that we share two children.

Mailbag: Fond memories of karate master

I enjoyed Michael Miller's piece in the Independent on sensei Fumio Demura (Life & Arts, Feb. 19). He's a wonderful teacher who finds the fun in learning the discipline and understands respect for the martial arts.

Mailbag: No reason to repeal plastic bag ban

I cannot believe Councilman Mike Posey and some other members of the Huntington Beach City Council are trying to repeal the ban on plastic bags ("Repeal of plastic bag ban begins," Jan. 22).


The Gossiping Gourmet: Pueblo's plates are great, no matter how small

The South Coast Collection, or SoCo, center has become a real haven for foodies. In addition to Surfas, the large cooking supply store, it is home to Taco Maria, Arc, Pueblo, The Cellar Cheese Shop, The Portola Coffee Lab, Shuck Oyster Bar, Birdie Bowl and Juicery Bar, Susie Cakes, The Iron Press,...

On Theater: Nothing stunning, but 'Nice Work'

Building a new story around a score of classic numbers by George and Ira Gershwin is nothing new. When it was done back in 1951, the result was a Best Picture Oscar for "An American in Paris."

Retail Therapy: Hunt for a pair at Prey

Fashionista catnip: Shoes of Prey, the Australian innovators of the design-it-yourself shoe, just launched an in-store design studio at Nordstrom Fashion Island — Southern California's first. To celebrate the launch, company co-founder Jodie Fox will conduct a complimentary...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Steam kettles a sight to behold

Orange County has very few Cajun/Creole restaurants, so I was delighted to discover the recent arrival in Huntington Beach of Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking, which also has a location in Santa Ana.

On Theater: 'Fish' not quite ready to be consumed

If you're a connoisseur of Japanese seafood, particularly sushi, you might find South Coast Repertory's latest world premiere somewhat tasty, once you get beyond the ennui created by the meticulous preparation of fish as a theatrical device.

Retail Therapy: Spend a little at Rascals

Forever young: The Rascals to Rebels children's boutique at 10680 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, is closing soon. Enjoy savings of up to 75% on children's apparel and accessories. Fixtures also are on sale. The store also is offering a 15-minute complimentary photo session for...

In the Pipeline: Young actress stays grounded even as she soars

The picture says it all. It was the moment that Hadley Miller found out she would be the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in the upcoming animated feature "The Peanuts Movie."

In the Pipeline: A history book for the love of locals

What defines a "legendary local"?" I've been asking myself that over the last year or so while working on a new book about notable figures in Huntington Beach history.

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