| Dec 17, 2013
| 8:29 AM
It's a mystery that goes back at least to the mid-1980s, when a Sunset Beach diver named Greg Lacey first discovered what he called treasure tides.
As the Los Angeles Times described in 1986, Lacey had been discovering lots of loot in the predawn surf,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Earlier this summer, at one of the bonfire rallies at the beach organized to help gather support against the Air Quality Management District, which was then trying to ban fire rings in Southern California, I met Tom Sanetti.
The Huntington Beach...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 4:08 PM
"I'm an accidental historic preservationist," Mary Urashima, a government and public affairs consultant, says with a laugh.
That may be the case, but she is also a published author and passionate advocate for the subject of her first book, "Historic...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Does Ethel Dwyer haunt the Huntington Beach middle school that bears her name?
I don't know. But for decades rumors have persisted that the former student, librarian and vice principal at Dwyer Middle School still makes her presence known,...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:49 PM
"She's a one-of-a-kind," Kate Hoffman, executive director at the Huntington Beach Art Center, tells me. "We had over 1,300 people here the other night, 543 pieces from 259 artists. And we have nobody else like her."
Hoffman is talking about Jane Yater....
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:44 PM
At the going rate, 27 kilos of cocaine will fetch $1.3 million on the street.
But the cost of finding such a cache? The price of a dog's chew toy.
After all, that's all Bohdy ever wants in return for uncovering dope, chasing down bad guys or...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:46 AM
The letter is dated 5:40 a.m. Jan. 22, 2014.
It is addressed to "Cowards!!"
And then it begins.
"This letter is for all the cowards, weasels gutless human beings who stood around and watched this beautiful, defenseless girl get beat down. You...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:41 PM
When I walk at the Bolsa Chica wetlands I rarely wear a watch. That's because of the fire station located across from where I park at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. There's a large sundial on the side of the building and so that's how I...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 3:27 PM
Tragedies like this catch us off guard, when we are vulnerable, leaving no time to prepare or to absorb the sickening blow.
Then the most brutal events imaginable begin to unfold. In the blur of modern technology and communication, shards of information...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 11:59 AM
So it's that time of year when kids are home and many adults take some time off from work, and in this column I like to call out a couple of nearby attractions or performances that might be a fun way to spend some time over the holidays.
| Jul 27, 2012
| 2:04 PM
It is with sadness this week that I report the closing of one of Huntington Beach's most beloved and venerable businesses, Springdale Country.
For 42 years, proprietors Harold and Karen Marcus have run a store that is just as popular with out-of-...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 10:18 PM
"A cement-covered marshmallow."
That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband Rusty, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging.
On Goldenwest Street right...