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    Local Focus: A Love for Olive Oil

    Local Focus: A Love for Olive Oil

    Before curiosity drove me into Olive Oil and Beyond on Balboa Island, all I knew about olive oil is that she was Popeye’s girlfriend. Olive Oyl first hit the funnies in 1926, Olive Oil and Beyond proprietor and founder Matthew Pour told me that olive oil stretches back more than 6,000 years. And in those […]

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    Off the Menu: Cucina Enoteca and Garden Fusion

    Off the Menu: Cucina Enoteca and Garden Fusion

    By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale The wait is over: CUCINA enoteca at Fashion Island is now officially open. The California-inspired Italian kitchen (how’s that for a morphing of cuisines) and wine shop is Tracy Borkum’s second restaurant in OC (she has a CUCINA enoteca in the Irvine Spectrum), and the fourth location of the Urban Kitchen Group’s CUCINA […]

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    Committee Considers Jetpacks in Harbor

    Committee Considers Jetpacks in Harbor

    The future of water propelled jetpacks and flyboards in the harbor was up for discussion among residents and city officials this week. More than a dozen people attended the Water Propelled Vessels Ad Hoc Committee meeting Thursday. The committee is headed up by Harbor Commissioners Joe Stapleton, Duncan McIntosh and William Kenney. “It’s my opinion […]

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    Lawsuit Filed Disputing Measure Y Language

    Two residents filed a lawsuit this week disputing the language in Measure Y, the proposed general plan land use element amendment. Petitioners Susan Skinner and Bert Ohlig allege there is a “complete lack of impartiality” in the ballot language and is an “egregious violation” of the elections code, according to court records. The suit was […]

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    Up to 4,000 Pot Plants Found Near Newport Coast

    Up to 4,000 Pot Plants Found Near Newport Coast

    Authorities removed thousands of marijuana plants just outside of Newport Beach city limits last week, according to officials. Orange County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators conducted a marijuana cultivation eradication operation in the Muddy Canyon area of the Laguna Wilderness Park on Aug. 15, according to an OCSD press release. The location is south of the […]

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    Ralph Rodheim Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

    Ralph Rodheim Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

    Longtime Balboa Island resident, business leader, UAC member, and former Citizen of the Year Ralph Rodheim recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). To help raise awareness and funds for ALS, Ralph took the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Wednesday morning. As part of the challenge (which […]

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