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Prickly Heat

One Lucky Angel  The luckiest and happiest former Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim has to be Alberto Callaspo. On the last Tuesday in July he was playing third base for the fourth place Angels. Later that day Callaspo was traded and now plays second base for the first place Oakla...

On Manners, Baseball and Abominable Care

On Babies and Manners   I want to jump on the bandwagon in congratulating Princess Kate and Prince William on the birth of Prince George last week. We’ve seen newborn babies before but rarely do we see such manners and etiquette — and eloquence and grace — by two...

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Letter to the Editor: Seven Newport Beach Mayors Say It’s Time for a Change

As former mayors, we are very concerned about the direction of our city during the past four years.  We have seen the city council majority make rash and partisan decisions that are not in the best interests of the residents. For example, the council refused $485,000 in traffic...

Letter to the Editor: The Future of Newport Beach

The key concern which unites Newport Beach residents now is over-development.  Most of the other problems engender from this one main problem-traffic, pollution, safety issues, expansion of Pacific Coast Highway, code and General Plan noncompliance and lack of civility and trust...

Letter to the Editor: Time to Cancel the Team Newport Show

The Newport Beach City Council has been on vacation for nearly a month, but like a TV series finale, they left us with a few cliffhangers. On July 30, the council issued a statement designed to embarrass Jeff Herdman, but failed to reveal the three councilmembers who advanced the...

Left of Center

The War on Women: Truth or Fiction?

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer recently reflected on Republican politicians who insist upon wading into gender politics: “What is it about women that causes leading Republicans to grow clumsy, if not stupid?” he wondered in the Jan. 31 edition of the Orange County...

Lifeguards and our Sense of Place

On Tuesday evening a group of us was enjoying a rollicking conversation about baseball when from out of left field came a comment from a man of a certain age about the City’s decision to examine the outsourcing of the part-time lifeguards who patrol Corona del Mar State Beach....

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: OC Baron’s Ball Supports American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th year–a significant milestone for any organization, especially a non-profit. Despite the challenges inherent with the ongoing economic climate, Orange County continues to enthusiastically support ACS. One fundraising event that...
Posted On 01 Sep 2013

Lynn’s Spin: Opining on Age Appropriate Dress

Living in Southern California is tough–and not for the reasons you might suspect I’d rant about, like the wacky economic climate, immigration, gas prices, traffic, et al.   No, what I am talking about is living in sunny, midriff clad So Cal and approaching a milestone...
Posted On 24 Aug 2013

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: Julian Dunn hit it out of the Ballpark

Newport Beach bids farewell to a giant hero wrapped in a small package. Julian Dunn’s time here was a brief nine years, but his influence is forever. Childhood cancer was a harrowing way of life for the Dunn family for five years. The anguish of losing a child is unparalleled,...
Posted On 28 Jul 2013

Summer Rules

I announced my new summer rule shortly after the kids’ breaks began.  After breakfast, the first hour of the day belongs to me. In that hour, chores will be done and I will not bother anyone the rest of the day.  Before going to a friend’s, having someone over, needing a ride to...
Posted On 21 Jul 2013

Twitter Offers Links to My Son’s Heart

Our son Payton started playing lacrosse when he was 8 years old. He continued the next season. And the next, and the next, until I woke up one morning and our tiny guy with the squeaky elf voice was gone and in his place, a 5 foot-10-inch, 145 pounds, deep-voiced teenager was on...
Posted On 13 Jul 2013

My Turn

From Sports to Healthcare to Slapstick

*  Take Me Out To The Ballgame There is a reason February was made the shortest month of the year. This is to minimize the amount of dull boring time between the end of the football season (The Super Bowl) and the start of the baseball season in late March or early April. * A Bad...

Random Observations

– Don’t you love the NRA’s plan to put armed guards in schools and other public places to protect us from NRA members. – Your Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, continues to go where no other congressmen dare go. He’s leading the fight against Tibetan...
Posted On 16 Feb 2013

Sugar Mama

The Straight Scott

That's My Take

Thank You Fire, Police, and City

I was home Sunday afternoon cleaning up my office when I heard sirens coming down the street and wondered what was going on. I did not look out the window on my back deck until I heard and saw the sixth fire truck and four police cars rolling into our community of Newport Crest....

Where Have All the Candidates Gone?

It is worrisome for City Councilmembers Keith Curry and Ed Selich to think that no one chose to run against them this year because the voters have so much confidence in their leadership. It is also unsettling that Tony Petros, the unopposed candidate in departing Councilmember...