• Creativity and compassion continue to combat the coronavirus

    Creativity and compassion continue to combat the coronavirus
    It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for everything.
    Yet we shouldn’t lose sight of the exceptional vitality that the private sector is demonstrating during this mess. It will make a difference, so cheer up!
    After what can only be described as a m
  • Norco ’80, part 9: Violent pursuit through suburbia racks up casualties

    Norco ’80, part 9: Violent pursuit through suburbia racks up casualties
    Norco ’80
    The true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American historyParts
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14It was a busy time of day for the working-class neighborhood of Mira Loma, especially on a Friday. Kids were walking or in school buses working their way home through the 4-square-mile grid of suburbia. Adults had ended their workweek, many already watering lawns or outside chatting with neighbors. As the wail of sirens, thumping of chopper blades and sound of gunfire cam
  • Newsom’s tacky bluffs impede coronavirus recovery

    Newsom’s tacky bluffs impede coronavirus recovery
    “Tacky bluffs” is what I called Gov. Gavin Newsom’s attempts to hold hostage vital state help to Californians, including Alzheimer’s patients. The CalMatters interview included the quote in an article on the $14 billion in cuts he’s pushing for schools, public safety and essential services.
    I said, “Gavin has to do some awkward things to try to get federal help, but I find these tacky bluffs a little disturbing.”
    The federal help would come from the $3 t
  • Federal support is critical for California’s economic recovery

    Federal support is critical for California’s economic recovery
    Throughout America right now, business owners are adapting, overcoming and rising to the challenge of COVID-19. They are reconfiguring their restaurants to allow for more space between diners. They are putting tape on the floor so that customers can stay six feet apart while they shop. They are making sure that their employees have the protective gear that helps their guests stay safe. In short, these entrepreneurs are using the same ingenuity and creativity that got them into business in the fi
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  • Upholding and continuing William Lyon’s legacy: Chris Simonsen

    Upholding and continuing William Lyon’s legacy: Chris Simonsen
    May is Foster Care Awareness Month.
    There is nobody in Orange County that did more to bring awareness to the challenges endured by foster youth, especially after they leave the child welfare system, than General William Lyon who passed away last Friday.
    There is no doubt that he was a true titan in the Orange County business community but many in our county may not realize the instrumental role he played in highlighting the tragic issue of child abuse and the needs of those youth who enter foste
  • Jo Jorgensen offers Americans a third option for president

    Jo Jorgensen offers Americans a third option for president
    We have a choice!
    Next presidential election, we don’t have to decide between two big-spending candidates, neither of whom has expressed much interest in limited government.
    Now, we have a third serious choice. This week, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, a psychology lecturer at Clemson University, won the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.
    OK, I won’t delude myself — a libertarian is unlikely to become president. But Jorgensen’s platform is a refreshing change.
    She corr
  • Police seek driver of car that hit pedestrian while fleeing scene of Anaheim street takeover

    Police seek driver of car that hit pedestrian while fleeing scene of Anaheim street takeover
    Police sought the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian while leaving the scene of a street takeover in Anaheim early Tuesday, May 26.
    Dozens of people had assembled after midnight near Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue, where at least 15 vehicles were seen with their tires screeching as they skidded in circles through the intersection, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. Authorities responded to break up the gathering, and a red coupe was seen in surveillance footage driving away
  • Shopping for clarity as more business resumes in Orange County

    Shopping for clarity as more business resumes in Orange County
    The quickening pace of reopening California’s shops and offices has left some businesspeople and residents scratching their heads over what has been cleared to open and what rules they’re expected to follow – including a new face covering requirement.
    After more than two months under a state closure order due to the coronavirus outbreak, Orange County got Gov. Gavin Newsom’s OK on Saturday, May 23, to let people resume eating in restaurants and shopping in stores, with so
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  • CSU fees are out of control and need to be reined in

    CSU fees are out of control and need to be reined in
    Students at California State University campuses might wonder why it’s become increasingly expensive to attain their degrees even though their tuition costs — determined mainly by the university system’s board of trustees — have remained relatively stable. The state auditor has found the main culprit: rapidly escalating, mandatory student fees.
    According to a report this month, the auditor noted that average fees have soared by 56 percent over eight years, from $1,047 to
  • LeBron James, other Lakers express frustration on social media over death of George Floyd

    LeBron James, other Lakers express frustration on social media over death of George Floyd
    Another death of a black man in police custody has angered people around the NBA, including Lakers star LeBron James.
    A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling atop the neck of a man named George Floyd who later died circulated through news and social media circles. James weighed in on Instagram, posting a still from the video of the officer juxtaposed with a picture of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the field in protest, overlaid with the text: “This … Is Why
  • Alumni profile: Torrell Foree is about discovering and giving meaning

    Alumni profile: Torrell Foree is about discovering and giving meaning
    During his first few years at Cal State Fullerton, Torrell Foree hadn’t really found his place. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what I wanted to study. I would tell folks that my Plan B was that if nothing else worked out, I would teach high school history and coach basketball,” he says. “But I didn’t have a Plan A.”
    Foree, a first generation college student, had been commuting from Riverside and to avoid the nightmarish drive that is the eastbound
  • Controversial effort to address seawalls to be reconsidered

    Controversial effort to address seawalls to be reconsidered
    A proposed state bill that environmentalists worry would make it easier for homeowners and others to build seawalls in Orange and San Diego counties — and accelerate the loss of beaches — is headed back to the drawing board after a Tuesday committee hearing.
    State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said her bill is intended to prevent accidents like the bluff collapse in Encinitas that in August killed three beachgoers. She said she expects to continue discussions with lawmakers and th
  • Fire, pandemic hurt Working Wardrobes. Now comes the comeback.

    Fire, pandemic hurt Working Wardrobes. Now comes the comeback.
    In late February, Working Wardrobes founder Jerri Rosen sounded optimistic.
    In theory, she had little reason for this.
    Her 30-year-old nonprofit had just been kneecapped by a fire, losing thousands of pieces of donated business attire and accessories along with their headquarters and warehouse. And, in an unrelated move, soon after the fire the organization’s former controller was charged with one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement.
    Even so, Rosen noted, the wider nonprofit commun
  • Cruel World Fest featuring Morrissey, Blondie, Devo and more is canceled due to coronavirus

    Cruel World Fest featuring Morrissey, Blondie, Devo and more is canceled due to coronavirus
    It’s a cruel, cruel world for fans that were hoping for a plethora of moody-cool music on a sunny day as Goldenvoice has officially pulled the plug on its inaugural Cruel World Festival.
    The event was set to feature sets by Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, Marc Almond, TR/ST, Cold Cave, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Berlin, Bad Manners and Missing Persons. It was originally sch
  • As state relaxes rules on churches, Orange County supervisors declare them ‘essential’

    As state relaxes rules on churches, Orange County supervisors declare them ‘essential’
    The day after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced houses of worship can resume in-person services with limited attendance, Orange County supervisors took the symbolic step of declaring them “essential services.”
    The board on Tuesday, May 26, passed a resolution that says religious institutions provide important aid programs and social benefits, and that worshipers have “a deep and sincere reliance” on their religious leaders and faith community.
    Churches, synagogues, mosques and
  • Heat wave continues until Thursday for much of Southern California

    Heat wave continues until Thursday for much of Southern California
    Hot weather across Southern California is expected to stick around until Thursday with the mercury hitting the highest in the Inland Empire, valleys and desert areas.
    The heat is due to a high pressure system above the West Coast, weather experts say.
    “We’re in the midst of a heat wave,” said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard, which covers Los Angeles County.
    “It’s not uncommon to have heat waves in May,” he said, adding
  • Here’s what the NBA is weighing as it tries to return to play

    Here’s what the NBA is weighing as it tries to return to play
    Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, May 26 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.For a time, it seemed like the NBA was hibernating. There was little but mere speculation and anxiety leaking from the league offices in New York as the country waited for more news on the unfolding coronavirus — it wasn’t a matter of “when,” it was “if.”
    But in the last week, as the NBA’s sails fille
  • Cruise ship murder trial to re-start as courts return from coronavirus closures

    Cruise ship murder trial to re-start as courts return from coronavirus closures
    Testimony in the high-profile murder trial of a former Orange County attorney accused of strangling one of his ex-wives and throwing her body off an Italian cruise ship is scheduled to resume on Thursday, after a judge opted not to declare a mistrial over court restrictions forced by the ongoing pandemic.
    More than two months after coronavirus shutdowns put the trial of Lonnie Kocontes on hold, discussions Tuesday between attorneys and Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard M. King focused o
  • ‘Cooking With Titans’ brings campus community together — one recipe at a time

    ‘Cooking With Titans’ brings campus community together — one recipe at a time
    When Jessica Rowland was looking for a project that would bring stay-at-home Titans together, she settled on one of her own passions: cooking.
    Rowland, CSUF’s program specialist for CSUF Alumni Engagement, created the “Cooking with a Titan” online cooking series where alumni become “Titan Chefs” and share their favorite recipes — everything from bacon mac ‘n cheese and almond shortbread to New Mexico Hatch chili verde (in the crockpot) and chile egg puff
  • Doomsday scenarios on agenda at San Onofre meeting Thursday

    Doomsday scenarios on agenda at San Onofre meeting Thursday
    The test canister at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station had two “mock” defects, like pock marks on its outer skin. It was heated up to mimic the temperature of a real canister loaded with nuclear waste.
    Then the repair robots — sort of like high-tech St. Bernards — were sent into the vault to find and fix them.
    One robot carried inspection cameras. The other, a nozzle mounted on a movable arm. Using magnetic wheels to crawl around, they found the trouble spots and appl
  • Foreign stake in California business grows, report says

    Foreign stake in California business grows, report says
    Direct foreign investments in California supported more than 730,000 jobs last year, according to a new report from World Trade Center Los Angeles.
    Foreign direct investments represent the form of a controlling ownership in a business in one country by an entity based in another country.
    The World Trade Center study shows that last year 13.5% of all manufacturing jobs in the state (84,451 jobs) were attributed to foreign-owned enterprises (FOEs), with significant employment in other industries a
  • LA, San Bernardino counties to resume transferring jail inmates to state prisons

    LA, San Bernardino counties to resume transferring jail inmates to state prisons
    California state prisons will slowly resume accepting inmates from certain counties, including Los Angeles and San Bernardino, over the next month, but will continue to employ practices to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
    Up to 200 inmates will be transferred through June 19 from L.A., San Bernardino, San Diego and Fresno counties, but inmates from Orange and Riverside counties will stay put for now, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The transfers wil
  • Pac-12 to allow voluntary workouts starting June 15

    Pac-12 to allow voluntary workouts starting June 15
    Student-athletes in the Pac-12 will soon begin the slow process of getting back to normal.
    The conference announced on Tuesday that it will allow teams in all sports to hold voluntary in-person workouts beginning on June 15. It will still be up to each school to decide when to allow student-athletes back to campus for these individual workouts, based on local and state guidelines.
    College sports have been on pause since the mid-March decision to cancel all remaining NCAA championship events in r
  • Dodgers to cut employees salaries starting June 1

    Dodgers to cut employees salaries starting June 1
    The Dodgers will institute pay cuts for their employees making over $75,000 a year starting on June 1, which will allow the organization to avoid any furloughs or layoffs, a source confirmed.
    ESPN reported that employees were told of the plan during a Zoom call on Tuesday afternoon.
    The tiered pay cuts would reportedly be the greatest for those employees with the highest salaries, as much as 35 percent.
    The Dodgers’ decision comes a week after that the Angels were furloughing many in their
  • Boaters parade Newport Harbor for Trumptilla on Memorial Day

    Boaters parade Newport Harbor for Trumptilla on Memorial Day
    Hundreds of boaters sailed end to end through Newport Harbor for two hours on Memorial Day despite a warning from city officials on Friday, May 22, that an event of that scope would need a city permit.
    “The city is considering its responses to the event organizer,” John Pope, spokesman for the city, said.
    About 400 boaters from harbors throughout Southern California participated in a Trumptill Memorial Day parade in Newport Harbor on Monday. (Photo courtesy of OCSD)
    About 400 boaters
  • Sheriff Don Barnes sends letter to San Clemente questioning city contract after protest

    Sheriff Don Barnes sends letter to San Clemente questioning city contract after protest
    Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes has once again put San Clemente city officials on notice regarding his department providing services to the beach town.
    After a rally against the statewide stay-at-home order on Thursday, May 21, resulted in eight arrests and required a mobile field force of deputies, Barnes wrote a letter to San Clemente Interim City Manager Bob Dunek questioning city leadership.
    “The council’s past and recent actions, or at times, inability to act or provide directi
  • John Wayne Airport passenger traffic plunges 97% in April

    John Wayne Airport passenger traffic plunges 97% in April
    Just how empty was John Wayne Airport in April?
    Really, really empty.
    Airport officials on Tuesday reported just 25,313 passengers passed through SNA gates as the coronavirus lockdown brought air travel to a near halt. In April 2019, the airport reported 899,186 passengers. The loss represented a 97.2% change in traveler traffic, something not seen since the days after the Sept. 11 attacks on the East Coast.
    John Wayne Airport has a sharp decline in passengers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) o
  • US builders sell slightly more homes in April

    US builders sell slightly more homes in April
    U.S. new home sales ticked up 0.6% in April, a surprising gain amid the coronavirus outbreak.
    The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that sales of new single-family homes rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 623,000 last month. The government report has a high margin of error, so the April figures could be revised in the coming months.
    The small sales increase followed a decline of 13.7% in March as businesses and schools were closed in an effort to contain the virus. Still, b
  • MLB, players reportedly far apart after first financial proposal for shortened season

    MLB, players reportedly far apart after first financial proposal for shortened season
    Major League Baseball officials submitted their first formal proposal to the players regarding the financial terms of the sport’s return to action on Tuesday, leaving the union disappointed, according to multiple reports.
    Several outlets reported that the union leadership was unhappy with the owners’ proposal that players accept reduced salaries, with the highest paid players taking the biggest hits.
    The sides likely have about a week to 10 days to iron out their differences if they
  • Ex-San Clemente man’s killer up for parole; serial killer’s daughter opposes release

    Ex-San Clemente man’s killer up for parole; serial killer’s daughter opposes release
    She remembers her father brushing her hair and making her breakfast.
    The world would come to know him as Michael Bear Carson, serial killer. To her, he was a stay-at-home dad. In the late 1970s, Jenn Carson knew her father as a school teacher, a brilliant man who spoke three languages and had a college degree from the University of Iowa.
    She also remembers the fear.
    When Jenn was 8, she and her mother, Lynne, fled Phoenix and hid in Orange County because they were afraid what Michael and his new

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