• Orange County beaches lauded in Heal the Bay water quality report

    Orange County beaches lauded in Heal the Bay water quality report
    Orange County’s celebrated beaches just got a little more celebrated.
    The county is host to nearly half of the state’s 42 “Honor Roll” beaches in Heal the Bay’s 2019-2020 Beach Report Card, the environmental group’s 30th annual rating of water quality up and down the coast.
    The 20 county beaches on the list is double the number in last year’s report. Dana Point’s Strand Beach, Dana Point Harbor Youth Dock and the San Clemente beach at Avenida Calaf
  • Galaxy unable to get on track, drops MLS is Back Tournament opener

    Galaxy unable to get on track, drops MLS is Back Tournament opener
    LA Galaxy forward Cristian Pavon (10) controls the ball in front of Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana, front, midfielder Diego Chara (21) and midfielder Eryk Williamson during the second half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
    Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria, right, follows through on a shot at the goal in front of LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan during the first half of an MLS soccer match Monday, July 13, 2020, in
  • Huntington Beach man accused of stealing millions from LA nonprofits helping people with disabilities

    Huntington Beach man accused of stealing millions from LA nonprofits helping people with disabilities
    LOS ANGELES — The head of several nonprofit organizations intended to serve individuals with disabilities is facing charges of embezzling more than $2 million in public funds, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
    Nnaemeka Ezenagu, 53, of Huntington Beach, is facing one count each of grand theft by embezzlement and grand theft of embezzlement of public funds. He was arrested last Thursday on a warrant issued in March and released after a citation was iss
  • OC Board of Education votes to support return to school without social distancing, masks

    OC Board of Education votes to support return to school without social distancing, masks
    On the same day that Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified district administrators announced their schools would start online only in the fall, the Orange County Board of Education went a different way.
    The conservative-leaning board voted Monday night on its own guidelines: for students to return to campus, without social distancing or face masks.
    The lone dissenting vote was Trustee Beckie Gomez, also the only board member to wear a mask during the meeting.
    The board has no power to direct
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  • LAFC use a late rally to tie with Dynamo in MLS is Back tournament

    LAFC use a late rally to tie with Dynamo in MLS is Back tournament
    Los Angeles Football Club fell into an early hole in Monday night’s group stage match against the Houston Dynamo, but the team’s high-powered offense flexed its muscle in the second half, earning 3-3 draw and LAFC’s first point of the MLS is Back tournament.
    Before the match, head coach Bob Bradley said that LAFC would have to pick intelligent spots to push the ball forward against Houston instead of trying to execute the team’s traditional pressing style of play for 90 m
  • Coronavirus: 540 new cases reported; estimated 10,554 recoveries in Orange County as of July 13

    Coronavirus: 540 new cases reported; estimated 10,554 recoveries in Orange County as of July 13
    The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported another 540 new cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, July 13, pushing Orange County’s total to 25,255 since local testing began in March.
    There was one new death recorded Monday, bringing the total number of Orange County residents who have died to 424.
    Of the 424 deaths, 212 were skilled nursing facility residents and two were listed as homeless.
    According to the California Department of Health, there have been 97 COVID-19 deaths in Or
  • Second shutdown sparks frustration, fear and resignation in OC

    Second shutdown sparks frustration, fear and resignation in OC
    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s move to slow the spread of coronavirus by reclosing churches, gyms, bars and dozens of other indoor gathering points drew mixed reviews Monday, July 13 from people who figure to be directly affected by the decision.
    “In a way, I’m glad the governor has shut everything down so we can get some sense of getting a little bit healthier,” said Connie Allan, who owns Boat Canyon Barbers in Laguna Beach.
    “But what a bummer.”
    Newsom described the sh
  • Jim Carrey gets real in his satirical fictional memoir

    Jim Carrey gets real in his satirical fictional memoir
    By Jake Coyle
    When Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon handed in the book they had toiled on for eight years — a satirical “anti-memoir” about Carrey’s life but with increasingly extreme flights of absurdity — to Sonny Mehta, the late Knopf publisher said he would put it out as a novel. Carrey and Vachon protested.
    “But Sonny, the project was to blow up the celebrity memoir,” they argued.
    “Well, yes,” replied Mehta. “But how then would you expla
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  • Irvine offers free coronavirus tests to people who live or work in the city

    Irvine offers free coronavirus tests to people who live or work in the city
    Partnering with two health labs and a company that provides a medical scheduling and communications platform, Irvine launched a coronavirus testing site at the Great Park on Monday, July 13.
    For at least the next month, drive-through tests are available by appointment to anyone who lives or works in the city, whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. For those who have health insurance, the cost will be billed to the insurer; the city is picking up the tab for uninsured people.
    A local, acc
  • Shohei Ohtani returns to mound in Angels intrasquad game

    Shohei Ohtani returns to mound in Angels intrasquad game
    ANAHEIM >> Shohei Ohtani returned to the mound after missing a few days with a stiff back and got through 15 batters over four trips to the mound. Facing a Triple-A lineup, Ohtani struck out one, walked four, hit a batter and gave up two hits.
    One of the hits was a double by Jo Adell, the Angels top prospect. Adell also had a hard line out to center field.
    Although Ohtani pitched the day after he had hit in an intrasquad game, Maddon said it’s not in the Angels plans to use him that
  • LAFC, Galaxy updates: MLS is back tournament action

    LAFC, Galaxy updates: MLS is back tournament action
    Los Angeles professional sports are slowly coming back and it begins tonight with the return of LAFC and the LA Galaxy. Both teams play in the MLS is back tournament tonight in Florida.
    LAFC vs. Houston Dynamo – 5:00 PM PST
    LA Galaxy vs. Portland – 7:30 PM PST
    Viewing on a mobile device? Click here.   Los Angeles professional sports are slowly coming back and it begins tonight with the return of LAFC and the LA Galaxy. Both teams are playing in the MLS is back tournament in
  • Lakers could lean more on Dion Waiters while hoping Rondo returns for playoff run

    Lakers could lean more on Dion Waiters while hoping Rondo returns for playoff run
    ORLANDO, Fla. >> For now, Playoff Rondo is on hiatus.
    A right thumb fracture will shelve Rajon Rondo for six-to-eight weeks, a blow to the team’s depth that Frank Vogel acknowledged Monday was “a huge loss.” He’s scheduled to leave the NBA’s restart to have surgery this week and begin his rehabilitation outside of the bubble.
    But Vogel doesn’t think that means Playoff Rondo — the 34-year-old’s world-beating, stat-stuffing alter ego which has
  • Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard on NBA Bubble championship: ‘We want it’

    Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard on NBA Bubble championship: ‘We want it’
    “Has it been four months?” a recharged Kawhi Leonard wondered Monday, ahead of his first practice in the bubble before the NBA reboot starting July 30.
    The Clippers’ star wing said he’s healthy, he feels good, and that he’s homed in on the prize — just as he was before the coronavirus interrupted the Clippers’ title quest.
    He also said that he’s committed to the ongoing social justice movement, and that he’ll continue giving back to his commu
  • Katella brings back Carlos Ayala as baseball coach

    Katella brings back Carlos Ayala as baseball coach
    Katella rehired Carlos Ayala as its baseball head coach.
    Ayala coached the Knights in two stints, from 2004-06 and from 2009-12. Katella won a CIF Southern Section championship in 2004.
    He replaces Marcelo Miranda who resigned to spend more time with his family. Miranda coached Katella to a CIF title in 2017.
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  • Katella brings back Ayala to coach its baseball program

    Katella brings back Ayala to coach its baseball program
    Katella rehired Carlos Ayala as its baseball head coach.
    Ayala coached the Knights in two stints, from 2004-06 and from 2009-12. Katella won a CIF-Southern Section championship in 2004.
    He replaces Marcelo Miranda who resigned to create more family time. Miranda coached Katella to a CIF title in 2017.
  • Now’s a great time for licensing reform

    Now’s a great time for licensing reform
    The coronavirus pandemic has, among other things, forced individuals, businesses and governments alike to rethink how they conduct themselves.
    Governments across the country, including the federal government, quickly realized that one of the necessary things to do was to waive rules and regulations that impeded the healthcare system from working with the sort of dynamism the pandemic called for. One lesson we hope politicians and bureaucrats can take to heart is the realization that very often r
  • Soap opera ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ is first US TV show to resume production. How are they doing it?

    Soap opera ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ is first US TV show to resume production. How are they doing it?
    LOS ANGELES — New episodes of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” will begin airing July 20 after nearly three months of reruns because of a shutdown of production at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, CBS announced Monday.
    “The Bold and the Beautiful” resumed production June 17, the first US television series to do so.
    Cast and crew members are tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and a COVID-19 director is on set at all times to make sure
  • The road to hell is paved with economic plans

    The road to hell is paved with economic plans
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he has an economic plan for America to “Build Back Better.” President Donald Trump complains that Biden “plagiarized” significant elements of that plan from, you guessed it, Donald Trump.
    Both plans are packed full of bad ideas that have been proposed a thousand times by a thousand other politicians, so the plagiarism claim seems more trollish than truthy. The problem with both economic plans isn’t that they’re
  • Longtime Fullerton newspaper editor Bob Ziebell remembered for detailed eye, kind heart

    Longtime Fullerton newspaper editor Bob Ziebell remembered for detailed eye, kind heart
    Bob Ziebell, a longtime Fullerton News-Tribune editor who chronicled the city’s goings-on for decades, died on Tuesday, July 7. He was 85 years old.
    For his friends at Fullerton Elks Lodge #1993, where Ziebell was a member of for 27 years, Ziebell was funny, gracious and welcoming. For his former colleagues at the News-Tribune, Ziebell was an editor with an encyclopedic knowledge of Fullerton, a sharp eye for details and a kind heart.
    “He was walking, talking, breathing Fullerton all
  • Santa Margarita’s Tolentino signs with Cleveland

    Santa Margarita’s Tolentino signs with Cleveland
    Milan Tolentino, an All-Orange County first-team shortstop at Santa Margarita, signed with the Cleveland Indians.
    Tolentino announced his signing on Twitter.
    He was drafted in the fourth round by Cleveland last month. Tolentino’s slot value, the signing bonus money a team can give a player without facing a penalty, was $460,000. He had signed a letter of intent with UCLA.
    Tolentino was All-County in 2019, his junior year. An All-County team was not selected for the 2020 season that was cut
  • Santa Margarita’s Milan Tolentino signs with Cleveland Indians

    Santa Margarita’s Milan Tolentino signs with Cleveland Indians
    Milan Tolentino, an All-Orange County first-team shortstop at Santa Margarita, signed with the Cleveland Indians.
    Tolentino announced his signing on Twitter.
    He was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by Cleveland last month. Tolentino’s slot value, the signing bonus money a team can give a player without facing a penalty, was $460,000. He had signed a letter of intent with UCLA.
    Tolentino was All-County in 2019, his junior year. An All-County team was n
  • Mikaela Mayer puts virus setbacks aside to headline Tuesday’s ESPN Top Rank card

    Mikaela Mayer puts virus setbacks aside to headline Tuesday’s ESPN Top Rank card
    A then-teenage Mikaela Mayer used to barge into her classroom on Monday mornings eager to share her results from the weekend’s amateur boxing tournament.
    “I started boxing,” Mayer told her teachers and classmates at Miguel Leonis High School in Woodland Hills. “I’m 3-0. … There must have been so many people who were like, ‘OK, cool.’ I just wonder if they see where I am now.”
    Mayer, 30, no longer receives blank stares when she shares her len
  • Northwood basketball coach Tim O’Brien at risk, but ready to take it on

    Northwood basketball coach Tim O’Brien at risk, but ready to take it on
    If there is an Orange County coach who is most paying attention to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on county high school sports, it is Northwood boys basketball coach Tim O’Brien.
    He has battled acute myeloid leukemia.
    O’Brien had a bone marrow transplant two years ago Monday.
    Now he is fighting off shingles that have put him in much pain the past two months. His immune system long has been compromised.
    Even so, if Northwood basketball has a 2020-21 season, COVID-19 or not, O&r
  • With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, Sparks are taking safety precautions seriously

    With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, Sparks are taking safety precautions seriously
    As the WNBA descended on IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where its 12 teams are hunkered down to hoop, the coronavirus continued to surge throughout the United States — including in Florida.
    On Sunday, the state reported 15,299 confirmed cases, the highest single-day total for any state since the pandemic began. In Orlando, the NBA announced Monday that two of 322 players in quarantine tested positive after they’d arrived on the closed Disney World campus.
    Members of the Sparks ha
  • Request to change JWA name may be DOA

    Request to change JWA name may be DOA
    As local Democrats step up their lobbying of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to rename John Wayne Airport, the suggestion looks unlikely for now to make it onto the board’s agenda.
    All five of the supervisors seem loathe to publicly discuss a name change, and several declined interview requests.
    The legendary late actor has been criticized for remarks he made in a 1971 interview with Playboy magazine that included a slur against gay people, the sentiment that white colonists driving
  • MVP award hasn’t dissuaded Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger from working on swing

    MVP award hasn’t dissuaded Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger from working on swing
    LOS ANGELES >> You might have had a lockdown project. Clean out the garage. Plant that vegetable garden. Paint that spare room.
    Cody Bellinger had one — change the swing that won last year’s National League Most Valuable Player Award.
    “Cody, over quarantine, was in Arizona working through some things and there is a certainly a swing change that when you put eyes on it you see it’s different than it was last year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday.
    Afte
  • John Collins, Fountain Valley’s longest serving councilman, remembered for service to city, community

    John Collins, Fountain Valley’s longest serving councilman, remembered for service to city, community
    In Fountain Valley, John Collins was the ultimate “hizzoner.”
    As a seven-time mayor of his adopted home city and 28-year city councilman before stepping down in 2018, Collins proudly said his record may never be broken.
    Collins died Thursday, July 9, at his home in Fountain Valley. He was 76.
    An unofficial Mr. Fountain Valley as a cheerleader and advocate for the town he adopted in 1974, Collins could be found at just about every mayor’s breakfast, ribbon cutting and holiday ce
  • Chargers’ Roderic Teamer suspended four games to open 2020 season

    Chargers’ Roderic Teamer suspended four games to open 2020 season
    Roderic Teamer was needed as an undrafted rookie safety when the Chargers’ secondary was hit with injuries to begin the 2019 season. He won’t be available for the start of this season.
    Teamer was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating the NFL policy on substances of abuse, the league announced Monday.
    He’s eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Chargers’ active rost
  • Alexander: This is what happens when passion meets opportunity

    Alexander: This is what happens when passion meets opportunity
    When UC Riverside named Mike Magpayo its head men’s basketball coach July 1, after David Patrick accepted the associate head coach position at Arkansas, it was a shot in the arm for diversity as well as a big story in the Philippines. Magpayo, a first-generation Filipino-American, became the first full-blooded Asian coach in men’s Division I college basketball.
    But Magpayo is an example in another way. His experience shows that you can indeed follow your passion, even when the financ
  • Coronavirus: DMV extends expiring licenses to drivers over 70

    Coronavirus: DMV extends expiring licenses to drivers over 70
    Drivers in California who are 70 years or older will get an automatic one-year extension on their driver’s licenses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday.
    Those who have a noncommercial license that expires from March 1 to Dec. 31 of this year will get the extension.
    This is being done to delay in-person visits to the DMV offices, which are required for that age group during license renewals and are more susceptible to serious complications fr

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