| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:53 PM
In addition to reading and exercising, Top of the World Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students have another option when it comes to lunchtime activities: computer programming.
For the past six weeks, fifth-grade teacher Sarah Wolsey has...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay more than $36 million to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a 55-year lease on the former May Co. department store building and adjacent land where the academy plans to build a movie museum...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Irvine Co., the developer led by billionaire Donald Bren, agreed to purchase a 60-story Chicago skyscraper from an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors for $850 million.
The 1.3-million-square-foot tower on the Chicago River, completed in 2009, is "one of...
| Aug 9, 2013
My beef with the Village Entrance Project isn't just the exhaustion of much of our borrowing power, the five-year project disruption to our lives, the paucity of spaces it nets, the maintenance costs, the toxic soil remediation or the loamy, unstable...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:18 AM
1.) Tom Gazsi: Costa Mesa's police chief celebrated the 60th anniversary of his department — one he leads with a steady, capable hand, despite the tension between his officers and a majority of the City Council members.
2.) Keith Curry: The...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:53 PM
An appropriate tribute to the late Lucille Kuehn, one of the most important women in Newport Beach's 106-year history, would be to name something in her honor at the Central Library.
Lucille, who passed away peacefully last week at 89, was the...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 8:38 PM
Raymond Watson, the architect and community planner who steered the development of Orange County's signature master-planned city of Irvine and briefly ran Walt Disney Productions during one of its most tumultuous periods, has died. He was 86.
| Sep 19, 2012
| 1:14 PM
Bill Gates has been the richest person in the country for an entire generation, cinching the top spot on Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans for the 19th consecutive year.
That’s what a net worth of $66 billion will do for a guy....
| Jul 12, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design.
Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 4:50 PM
The Historical Society's program held May 28 on "How the Canyon was Won" was more like a group of friends reminiscing about a shared event that had come to a meaningful conclusion than the panel discussion that was billed.
Former Mayor Paul Freeman more...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:02 PM
She was a movie star from the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood celebrating life in her eighth decade. I was a 30-something former network TV producer writing a column for the Daily Pilot.
It was an unlikely alliance, but in spite of the obvious...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 10:39 AM
1.) Our Olympians: No one made us prouder this year than the capable athletes, coaches and announcers from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine who represented Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London. They grew up, trained or live here. Costa...