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  • David Whiting: Cypress evolves from cow town to community town

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : News
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    School rankings open a Pandora’s box. Some experts rely on student-teacher ratios, academic performance, college readiness. But should art or athletics figure in? It’s a mysterious wizard’s brew – unless there’s a school so far ahead it...
  • Watchdog: O.C. residents using less water, paying more

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : OC Watchdog
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    It’s a modest Irvine tract house, ensconced in a modest amount of greenery. Nona Demetre considers her water use modest as well – but her monthly bill shot up 34 percent over the course of a single year nonetheless. “As a retiree, I have been...
  • Today: Obama Goes All In.

    L.A. Times - Orange County News
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. With sweeping rules for coal plant emissions, Obama goes all in on his big "legacy" issues; and the story of medical sleuths who ran down a killer on the loose. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter...
  • Orange Confidential: Lawmakers set to raise managers' salary cap Updated at

    Orange County News
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Orange County lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on whether to raise the maximum salaries for 153 management-level county employees by 15 percent, an increase that officials have sought for several years to adjust a management pay scale that was established in 2004 and hasn't changed since then.
  • Missing Albanian Special Olympics athlete found safe in Hayward RSS Feed
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    A 44-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Albania who has been missing since Saturday has been found safe.
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  • Orange Confidential: Lawmakers set to raise managers' salary cap Updated at

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Orange County lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on whether to raise the maximum salaries for 153 management-level county employees by 15 percent, an increase that officials have sought for several years to adjust a management pay scale that was established in 2004 and hasn't changed since then.
  • Here's the scoring of the medical marijuana applicants

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:13 am
    Here's the scoring of the medical marijuana applicants Check out this story on The state Department of Health issued scores that ranged from 97 to 45 for the 43 medical-marijuana applicants that sought one of five licenses to grow and dispense the drug. The highest on a scale of 1 to 100 was PharmaCann LLC, which would be based in Orange County for growing and have dispensaries in Erie, Onondaga, Albany and Bronx counties.
  • Traffic Light for intersection

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced on Friday that a traffic light and other improvements will be made at the deadly four-way intersection in Warwick where three Goshen High School students were killed two weeks earlier. The intersection of County Route 1, 1A, 41 and Blooms Corners Road in the town of Warwick hamlet of Edenville will be improved following the results of a study by an engineering firm hired by Neuhaus and Orange County.
  • County to make improvements at intersection where 3 students were...

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Full-cycle traffic signals and other improvements will be made at the Warwick intersection where three Goshen High School students were killed in a driver's education accident July 14, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus said Friday.
  • Red Light to Be Installed at Scene of Tragic Drivers Ed Crash

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:54 pm
    A stop light will be installed at the intersection where three Goshen teens died in a fatal crash earlier this month, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced Friday. Neuhaus said he had concerns about that intersection before he took office in 2013.
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  • Home Insurance vs Renters Insurance

    Samantha Alexander
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, insurance is equally important. After all, no matter where you live, you still want to protect yourself, your stuff and your financial well-being. In that way, home and renters insurance are very similar. Both policies can be required by an outside party: Mortgage lenders generally demand that you have homeowners insurance, and more landlords prefer – if not mandate – that you have renters coverage. However, the two types of policies have a range of differences. On the surface, it’s easy to tell the main disparity among home and renters…
  • Chicago Condo Buildings with Forever Views

    Jenn Kim
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As any Chicagoan knows, if you’re looking for a condo in or near the Loop, the skyline is ever-changing: a unit that offered great views one year might be blocked by new construction the next year. Even some of the best downtown Chicago condos suffer from this problem. So how can you be assured of keeping a great view? Find a condo with a protected view. Protection may come via a park, street or landmarked building, where you know that there won’t be new construction in your line of sight. It’s called a “forever view.” While many buildings have a few units here and there that are…
  • John Lautner’s “Wolff House” Could Be Yours for $7.25M

    Jeffery Marino
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:09 pm
    This midcentury modern icon, designed by famed architect John Lautner and built in 1961, is perched high above the fray in the Hollywood Hills. The “Wolff House” is widely recognized as being inspired by the work of Lautner’s mentor, architectural paragon Frank Lloyd Wright. Thus the integration of the natural surroundings into the structure itself, such as the stately eucalyptus tree that grows just outside of the great room. The home was last purchased in 2008 for $5.5 million and has been on and off the market since then; it has now reappeared at $7.25 million. Can’t you just…
  • Another ‘Salad Spinner’ Inspired Mansion by Ed Niles Hits the Market… for $53M!

    Alyssa Ennis
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    This Malibu mansion looks a lot like the distant cousin of the notorious ‘Salad Spinner’ abode once rented by Justin Bieber. You can definitely see the family resemblance in the unique mansions, both designed by top architect Ed Niles. Listed at a budget-busting $53 million, salad may be the only thing you can afford to eat after purchasing this crazy five-bedroom mansion – which is a real shame, given the top-of-the-line-kitchen and other five star amenities in this mega home.   What do you think of this unique Ed Niles listing? Let us know in the comments below! The…
  • …and Here’s the Week in Housing News

    Lorraine Woellert
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Last week, we released the first Redfin Demand Index, which offers an early indicator of housing-market performance. It’s a new take on activity that could help buyers and sellers make decisions. Here in Washington, the housing news was all about building highways. What do traffic cones have to do with your home? Plenty. Oh, and we found the world’s priciest parking lot. Read on. What’s a g-fee? So glad you asked. For some in Congress, g-fees are free money that can be tapped to build, say, roads and bridges. For the rest of us, they’re the payments homeowners make to keep the…
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  • Crown Valley Park: Seeing the Forest for the Splash Pad

    Volunteer Park Reporter
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Crown Valley Park in Laguna Niguel sports a new forest theme and splash pad thanks to a total renovation in Winter/Spring 2015 which now includes an amphitheater, restroom building, splash pad and new forest-themed play equipment. The City of Laguna Niguel calls it a “sprayground.” Directions to Crown Valley Community Park Splash Pad: From the Interstate 5, take the Crown Valley offramp and drive toward the beach. Pass over Moulton and La Paz — but make a right into the YMCA parking lot before you hit Niguel Road. If you are coming from PCH, it’s the first left past Niguel…
  • Adventure Play Park at Sendero Field in Rancho Mission Viejo

    Michele Whiteaker
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Adventure Play Park at Sendero Field in Rancho Mission Viejo is right outside San Juan Capistrano off Ortega Highway. It pains me to see this intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata change so much from the wild space it used to be. For me, it was a gateway to Caspers Wilderness Park and a place for getting away from it all. The grading and housing now goes on for as far as your eye can see.  In the midst of it all is a new community park. Maybe you can get some enjoyment out of this park or programs put on by the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo? Directions to Adventure…
  • Ultimate Guide to City Recreation Programs and Calendars in OC

    Michele Whiteaker
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Welcome to the ultimate guide to city recreation programs and calendars in OC with links to each city’s community calendar or recreation classes and activities guides. If you live in Orange County, chances are you get a recreation guide mailed to you on a seasonal basis or at least a community newsletter. But we are all accustomed to traveling between many different OC cities on a daily basis. These newsletters and guides are also available online. What if you are missing a family recreational opportunity that might be right next door to you? How to Use This Guide to City Recreation…
  • 10 Ways to Find New Places to Play

    Michele Whiteaker
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:13 pm
    To learn 10 ways to find new places to play - you first need to learn a little about your play trips guide — ME! Think back to before smartphones, before blogs, before everybody talked about helicopter parenting and dwelled on the woes of kids not connected to nature.  Well, BEFORE all that I was helping families find new places to play via my MOMS Club newsletter by writing park specifics, writing newspaper articles, writing magazine articles, and tirelessly searching for new and easy outdoor experiences for our family. There were only a few of us “playground bloggers”…
  • The Day “New” Happened at Discovery Cube OC

    Michele Whiteaker
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Bloggers covered it. The OC Register covered it. And lots of people are talking about the expansion finally opening. But you really need to visit and see for yourself! I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much. We got to visit as part of a media preview. Although, I’m sharing what’s new AT the Cube – the coolest bit of this expansion is what happens outside the cube! More science-based learning for classrooms and students in Los Angeles and Orange County driven by the work of the Discovery Science Foundation. The Discovery Science Foundation supports both LA and…
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