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Memorial Day deals on Rip Curl, camping, Catalina, books and more

Hi, it’s me, Marla Jo, your columnist and deals maven. Check out my Cheapo Travel column in the Sunday Travel section. If you know a great deal, let me know at mfisher@scng.com. You can also find me at Deals Diva on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to read my humor columns on Wednesdays in […]

5 reasons NOT to sell your commercial real estate

Sometimes there are compelling reasons to NOT sell your commercial real estate. Here are a few...

5 more free things you can get for your birthday

It’s my birthday month, and I’ve been enjoying watching my free birthday offers roll into my inbox. Makes up for being another year older, right? I told you about the first 5 free things for your birthday last week, and now here are five more worth mentioning! Benihana sent me a $30 off coupon I […]

Eviction decline is no solace for thousands of renters losing their homes

Eviction rates have dropped dramatically across Southern California, spurred by a booming economy and job growth, economists say.

Long Beach State edges Cal State Fullerton in season finale, 1-0

FULLERTON – Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton closed the regular season with another pitchers’ duel on Saturday night, with the visitors scoring the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning in front of 2,594 at Goodwin Field. Long Beach, which clinched the Big West Conference title last weekend, took […]

USC season-ticket holders and the true cost of Coliseum renovations

LOS ANGELES — Wayne Scott reflected earlier this month on how long he has attended USC home football games at the Coliseum. It’s been eight decades. Scott, a 95-year-old retired school principal and an alum, traced his first game to when he was a high schooler from Huntington Beach. On that day, on Oct. 16, […]

Scott Dixon has pole, Fernando Alonso has spotlight for wide-open Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — One of IndyCar’s all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never raced an Indy car and hasn’t done […]

Trump has a real Russia problem

In the homestretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, I attended a Donald Trump rally in Loudoun County, Va. The campaign had ticketed some 4,000 people for a venue that comfortably fit about 350, meaning that most waited in long lines in the hot sun for a candidate they wouldn’t see. Talking to a couple dozen […]

A day for honor, reverence, remembrance

Honor, reverence and remembrance. Those are the true purposes of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is about remembering those who died for our freedom. That’s it, pure and simple. It’s not the same as Veterans Day. That holiday is in November and rightly celebrates and honors all, living and dead, who have served in our nation’s […]

The California economy’s surface strength hides looming weakness

If you listen to California’s many boosters, things have never been so good. And, to be sure, since 2011, the state appears to have gained its economic footing, and outperformed many of its rivals. Some, such as Los Angeles Magazine and Bloomberg, claim that it is California — not the bumbling Trump regime — that […]

Single-payer health care plan would require massive tax increase

The latest stop on progressives’ magical wish tour for a single-payer health care plan is California, where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, has been campaigning on behalf of a proposed state-run, single-payer system. This week, state lawmakers in Sacramento got their first look at the price tag for the proposal: $400 billion annually. At that […]

Hard to remove the politics from the snitch scandal

SACRAMENTO — There are few politicians who have been on the receiving end of my sharp pen more often than county supervisor and former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer. If you don’t believe me, ask Todd. I’ve taken him to task repeatedly for increasing county pensions, his closeness to police unions, his citizens’ arrest of an evangelist […]

Don’t forget the meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day has become a company holiday, an excuse for a three day weekend, an opportunity for retail sales promotions and the beginning of the summer season. We have forgotten what it is all about. Unfortunately, with less than 1 percent of the population in the military and the total number of veterans shrinking every […]

Letters: Just the facts

Re: “Is it time to start talking about impeachment?” [Opinion, May 25]: I certainly would not want Erwin Chemerinsky to be a judge in a case in which I was involved. He would already have his verdict before any sworn factual testimony or evidence was introduced. — Arnold Gregg, Anaheim Hills What about Obama? I […]

On deck: Cubs at Dodgers, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Dodger Stadium TV: SNLA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only) THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW (7-2, 2.01 ERA) vs. Cubs: 5-3, 2.18 (eight starts) at Dodger Stadium: 74-30, 1.99 (142 starts) Hates to face: Anthony Rizzo, 5 for 16 (.313), 2 HR Loves to face: Jason Heyward, 0 for 12, 7 […]

Casa Romantica summer exhibit to blend art and horticulture

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is set to unveil its summer exhibit, a marriage of art and horticulture. Designed by Britain’s Rebecca Louise Law, it utilizes some 8,000 blooms grown locally. They will be suspended from the ceilings of Casa Romantica’s art gallery, with space for guests to walk among the blooms, taking in […]

Lady Eli takes Gamely Stakes

By Art Wilson Correspondent @sham73 on Twitter ARCADIA — Lady Eli, one of the most beloved horses in training after surviving a life-threatening battle with laminitis in 2015, returned to Santa Anita in triumphant fashion Saturday, holding on to win the $300,000 Grade I Gamely Stakes by a half-length following a torrid stretch duel with […]

Forum to discuss 241 Toll Road extension, south Orange County mobility

The Transportation Corridor Agencies invite the public to the third in a series of “Get Moving Orange County” forums to look into ideas for improving north-south mobility in south Orange County. This forum will focus on presenting two topics: (1) how the process is being affected by the December settlement of lawsuits filed by environmental […]

Baffert’s Cupid wins Gold Cup in upset after layoff

By Art Wilson Correspondent @sham73 on Twitter ARCADIA — Cupid, idle for 35 weeks since an eighth-place finish in last fall’s Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, rebounded in a big way Saturday by scoring a 3 1/4-length victory in the $500,690 Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita. An on-track crowd of 17,634 saw Cupid […]

Homeless man arrested after nine-hour standoff atop Orange house, police say

ORANGE A homeless man in his 30s was arrested Saturday, May 27, after a nine-hour standoff during which he camped out on top of someone’s house – throwing tiles off the roof and talking incoherently, police said. Around 4 a.m., police arrived at a two-story house near Nohl Ranch Road and White Lantern Lane, near […]

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