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7 ‘experience’ gifts for architecture and design lovers

Great for the holidays or any time, really Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information. Research has shown that it's better to give someone experiences instead of things and it's not hard to understand why. Show More Summary

Placentia gets help installing screens to keep pollution out of storm drains

The city has a grant from the Orange County Transportation Authority to install screens on 95 catch basins in Placentia to reduce the amount of pollution getting into storm drains. The grant will pay $150,000 of the $200,000 cost. The City Council on Tuesday will consider the contract for the work.    

Why stags are the new black in holiday decorations

Stags lead the parade of trendy Christmas animals this year, although other critters are popular, too. Some have long historical associations with the winter holiday; others are recent interlopers.

Coastal Commission rejects Laguna Beach ban on short-term rentals in residential areas

DANA POINT — The California Coastal Commission rejected Laguna Beach’s ban on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods — arguing that it blocks access to public beaches and parks and closes most of the city to the rentals. Commissioner Steve Padilla called it “discriminatory” during the meeting Thursday. Dec.14 at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. […]

Brea leaders look at requiring permits, having rules for larger public assemblies

The City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, will consider establishing regulations for public assemblies. Among the regulations would be needing a permit if the gathering meets certain criteria, such as being larger than 30 people if in Brea Downtown or 75 people elsewhere; restricting sound amplification devices and requiring reimbursement for fire […]

FYI: Giant jellyfish coming to Union Square

Burning Man arts group to compliment holiday lights with giant medusozoa December is a time for lights in San Francisco, and it’s also a time for alarming but beautiful giant jellyfish puppets to march on our public spaces. Apparently. Thursday,...Show More Summary

Huntington Beach man sentenced to 219 years in prison for sexually assaulting girls

SANTA ANA — A former Huntington Beach man was sentenced to 219 years in prison on Friday, Dec. 15, for sexually assaulting four female relatives over nearly two decades. Martin Rodriguez Garcia, 51, was convicted of multiple felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor for abusing the girls, who ranged in age […]

L.A. interactive art exhibition Candytopia postpones its grand opening

Originally scheduled to open today, Friday, Dec. 15, Candytopia's reveal has been postponed and ticket holders can receive a refund or attend on a future date.

‘Broad City’ star Abbi Jacobson scores a sleek Silver Lake midcentury modern house

The house has beamed ceilings, a fantastic fireplace, and a convenient home office Broad City co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson just dropped $1.59 million on a midcentury modern Silver Lake house with a covered front patio, big windows,...Show More Summary

UCLA’s football recruiting class: Who’s in, who’s out

Chip Kelly had to pull together a recruiting class in one month after getting hired at UCLA. With the early signing period approaching, here's a look at how the new head coach did on the recruiting trail.

Tustin High baseball coach draws from own challenges to teach kids about life’s wins and losses

If you’re a serious student of baseball, then it’s no surprise that a talk with Coach Charles Chatman offers secrets to life. After all, it was the great Yogi Berra who said, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” Chatman, Tustin High School’s baseball coach, goes at […]

Anaheim man sentenced to 21 years for robbing drug dealers of 150 pounds of marijuana

SANTA ANA — A 40-year-old Anaheim man was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Friday for robbing drug dealers at gunpoint during two large-scale marijuana deals at a Newport Coast resort. A jury in October convicted Thomas Lamarr Prince of four felony counts of robbery after prosecutors said he stole about 90 pounds of […]

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino not considered for ‘Lord of the Rings’ because of Harvey Weinstein smear campaign, says director

Sorvino said on Twitter that she burst out crying when she saw the article. She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career.

Angels sign Zack Cozart, move him to third base, for 3 years and $38M

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, coming off his first All-Star season after hitting.297 with 24 homers and a.933 OPS, agrees to 3-year, $38 million deal.

Your next home rental agent may be a robot

The Zenplace robot, a moveable video monitor, allows realtors to give remote tours to prospective renters.

Your next home rental agent may be a robot

The Zenplace robot is a roving screen with a live person in another location.

Knoll to buy Scandinavian design company Muuto for $300M

Knoll aims to double Muuto’s business in three to five years In a massive deal that will further cement the status of Scandinavian home design in the U.S., modern design brand and furniture manufacturer Knoll has agreed to buy Muuto,...Show More Summary

Tesla is largely to blame for the slide in US home solar sales, report finds

After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year.

Preview: Katella-Fortuna breakdown for CIF State Division 5-A title

Preview for the CIF State football championships. CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION 5-A  FORTUNA (13-2) VS. KATELLA (14-1) Where, when: Glover Stadium, Saturday, 6 p.m. Ticket info: General admission, $15; children, students (with ASB card) and seniors, $10. Show More Summary

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