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Today’s weather for Friday, August 22: beach hazard through Sunday

Posted  August 22, 2014  by  cehwiedel

Strong rip currents and elevated surf through this weekend A fresh south swell of four to five feet with a twelve-second period will continue to move through the coastal waters through Sunday. This swell will generate elevated surf along San Diego and Orange County beaches through the weekend, with isolated sets to seven feet possible […]

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LAUSD Superintendent Sherry Kropp

LAUSD Superintendent Kropp welcomes families to the new school year

Posted  August 20, 2014  by  courtesy

Welcome to a new school year and another exciting time in Los Alamitos Unified! Last year, we saw tremendous gains in student achievement in academics, athletics, activities, and the arts. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, LAEF, families, and community members who join us in Igniting Unlimited Possibilities for Students! […]

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Seal of the County of Orange, California, with quasquicentennial ribbon. Graphic courtesy of the County of Orange.

Parents reminded to immunize their students ahead of new school year

Posted  August 19, 2014  by  courtesy

With the new school year starting, vaccinations should be included in every back-to-school list. Parents are reminded to have their children up-to-date on required vaccinations before school starts. “Immunizations are a safe and effective way to help children stay healthy in school and protect them, and the people around them, from vaccine preventable illnesses that […]

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Cypress School District headquarters

Cypress School District responds to published project criticisms

Posted  August 18, 2014  by  courtesy

Recently, a guest column in the News Enterprise regarding Cypress School District’s efforts to exchange its Mackay School site and its District Office site provided confusing, misleading, and inaccurate information. The author’s comments focused upon three principal areas: First, the author thinks the District should sell the Mackay and District office properties and pay down […]

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Sean Payne

Avoid expensive errors when paying for college

Posted  August 14, 2014  by  Sean Payne

It’s just about Back-to-School time again. If you have young children, you might be hustling them to the store for backpacks and binders. But if you fast-forward a few years, you can envision driving your kids a little farther — to their college dorms. And when that day comes, you’ll want to be financially prepared. So you’ll want […]

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A young cadet at St. Catherine's Academy in Anaheim. Courtesy photo.

St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim marks 125th anniversary

Posted  August 9, 2014  by  courtesy

St. Catherine’s Academy, an all-boys Catholic School with a military tradition, celebrates 125 years of existence this year. As the only Catholic school of its kind in the entire country and oldest elementary school in Orange County, St. Catherine’s is now accepting enrollment for their Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. Classes for students grades TK to […]

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UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden, courtesy of Wikimedia.

How you put on your socks is Important

Posted  August 8, 2014  by  courtesy

Each of us has two lives: our personal life and our professional life. You know, like the weekend vs. the rest of the week. Some people say you are two different people: the You that is at work—and the You on your personal time. But I do not subscribe to that philosophy. I believe there […]

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel at the Century of Stoke exhibit at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach. Photo by SurfWriter Girls.

Museum showcases century of surfing in Huntington Beach

Posted  August 8, 2014  by  Surfwriter Girls

Now that summer’s winding down and people are starting to think more about books and backpacks than bikinis and board shorts, if you want to hold onto summer a little longer, stop by the Century of Stoke exhibit at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach (411 Olive Ave.). Less than an hour before the […]

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UCLA Football Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone. Courtesy photo.

CS San Bernardino hosts third Bruin pre-season practice session

Posted  August 7, 2014  by  courtesy

The UCLA football team wrapped up its third practice of training camp on Wednesday. The Bruins returned to the practice fields in shells for the first time on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. Date Opponent Time(Media) Aug. 30 at Virginia 9 a.m. (ESPN) Sep. 6 Memphis 7 p.m. Pac-12 Networks Sep. 13 at […]

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Musique Sur La Mer, violin soloist, Doug Conwell

Back-to-school in 1930

Posted  August 7, 2014  by  courtesy

Twas the first Tuesday after Labor Day in September, 1930. I was seven years old. There were no school bells ringing to inform or remind anyone that day was the first day in the new school semester. I’d had a very enjoyable summer vacation with a few of my daylight hours in being an entrepreneur. […]

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Orange County Breeze publishes a Daily Overnight News Summary (DONS) to subscribers only — it’s free! We recently upgraded the software used to email DONS to subscribers. We apologize that, for a handful of days, no DONS wa...
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Santa Ana man found dead in Anaheim parking lot

According to information released by the Orange County Coroner, Cesar Reyes, 28, a resident of Santa Ana, was found shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, in a parking lot in Anaheim. An autopsy has been completed, but th...
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California state revenues 10.8% below budget projections in November

The following information was released by the California Controller. State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly report covering California’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements in November 2012, showing ...
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Cypress Civic Center

Cypress Council approves second reading of ordinance restricting registered sex offenders

Over the protests of a number of speakers, and indeed against the advice of City Attorney William Wynder, the Cypress City Council voted a unanimous second approval for an ordinance restricting registered sex offenders with[in]...
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Marketing Maven Robin Itzler as Madam President.

Hillary for President

If I had $10 for every American who voted for Barack Obama solely because they wanted to elect America’s first black president, I’d be a wealthy woman. Speaking of women, there are many voters who would pull the lever for H...
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Los Alamitos Civic Center

Residents and non-residents speak about the anti-Kusumoto flyer at Los Alamitos City Council [UPDATED]

Business entirely unrelated to attempted recordings and anonymously printed flyers was conducted at the regular meeting of the Los Alamitos City Council on Monday, May 20. But all that other business will be covered separately....
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California Assembly District 72, Troy Edgar, Travis Allen, Fountain Valley, debate

Surprises at the debate between Troy Edgar and Travis Allen

Editor’s note: Orange County Breeze live-tweeted the debate at As promised, Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly ran a tight debate as Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar and Huntington Beach financial a...
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Robin Itzler, holding glasses

The Marketing Maven: After the election, what next?

My prediction was for a Mitt Romney win. I was in good company: Michael Barone, George Will, Newt Gingrich, Peggy Noonan, Steve Forbes, Dick Morris, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh also predicted that Romney would win the presidenc...
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Marketing Maven Robin Itzler holds a dog's service vest. Courtesy photo.

Marketing and more: The debate over service dogs

Update: the first paragraph has been edited to clarify after comments by readers showed that the writer’s intent was not clear. There’s been some debate about what constitutes a legitimate service/assistance dog. Accord...
by Robin Itzler

Nancy Pelosi (D), junior senator from California. Official portrait.

Nancy Pelosi supports executive overreach by President Obama

National Review Online has made the video clip below available of our junior senator, Nancy Pelosi, reacting to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. She says that its A-OK with her if President Obama ignor...
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Rossmoor Festival, contraband cupcakes

A beautiful day in the neighborhood, until the Health Department showed up

The Rossmoor Homeowners Association couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather for the Rossmoor Community Festival. Bev Houghton, in charge of checking vendors in, had the happy problem of finding room for more vendors than...
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Robin Itzler, Christmas, Marketing Maven

The Marketing Maven: Keeping Christmas Kosher

There are two months each year when the divide between liberals and conservatives becomes wider than the Grand Canyon. The first is November, when Election Day demonstrates that America is a 50/50 nation. No matter who wins, ap...
by Robin Itzler

RCSD, ad hoc committee, meeting 10 Jan 2012

Video of RCSD Shops at Rossmoor Ad Hoc Committee meeting, 10 Jan. 2012

From CSMP: This is coverage of the first RCSD (Rossmoor Community Services District) Shops at Rossmoor ad hoc committee meeting, held January 10, 2012 at Rush Park auditorium in Rossmoor. The committee was called for at the Dec...
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Cypress Chamber announces exhibitor booths still available for Community Festival

The following information was released by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce. The Cypress Chamber of Commerce still has high profile commercial exhibitor booths available for the July 28 Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Par...
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Robin Itzler, take 3

The Marketing Maven: Seventeen reasons to vote for Obama on Nov. 6

After several columns promoting that Mitt Romney be elected President of the United States, it’s only fair that I devote at least one column to why voters should consider re-electing Barack Obama. This column is dedicated to ...
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Robin Itzler on a family cruise to Mexico in 1978.

Marketing Maven: Ship happens

Businesses large and small have marketing campaigns that highlight how they strive to satisfy their customers with outstanding products and/or services. Yet, even an award-winning marketing campaign can become an albatross when...
by Robin Itzler


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Marketing Maven: Hooray for Marketingwood!

Editor’s note: IMDB plot summary of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affe...
by Robin Itzler

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Pedestrian and motorcyclist die in Long Beach traffic accident

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the area of Ocean Blvd. and 8th Pl. regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of two female adults. When officers a...
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