This tumultuous year has proven the essential nature of nonpartisan local news. Every day we bring you news critical to staying informed and active in the community. Join us with a tax-deductible donation.

Southern California grocery workers, who have been working under an expired contract, are ramping up their efforts against the three big supermarket chains. David Washburn examines the issues on the table and whether a strike is possible.

Orange County scrambles to defend against a $48-million tax grab by the state.

In the cities:

Beach closures due to pollution are on the rise.

San Clemente takes issue with grand jury on pay.

Folk singer takes on Costa Mesa City Council.

Dana Point still has beach access issues.

Newport Beach to review more outsourcing. Trash is first up.

Campgrounds at El Morro State Beach are finally done.

Costa Mesa publishes City Council salaries.

— THE EDITORS

Join the conversation: In lieu of comments, we encourage readers to engage with us across a variety of mediums. Join our Facebook discussion. Message us via our website or staff page. Send us a secure tip. Share your thoughts in a community opinion piece.