Irvine’s Great Park has certainly had its share of fits and starts over the past decade. But park leaders say Saturday’s celebration of the openings of the North Lawn and Palm Court Arts Complex are part of a new era of tangible progress.

Type 2 diabetes rates are high in the Mexican-American community, but the reasons, says UC Irvine’s Michael Montoya, are environmental, not genetic.

In other news …

The OC Register’s Teri Sforza crunches the numbers to find out which city council in Orange County makes the most money.

Demand at LA and OC food pantries is skyrocketing.

Customers of a small water district in Santa Ana get relief thanks to Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

Costa Mesa City Council works to develop five-year financial plan.

Historic Laguna Beach Cottages are dismantled.


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