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Former AC Milan striker and Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda partners with Orange County soccer club

IRVINE — Orange County’s highest tier professional soccer team is on a mission to establish a global talent development system, striking a partnership with former AC Milan striker and Japanese star Keisuke Honda.

The Irvine-based Orange County Soccer Club — which is part of the 31-team United Soccer League and plays at the Orange County Great Park’s new championship stadium  — recently announced Honda’s youth soccer program, Soltilo, has become an investor. The two organizations will collaborate on youth player development, tournaments, camps and exchange programs, officials said.

Keisuke Honda and Orange County Soccerowner James Keston pose for a photo at a press conference announcing a partnership between OCSC and Soltilo on Dec. 29, 2018, at the Orange County Great Park championship soccer stadium in Irvine. (Liza Rosales, Liza Rosales Photography)

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Laguna Hills State of City warns of challenges for 2018 and years to come

There will be challenges to face within the next few years for Laguna Hills, soon-to-be City Manager Donald J. White told residents and business and community leaders at the 2018 State of the City address.

Mayor Melody Carruth was slated to speak at the Jan. 11 event that drew more than 100 to the Community Center, but White said that she was ill.

“I do want to be pretty candid and as transparent as possible in talking about the challenges that face Laguna Hills,” White said. “Not only in 2018, but as I see it, it’s more of a two- to

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Tustin and OCFA present two wildfire preparedness workshops

With October’s Canyon Fire 2 flames nearly reaching North Tustin homes, the city has made natural disaster readiness a priority.

Mayor Al Murray, the Tustin Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority will present two town hall meetings to discuss wildfire preparedness on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The first 150 attendees will receive giveaways. A question-and-answer session with an expert panel will follow the discussion.


If you go

When: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, and 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23

Where: Tustin Market Place Community Center, 2961 El Camino Real

Cost: Free

Information: Questions can be submitted in advance to: ; RSVP:

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Repairs to T-Street bridge to beach in San Clemente to be completed

The City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, will consider making arrangements to complete a $119,000 rehabilitation of the T-Street overpass, a pedestrian bridge that serves as a beach access over the coastal railroad tracks.

A contractor hired by the city failed to finish the work in 2016, abandoning the project and directing the city to contact a bonding company to have the work completed, the city said. The council expects to make arrangements with the bonding company to finish the work.

It includes repairing concrete and applying a waterproofing layer, the city said. The work will be performed during February on

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Anaheim briefs: Muzeo plans two events in its Open Book series

The Muzeo’s Open Book series begins 2018 with a special edition on poetry writing and nature journaling.

The free event will feature Ann Brantingham, Grant Hier and John Brantingham sharing poetry and creative writing from 2 to 3:30 on Jan. 21 at the museum. All ages are welcome.

Another Open Book event is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 25 with Andy Alison, a direct descendant of Anaheim’s earliest German pioneers, Theodore and Clementine Schmidt-Langenberger. He will discuss “The First Pioneer Woman of Scandal and Respect – Clementine Schmidt Langenberger.” This program includes readings, open discussion and an opportunity

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Heart-stopping incident at the Irvine Improv leads to a happy ending, with laughter

Stand-up comics Jim Taylor of San Juan Capistrano and Richard Daryl Osborn of Long Beach had a special comedy routine ready for one of their biggest fans on Jan. 3 at the Irvine Improv.

But Elise Fellows, the 85-year-old birthday girl from Lake Forest who was sitting in the audience among a party of 18, never got to see the show.

As the comedy night was about to begin, she lost consciousness and slumped over.

San Clemente news briefs: Commuters new, authors luncheon, climate change and more

Something new for L.A. train commuters

Area residents who ride Metrolink to Los Angeles now can use Metrolink’s mobile app to transfer onto Metro Rail lines at Union Station.

Just purchase a mobile Metrolink ticket on your phone, then on arriving at Union Station, scan the phone at a Metro Rail gate.

Officials said in a news release that nearly one-third of Metrolink’s riders transfer onto Metro Rail lines to reach jobs, schools or other destinations in Los Angeles. Conductors on Metrolink trains scan passengers’ phones to check mobile tickets.

Until now, passengers with mobile tickets had to use ticket vending machine

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Capistrano Villas street upgrades set to begin

Capistrano Villas, a community north of downtown and west of Camino Capistrano, will be getting refurbished streets in coming months.

A $2.3 million rehabilitation of the streets will likely begin in January or February, City Manager Ben Siegel recently announced. The City Council hired R.J. Noble Company in December to do the work, which is expected to take up to 60 working days.

“The project is bounded on the west, and includes, Avenida De La Vista, and is bounded by, but does not include, Camino Capistrano on the east, Oso Road on the north and Mission Street on the south,” Assistant

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Hotel projects top list of issues entering 2018 in San Juan Capistrano

The city enters 2018 with a laundry list of issues to hash out and projects to bring to fruition – with limited financial resources – according to City Hall’s work plan for the year.

Two of the biggest issues are long-anticipated hotels – Plaza Banderas and Hotel Capistrano by Kimpton – the city is counting on to enhance downtown San Juan Capistrano and help spur the local economy.

The city is processing developer Bill Griffith’s request for design changes to add more high-end elements to the 124-room Plaza Banderas that was previously approved  for construction next to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Design

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Trauma Intervention Program looking for Stanton recruits to respond to emergency scenes, no experience required