Melissa Loschy’s Crowns Are Fit for a Queen

More compared to any kind of accessory, people are judged many fiercely by just what they put on on their heads. However there is one piece that every lady deserves to own, regardless of just what any person thinks: a crown.

Though they’re normally reserved for weddings and princess parties, artist Melissa Loschy realized exactly how excellent it feels to put on a crown on a normal basis. Loschy, that functions in mostly paper and fiber, was designing a collection of jewelry encouraged by downtown Los Angeles last year as quickly as she noticed something magical. “as quickly as Art Deco was popular, women wore these elaborate headdresses,” Loschy says. “So making use of material I had lying around, I gained a couple of geometric crowns for my look-schedule photo shoot.” The designs stood out as considerably as the jewelry, and the crowns have actually been selling love gangbusters due to the fact that at

Loschy’s crowns don’t invoke Disney princesses, though. The OC-born-and-bred designer supplies designs that can easily be described as spartan and ethereal, gained from wood, branches, shells and crystals. “They are surely popular about Halloween and festival season, However the Much more I make, [the more] I understand there are surprisingly a great deal of reasons to put on a crown,” Loschy says. For the self-conscious, she recommends getting one along with a friend, after that using them to a celebration together. Or merely sport one about the house! There’s no means to feel inadequate regarding on your own in among these pretties.

Catch Loschy at the Orange Worldwide Street Reasonable throughout Labor Day weekend, as quickly as you can easily likewise see the remainder of her gorgeous creations, including statement jewelry and woven dream catchers. It’s the excellent occasion to bust out that brand-new headpiece.

UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival Brings On the Bard

Eli Simon wanted to build a theater. Like, a actually cool theater. He had the money, thanks to funds from a department of excellence award (provided to the UC Irvine dramatization department), also as generous donors. He had the talent; he’s been UC Irvine chancellor’s professor of dramatization for 27 years, also as a professional director and author. He had the suggestion for an intimate, outdoor, moveable, 15-ton, mini-Elizabethan theater.

But could he actually do it?

“Keith Bangs, the Brand-new Swan’s production manager, and I were having among our preliminary meetings at Pei Wei, [talking about] exactly how do we relocate this 15-ton mini-Elizabethan theater, where ought to we set it down, will certainly the Groundlings seats work, and so forth,” Simon recalls. “I opened my fortune cookie, and it said, ‘Build your theater; the audience is waiting.’

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New Swan Shakespeare Festival

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New Swan Shakespeare Festival at Brand-new Swan Theater, on Inner Ring Road, Irvine, (949) 824-6614; The shows play in repertory, so call or visit website for dates and times. Through Aug. 30. $25-$50.

“I nearly fell off my seat,” Simon continues. “We decided, right after that and there, that we were being provided a clear authorize from the gods of fortune cookies and theater and that we ought to go forward along with our crazy vision.”

The Brand-new Swan Theater is an eye-catching marvel currently stationed on the UCI campus simply west of Langson Library. And it’s house to the Brand-new Swan Shakespeare Festival, now in its fourth summer season. Under Simon’s artistic direction, the festival offers two productions: Much Ado Concerning Nothing and Macbeth.

“It was born of the impulse to produce an intimate space in which we could investigate and perform Shakespearean plays while remaining in fairly close contact along with the audience,” Simon says. “It’s actually as straightforward as that. The Brand-new Swan Theater itself is the central element that makes our festival special.”

A three-degree cylinder earned of steel and wood, the theater seats up to 130 in 5 areas, including the floor (where the groundlings, i.e., the unsophisticated, rowdy, drunken rabble, that now swarm Concerning downtown Fullerton on a weekend break night, sat throughout Shakespeare’s time—and I say this as a Fullerton resident and sometimes-bartender) and a balcony. The actors are seldom a lot more compared to a couple of feet away from any sort of seat.

The configuration creates an intense, immersive experience. And the method the business approaches its productions (last year’s Twelfth Night and this year’s Macbeth rank among the most effective neighborhood Shakespeare shows these jaded eyes have actually witnessed over the past twenty years) magnifies that experience. “We didn’t hope to create declamatory, stuffy productions,” Simon says. “We wanted the audience to have the ability to sense the actors’ brains whirring and to feel emotions as they arise. We wanted actors to have the ability to take their asides and thoughts straight to the audience, very compared to throwing them out to some unknown put above the footlights. There’s a synergy that is developed in the Brand-new Swan Theater. The actors feel it, and so does the audience. My target is to sustain everyone happy in that space, whether you’re onstage or you’re in the residence watching the action unfold. So far, it appears to be working.”

The combination of that aesthetic approach, along along with the naked truth that the actors (professionals and students, many of whom are alums of the dramatization department or current graduate and undergraduate students) are trained in Shakespeare and regulate to make nearly every line intelligible, makes the shows the 2 entertaining and accessible, also as remarkably real to the most effective thing Concerning the Bard: his language. “We seek to tell the story as clearly as feasible devoid of resorting to theatrical tricks,” Simon says. “We set the plays—one tragedy and one comedy each year—in the time and put that makes many sense to us. If it should stay period, we’ll leave it in Shakespeare’s time, Yet many of our plays thus far have actually been modernized to the 20th century and beyond.”

Shakespeare’s language is unaltered, Yet the plays are edited so that each act runs an hr or less. “In the long and short run, it’s Concerning the acting,” Simon says. “People locate our actors understandable and compelling. I’ve figured out that a smaller, tighter, highly talented business is the method to go. Our actors appear in the 2 shows. That keeps them challenged, and [many of our audience members] attend the 2 shows to see the means in which the business members shift from comedy to tragedy on successive nights. . . . It took me four months to cast the ensemble this year, and I was tearing my hair out for many of that period of time. It was worth the wait.”

Stuck In the Middle With You

Bob Aul


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You are the woman that went to the ARCO gas station on the subject of Katella Avenue in Stanton at regarding 6 p.m. a couple of weeks ago. There were 3 pumps along with the one many ahead occupied. You pulled up in your vehicle to the initial pump, stopped and performed no more get hold of out. After 10 seconds, I honked to have actually you pull approximately the empty pump so I can get hold of gas. You really did not move, so I honked again. After that you obtained out and said, “Go around—zero huge deal.” So exactly what can I do however go about and parallel park? You can have actually quickly pulled ahead so I can get hold of gas. I have actually zero regard with regard to your shortage of consideration.

Watchdog: How can O.C. residents be using less water, but paying more?

It’s a modest Irvine tract house, ensconced in a modest quantity of greenery. Nona Demetre considers her water use modest as well – however her monthly bill shot up 34 percent over the path of a single year nonetheless.

“As a retiree, I have actually been fairly conscious regarding conserving water in order to sustain my bill low,” Demetre protested to the Irvine Ranch Water District, detailing exactly how her monthly bill grew to $48. “As rates have actually been increasing every year, it appears to be an effort in futility.”

Like lots of drought-plagued Californians, Demetre is vexed by paying ever much more while using ever less. Irvine Ranch’s rates flower again on July 1. So even after cutting outdoor watering by a third, Demetre’s bill remains the same.

It’s a conundrum statewide: Officials reason that individuals conserve water. individuals respond, and water use goes down. however much less water sold means much less cash flowing in to public coffers, so prices rise to make up for lost revenue.

Folks feel that they’re being punished for conserving. however just what else can easily the water agencies do to cover fixed costs, which don’t fluctuate Enjoy the rain?

“Sure, ‘use much less water, pay much more for it,’ is a sturdy pill to swallow,” said Yorba Linda Water District President Ric Collett in a letter explaining why straightforward service charges in the hot, hilly horse country are slated to jump from $16.77 to $41.77 this fall. “However, in reality, it’s ‘use much less water, pay much more to guarantee it is there as quickly as you necessity it.’”

Southern California cities and water districts are selling much less water now compared to they did spine in 2003, however are bringing in more cash nonetheless, a Register analysis found. Rising rates are an integral section of that equation, and Irvine Ranch and Yorba Linda are not alone: The cost of water has actually doubled and rates at most agencies have actually risen in recent years, and is expected to rise even more.

• Among retail water agencies in Orange County, revenue flower an standard of 54 percent over 11 years, according to data from the state controller’s office.

• Among O.C. cities that furnish water service, revenue flower 78 percent over 12 years.

• And among water managers, importers and wholesalers – agencies that pump it from the ground or import it from far away, after that sell it to the agencies that ultimately sell it to you – revenue flower 46 percent over 12 years.


“Overall, costs are fixed and there’s a great deal of capital in the ground,” said Gary Breaux, chief financial officer for the giant, 87-year-old Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which falls in to that last category.

“You’re using much less however your bill could continue to be the same, and individuals are like, ‘It must go down.’ I’ve had those discussions lots of times, however it comes down to this: Water is vital to day-to-day living. The costs are to grab it to the tap, safe to drink.”

MWD is the granddaddy of them all, importing water so 19 million individuals can easily live in this desert we call home. In 2003, it sold 2.3 million acre-feet of water, and had $1.1 billion in total revenue.

In 2013, despite much more compared to a million brand-new individuals in SoCal, MWD’s water sales were down considerably – by 17 percent, to 1.9 million acre-feet. however revenue had grown much more compared to 46 percent, to $1.6 billion.

That can easily happen since MWD has actually much more compared to doubled the rate of its water, from $408 an acre-foot in 2003 to $890 in 2014. Rates went up 1.5 percent on Jan. 1, and will certainly go up yet another 1.5 percent in 2016. That will certainly trickle down to lots of local cities and water districts.

Groundwater – mostly pumped by the Orange County Water District – is far cheaper. however it, too, has actually much more compared to doubled in cost, from $127 per acre-foot in 2003 to $276 in 2014.

That makes People cranky.

“Rates are constantly going up and they have actually a half-billion dollars in their reserves,” said activist and critic John Jaeger of Irvine Ranch. “It’s outrageous.”

The economics behind water pricing are a story of economic scarcity in action, touching every Californian that washes dishes or takes a bath. They’re rooted in a fundamental disconnect: Seventy percent of California’s precipitation falls north of Sacramento, while 75 percent of the reason for water is south of Sacramento, according to the Water Education Foundation.


One official wryly noted that water agencies are spending millions of dollars to tell individuals not to buy their product.

“The hard truth is that the drought has actually a rate tag,” said Cindie Ryan, spokeswoman for the city of Brea, which imports all its water.

“It will certainly hit the pocketbook of everyone in California and there is no avoiding it. however employing good conservation habits now will certainly advice mitigate future costs to the very best extent possible. … The rate tag to California, and by extension, cities and people would certainly be even greater absent strict conservation measures.”

And don’t count on El Niño to save you. Big rains frequently translate in to even much less water used, making budget holes even bigger.

Higher revenue reflects the pass-through of greater costs to consumers, as well as interest income and growing property tax revenue for the agencies that grab them (not all of do), officials said.

Costs have actually been going up as well. In addition to the rise in the rate of water, it costs much more to deliver it and to keep and increase the delivery systems. Especially among cities, there has actually been a burst of catch-up to refresh saggy old infrastructure that was neglected as quickly as times were tight, to prevent UCLA-type flooding.

The revenue enhances reflect additional millions for capital improvement projects, officials said.

“Aside from the truth that public utilities have actually not communicated the true value of water effectively, there is likewise a lack of public discovering concerning just what it requires to offer safe, reliable drinking water to customers,” said Alma Flores, spokeswoman for the city of Santa Ana.

“For utilities along with debt obligations, fixed costs make up anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of total costs. This percentage is lower for those utilities along with no debt burden. Consequently, even if no water is sold, utilities still have actually substantial costs that need to be covered.”

To that end, exactly how you pay for water is in the midst of change.

There are two sections to your water bill: the service charge, which is meant to cover fixed operating costs; and the commodity charge, which is supposed to cover the cost of water itself.

Historically, lots of agencies depended heavily on the commodity charge to make ends meet. along with water consumption down, that’s changing.

‘individuals CUSSing AT ME’

The starkest illustration could be in Yorba Linda, where the fixed service charge is slated to rise to $41.77 from the present $16.77. Unlike most others water districts, Yorba Linda has actually kept its fiscal reserves low, so it doesn’t have actually much of a money cushion. The governor’s 36 percent conservation mandate for the district is translating in to a sudden 36 percent shed in revenue – regarding $10 million.

The district has to dramatically restructure its rates or face insolvency.

“This isn’t something we Enjoy to do and it’s not something we wish to do,” said spokesman Damon Micalizzi. “Our rates have actually been the lowest in the land forever, and we have actually big green lots that individuals watered along with abandon.

“The $700 bills subsidized those that didn’t pay as much, however that has actually got to change. I’ve had individuals cussing at me, however after we explain, they wish to go out for coffee. They could not Enjoy it, however they understand.”

The standard water bill in Yorba Linda is regarding $85 now. After a 36 percent reduction in water use and the price hike, it will certainly still be regarding $85, Micalizzi said.

The Santa Margarita Water District, one of the county’s largest, recently examined its price structure and found that fixed charges only covered regarding 40 percent of fixed costs.

Even prior to the drought, that presented challenges, said spokesman Jonathan Volzke: Water sales, and therefore revenue, peaked in the summer then trailed off in the winter.

In March, the district hiked fixed charges from $6.41 to $8.72 for most single-family homes, while dropping the water charge regarding twenty cents a unit. Four much more annual enhances are on the way, and the district is embracing “water budgets,” which set usage targets based on property, estate and family size.

The governor’s mandatory reductions are expected to cut Santa Margarita’s revenue by $6.8 million this year, Volzke said. To absorb that, the district is delaying equipment purchases and reducing exactly how much is socked in to reserves.


The East Orange County Water District, which acts as the two wholesaler and retailer, is exceeding its 36 percent reduction target thanks to July’s rains, and anticipates revenue losses of some $400,000, General Manager Lisa Ohlund said. It’s doing a cost-of-service analysis, and anticipates a “drought surcharge.”

“If we have actually a wet winter, that will certainly further exacerbate the revenue loss, and the drought surcharge will certainly probably continue to be in place longer – which will certainly be much more upsetting to our customers,” Ohlund said.

“The vast majority are quite discovering of the situation. I’ve been heartened by several of our customers who, while attending one of our drought outreach workshops, will certainly come up to us afterwards and pat our arms and tell us that points will certainly grab better.”

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After 10 years of photo booth tradition at OC Fair, why this O.C. family can’t be back this year: leukemia

Their lives were straightforward then. Every August, they would certainly visit the OC Reasonable and discover the exact same photo booth and take the exact same goofy pictures. The photos had to be black and white – that was the rule.

You can easily see the chance in their eyes. And the uncertainty. And the sense of enjoyable that envelops young, giggly families in a photo booth. They barely knew each various other in the initial photo. In the last one, they couldn’t have actually known exactly how a lot their future was concerning to change.

Andy and Jillian Rott began to report their lives in the photo booth as quickly as they were in higher school, along with their initial date. after that marriage, after that two kids, after that an unexpected addition to the family. Every one of smiles.

“The photos got squishy,” Jillian said, “along with so numerous individuals in the booth.”

“I fade in to the background,” Andy said along with a smile.

Eleven years of wonderful memories.

The last photo was taken in August of 2014.

They won’t be going to the Reasonable this year.


They the two went to Calvary Chapel higher School in Santa Ana. She was a junior. He was a senior.

Their initial date was dinner and a movie – Ruby’s at Crystal Court and “Four Feathers,” a romantic dramatization starring Heath Ledger.

When Jillian introduced Andy to her family, they forced your man to play guitar.

Andy can’t for the life of your man remember the song he sang. Yet he dedicated it to Jillian. She didn’t already know it at the time, Yet in Andy’s mind, she was the one.

“That’s as quickly as we knew he was an excellent guy,” said Jill Poe, Jillian’s mother.

When he proposed, he established Tiki torches and a table on the beach at Crystal Cove.

“as quickly as I saw the lights and the whole established on the beach, I knew just what was happening,” Jillian said.

That was 2005.

If you would certainly have actually asked them concerning their targets at the time, they would certainly have actually told you 1) begin a family 2) buy a residence 3) sustain going spine to the fair.

Andy became a high-voltage lineman along with Southern California Edison. And their family started growing.

Caden was born in 2007. Chloe was born in 2009.

They achieved portion of their dream, Yet the value of their brand-new condo dropped so fast, they had to sell it. They rented a residence in Fountain Valley along with the intent to eventually buy.


Caden started playing along with a boy named Kevin. His family life was tumultuous, and he came over to play along with Caden at 6 most mornings. He would certainly continue to be long in to the evenings.

The Rotts heard Kevin was concerning to be sent to the Philippines since his mother could no longer care for him.

“We prayed concerning it,” Jillian said. “He’s a sweet boy, and he simply type of suit in to our family.”

They approached Kevin’s mother, and she signed over legal guardianship to the Rotts in 2013. Kevin was 8. after that the whole family moved in along with the Poes so they could save up for a bigger house.

“It was so a lot fun,” Jill Poe said. “I feel so blessed. I make them breakfast almost everyday – pancakes, eggs, sausage and smoothies.”

In April, Jillian located the optimal three-bedroom residence on a corner lot in Fountain Valley. They had saved up enough cash for the down payment.

Just as quickly as their life was at its highest point, Jillian located a lump on Chloe’s neck.


First there was one lump. after that two. after that more. At first, the doctor said it was probably swollen lymph nodes. Jillian waited a month, Yet the lumps didn’t go away. She took 6-year-old Chloe to an ear, nose and throat specialist. They located lumps operating from her ear to her clavicle.

Jillian was at the park in early July as quickly as she got a call from the doctor’s office. Chloe’s blood job had come back. She required to grab her daughter to the emergency room.

“I was freaking out,” Jillian said.

When she was met by a group of oncologists, Jillian knew this wasn’t good.

On the day they were supposed to authorize papers to close the deal on the brand-new house, Chloe was diagnosed along with leukemia.

NO Reasonable THIS YEAR

At the Poes’ house, Jill will certainly get your elbow as quickly as you walk inside. You have to take off your shoes, and you have to squirt your hands along with antibacterial soap. Chloe’s immunities to fight off health problem are gone.

Chloe goes to weekly chemotherapy where she lies on Andy’s tummy or sits on Jillian’s lap while she receives her treatment.

The fear of contracting health problem keeps Chloe in the residence while they wait to see exactly how her system responds to the chemo. Her hair is falling out now. Her face is bloated from the steroids she requires to continue to be strong.

They cannot visit the fair.

“We talked concerning Andy taking the boys to the photo booth,” Jillian said. “Yet that’s type of sad.”

While inside, they attempt to make life as enjoyable as feasible for Chloe.

“There should be joy in this residence every day,” Jill Poe said.

On a recent Monday, they had a “Pet Party” for the Poes’ Irish setter named Dozer. They decorated the backyard along with balloons. Chloe selected the menu – hot dogs and S’mores. Jill added green beans.

Recently, they gained Pet cookies and sent them to neighbors, despite the fact that Chloe couldn’t be there to see the dogs consume them. The neighbors sent videos to prove to the cookies were well received.

Friends and family have actually been supportive. Jillian’s higher school friends Chanel and Aaron Stapish have actually organized dishes to be delivered three times a week through November. A Facebook page has actually been produced called “Prayers for Chloe.” And a fundraising blog called “” is likewise up and running.

Here’s just what the Rotts truly want.

They want A lot more and A lot more and A lot more black-and-white pictures of the whole family in the coming years at the OC Fair.

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