Erika I. Ritchie,

Erika I. Ritchie

California, United States

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Recent articles by Erika:

Camp Pendleton Marines Take New Amphibious Vehicle on First Deployment After Early Training Issues

Sailing with two Navy ships in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Camp Pendleton is the first to take ACVs aboard and use them in large international training events. → Read More

20-Year-Old Marine Dies During Pre-Deployment Training at 29 Palms

The Marine from Chesnee, S.C., was part of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. → Read More

Camp Pendleton Is Latest Base to Find 'Forever Chemicals' in Drinking Water

Base officials believe their water supply was likely impacted by groundwater that seeped in from inland and uphill Orange County. → Read More

Newport Beach looks at fractional home ownership in neighborhoods

Fractional ownership is where owners share the cost and use of a home, often for vacation purposes, but some worry they will bring extra congestion and noise to their neighborhoods. → Read More

Water district is monitoring South Laguna slope where sinkhole swallowed a Range Rover

Mud and debris flowed about 300 yards through backyards and down to the beach; crews are keep watch with rain strom. → Read More

Huntington Beach announces own lawsuit against the state over housing mandates

City leaders say Huntington Beach’s status as a charter city supersedes state mandates for housing development. → Read More

Laguna Beach gathers for Patriots Day Parade

On Saturday, March 4, the streets of Forest Avenue were lined with flag-waving folks out to watch the parade, in its 56th year. → Read More

Marine mammal rescue breaks ground on $14 million expansion, water reclamation project

The project will benefit the center’s many pinniped patients, ocean research and scientific studies on marine mammal health, while also saving water. → Read More

City lifeguards mark first day patrolling South Laguna beaches

Laguna Beach took control of 2.5 miles of shore on Wednesday that previously were operated by the county of Orange. → Read More

Final bones of 50-year-old Laguna Hills mall are coming down

Developers are preparing the property right off the 5 Freeway for new community with a hotel, entertainment, apartments, office spaces and a community park. → Read More

Balloon ban made official in Laguna Beach, goes into effect next year

The city will not allow the use of balloons of all kinds on public property or the sale and distribution citywide. → Read More

Many OC families reaching ‘food cliff’ as pandemic assistance with buying food ends – Orange County Register

In March, extra benefits offered during coronavirus emergency will cease, reducing the benefits provided through the state’s CalFresh program by at least $95. → Read More

Faithful line up for Ash Wednesday blessing delivered on a Costa Mesa street corner

Amid the afternoon’s gusty wind and chilly temperatures, people stopped their cars, came by on foot and, in one case, a man on a 6 mile run with his dog took advantage. → Read More

Hoag Hospital opens its remodeled $28 million cancer center

On Tuesday, Hoag Hospital’s newly renovated, three-story Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center reopened to its first patients in 18 months, bringing cancer care under one roof at the Newport … → Read More

Dana Point wants public input for what the coastal town should be like in the future

With at least two major refresh projects on the horizon – a $450-million plus remodel of the Dana Point Harbor expected to start anytime and a new vision recently approved for Doheny Village – city… → Read More

Doheny Village plan in Dana Point gets green light from Coastal Commission

City officials can now adjust zoning in the aging village area to encourage development and investment while preserving, and even enhancing, they said, the area’s eclectic combination of uses… → Read More

Hundreds remember Dr. Michael Mammone as a family man who was calm and caring at work

Mammone was hit while bike riding, then attacked with a knife by the driver who has been charged with murder. → Read More

‘Most aggressive balloon ban’: California city’s proposal would prevent sale and public use

If approved Feb. 21, the law would go into effect next year and violations could mean fines ranging from $100 to $500, officials said. → Read More

City leaders say they’ll challenge housing mandates as state officials warn Huntington Beach could be violating laws – Orange County Register

The question over local vs. state control might require court intervention, Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates said. → Read More

Laguna Beach close to banning public use, sales of all balloons

If approved Feb. 21, the law would go into effect next year and violations could mean fines ranging from $100 to $500, officials said. → Read More