2022 Primary Election Results

Polling has closed for California’s Primary Election and results are pouring in, as candidates vying for local and statewide offices look to secure a placement on the ballots for the upcoming General Election this fall. The top two vote getters of each race, regardless of party affiliation, will move on to the General, which will be decided on Nov. 8.

First OC Cities Receive Approval on State-Mandated Housing Plan Updates

The October 2021 deadline for cities to update their Housing Elements has long since passed. So far though, only two Orange County cities, Yorba Linda and Irvine, have had their updated plans approved by the state’s housing department. The three South County cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano are all in the process of revising and submitting their updated Housing Elements after receiving their latest round of HCD review.

Summer Surf Primer

With summertime officially in full effect, Jake Howard offers readers a few tips, tricks and safety guidelines to consider when visiting the beaches and hitting the waves.

Publisher’s Letter: Drumroll, Please

Picket Fence Media’s editorial team, including Shawn Raymundo, Zach Cavanagh, Collin Breaux, Chelsie Rex and Jasmine Smith, as well as former PFM Senior Editor Lillian Boyd, each earned awards from the California News Publishers Association for their work in 2021.

Stars Come into Alignment for Cosmic Creek

Following a two-year pause brought on by the pandemic, the Vissla Cosmic Creek Surf Festival is once again touching down on the sands of Salt Creek on June 4-5, Jake Howard reports in this week’s surf column. The Cosmic Creek is part surf contest, part retro surfboard celebration, part music festival, and solely unique to Salt Creek.

Grom of the Week: Siyanda Hewitt

This week’s featured grom is 15-year-old Siyanda Hewitt of Durban, South Africa. Siyanda is visiting San Clemente over the next week with his father, Tom, who runs Surfers Not Street Children, an organization that endeavors to use surfing as a means to get down-and-out kids off the streets.