TimesOC: 2016 was an eventful year in Surf City

** http://www.latimes.com/ ———————————————————— ** http://www.latimes.com/local/orangecounty/ ———————————————————— Send to a Friend (mailto:?subject=TimesOC: 2016 was an eventful year in Surf City&body=http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f089ecc9238c5ee13b8e5f471&id=9c518d1f8a&e=2522ea46b6) | View in browser (http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f089ecc9238c5ee13b8e5f471&id=9c518d1f8a&e=2522ea46b6) Good morning. It’s Friday, Dec. 30. Here’s what’s been happening in O.C.: ** TOP STORY ———————————————————— Aerobatic and racing pilots fly over the Port of Long Beach during preparations for the Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow in October. (File photo) 2016 was an eventful year in Surf City In 2016, Huntington Beach opened a new 38,000-square-foot senior center, hosted its first air show and unveiled a 9/11 memorial at City Hall. We take a look at the year’s top stories, from outlawing reptiles for entertainment to the mermaiding trend to a man who slit his throat in court and a man who died fulfilling his surfing dream. Daily Pilot (http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-hb-best-year-20161228-story.html) ** POLITICS ———————————————————— Retirement watch: 4 California members of Congress who might bow out by 2018, and one who almost definitely will Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), the longest-serving Republican in California’s congressional delegation, has been the subject of retirement rumblings for years. But Rohrabacher, 69, who has represented his Huntington Beach-area district for 28 years, lashed out at former Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh last April when Baugh began raising money in anticipation of the congressman’s potential 2018 retirement. Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-member-retire-watch-20161229-story.html) ** AROUND THE COUNTY ———————————————————— Old-time butcher store revives at The Butchery’s latest site After a decades-long decline of town butchers showcasing hand-cut meats, a growing demand for alternatives to mass-produced chickens and steaks has inspired a resurgence in boutique butcher shops. Orange County carnivores can have their choice of Jidori chicken, Kobe beef, buffalo meat and other delicacies, along with charcuterie and aged cheese cut from a wheel, at The Butchery. The meat market and take-out shop has three locations in Orange County; the latest opened in November in Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove shopping center. Weekend (http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/tn-wknd-et-1225-the-butchery-20161224-story.html) ADVERTISEMENT blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a" >http://li.latimes.com/click?s=194251&sz=300×250&li=c8045eb944&e=blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a" >http://li.latimes.com/click?s=49864&sz=116×15&li=c8045eb944&e=blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a" >http://li.latimes.com/click?s=96523&sz=69×15&li=c8045eb944&e=blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a ** UNSUNG HEROES ———————————————————— Ex-pilot turned chef now steers the cooking at O.C. Rescue Mission James Whitehead, a retired airline pilot who flew international flights to places like Zurich, Munich and Stockholm, embarked on a new kind of journey several years ago. His travel time to work now is much shorter, just a few miles to the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin. But he finds himself soaring in a whole new way. Daily Pilot (http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-unsung-hero-james-whitehead-20161228-story.html) Allison Rabin helps kids get involved in helping homeless In a polished community like Newport Beach, issues such as hunger and homelessness can be tough for children to grasp. But Allison Rabin has aimed to give youngsters a chance to learn about such topics and to make a difference. As a volunteer with Harbor View Elementary School’s Parent Faculty Organization, she has been able to create programs in which Harbor View students and their parents can help organizations such as Irvine-based Families Forward, which assists homeless and low-income families. Daily Pilot (http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-unsung-hero-allison-rabin-20161228-story.html) ADVERTISEMENT blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a" >http://li.latimes.com/click?s=211270&sz=300×250&li=c8045eb944&e=blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a" >http://li.latimes.com/click?s=49864&sz=116×15&li=c8045eb944&e=blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a" >http://li.latimes.com/click?s=96523&sz=69×15&li=c8045eb944&e=blog0033.aree567@mail.ulasu.com&p=9c518d1f8a ** FAITH ———————————————————— Fashion Island menorah lighting celebrates Hanukkah The Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Fashion Island in Newport Beach teamed up to present a public menorah lighting Wednesday evening to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day wintertime Festival of Lights. The ceremony at Fashion Island’s Atrium Garden Court featured a huge menorah lit in honor of author and Holocaust survivor Sam Silberberg, who endured two Nazi concentration camps as a boy. 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