Roy Dunn, founder of the Opportunity Valley News, looks through one of the first editions of the free weekly newspaper that was distributed to every home in Orange County beginning on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1971.,After nine years, Cox Newspapers, owner of the Orange Leader and Port Arthur News, bought the paper from Dunn and it was published by the Orange Leader for the next 20 years.,It's been 50 years to the day – St. Patrick's Day, 1971 -- since Roy Dunn went into the newspapering business with the first edition of the Opportunity Valley News.,Roy Dunn says Runnels' weekly sports column entitled "'Strike Two, Third Down' made his name very famous around Orange County.","With all the success the Opportunity Valley News had, the Community Post was just amazing, the way it took off," Roy Dunn said.

Scores of other residential communities, mixed-use developments, hotel projects and office developments either broke ground or were under construction in 2020.,Developments already under construction in 2020 included The Grand, a Frank Gehry-designed, $1 billion mixed-use development on Bunker Hill in the Financial District, citizenM Hotel, an 11-story hotel, being built with prefabricated modular units in the Financial District, and 755 S. Figueroa, a 64-story apartment tower with 784 units, also in the Financial District.,The Lightstone Group project will include a 37-story tower with two hotels, 727 guestrooms and 8,600 square feet of restaurant and retail space.,Eighth Figueroa, a 42-story tower with 438 apartments and 7,500 square feet of retail space in the city’s Financial District, also broke ground in 2020.,Downtown L.A. also saw some notable investment sales last year, including Silverstein Properties’ purchase of the US Bank Tower for $430 million, the sale of 915 Wilshire for $196 million to German investors and Avalon Bay Communities’ purchase of the Showa Marine cold storage site in the Arts District, which is entitled for 475 live/work units and roughly 50,000 square feet of retail.

Mural artists Brian Peterson, left, and Damin Lujan of Santa Ana created a 35-by-40-foot mural depicting Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a building overlooking the parking lot of Philippe the Original sandwich shop in Los Angeles.,(Photo courtesy of Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan)

David Ahn stands beneath the mural of Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts he commissioned to be painted on the side of his building at 686 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles, CA.,(Photo by Andy Holzman) read more

“This isn’t just a City of LA problem but a County of Los Angeles problem, so all those cities (in the county) will be part of policing and development.”,Despite No Olympics LA’s advocacy against the Olympic Games, Los Angeles is pressing on with its Summer Olympics plans, but not everyone is ready to welcome the event with open arms.,“At first I was super excited about the Olympics coming to Los Angeles, but sadly I just think that when either a summer or winter city hosts an Olympic Games there’s always a lot of controversy and nightmares that come with the games,” said Estrada.,If the 2028 Olympic Games goes over budget, Los Angeles and California taxpayers will pay for the cost overruns, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office Olympic Bid report by The California Legislature’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor.,“I think it’s a bit unjust to spend billions of dollars to host an Olympic Games in Los Angeles and renovate stadiums and renovate public transportation, and build new venues and at the same time Los Angeles is struggling with funding schools, and being one of the most heavily populated cities with homelessness,” said Estrada.

Because of their day-to-day experiences with traffic flow, crowd control and project management, arenas and stadiums proved practical as Covid-19 testing sites and food banks.,To help with dispensing, food centers were established by charities and organizations at stadiums nationwide.,Stadium parking lots in the spring and summer, filled in years past by tailgaters, staff and street vendors, instead became home to pop-up tents for Covid-19 testing.,Arenas and stadiums across the country opened their doors in the fall for an additional purpose: polling locations during the 2020 election cycle.,David Ortiz, public information officer for the LA City Fire Department, told CNN's Paul Vercammen that working with the Dodgers and using their stadium lot is a boon for the county's vaccination efforts.

Amherst orthopedic injury walk-in clinic opensAMHERST — Cooley Dickinson Health Care opened its second orthopedic injury clinic last week.,The Amherst clinic, at 170 University Drive, is in addition to the West Hatfield orthopedic injury clinic location, which opened in the fall of 2016.,For more information, call 413-586-8200 or Bond finalist for Mt. Tom plant project WESTFIELD — Tighe Bond Inc. has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts as a 2020 Engineering Excellence Award Finalist (Gold Award).,Tighe Bond, in conjunction with a team of subconsultants and property owner ENGIE North America, transformed the site of the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant into the state’s largest community solar and energy storage facility.,Grants will provide 100,000 meals for people in region HATFIELD — Two regional companies are providing major support to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts based in Hatfield that will pay for about 100,000 meals for residents in the region.