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More Costa Mesans going lawnless during drought

More Costa Mesans going lawnless during drought

Lane and Linda Koluvek recently had a rude awakening when seeing their water bill.

 

SUV slams into low wall in front of Denny's in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police and fire crews worked to remove an SUV that was stuck on the grass area at the Denny's on Harbor Boulevard Tuesday morning.

 

Girls Inc. celebrates 60 years helping girls become strong women

When Girls Inc. of Orange County started out six decades ago, the programming resembled home economics courses that focused on sewing, the techniques of proper housekeeping or throwing a successful dinner party.

Some Costa Mesa seniors concerned about where foundation money will be spent

A group of Costa Mesa seniors is concerned that money from a non-profit memorial foundation could be used in the coming months to benefit the outgoing Costa Mesa Senior Center Corporation instead of the center itself.

 

Firefighters stop small brush fire in Talbert Regional Park

A small blaze that firefighters doused Tuesday afternoon was likely set in Talbert Regional Park intentionally, Costa Mesa fire officials said.

 

Newport man faces charge in fake diamond ring case

Newport Beach police arrested a man earlier this month who victims said gave them a fake diamond ring after they handed over money and a real ring for an upgrade, police said.

Election 2014

Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

Political Landscape: Rohrabacher backs Righeimer for Costa Mesa council

Political Landscape: Rohrabacher backs Righeimer for Costa Mesa council

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has endorsed Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer's bid for reelection...

Lawsuit challenges wording of Newport's Measure Y development question

Two Newport Beach residents have filed a lawsuit challenging the language of Measure Y, a proposed amendment to the general plan that...

Newport council hopefuls debate parking, 'dock tax,' more

Newport council hopefuls debate parking, 'dock tax,' more

When Newport Beach City Council candidates gathered for their first debate on Thursday morning at the Central Library, they could all...

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Community group plans forum for council candidates

Mesa Verde Community Inc. is hosting a Costa Mesa City Council candidate forum Thursday evening.

Fire ring bill stalled in state Senate Appropriations Committee

An Assembly bill aiming to protect fire rings in Southern California was held back in the state Senate Appropriations Committee and will not...

CM4RG event focuses on high-density housing

By the end of the two-hour Costa Mesans for Responsible Government information fair Thursday night, attendees' opinions about high-density...

Newport readies water-use rules, education for residents, gardeners

As the Newport Beach City Council prepares to enact citywide water conservation requirements, city staff members plan to amp up their public...

Irvine to play host for 2015 Special Olympics

The 1984 Summer Olympics was Southern California's last huge event.

Debated modern-art sculptures join concrete bunnies in Civic Center Park

Debated modern-art sculptures join concrete bunnies in Civic Center Park

Ten modern art sculptures that were blasted by some residents during City Council meetings this year will be installed near the Newport...

Public Safety

Police Files for Aug. 19

Costa Mesa: 21st Street: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block at 7:21 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Aug. 16

19th Street: Public drunkenness was reported in the 100 block at 3:46 a.m. Friday.

2 trapped, injured in Newport collision

2 trapped, injured in Newport collision

Newport Beach fire crews extracted two people who were trapped in their car following a crash Sunday afternoon.

Costa Mesa Police Department remembers longtime volunteer

Costa Mesa Police Department remembers longtime volunteer

Fred Gaeckler, a Newport Beach man who spent 23 years of his life volunteering at the Costa Mesa Police Department, died this month. He...

405 Freeway traffic back to normal after Jamboree ramp crash

Northbound traffic on the 405 Freeway was snarled Tuesday afternoon when a sedan crashed into a light pole along the Jamboree Road onramp,...

Irvine residents among 3 arrested in fraud case

Irvine police detectives arrested three people Friday in connection with a scheme that they say defrauded at least 13 people of more than...

Plane malfunction closes runway at JWA

Orange County crash-rescue firefighters responded to John Wayne Airport on Sunday night after a private airplane's landing gear...

Bayside Drive Beach may reopen Saturday afternoon after sewage spill

A small stretch of beach along Newport Bay will be closed to swimmers for several days after a boat spilled sewage into the ocean...

Business & Real Estate

Biz News: JP Morgan Chase opens office near Fashion Island

Biz News: JP Morgan Chase opens office near Fashion Island

JP Morgan Chase recently celebrated the grand opening of a "private client office" near Fashion Island.

Retail Therapy: Surf's up at Hang Ten

Surf's up: The Hang Ten warehouse sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 153 W....

Biz-News: Ruby's to open 'Dinette' on 17th Street

Biz-News: Ruby's to open 'Dinette' on 17th Street

The Ruby's Diner at 428 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen Thursday as Ruby's Dinette. The new...

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

An OC Fair food vendor temporarily ceased operations Friday in response to a state investigation, according to fairgrounds officials.

Lido House Hotel project wins Planning Commission approvals

Lido House Hotel project wins Planning Commission approvals

The site of Newport Beach's former City Hall, where a council gavel was last pounded in November 2012, is one step closer to becoming a 130-...

Southwest starts O.C.-to-Mexico flights Sunday

Southwest Airlines is offering fliers a new option for hopping internationally from one sunny location to another — that would be...

Education

Foundation takes to Chicago for dizzying fundraiser

The Festival of Children Foundation will be heading to the Chicago area this weekend for an unsual fundraising event.

OCC foundation hits fundraising milestone with $4.3 million

The Orange Coast College Foundation received more than $4 million in donations this year, a record-breaking number for the fundraising...

Sierra Club: UCI top green campus

UC Irvine placed first in Sierra Club's annual ranking of green campuses nationwide, the university announced Tuesday.

Jury awards $3.8 million to former Newport-Mesa student for mangled fingers

Jury awards $3.8 million to former Newport-Mesa student for mangled fingers

Nearly three years after the accident at Estancia High School that left him without full use of his right hand, 19-year-old Bryan Zavala can...

Coast district chancellor resigns

The top administrator at the Coast Community College District will leave his post Friday, two days after announcing his resignation.

Janie Neth, former Wilson teacher, dies

Janie Neth, former Wilson teacher, dies

Jane "Janie" Neth, a longtime Costa Mesa resident, community volunteer and former Wilson Elementary School teacher, has died.

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