Costa Mesa News

Police: Driver trying to flee triggers chain-reaction crash; 6 hurt

A man suspected of drunken driving who was trying to flee from Costa Mesa police caused a chain-reaction crash that sent six people to...

Newport-Mesa schools, faced with fleeing families, go all-out to woo parents

When Mark Hubbard and his wife discussed where to send their children to school, notions of low test scores and watered-down academics led...

Vanguard U. pulls out of county tuition program after bias complaint

Vanguard University ended its participation in a reduced-tuition program with the county after a complaint was filed alleging that the...

Stairway advocates' long climb at Fairview Park is nearly over

Stairway advocates' long climb at Fairview Park is nearly over

On a sunny afternoon, the wind swayed rows of caution tape in a dusty corner of Costa Mesa, where something as simple and seemingly benign...

Diverse views among Costa Mesa council hopefuls

Diverse views among Costa Mesa council hopefuls

This Nov. 4, two seats are open on Costa Mesa's five-member City Council, and of the men and women vying for the coveted spots, two are...

Newport-Mesa district targets bullying on campuses

Newport-Mesa district targets bullying on campuses

Students at Adams Elementary School made a promise Friday morning to keep bullying off their campus and the Newport-Mesa Unified District is...

Project Independence's focus on preparedness goes beyond earthquakes

Project Independence's focus on preparedness goes beyond earthquakes

Schoolchildren, businesses and hospitals around the state participated Thursday in the annual Great California ShakeOut, a drill focused...

Costa Mesa's Measure P ballot wording confuses voters

Howard and Rosemary McVicker have been reading their Costa Mesa voter pamphlets but are befuddled by Measure P.

Motels' calls to police are down

Motels' calls to police are down

For a second time this year,...

Biz News: New food locations opening

Grand opening set for Island Hotel gourmet collection

Can trains, baseballs and slides coexist? Fairview Park panel chugs inland to see

Can trains, baseballs and slides coexist? Fairview Park panel chugs inland to see

RIVERSIDE — Here in Hunter Hobby Park, balls, bats, playground slides and steaming locomotives share common ground.

Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Eleven-year-old Hector Garcia pulled back the handle on a fire hose and blasted water into the pavement.

Relationships crumble as wall separating Costa Mesa homes and dealership comes down

Relationships crumble as wall separating Costa Mesa homes and dealership comes down

On the evening of July 14, a woman approached the podium inside Costa Mesa City Hall to inform the powers that be that her dog died.

Candidates discuss strategy and priorities for district schools

Candidates discuss strategy and priorities for district schools

Signature Academies, air conditioning and the state of schools on Costa Mesa's Westside were discussed at the Newport-Mesa Unified school...

Costa Mesa restricts sober-living homes

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday tentatively agreed to place new restrictions on sober-living homes, a source of deep frustration on...

Scarecrows stand up to be counted in Costa Mesa

Scarecrows stand up to be counted in Costa Mesa

Sunday is the last straw for this year's Scarecrow & Pumpkin Festival at Fairview Park's Goat Hill Junction Railroad in Costa Mesa.

School district debate Wednesday will be first for Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde Community Inc. is hosting its first-ever Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee candidate forum Wednesday night.

Council candidates solidify stances on Costa Mesa issues

Council candidates solidify stances on Costa Mesa issues

It was a packed house at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Thursday night for the third and final forum for the City Council...

Gratitude, grub for Costa Mesa public-safety workers

Gratitude, grub for Costa Mesa public-safety workers

The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce said thank you to the city's first responders Thursday with free food and raffle prizes.

Portable lights OKd for Kaiser Elementary

Despite neighborhood opposition, temporary lights will illuminate the field behind Kaiser Elementary in Costa Mesa beginning this month.

Gala will raise funds for CMHS arts

The Costa Mesa High School Foundation is hosting a masquerade gala this month to raise money for the new theater and various art programs at...

Fair Board opposes privatization of grounds

The Orange County Fair Board made its sentiments clear once again Thursday: It would not support any privatization efforts of fairgrounds...

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Shoppers won't need a passport to browse a spread of ultra-light down jackets, cashmere sweaters and Supima T-shirts made from Japanese...

Newport-Mesa schools give go-ahead to arts and sciences academies

Signature Academies, which allow students to specialize in a specific subject from kindergarten through graduation, will begin to emerge...

Harbor Boulevard getting new look

Harbor Boulevard getting new look

Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa has long been closely associated with its miles of strip malls, shopping centers and car dealerships. But...

Costa Mesa planners approve sober-living regulations

Sober-living homes in Costa Mesa may be facing new sets of regulations under a proposed ordinance moving through City Hall.

Police union, mayor may split cost of airing Costa Mesa candidates forum

Two of Costa Mesa's fiercest political opponents could join forces in paying to broadcast a City Council candidates' debate after the city...

Money, police and who can talk: Costa Mesa council candidates dig into issues at Feet to the Fire Forum

Money, police and who can talk: Costa Mesa council candidates dig into issues at Feet to the Fire Forum

It was another night of Costa Mesa politics: booing, hissing, jeering, cheering, clapping and yelling on topics ranging from development and...

Median project proposed for Placentia Avenue not just a matter of aesthetics

Median project proposed for Placentia Avenue not just a matter of aesthetics

By beautifying portions of Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa hopes to also trick the eye and reduce drivers' speeds.

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

Engelbert Humperdinck has a few rituals to perform before his upcoming show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Costa Mesa trees give way to parking spaces

Costa Mesa trees give way to parking spaces

Some neighbors of Costa Mesa's Pinkley Park said they are upset that some of its trees are being cut down as part of a 2012 agreement...

Costa Mesa OKs $24.7 million employee contract

The Costa Mesa City Council signed off on an employment contract with the city's largest employee union Tuesday, ending more than a year...

Harper's Cove smaller lot sizes win Costa Mesa council approval

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved a pre-zoning ordinance that would allow a planned Eastside development to have smaller lot...

Pedestrians among those injured in collision near Orange Coast College

Pedestrians among those injured in collision near Orange Coast College

Seven people, including three pedestrians, were taken to the hospital after a rollover crash in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning.

With new lease, O.C. Market Place looks to recharge

As retail trends change, open-air markets in great cities of the world — London, Barcelona, Munich, Paris — continue to...

Dedicated officers return to Mesa, Estancia high schools

Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools will have specific police officers dedicated to each campus this school year for the first time since...

'Top-two' primary breeds conflict over candidate endorsements

Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a...

33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

Little Dude, the portly 33-pound rescue cat who earned a fan base as the feline's foster family worked to get his health and weight under...

The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

Students from South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa performed demonstrations Saturday afternoon at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court as...

Trial delayed in 2 OCC students'  slayings as defense assembles misconduct allegations

Trial delayed in 2 OCC students' slayings as defense assembles misconduct allegations

An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday set a deadline for the defense team of a man accused of double murder to lay out a sweeping...

Costa Mesa ex-official to get $170,225 settlement after city party woes

A City Hall administrator who was placed on paid leave following Costa Mesa's troubled 60th anniversary party has reached a settlement...

They think they can, they think they can

They think they can, they think they can

Engineers and architects from Newport Beach firm Bassenian Lagoni stood before the canned structure representing an orange and marveled at...

Fairview Park panel OKs 3 ideas

The Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee's examination of the park's southeast quadrant continued Wednesday, with the group tabling a...

Coast College district sees budget increase for second year

The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $243 million budget — about $5 million higher than...

Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

In a notebook, Steve Herr keeps a list of every court hearing for the man accused of murdering his son.

Police Files for Sept. 4

Costa Mesa, Magnolia Street: Fireworks were reported in the 100 block at 1:13 a.m. Wednesday.

Costa Mesa reserve police get higher hourly pay than some full-timers

At Costa Mesa's Police Department, a part-time reserve officer can now earn more per hour than a starting full-time officer.

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