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D.A. again clears former fair board in land-sale attempt

For a second time in four years, the Orange County district attorney's office has determined that former members of the Orange County...

Costa Mesa police chief to retire, join L.A. Port Police

Costa Mesa police chief to retire, join L.A. Port Police

Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi announced Tuesday that he will be leaving to take a job with the Los Angeles Port Police.

Costa Mesa coat-donation site switches after campaign-law complaint

Costa Mesa coat-donation site switches after campaign-law complaint

Councilwoman-elect Katrina Foley is crying foul at a recent accusation from Mayor Jim Righeimer that has affected her sixth annual coat...

Residents show hearts, hands for heroes

Residents show hearts, hands for heroes

Local residents had a chance to honor their heroes Saturday with help from the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council.

Lawsuits accuse Costa Mesa of discrimination with sober-living rules

Two lawsuits filed in federal court this week allege that the city of Costa Mesa discriminated against recovering drug and alcohol addicts...

Girls Inc. members learn about animation technology

Girls Inc. members learn about animation technology

Girls Inc. of Orange County, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, recently took a group of teens on a field trip to a Los Angeles motion-capture...

South Coast Plaza tree lights up holiday season

South Coast Plaza tree lights up holiday season

For the 33rd year, South Coast Plaza began the holiday season Thursday night by lighting a giant Christmas tree.

Fence now separates sex offender's home from school

Fence now separates sex offender's home from school

School officials have installed a temporary fence between Early College High School and the Costa Mesa home of a registered sex offender who...

Plywood political sign out, then in compliance

Plywood political sign out, then in compliance

One late night in September, Costa Mesa activist Chris McEvoy used some plywood to make a statement of his discontent with the mayor and a...

Costa Mesa High theater ready for first performance

Costa Mesa High theater ready for first performance

Darkness descended over the small audience, and figures that were teenagers a moment earlier somehow became adults as stage lighting came up...

Righeimer wins Costa Mesa council seat by 47 votes

Righeimer wins Costa Mesa council seat by 47 votes

After two weeks of ballot counting, Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer edged out his closest challenger to hold on to his council seat,...

Costa Mesa seeks volunteers for Snoopy House

Costa Mesa City Hall is gearing up to become "Snoopy Hall" this holiday season and is looking for volunteers to help with the "Peanuts"-...

Urban-living, high-density apartments up for Costa Mesa council OK Tuesday

Urban-living, high-density apartments up for Costa Mesa council OK Tuesday

Plans for hundreds of urban-living apartments in Costa Mesa's South Coast Metro district are heading to the City Council for approval...

Costa Mesa DUI arrests plummet after special police team is disbanded

Costa Mesa police describe their city as an ideal incubator for drunk drivers.

Forging their craft as Costa Mesa's first commercial microbrewery

Forging their craft as Costa Mesa's first commercial microbrewery

After employees of the Barley Forge Brewing Co. had moved into their new digs in Costa Mesa, they noticed a small something on the roof...

Veterans take center stage at celebration

Veterans take center stage at celebration

Thousands of veterans, their families and supporters descended on the Orange County fairgrounds Tuesday to celebrate Veterans Day.

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a single-family housing development for the Westside that would replace...

Myth Busters aims to dispel safety rumors at Newport-Mesa schools

Myth Busters aims to dispel safety rumors at Newport-Mesa schools

When Larry Haynes picked up his then-freshman daughter from Estancia High School after one of her first days, he asked if she ever felt...

City Council candidates get variety of support

Mayor Jim Righeimer continues to lead the pack of Costa Mesa City Council candidates this fall in terms of fundraising, with the...

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.

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