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Talking Shop: Antiques? That's not a risky business

Talking Shop: Antiques? That's not a risky business

Joseph and Jennifer D'Ambra grew up on movie sets.

Marijuana petitioners concerned about Costa Mesa council decision

Attorneys representing two certified medical marijuana petitions said they haven't ruled out legal challenges to the Costa Mesa council's...

No Costa Mesa medical marijuana vote next year

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday opted not to call a special election for two competing medical marijuana measures, instead deciding...

Services are Friday for former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett

A series of public events for former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett are scheduled for Friday throughout the city.

Affidavit: Police union asked for dirt on Costa Mesa councilmen

Affidavit: Police union asked for dirt on Costa Mesa councilmen

Costa Mesa police officers mocked members of the City Council and suggested ways to catch them in compromising positions in the run-up to...

Costa Mesa CEO, police chief apologize to councilmen

Costa Mesa CEO, police chief apologize to councilmen

Costa Mesa city CEO Tom Hatch and acting Police Chief Rob Sharpnack issued an apology Monday to three councilmen who prosecutors allege were...

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Hundreds of local families watched as 77 Fair Drive transformed from the Costa Mesa Civic Center to a wintry scene out of a Peanuts comic...

Former Costa Mesa mayor Jack Hammett dies

Former Costa Mesa mayor Jack Hammett dies

Jack Hammett, a Pearl Harbor survivor and former Costa Mesa mayor, died Saturday morning in his home. He was 94.

Costa Mesa engineer sentenced in cold-case murder

Donna Wigmore was supposed to get married in the summer of 1979. Instead she holed up in her parents' backyard, enveloped in shock after her...

Costa Mesa's Wendy Leece gearing up for life after public office

Costa Mesa's Wendy Leece gearing up for life after public office

After accolades upon accolades had poured in, outgoing Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece, wearing a new dress she recently bought at South...

Stylish community joins forces on Superior

Stylish community joins forces on Superior

In a corner of town more popularly known for industrial buildings and oil changes, a budding pocket of artists and businesses are...

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

Two private investigators illegally tracked one Costa Mesa councilman by GPS and called in a fake DUI report on another in 2012 when they...

Homeless kids treated to Christmas party at South Coast Plaza

Homeless kids treated to Christmas party at South Coast Plaza

It was a night of fun and hope as South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa hosted a holiday party for more than 500 underprivileged children.

Volunteers get reading at Wilson Elementary

Volunteers get reading at Wilson Elementary

Volunteers David Bray of Houston and Shannon Hubbard of Seattle, both with Shell Oil Products US, took turns reading "Reach out and Give" to...

Sober-living firm suing city is asking for exemption

A Costa Mesa sober-living facility that sued the city last month over its group-home ordinance is finally getting a hearing on its request...

Family who lost son to car crash holds fundraiser

Family who lost son to car crash holds fundraiser

When Bernice Torres heard about a former Estancia High School student's untimely death, she knew she needed to help.

Costa Mesa's police chief calls for unity as he ends tenure

Costa Mesa's police chief calls for unity as he ends tenure

In his last days on the job, Costa Mesa's outgoing police chief warned that the city needs a new sense of unity if it wants to rebuild a...

Firebox blamed for fire at Costa Mesa home

Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a small chimney fire that caused minor damage to a home Wednesday, officials said.

Mensinger selected as Costa Mesa's new mayor

Mensinger selected as Costa Mesa's new mayor

The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to name Steve Mensinger the city's next mayor, a largely ceremonial position...

Drop-off points for coat drive double after campaign-law decision

Drop-off points for coat drive double after campaign-law decision

Used coat drop-off points for Councilwoman Katrina Foley's annual donation drive have more than doubled since a recent dust-up over her...

 Old-school printing keeps business humming

Old-school printing keeps business humming

In a back room at Hoover Printing, Jim Hoover looked over one of his small presses that, some six decades later, still runs and requires...

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,...

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