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Commission agrees to replace Fairview Park trail

Commission agrees to replace Fairview Park trail

Costa Mesa parks commissioners agreed Thursday that a paved trail in Fairview Park needs to be replaced but in a way that doesn't harm a...

Developer wants homes to replace tattoo, massage and car rental businesses near Harbor Boulevard

Developer wants homes to replace tattoo, massage and car rental businesses near Harbor Boulevard

A Newport Beach developer hoping to build 28 homes in place of a small commercial center off Harbor Boulevard is expected to present plans...

ICE officers visit Costa Mesa park in operation against undocumented convicts

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were at Costa Mesa's Lions Park on Wednesday morning as part of an operation...

Ex-police union chief testifies in Costa Mesa spying case hearing

Ex-police union chief testifies in Costa Mesa spying case hearing

As part of a deal that protects its officers from prosecution, the former head of the Costa Mesa police union testified Wednesday at a...

Costa Mesa High Mustang moms suit up for football

Costa Mesa High Mustang moms suit up for football

They strapped on football helmets and laced up shoulder pads, making sure that none of the equipment got caught on their hair buns or...

OC Fair guests go for repeat fun as event heads into final weekend

OC Fair guests go for repeat fun as event heads into final weekend

As the OC Fair wraps up its last week in Costa Mesa, attendees are still lining up at the gates for the event's fried foods, ice attractions...

Classic VWs parade in Costa Mesa during 1,700-mile West Coast journey

Classic VWs parade in Costa Mesa during 1,700-mile West Coast journey

The 17th annual Treffen Vintage VW Car Cruise, a caravan of classic Volkswagens, stopped in Costa Mesa on Saturday during a trip down the...

Clinic is all cats all the time

Clinic is all cats all the time

One summer evening in July, Dr. Kelly Wright, the self-proclaimed "queen of crazy cat ladies," felt compelled to rescue a seemingly stranded...

Driver injured when SUV crashes into house in Costa Mesa

Driver injured when SUV crashes into house in Costa Mesa

A 63-year-old driver was taken to a hospital after his vehicle crashed through a wall and into a house Monday night in Costa Mesa, according...

OC Fair 'ambassadors' do dirty work, spread goodwill

OC Fair 'ambassadors' do dirty work, spread goodwill

Armed with a litter picker and resilience, Janet Chompff hopped off her golf cart feeling curious.

Approval of farmers market appealed by Eastside Costa Mesa resident

An Eastside Costa Mesa resident has appealed the Planning Commission's approval of a farmers market near her home.

Serious crime surges 40% in Costa Mesa

Reports of serious crimes spiked about 40% in Costa Mesa during the first half of 2015, with double-digit percentage increases in all but...

Costa Mesa OKs two housing developments

Costa Mesa OKs two housing developments

The Costa Mesa City Council has approved 16 new homes for Mesa Verde and the Eastside.

Baby piggies are stars at the OC Fair

Baby piggies are stars at the OC Fair

Children standing on their tippy-toes huddled around the fence to see the latest stars of the OC Fair's Centennial Farm — the pink,...

Sober-living business loses bid for permit because of parking

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday voted to deny a request that a sober-living business be allowed to hold group counseling sessions...

Man found nude on Costa Mesa porch is charged in string of recent crimes

Man found nude on Costa Mesa porch is charged in string of recent crimes

A convicted sex offender who was arrested Thursday after residents said they found him naked on a Costa Mesa porch faces three felony and 14...

Costa Mesa firefighters free dog stuck in bathtub drain

Costa Mesa firefighters free dog stuck in bathtub drain

Costa Mesa firefighters used a sledgehammer and chisel to rescue a small dog that got its leg stuck in a bathtub drain Tuesday ...

Costa Mesa council to review I-405 widening project report

Costa Mesa will be affected by several construction projects under a planned 405 Freeway widening project that includes new toll lanes,...

Amid safety concerns, Costa Mesa will close portions of wall along Victoria Street

Amid safety concerns, Costa Mesa will close portions of wall along Victoria Street

The Costa Mesa City Council agreed this week to close off three pedestrian access points from an arterial Westside street at the request...

Three injured in three-car crash in Costa Mesa

Three injured in three-car crash in Costa Mesa

Three people were hospitalized after a three-car crash in Costa Mesa Thursday afternoon, according to a fire official.

Little Free Library is immediate hit with Eastbluff neighbors

Little Free Library is immediate hit with Eastbluff neighbors

With a paper grocery bag full of books in one hand and her fluffy 3-year-old pup Sassi in the other, Sharon Esterley strolled through her...

Costa Mesa's new definition of 'local resident' benefits Leinart football league

The Matt Leinart Flag Football League, a for-profit corporation whose K-8 players live primarily outside Costa Mesa, was effectively granted...

Parolee charged with murder and burning victim's car in fatal Costa Mesa stabbing

Parolee charged with murder and burning victim's car in fatal Costa Mesa stabbing

Murder and arson charges were filed Thursday against a known gang member accused of stabbing a man to death in Costa Mesa and burning his...

Costa Mesa swears in homegrown police chief

Costa Mesa swears in homegrown police chief

Costa Mesa's new chief of police, Rob Sharpnack, remembers a moment from the beginning of his law enforcement career when he opened his...

Ex-Costa Mesa church volunteer convicted of sexually abusing boys

Ex-Costa Mesa church volunteer convicted of sexually abusing boys

A former Costa Mesa Sunday school volunteer was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting five boys and trying to abuse a sixth.

Man arrested in fatal stabbing in Costa Mesa neighborhood

Man arrested in fatal stabbing in Costa Mesa neighborhood

A known gang member with a lengthy criminal history was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing a man to death in a Costa Mesa...

Costa Mesa group files petition to give voters a say in development

A petition filed at City Hall this week by a Costa Mesa political action group aims to bring more voter control over new development in...

New Saturday farmers market coming to Eastside Costa Mesa

A farmers market will set up shop every Saturday in Costa Mesa's Eastside beginning in September.

No more live music at Maison club, Costa Mesa planners decide

Maison, the Costa Mesa venue that operated for a month without permits from the city, will not be allowed to host live musical acts going...

Man fatally stabbed in Costa Mesa neighborhood is ID'd; but where is he from?

Man fatally stabbed in Costa Mesa neighborhood is ID'd; but where is he from?

Authorities have identified a man who was stabbed to death in Costa Mesa more than a week ago, but investigators haven't been able to...

Veterans gather to remember D-Day

Veterans gather to remember D-Day

Seniors who stepped into the Oasis Senior Center event space Friday morning to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of...

Parents protest Wilson teacher's leave of absence

Parents protest Wilson teacher's leave of absence

Parents of Wilson Elementary School preschool students peacefully protested outside the campus Friday for the return of teacher Nancy...

Costa Mesa's St. John church parties it up at annual Baker Street Bash

Costa Mesa's St. John church parties it up at annual Baker Street Bash

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa on Sunday wrapped up its three-day Baker Street Bash, a festival with food, carnival...

Lions Club Fish Fry and Carnival delivers on food, fun

Lions Club Fish Fry and Carnival delivers on food, fun

The 68th annual Fish Fry and Carnival at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa continues through Sunday with live entertainment, games and rides to go...

Costa Mesa fire station from the '60s looks every bit its age

Costa Mesa fire station from the '60s looks every bit its age

Firefighter Will Moss put a large foam dowel on the floor of a room at the Royal Palm fire station in Costa Mesa and watched as it slowly...

St. John's annual fest brings on music, games and food

St. John's annual fest brings on music, games and food

Visitors to the annual St. John the Baptist Catholic Church festival, "Baker Street Bash," this weekend can snack on hand-dipped ice cream...

OC Fair bringing back its cattle drive this summer

OC Fair bringing back its cattle drive this summer

Hundreds of cattle will again line Costa Mesa streets as the Orange County Fair's cattle drive returns Aug. 8 after last appearing seven...

Man sought in attempted robbery of Denny's in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police are looking for a man who tried to rob a Denny's restaurant at gunpoint early Thursday.

Costa Mesa picks department veteran to be its new police chief

Costa Mesa picks department veteran to be its new police chief

A 22-year veteran and current captain in the Costa Mesa Police Department will take over as its next chief, city officials announced...

Planners to consider new housing complex on Westside

Four three-story homes could soon make an appearance on Maple Avenue in Costa Mesa's Westside.

Shots fired in apparent road-rage incident in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police are looking for a man who shot at a car during a bout of road rage early Friday.

Experts still deciding if man is fit to stand trial in bludgeoning slaying

Two court-appointed psychologists disagree on whether a murder suspect is mentally fit to stand trial for a 2013 slaying in Costa Mesa but...

Costa Mesa bookstore — emphasis on books — gets last-minute reprieve

Costa Mesa bookstore — emphasis on books — gets last-minute reprieve

In this increasingly digitized age of e-books and e-readers, Books on Broadway in downtown Costa Mesa has struggled to survive as a purveyor...

It's time for Carnegie Hall, and Costa Mesa High choirs are ready

It's time for Carnegie Hall, and Costa Mesa High choirs are ready

Students in Costa Mesa High School's Madrigal and Vocal Ensemble choirs are counting down the days until they travel to New York City to...

Costa Mesa's drought crackdown: Water early or late, Tuesdays and Saturdays; fix leaks. Or get fined

Mesa Water District adopted a plan Thursday that mandates water use restrictions and could result in fines for property owners.

Neighborhood center needs overhaul to be turned into library, consultant says

Neighborhood center needs overhaul to be turned into library, consultant says

Costa Mesa's Neighborhood Community Center would need major work before it could be converted into a large central library, a city...

Taco Maria restaurateur makes list of nation's top new chefs

Taco Maria restaurateur makes list of nation's top new chefs

When Carlos Salgado opened his Costa Mesa restaurant two years ago, his goal was to give customers traditional taco meats with an innovative...

Report blames Fairview Developmental Center for 6 deaths

Report blames Fairview Developmental Center for 6 deaths

A trove of newly released state records has revealed that the Fairview Developmental Center is to blame in the deaths of six residents...

Costa Mesa homeless advocate passing the torch

Costa Mesa homeless advocate passing the torch

A Costa Mesa homeless advocate who helped spearhead several new aid programs announced that she will be leaving her post later this month.

Costa Mesa group homes failing to obtain new permits; deadline is Wednesday

Compliance with a new Costa Mesa law that requires group homes to obtain permits is lagging, city officials said Tuesday.

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