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Violent crime increases in Costa Mesa

The number of robberies, serious assaults and burglaries in Costa Mesa increased during 2014, but a drop in the area's most common offense,...

 Judge pulls himself off actor's murder trial; 'travesty,' says victim's dad

Judge pulls himself off actor's murder trial; 'travesty,' says victim's dad

An Orange County judge recused himself from a Costa Mesa murder trial Tuesday, citing doubts he could remain impartial in the case against...

 Vintage car museum gets green light from Costa Mesa planners

Vintage car museum gets green light from Costa Mesa planners

Costa Mesa planning commissioners unanimously signed off Monday night on plans to turn a Westside industrial site into a vintage car...

Venezia: Canceling of wake for man killed in police shooting was the right thing to do

I received a message Sunday from Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan, saying he's decided to cancel antique dealer Jay Pinson's memorial...

Backers want to open automotive museum in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa planning commissioners are expected to examine a proposal Monday to add a vintage car museum to the city's Westside.

Costa Mesa woman competes in 'broken skull' TV challenge

Costa Mesa woman competes in 'broken skull' TV challenge

If Erin Toughill rakes in winnings on "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," she hopes to use them to protect skulls much more fragile...

Can councilmen who sued police union negotiate with managers? Foley wants A.G.'s opinion

For more than a year, a lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the police officers union has prevented them from negotiating the...

Can you help ID gunman wanted in 3 robberies at Costa Mesa drive-up ATM?

Can you help ID gunman wanted in 3 robberies at Costa Mesa drive-up ATM?

Three times in the past two months, a robber has held drivers at gunpoint and forced them to withdraw cash from a drive-up ATM in Costa...

Costa Mesa police officer claims harassment, retaliation by supervisor, city

A Costa Mesa police officer has sued the city and a supervisor at the Police Department, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against...

Councilman to host wake for gunman killed in shootout with police

Councilman to host wake for gunman killed in shootout with police

A Costa Mesa city councilman is drawing ire from some members of the Police Department for planning to host a wake for a wanted man who died...

Glare from Fountain Valley sign could affect Costa Mesa homes

Glare from Fountain Valley sign could affect Costa Mesa homes

A 74-foot electronic billboard proposed for a parcel near the 405 Freeway in Fountain Valley is raising concerns about its potential...

Costa Mesa council to discuss library design contract

Plans to convert the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library are expected to continue Tuesday with a City...

Attorney general wants licenses suspended for PIs in Costa Mesa surveillance case

Attorney general wants licenses suspended for PIs in Costa Mesa surveillance case

Two private investigators accused of conducting surveillance on and trying to embarrass two Costa Mesa City Council members in the run-up to...

Man arrested after knife-waving incident in Costa Mesa store

Man arrested after knife-waving incident in Costa Mesa store

Police used a Taser to subdue a knife-wielding man at a Costa Mesa grocery store Monday, authorities said.

City asks court to dismiss sober-living lawsuit

Costa Mesa's attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a new city ordinance discriminates against recovering...

Prayers seek end to modern slavery

Prayers seek end to modern slavery

Representatives of several charities and other organizations gathered Saturday at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa for "'Pray for Freedom,"...

Man is arrested after trying to purchase $20,000 of merchandise with alleged counterfeit credit card

Costa Mesa police say a Rowland Heights man used a counterfeit credit card to try to buy $20,000 of merchandise at a high-end jewelry...

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Dianne Reeves knows her way around a jazz song.

Nekter juice reopens original site with revamped fare and decor

Nekter juice reopens original site with revamped fare and decor

By about 7 a.m. Friday, the parking lot behind Nekter Juice Bar in Costa Mesa was nearly full.

Rescuer injured searching for Costa Mesa hikers to get $100,000

Rescuer injured searching for Costa Mesa hikers to get $100,000

A volunteer who broke his spine during the search for two lost Costa Mesa hikers in 2013 will receive $100,000 as part of a legal settlement...

Sober-living homes application process begins in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa City Hall began its new sober-living permitting system Thursday that requires operators to complete applications within 90 days...

Motorcyclist severely injured in Costa Mesa collision

Motorcyclist severely injured in Costa Mesa collision

A motorcyclist was severely injured and his female passenger also was hurt when their bike slammed into the side of a car in Costa Mesa late...

Fairview Park sports fields study OK'd; citizens panel chairman quits in protest

Before a crowd of about 200 attendees, most of whom argued for keeping Fairview Park untouched, the park's citizens advisory committee on...

Judge rejects inmate's excessive-force lawsuit against Costa Mesa police

A federal magistrate judge has dismissed an Orange County inmate's lawsuit alleging that Costa Mesa police officers broke his ribs and...

New Costa Mesa mayor, new meeting rules

New Costa Mesa mayor, new meeting rules

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Mayor Steve Mensinger's proposed changes to its meeting structure, permitting...

Longtime chamber leader passes baton

Longtime chamber leader passes baton

After 23 years as Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Ed Fawcett is calling it quits.

Costa Mesa mayor seeks changes to council meeting format

In his third session as Costa Mesa's mayor on Tuesday, Steve Mensinger will suggest a series of changes to the council meeting format,...

Top 10 Costa Mesa stories of 2014: Politics, policing and a party

Top 10 Costa Mesa stories of 2014: Politics, policing and a party

As it has in recent years, city governance dominated Costa Mesa news in 2014, including the hotly contested council elections and various...

Cold is putting a strain on the homeless

Most nights, Daniel Parra wards off the bitter cold inside three sleeping bags and two blankets.

Santa and helpers make a delivery to Heritage House

Santa and helpers make a delivery to Heritage House

A caravan led by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in a red convertible Cadillac rolled down Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa on Wednesday...

Holiday closures in Newport, Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach city halls will be closed from Christmas until the new year.

Revamped Costa Mesa Senior Center opens its doors

Revamped Costa Mesa Senior Center opens its doors

Hundreds of senior citizens sat in the recreation room of the Costa Mesa Senior Center last week inspecting this year's holiday gifts...

Mourners say Bravo Zulu to late veteran, ex-Mayor Jack Hammett

Mourners say Bravo Zulu to late veteran, ex-Mayor Jack Hammett

After a day of memorial services in honor of Jack Hammett, hundreds gathered inside The Hanger at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Friday...

 55-and-older housing complex opens in Costa Mesa

55-and-older housing complex opens in Costa Mesa

Operators of a recently opened senior living complex in Costa Mesa are hoping their new residents will live as if on vacation every day....

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...

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