Costa Mesa News

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.

Man crashes 1 of his 2 trucks into the other

A Costa Mesa man Tuesday crashed his truck into a cinder block wall, backed up and hit another pickup that he owns and then smashed into a...

No fines, no more burlesque, but live music can go on at club whose permit lapsed

No fines, no more burlesque, but live music can go on at club whose permit lapsed

A Costa Mesa bar owner who for about five months hosted live music shows and burlesque performances without a permit at his business will...

School choirs unite for vocal festival

School choirs unite for vocal festival

Students from across the Newport-Mesa Unified School District lifted their voices in harmony Tuesday night for the All District Vocal...

O.C. Museum of Art cuts chief curator, 4 other jobs

In preparation for its move from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa, the Orange County Museum of Art has eliminated five staff positions, including...

Former Daily Pilot Managing Editor Chuck Loos dies

Former Daily Pilot Managing Editor Chuck Loos dies

Charles H. "Chuck" Loos, a former Daily Pilot managing editor highly regarded for his years of mentoring generations of young Orange...

Newport-Mesa event to explain new school programs

Newport-Mesa parents can learn about district-wide academic programs at a community meeting Wednesday.

Sanitary district OKs major Costa Mesa sewer pipeline project

After about 20 minutes of discussion Thursday night, Costa Mesa Sanitary District directors quietly approved the agency's portion of an...

Westside club fined after illegal live shows

Westside club fined after illegal live shows

A Westside Costa Mesa nightclub that performed illegal remodeling work and held unpermitted concerts for about a month has been fined.

Environmentalists contest sewer line project through Talbert park

Environmentalists contest sewer line project through Talbert park

A proposed sewage pipeline that would run under Talbert Regional Park is being challenged by local environmentalists, who contend that the...

Costa Mesa nonprofit teaches tech skills, life lessons

Costa Mesa nonprofit teaches tech skills, life lessons

Dave Cornelius said a high school career day inspired his high-tech livelihood.

Man arrested, another sought in Costa Mesa stabbing

Two attackers stabbed a man in Costa Mesa on Thursday afternoon, but the victim fought back and sent one of the assailants to a hospital,...

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