Costa Mesa News

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.

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

Engelbert Humperdinck has a few rituals to perform before his upcoming show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Costa Mesa trees give way to parking spaces

Costa Mesa trees give way to parking spaces

Some neighbors of Costa Mesa's Pinkley Park said they are upset that some of its trees are being cut down as part of a 2012 agreement...

Costa Mesa OKs $24.7 million employee contract

The Costa Mesa City Council signed off on an employment contract with the city's largest employee union Tuesday, ending more than a year...

Harper's Cove smaller lot sizes win Costa Mesa council approval

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved a pre-zoning ordinance that would allow a planned Eastside development to have smaller lot...

Pedestrians among those injured in collision near Orange Coast College

Pedestrians among those injured in collision near Orange Coast College

Seven people, including three pedestrians, were taken to the hospital after a rollover crash in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning.

With new lease, O.C. Market Place looks to recharge

As retail trends change, open-air markets in great cities of the world — London, Barcelona, Munich, Paris — continue to...

Dedicated officers return to Mesa, Estancia high schools

Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools will have specific police officers dedicated to each campus this school year for the first time since...

'Top-two' primary breeds conflict over candidate endorsements

Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a...

33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

Little Dude, the portly 33-pound rescue cat who earned a fan base as the feline's foster family worked to get his health and weight under...

The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

Students from South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa performed demonstrations Saturday afternoon at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court as...

Trial delayed in 2 OCC students'  slayings as defense assembles misconduct allegations

Trial delayed in 2 OCC students' slayings as defense assembles misconduct allegations

An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday set a deadline for the defense team of a man accused of double murder to lay out a sweeping...

Costa Mesa ex-official to get $170,225 settlement after city party woes

A City Hall administrator who was placed on paid leave following Costa Mesa's troubled 60th anniversary party has reached a settlement...

They think they can, they think they can

They think they can, they think they can

Engineers and architects from Newport Beach firm Bassenian Lagoni stood before the canned structure representing an orange and marveled at...

Fairview Park panel OKs 3 ideas

The Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee's examination of the park's southeast quadrant continued Wednesday, with the group tabling a...

Coast College district sees budget increase for second year

The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $243 million budget — about $5 million higher than...

Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

In a notebook, Steve Herr keeps a list of every court hearing for the man accused of murdering his son.

Police Files for Sept. 4

Costa Mesa, Magnolia Street: Fireworks were reported in the 100 block at 1:13 a.m. Wednesday.

Costa Mesa reserve police get higher hourly pay than some full-timers

At Costa Mesa's Police Department, a part-time reserve officer can now earn more per hour than a starting full-time officer.

Costa Mesa council discusses proposed $24.7M employee contract

It was a "long haul" full of "spirited talks" among Costa Mesa council members that eventually led to a greater understanding of what was at...

 Mesa High: new leadership, new buildings

Mesa High: new leadership, new buildings

In their rush to get to classes on the first day back to school Tuesday, Costa Mesa High students rushed with barely a notice past a black-...

Costa Mesa council considers nearly $25M union contract today

A nearly $25 million employment contract with Costa Mesa's municipal employee union will go for City Council review Tuesday.

That helicopter over Fairview Park is a firefighting drill

An Orange County Fire Authority helicopter will be flying over Fairview Park this week and next as part of a drill with Costa Mesa...

School district outlines goals: academies, restorative justice, Common Core

Signature Academies in each of the school zones, restorative practices training and refining Common Core curriculum are a few of Newport-...

Mental-health questions delay trial in handyman's slaying

Almost a year after the death of a Costa Mesa handyman, the trial of the man accused of killing him is still on hold because of questions...

Costa Mesa preservationists to consider a more active role

Costa Mesa preservationists to consider a more active role

Costa Mesa's Historical Preservation Committee may be moving in a direction more in keeping with its name.

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Thirty-seven years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley remains a celebrated figure at the Orange County Market Place.

Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

A former child-care worker at Hoag Hospital, UC Irvine and two private day-care centers in Irvine and Costa Mesa was arrested this month for...

Relatively roomy lots proposed

Relatively roomy lots proposed

Owners of a roughly 2-acre, undeveloped parcel in Eastside Costa Mesa are proposing a new housing tract that they contend will ease...

Council candidates focus at forum on park, development and charter

Council candidates focus at forum on park, development and charter

New development, a proposed city charter, traffic and the future of Fairview Park were among the topics discussed Thursday during a Costa...

Metoyer says she'll go to great lengths to inspire kids

Metoyer says she'll go to great lengths to inspire kids

School board candidate Charlene Metoyer is willing to climb onto the roof to sing the praises of Newport-Mesa Unified schools.

Senior center to sell off items

In preparation for the city's takeover of the Costa Mesa Senior Center, the organization's current leadership will host a sale Aug. 30.

Congressman Rohrabacher stops in for Tea Party

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) used a recent appearance at the monthly gathering of the Newport Mesa Tea Party to implore like-...

New candidate calls herself fiscally conservative

New candidate calls herself fiscally conservative

Befitting her hopes for a fiscally conservative city government, Rita Simpson doesn't plan to spend a lot money in this election.

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.

Paddle-out to honor life of local surfer

Paddle-out to honor life of local surfer

The parents of a local surfer who died in Costa Mesa early this month are inviting members of the community to honor his life at a paddle-...

More Costa Mesans going lawnless during drought

More Costa Mesans going lawnless during drought

Lane and Linda Koluvek recently had a rude awakening when seeing their water bill.

60 years helping girls become strong women

60 years helping girls become strong women

When Girls Inc. of Orange County started out six decades ago, the programming resembled home economics courses that focused on sewing, the...

Costa Mesa Police Department remembers longtime volunteer

Costa Mesa Police Department remembers longtime volunteer

Fred Gaeckler, a Newport Beach man who spent 23 years of his life volunteering at the Costa Mesa Police Department, died this month. He...

Car pampering at JWA may get pricier

When arriving at John Wayne Airport to jet off to distant destinations in the next year, you can still have staff park your car and wash...

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