Politics

Fair Board considers foundation for veterans museum

Orange County Fair Board directors Thursday debated whether to create a foundation to support a planned veterans museum, with one director...

3 questions: Where Newport-Mesa school board candidates stand on the issues

One incumbent and six challengers are running for three spots on the seven-member Newport-Mesa Unified School District board. The Daily...

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Leece fails at attempt to control fireworks

Costa Mesa's debate about fireworks reignited this week at City Hall, with youth sports and arts boosters rallying at the City Council...

Ex-Costa Mesa worker in another flap over campaign signs

A former city employee walked into the Costa Mesa City Council chambers Tuesday night armed with irony.

School board candidate stresses parental involvement

School board candidate stresses parental involvement

Armed with a basic knowledge of the English language and few expectations, school board candidate Fidel Mora moved to the United States from...

New Costa Mesa commission will focus on Senior Center

The Costa Mesa City Council approved creation of a new advisory commission Tuesday that will address issues facing the Senior Center.

Costa Mesa places limits on sober-living homes

The Costa Mesa City Council gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that will place new limitations on sober-living homes, potentially...

Newport council election has unaccustomed feistiness

Even as councils in neighboring cities have come to accept sharply split votes along political lines as the norm, elected officials in...

Medical pot proposal closer to the ballot

The Costa Mesa city clerk certified a medical marijuana initiative Tuesday, bringing the proposal to permit dispensaries one step closer...

Voters will decide on tried-and-true or new blood in pivotal Newport-Mesa schools election

Voters will decide on tried-and-true or new blood in pivotal Newport-Mesa schools election

As the November election draws near, the race for three open seats on Newport-Mesa Unified's seven-member school board is intensifying in...

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...

Great Park audit brings back-and-forth allegations of misconduct

Great Park audit brings back-and-forth allegations of misconduct

A week after a developer broke ground on a scaled-back version of Irvine's long-planned Orange County Great Park, a bitter fight over the...

Newport firefighters union endorses Brown, Toerge for City Council

The union representing firefighters in Newport Beach announced two endorsements Thursday for the Newport Beach City Council election.

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.

Newport council candidates can agree on this: Traffic is a top issue

Newport Beach City Council candidates faced off one more time Wednesday evening at a Corona del Mar Residents Assn. forum, where they told...

Motels' calls to police are down

Motels' calls to police are down

For a second time this year,...

Political Landscape: Savary captures Leece endorsement

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece has endorsed Suzanne Savary in her run for the 48th Congressional District seat.

Newport approves A-frame signs for Corona del Mar

They're about hip height, they'll tell you the daily specials and until Tuesday evening, if you saw them loitering on the sidewalk in...

Longtime Newport planning commissioner Toerge eyes City Council spot

Longtime Newport planning commissioner Toerge eyes City Council spot

After serving nearly 11 years on the Newport Beach planning commission, resident Mike Toerge had helped to write and...

Candidate Manfredi says 'passion for schools' drives run for board

Candidate Manfredi says 'passion for schools' drives run for board

Just a short walk from her home in Westside Costa Mesa is Vista Park, where Lisa Manfredi said she met the families that stoked her desire...

Newport candidates head to final forum; Duffield recovers from heart surgery

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. will host a forum for Newport Beach City Council candidates Wednesday evening at the OASIS Senior Center.

Police management union endorses Hill, Toerge, Brown, Dixon

The Newport Beach Police Management Assn., the union representing sergeants and lieutenants, has announced a slate of City Council...

Can trains, baseballs and slides coexist? Fairview Park panel chugs inland to see

Can trains, baseballs and slides coexist? Fairview Park panel chugs inland to see

RIVERSIDE — Here in Hunter Hobby Park, balls, bats, playground slides and steaming locomotives share common ground.

Townhomes OKd for former church site in Lido Village

Townhomes can replace what was formerly a Christian Science church in the Lido Village area of Newport Beach, the California Coastal...

Relationships crumble as wall separating Costa Mesa homes and dealership comes down

Relationships crumble as wall separating Costa Mesa homes and dealership comes down

On the evening of July 14, a woman approached the podium inside Costa Mesa City Hall to inform the powers that be that her dog died.

Newport Measure Y debate focuses on whose interests are served

About 200 people packed the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room on Wednesday night to hear a debate about Measure Y, a proposal...

Runway breakup helps make way for 688 acres of Great Park

Runway breakup helps make way for 688 acres of Great Park

More than a decade after voters rejected efforts to build an international airport at the former El Toro Marine base in favor of a grand...

Second set of marijuana initiative signatures turned in, could trigger special election

A Los Angeles-based law firm submitted signatures Thursday for a medical marijuana initiative that could spur a special election in Costa...

Group protests fracking operations off coast

Group protests fracking operations off coast

Members of the national nonprofit group Center for Biological Diversity, donning gas masks and hazmat suits, protested outside a...

Costa Mesa's latest budget surplus: $6 million

Costa Mesa's general fund for the previous fiscal year is showing at least a $6-million surplus, officials announced in a news release...

Costa Mesa restricts sober-living homes

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday tentatively agreed to place new restrictions on sober-living homes, a source of deep frustration on...

Measure Y debate Wednesday in Newport

Speak Up Newport will present a debate about Newport Beach's Measure Y on Wednesday evening.

School district debate Wednesday will be first for Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde Community Inc. is hosting its first-ever Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee candidate forum Wednesday night.

Council candidates solidify stances on Costa Mesa issues

Council candidates solidify stances on Costa Mesa issues

It was a packed house at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Thursday night for the third and final forum for the City Council...

Council candidate Ramos sues city contractor

Council candidate Ramos sues city contractor

Costa Mesa City Council candidate Lee Ramos is suing a city construction contractor, alleging that the company's negligent work in front...

A new park by 2016: Marina Park under budget and on schedule, Newport says

Newport Beach's Marina Park is running under budget and on schedule for a spring 2016 opening, the city says.

Newport Heights residents hold a 'Hootenanny'

Newport Heights residents hold a 'Hootenanny'

Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros presented the second annual "Hootenanny in the Heights" neighborhood gathering Sunday at the newly...

Former schools trustee Collier seeks to reclaim position

Former schools trustee Collier seeks to reclaim position

Former Newport-Mesa Unified trustee Michael Collier has been away from the school board for four years, but he's eager to reclaim his...

Parks Commission considers districting system

Costa Mesa's Parks and Recreation Commission continued its discussion Thursday of dividing itself into a districted body.

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...

Irvine council gets a civics lesson

What was to be a discussion about political campaign ethics at Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting turned into a lecture on sensible...

Newport council members defend handling of city finances

As in most cities, campaign signs have multiplied on lawns and street poles in Newport Beach. Knocks at the door have become expected. A...

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.

County Assessor Guillory denies false filing charges

Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory denied charges Monday that he lied when he signed off on documents nominating him for the March 2014...

Mayor drops idea of floating docks during Newport candidates forum

Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill intends to stop pursuing the idea of trying floating docks instead of moorings in the harbor, he said during a...

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...

New ordinance would address sober-living homes

Costa Mesa City Hall is proposing a series of new regulations for sober-living homes in the city that include new permits and measures to...

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

The GMC Yukon trundled past a barbed-wire fence and up a dry grassy hillside — the brush scratching loudly against its underside...

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...

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