Politics

Newport considers new lighted-up street signs: bright blue, gold and a sail

Newport considers new lighted-up street signs: bright blue, gold and a sail

The Newport Beach City Council is expected to discuss on Tuesday placing redesigned illuminated street name signs at various intersections...

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.

The Ritz Restaurant is coming back, this time to Mariner's Mile

The Ritz Restaurant, which was previously housed in Newport Center, will open in a waterfront space along Mariner's Mile in August.

Preservationists, Costa Mesa weigh next moves in Banning Ranch saga

Preservationists, Costa Mesa weigh next moves in Banning Ranch saga

While this week's appeals court decision in the lawsuit between Newport Beach and a preservation group over the proposed development of...

Ritz Restaurant could return to Newport Beach at Mariner's Mile

The iconic Ritz Restaurant, renowned at its previous location for its old-school elegance, celebrity sightings and lunchtime cocktails, is a...

Governor is the latest to call for closure of developmental center

Gov. Jerry Brown is now on the list of state officials wanting to close the Fairview Developmental Center.

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.

Mayor gives honor, celebrates Costa Mesa

Mayor gives honor, celebrates Costa Mesa

More than 200 attendees packed Costa Mesa's third annual Mayor's Celebration dinner at the Samueli Theater on Thursday that included song,...

AQMD demands lower toxic emissions from Newport company

Air-quality officials are demanding that a Newport Beach metal finishing company immediately reduce toxic emissions and notify nearby...

Growing revenue means hiring, fewer debt payments for Newport

Newport Beach's proposed spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year makes room for new staff and accelerated payments to the city's...

Senior Center revamping newsletter name

Costa Mesa seniors used to wonder if their newsletter, The Chronicle, was going to come out on time.

Costa Mesa budgets for financial growth

Costa Mesa officials are predicting increased revenues from sales and property taxes, as well as gains in fines and permits, according to...

Newport Beach moves to require steeper cuts in water use

Newport Beach moves to require steeper cuts in water use

Newport Beach lawmakers took a step Tuesday night to try to slash local water use to meet state requirements recently handed down in...

Judge lets challenge to Costa Mesa motel law proceed

A lawsuit claiming that Costa Mesa is discriminating against poor residents by banning most long-term stays in local motels cleared a...

Jetpack action takes another turn

Jetpack action takes another turn

Water jetpacks won't be completely banned from Newport Harbor, but they will face new restrictions, the City Council decided Tuesday.

Mesa Water to hold hearing on conservation options

The Mesa Water District will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss a range of drought-prompted water-saving measures for Costa Mesa,...

Planning Commission approves change for Sutra, Westside

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday approved a larger space for Sutra at The Triangle.

Sen. Barbara Boxer addresses UCI Law grads

Sen. Barbara Boxer addresses UCI Law grads

A corner of UC Irvine's Aldrich Park turned into a place of celebration as 114 students gathered for UCI Law's fourth commencement...

Forgotten Costa Mesa basketball court has residents wondering

In Costa Mesa's Tanager Park, on a decaying basketball court, the best shooters toss nothing but air balls every time.

Group will appeal denial of radio station antenna

A Garden Grove-based nonprofit seeking to start a radio station in Costa Mesa has appealed the city's denial of its request to construct a...

Council approves 28 homes for Victoria Street hilltop

Council approves 28 homes for Victoria Street hilltop

After more than two hours of discussion Tuesday night, the Costa Mesa City Council approved a new Westside residential development that will...

Sanitation district to discuss organics recycling with public

The Costa Mesa Sanitary District will host three town hall meetings to inform people about its new organics recycling program, scheduled...

Newport councilman being investigated by state political practices panel

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an investigation about Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, the agency said...

Tiny bird ends Civil War in Costa Mesa

One year ago, Union and Confederate armies descended upon Costa Mesa's Fairview Park to exchange harmless volleys of musket fire.

Irvine Council shuts door on tainted soil debate

Concerns over recently discovered contaminated soil found near construction of the new Portola High School were pointedly dismissed by the...

2 Newport council members want audit of Civic Center project

2 Newport council members want audit of Civic Center project

Two Newport Beach City Council members are calling for an audit of the city's hotly debated Civic Center project.

Newport to ban water jetpacks, council decides

Newport to ban water jetpacks, council decides

In a reversal for several members, the Newport Beach City Council moved Tuesday night toward banning water-propelled jetpacks in the...

OCC holds off on some development, moves ahead with housing

Calling the ideas not fully developed, Orange Coast College officials announced Monday that they are temporarily halting plans to add a...

OCTA to take charge of 405 toll-lane project

The Orange County Transportation Authority is taking the reins on a highly debated proposal to put toll lanes on the 405 Freeway through...

Newport council to take up jetpack law Tuesday

For thrill seekers who haven't yet fulfilled their desire to fly high above Newport Harbor with the help of a water-propelled jetpack, there...

Proposed archway idea withdrawn

Proposed archway idea withdrawn

A Westside Costa Mesa businessman has withdrawn his application to build an archway sign and promote his properties as the "Mesa Arts"...

Costa Mesa plans to go drought-tolerant

Costa Mesa is starting to replace ornamental turf on city property with drought-tolerant landscaping, according to a news release.

Board bans drones on fairgrounds

The Orange County Fair Board voted unanimously Thursday to ban the use of drones and other remote-controlled airborne devices from being...

Split council approves City Hall upgrades

Costa Mesa City Council members strayed from their usual voting alliances Tuesday in approving more than $1 million worth of City Hall...

Judge dismisses sober-living lawsuit against city

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Costa Mesa on Tuesday, ruling that the city's law placing new limitations on sober-living...

Arts committee seeking public art submissions

Costa Mesa's Cultural Arts Committee is inviting artists at least 18 years old to participate in a new beautification project that will...

Costa Mesa gets more funds for bike trail

Costa Mesa recently acquired a $700,000 grant for a new bicycle pathway from the city's Westside to the Santa Ana River trail.

Councilman backs away from suggestion to cut city funding for Newport Civic Center sculptures

Councilman backs away from suggestion to cut city funding for Newport Civic Center sculptures

The Newport Beach City Council this week reaffirmed its dedication to arts funding.

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...

Costa Mesa can delay medical marijuana election, judge decides

An Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday denied a motion that would have compelled Costa Mesa to hold a special election later this...

Newport plans to spend $67M on fire stations, sea walls, traffic signals and more

A $67-million capital-improvement budget that includes long- and short-term construction projects for streets, buildings, parks and...

Report: Newport official under investigation

Orange County prosecutors are reviewing a complaint against a top Newport Beach official who may have failed to report meals and gifts...

More police OKd for Balboa Peninsula to control rowdiness

More police OKd for Balboa Peninsula to control rowdiness

Increased police presence on the bustling Balboa Peninsula may soon become a reality for residents and those seeking an exciting night on...

Newport Councilman Peotter says he returned Woody's Wharf campaign donation

Newport Councilman Peotter says he returned Woody's Wharf campaign donation

Responding to a resident's accusations that he didn't return a campaign contribution to a local business engaged in litigation with the...

Second term for two fair board directors

Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed two Democrats to the Orange County Fair Board.

Costa Mesa housing permit isn't unfair to addicts, judge tentatively rules

A federal judge has tentatively ruled that Costa Mesa did not discriminate when it required operators of homes for recovering addicts to...

Costa Mesa to discuss host city events for Special Olympics

Costa Mesa officials are holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss its host town partnership for this summer's Special Olympics...

OC Fair ambassadors to help with neighborhood issues

Orange County Fair officials are unveiling a new "neighborhood ambassador" program to help address residents' concerns like parking...

Fairy shrimp fallout: Fairview Park environmental costs top $100,000

Fairy shrimp fallout: Fairview Park environmental costs top $100,000

The cost of mitigating environmental damage in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park and dealing with the legal fallout reached more than $100,000...

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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