Politics

Records requests in Costa Mesa at all-time high

Records requests in Costa Mesa at all-time high

Requests for public records in politically charged Costa Mesa have skyrocketed to an all-time high, costing the city thousands of dollars...

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...

Costa Mesa to celebrate new street-sweeping service Monday

Costa Mesa officials are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the city's new street-sweeping service.

State bills threaten to close developmental center

State bills threaten to close developmental center

Two state bills target the Fairview Developmental Center for closure so that funding can be diverted to to other community-based...

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.

County workers' union head Nick Berardino to retire

County workers' union head Nick Berardino to retire

Nick Berardino, a longtime Orange County labor leader and general manager of its largest public employee union, announced this week that...

Moorlach sworn in as state senator and ready to get started in Sacramento

Moorlach sworn in as state senator and ready to get started in Sacramento

John Moorlach was officially sworn in Sunday as state senator for the 37th District after receiving more than 50% of the vote in last week's...

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...

Show can't go on - for now - at new Costa Mesa club

Show can't go on - for now - at new Costa Mesa club

On Friday afternoon, a banjo-toting band called Moonsville Collective showed up a few hours early for its 8 p.m. gig at a new Costa Mesa...

Judge denies request to hold special vote on marijuana

An Orange County Superior Court judge this week denied an emergency request to force Costa Mesa to hold a special election regarding whether...

Newport rescinds request for state Supreme Court review of Woody's Wharf dancing ruling

A week after voting to ask the California Supreme Court to weigh in on the city's legal dispute with Woody's Wharf, the Newport Beach City...

Council approves Ganahl move, expansion

Citing Ganahl Lumber's positive contributions to the community, the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved the business' request to...

Moorlach overtakes rivals in special election

Moorlach overtakes rivals in special election

Former county Supervisor John Moorlach appeared to have won Tuesday's special election for the 37th state Senate district, defeating three...

Special election set for Tuesday

A special election to fill the vacant seat for the 37th state Senate district is being held Tuesday.

Nearby businesses appeal proposed Ganahl Lumber

Owners of a Bristol Street office building in Costa Mesa have appealed a recent decision to build a new Ganahl Lumber store nearby.

Newport arts panel advances plan for Ben Carlson statue

A proposed memorial statue for late lifeguard Ben Carlson was approved by the Newport Beach Arts Commission on Thursday and will advance...

Larry Agran agrees to deposition

Averting a potential appearance in Orange County Superior Court, Former Irvine mayor Larry Agran agreed to appear Friday for his...

Medical marijuana backers sue city

Attorneys representing petitioners who want to bring back medical marijuana dispensaries in Costa Mesa have filed lawsuits against the...

Woody's dispute could reach state's high court

The California Supreme Court could hear arguments in a lawsuit between Newport Beach and a well-known Balboa Peninsula restaurant over its...

Political support for medical marijuana begins to waft away

A proposed law to return medical marijuana dispensaries to Costa Mesa lost traction Tuesday, as City Council members took turns expressing...

Newport fire rings plans up for discussion at council meeting

If you have an opinion about the use and arrangement of Newport Beach fire rings, Tuesday's City Council meeting will offer an occasion to...

Proposed medical marijuana ordinance back before Costa Mesa council

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will review a draft ordinance that could permit medical marijuana storefronts to return to the city.

Costa Mesa reopens bidding for tennis center operator

Costa Mesa reopens bidding for tennis center operator

City officials have reopened the bidding process for an outside operator of the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

Woody's Wharf dancing battle triggers move to change city code

Woody's Wharf dancing battle triggers move to change city code

The Newport Beach Planning Commission on Thursday recommended that the city add a code provision that would permit council members to call...

Packed meeting seeks solutions for sober-living homes

Frustrated with the proliferation of sober-living homes and tenants in their neighborhoods, more than 200 Costa Mesa residents packed an...

Meeting will focus on Costa Mesa library conversion

Costa Mesa city officials are seeking the public's input Thursday regarding plans to convert the downtown Neighborhood Community Center into...

Costa Mesa council heats up during police pension talks

What was to be a brief talk about Costa Mesa's top-ranking police officers contributing more to their pension funds turned into a heated...

Irvine council: Ex-Mayor Agran must appear before judge in Great Park deposition tussle

Irvine council: Ex-Mayor Agran must appear before judge in Great Park deposition tussle

Longtime City Council member and three-time Irvine Mayor Larry Agran must go before an Orange County Superior Court judge because he didn'...

Identities revealed of state lawmakers who attended Hawaii conference

Irvine's Wagner among names revealed of lawmakers who attended Hawaii conference

Twenty-five state lawmakers flew to Maui in November to attend a conference that was partly funded by a group of special interests, but it...

Few sober-living homes apply for permit as deadline nears

For scores of sober-living homes in Costa Mesa, the clock is ticking on acquiring a new first-come, first-served permit that will allow them...

House bill could produce savings on customs services at JWA

A House bill backed by three members of Congress from Orange County would make John Wayne Airport a designated port of entry, meaning...

Diverse set of candidates vie for vacant 37th state Senate district seat

The head seat in the Sacramento office for the 37th state Senate district might be empty now, but at least four candidates are vying for the...

Police pensions, park survey on Costa Mesa council's agenda

The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled to discuss a host of topics Tuesday, including a community survey on Fairview Park development...

City seeks members for various commissions

Newport Beach is accepting applications to fill vacancies on seven city boards and commissions.

Costa Mesa seeks members for city committees

The Costa Mesa City Council is accepting applications from residents to fill seats on seven committees and the newly established Senior...

Fairview Park committee meeting canceled

Wednesday's meeting of the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict, according to...

Mayor highlights Irvine's successes

Citing an array of statewide and national recognition for civic and business success, with only cursory mention of traffic congestion and...

Smoking at the OC Fair? Only in certain places, board decides

Smoking at the OC Fair? Only in certain places, board decides

The Orange County Fair Board ratified a new smoking policy Thursday, a decision that was greeted with praise from anti-smoking advocates but...

Study warns of pension problems but workers' group decries backers' conservatism

A study by a Tustin-based think tank recently ranked Costa Mesa near the top of California cities facing financial strain for their...

Newport, shopping center owner settle property dispute

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday approved a settlement with Lido Partners that ends a yearlong dispute over property access at...

Living at a Costa Mesa motel? You can stay, for now

Living at a Costa Mesa motel? You can stay, for now

An Orange County judge Wednesday expanded the number of people exempt from a Costa Mesa law that bans most long-term stays in local motels.

Newport Beach considers putting water jetpacking out to sea at today's study session

Newport Beach considers putting water jetpacking out to sea at today's study session

Gracie Henley gripped the handles on her jetpack in an attempt to steady herself as water shot out of two spigots at the bottom of the pack.

Political Landscape: Moorlach to hold grand opening of campaign headquarters

 Former Supervisor John Moorlach, who is running for the state Senate's 37th District in a special election to replace Mimi Walters,...

Water conservation is vital despite steady supply, official says

A Mesa Water District official spoke on the state of the district Thursday morning, stressing that Costa Mesa is well-positioned to...

 Robert Thomas Jr., Pearl Harbor survivor and ex-O.C. official, dies at 95

Robert Thomas Jr., Pearl Harbor survivor and ex-O.C. official, dies at 95

Robert Thomas Jr., Orange County's first chief administrative officer and one of its handful of remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, has died...

Study: Majority of recent veterans not adjusting well

Study: Majority of recent veterans not adjusting well

A survey released Thursday contends that a majority of post-9/11 Orange County veterans feel "significantly underprepared" for civilian life...

Costa Mesa City Council approves D.C. trip for mayor

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday agreed to send Mayor Steve Mensinger to a conference in Washington, D.C., with the caveat that he...

Balboa Peninsula bars won't have to close at 11 p.m., Newport official says

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon hoped to make one thing clear Tuesday night.

Political Landscape: Righeimer declines to discuss Israel trip

Political Landscape: Righeimer declines to discuss Israel trip

Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer recently returned from Israel, but he has not commented on whether he traveled with Republican...

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