Politics

Marijuana petitioners concerned about Costa Mesa council decision

Attorneys representing two certified medical marijuana petitions said they haven't ruled out legal challenges to the Costa Mesa council's...

No Costa Mesa medical marijuana vote next year

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday opted not to call a special election for two competing medical marijuana measures, instead deciding...

Services are Friday for former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett

A series of public events for former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett are scheduled for Friday throughout the city.

Affidavit: Police union asked for dirt on Costa Mesa councilmen

Affidavit: Police union asked for dirt on Costa Mesa councilmen

Costa Mesa police officers mocked members of the City Council and suggested ways to catch them in compromising positions in the run-up to...

Costa Mesa CEO, police chief apologize to councilmen

Costa Mesa CEO, police chief apologize to councilmen

Costa Mesa city CEO Tom Hatch and acting Police Chief Rob Sharpnack issued an apology Monday to three councilmen who prosecutors allege were...

Irvine council now has majority of women

The Irvine City Council swore in members Tuesday night, creating a historic reconfiguration.

Costa Mesa's Wendy Leece gearing up for life after public office

Costa Mesa's Wendy Leece gearing up for life after public office

After accolades upon accolades had poured in, outgoing Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece, wearing a new dress she recently bought at South...

City seeks commission applicants

The Costa Mesa City Council is looking for applicants to serve on the Parks and Recreation, Planning and Senior commissions.

O.C. fairgrounds hires new CEO

O.C. fairgrounds hires new CEO

The Orange County Fair Board on Friday announced a new chief executive for the fairgrounds property in Costa Mesa.

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

Two private investigators illegally tracked one Costa Mesa councilman by GPS and called in a fake DUI report on another in 2012 when they...

OCTA board delays 405 widening contract

The Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors agreed this week to delay until February a vote on whether to approve a...

Selich is next Newport mayor; Dixon is mayor pro tem

Selich is next Newport mayor; Dixon is mayor pro tem

Newport Beach welcomed four new City Council members to the dais Tuesday night, bidding farewell to the leadership of the last four years.

Costa Mesa planners tell recovery home 15 residents is too many

After more than four hours of testimony Monday night, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission unanimously denied a sober-living company's request...

Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Righeimer named to OCTA board

Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer was recently sworn in as a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors.

Sober-living firm suing city is asking for exemption

A Costa Mesa sober-living facility that sued the city last month over its group-home ordinance is finally getting a hearing on its request...

Costa Mesa's police chief calls for unity as he ends tenure

Costa Mesa's police chief calls for unity as he ends tenure

In his last days on the job, Costa Mesa's outgoing police chief warned that the city needs a new sense of unity if it wants to rebuild a...

Mensinger selected as Costa Mesa's new mayor

Mensinger selected as Costa Mesa's new mayor

The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to name Steve Mensinger the city's next mayor, a largely ceremonial position...

Drop-off points for coat drive double after campaign-law decision

Drop-off points for coat drive double after campaign-law decision

Used coat drop-off points for Councilwoman Katrina Foley's annual donation drive have more than doubled since a recent dust-up over her...

Local sports hits the small screen

The public-access stations in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach are producing a new local sports television show.

Sober-living home permits hit snag in Costa Mesa

Even as two lawsuits promise to hamper Costa Mesa's new permitting for sober-living homes, the system is experiencing delays in City Hall.

Political discord continues during Agran's last Irvine council meeting

Political discord continues during Agran's last Irvine council meeting

Larry Agran, longtime Irvine councilman and former mayor, was recognized for his 28 years of service during his final City Council meeting...

D.A. again clears former fair board in land-sale attempt

For a second time in four years, the Orange County district attorney's office has determined that former members of the Orange County...

Judge lets Costa Mesa enforce motel ordinance despite lawsuit

Judge lets Costa Mesa enforce motel ordinance despite lawsuit

Costa Mesa can, for now, keep enforcing an ordinance restricting long-term stays at local motels, despite a legal challenge alleging that...

OCC recycling center will take turkey grease

The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is reminding home cooks that oil used to deep-fry turkeys and other foods this Thanksgiving can be...

Police union tells appeals court that mayor's lawsuit is a political attack

Costa Mesa's police union, facing a lawsuit from the mayor, fired an opening salvo in California's appeals court Friday, calling the...

Reporter's Notebook: 'Homeless' for a night

Reporter's Notebook: 'Homeless' for a night

Jimmy is homeless and, based on stereotypes many of us harbor, looks the part.

Costa Mesa coat-donation site switches after campaign-law complaint

Costa Mesa coat-donation site switches after campaign-law complaint

Councilwoman-elect Katrina Foley is crying foul at a recent accusation from Mayor Jim Righeimer that has affected her sixth annual coat...

Lawsuits accuse Costa Mesa of discrimination with sober-living rules

Two lawsuits filed in federal court this week allege that the city of Costa Mesa discriminated against recovering drug and alcohol addicts...

Humphrey concedes Costa Mesa council race

Humphrey concedes Costa Mesa council race

Costa Mesa council candidate Jay Humphrey conceded the race Friday afternoon in an announcement that declared he will not be seeking a...

Newport council to consider faster pension payoff

The Newport Beach City Council will consider a plan Tuesday night to more quickly fund employee pensions.

Fair may clear its skies of smoke and drones

Each summer at the Orange County Fair, food stands are stocked with meaty treats for the carnivorous masses who then descend upon the...

Plywood political sign out, then in compliance

Plywood political sign out, then in compliance

One late night in September, Costa Mesa activist Chris McEvoy used some plywood to make a statement of his discontent with the mayor and a...

Election law clouds marijuana initiatives

The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved a series of studies Tuesday night that will examine effects of medical marijuana...

Metro district high-density apartments win unanimous Costa Mesa council OK

Metro district high-density apartments win unanimous Costa Mesa council OK

Hundreds more people are going to be calling Costa Mesa's South Coast Metro district home under new plans approved Tuesday night.

Righeimer wins Costa Mesa council seat by 47 votes

Righeimer wins Costa Mesa council seat by 47 votes

After two weeks of ballot counting, Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer edged out his closest challenger to hold on to his council seat,...

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a small but potentially decisive lead over challenger Jay Humphrey on Saturday night in the...

Urban-living, high-density apartments up for Costa Mesa council OK Tuesday

Urban-living, high-density apartments up for Costa Mesa council OK Tuesday

Plans for hundreds of urban-living apartments in Costa Mesa's South Coast Metro district are heading to the City Council for approval...

Tax provisions could trip up Costa Mesa marijuana proposals

When it comes to the possibility of medical marijuana returning to Costa Mesa, City Hall is finding itself in a legal morass, caught between...

Councilman-elect Peotter: Newport Civic Center 'bunnies' should go

Councilman-elect Peotter: Newport Civic Center 'bunnies' should go

If Newport Beach Councilman-elect Scott Peotter has his way, the concrete cottontails that invaded Civic Center park this year could soon be...

Slow start to Irvine council business after election

"It was pretty much business as usual," Councilman Larry Agran said of the first Irvine City Council meeting since the Nov. 4 election...

Costa Mesa's Righeimer, Humphrey are 48 votes apart in Thursday's tally

Costa Mesa's Righeimer, Humphrey are 48 votes apart in Thursday's tally

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a slight lead over challenger Jay Humphrey in ballot counting Thursday evening to fill two City...

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a single-family housing development for the Westside that would replace...

A-frame signs could come to Balboa Village

Newport Beach City Council members Wednesday will discuss an ordinance that would allow businesses in Balboa Village to use A-frame signs to...

A more conservative turn for Newport Beach City Council

A more conservative turn for Newport Beach City Council

When Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill reflects on his last four years on the City Council, he remembers a group of people who worked cohesively...

Registrar hopes to finish Costa Mesa count by Nov. 14; Righeimer holds onto No. 2 spot by 112 votes

Registrar hopes to finish Costa Mesa count by Nov. 14; Righeimer holds onto No. 2 spot by 112 votes

On a sunny Thursday morning, after two anxious days of awaiting election results for his Costa Mesa City Council bid, Jay Humphrey stood...

Agran out, Republican majority gains strength on Irvine council

Agran out, Republican majority gains strength on Irvine council

Irvine Mayor Steven Choi won his bid for reelection and the Republican majority of the City Council gained strength as longtime Democratic...

Costa Mesa Councilwoman-elect Foley ready to serve

Costa Mesa Councilwoman-elect Foley ready to serve

For Katrina Foley, with the busy election season now behind her and her name solidly atop the list of eight Costa Mesa City Council...

Only 18 votes separate candidates in Costa Mesa nail-biter

Only 18 votes separate candidates in Costa Mesa nail-biter

The race for the second open seat on the Costa Mesa City Council remained too close to call Wednesday night, with two candidates separated...

'Team Newport' candidates sweep City Council election as mayor is ousted

'Team Newport' candidates sweep City Council election as mayor is ousted

Newport Beach voters shook up the City Council during Tuesday's election, tossing out Mayor Rush Hill and giving a slate of candidates known...

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