Politics

Median project proposed for Placentia Avenue not just a matter of aethestics

Median project proposed for Placentia Avenue not just a matter of aethestics

By beautifying portions of Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa hopes to also trick the eye and reduce drivers' speeds.

Marijuana initiative signatures turned in to force city OK or a vote

Medical marijuana dispensaries could return to Costa Mesa if a proposed referendum wins City Council or voter approval.

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...

More passengers, flights at JWA by 2030? Airport panel to discuss limits today

The Orange County Airport Commission on Wednesday is expected to discuss a second extension of the agreement that governs parameters such as...

Irvine Veterans Committee shifts focus to affordable housing

The Irvine City Council is reshaping the committee dedicated to establishing a memorial cemetery in Orange County to focus on affordable...

Newport to assign lawn-watering days and take other water-saving steps

New rules for water use went into effect for Newport Beach water customers this week.

Costa Mesa supports Newport in sober-living case

Five Southern California cities, including three in Orange County, have filed supportive legal documents toward the goal of having the U.S....

No 405 Freeway toll lanes, forum crowd tells Caltrans

No 405 Freeway toll lanes, forum crowd tells Caltrans

Members of the 405 Freeway Cities Coalition and local residents made it clear to state transportation officials Thursday night that they...

Newport candidate forum runs hurry-up offense

If the USC football team can run an entertaining hurry-up offense to the delight of audiences at the Coliseum, why can't the same approach...

Balboa, Corona del Mar parking plans get mixed reviews from Newport council

Speaking to the Newport Beach City Council during a study session Tuesday, Balboa Peninsula resident Joyce Barnes imagined her gravestone:

Kashkari helps open Newport GOP headquarters

Kashkari helps open Newport GOP headquarters

Newport Harbor Republican Women celebrated the grand opening of the local Republican campaign headquarters Tuesday with an appearance by the...

OCC's expansion plans draw criticism from residents and mayor

If Orange Coast College offered four-year degrees, would it be destined to become Cal State Costa Mesa?

Newport City Council OKs Lido House Hotel project

Newport City Council OKs Lido House Hotel project

The Newport Beach City Council unanimously approved the Lido House Hotel project Tuesday night, eliciting whoops and applause from the...

'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...

Mayor shows up at campaign opponents' event

When Costa Mesa City Council candidates Katrina Foley and Jay Humphrey began their meet-and-greet Monday evening with mobile home park...

Newport council candidates forum focuses on seniors, fire rings, traffic

Newport council candidates forum focuses on seniors, fire rings, traffic

Senior citizens headed for the gym and a shuttle stopped to pick up passengers Friday morning at the Oasis Senior Center, where Newport...

New development's lot sizes irk some residents

The City Council this week decided to change development standards for a proposed Eastside Costa Mesa housing tract despite the concerns...

Councilwoman Genis clarifies comment about ex-candidate Weitzberg

Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Sandy Genis offered additional clarification this week regarding remarks she made to a community group about...

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...

Political Landscape: Kashkari expected at GOP's Newport HQ

The Republican Party will mark the opening of its election headquarters next week with a reception featuring Neel Kashkari, the party's...

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...

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...

Newport mobile home park's fate: 'Our people cannot downsize. They are down.'

Newport mobile home park's fate: 'Our people cannot downsize. They are down.'

Rumors were already circulating among residents at Ebb Tide Mobile Home Park when a letter arrived that confirmed their fears.

Fair Board: Keep state fairs in public hands

The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday agreed to draft a resolution that will express the board's intent on maintaining state...

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.

Newport consulting firm accuses Great Park investigators of unethical conduct

A Newport Beach consulting firm accused of non-compliance in the Great Park audit is turning the tables on investigators examining more than...

Ease traffic, hire more cops, Costa Mesa residents say

Too many palm trees. No electronic billboards. Too much development and traffic.

Bill to require rehabs to report deaths moves forward

A bill that would require drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities to report their residents' deaths has passed both houses of the state...

Costa Mesa declines to film and air Eastside political forum

Citing concerns about political neutrality, Costa Mesa's public-access television channel will not tape and air an upcoming City Council...

Fairgrounds extends swap meet contract

The Orange County Fair Board approved a contract this week with the fairgrounds' longtime swap meet operator, a move that will maintain...

Coastal Commission questions Newport on charcoal fire rings

In a letter filled with nearly two dozen questions and other demands for more information, the California Coastal Commission staff has...

Political Landscape: Council candidates to face off at OCC forum [Updated]

The next installment of the Feet to the Fire Forum, a series of political candidate debates sponsored by the Daily Pilot and Orange County...

Newport council candidate returns disputed campaign donation

Newport Beach City Council candidate Scott Peotter says he has returned a $1,100 campaign contribution to Woody's Wharf to avoid costly...

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.

Newport council hopeful can be called businessman on ballot

Newport Beach City Council candidate Tim Brown will be described on the Nov. 4 ballot as a planning commissioner and businessman, despite...

Judge denies lawsuit against wording of Newport's Measure Y

Ballot language regarding proposed land development changes in Newport Beach will remain, according to an Orange County Superior Court...

Marines need donated gowns for spouses

The Costa Mesa Military Affairs Team is looking for donations of lightly used prom dresses, ball gowns, cocktail dresses and accessories for...

Public invited to meeting about general plan

Costa Mesa continues its general-plan update Wednesday with a community session focusing on public safety and noise concerns.

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...

Irvine asks judge to open firm's books

The Irvine City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ask for a court order compelling a powerful consulting firm to open its books as part...

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.

Activist challenges candidate's ballot designation

A Newport Beach resident is challenging the description of a City Council candidate as a businessman on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Ice challenge warms hearts

Ice challenge warms hearts

Holding bright-orange buckets filled with ice water, Newport Beach community members began to count down from 10.

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.

Community group plans forum for council candidates

Mesa Verde Community Inc. is hosting a Costa Mesa City Council candidate forum Thursday evening.

Irvine to play host for 2015 Special Olympics

The 1984 Summer Olympics was Southern California's last huge event.

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