Politics

Report: City needs to protect Fairview Park vernal pools

Pedestrian use, landscaping, pesticides and man-made improvements pose harm to Fairview Park's ecologically sensitive vernal pools, the U.S....

Steve Smith declares run for Newport-Mesa school board

Steve Smith declares run for Newport-Mesa school board

Steve Smith, a longtime Costa Mesa resident and vice chairman of the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee, on Monday announced his...

Costa Mesa Sanitary District raises sewer fee 2%

Costa Mesa Sanitary District directors recently approved a 2% sewer fee increase.

Great Park execs testify to dysfunction, waste of millions

Irvine Councilman Larry Agran is brushing off scathing testimony from current and former Orange County Great Park executives that allege...

City submits charcoal-only beach plan to coastal commission

The city of Newport Beach has submitted a coastal development permit application for a charcoal-only beach fire ring pilot program.

O.C. Veterans Cemetery clears major hurdle

The Irvine City Council unanimously approved a 125-acre site for a proposed Veterans Memorial Cemetery within the Orange County Great Park...

Big problem for small developments: trash pickup

Big problem for small developments: trash pickup

In the midst of a hot real estate market — with new tracts aiming to coax neighborhood revitalization in the Westside and eclectic,...

Mini-libraries proposed for Costa Mesa parks

Mini-libraries proposed for Costa Mesa parks

What looks like a birdhouse and acts like a library?

CM4RG endorses Foley, Humphrey for council

Costa Mesans for Responsible Government has endorsed two of its own for Costa Mesa City Council.

Newport hires deputy public works director

Newport hires deputy public works director

A man who helped to ensure that Anaheim's roadways, bridges, sewers and storm drains were maintained and improved will be applying his...

Toilet display makes a statement about charter proposal

Toilet display makes a statement about charter proposal

You know it's election time in Costa Mesa when five white toilets, glistening in the summer sun, are making a political statement on Newport...

Goldenrod bridge may get historic designation

Goldenrod bridge may get historic designation

The Newport Beach City Council plans to pursue a local historic designation for the Goldenrod concrete pedestrian bridge, which was built in...

Council OKs scaled-back development for Newport Center, Fashion Island, airport areas

The Newport Beach City Council approved an amendment to the city's development guidelines Tuesday, amid accusations from residents that it...

Senior center reveals allegations of embezzlement

A former Costa Mesa Senior Center employee was arrested in June on suspicion of embezzlement, police have confirmed.

FPPC role in campaign finance will go to vote

Orange County voters will be asked whether they want the state's Fair Political Practices Commission to enforce local campaign finance...

Four resign from senior center board

Four Costa Mesa Senior Center board members resigned Friday after describing the challenge of guiding the center through its recent...

Could a new developers' fee fund parks? Costa Mesa takes a look

Costa Mesa may start acquiring more money to put toward parks under a proposal making its way through City Hall.

County COIN proposal hits roadblock

A proposed county ordinance aimed at increasing transparency in traditionally closed labor negotiations hit a stumbling block this week when...

What Costa Mesa residents want: Walkable streets, recycling

Costa Mesa officials on Wednesday hosted their latest effort to include residents in the process of developing plans for the city's parks,...

Newport officially seeks U.S. high court's help

Newport Beach on Thursday officially submitted a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether an ordinance discriminates...

Council decides: Here's what could get you kicked out of meetings

Earlier this month, approval on the first reading for a Costa Mesa ordinance regulating permissible conduct at public meetings garnered some...

County approves sheriff's deputies' contract

By a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a new two-year contract for sheriff's deputies and district...

Law aimed at campaign signatures moves forward

An ordinance barring county employees from ...

Council moves toward new motel standards

Council moves toward new motel standards

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would require motels to seek new permits and maintain...

Court decision helps clear path to senior center

A recent court decision could allow Huntington Beach to break ground on a new senior center by the end of the year.

Planners penalize Motor Inn for health and safety violations

Planners penalize Motor Inn for health and safety violations

Following a nearly two-hour hearing during which dozens of photographs documenting health and safety violations were presented, the Planning...

County approves site for year-round shelter

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to buy a site in Santa Ana for a year-round emergency shelter —...

Planners to consider Motor Inn permit

The Planning Commission is scheduled Monday to consider modifying the Costa Mesa Motor Inn's operating permit to further limit long-term...

Community website stirs up friction

Since the private social networking...

Council to continue motel discussion

The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled Tuesday to examine a proposed ordinance that would place more restrictions on motels that want to...

Irvine council boosts budget to audit Great Park expenditures to nearly $1.1 million

After some contentious debate Tuesday night, the Irvine City Council approved an additional $333,000 in funding to complete the audit of...

City lauded for 'Costa Mesa Minute,' financial reporting

Costa Mesa recently won awards for its public-access programming and financial reporting.

County CEO talks taxes with Newport

Perhaps better known for his stoic presence at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings, County Chief Executive Officer Mike Giancola...

Vote on controversial changes to development plan postponed

Vote on controversial changes to development plan postponed

After hours of public statements and discussion Tuesday, a final vote on a proposed amendment to Newport Beach's development guidelines...

City names new recreation manager

A 20-year veteran of city recreation was chosen to be Costa Mesa's new recreation manager, city officials said in a news release Wednesday.

How might John Wayne settle this dispute?

The heirs of John Wayne and a certain North Carolina university are duking it out over their right to the word "Duke."

Council members share thoughts about duty, loss

As the Newport Beach City Council meeting commenced Tuesday night, three large images of a smiling young man were displayed next to the...

Political Landscape: Lincoln Club supports Dixon in council bid

The Lincoln Club of Orange County has thrown its support behind businesswoman Diane Dixon's bid for the Newport Beach...

Family asks that donations go to lifeguard association; 2 memorials Sunday

Family asks that donations go to lifeguard association; 2 memorials Sunday

In response to a flood of support from community members, the family of Ben Carlson, a Newport Beach lifeguard who died during a rescue...

Melone enters Costa Mesa City Council race

Melone enters Costa Mesa City Council race

Al Melone, a Costa Mesa resident who unsuccessfully ran for City Council in 2012, will run again in November, this time on an anti-growth...

JWA report brings ire

A recent report by the Orange County Grand Jury suggesting that...

Consultant gives all-clear for Fairview project

A consultant for the city has determined that no significant Native American or other archaeological relics are located within a planned...

City may surveil public places

Over the protests of opponents who called the idea Orwellian, the Costa Mesa City Council this week took a preliminary step toward placing...

Panel runs through ideas for Fairview Park

Fairview Park's citizens advisory committee continued its months-long examination of park additions Thursday, rejecting a slew of ideas...

Council sends charter proposal to voters

Costa Mesa will once again debate, analyze and vote on a proposed city charter.

Coupons are worth money off fair admission

Live in Costa Mesa? Love the annual paean to all things fried, fun and festive that is the Orange County Fair?

Council OKs permissible-conduct law

An ordinance that would regulate permissible conduct at public meetings in Costa Mesa could have faced a torrent of harsh criticism.

Thousands boogie at first of five-part Concert in the Park series

For longtime Costa Mesa resident Dan Duenes, nothing signals the beginning of summer quite like the Concerts in the Park series at...

Leece presses on rehab homes

Councilwoman Wendy Leece on Tuesday called for the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance that could provide more regulation of...

Local water supply 'surpasses standards'

As part of a pilot program this year, the Mesa Water District recently released its annual water quality report online.

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