Politics

Could standoff over eelgrass preservation and dredging be over?

Could standoff over eelgrass preservation and dredging be over?

In the years following its discovery in Newport Harbor, eelgrass has been getting a bad reputation among some dock owners.

St. James members to hold service outside closed church building

St. James members to hold service outside closed church building

Though St. James the Great Episcopal Church parishioners won't be meeting in their longtime house of worship on Sunday, it doesn't mean they...

Coulter's book signing stirs passions of protesters, fans

Coulter's book signing stirs passions of protesters, fans

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was in Costa Mesa on Wednesday evening to sign copies of her new book, an event that drew more than 100...

Ex-Rohrabacher aide accused of embezzling campaign funds quits Newport finance committee

Ex-Rohrabacher aide accused of embezzling campaign funds quits Newport finance committee

A longtime Orange County Republican Party loyalist stepped down from the Newport Beach Finance Committee this week on the heels of...

Costa Mesa group files petition to give voters a say in development

A petition filed at City Hall this week by a Costa Mesa political action group aims to bring more voter control over new development in...

Parks commission's vote on football group's special status is confirmed

A Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission decision that helps a controversial youth football league maintain a special status for cheaper...

Newport announces likely settlement of fire-rings lawsuit

A lawsuit between Newport Beach and advocacy group Friends of the Fire Rings could soon end in a settlement, city officials announced this...

Parks panel's vote is unclear on reduced fees for Leinart football league

What exactly happened at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting Thursday night?

Parks panel OKs lower field-use fees despite Leinart league's for-profit status

Costa Mesa parks commissioners unanimously recommended Thursday approval of a controversial flag football organization's request to continue...

Fair board OKs veterans museum design

Fair board OKs veterans museum design

The Orange County Fair Board approved architectural designs for a planned veterans museum Thursday.

10 more sculptures headed to Newport's Civic Center Park

10 more sculptures headed to Newport's Civic Center Park

Newport Beach is kicking off the second phase of its sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park to the chagrin of some residents, who say the...

Costa Mesa approves money for central library, fire station and sports lighting in annual budget

The central library, fire station and sports field lighting won support Tuesday night when the Costa Mesa City Council approved the 2015-...

Judge lets sale of St. James church continue

Judge lets sale of St. James church continue

The sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church to a developer planning to build town houses can continue, an Orange County Superior...

Rep. Rohrabacher accuses ex-campaign treasurer of embezzlement

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) on Wednesday accused his former campaign treasurer of embezzling more than $170,000 in campaign...

Lawsuit attempts to halt sale of St. James church

St. James the Great Episcopal Church parishioners are asking a judge to stop the sale of their beloved Newport Beach sanctuary to a...

Planners OK nearly 50 new homes in Costa Mesa

Planners OK nearly 50 new homes in Costa Mesa

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission approved plans for nearly 50 new homes throughout the city Monday night, including a tract that would...

Want to park in Newport Beach? It could cost you more

As the busy summer season approaches, parking on Newport Beach streets may get more expensive under a new ordinance being considered by...

Costa Mesa budget sees growth from last year

The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the city's budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Costa Mesans, get ready to sort your trash into organic and not

The Costa Mesa Sanitary District will soon begin implementing its organics recycling program, which ends its no-sorting-required trash...

City leaders seek input from county supervisor on Talbert Park

City leaders seek input from county supervisor on Talbert Park

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel got a look at some of Talbert Park's greatest needs during a tour Friday led by Costa Mesa Mayor...

Costa Mesa will donate $25,000 to veterans museum

The Costa Mesa City Council approved $25,000 this week toward a planned veterans museum at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Councilman fights for Westside club's live-entertainment permit

Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan has appealed the denial of a controversial Westside nightclub's recent request to host live music.

Audit will review $140 million Newport Civic Center project

Audit will review $140 million Newport Civic Center project

Construction practices and rising costs associated with Newport Beach's often-criticized Civic Center project will come under scrutiny in...

Mooring fees could drop in Newport harbor, but not by half

The Newport Beach City Council took a step forward Tuesday evening to reduce fees related to harbor moorings.

Townhomes will replace 1940s St. James church if developer's plan is OKd

Townhomes will replace 1940s St. James church if developer's plan is OKd

The development firm that in May bought St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Lido Village plans to build townhomes in place of the...

Newport neighbors at odds over undergrounding effort

Newport Beach homeowners are going toe-to-toe over a proposal to place utility lines underground in their Newport Heights neighborhood.

Rand Paul: Republicans must broaden appeal

Rand Paul: Republicans must broaden appeal

Orange County Republicans sampled a taste of one Presidential candidate's recipe for bringing more Californians to the party table at the...

Reagan statue unveiled at Mile Square Regional Park

Reagan statue unveiled at Mile Square Regional Park

As the blue sheet was lifted, the audience applauded as a new statue of former President Ronald Reagan was unveiled Friday afternoon at Mile...

Costa Mesa considers helping to fund a veterans museum at the fairgrounds

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will consider donating funds for a veterans museum planned for the Orange County fairgrounds.

Sober-counseling group may need to find new space

Solid Landings Behavioral Health, a sober-living operator in Costa Mesa, can no longer host group counseling sessions at its office building...

Coastal Commission OKs Newport's half-wood, half-charcoal fire rings plan

Coastal Commission OKs Newport's half-wood, half-charcoal fire rings plan

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday gave the city of Newport Beach permission to reconfigure 64 fire rings along the beach,...

What happens when you use less water? In Newport, your rates might double

What happens when you use less water? In Newport, your rates might double

The drought is driving down water use in Newport Beach.

New Saturday farmers market coming to Eastside Costa Mesa

A farmers market will set up shop every Saturday in Costa Mesa's Eastside beginning in September.

No more live music at Maison club, Costa Mesa planners decide

Maison, the Costa Mesa venue that operated for a month without permits from the city, will not be allowed to host live musical acts going...

Newport fire-rings decision could finally happen Thursday

Newport fire-rings decision could finally happen Thursday

The fight among Newport Beach residents over the placement and number of wood-burning fire rings along the shore could come to an end this...

Presidential hopeful Rand Paul to speak at Irvine GOP fundraiser

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will deliver the keynote address during the Republican Party of Orange County's annual Flag...

Newport considers doubling wastewater rate

Water bills in Newport Beach could be going up for business owners and homeowners under a proposal being weighed by the City Council...

Owner of 19th street club seeking live music permit

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will consider on Monday the musical fate of a 19th Street bar and nightclub that operated for about a...

Hillary Clinton to hold fundraiser in Newport

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is holding a fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on June 18 from 7:30 to 9:...

Costa Mesa council puts off vote on anniversary party audit

The Costa Mesa City Council did not vote on a forensic audit into the troubled 60th anniversary party Tuesday night as expected, but council...

Costa Mesa settles lawsuit over outsourcing with employees union

A costly four-year lawsuit between Costa Mesa leadership and its public employees union, stemming from the City Council's effort to...

Irvine council supports bid to enact flag law on state campuses

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SPON eyes a more sustainable future for Newport Beach

Stop Polluting Our Newport, a longtime community organization, has plans to draft a blueprint detailing ways for the city and residents to...

D.A.'s office: No charges in Costa Mesa's anniversary celebration

The Orange County district attorney will not file charges related to Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration, according to a letter sent...

Costa Mesa fire station from the '60s looks every bit its age

Costa Mesa fire station from the '60s looks every bit its age

Firefighter Will Moss put a large foam dowel on the floor of a room at the Royal Palm fire station in Costa Mesa and watched as it slowly...

St. James congregation begins search for new home

St. James congregation begins search for new home

When Bill Kroener relocated with his wife from the East Coast to Newport Beach in 2006 he had no desire to join the Anglican parish housed...

Newport's LED street signs getting new colors, sail logo

Newport's LED street signs getting new colors, sail logo

Newly designed illuminated street signs will soon adorn Newport Beach's large intersections.

Irvine bucks the trend as council votes to repeal living wage law

Irvine bucks the trend as council votes to repeal living wage law

When Irvine adopted a living wage ordinance nearly eight years ago, the suburban city in the heart of Orange County was cheered for its...

$282M Newport budget, with funds for more Balboa police, narrowly wins initial OK

A new Newport Beach budget that allocates funds for building projects and more police officers was approved Tuesday night by the City...

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...

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