Politics

Leinart football league to pay Irvine $63,000 in back fees for field use

A local youth flag football league has agreed to pay the city of Irvine more than $60,000 after city officials determined that the for-...

Approval of farmers market appealed by Eastside Costa Mesa resident

An Eastside Costa Mesa resident has appealed the Planning Commission's approval of a farmers market near her home.

Newport doesn't cut its water use enough in June; Irvine Ranch also falls short

Newport Beach failed to meet water-reduction mandates in June and is facing increased scrutiny from state water officials.

Newport Bay's high copper levels could force boaters to change paint

Newport Bay's high copper levels could force boaters to change paint

In an effort to reduce copper levels in Newport Bay, a regional water-quality agency is looking to limit the type of paint that boaters...

Newport chamber's Citizen of the Year award a pleasant surprise for winner

Newport chamber's Citizen of the Year award a pleasant surprise for winner

When Paul Watkins stepped into the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on Wednesday morning, he thought he was meeting with a few fellow members...

Lido Marina Village farmers market to move to McFadden Square

McFadden Square, at the base of the Newport Pier, will be the new home of a farmers market that for years has operated at Lido Marina...

Surfing ban: Newport favors giving lifeguards more discretion over blackball time

Surfing ban: Newport favors giving lifeguards more discretion over blackball time

Newport Beach lifeguards could soon have more control over the time when surfing is prohibited along the city's beaches.

Newport council to consider easing 'blackball' rules, moving farmers market

A Newport Beach City Council study session Tuesday will include discussion about easing "blackball" rules along parts of the city's beaches.

State may fine sanitary district more than $500,000 over sewage spills

State authorities have fined the Costa Mesa Sanitary District more than $500,000 in connection with two sewage spills that released tens...

Irvine's Mayor Choi running for state Assembly

Irvine's Mayor Choi running for state Assembly

Irvine Mayor Steven Choi has entered the 2016 race for a spot in the state Assembly.

Costa Mesa OKs two housing developments

Costa Mesa OKs two housing developments

The Costa Mesa City Council has approved 16 new homes for Mesa Verde and the Eastside.

Sober-living business loses bid for permit because of parking

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday voted to deny a request that a sober-living business be allowed to hold group counseling sessions...

Petition seeking a direct vote on Costa Mesa development is making the rounds

Costa Mesa activists have begun circulating a petition in an effort to have new major developments face a vote of the people instead of just...

State looking into complaint about PAC

A state agency confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating whether a political action committee active in November's Newport Beach City...

Councilwoman will hold meeting to review Newport's July 4th activity

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon and city staff will present a review of the Fourth of July weekend festivities on the Balboa...

Irvine votes to display 'In God We Trust'

Following the lead of several cities in Orange County and hundreds around the country, the city of Irvine will display the national motto...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors help neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors help neighbors

A revived community group helped fix up a pair of Westside Costa Mesa homes Saturday morning, thanks to private funding and an army of...

Newport leaning toward repairing Balboa Island seawalls

Newport leaning toward repairing Balboa Island seawalls

The Newport Beach City Council indicated during a study session Tuesday that the aging seawalls along Balboa Island will be repaired but...

Costa Mesa council to hear appeal from sober-homes operator

The Costa Mesa City Council plans to hear a sober-living operator's appeal Tuesday to host group counseling at a Westside office building...

Costa Mesa council to review I-405 widening project report

Costa Mesa will be affected by several construction projects under a planned 405 Freeway widening project that includes new toll lanes,...

Fairview Park event will focus on preservation

A group of Fairview Park activists are hosting a free event Saturday designed to promote preservation of the land.

Democratic Clubs forum will focus on education

The Democratic Clubs of Coastal Orange County will host a community forum to discuss Common Core state standards, student loan debt, the...

Visiting boaters will get temporary anchorage near Lido Isle, council decides

Visiting boaters will get temporary anchorage near Lido Isle, council decides

Residents who live near the Turning Basin in Newport Harbor will soon notice a few more boats on the water outside their homes.

Newport will pay group homes $5.25 million settlement

The seven-year lawsuit between three group homes and Newport Beach over the city's ordinance regulating recovery homes has ended in a multi-...

Congressman's ex-campaign treasurer resigns from county board

A Newport Beach accountant and once-active member of the Orange County political arena, who was recently accused of embezzling campaign...

Newport council says it's for diversity as residents bash councilman over same-sex marriage comments

Newport council says it's for diversity as residents bash councilman over same-sex marriage comments

After more than two hours of discussion about a councilman's recent controversial statements regarding same-sex marriage, the Newport...

Nonprofit will no longer give to Costa Mesa Senior Center

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Next vote in the city: should senior center newsletter get a new name?

Earlier this year, Costa Mesa city staff hypothesized that "The Buzz on 19th Street" might be a snazzy new name for the senior center's...

Newport special meeting to address LGBT community's concerns after councilman's email

In response to pushback from the LGBT community in Orange County over comments made last week by a councilman, the Newport Beach City...

Newport council to consider second anchorage area in Turning Basin

Sailors heading into Newport Beach this summer could soon have another temporary location to drop their boat's anchor in the harbor.

Supervisors may rescind ex-campaign treasurer's appointment

A Newport Beach accountant accused by a congressman of embezzling campaign funds could lose his seat on a county board Tuesday.

Drive to underground utilities ends in one Newport Heights area

Drive to underground utilities ends in one Newport Heights area

The intense debate about whether to place utility lines underground in Newport Heights is over for now in one of the area's two utility...

Amid safety concerns, Costa Mesa will close portions of wall along Victoria Street

Amid safety concerns, Costa Mesa will close portions of wall along Victoria Street

The Costa Mesa City Council agreed this week to close off three pedestrian access points from an arterial Westside street at the request...

Surviving birds from Balboa tree removal released

Surviving birds from Balboa tree removal released

Caroline Vassar was driving home after an afternoon tennis match in late May when she witnessed birds swirling above a tree that was in...

Newport councilman who criticized gay marriage will delete city seal from his email blasts

Newport councilman who criticized gay marriage will delete city seal from his email blasts

Responding to pushback for criticizing same-sex marriage in a widely distributed email, Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter agreed...

Costa Mesa's new definition of 'local resident' benefits Leinart football league

The Matt Leinart Flag Football League, a for-profit corporation whose K-8 players live primarily outside Costa Mesa, was effectively granted...

Newport Councilman Peotter's opposition to gay unions draws criticism

Newport Councilman Peotter's opposition to gay unions draws criticism

Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter angered gay rights leaders Tuesday after circulating an email that criticized same-sex...

Speak Up Newport forum will focus on undergrounding utilities

Undergrounding utilities, which has sparked heated debate between residents in Newport Beach neighborhoods, will be discussed during...

ESPN moves golf tournament from Trump's course to Pelican Hill in Newport

ESPN moves golf tournament from Trump's course to Pelican Hill in Newport

Following Donald Trump's critical public comments about Latino immigrants, ESPN announced this week that it will move its upcoming ESPY...

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...

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