Politics

Lower dock fees are possible

The Newport Beach City Council took steps during a study session Tuesday afternoon that could eventually decrease dock fees for...

 Vintage car museum gets green light from Costa Mesa planners

Vintage car museum gets green light from Costa Mesa planners

Costa Mesa planning commissioners unanimously signed off Monday night on plans to turn a Westside industrial site into a vintage car...

Bigger cities' votes counted in Costa Mesa's loss of OCTA board seat

In a last-minute switch-up, Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Jim Katapodis upset Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer's brief tenure on...

Sober-living law withstands legal challenge

A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Costa Mesa's new law restricting sober-living homes in single-family...

Mobile home park conversion on council agenda

The Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday may represent the last round in a fight between mobile home park residents and a company...

Commission OKs Balboa Island condo ban

The Newport Beach Planning Commission took steps Thursday to once again ban condominium development in the residential areas of Balboa and...

O.C. fair limits smoking during some events

 The Orange County Fair Board approved changes Thursday to the fairgrounds' smoking policy, though some vendors warned that banning...

Can councilmen who sued police union negotiate with managers? Foley wants A.G.'s opinion

For more than a year, a lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the police officers union has prevented them from negotiating the...

Costa Mesa library project clears early hurdle

The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved a design contract Tuesday night that will help convert the Neighborhood Community Center...

Glare from Fountain Valley sign could affect Costa Mesa homes

Glare from Fountain Valley sign could affect Costa Mesa homes

A 74-foot electronic billboard proposed for a parcel near the 405 Freeway in Fountain Valley is raising concerns about its potential...

New council seeks insight on Civic Center costs

Before Newport Beach embarks on any other building projects, the City Council wants to review how the controversial Civic Center project got...

Newport council's vote on fire rings ignites confusion

Newport council's vote on fire rings ignites confusion

The Newport Beach City Council was awash in confusion this week after a vote that returned controversial wood burning to many of the city'...

Costa Mesa council to discuss library design contract

Plans to convert the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library are expected to continue Tuesday with a City...

Specific religious references off limits in prayers at Newport public meetings

The mention of specific religions and deities during public prayers still won't be allowed in the Newport Beach City Council chamber at...

Moorlach announces run for state Senate

Moorlach announces run for state Senate

Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the state Senate.

Kobe Bryant gets green light for his Newport Beach business

Kobe Bryant gets green light for his Newport Beach business

Los Angeles Lakers star shooting guard Kobe Bryant will be able to operate his business in Newport Beach until 2032.

Wood burning is back at 30 Newport Beach fire rings

Wood burning is back at 30 Newport Beach fire rings

The Newport Beach City Council decided Tuesday night to immediately bring wood burning back to some of the city's beach fire rings, again...

City asks court to dismiss sober-living lawsuit

Costa Mesa's attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a new city ordinance discriminates against recovering...

Area women chosen as district delegates to state Democratic convention

Two Newport-Mesa residents were recently chosen to represent state Assembly District 74 at this year's state Democratic convention.

Costa Mesa mayor strives for dialogue with residents

Costa Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger said he is launching a "listening tour" featuring several opportunities for residents to talk with him...

Will winds of change return wood-burning pits in Newport?

Will winds of change return wood-burning pits in Newport?

Wood-burning beach bonfires could return to the Balboa Pier and Corona del Mar State Beach — known as Big Corona — though with...

Irvine Council shelves general plan update

The Irvine City Council opened the new year without advancing a municipal general plan that has not had a comprehensive update since 1999.

Sober-living homes application process begins in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa City Hall began its new sober-living permitting system Thursday that requires operators to complete applications within 90 days...

Mesa Water to offer education program

The Mesa Water District begins its annual Water Issues Study Group program Jan. 21.

Fairview Park sports fields study OK'd; citizens panel chairman quits in protest

Before a crowd of about 200 attendees, most of whom argued for keeping Fairview Park untouched, the park's citizens advisory committee on...

OC employees' group celebrates governor's inauguration

OC employees' group celebrates governor's inauguration

Members of the Orange County Employees Assn., which represents Costa Mesa municipal workers, recently traveled to the state Capitol in...

New Costa Mesa mayor, new meeting rules

New Costa Mesa mayor, new meeting rules

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Mayor Steve Mensinger's proposed changes to its meeting structure, permitting...

Costa Mesa mayor seeks changes to council meeting format

In his third session as Costa Mesa's mayor on Tuesday, Steve Mensinger will suggest a series of changes to the council meeting format,...

Meeting will focus on possibility of sports fields at Fairview Park

After being postponed for months, discussions about building sports fields in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park are coming back to the forefront.

Water district pushing conservation message

The Mesa Water District is reaching out to the estimated 40,000 households in its district as part of a new water-saving campaign.

Mesa Water District names new president

The Mesa Water District's board recently chose Shawn Dewane to be its president for the next two years.

Holiday closures in Newport, Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach city halls will be closed from Christmas until the new year.

Exiting O.C. Supervisor Moorlach weighs state Senate run

After eight years on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and more than a decade before that as the county treasurer, John Moorlach now...

Costa Mesa ex-official Roeder might manage Garden Grove

Retired Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder is being considered for an interim city management position in Garden Grove.

New Newport Councilwoman Dixon listens to residents' needs

New Newport Councilwoman Dixon listens to residents' needs

For newly elected Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon, an interest in politics is a family affair.

Sanitary District appoints new president

Mike Scheafer was appointed by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District's board of directors this week to serve as its president for the next two...

Costa Mesa Senior Center celebrates remodel

City officials and more than 200 seniors celebrated the reopening of the Costa Mesa Senior Center on Friday morning after a two-month...

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.

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