Politics

Senior center retains counsel

The Costa Mesa Senior Center has retained an attorney to guide its board through financial negotiations aimed at keeping the troubled...

Mayor asks blogger to apologize for Hitler reference

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer during Tuesday's council meeting demanded an apology from a local blogger who posted online comments...

Newport's hot commodity: sand

Newport's hot commodity: sand

While some Newport Beach residents eagerly await the opening of Marina Park in two years, others already have cause for celebration.

Planners limit long-term stays at motel

Planners limit long-term stays at motel

Citing conditions ranging from hoarding and vermin infestation to broken window screens, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday...

Council members join the fun at Newport library

Council members join the fun at Newport library

Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros donned a Batman costume Monday night for "Pajama Storytime" at the Newport Beach Central Library.

 'A place for contemplation and peace'

'A place for contemplation and peace'

Orange County officials this week unveiled the winning design for a monument to crime victims planned for Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

Business owners oppose 'class A' apartments

Business owners oppose 'class A' apartments

For Garry Lukas and his allies, their opinions on the matter are clear: It's a case of Costa Mesa planners "gone wild."

Newport Beach hires Citizens United attorney

A former U.S. solicitor general who has argued dozens of prominent cases before the Supreme Court has agreed to represent Newport Beach in...

Politicians speak at Tea Party event

Politicians speak at Tea Party event

Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate...

Civic center lends itself to debate

Civic center lends itself to debate

When the expensive new civic center opened in Newport Beach last year, some claimed it as a symbol of an irresponsible government out of...

City deconstructs 60th anniversary party

During an occasionally tense three-hour meeting Wednesday, members of the 60th Anniversary Planning Committee, Costa Mesa residents and...

Judge moves mayor-union lawsuit forward

A lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the city's police association, its former law firm and a private investigator moved...

Newport council discusses arts, more-concrete needs

The Newport Beach City Council set its sights Tuesday on initiatives for sculptures and streets.

Supes want state of emergency declared after earthquake

In the wake of the 5.1 temblor that rattled the region late last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week took a necessary...

Irvine drops 'friendship city' plan with Vietnam town amid protest

Confronted with nearly 600 protesters upset over a proposal to join Irvine in "friendship" with city of Nha Trang in Vietnam, Irvine City...

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress.

City may annex Colleen area

City may annex Colleen area

It's known among government types as the Santa Ana/Colleen Island, but to most passersby, it looks like another one of the tidy and tony...

Councilman drops plan for ties between Irvine, city in Vietnam

Councilman drops plan for ties between Irvine, city in Vietnam

Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam?

Medical marijuana supporters launch effort

Proponents of allowing medical marijuana businesses to operate in Costa Mesa have taken their case to City Hall in the hopes of bringing the...

Bay Station Post Office may relocate

The Newport Beach Bay Station Post Office is seeking a change of address.

Where church, state aren't so separate

Where church, state aren't so separate

The old Newport Beach council chambers, which have sat largely vacant for more than a year, came to life once again on a recent Sunday.

Ethics panel clears councilman Henn

The state's political ethics watchdog found that Newport Beach councilman Mike Henn did not violate California's conflict-of-interest law...

Former councilman Jay Humphrey enters race

Former councilman Jay Humphrey enters race

After a 20-year absence from the dais, former Costa Mesa City Councilman Jay Humphrey announced Thursday that he will be running for council...

Yukon Avenue tree plea fails

A preliminary ruling in Orange County Superior Court sided with the city of Costa Mesa on Thursday, contending that a resident's case for...

FPPC warns but doesn't fine mayor

California's political ethics watchdog warned Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill on Thursday that he should have recused himself from a handful...

Weitzberg to run for Costa Mesa City Council

Weitzberg to run for Costa Mesa City Council

Harold Weitzberg, a city committee member and marketing entrepreneur, announced Wednesday that he will run for the Costa Mesa City Council.

Bowley resigns from leadership positions over field flap

Citing dissatisfaction with City Hall decisions, a longtime Costa Mesa youth sports advocate confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned from...

Council OKs small-lot ordinance

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday gave a second and final approval for easing standards for small-lot developments.

Banning Ranch critic enters Costa Mesa council race

Banning Ranch critic enters Costa Mesa council race

Christopher Bunyan's candidacy for Costa Mesa City Council is, in his words, about "climate change."

Political Landscape: Election endorsements roll in

The following is a roundup of news regarding the races for seats on the Orange County Board of Education and the Board of Supervisors, as...

Judge: Steel must change ballot designation

In a win for her opponent, Orange County Board of Supervisors candidate Michelle Steel will have to change her official occupation from...

Small-lot ordinance facing second reading

A proposed ordinance that would ease building requirements for small developments faces its second reading Tuesday before the Costa Mesa...

Hatch alleges Friday Night Lights misled city

Hatch alleges Friday Night Lights misled city

Officials with a popular flag football program allegedly made misstatements to the city of Costa Mesa to avoid paying nearly $50,000 in fees...

Candidate for county clerk cannot appear on ballot

A Los Alamitos city councilman who was disqualified from a race for Orange County clerk-recorder because he was seen gathering nomination...

Hearing set over trees

Hearing set over trees

To save some trees near her home, a longtime Costa Mesa resident is taking the city to court.

Veterans make a pitch for a memorial garden

A group of veterans and local activists urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to build a memorial garden at the fairgrounds that...

Newport says it will fight group home decision

Newport Beach plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is...

County reaches agreement with employee union

After two years of negotiations marked by back-and-forth accusations of political chicanery, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved...

City code updated to fit new trash contract

Starting Monday, refuse company CR&R will begin the process of picking up trash for Newport Beach residents who have had city service.

Residents sue to block Upper Newport Bay project

Two residents have sued Newport Beach in hopes of blocking a residential, commercial and marine development proposed for a section of the...

More room, more ability to help vets

More room, more ability to help vets

For Deanne Tate, president and chief executive of Veterans First, the selling points of the Orange County nonprofit's new digs are many.

Newport council to discuss dock-fee deal

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday will examine a settlement agreement reached in the wake of a contentious lawsuit over payments for...

Conservancy takes aim at Banning Ranch

Conservancy takes aim at Banning Ranch

More than 125 residents and community activists gathered in Costa Mesa to discuss Banning Ranch, a proposed development in West Newport that...

Speaker: Reducing homelessness will take the efforts of many

Speaker: Reducing homelessness will take the efforts of many

Retired Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder briefed the Huntington Beach City Council this week on efforts to address homelessness...

Obama to speak at UCI graduation

Obama to speak at UCI graduation

University of California schools are two for two in convincing the first couple to speak at graduations.

Investigator takes the 5th in Righeimer lawsuit

A man accused in a lawsuit of filing a false drunk-driving report against Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer asserted his 5th Amendment right...

Bergeson endorses Dixon for Newport council

Former state Education Secretary Marian Bergeson has endorsed business consultant Diane Dixon for Newport Beach City Council.

City Council schedules charter hearing

The Costa Mesa City Council weighed in on a proposed charter Tuesday night, giving city attorneys direction on when to schedule the first of...

Mansoor sues Steel over ballot designation

What do the words "taxpayer advocate" mean to Orange County voters?

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