Politics

D.A. again clears former fair board in land-sale attempt

For a second time in four years, the Orange County district attorney's office has determined that former members of the Orange County...

Judge lets Costa Mesa enforce motel ordinance despite lawsuit

Judge lets Costa Mesa enforce motel ordinance despite lawsuit

Costa Mesa can, for now, keep enforcing an ordinance restricting long-term stays at local motels, despite a legal challenge alleging that...

OCC recycling center will take turkey grease

The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is reminding home cooks that oil used to deep-fry turkeys and other foods this Thanksgiving can be...

Police union tells appeals court that mayor's lawsuit is a political attack

Costa Mesa's police union, facing a lawsuit from the mayor, fired an opening salvo in California's appeals court Friday, calling the...

Reporter's Notebook: 'Homeless' for a night

Reporter's Notebook: 'Homeless' for a night

Jimmy is homeless and, based on stereotypes many of us harbor, looks the part.

Costa Mesa coat-donation site switches after campaign-law complaint

Costa Mesa coat-donation site switches after campaign-law complaint

Councilwoman-elect Katrina Foley is crying foul at a recent accusation from Mayor Jim Righeimer that has affected her sixth annual coat...

Lawsuits accuse Costa Mesa of discrimination with sober-living rules

Two lawsuits filed in federal court this week allege that the city of Costa Mesa discriminated against recovering drug and alcohol addicts...

Humphrey concedes Costa Mesa council race

Humphrey concedes Costa Mesa council race

Costa Mesa council candidate Jay Humphrey conceded the race Friday afternoon in an announcement that declared he will not be seeking a...

Newport council to consider faster pension payoff

The Newport Beach City Council will consider a plan Tuesday night to more quickly fund employee pensions.

Fair may clear its skies of smoke and drones

Each summer at the Orange County Fair, food stands are stocked with meaty treats for the carnivorous masses who then descend upon the...

Plywood political sign out, then in compliance

Plywood political sign out, then in compliance

One late night in September, Costa Mesa activist Chris McEvoy used some plywood to make a statement of his discontent with the mayor and a...

Election law clouds marijuana initiatives

The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved a series of studies Tuesday night that will examine effects of medical marijuana...

Metro district high-density apartments win unanimous Costa Mesa council OK

Metro district high-density apartments win unanimous Costa Mesa council OK

Hundreds more people are going to be calling Costa Mesa's South Coast Metro district home under new plans approved Tuesday night.

Righeimer wins Costa Mesa council seat by 47 votes

Righeimer wins Costa Mesa council seat by 47 votes

After two weeks of ballot counting, Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer edged out his closest challenger to hold on to his council seat,...

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a small but potentially decisive lead over challenger Jay Humphrey on Saturday night in the...

Urban-living, high-density apartments up for Costa Mesa council OK Tuesday

Urban-living, high-density apartments up for Costa Mesa council OK Tuesday

Plans for hundreds of urban-living apartments in Costa Mesa's South Coast Metro district are heading to the City Council for approval...

Tax provisions could trip up Costa Mesa marijuana proposals

When it comes to the possibility of medical marijuana returning to Costa Mesa, City Hall is finding itself in a legal morass, caught between...

Councilman-elect Peotter: Newport Civic Center 'bunnies' should go

Councilman-elect Peotter: Newport Civic Center 'bunnies' should go

If Newport Beach Councilman-elect Scott Peotter has his way, the concrete cottontails that invaded Civic Center park this year could soon be...

Slow start to Irvine council business after election

"It was pretty much business as usual," Councilman Larry Agran said of the first Irvine City Council meeting since the Nov. 4 election...

Costa Mesa's Righeimer, Humphrey are 48 votes apart in Thursday's tally

Costa Mesa's Righeimer, Humphrey are 48 votes apart in Thursday's tally

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a slight lead over challenger Jay Humphrey in ballot counting Thursday evening to fill two City...

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a single-family housing development for the Westside that would replace...

A-frame signs could come to Balboa Village

Newport Beach City Council members Wednesday will discuss an ordinance that would allow businesses in Balboa Village to use A-frame signs to...

A more conservative turn for Newport Beach City Council

A more conservative turn for Newport Beach City Council

When Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill reflects on his last four years on the City Council, he remembers a group of people who worked cohesively...

Registrar hopes to finish Costa Mesa count by Nov. 14; Righeimer holds onto No. 2 spot by 112 votes

Registrar hopes to finish Costa Mesa count by Nov. 14; Righeimer holds onto No. 2 spot by 112 votes

On a sunny Thursday morning, after two anxious days of awaiting election results for his Costa Mesa City Council bid, Jay Humphrey stood...

Agran out, Republican majority gains strength on Irvine council

Agran out, Republican majority gains strength on Irvine council

Irvine Mayor Steven Choi won his bid for reelection and the Republican majority of the City Council gained strength as longtime Democratic...

Costa Mesa Councilwoman-elect Foley ready to serve

Costa Mesa Councilwoman-elect Foley ready to serve

For Katrina Foley, with the busy election season now behind her and her name solidly atop the list of eight Costa Mesa City Council...

Only 18 votes separate candidates in Costa Mesa nail-biter

Only 18 votes separate candidates in Costa Mesa nail-biter

The race for the second open seat on the Costa Mesa City Council remained too close to call Wednesday night, with two candidates separated...

'Team Newport' candidates sweep City Council election as mayor is ousted

'Team Newport' candidates sweep City Council election as mayor is ousted

Newport Beach voters shook up the City Council during Tuesday's election, tossing out Mayor Rush Hill and giving a slate of candidates known...

Harper wins 74th Assembly seat, defeating Curry

Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper scored an easy win Tuesday over Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry in the race for the 74th Assembly...

Steel a big winner over Mansoor in supervisor race

Michelle Steel cruised to victory Tuesday in her race against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor for the District 2 seat on the Orange County...

Proposed Costa Mesa charter heading for defeat; toll road measure gaining speed

Costa Mesa's second attempt in two years to establish home rule appeared to be on the brink of failure Tuesday night, with early returns...

Foley wins Costa Mesa City Council seat easily; Righeimer's No. 2 spot is a squeaker

Foley wins Costa Mesa City Council seat easily; Righeimer's No. 2 spot is a squeaker

School board trustee Katrina Foley held a commanding lead in the race for two seats on the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night, with...

Islamic scholar says ISIS perverts Islam

Islamic scholar says ISIS perverts Islam

Islamic scholar Mujeeb-ur-Rahman denounced the teachings of a radical faction of Islam during a recent lecture at UC Irvine.

Pre-election Costa Mesa prays for 'healing'

Pre-election Costa Mesa prays for 'healing'

Save for the faint whir of Fairview Road traffic, the scene was quiet and serene inside the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant on Monday...

City Council candidates get variety of support

Mayor Jim Righeimer continues to lead the pack of Costa Mesa City Council candidates this fall in terms of fundraising, with the...

Great Park consultant files complaint, says accounting firm hurt its reputation

Great Park consultant files complaint, says accounting firm hurt its reputation

A consulting firm battered by allegations of cronyism and inefficiency in reviews of Irvine's $200-million effort to develop the Orange...

Costa Mesa Senior Center to close for upgrades

The Costa Mesa Senior Center will be closed for two weeks while undergoing $200,000 worth of renovations, city officials said in a news...

Irvine water reserve in better shape than most, official tells council

The Irvine City Council received a positive report Tuesday on drought preparedness as the state endures a continuing dry spell approaching...

Costa Mesa's conservative mayor on mailer with Democrats

Costa Mesa's conservative mayor on mailer with Democrats

Costa Mesa voters saw an odd pairing of political candidates in their mailboxes this week when they received a flier promoting...

Second marijuana initiative headed to a decision in Costa Mesa

For a second time this month, the Costa Mesa city clerk's office has certified a medical marijuana petition that could pave the way for...

Political Landscape: Costa Mesa candidate gains MMA fighters' endorsements

Costa Mesa City Council candidate Christopher Bunyan announced three new endorsements from Orange County-based mixed martial arts fighters:...

County GOP gives $50,000 to PAC supporting 4 Newport council candidates

In the final stretch toward Election Day on Tuesday, the Republican Party of Orange County has funneled about $50,000 into a political...

Gov. Brown, O.C. water district president meet on drought, ballot measures

Gov. Brown, O.C. water district president meet on drought, ballot measures

Gov. Jerry Brown met with Orange County Water District President Shawn Dewane — who is also a director of the Mesa Water District...

Newport approves $22 million bike-safety plan a week after latest death

Newport approves $22 million bike-safety plan a week after latest death

Days after an area cyclist was killed in a crash on East Coast Highway, Newport Beach leaders approved a long-range plan to make the city...

Stairway advocates' long climb at Fairview Park is nearly over

Stairway advocates' long climb at Fairview Park is nearly over

On a sunny afternoon, the wind swayed rows of caution tape in a dusty corner of Costa Mesa, where something as simple and seemingly benign...

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Leece fails at attempt to control fireworks

Costa Mesa's debate about fireworks reignited this week at City Hall, with youth sports and arts boosters rallying at the City Council...

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