Politics

Newport council to take up jetpack law Tuesday

For thrill seekers who haven't yet fulfilled their desire to fly high above Newport Harbor with the help of a water-propelled jetpack, there...

Proposed archway idea withdrawn

Proposed archway idea withdrawn

A Westside Costa Mesa businessman has withdrawn his application to build an archway sign and promote his properties as the "Mesa Arts"...

Costa Mesa plans to go drought-tolerant

Costa Mesa is starting to replace ornamental turf on city property with drought-tolerant landscaping, according to a news release.

Board bans drones on fairgrounds

The Orange County Fair Board voted unanimously Thursday to ban the use of drones and other remote-controlled airborne devices from being...

Split council approves City Hall upgrades

Costa Mesa City Council members strayed from their usual voting alliances Tuesday in approving more than $1 million worth of City Hall...

Judge dismisses sober-living lawsuit against city

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Costa Mesa on Tuesday, ruling that the city's law placing new limitations on sober-living...

Arts committee seeking public art submissions

Costa Mesa's Cultural Arts Committee is inviting artists at least 18 years old to participate in a new beautification project that will...

Costa Mesa gets more funds for bike trail

Costa Mesa recently acquired a $700,000 grant for a new bicycle pathway from the city's Westside to the Santa Ana River trail.

Councilman backs away from suggestion to cut city funding for Newport Civic Center sculptures

Councilman backs away from suggestion to cut city funding for Newport Civic Center sculptures

The Newport Beach City Council this week reaffirmed its dedication to arts funding.

Neighborhood center needs overhaul to be turned into library, consultant says

Neighborhood center needs overhaul to be turned into library, consultant says

Costa Mesa's Neighborhood Community Center would need major work before it could be converted into a large central library, a city...

Costa Mesa can delay medical marijuana election, judge decides

An Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday denied a motion that would have compelled Costa Mesa to hold a special election later this...

Newport plans to spend $67M on fire stations, sea walls, traffic signals and more

A $67-million capital-improvement budget that includes long- and short-term construction projects for streets, buildings, parks and...

Report: Newport official under investigation

Orange County prosecutors are reviewing a complaint against a top Newport Beach official who may have failed to report meals and gifts...

More police OKd for Balboa Peninsula to control rowdiness

More police OKd for Balboa Peninsula to control rowdiness

Increased police presence on the bustling Balboa Peninsula may soon become a reality for residents and those seeking an exciting night on...

Newport Councilman Peotter says he returned Woody's Wharf campaign donation

Newport Councilman Peotter says he returned Woody's Wharf campaign donation

Responding to a resident's accusations that he didn't return a campaign contribution to a local business engaged in litigation with the...

Second term for two fair board directors

Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed two Democrats to the Orange County Fair Board.

Costa Mesa housing permit isn't unfair to addicts, judge tentatively rules

A federal judge has tentatively ruled that Costa Mesa did not discriminate when it required operators of homes for recovering addicts to...

Costa Mesa to discuss host city events for Special Olympics

Costa Mesa officials are holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss its host town partnership for this summer's Special Olympics...

OC Fair ambassadors to help with neighborhood issues

Orange County Fair officials are unveiling a new "neighborhood ambassador" program to help address residents' concerns like parking...

Fairy shrimp fallout: Fairview Park environmental costs top $100,000

Fairy shrimp fallout: Fairview Park environmental costs top $100,000

The cost of mitigating environmental damage in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park and dealing with the legal fallout reached more than $100,000...

Costa Mesa group homes failing to obtain new permits; deadline is Wednesday

Compliance with a new Costa Mesa law that requires group homes to obtain permits is lagging, city officials said Tuesday.

Newport councilman wants to cut city funds for Civic Center art, but bunnies are 'pardoned'

Newport councilman wants to cut city funds for Civic Center art, but bunnies are 'pardoned'

Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter is expected to take a proposal to a council meeting this month that would limit city funding for...

No fines, no more burlesque, but live music can go on at club whose permit lapsed

No fines, no more burlesque, but live music can go on at club whose permit lapsed

A Costa Mesa bar owner who for about five months hosted live music shows and burlesque performances without a permit at his business will...

2 options for sports fields at Fairview Park, city staffers say

2 options for sports fields at Fairview Park, city staffers say

Baseball diamonds, soccer fields and football in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park? With lights? Artificial turf?

2 members' bickering shakes up previously genteel Newport council

2 members' bickering shakes up previously genteel Newport council

The City Council dais in Newport Beach is becoming like a verbal boxing ring, leaving onlookers wondering when the fight might end.

Fairview Park committee to hear ideas for sports facilities

The Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee on Wednesday will hear initial concepts for adding sports facilities to the park, though it...

Annual Costa Mesa mayor's dinner to honor 2 businessmen

Costa Mesa's third annual Mayor's Celebration dinner will honor two local businessmen for their contributions to the city.

Records requests in Costa Mesa at all-time high

Records requests in Costa Mesa at all-time high

Requests for public records in politically charged Costa Mesa have skyrocketed to an all-time high, costing the city thousands of dollars...

Sanitary district OKs major Costa Mesa sewer pipeline project

After about 20 minutes of discussion Thursday night, Costa Mesa Sanitary District directors quietly approved the agency's portion of an...

Costa Mesa to celebrate new street-sweeping service Monday

Costa Mesa officials are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the city's new street-sweeping service.

State bills threaten to close developmental center

State bills threaten to close developmental center

Two state bills target the Fairview Developmental Center for closure so that funding can be diverted to to other community-based...

Westside club fined after illegal live shows

Westside club fined after illegal live shows

A Westside Costa Mesa nightclub that performed illegal remodeling work and held unpermitted concerts for about a month has been fined.

County workers' union head Nick Berardino to retire

County workers' union head Nick Berardino to retire

Nick Berardino, a longtime Orange County labor leader and general manager of its largest public employee union, announced this week that...

Moorlach sworn in as state senator and ready to get started in Sacramento

Moorlach sworn in as state senator and ready to get started in Sacramento

John Moorlach was officially sworn in Sunday as state senator for the 37th District after receiving more than 50% of the vote in last week's...

Environmentalists contest sewer line project through Talbert park

Environmentalists contest sewer line project through Talbert park

A proposed sewage pipeline that would run under Talbert Regional Park is being challenged by local environmentalists, who contend that the...

Show can't go on - for now - at new Costa Mesa club

Show can't go on - for now - at new Costa Mesa club

On Friday afternoon, a banjo-toting band called Moonsville Collective showed up a few hours early for its 8 p.m. gig at a new Costa Mesa...

Judge denies request to hold special vote on marijuana

An Orange County Superior Court judge this week denied an emergency request to force Costa Mesa to hold a special election regarding whether...

Newport rescinds request for state Supreme Court review of Woody's Wharf dancing ruling

A week after voting to ask the California Supreme Court to weigh in on the city's legal dispute with Woody's Wharf, the Newport Beach City...

Council approves Ganahl move, expansion

Citing Ganahl Lumber's positive contributions to the community, the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved the business' request to...

Moorlach overtakes rivals in special election

Moorlach overtakes rivals in special election

Former county Supervisor John Moorlach appeared to have won Tuesday's special election for the 37th state Senate district, defeating three...

Special election set for Tuesday

A special election to fill the vacant seat for the 37th state Senate district is being held Tuesday.

Nearby businesses appeal proposed Ganahl Lumber

Owners of a Bristol Street office building in Costa Mesa have appealed a recent decision to build a new Ganahl Lumber store nearby.

Newport arts panel advances plan for Ben Carlson statue

A proposed memorial statue for late lifeguard Ben Carlson was approved by the Newport Beach Arts Commission on Thursday and will advance...

Larry Agran agrees to deposition

Averting a potential appearance in Orange County Superior Court, Former Irvine mayor Larry Agran agreed to appear Friday for his...

Medical marijuana backers sue city

Attorneys representing petitioners who want to bring back medical marijuana dispensaries in Costa Mesa have filed lawsuits against the...

Woody's dispute could reach state's high court

The California Supreme Court could hear arguments in a lawsuit between Newport Beach and a well-known Balboa Peninsula restaurant over its...

Political support for medical marijuana begins to waft away

A proposed law to return medical marijuana dispensaries to Costa Mesa lost traction Tuesday, as City Council members took turns expressing...

Newport fire rings plans up for discussion at council meeting

If you have an opinion about the use and arrangement of Newport Beach fire rings, Tuesday's City Council meeting will offer an occasion to...

Proposed medical marijuana ordinance back before Costa Mesa council

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will review a draft ordinance that could permit medical marijuana storefronts to return to the city.

Costa Mesa reopens bidding for tennis center operator

Costa Mesa reopens bidding for tennis center operator

City officials have reopened the bidding process for an outside operator of the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

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