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  • Special Report: 60th party cost nearly $400,000, documents show

    Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration has so far cost close to $400,000, significantly more than the initial $315,000 estimate to produce the event, according to a year's worth of public records reviewed by the Daily Pilot. The total cost —...
  • Mailbag: Outsourcing the jail is 'illegal,' 'misguided'

    The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. continues to maintain it is misguided, as well as illiegal, public policy for the City Council to hand over control of its public jail to a private corporation. However, the city's employees applaud the council's...
  • Commentary: Arguments against dock fees not sound

    As many residents are aware, I served on both the council ad hoc committee that reviewed tidelands rents for commercial users and the council working group that reviewed tidelands' rents for residential piers. I have been intimately involved for more than...
  • Mailbag: Oreo the swan is an island mystery

    Mailbag: Oreo the swan is an island mystery
    My friends and I spotted Oreo (as we have fondly named it because it looks like a cross between Pearl and Rupert, our former island swans) June 4 on our morning walk around Balboa Island — and subsequently on June 5, 6 and 7. It seems to favor the...
  • Commentary: Stop the charter city madness

    Just a few months ago, Costa Mesa held a charter election that cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. After hearing all the arguments, voters rejected a risky move to change our fundamental form of government. Although a resounding 60% of...
  • Schools budget gets preliminary OK

    As the school district's chief business official likes to put it, the budget has "weathered the storm" of the recession. Paul Reed, who also serves as Newport-Mesa Unified's deputy superintendent, on Tuesday presented the district's balanced,...
  • Apodaca: Admissions policies are not the real problem

    Last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding (sort of) affirmative action in higher education probably won't register a jot here in California, where race-based preferences were banned by voters in 1996. But inequality in education remains a...
  • Irvine's new majority turns to Great Park

    Irvine's new City Council majority has positioned itself to clean house on one of the city's signature projects: the Great Park, intended to be the century's landmark municipal park. Since its inception more than a decade ago, 200 of the planned 1,347...
  • Costa Mesa ends fiscal year with surplus

    Costa Mesa ended the 2011-12 fiscal year with a $2.5-million budget surplus, city officials said Tuesday. They cited increased revenue from sales and hotel taxes, as well as "disciplined spending," according to a news release. The fiscal year ended...
  • New mayor reflects on tumult, looks forward

    New mayor reflects on tumult, looks forward
    Fourth in a series of profiles about those in the trenches of Costa Mesa's political battles. * Each Sunday the new mayor of Costa Mesa prays to God to help him forgive others, to help him not hold a grudge, to give him guidance for the week before...
  • Apodaca: Optimism and the state budget

    Gov. Jerry Brown has gone to great pains lately to inject a large dose of an unfamiliar characteristic — optimism — into discussions about state finances. His surprise announcement that California is now operating in the black, and that...
  • Smith: How would you spend Costa Mesa's surplus?

    In Washington, D.C., reducing the massive U.S. deficit is now the top priority, as it should be. While the U.S. drowns in red ink, Costa Mesa has a challenge every city would love to have. Today, Costa Mesa has a budget surplus of $2.5 million. The...