| Sep 9, 2013
| 12:52 PM
Anyone who pays attention to the doings of the Costa Mesa City Council knows that our city is busy updating its general plan.
The press has covered the many public meetings, creative outreach efforts and road shows aimed at getting Costa Mesa residents...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 10:32 PM
In a surprise vote, the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night agreed to extend the Orange County Model Engineers' operating license by five years, a move that keeps the popular train rides in Fairview Park rolling along for a while longer.
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:49 PM
Costa Mesa police arrested nine people Tuesday during a seven-hour probation sweep through the city.
Five arrests were made at the same motel, according to a Police Department news release. Police said they picked up three people on probation and two...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:34 PM
We as a city are doing everything in our power to turn our problem motels into good neighbors. For far too long, we've allowed a dozen motels along Newport and Harbor boulevards to operate in a manner at odds with the community good.
The motels —...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 5:57 PM
First story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
The letter was a desperate plea to the police chief. The owner of a Harbor Boulevard motel admitted his business attracted less-than-reputable guests.
"Under such difficult...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Second story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
On a typical weekend evening at the Costa Mesa Motor Inn, kids scamper through the labyrinthine courtyard as pairs of neighbors lean on walkway railings, smoking and chatting in...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Third story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
In the fleeting years that the Markel family lived on Harbor Boulevard, visitors to their tropical-themed Kon Tiki Motel brought their bathing suits — not the police.
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:26 AM
The stocky man with a goatee walks across the darkened parking lot of the motel and bangs on the door to Room 156.
Greg Reese rehearses his lines. The door opens.
The girl inside is wearing black lingerie and looks like she did in the online ad that...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:27 PM
Fourth story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
In its courtyard, the Alibaba Motel has a hanging garden to match its vague theme, which includes a giant, golden-domed facade with turrets and arches.
Costa Mesa police Sgt. Vic...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:44 PM
Not everyone in Newport Beach lives in luxury.
A temporary art installation at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in the city shows how far from it some people live, crammed inside small motel rooms throughout Orange County.
The exhibit, which ends...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:25 PM
A former parking control officer said he was fired from the Newport Beach Police Department for reporting that senior officers were receiving free suites, spa days and alcohol from a high-end hotel in exchange for favors, according to a federal lawsuit....
| Oct 5, 2013
The Costa Mesa Affordable Housing Coalition has been following the Daily Pilot's coverage of our city's motels with great interest. As mentioned in the articles, some motels have served for years as the only affordable long-term housing for many very low-...