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  • Commission OKs Balboa Island condo ban

    The Newport Beach Planning Commission took steps Thursday to once again ban condominium development in the residential areas of Balboa and Little Balboa islands. Commissioners voted 4-0 to reinstate a zoning code amendment that prohibits condos....
  • Sober-living law withstands legal challenge

    A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Costa Mesa's new law restricting sober-living homes in single-family neighborhoods discriminates against recovering drug and alcohol addicts. Solid Landings Behavioral Health, a sober-living...
  • City asks court to dismiss sober-living lawsuit

    Costa Mesa's attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a new city ordinance discriminates against recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. The lawsuit, filed in November by Solid Landings Behavioral Health, which runs...
  • Sober-living home operator pleads not guilty to breaking Costa Mesa law

    Costa Mesa is pursuing a criminal charge against a sober-living home operator accused of violating city law by hosting too many recovering addicts at one house. Carrie Heckel, founder and chief executive of Serenity Shores Recovery Center, pleaded not...
  • 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 by crafting regulations meant to drive them out of town. The plaintiffs say Costa Mesa ordinances unfairly...
  • Costa Mesa places limits on sober-living homes

    The Costa Mesa City Council gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that will place new limitations on sober-living homes, potentially forcing some of them to close. Supporters contended that the law would address an over-concentration of the...
  • Medical pot proposal closer to the ballot

    The Costa Mesa city clerk certified a medical marijuana initiative Tuesday, bringing the proposal to permit dispensaries one step closer to voters. The signatures gathered for the ARRO Initiative, or Act to Restrict and Regulate the Operation of Medical...
  • Commentary: Why I will not vote to reelect the mayor

    I've watched and written about Mayor Jim Righeimer since he arrived in Costa Mesa from Fountain Valley. Here are a few of the reasons I will not vote for him for City Council: • He doesn't listen to the people. Even worse, he institutionalized the...
  • Diverse views among Costa Mesa council hopefuls

    Diverse views among Costa Mesa council hopefuls
    This Nov. 4, two seats are open on Costa Mesa's five-member City Council, and of the men and women vying for the coveted spots, two are already well-known, though politically opposite: Mayor Jim Righeimer, who is up for reelection, and school board...
  • Commentary: I have fought for fair tax policies for 8 years

    I ran to represent Southern California on the Board of Equalization to change the culture at the state's most-comprehensive tax agency. On the board, I have fought to protect taxpayers from overly aggressive tax collectors, to support transparency and...
  • Motels' calls to police are down

    Motels' calls to police are down
    For a second time this year, Costa Mesa officials are lauding the success of a law aimed at curbing the amount of police attention required at city motels and hotels, saying that it has contributed to a "dramatic decrease" in police calls from the...
  • Commentary: We don't need partisan rhetoric or people feigning dedication to O.C.

    Former state Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel, husband of supervisorial candidate Michelle Steel, recently wrote a commentary for the Orange County Register about the California Republican Party titled, "Not your granddaddy's California GOP." In...