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  • Commentary: Charter would risk state funding

    The risk of losing state funding for Costa Mesa's public works projects would be even greater if the proposed charter is approved in the November election. On Aug. 27, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil issued a tentative ruling upholding...
  • Irvine council gets a civics lesson

    What was to be a discussion about political campaign ethics at Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting turned into a lecture on sensible procedure, with a student chastising the panel. UC Irvine student Luis Aleman, a 19-year old sophomore double-majoring...
  • Fair Board opposes privatization of grounds

    The Orange County Fair Board made its sentiments clear once again Thursday: It would not support any privatization efforts of fairgrounds properties. The board voted during its monthly meeting to introduce a bill that would prevent such privatization...
  • Supervisors move toward open negotiation law

    The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that officials say will make often-contentious and opaque labor contract bargaining processes more transparent. The Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance —...
  • Looking for Costa Mesa's historic buildings? They're not on the local register

    Looking for Costa Mesa's historic buildings? They're not on the local register
    In the 1990s, Costa Mesa paid consultants to find buildings and sites that might be eligible for a historic register. Of 141 properties in the survey area, 27 structures and two areas — the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds and Orange Coast...
  • Public officials object to 405 toll lanes, 'schoolyard bully' Caltrans

    Public officials object to 405 toll lanes, 'schoolyard bully' Caltrans
    With the steady hum of morning traffic behind them, public officials from cities along Orange County's 405 Freeway corridor gathered in Costa Mesa on Thursday to decry a state proposal to add toll lanes to the busy thoroughfare. Led by Assemblyman Allan...
  • Newport-Mesa School District asked to disclose salaries

    A nonpartisan research institute could seek legal counsel in the coming weeks to compel the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to disclose employee salaries online. The California Policy Center, a Tustin-based think tank, submitted California Public...
  • Commentary: Charter would give Costa Mesa 'home rule'

    A federal grand jury has just accused state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) of racketeering and being part of organized crime and gun-running. State Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) has been charged in a federal indictment of accepting $88,000 in...
  • Commentary: Council rules are stifling public comment

    Residents are being silenced in Costa Mesa. People like James H. Bridges. Bridges is a kind gentleman who regularly attends our City Council meetings. Because of hearing loss and other disabilities, he sits in the front row, and it is easy for me to...
  • Commentary: Proposed charter comes with great risk. Benefits? Unknown

    Re: "Costa Mesa is undergoing revolutionary change" (July 3): Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger boasts of the newly proposed charter, but I want to provide a charter committee member's perspective on the questionable rationale, content and process used to...
  • Commentary: Motels should clean up their acts or leave town

    Costa Mesa is paying the price of poorly run businesses that have become crime centers. The so-called problem motels hurt their neighbors, both business and residential, and are costly to all of the city's residents. They decrease property values, raise...
  • County approves site for year-round shelter

    The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to buy a site in Santa Ana for a year-round emergency shelter — filling what homeless advocates have long called a gaping hole in services, but also drawing ire from neighbors of...