| Apr 15, 2014
| 6:43 PM
Citing conditions ranging from hoarding and vermin infestation to broken window screens, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday night unanimously agreed that a Newport Boulevard motel has been operating as a public nuisance.
During a series of...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 11:38 AM
Last week, nine of my retired teacher pals lunched at a garden restaurant.
We studied the menu, looking for a no-holds-barred, high-calorie lunch. This group doesn't waste a minute worrying about the Mediterranean diet.
My former principal called out,...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 9:02 PM
A task force focusing on quality-of-life issues in Costa Mesa says the city has made progress in curbing the number of times police are called to so-called problem motels.
In a report released this week, Costa Mesa's Neighborhood Improvement Task...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 7:56 PM
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission examined a proposal Monday evening that could significantly reduce the number of allowable long-term motel tenants.
Because the city has largely met its most recent requirement to provide affordable housing, "it is no...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 3:52 PM
The site of Newport Beach's former City Hall, where a council gavel was last pounded in November 2012, is one step closer to becoming a 130-room hotel.
Likened by designers to "the quintessential beach house," plans for the Lido House Hotel received...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 9:00 PM
It was "guys' night out" last Friday night on the Newport bayfront. The 20th annual Men's Smoker and Lobster Clambake took over the lawn at the Balboa Bay Club. There were 120 men ranging in age from recently graduated to recently retired, who donned...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 4:53 PM
Yvette Dobbie was on her way to pick up her dog at the vet's when she turned onto Newport Boulevard from 17th Street and noticed a man in a wheelchair sitting in the sun and holding a sign that read, "Pay It Forward — God Bless."
| Jul 29, 2014
| 7:18 PM
A group of kidnappers tortured a prostitute in Costa Mesa and Westminster motel rooms for about a week before officers were able to free her, authorities said Tuesday.
Police said they found the 26-year-old woman bruised and burned Monday evening in a...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 6:28 PM
Three people accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman who police say worked for the trio as a prostitute could face decades in prison if convicted, according to charges announced Wednesday by the Orange County district attorney's office.
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:54 AM
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...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:57 PM
Following a nearly two-hour hearing during which dozens of photographs documenting health and safety violations were presented, the Planning Commission amended the Costa Mesa Motor Inn's operating permit Monday night.
The unanimous decision declared the...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:27 PM
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would require motels to seek new permits and maintain new standards if they wish to house long-term tenants.
While supporters argued that the rules would help make...