| 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-...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:30 PM
Step aside, sailing aficionados. The football fans are coming to Newport Beach.
Restaurant and hotel managers throughout the city are joining in preparation for the 2014 Bowl Championship Series game Jan. 6. Although the game will be played at the...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:37 PM
Views from the Presidential Suite at the Island Hotel, experienced in the past by a host of famous guests, can soon be had by anyone willing to pay $65.
The former suite on the top floor of the Newport Beach hotel has been repurposed as the Island...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 3:59 PM
The Irvine Co.'s Resort Properties division is assuming management of the Hyatt Regency Irvine as the group continues to expand.
The Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. has reached an agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corp. to take over management and rebrand...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A Costa Mesa motel has been fined more than $3,000 for alleged problems found during a recent code enforcement inspection.
The Alibaba Motel, 2250 Newport Blvd., received 54 building code violations that include illegal remodeling, improper cleanup of...