| 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.
| Apr 23, 2013
| 9:34 PM
Residents lined up this week to support construction of a hotel at Newport Beach's old City Hall site on the Balboa Peninsula.
More than 20 public speakers told the Newport Beach City Council during a Tuesday afternoon study session that they favor that...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Re. "Newport hotel wins vast support," (April 24):
A front-page article in the Daily Pilot shows a headline that claims Newport residents overwhelmingly support a hotel on the site of the old City Hall. This is very misleading, given that there were...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Saturday, April 20, 5:55 a.m. I pull into the parking lot for our weekly distance run.
Lot empty, but one car — Jake's hybrid. I bet he couldn't sleep. I reach for my water belt, exit my car. There's Jake. I deliver the first of many long grateful-...
| May 14, 2013
| 12:00 PM
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission explored an ordinance Monday that would expand the city's ability to fight public nuisances.
The proposed law broadly defines nuisances to include properties that operate without licenses or permits, produce...
| May 18, 2013
| 4:16 PM
An Irvine man died and a woman suffered head trauma and fractured ribs after the car they were traveling in crashed into a tree in front of a Costa Mesa hotel Friday night, Costa Mesa police said.
The driver was 33-year-old Tyler Cohee, according to the...
| 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....