| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:47 PM
A staff report released ahead of Tuesday's Newport Beach City Council meeting recommends that the council move forward with plans for a boutique hotel proposed by RD Olson Development to replace the old city hall, now vacant, on the Balboa Peninsula.
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:34 PM
An investigation conducted earlier this month shows that the Costa Mesa Motor Inn had 490 alleged health and safety violations involving nearly 90% of its rooms.
The more specific numbers released Wednesday also show that the Aug. 15 inspection at the...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 12:52 PM
Anyone who pays attention to the doings of the Costa Mesa City Council knows that our city is busy updating its general plan.
The press has covered the many public meetings, creative outreach efforts and road shows aimed at getting Costa Mesa residents...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 8:08 PM
The morning was chilly, the marine layer still firmly blanketing the Balboa Peninsula.
"This is Ground Zero for what people think about as Newport Beach," said longtime resident and developer Bob Olson.
The grounds of Newport Beach's now-vacant former...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 10:32 PM
In a surprise vote, the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night agreed to extend the Orange County Model Engineers' operating license by five years, a move that keeps the popular train rides in Fairview Park rolling along for a while longer.
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:49 PM
Costa Mesa police arrested nine people Tuesday during a seven-hour probation sweep through the city.
Five arrests were made at the same motel, according to a Police Department news release. Police said they picked up three people on probation and two...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:34 PM
We as a city are doing everything in our power to turn our problem motels into good neighbors. For far too long, we've allowed a dozen motels along Newport and Harbor boulevards to operate in a manner at odds with the community good.
The motels —...
| 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.
| Jul 9, 2013
| 10:16 PM
There were mostly good feelings all around as the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday took a step toward putting a 130-room hotel at the former City Hall site in Lido Village.
And despite R.D. Olson Development winning the evening and the initial...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Melissa Mead ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time Monday. She will remember it more now because of the two bombings near the finish line at the historic race.
Mead was among at least 35 runners from the Newport-Mesa area who ran in the world's...