| 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 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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.