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  • Grand jury data on pension liabilities paint varied pictures

    In a report aiming to evaluate how cities are being affected by pension liabilities, the Orange County Grand Jury called for area cities to make more budget information readily available. Lacking the desired data, the 2013-14 group tried to use its...
  • Contract gives police raises, increases pension contributions

    The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday approved a new contract with police that includes raises over the next three years in exchange for employees paying more toward their retirement. The Newport Beach Police Assn., which covers about 180 sworn...
  • Injuries pile up for understaffed Costa Mesa Police Department

    Eight months ago, a Costa Mesa police officer pulled up to an Eastside grocery store. Four teenagers had tried to steal liquor, and employees called for help in restraining them. Inside, one of the kids reached for the officer's service gun. Another...
  • Commentary: Newport is fiscally sound, and council intends to keep it that way

    Two years into a four-year Newport Beach City Council term, it is not unusual for me to still feel like "the new guy." But in those two years, I've had opportunities to contribute to many city committee and council efforts and have added to my existing...
  • Commentary: City of Newport Beach is fiscally sound

    On Tuesday, the City Council approved another balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. This is the latest in a long line of balanced budgets. Even during the depths of the recession, we were able to keep providing good services without dipping into...
  • Officials, owner disagree on running of Sandpiper Motel

    Officials, owner disagree on running of Sandpiper Motel
    Mike Lin knows his motel is not the best lodging choice in Costa Mesa. Customers at the Sandpiper Motel, he said, cannot expect five-star service from a one-star or "no-star" establishment. After all, the Sandpiper is not, unlike the Westin, within...
  • Commentary: Pact with employees will save Costa Mesa millions

    During our two City Council meetings in September, the public will get to weigh in on the merits of a labor agreement that our general employees recently ratified. After that, the City Council will vote on whether to approve it. It took more than a...
  • Community Commentary: Firefighters should contribute more toward their pension costs

    I wanted to set the record straight on the city of Costa Mesa's labor negotiations with the Costa Mesa Firefighters Assn. about how much, if any, our firefighters should pay toward their own pensions ("Contract talks disputed," Nov. 17). There have been...
  • Pension fight docks in Newport Beach

    Newport Beach's public employee unions and city officials normally keep quiet about contract disputes — a more restrained, "Newport" way of doing business. Not this time around. As police, firefighter and lifeguard contracts expire at the end of...
  • Mailbag: Residents should write Costa Mesa's charter

    On Tuesday night (actually, at 1:30 Wednesday morning) the Costa Mesa City Council voted 3 to 1 (Councilwoman Wendy Leece voting no; Mayor Gary Monahan absent) to submit a proposed city charter to the voters. They voted to use the draft charter that...
  • Costa Mesa woman pleads guilty to 76 felonies

    A Costa Mesa woman who pleaded guilty to 76 felonies, including forgery and grand theft in a scheme to defraud banks, was sentenced Friday to jail time and formal probation, authorities said. While working as a desk manager at the Douglas Nissan...
  • Costa Mesa ends fiscal year with $3.8M surplus

    COSTA MESA — The city finished the 2010-11 fiscal year $3.8 million in the black, thanks to better-than-expected sales tax receipts and cuts to city programs and staffing levels, city officials said. Going into budget discussions over the summer,...