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Week In Review

February 25, 2001

Granted -- Jim Fournier's private weather station on Balboa Peninsula

won't do anything to stop the rainy days ahead.

But all those beach fans out there will now have a chance to get

information on the skies every hour, on the hour.

Fournier, who used to publish a weekly newsletter and wrote a book

about Balboa's long gone wild days, fulfilled a childhood dream by

recently installing the meteorological instruments on his roof.

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Come summer, his online weather readings might even help keep away

some beach goers and ease traffic down Balboa Blvd. But then again, that

might be wishful thinking. A rainy summer day in Newport Beach just seems

a contradiction in terms.

To check out Fournier's weather info, go to

http://www.talesofbalboa.com.

Bye bye, resort. Hello who-knows?

For another week, it was all about Crystal Cove.

After a trip to his Fiji resort took him out of the range of press

inquiries, San Francisco developer Michael Freed finally sounded off

about the state's announcement to pay him $2 million to kill his luxury

resort plan.

During a Wednesday interview, Freed said he would accept the buyout,

ending his more than three-year effort to build a $35 million resort at

Crystal Cove State Park.

At a Jan. 18 public meeting in Corona del Mar, Freed found himself at

the heart of a maelstrom of public opposition to his resort.

Complaining that his resort plan was misunderstood, Freed said he

wants "a project the community can get behind."

A quiet holiday week for schools

It was a slow week in education thanks to the debut of the Presidents

Day holiday week in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Students

were off, the schools were dark, even the district office was a ghost

town.

But the American Bar Assn. still managed to ruffle some educational

feathers with its decision to pass a resolution Monday opposing

zero-tolerance policies at schools. The group claims that policies that

call for the immediate expulsion or transfer of students caught with

drugs, alcohol and weapons violates students rights and do not allow them

due process.

Some school board members scoffed at their accusations, saying that

the policy works, so the policy stays.

It's a discussion that is far from over. A student political action

committee that spoke to the board about their concerns on the policy last

year will seek another audience in the upcoming month.

Pluck down money for your very own seat

The Costa Mesa City Council gave its final approval to its parks and

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