precaution because he was complaining of lower back pain.
It was also a week that called for number-crunching crime figures.
Costa Mesa Police Department reported to the City Council that
February's crime rate increase, about 16.8%, was probably the biggest in
several years. However, officials said there is no need to panic because
one month's statistics do not reflect or forebode a negative trend for
Officials also warned citizens about the increasing number of auto
thefts in Costa Mesa. They said, although the number of auto thefts for
the year is still low, February saw a citywide surge. That could have
also bumped up the overall crime figures, police said.
-- Deepa Bharath covers cops and courts. She may be reached at
(949) 574-4226 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Finally getting the Greenlight
Mayor Gary Adams, who's a professional transportation engineer and
planner, might be a little disappointed that he no longer gets to talk
about "peak-hour car trips" and "floor area ratios."
But his council colleagues seemed relieved last week after they
finally approved guidelines for Greenlight, the city's slow-growth law.
Newport Beach's voters had approved the initiative in last November's
election. As a result, all general plan amendments that add 100 peak-hour
car trips, 100 dwelling units or 40,000 square feet to the general plan's
allowance will have to go before a citywide vote.
Council members spent five meetings to fine-tune the law, adding
definitions and settling on a 2000 starting date for Greenlight's
look-back provision, which considers prior amendments to decide whether a
project triggers an election.
While Greenlight supporters disagreed with city officials on certain
guidelines, they said they liked the overall result.
And luckily the six council members present at the meeting all
supported the guidelines -- that's the minimum number of votes Greenlight
requires to put definitions in place.
Westside center coming soon
UC Irvine announced Thursday that it plans to open a community
outreach center on Costa Mesa's Westside this summer.