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Week In Review

April 01, 2001

There were no major power outages last week, especially in the water.

Surfers were riding high as a southwest swell brought in large waves,

some six to seven feet high, on south-facing beaches.

One Costa Mesa man hurt his back Thursday while surfing at 36th

Street. Lifeguards received the call around 11 a.m. about a man yelling

for help in the surf line.

Officials said he was treated for cervical spine injuries as a

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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

the city.

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 deepa.bharath@latimes.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.

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