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Week In Review

April 01, 2001

Officials said the center will wed the community and the university,

which already have a committed relationship that includes educational

outreach and research projects.

The Costa Mesa Senior Center also announced the beginning of a

movement to attract more Latino seniors. It translated parts of its

newsletter, The Chronicle, into Spanish for the first time this month and

has applied for grants to hire a Latino nurse and a bilingual



The news isn't looking too good for business and nonprofits that do a

ton of bulk mailing.

The bulk mail department at the Adams Avenue post office is closing

this month, and some customers have sent in complaints about the

inconvenience of having to drive to the Sunflower Avenue post office in

Santa Ana, less than two miles away.

Saturation bulk mailers, such as Real Estaters, will have to pay more

to send the mail from Santa Ana or take the mail first to Sunflower

Avenue and then to Adams Avenue, but most customers will not suffer

higher rates, U.S. Postal Service representatives said.

More money for teaching

It was a week to remember for thousands of people in the Newport-Mesa

Unified School District.

More than 1,100 school employees found out that they will be receiving

a check for $591.32 from the state. It was the latest round of funding

doled out as part of Gov. Gray Davis' 1999 School Accountability Act.

This one-time windfall went to all full-time employees at schools where

the target Academic Performance Index score was met.

Many teachers said that while they won't hesitate to cash the check,

they don't like the reason they got it. They felt that tying the reward

to those scores was not right.

Although the staff at what was, until Tuesday, Kaiser Primary Center

did not get a check, they got a treat of their own. The school board gave

its permission for the school to change its name back to its' original

name -- Woodland Elementary School. There was much rejoicing.

A bit of a wait at Crystal Cove

It's looking more and more likely that the California Department of

Transportation will have to make sure Coast Highway by Crystal Cove is

clean -- but maybe not as soon as Caltrans originally feared.

A preliminary report from the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control

Board recommends denying a Caltrans appeal of a cease-and-desist order

that set a two-year timetable for cleaning up runoff into the protected


But the report also suggests pushing back the deadline for three years

until 2005.

The Irvine Co. and the California State Parks, which were also named

in the order, both have begun work to clean up the cove.

It's unclear if they, too, will have more time to tidy up.

-- Paul Clinton covers the environment and John Wayne Airport. He

may be reached at (949) 764-4330 or by e-mail at

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