Week in review

March 31, 2002

What's in a name?

A lot, if you ask a local group that announced it will lobby the Costa

Mesa City Council to formally change the city's name to Costa


Janice Davidson, chairwoman of the Citizens for the Improvement of

Costa Mesa, said the city needs to regain its coastal identify by adding

the suffix. The addition will let people know the city is in essence a


beach town, although it has no oceanfront property, she said.

Mayor Linda Dixon said the city has a fine name and does not expect

support for the change.

Bargain hunters will lose a day of shopping because Costa Mesa

officials discovered the Orange Coast College swap meet has been

violating its agreement with the city.

In May, the weekend campus swap meet will scale back to Sundays only

with about 275 vendors, as agreed upon when initially approved in 1984.

Councilwoman Libby Cowan asked the city to study the swap meet in

November after she noticed an increase in traffic on Fairview Road. The

study found the swap meet to be operating at twice its allowed size.

* Lolita Harper covers Costa Mesa. She may be reached at (949)

574-4275 or by e-mail at o7 lolita.harper@latimes.comf7 .

High school teacher arrested

A popular math teacher and soccer coach at Corona del Mar High School

was arrested Thursday night for having an alleged sexual relationship

with a student.

John Ronald Evans, 32, of Huntington Beach was charged with having a

sexual encounter with a person under 18 years of age. He posted $50,000

bail and is on paid administrative leave.

Principal Sharon Fry notified the staff on Friday and will have

counselors and pscyhologists available for students when they return from

Spring Break on April 8.

School nurses had their hands full last week as a nasty flu bug has

ravaged some schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, such as

TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa, where a lot of students have been


The Orange County assessor has decided to wait to see if a property

tax lawsuit becomes a class-action lawsuit before asking a higher court

to review the case. The case is expected to cost the county $285 million

in property tax payments and the school district $11.5 million the first

year, according to a county auditor report. A judge could rule on

class-action status as early as April 25.

* Deirdre Newman covers education. She may be reached at (949)

574-4221 or by e-mail at o7 deirdre.newman@latimes.comf7 .

A bad Back Bay incident

A 54-year-old Newport Beach man remained in critical condition

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