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Letter to the Editor -- Linda Dixon

April 04, 2002

Since Costa Mesa is receiving newspaper recognition, I felt compelled

to share with the community a few facts about our outstanding city.

We are close to the ocean (within three miles) without the fog, and we

are lucky enough to live in one of the best climatic zones for gardening

in the world -- a gardener's delight. Costa Mesa is a vibrant community

-- with wonderful residential neighborhoods and recreation programs for

the entire community, arts programs, youth sports activities, higher

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educational institutions, special events and 412-plus acres of parkland,

all unique and enjoyable. We are proud to be a member of Tree City, USA,

and most of all, just about everything a person needs can be found in

Costa Mesa.

For example (this is just a start): South Coast Plaza; Metro Point;

Harbor Center; Target Greatland Center; The Lab; Hillgren Center;

Triangle Square; Mesa Verde Center; The Courtyards; The Camp; East 17th

Street shops; Newport Boulevard shops; Mesa North Center; Trader Joe's;

Orange County Fairgrounds Swap Meet; Orange Coast College Swap Meet; East

17th Street Antique Row; The Autoplex on Bristol; Orange County

Performing Arts Center; South Coast Repertory Theatre; Costa Mesa Civic

Playhouse; Trilogy Playhouse; Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Center;

Estancia Adobe; Noguchi Gardens; Bridge of Gardens; Unity Bridge;

Firebird Sculpture; Robert B. Moore sculptures; Orange County Fair;

motorcycle races; Costa Mesa Golf Course; Mesa Verde Country Club; Labor

Day Weekend Classic Car Show; Orange County Museum of Art; Lions Club

Fish Fry; Model Train Rides at Fairview Park; All American Boy's Choir;

coffeehouses, pubs, nightclubs, movie theaters; Hilton Costa Mesa;

Holiday Inn; Costa Mesa Marriott Suites; Westin South Coast Plaza;

Country Inn by Ayres; Wyndham Garden Hotel; Imagination Celebration;

Sunset's annual Orchid Show; Southern California Flower Show; Downtown

Recreation Center; Costa Mesa Senior Center; Fairview Park; TeWinkle

Park; Community Garden; Estancia Park; Costa Mesa Bark Park; Paws Around

the Park at Fairview Park; "Artistic License" Art Show at Estancia Park;

Orange Coast College; Vanguard University; Fashion Institute of Design;

Paul Mitchell School; Plum's; Golden Truffle; El Torito Grill; TGI

Friday's; Jerry's Famous Deli; Wahoo's Fish Taco; Bangkok 4; Pinot Noir;

The Clubhouse; Golden Dragon; Bamboo Terrace; Mimi's; Mother India;

Macaroni Grill; Scott's Seafood; Memphis; Gypsy Den; Habana; Fresca's;

Inka Grill; Chester Drawer's; Santa Monica Seafood; El Ranchito; Skosh

Monahan's; Newport Rib Co.; Pick Up Stix; Sam Woo's; Ruby's; Nello's;

Marrakesh; I Love Sushi; La Cave; Mi Casa; The Yardhouse; Lugano

Ristorante; Calentino's Deli; Globe Deli; Moscow Cafe; The Center Club;

Dirty Nelly's; The Harp; The German Bakery; French's Bakery; Cinderella

Cakes; Mother's Market and Kitchen.

Please, just because a small number of individuals think a name change

will benefit the community, let me assure you that a majority of Costa

Mesa residents are perfectly happy about who we are, where we live and

our name. It is a privilege to live in this wonderful city. Like any

other city, we have our challenges, but we are working to eliminate the

negative and we are focusing on the positive.

I am proud to represent our great city of Costa Mesa as its mayor, and

I invite you to enjoy Costa Mesa, a diverse, eclectic, sophisticated,

caring community.

* LINDA DIXON is the mayor of Costa Mesa.

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