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EDITOR'S NOTE:

January 01, 2003

The Job Center may be up for reevaluation, as Councilman Chris

Steel has already voiced his opposition to the city-run employment

hub, and his colleagues Allan Mansoor and Gary Monahan have expressed

interest in charging more for the services instead of taking the

money from city coffers.

After-school and other recreation programs may get cut to provide

more funds for the basics, such as road repair, public safety and

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code enforcement.

IKEA OPENS AT HOME RANCH

Little tiny Allen wrenches capable of constructing an entire

kitchen will abound as the new Costa Mesa Ikea will open its doors

for business this spring.

The Costa Mesa Ikea is proposed to be much larger than its

Southern California counterparts and will boast three eateries,

professional design consultants, three life-sized home models and a

supervised children's play center, which includes a learning center.

Depending on whom you talk to, the Ikea portion of the Home Ranch

project proposal will bring in one of two things: a big-box retailer

with lots of traffic or a responsible corporation that's a good

neighbor. Regardless of the actual outcome, the Swedish are coming.

TRIAL BEGINS FOR FORMER NEWPORT EMPLOYEE

Trenton Veches, the former Newport Beach recreation coordinator

accused of sucking young boys' toes, is expected to face jury trial

in March. Veches, 32, faces 28 criminal felony charges of indulging

in lewd contact with minors and one misdemeanor count of possessing

child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty on all counts. Also,

three parents of boys said to have been molested by Veches have filed

a civil lawsuit against the city seeking damages for alleged

negligence in hiring Veches. That case will likely be heard this year

as well. Veches faces multiple life terms if convicted.

TRIAL STARTS FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

A 35-year-old substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting

several female students -- at least one of them a Newport-Mesa

student -- is expected to get a jury trial later this year.

The Huntington Beach resident faces 17 felony counts of sexual

assault and one count of witness intimidation. He was first arrested

Sept. 13 after a therapist who treated one of the victims told police

about it. Haluch posted $250,000 bail the same day.

A second warrant on four fresh charges led to another arrest on

Sept. 30. Haluch is now in Orange County Jail. He has pleaded not

guilty to all charges.

TRIAL BEGINS FOR ASSISTANT SHERIFF'S SON AND FRIENDS

Yet another trial to expect this year is the case of three teenage

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