Week In Review

November 25, 2007


Hotel to add 23-story tower, renovate current sections

The Wyndham Orange County hotel is set to undergo its largest expansion in history, as the Costa Mesa City Council voted Tuesday to approve the hotel’s addition of a 23-story residential tower and renovation of its lobby, rooms and restaurant.

The hotel is expected to close during the construction, which developer Howard Zelefsky said would take up to two years to complete. He added, though, that it would likely be more than a year before the crews began work. Wyndham General Manager Tom Smalley said many of the hotel’s community partners were thrilled that they could use its services for the coming months.


 Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza rose early in the morning — though not as early as some shoppers — the day after Thanksgiving, as the shopping centers prepared for the onslaught of customers on one of the busiest retail days of the year.

Despite dour predictions from the National Retail Federation and others about slow holiday growth, both shopping centers drew steady crowds throughout the day. Each center opened its first store at 5 a.m. and had employees park off site to free up spaces for customers.

Many shoppers said they braved the crowds on “Black Friday” to get a leg up on the holiday season. Others, though, just wanted to take in the scene.

“It’s fun just to be with the crowds and see all the action,” said Greg Zimmerman, a financial officer from Newport Beach who ventured to South Coast Plaza with his wife and son. “It’s kind of a sense of camaraderie.”


Students take five-day break, recognize their blessings

It was a short week for kids in the Newport-Mesa school district with the Thanksgiving holiday giving students a five-day break. Tuesday offered kids across the district a preview of what they had coming on Thursday with many schools hosting their own Thanksgiving feast. Some students could be seen donning pilgrim hats and bonnets during their afternoon feast, which at Paularino Elementary included turkey, rolls and vegetables. No Thanksgiving celebration would be complete without the kids recognizing all they appreciated, which many were more than happy to talk about.


Police reiterate legal gravitas of fleeing accident scenes

Costa Mesa police recently arrested at least five OCC students on suspicion of hit-and-run offenses.

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