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Mailbag: Police and politics in Costa Mesa

November 19, 2010

However, just on the south side of the intersection sits a block of land slated for redevelopment. In my opinion, the council should have suggested this plot as a city-approved location because if In-N-Out were built on the south side of the light, it would transfer the traffic to an area that would not cause gridlock down Gisler. And the street gains an extra lane's worth of space on the south side of the intersection, which would allow traffic to move smoothly past the In-N-Out congestion.

Because the city won't allow adequate freeway signage, the restaurant could've opened slightly farther south without hurting their bottom line. And Cinnamon Street, which parallels Harbor and exits onto Gisler, would funnel traffic out of the area without causing gridlock.

The location was a Mesa Verde landmark of 40-plus years and was home to two popular neighborhood restaurants, Collander Kitchen and Kaplan's. Both were well-loved by the community, so why not just lease to another successful neighborhood restaurant?


In the end, the landowner got what it wanted: a tenant with the ability to rebuild while affording the hefty rent. Costa Mesa, on the other hand, got the shaft: increased traffic, unsafe entry to Mesa Verde North, and the loss of a neighborhood staple. Sure, the city is getting some tax dollars, but it would've gotten those same tax dollars if the In-N-Out were on the south side of the Harbor-Gisler signal.

Jason Piazza

Barbazza Real Estate Inc.

Santa Ana


N.B. mooring group responds

The Daily Pilot's Nov. 17 article on Newport Harbor boat storage charges does not accurately state the Newport Mooring Assn.'s position. The issue is very simple: The primary use and function of Newport Harbor is boat storage. More than 8,000 boats are stored on the bay.

Under state law, all boat owners who store boats on the bay are required to pay their fair share to store their boat on the bay. For decades, the city has collected storage charges from the owners of 6,000 of the boats stored on the bay. The other 2,000 boat owners have been allowed to store their boats free of charge, simply because they are stored next to private docks connected to waterfront properties.

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