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January 3, 2012
Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen and County Supervisor John Moorlach plan to host an open house Thursday about the proposed 19th Street Bridge. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Eader Elementary School, 9291 Banning Ave., in Huntington Beach. An announcement on the Huntington Beach city website invites members of the public to "share your thoughts on the future of the 19th Street bridge area. " The bridge would span the Santa Ana River between Banning Street in Huntington Beach and 19th Street in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Re. "Wu: Vote on bridge helps in Newport, hurts in Assembly race," April 1: Jack Wu, the self-described opinion columnist ("not a journalist"), got the basic facts wrong in his recent column on the deletion of the long-considered 19th Street Bridge extension from the county's Master Plan of Arterial Highways (MPAH). I know what a vote is, and it's not a hanging chad. The city attorney, the city's chief legal officer, stated in an email to the editor that there was a "concurrence" about the issue.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 26, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority board unanimously voted Monday to remove the proposed 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan, a move that ends decades of debate for the contentious connector over the Santa Ana River. The bridge, which has been in the county books since the 1950s, would have connected the ends of Costa Mesa's 19th Street to Huntington Beach's Banning Avenue, potentially relieving traffic over the river's three other connectors: Adams Avenue and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa and Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
I have been a resident of Huntington Beach for more than 30 years and am still fighting this 19th Street bridge. Why in the world are Supervisor John Moorlach and Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen still trying to force this unwanted bridge down the residents' throats? We have told them "no" for all these years. What part of "no" don't they get? Eileen Murphy Huntington Beach * Costa Mesa provides fireworks warning I do not want fireworks of any kind in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 10, 2012
As county traffic planners study the proposed 19th Street Bridge, Newport Beach city officials are lobbying to win street improvements, in case the bridge idea is permanently scrapped. They recently requested that the county eliminate some roads originally envisioned for Banning Ranch, as the developer's current plan does not include them, according to a report for Tuesday's City Council meeting. Taking these streets out of the study, in addition to the bridge, would presumably increase traffic on other streets and bolster Newport's arguments.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 6, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH - So how did 19th Street Bridge proponent and Newport Beach City Councilman Steve Rosansky sum up a meeting where 600 fervent opponents showed up in no mood to hear alternatives? "Not my idea" were the three words that the termed-out councilman uttered with a laugh to describe Thursday night's meeting, which could only be viewed as a 90-minute act of futility if its goal was to change people's minds about the proposed Costa Mesa-Huntington Beach connector. "I don't think this group is a fair representation of the residents of all three cities," Rosansky said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 15, 2012
The proposed bridge once thought to be off the table that would link Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach is back. Orange County Transportation Authority board members voted 17 to 0 Monday to pull back deleting the 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan. Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen made the motion, to which County Supervisor John Moorlach seconded. Supervisor Janet Nguyen abstained. The change, however, may only be temporary, OCTA officials said. The board is expected to take up the issue again within six months, after OCTA staff work on a traffic study with the county, the California Department of Transportation, and the cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 25, 2012
Despite passionate public outcry from Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa residents about revived talks of the proposed 19th Street Bridge, Newport Beach council members are slow to distance themselves completely from the project. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle is requesting the city reexamine the bridge — which would alleviate traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway and Victoria Street bridges — ahead of either reaffirming the city's position to support it or come out against it. "We're taking it up as an accommodation to our neighbors in H.B. who are impacted by traffic," Daigle wrote in an email.
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NEWS
December 20, 2012
We need a mental health bill for elected officials now! Mental health is not only an issue in our schools, but can also play a significant part in the shaping and maintenance of our community and culture. The people we put in office, even at the lowest levels, must have a clean bill of health from a mental health expert. It is without question that we have politicians running all areas of our city, state and country with low-level to severe mental-health issues. We are at the mercy of privacy acts that allow this be sealed, and this needs to change now!
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 26, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority board unanimously voted Monday to remove the proposed 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan, a move that ends decades of debate for the contentious connector over the Santa Ana River. The bridge, which has been in the county books since the 1950s, would have connected the ends of Costa Mesa's 19th Street to Huntington Beach's Banning Avenue, potentially relieving traffic over the river's three other connectors: Adams Avenue and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa and Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 5, 2012
The proposed 19th Street bridge, a project that has generated contention for years as it has teetered on the edge of existence, may be back on its way to being deleted from the Orange County Transportation Authority's Master Plan of Arterial Highways. The OCTA board's Regional Planning and Highways Committee voted 6 to 1 Monday morning to recommend that the board eliminate the bridge from the plan, OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik said. The board is expected to consider the recommendation at its Nov. 26 meeting.
NEWS
By Steve Smith | September 11, 2012
Years ago, auto pitchman Cal Worthington routinely offered $50 to anyone searching for a new car who came to see him first. Worthington did this for two reasons, the smaller of which was to give his high-pressure salespeople a chance at closing a deal. For Worthington, it was a numbers game: The more people who came in, the higher number of cars he'd sell. If it cost him $50 every so often, it was a small price to pay. The larger reason Worthington was content to play Santa Claus was because he understood a basic fact about human nature: Almost all of our daily decisions, big and little, are made on an emotional level, not a rational one. In the auto business, people most often buy the first car they come to see. Worthington came to mind in a recent review of Costa Mesa's City Council race.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 10, 2012
As county traffic planners study the proposed 19th Street Bridge, Newport Beach city officials are lobbying to win street improvements, in case the bridge idea is permanently scrapped. They recently requested that the county eliminate some roads originally envisioned for Banning Ranch, as the developer's current plan does not include them, according to a report for Tuesday's City Council meeting. Taking these streets out of the study, in addition to the bridge, would presumably increase traffic on other streets and bolster Newport's arguments.
NEWS
By Dorothy Kraus and other Banning Ranch opponents | July 23, 2012
Banning Ranch development will adversely impact thousands of residents living in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and surrounding communities for more than 10 years of construction and will be ongoing after project completion. We, the undersigned, respectfully urge the city of Newport Beach to halt any further action on this project. We ask the city to immediately assign city resources to focus on a plan to preserve all of Banning Ranch as open space, which is the priority land use option as stated in the city of Newport Beach general plan.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 15, 2012
The proposed bridge once thought to be off the table that would link Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach is back. Orange County Transportation Authority board members voted 17 to 0 Monday to pull back deleting the 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan. Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen made the motion, to which County Supervisor John Moorlach seconded. Supervisor Janet Nguyen abstained. The change, however, may only be temporary, OCTA officials said. The board is expected to take up the issue again within six months, after OCTA staff work on a traffic study with the county, the California Department of Transportation, and the cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 8, 2012
Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner sent a letter to the region's transportation agency this week, urging its directing board to put the 19th Street Bridge proposal back on the county's master transportation plan or work with her city on other traffic-reducing alternatives. Gardner and the City Council want to avoid suing the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which jettisoned the bridge from its master plan at the urging of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Newport, however, plans to take legal action if OCTA doesn't comply with its request to negotiate putting the bridge proposal back on the grid or if OCTA rejects alternatives outlined in Gardner's letter to explore traffic-reducing alternatives.
NEWS
By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 16, 2012
An Orange County Transportation Authority committee rejected an appeal Monday regarding its decision to eliminate long-term plans for a bridge across the Santa Ana River connecting Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. The OCTA board deleted decades-old plans for the 19th Street Bridge from the county master plan last month. The decision was well received by hundreds of neighbors who would have seen more traffic if the bridge were built, but wasn't as popular with Newport Beach officials, who have to deal with traffic routed through Coast Highway.
NEWS
By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 11, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council revised its stance on the 19th Street Bridge controversy Tuesday night, deciding to try negotiating with the Orange County Transportation Authority before filing a lawsuit. The council unanimously approved having City Manager Dave Kiff seek an agreement with the OCTA to pause the statute of limitations on a civil suit while the two sides "try to resolve disputes without the need for litigation," City Attorney Aaron Harp said. The council took a second vote authorizing Harp to file a lawsuit against the OCTA before the statute of limitations runs out. That vote was 5 to 2, with council members Keith Curry and Leslie Daigle dissenting.
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