October 30, 2003
June Casagrande In a move that deepens the divide between the city and its neighbors to the north and west, the City Council voted Tuesday to stand firm in support of building a 19th Street bridge across the Santa Ana River. The bridge is one of two planned by the Orange County Transportation Authority to accommodate traffic in the area. One bridge would connect Gisler Avenue to Garfield Street, which divides Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, and the other 19th Street to Banning Avenue in Huntington Beach.
August 23, 2003
Troubled bridge doesn't even reach the water Why does the Daily Pilot repeatedly publish letters and commentaries from Robert Graham on the same old topic of why he wants a 19th Street bridge? As a reader of you paper for many years, it seems that at least once a month for the last few years, you publish letters/commentaries from Graham pushing his own personal desire a 19th Street bridge. Please give your readers a break and stop publishing the letters from Graham about the bridge issue.
May 15, 2003
Deirdre Newman City officials are redoubling efforts to get two long-planned bridges deleted from county maps to avoid having a decision on the controversial construction made for them. The two bridges at issue would connect Gisler Avenue to Garfield Street, which divides Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, and 19th Street to Banning Avenue in Huntington Beach. On Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority postponed for 30 to 60 days its decision on providing funding to Fountain Valley to study the Gisler bridge.
January 25, 2003
Deirdre Newman Two members of a Westside redevelopment committee asked the city Tuesday to focus on positives of a 19th Street bridge instead of dwelling on the negatives after the City Council rejected the group's recommendation to study building the bridge earlier this month. Robert Graham and Terri Breer of the Community Redevelopment Action Committee said they would like the City Council or Planning Commission to hold another hearing on the issue.
January 12, 2003
Newport needs view and tree ordinance We are not just Tree City U.S.A., we are also View City U.S.A. ("Peninsula will keep one ficus," Dec. 13). The City Council held numerous public meetings and waited for the injunction to be lifted before removing the ficus trees that had caused damage to the sewage system, sidewalks and building foundations on the Balboa Peninsula. It is hard to understand why the City Council felt compelled to reach a settlement agreement and pay $56,000 of the taxpayers' money to the Balboa Arbor Society for their attorneys' fees.
January 11, 2003
Public needs watchdogs patrolling school districts Kudos to the Daily Pilot for allowing critics of our powerful public school monopoly to voice publicly some of their concerns. I have no way of knowing if the local teachers' union used questionable methods to remove one of their critics, Wendy Leece, from her Newport-Mesa Unified school board position, but the facts certainly indicate there is corruption in the system, starting at the top, and few members of the media and/or government officials are willing to inform the public of such abuses.
January 10, 2003
Study just dumping money into Santa Ana River Re: Costa Mesa's decision to not pursue a study of the long-proposed 19th Street bridge. No! The City Council made the right decision. It would be fiscally irresponsible to spend $150,000 for additional study of a 19th Street bridge that the majority of Costa Mesa residents are clearly not in favor of. We need to concentrate on improving the infrastructure of the city in ways that will establish Costa Mesa as a desirable destination point and not on ways that will make it simply a cut-through city.
January 9, 2003
No light at Grant Howald Field would be just right I would like to object to the extended lighting hour of the Grant Howald Field ("Leagues try to light up the night," Tuesday). We pay good money for our view here of the Back Bay and the harbor and the ocean, and the lights obliterate that view when they're on, so we request that that extension not be granted. DAVID RYAN Corona del Mar Is something funny about trees? Do they amuse you? You obviously are humored by the fracas over the Balboa Island ficus trees as your "The Last Word" column showed, not understanding, nor caring that the illegality of the action and total disregard for due process doesn't just disappear because it is no longer on the editorial page ("Farewell to the ficus fracas," Dec. 22)
January 8, 2003
Lolita Harper Council members thwarted a recommended study on the feasibility of a bridge at 19th Street Monday, saying it would be improper to embark on any independent research until a regional consensus is agreed upon. The council voted 4 to 1 to disregard a recommendation from the Community Redevelopment Action Committee to study the economic feasibility of a bridge at 19th Street to cross the Santa Ana River into Huntington Beach. Councilman Allan Mansoor dissented.
January 2, 2003
Geoff West Returning from a holiday trip, I found among my accumulated Daily Pilots the Sunday issue, which contained both an editorial recommending the rejection of the Gisler Avenue and 19th Street bridges (Editorial, "Costa Mesa needs to fight study of bridge at Gisler") and Robert Graham's well-written Community Commentary advocating the study of the impact of a 19th Street bridge on Westside Redevelopment ("19th Street bridge plan needs study")