January 14, 2004
In response to Friday's article, "Greenlight ready to change," I submit the following. Well, here we go again. Newport Beach's American Civil Liberties Union; oops, I mean, Greenlight, is once again unhappy with the rules that they themselves worked on and agreed to with the city. Now they are unhappy that someone actually got on base with a project. It does not matter what the project is because this handful of Greenlight insiders are opposed to any project.
October 4, 2007
The city of Costa Mesa’s attempt to prosecute student protester Benito Acosta looks officially dead, after an appellate court on Thursday rejected the city’s appeal. Shortly before Orange County Superior Court Judge Kelly MacEachern dismissed the city’s case Monday, City Prosecutor Dan Peelman filed a motion to prevent that from happening. The court’s appellate department denied Peelman’s motion because he failed to provide an adequate record, and because it considered the motion moot since the case had been dismissed, according to court information.
October 19, 2003
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February 4, 2010
It cost the city of Costa Mesa $585,913.65 trying to prosecute and later defend a federal lawsuit from a Latino activist and the American Civil Liberties Union, according to billing numbers from the Jones & Mayer law firm. In December alone, Costa Mesa spent more than $60,000 successfully defending a federal lawsuit from Benito Acosta, who claimed the city abridged his 1st Amendment right to free speech when he was thrown out of a Jan. 3, 2006, Costa Mesa City Council meeting. Acosta, 28, was cut off at the podium of the council meeting as he spoke out against the city’s plan to have police officers enforce federal immigration laws.
October 13, 2009
The trial phase of a federal lawsuit against Costa Mesa claiming free speech violations, which was brought by a Latino activist with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, has been rescheduled till November. The suit, filed by Benito Acosta and the ACLU, claims that Acosta’s 1st Amendment rights were suspended illegally at a 2006 City Council meeting. The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 9 at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Acosta, also known as Coyotl Tezcatlipoca, railed against Mayor Allan Mansoor and Councilman Eric Bever for nearly three minutes before Mansoor called a recess to that 2006 meeting.
May 2, 2009
Community outrage against the local high school production of “Rent” at Corona del Mar High has nothing to do with homophobia. Parents, administrators and the community are appalled at the play’s encouraging attitude toward promiscuity, sexual and drug experimentation and profanity. In today’s era of rising teen pregnancy rates, rampant sexually transmitted diseases, out of control drug use and teen violence, our role as parents, educators and community is to encourage our youth toward responsible decision making, respect for self and others, and resisting the lure of peer pressure toward behaviors which can destroy our youths’ future.
October 1, 2007
A judge today dismissed the city of Costa Mesa’s case against Benito Acosta, a student activist who was arrested after protesting the city’s immigration enforcement plans at a 2006 council meeting. Orange County Superior Court Judge Kelly MacEachern scrapped the case because City Prosecutor Dan Peelman failed to get sworn in as a public prosecutor before filing the case in May 2006. State law and the state constitution require attorneys to be sworn in as public prosecutors to bring charges.
October 30, 2007
An ACLU attorney for immigration activist Benito Acosta said Monday he expects the city of Costa Mesa to file an appeal or ask for a review of charges of disrupting a city council meeting against his client that were tossed out of court earlier this month. “How much of the city’s money [City Prosecutor Dan Peelman] wants to spend is up to him,” said Kwaku Duren, one of Acosta’s attorneys. Judge Kelly MacEachern dismissed the case Oct. 1 after learning Peelman had not been sworn in as a public prosecutor before filing the misdemeanor charges.
June 11, 2013
A Corona del Mar High School drama teacher who ignored anti-gay protesters and staged a 2009 production of "Rent" is under investigation following an altercation with a student, officials said Tuesday. Ronald Knight Martin, 57, is on paid leave, pending a battery investigation, Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura Boss confirmed in an email. Investigators are interviewing witnesses about an incident of non-sexual battery between a teacher and student that took place on an unspecified date earlier this year, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.