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By Jean Forbath | July 10, 2012
The Daily Pilot's front-page story (Re. "Council approves tax-free bond to renovate Bethel Towers," July 7) about the $37-million tax-free bond raises many questions. It stated that, thanks to this deal approved by the City Council, Costa Mesa's low-income seniors would be guaranteed affordable housing at Bethel Towers for 55 years. What it didn't point out is that the project's promise to keep only 20% of the 269 units affordable results in a loss of 215 affordable units!
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By Mike Reicher | June 22, 2012
The Newport Beach Planning Commission voted to approve the Banning Ranch development plans Thursday night. In a nearly five-hour public hearing, dozens of opponents and fewer supporters spoke passionately about the proposed 1,375-home housing development near West Newport. The approved project would be on 400 acres of bluff tops, marshes and active oil fields,. About half of the land, much of which is unfit for development, would be preserved as natural open space. The commission voted 6-0 to approve the project, with Commissioner Fred Ameri absent.
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June 13, 2012
Costa Mesa's nest egg to eventually buy local problem motels doubled Tuesday when the city's housing authority approved setting aside $660,000 in federal money. Described as seed money by Neighborhood Improvement Manager Muriel Ullman, the allocation can be combined with $500,000 in general fund money the City Council wants to set aside in the next fiscal year. The federal dollars are surplus from another redevelopment project Costa Mesa ended this year, Ullman said, and had to be used for affordable housing.
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By Mike Reicher | May 2, 2012
Calling for civil fines and penalties against motel owners, some Costa Mesa City Council members Tuesday criticized a dozen properties they deemed as ongoing nuisances. Councilman Steve Mensinger, citing a city investigation, said many of Costa Mesa's motel residents live in cluttered, dirty rooms that violate city codes, and police are often called to the properties to settle crimes. Mensinger and Mayor Eric Bever asked city CEO Tom Hatch to issue fines and other civil penalties to bring the hotels up to code.
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By Joseph Serna | February 20, 2012
If the City Council approves a disbanded city agency's list of debt Tuesday, the act could secure millions for Costa Mesa before state lawmakers funnel that money to Sacramento. The council is slated to approve the Redevelopment Agency's $27 million worth of debt, with the city's original loan to the agency taking up the biggest chunk at $19.5 million. The RDA also has more than $4.8 million in nonhousing project bonds, $1.3 million in housing project loans and assistance, and $525,000 in Davis Field work in the pipeline.
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By Mike Reicher | February 10, 2012
City officials are shaking up the Newport Beach Aviation Committee and other citizens groups with long-standing community members. Beginning at its regular meeting Tuesday, City Council members will begin replacing appointees, some of whom have served for more than 10 years. The Aviation and Special Events Advisory committees and other such groups advise the council on specialized issues. Officials apparently established some of them without specifying terms for members, or made terms indefinite.
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By Patricia Whitaker | January 21, 2012
In an effort to balance the state budget, the California Supreme Court voted at the end of December to eliminate redevelopment agencies across the state effective Jan. 31. It further struck down a separate law that would have allowed agencies to stay afloat if they paid more than $1 billion to the state. The decision has understandably caused a reverberation of panic from proponents desperate to find an amicable way to salvage redevelopment in some form and stave off the chaos that will surface as a result of dismantling the agencies.
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By Joseph Serna | January 18, 2012
COSTA MESA — Forced to choose between handing to the county the responsibilities for the city's affordable housing or creating a city-run housing agency, the City Council on Tuesday elected to keep the responsibility in-house. The Costa Mesa Housing Authority will now oversee $9 million in affordable-housing accounts. The accounts used to belong to the city's redevelopment agency (RDA) until it was dissolved by Sacramento legislation, which cities challenged but the state Supreme Court upheld in December.
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By Mike Reicher | October 3, 2011
Agreeing to lift constraints on affordable housing development, Newport Beach officials have received tentative approval of the city's housing blueprint. Regulators from the state Department of Housing and Community Development said last month that the city's moves would bring it into compliance with state law. If the City Council adopts the plan next month, affordable housing developments near John Wayne Airport would be automatically approved if they meet certain requirements.
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By Amber Gonzales, dailypilot@latimes.com | April 30, 2011
IRVINE — The City Council last week unanimously approved this year's proposed plan for how to spend $1.3 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Most of the grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go toward affordable housing projects, and the council even reallocated grants from the school district. Although HUD has set a May 12 deadline for the city to submit its plan for how it will spend the money, the federal agency has not yet told the city how much money Irvine will receive in block grants.
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