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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — When the federal government doles out grants to help low- and moderate-income individuals, it has to make an exception for a city like Newport Beach. The majority of households here earn more than $80,000, and there are few pockets with people of even average means. So when the City Council approved its annual Community Development Block Grant funding this week, more than half the funds were able to pay for decorative sidewalks, street furniture, landscaping and other street improvements.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | January 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Seldom do the words "affordable housing" and "Newport Beach" appear in the same sentence. Despite state laws intended to encourage more affordable housing, it's likely to stay that way as the City Council discusses ways to reuse the current City Hall site. Planners presented preliminary ideas for senior apartments there — a way to meet state affordable housing requirements — but some council members and residents have opposed affordable housing for seniors.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
COSTA MESA — While City Council hopeful Sue Lester might have been labeled as a one-issue candidate, she said there are many reasons why she's qualified to help run the city. That one issue was medical marijuana. Lester, 43, owns a dispensary in the city and the fight to keep it and others open first drew her to council meetings. "Once I got to the meetings, and I started listening to everything that was going on, I continued to go because I wanted to know more about the city that I had a business in and I wanted to live in," Lester said.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
COSTA MESA — They're a long way from the Hawaiian beaches of Oahu, where, they said, their addiction to meth eventually made them homeless, forcing them to live out of a tent in a place called Barbers Point. They used to stay up all night "tweaking" with other meth addicts who'd gather there. They had tiki torches outside. Their tent was pretty big. Visitors came and went. They had lots of fellow methhead friends, but something in life was missing. Meth always seemed to have the edge.
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By Tom Ragan | March 8, 2010
Orange County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country, has about 17,000 homeless children, according to a study unveiled Monday at UC Irvine. “There’s this feeling that because people are wearing $45,000 watches around here and because reality TV shows are based here that we don’t have a problem with the homeless,” said Paul Leon, executive director with the Irvine-based Illumination Foundation. “Well, I’m here to tell you that we do, and it’s a big one.” More than 50 students, many of them interested in social service and public health, attended the seminar, hoping to learn more about the nonprofit foundation and how they could possibly volunteer their services.
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By Alan Blank | July 29, 2008
State regulators said they are satisfied that Costa Mesa has provided a sufficient plan to create and preserve affordable housing in the city over the next six years. California’s Department of Housing and Community Development approved Costa Mesa’s Housing Element, which is a plan that specifically outlines how the city will attempt to build new low-income housing and keep the prices low on existing housing through 2014. Costa Mesa ended up providing about 57% of the housing the state wanted it to provide during the last Housing Element period, but Principal Planner Claire Flynn said the city was aiming for that result.
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By Brianna Bailey | June 18, 2008
Newport Beach could consider an ordinance as early as this summer to boost the number of affordable homes available in the city, but critics say Newport will have to do more to address its housing needs. “Our biggest concern is that the city is being non-responsive to state law,” said Scott Darrell, executive director of the Kennedy Commission on Affordable Housing, a watchdog group that monitors how Orange County cities are addressing housing needs. Newport Beach is out of compliance with state laws that require cities to address regional housing needs in their general plan, according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
NEWS
March 23, 2008
No news flash here: We’re in hard times. Depending on whom you listen to, we’re in a recession, headed for a recession or spiraling into a depression. Even in affluent Newport Beach we’re seeing homes foreclose and businesses shutter. In other words, you couldn’t pick a worse time to raise rents. Put another way, if you’re a senior citizen on a fixed income, a rent hike hurts — and might even force you out of your home. Sixty-five-year-old Iris Brazil is just such a senior.
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By Brianna Bailey | March 18, 2008
Like many of its residents, 65-year-old Iris Brazil likes living at Bayview Landing, a rent-controlled affordable housing complex for seniors built on roughly 5 acres at Jamboree Road and Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. The rent-controlled, three-year-old complex near Newport Dunes Marina and a 10-acre park with walking trails is quiet and clean, Brazil said, and features a swimming pool and a community center — but Brazil doesn’t know how much longer she’ll be able to live at Bayview.
NEWS
December 13, 2007
The state recently said Newport Beach is not complying with laws mandating affordable housing. Do you think the city is doing enough to address the need and what more do you think the city should do to address the issue?   This is an example of the state legislature mandating policies that ignore the free market and have negative unintended consequences. Concentrated low-income housing is not the answer. If anything, we need widely dispersed subsidized rental units and senior housing.
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