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By Mona Shadia | May 14, 2010
Without after-school programs, Councilwoman Katrina Foley says, life in Costa Mesa would not be the same. The city-sponsored program at 11 school sites citywide, known as the Recreation on Campus for Kids after School (ROCKS), face elimination as the city grapples with a budget deficit. “I think it will dramatically change the qualify of life in Costa Mesa for families,” she said. “We’ve had these after-school programs sponsored for decades in our community.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | February 19, 2014
The Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area, which serves Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine, launched its annual fundraising campaign Tuesday with the goal of raising $110,000 in the next six weeks. The campaign, "It Just Takes One," received its first donation - a $70,000 matching gift - from Newport Beach philanthropist David Pyle, according to a news release. Pyle is the founder and chief executive of American Career College and the executive chairman of the board of West Coast University.
NEWS
October 31, 2002
"We work with teachers because they are the backbone of our district. We consult them so they will buy into what we are planning." -- SERENE STOKES, on the role of the school board "As the father of two sons, I know it's a very sensitive question for parents. It's pretty obvious that the school board has to be responsive to what parents want. I wouldn't go beyond the state law." -- TOM EGAN, on sex education "I disagree that our students are being educated to go to Wal-Mart.
NEWS
February 21, 2003
Deirdre Newman Councilman Gary Monahan succeeded in ferreting out what he considered fluff from the City Council's community objectives. On Tuesday, Monahan convinced his colleagues to remove a host of items from the city's priority list to save precious city funds. The state faces a $35-billion deficit, and Costa Mesa, like cities throughout the state, can expect a loss of millions of dollars when the 2003-04 budget is adopted later this year. Gone are objectives such as pursuing funding and construction of a compressed natural gas facility and the expansion of after-school programs to the middle and high schools.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2007
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa on Tuesday presented the Boys and Girls Club with a $7,500 check from a recent 50th anniversary chili cook-off. The wine retailer invited local businesses Aug. 26 to the fundraiser. Salesman and event organizer Jeff McKinney said he expected two vendors to contribute an additional $2,500, boosting the total to $10,000. Dan Monahan, executive director of the Harbor Area Boys and Girls Club, said the funds go toward after-school programs, supplies and even staff.
NEWS
September 6, 2000
On Tuesday, 21,256 students returned or started at Newport-Mesa's 30 schools. Costa Mesa High School will create an academic decathlon team. Corona del Mar High School parents have developed a program to promote safety, setting up support groups on campus. Estancia High School has a new business program. TeWinkle Middle School has expanded the "village concept" to include both the sixth and seventh grades. All four regular program high schools are digital high schools this year.
NEWS
June 5, 2004
I attended a Newport Beach Planning Commission meeting on the St. Andrew's renovation, and it appears that vehicle traffic generated by the church's proposed replacement facility is of primary concern to opposing neighbors. It also appears that the increased vehicle traffic is a red herring that is fast becoming a myth. What's being proposed by St. Andrew's is a youth and family center to replace the current inadequate classrooms. The specific purpose (beyond the children's and youth programs already in place)
NEWS
September 4, 2009
With the state budget crisis costing TeWinkle Middle School money for its after-school programs, an array of volunteer opportunities are available to help local children. Opportunities are available before, during and after school. Adults can help kids with homework or at the fitness center, assisting students with cardiovascular exercises and strength-training equipment. Parents can help supervise the morning breakfast or, during lunch, supervise the tables, teen center or library.
NEWS
November 30, 2007
Newport Heights Elementary School principal Kurt Suhr cashed in on his innovation Thursday, when he gladly accepted a $10,000 check on the school’s behalf from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Back in September, Suhr was given the Gold Medal from the governor’s council for the innovative Coordinated Approach To Child Health program. The council officially handed over the check Thursday morning. While Suhr credits a colleague in Texas for the program, in California it has only taken off since its implementation at Newport Heights.
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By Hannah Fry | February 19, 2014
The Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area, which serves Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine, launched its annual fundraising campaign Tuesday with the goal of raising $110,000 in the next six weeks. The campaign, "It Just Takes One," received its first donation - a $70,000 matching gift - from Newport Beach philanthropist David Pyle, according to a news release. Pyle is the founder and chief executive of American Career College and the executive chairman of the board of West Coast University.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 21, 2011
Amid all the back and forth sniping between City Council members lately, city leaders and the community found common ground this week when Costa Mesa agreed to continue partial funding for one of its after-school programs. The City Council on Tuesday agreed to fund 40% of the Recreation on Campus for Kids Afterschool Program, or R.O.C.K.S. The program costs nearly $230,000 annually to run, most of that going to staffing, which requires one adult per 20 children. R.O.C.K.S.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
COSTA MESA — In a galaxy not so far, far away, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker will overcome the dark side of the Force while singing and dancing this weekend in a musical parody of "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. " The children's play based on the hit 1983 sci-fi movie shouldn't disappoint even the most rigid Star Wars fans, whether you are a Jedi Knight or the most ardent follower of Emperor Palpatine. "I think [the audience] should picture the regular 'Star Wars' and then add some songs to it," said 9-year-old Max Sehechter, who plays Emperor Palpatine.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | December 8, 2010
COSTA MESA — The city will continue to match funds for the ROCKS after-school program through the end of this fiscal year. The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to continue the program at seven of 11 elementary schools and add the Costa Mesa Middle School's teen center. However, only schools that chose to participate financially will be able to provide the Recreation on Campus for Kids After School (ROCKS) program. Adams, Kaiser, College Park and Killybrooke elementary schools will no longer offer ROCKS.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | September 2, 2010
COSTA MESA — Seven elementary schools announced Thursday that they will not be able to provide matching funds for the city's Recreation on Campus for Kids after School (ROCKS) program, which leaves the program without enough funding to continue there. The principals of Kaiser, Adams, Pomona, Victoria, Killybrooke, College Park and California elementary schools informed city staff that their PTAs cannot help the city fund ROCKS. "I'm sorry that neither the Pomona PTA nor any other funding source I know is in a position to assist the city financially to continue the ROCKS program at Pomona Elementary School," Principal Stacy Holmes wrote in an e-mail to the city.
NEWS
From staff reports | August 11, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot recently donated a share of the proceeds from the annual Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament to the city's after-school program. The newspapers donated $750 to Recreation on Campus for Kids after School, or ROCKS, which was threatened by a recent round of city budget cuts. Because the Pilot Cup is sponsored by the newspapers, the city and the school district, The Times and Daily Pilot donate a portion of the proceeds to a public cause after the tournament concludes.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | May 28, 2010
If you'd like to see the Costa Mesa after-school program continue next year, then it's time to start swinging. The city, Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Costa Mesa Parents Teachers Assn. will hold a joint fundraiser to offset or reduce the $295,000 bill that Costa Mesa pays each year for the Recreation on Campus for Kids (ROCKS) after-school program. "The whole purpose of the ROCKS program is to keep kids at school after school in an environment where they can participate in school activities," said Councilwoman Katrina Foley, who is organizing the event.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | May 14, 2010
Without after-school programs, Councilwoman Katrina Foley says, life in Costa Mesa would not be the same. The city-sponsored program at 11 school sites citywide, known as the Recreation on Campus for Kids after School (ROCKS), face elimination as the city grapples with a budget deficit. “I think it will dramatically change the qualify of life in Costa Mesa for families,” she said. “We’ve had these after-school programs sponsored for decades in our community.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | May 3, 2010
Five days after Arizona passed its controversial anti-illegal immigration law, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor called a press conference to announce that he wants to crack down on undocumented workers and drivers. When asked about the timing, Mansoor denied that his announcement had something to with the recent Arizona law or the fact that he is running for a state Assembly seat. He said that with a straight face. You have to love this stuff. You have to love it when you see someone who has drunk so much of his own Kool-Aid that he actually starts to convince himself that he can get away with this ridiculous spin.
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