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November 22, 2013
John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy and Orange County Waste and Recycling were honored Wednesday at the Orange County Business Council's Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet awards, a news release said. Murphy was recognized for his management of an "on-schedule and on-budget" multiyear effort to improve the airport with the construction of a new terminal, passenger gates and security checkpoints as well as the upgrading of parking structures, the release said. He received the Award for Public Sector Leadership.
NEWS
June 6, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Always the hottest topic on the table, John Wayne Airport will take center stage again tonight at an issue forum. A panel of political leaders are scheduled to address the city's proposal for the extension of flight restrictions at the airport. The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverboat Restaurant at 151 E. Coast Highway. Though the flight restrictions won't expire until 2005, officials at several government levels have begun work to secure an extension.
NEWS
October 20, 2004
Alicia Robinson Airport officials will move forward with detailed design and architectural plans for a new passenger terminal and other facility expansions now that the Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved an environmental report for the project. The board on Tuesday approved the report, which was a supplement to one approved in 2002 that addressed the effects of expanding the airport. The supplemental report discussed logistics and short-term effects of construction of the expansion.
NEWS
August 10, 2004
I think we need an international airport where we used to have a military airport in the Irvine area. And we need to keep the Orange County Fairgrounds where they are. It's not just about the fair three weeks a year. It's about activities for our community the other 49 weeks of the year, including the swap meet. How could we make any money if they have to build a new fairgrounds in Irvine, and why should Costa Mesa be left high and dry? It makes me so upset that I can't even think clearly.
NEWS
June 13, 2002
-- Paul Clinton Nine months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, John Wayne Airport is a picture of near-perfect health. After seeing large drops in travel late last year, as fearful passengers stayed away from airports across the nation, John Wayne registered a 7.5% increase in May compared with last year. In May, the passenger count was 694,333 versus the 645,617 who used the airport in May 2001. The improving conditions were also shown in the airport's year-to-date numbers.
NEWS
August 24, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- Councilman Gary Proctor wants visitors to the city to understand the benefits of an airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. To accomplish his goal, Proctor said he will ask his councilcolleagues whether the city should buy informational kiosks from Orange County that are being used as part of the county's "Just the Facts" public information campaign. Proctor said the kiosks could be placed at Fashion Island and other locations known to attract crowds of visitors.
NEWS
October 6, 2004
Alicia Robinson For the first time in Orange County, and possibly the nation, busy travelers looking for a time-saver can vote before they fly. Early voting for the Nov. 2 election began Tuesday at John Wayne Airport and 26 other locations in the county. Officials held a press conference next to the airport's statue of John Wayne to kick off what they believe is the first opportunity in the country to vote early at an airport. "We want to give every opportunity for people to vote prior to election day if they are unable to vote on that day," Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby said.
NEWS
April 13, 2002
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ensured that travelers will continue to be able to grab a luggage cart at John Wayne Airport when they extended the operator's contract for two years. The board extended the term of the deal with Smarte Carte Inc. until May 31, 2004. The contract was set to expire May 31. Smarte Carte has agreed to pay the airport $82,088 per year. The company must also station a minimum of 250 carts at the airport. The company has provided the oblong, metal luggage carts to the Thomas F. Riley Terminal and parking garages since May 1997.
NEWS
January 17, 2002
Airport firefighters received a new home Wednesday when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new $3.8-million station. The new station, to be called Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Station No. 33, will be built on airport grounds. The board approved the environmental review on the new 14,958-square-foot station and set Feb. 27 as the date for the solicitation of bids for a builder. The airport plans to foot 80% of the bill on the new station with grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration.
NEWS
June 16, 2002
It seems longtime El Toro activist Russell Niewiarowski, one of the main proponents of the airport alternative V-Plan, has come down with a severe case of airport burnout and opted out of the fight. It's hard to blame him. After all, there hasn't been a bruising, lasting conflict like El Toro since France and Britain squared off during the Hundred Years War. And both sides went through a few monarchs before that was settled. Niewiarowski, for our money -- and this fight seems to be all about money -- has earned the break.
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By Jill Cowan | April 23, 2014
A man who went into full cardiac arrest died aboard a flight from Dallas to John Wayne Airport late Tuesday morning, authorities said, despite the attempts of fellow passengers and crew members to revive him. John Selner, 78, of Fort Worth, Texas, was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m., shortly after the flight had landed, according to the Orange County Coroner's Office. He was traveling with his wife and son, according to Cpt. Steve Concialdi, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 29, 2014
Costa Mesa's citywide effort to update its general plan continued Tuesday with a joint study session of the City Council and Planning Commission. A majority of officials agreed that efforts to revitalize the portion of Harbor Boulevard south of Wilson Street should be a priority. Parcels along the thoroughfare are vacant, or appear blighted, in comparison with the rest of the city, they contended, and incentives should be created to encourage development there. The study session also focused on examining land uses in other areas, including the business district near John Wayne Airport, the area northwest of the 405 Freeway and the Westside.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy and Orange County Waste and Recycling were honored Wednesday at the Orange County Business Council's Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet awards, a news release said. Murphy was recognized for his management of an "on-schedule and on-budget" multiyear effort to improve the airport with the construction of a new terminal, passenger gates and security checkpoints as well as the upgrading of parking structures, the release said. He received the Award for Public Sector Leadership.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 4, 2013
Los Angeles County coroner's officials Friday identified the first of four victims who perished when a jet crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport this past weekend. Lauren Winkler, 28, of Irvine was killed Sunday when a twin-engine Cessna Citation she was riding in touched down at the airport, then veered hard right off the runway and smashed into an airport hangar, bursting into flames and collapsing the building. All four aboard the aircraft were killed. Los Angeles-based construction company Morley Builders announced that its chief executive, 63-year-old Mark Benjamin, and his 28-year-old son, Luke, a senior project engineer, were also on the plane, although coroner's investigators have yet to confirm their identities.
NEWS
October 2, 2013
John Wayne Airport and the County of Orange have scheduled a meeting to gather public input regarding the environmental impact reports soon to be conducted at the facility, according to a news release. The "scoping meeting" marks the next step in the process of updating the airport's settlement agreement, which sets limits on annual passenger travel and aircraft takeoffs and landings. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m . Oct. 17 in the Airport Commission Room at the airport's office building, 3160 Airway Ave. in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 11, 2013
Costa Mesa officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning for what's being called the largest single street-improvement project in city history. Two lanes of Paularino Avenue between Red Hill and Airway avenues - within earshot of the jet engines at John Wayne Airport - were closed off for the small ceremony, which included a few short remarks, golden shovels and white hard hats. It recognized the beginning of the Airport Area Improvement Project, whose development area is bounded by the 55 Freeway to the west, Airway Avenue to the east, the Masters Circle to the south, and Airport Loop Drive to the north.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 11, 2013
Amid the bustle at John Wayne Airport and announcements alerting travelers to impending departures, a different mode of travel was showcased Monday - water. ExplorOcean, a Newport Beach-based ocean literacy center, hosted a press event commemorating the opening of its latest exhibit, "Inspire, Educate, Explore. " The 11 12-by-6-foot cases, displaying navigation artifacts and ship models in bottles, can be viewed by visitors in the walkway between the ticketing lobbies of terminals B and C until Nov. 15. The maritime installation spotlights the organization's offshoots, the Ocean Literacy Center, Adventure Outpost and Balboa Fun Zone.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 6, 2013
In anticipation of finalizing an extension to the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement next year, the Orange County Airport Commission has approved the selection of five companies to conduct environmental impact reports. The commission voted 4 to 0 on Wednesday to approve the contracts. Commissioner Chris Welsh was absent. Environ International Corp., Fehr & Peers, AECOM, Landrum & Brown and BonTerra Consulting will each analyze a different aspect of how the proposed settlement agreement, which sets JWA's passenger caps and strict curfews, could affect the environment.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 28, 2013
Authorities said Wednesday that they have identified the man found with an explosive and artillery fuses in his luggage when he boarded a plane at John Wayne Airport. Gregory Salyer, 23, from Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday after Transportation Security Administration agents found suspicious devices in his luggage and called the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad, according to an OCSD spokesman. Salyer had three military artillery fuses and a sting ball grenade - a less-than-lethal explosive that shoots out rubber projectiles - in his checked bag when he boarded a 3:18 p.m. flight to Denver, according to sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
It's hard to miss a 10-foot high red backpack in the middle of John Wayne Airport, but travelers have an additional incentive to keep an eye out for it. Those who take a picture of someone with the backpack, found in Terminal C between gates 14 and 15 until Aug. 12, can enter to win two tickets to an Angels game, according to a news release. The backpack is the Orange County version of the national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, whose message is that the public's help in reporting suspicious items is critical to keeping the community safe, according to the release.
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