September 12, 2012
I'm a hypocrite. I'm a Muslim who drinks alcohol — except during the month of Ramadan, of course. There. I said it. I am a hypocrite. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam. There are those Muslims, however, including me, who argue that alcohol is not really a big deal, and as long as you don't get drunk, drink before praying or become dependent, it's fine to imbibe in moderation. But I can't get away with that. The problem here is I can read. I can reason. And based on all of those readings, the history of alcohol during the Prophet Muhammad's life and verses in the Koran, alcohol is not allowed (and that's just not cool)
October 1, 2001
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- A Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee was arrested late Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, police officials confirmed. Jim Ferryman, 53, a longtime Costa Mesa resident, was released from the Costa Mesa police station on his own recognizance after he was stopped and arrested by police in the 1600 block of Newport Boulevard about 11:03 p.m. Thursday, officials said. No further information relating to his blood alcohol level at the time of the arrest or or his court date was available over the weekend because the report had not been completed, Costa Mesa police officials said.
January 21, 2009
Newport Beach is set to deny a use permit to the drug and alcohol rehabilitation home Newport Coast Recovery at a public hearing today. The home would be the first denied permission to stay open in Newport Beach under a city ordinance aimed at cracking down on drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes passed last year. Newport Coast Recovery is a men’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation home at 1216 W. Balboa Blvd. Newport Beach officials will move to deny the rehabilitation home a use permit because it is within walking distance of a bar and a market that sells alcohol, according to city documents.
December 23, 2008
Newport Beach alcohol establishments scored 10 out of 10 Monday night. In their fourth decoy sting operation this year, Newport Beach police visited 10 on-sale alcohol establishments on the east side of the city Monday night to see whether they would sell alcohol to minors. All 10 refused to serve drinks to the minors, who were decoys. The sting, in which an 18-year-old police cadet and 16-year-old police explorer went into restaurants and bars in Corona del Mar and the business district near John Wayne Airport, is part of a larger operation ran by a Newport Beach detective assigned to enforce and train businesses on local and state laws related to serving alcohol.
February 3, 2012
Authorities charged a Pomona man Friday with murder after prosecutors alleged that a night of drinking that started in Newport Beach ended with a fatal head-on collision on a freeway in Anaheim. Ruben Gurrola, 23, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Orange County's Central Jail in Santa Ana for murder, driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, and driving with a blood-alcohol content above the .08 legal limit. He faces up to 19 years to life in prison, if convicted on all charges.
July 26, 2007
Prominent Newport Beach sports agent Leigh Steinberg was put on informal probation Tuesday following his guilty plea to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. Steinberg, 58, was arrested about 1 a.m. April 13 by Newport Beach police after he hit three parked cars in the 1000 block of West Coast Highway near the Balboa Bay Club. He caused moderate damage to the three cars he struck before his own car, a 2002 Mercedes-Benz ML 500, came to a rest on top of a fire hydrant.
March 19, 2012
An Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy was convicted and sentenced to two months in jail for driving on the wrong side of the road after drinking while off-duty at a Costa Mesa bar, authorities said Monday. Mario Castro, 33, of Orange pleaded guilty Friday to a court offer of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior conviction, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or more with a prior, and a sentencing enhancement for a blood alcohol level greater than .15, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
March 6, 2001
COSTA MESA Bristol Street: An embezzlement was reported in the 3300 block at 4:36 p.m. Sunday. Harbor Boulevard: A 45-year-old woman was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of committing a burglary and a petty theft. Deputies arrested the woman, who also had two outstanding warrants, in the 3000 block. Senate Street: Lewd conduct was reported in the 600 block at 1:06 p.m. Sunday. NEWPORT BEACH 15th Street and Balboa Boulevard: Police arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
February 2, 2003
The Newport Beach City Council gets its share of heat from residents and, certainly, from this paper. It is easy to criticize city councils and other city leaders when they make bad decisions. It is important, therefore, to deliver applause when it is due. And the Newport Beach City Council without a doubt made the right decision last week when it denied a request from a pizza parlor to deliver beer and wine along with food. During the debate over the proposal by the yet-to-open Hotties Pizza, a number of side issues arose, most notably the alcohol-related problems West Newport suffers around the Fourth of July.
October 26, 2000
The traffic bureau of the Costa Mesa Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night to screen for motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The checkpoint will stop drivers traveling westbound on 19th Street at Meyer Place from 9 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Authorities said the purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the public about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. The police department conducts the checkpoints as an ongoing effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the street.