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June 5, 2013
EDITOR'S NOTE: John Ursini wrote a top 10 list that he read at Estancia High last week in celebration of the school winning the All-Sports Cup for the fourth straight year. He gave his top 10 reasons why Estancia has won the All-Sports Cup, the trophy given to the school (Costa Mesa vs. Estancia) that collects points for winning the most rivalry matchups. The top 10 list appeared in a Daily Pilot story and triggered some anger and disappointment from the Costa Mesa community. Ursini has responded with an apology.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 22, 2010
COSTA MESA — Tim Vasin, president of the Costa Mesa Firefighters Assn., has demanded an apology from Councilman Eric Bever for insinuating that the union members are "tone-deaf" when it comes to reforming the city's ailing budget. "In the 13 years I have worked for the city of Costa Mesa I have never felt so insulted as a city employee as I have this last week," Vasin told the City Council during Tuesday's meeting. The association recently renegotiated its employee contract and was able to find more than $600,000 in savings over 12 months.
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By Alicia Robinson | August 16, 2007
After helping take the debate on where to build Newport Beach's city hall up a few notches, Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry tried to bring it back down with a public apology. City officials have struggled for several years over a new City Hall location. The discussion has become increasingly strident in recent months, with council members split over two Avocado Avenue parcels less than a mile apart and a ballot measure in circulation to settle the question in February.
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September 23, 2007
We Americans are generally a forgiving lot. If you offer up a sincere enough apology, we’re inclined to accept it. This is especially true in Southern California, where mistakes roll off the Hollywood assembly line with the regularity of sequels. So it comes as no surprise that UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake’s apology to a mutinous faculty apparently turned back a no-confidence vote from the educators after Drake hired, fired and then rehired Erwin Chemerinsky in a matter of weeks to be the founding dean of UCI’s law school.
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December 8, 2004
MAXINE COHEN The scandal over the abuse of child parishioners by the clergy and employees of the Diocese of Orange has been all over the national news, in the Los Angeles Times and in this local paper. I read about the settlement in Saturday's Pilot, "Settlement reached in 87 diocese abuse suits." How relieved people were. There were "silent tears," "loud sobs" and the feeling "like 500 pounds had been lifted off my shoulders." No kidding. But what stood out for me the most was Joelle Casteix's statement about the personal apology from Bishop Tod Brown.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent should act with dignity, treat everyone with respect and civility and serve as a model of the value of lifelong learning, according to the district's Superintendent Governance Standards. District rules also mandate that employees shall not post, submit or publish anything that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on race, religion, gender and so forth. Depending on which school board member you talk to, Supt.
NEWS
July 4, 2003
June Casagrande A sternly worded staff report lists four instances in which Councilman Dick Nichols is reported to have made derogatory statements about Mexicans, clears up a fifth alleged instance, offers an apology to people of Latino origin and gives council members the opportunity to officially call for Nichols' resignation and to strip him of his committee appointments. According to the report, which council members will consider on Tuesday, City Councilman Dick Nichols has implied that "Mexicans" deliberately get into automobile accidents to rip off wealthy white residents.
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November 29, 2002
For a candidate who received just more than 1,600 votes to be embroiled in a controversy in a race in which the winner got more than 12,000 must seem silly to some. However, we must respond due to our name being bandied about with impunity. First of all, we never approved any Dave Ellis-generated phone bank calls in the days preceding the Newport Beach City Council election. We do not know Aaron Elder, Sound Media Group or any Brian Schwartz. [Editor's note: The spelling of the name or even the existence of Brian Schwartz, who supposedly made a call naming Ron Winship as the Greenlight candidate in District 4, has not been confirmed.
NEWS
October 8, 2003
Let me see, wasn't it just a few weeks ago that Steve Smith smugly praised Arnold Schwarzenegger for asking his wife's OK to run for governor? Didn't he laud this show of respect for the actor's wife? Wasn't it a good example of family values? Now, with Schwarzenegger admitting to, and apologizing for, his unwanted touching of women, Smith tells his kids not to believe everything they read. How does Smith plan to explain this blatant disrespect for Maria Shriver and the couple's children?
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James P. Gray | October 9, 2010
One of the most gratifying things I did as a judge on the trial court in Orange County was helping people voluntarily resolve their disputes. Over the years I developed some insights into what helps increase the chances of a resolution, and what pushes people further apart. So since there are opportunities in everyone's life to help to resolve disputes, whether they are their own or those of others, I wanted to pass along to you some suggestions — and maybe in turn you can pass them along to your children.
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By Geoff West | April 23, 2014
During the Costa Mesa City Council meeting April 15, Mayor Jim Righeimer used his bully pulpit — a sadly appropriate term in this case — to vilify me and four others by name for a comment I wrote as part of a thread on Facebook and for their apparent support of that comment ["Mayor asks blogger to apologize for Hitler reference," April 16]. None of the four actually wrote anything in support of my comment — they just clicked the "like" button. When Righeimer named me, he mentioned my blog, decried the fact that the editors chose me to be part of the recent roster of newsmakers again and demanded an apology for comparing him to Adolf Hitler.
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By Bradley Zint | April 16, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer during Tuesday's council meeting demanded an apology from a local blogger who posted online comments comparing the way he runs the city to Adolf Hitler. Eastside resident Geoff West alluded to the Nazi dictator in an April 11 Facebook posting about the operating structure of the Preserve Our Neighborhoods Task Force. Righeimer recently created the citizens group to examine complex legal issues associated with problematic rehabilitation homes in the city.
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January 10, 2014
At last Tuesday's City Council meeting, I made a statement that our Police Department was not understaffed. I misspoke. I was attempting to reassure residents that we have the same number of patrol officers on our streets today, despite vacancies in our Police Department. Under Chief Tom Gazsi, our police officers have been doing an excellent job keeping our city safe during this challenging time. Meanwhile, the city is working exhaustively to hire as quickly as possible well-qualified police officers to protect and serve Costa Mesa.
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By Clay Epperson | October 18, 2013
Re. " Commentary: 60th party benefited council's political allies :" In a commentary related to Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh and the city of Costa Mesa's 60th birthday party, I made an assertion that city Public Affairs Director Dan Joyce was a board member at the OC Marathon. This was an error on my part. I thought that I had confirmed this point sufficiently but I was wrong. I want to extend an apology to Joyce for making this unacceptable error. But it is my opinion that hiring methods now used by the city for some hiring will not prevent favoritism or cronyism in local government.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013
EDITOR'S NOTE: John Ursini wrote a top 10 list that he read at Estancia High last week in celebration of the school winning the All-Sports Cup for the fourth straight year. He gave his top 10 reasons why Estancia has won the All-Sports Cup, the trophy given to the school (Costa Mesa vs. Estancia) that collects points for winning the most rivalry matchups. The top 10 list appeared in a Daily Pilot story and triggered some anger and disappointment from the Costa Mesa community. Ursini has responded with an apology.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 19, 2012
Frustrated with the audience's behavior at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever turned to a fellow council member and said, "I'm going to go home. This is bull [expletive]," a recording of the meeting shows. "The crowds' apparent lack of interest in orderly conduct of the meeting caused me some frustration and led to my aside to my peer," Bever wrote in an email Thursday. "I apologize if anyone found my comment offensive. " Bever, who is termed out in November, was reacting to a wave of boos and grumbles from the audience after he cut off a woman who was trying to argue her point to him after her allotted three minutes for public comment was up. "My comment to my peer was in response to the audience's displeasure with my desire to maintain decorum in the meeting," Bever wrote.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent should act with dignity, treat everyone with respect and civility and serve as a model of the value of lifelong learning, according to the district's Superintendent Governance Standards. District rules also mandate that employees shall not post, submit or publish anything that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on race, religion, gender and so forth. Depending on which school board member you talk to, Supt.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 22, 2010
COSTA MESA — Tim Vasin, president of the Costa Mesa Firefighters Assn., has demanded an apology from Councilman Eric Bever for insinuating that the union members are "tone-deaf" when it comes to reforming the city's ailing budget. "In the 13 years I have worked for the city of Costa Mesa I have never felt so insulted as a city employee as I have this last week," Vasin told the City Council during Tuesday's meeting. The association recently renegotiated its employee contract and was able to find more than $600,000 in savings over 12 months.
NEWS
James P. Gray | October 9, 2010
One of the most gratifying things I did as a judge on the trial court in Orange County was helping people voluntarily resolve their disputes. Over the years I developed some insights into what helps increase the chances of a resolution, and what pushes people further apart. So since there are opportunities in everyone's life to help to resolve disputes, whether they are their own or those of others, I wanted to pass along to you some suggestions — and maybe in turn you can pass them along to your children.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 13, 2010
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa man and his friend who successfully got the city to hand over police personnel records for their defense on resisting-arrest charges outside of a Newport Boulevard bar have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in September. At their sentencing scheduled for Sept. 14, Patrick Donald Binder, 27, and his friend Michael McKee, 27, will have their misdemeanor convictions for resisting arrest from Costa Mesa police dropped if they stay out of trouble for the next 60 days and write a letter of apology to the city, said Binder's attorney, Lewis Crouse.
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