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April 9, 2002
I think Costa Mesa and Newport Beach should build a skate park. Kids need excitement and freedom. When kids watch TV, they see skateboarders, but those skaters have their own skate park and they're famous. They can buy their own skate park. EDGAR GOMEZ Costa Mesa I'm 11 years old, and I go to sixth-grade at Mariner's Elementary School. I think there should be a skateboard park in Balboa Park so skateboarders can have a place to skateboard.
FEATURES
November 1, 2007
The Old Globe was created in the fashion of the Globe Theater in England famous for Shakespeare’s plays. It came to be in April 1935 as an attraction at the new California Pacific International Exposition at Balboa Park in San Diego. Built in 32 days, the theater construction cost a grand total of $20,000 and was designed by Thomas Wood Stevens who was also the theater’s founder. The theater opened later that year in May with a repertory of 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays.
NEWS
By Adolfo Flores and Samantha Schaefer | January 27, 2014
On the heels of preliminary  findings in an audit  of the Great Park that raised questions about the $200-million project's finances, Irvine may start issuing subpoenas to get some answers. The City Council is set to vote on a resolution Tuesday that would allow its attorneys to subpoena people and documents to help auditors continue their review - at a cost of $400,000, according to the Los Angeles Times . During the course of their investigation, auditors said that they were “precluded from further analysis” and that several key players refused to speak with them.
FEATURES
March 13, 2008
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world, with more than 4,000 animals on display. Its rich history dates back to the 1920s when a tract of land was initially set aside for the zoo’s formation. The zoo is arranged in sections that feature species from different types of habitats. Exhibits range from gorillas living in an African rain forest to an Arctic tundra filled with polar bears. In addition to animals, the zoo also maintains an arboretum where it grows rare plants.
NEWS
September 23, 2004
Craig Dixon Regarding the Marinapark hotel proposal, many are concerned about the potential parking problem and traffic it could cause. A community park including a soccer field and boat-launch area has been proposed as an alternative to relieve Balboa Peninsula residents' traffic fears. This really needs to be considered much further. For example, a soccer game has around 15 players per team, two teams, at least two coaches per team and three referees.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | January 30, 2014
Civic leaders in Irvine have authorized the use of subpoenas to help auditors delve deeper into an investigation of the financial management of the Orange County Great Park. The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to move forward with a forensic audit after a preliminary report raised questions about spending, contracts and oversight of the 1,300-park, which has been in the works for more than a decade. Council members Larry Agran and Beth Krom, who helped steward the project from its beginnings until they lost the council majority in the city's 2012 elections, denounced the  decision, which Krom called a “witch hunt.” Great Park: Where did all the money go?
FEATURES
By RON VANDERHOFF | June 30, 2007
I begin the process of writing this week's column while walking beneath nearly century-old maples, ash, linden and walnut trees — not in Orange County, but less than three miles from downtown Seattle. I haven't actually typed a word yet, but the column is already constructing itself, if only in my thoughts. Gardens are a great place to think. While outdoors, breathing in the fresh, pure oxygen of the trees and plants around us, our minds seem to work more clearly. For me, it is the difference between thinking and thoughts coming to me. I'm walking through the Washington Park Arboretum, one of America's great urban gardens.
OCNOW
By Paloma Esquivel | November 12, 2013
Orange County Great Park designer Ken Smith was hired for his vision. When he looked out at 1,300 acres of runways and abandoned buildings at a former military base in Irvine, he imagined a gathering place that could provide a center to this sprawling county, rivaling New York's Central Park and San Diego's Balboa Park. But after years of designing an ambitious park, for which he and his team were paid millions, it seems increasingly likely that Smith's vision will be pushed aside in favor of a more pragmatic plan.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | November 13, 2013
Following a meeting that stretched past midnight, the Irvine City Council voted Wednesday to delay for two weeks a decision on whether to allow a developer to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park in exchange for the right to construct thousands of additional homes around the site's perimeter. “It is clear from staff's presentation tonight that they have conducted just a partial analysis of the impacts of this offer and more work is required,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway.
NEWS
January 1, 2002
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here is a look at stories that we think will continue to make headlines in 2002, along with an actual headline likely to appear in the Daily Pilot. Newport piers get a second wind By mid-April, the Newport and Balboa piers should be almost like new after having undergone the most drastic renovations in their 60-year life spans. The $2.7-million rehabilitation project includes new concrete surfaces, signs, gates and handrails. Electricity, gas, water and phone lines now visible running down the piers will be concealed.
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By Paloma Esquivel | January 30, 2014
Civic leaders in Irvine have authorized the use of subpoenas to help auditors delve deeper into an investigation of the financial management of the Orange County Great Park. The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to move forward with a forensic audit after a preliminary report raised questions about spending, contracts and oversight of the 1,300-park, which has been in the works for more than a decade. Council members Larry Agran and Beth Krom, who helped steward the project from its beginnings until they lost the council majority in the city's 2012 elections, denounced the  decision, which Krom called a “witch hunt.” Great Park: Where did all the money go?
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NEWS
By Adolfo Flores and Samantha Schaefer | January 27, 2014
On the heels of preliminary  findings in an audit  of the Great Park that raised questions about the $200-million project's finances, Irvine may start issuing subpoenas to get some answers. The City Council is set to vote on a resolution Tuesday that would allow its attorneys to subpoena people and documents to help auditors continue their review - at a cost of $400,000, according to the Los Angeles Times . During the course of their investigation, auditors said that they were “precluded from further analysis” and that several key players refused to speak with them.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | November 13, 2013
Following a meeting that stretched past midnight, the Irvine City Council voted Wednesday to delay for two weeks a decision on whether to allow a developer to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park in exchange for the right to construct thousands of additional homes around the site's perimeter. “It is clear from staff's presentation tonight that they have conducted just a partial analysis of the impacts of this offer and more work is required,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway.
OCNOW
By Paloma Esquivel | November 12, 2013
Orange County Great Park designer Ken Smith was hired for his vision. When he looked out at 1,300 acres of runways and abandoned buildings at a former military base in Irvine, he imagined a gathering place that could provide a center to this sprawling county, rivaling New York's Central Park and San Diego's Balboa Park. But after years of designing an ambitious park, for which he and his team were paid millions, it seems increasingly likely that Smith's vision will be pushed aside in favor of a more pragmatic plan.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | January 23, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday instructed staff to develop a comprehensive parking plan for Balboa Village, authorized a voluntary buyout program for certain employees and gave City Attorney Aaron Harp a raise. * Balboa Parking Plan The proposed parking plan, which drew mixed reviews from neighborhood residents who came to speak on the matter, was recommended by the Balboa Village Advisory Committee. While the council ultimately voted unanimously to fund a more comprehensive study to fine tune a proposal, Councilwoman Nancy Gardner questioned aspects of the committee's recommendations about a residential parking permit program.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 7, 2011
The State Lands Commission has approved the boundaries for Marina Park, bringing the Balboa Peninsula public waterfront development one step closer to construction. By overcoming this hurdle, the city can now complete its California Coastal Commission application and restart the long-stalled project. Park advocates, city officials and others decided on a plan for the development more than three years ago, but it has been stuck in bureaucratic morass. In the meantime, residents of the 57 mobile homes have been afforded more time on public land, while others have protested the slow progress.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Areas near the Balboa Pier flooded Wednesday due to a high tide and surf increase, according to lifeguards. A 6-foot tide at 11:20 a.m. flooded streets and closed the parking lot northwest of the pier and on A Street, said lifeguard Capt. Boyd Mickley. The increase was due to a swell from the Southern Hemisphere, Mickley said. Areas were affected for about 30 minutes. Cleanup will continue for several days, and use street sweepers, hand crews and other equipment to remove debris and sand that washed up, according to Mark Harmon of the city's General Services Department.
FEATURES
March 13, 2008
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world, with more than 4,000 animals on display. Its rich history dates back to the 1920s when a tract of land was initially set aside for the zoo’s formation. The zoo is arranged in sections that feature species from different types of habitats. Exhibits range from gorillas living in an African rain forest to an Arctic tundra filled with polar bears. In addition to animals, the zoo also maintains an arboretum where it grows rare plants.
FEATURES
November 1, 2007
The Old Globe was created in the fashion of the Globe Theater in England famous for Shakespeare’s plays. It came to be in April 1935 as an attraction at the new California Pacific International Exposition at Balboa Park in San Diego. Built in 32 days, the theater construction cost a grand total of $20,000 and was designed by Thomas Wood Stevens who was also the theater’s founder. The theater opened later that year in May with a repertory of 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays.
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