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By Daniel Tedford | February 20, 2008
State officials Tuesday started to inform school leaders how they can get their money back after destroying tainted beef used for lunches. Jack O’Connell, the California superintendent of public instruction, asked the California Department of Nutrition Services to become actively involved in educating school leaders on the bad meat, which came from a slaughterhouse accused of processing downed cattle. Schools will receive an application for reimbursement from the state’s Department of Education, according to state officials.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | March 19, 2008
More than three dozen Newport-Mesa businesses have been added to a state list of possible buyers of tainted beef from a Chino slaughterhouse that resulted in the biggest meat recall in U.S. history. Among the added names on the list, which the state Department of Public Health has updated more than once this month, are Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, the Automobile Club of Southern California and a number of restaurants. The first time the state published the list in February, many Newport-Mesa businesses protested their inclusion, and the latest version has drawn mixed reactions, as well.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | February 9, 2008
Investigators have found no evidence so far to suggest any tainted beef from Hallmark/Westland Meat Company has made it into the food supply, U.S. Agriculture Department officials said Friday. The USDA’s administrative barring of the beef has been extended for 10 days, and Westland’s operations have been suspended indefinitely, according to USDA officials. “We want to make sure every rock we can look under has been looked under,” said Kenneth Peterson, assistant administrator in the office of field operations for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2008
Congressional hearings of the Westland Meat Company beef recall began Tuesday without the company’s chief executive Steve Mendell. Tainted beef put into the food supply from a company slaughterhouse, Hallmark, was first reported by the Humane Society of the United States, which later forced the largest beef recall in the nation’s history — 143 million pounds. The organization released a video depicting inhumane practices by two slaughterhouse employees who used prods, fork lifts and chains to move “downer” cattle for slaughter.
LOCAL
February 6, 2008
Newport-Mesa School District recently received more details concerning the distribution of beef from a slaughterhouse where cattle was allegedly treated inhumanely and may have been tainted. The update from the Department of Education on Westland Meat Company’s beef outlines some of the meat processing plants that may have used the company’s beef. The processors who have made products that may or may not contain Westland beef are: Don Lee Farms; JTM Provisions Inc.; and Advanced Food Company, according to the update.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | March 18, 2008
More than three dozen Newport-Mesa businesses have been added to a state list of possible buyers of tainted beef from a Chino slaughterhouse that resulted in the biggest meat recall in U.S. history. Among the added names on the list, which the state Department of Public Health updated last week, are Hoag Hospital, the Automobile Club of Southern California and a number of restaurants. The first time the state published the list in February, many Newport-Mesa businesses protested their inclusion, and the latest version has drawn mixed reactions, as well.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | February 28, 2008
At least three Newport-Mesa restaurants named on a state list of possible buyers of tainted beef say they were included on the list incorrectly. Representatives at the Ayres Hotel, Hooters and the 21 Oceanfront Restaurant denied that their kitchens had received beef from a Chino slaughterhouse that recalled 143 million pounds of the meat earlier this month. The state Department of Public Health included 16 Newport-Mesa businesses on the list of retailers and distributors who may have received some of the tainted beef.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | February 29, 2008
Several Newport-Mesa restaurants named on a state list of possible buyers of tainted beef said they were included on the list incorrectly. Representatives at the Ayres Hotel, Hooters and the 21 Oceanfront Restaurant denied their kitchens had received beef from a Chino slaughterhouse that recalled 143 million pounds of the meat earlier this month. The state Department of Public Health included 16 Newport-Mesa businesses on the list of retailers and distributors who may have received some of the tainted beef.
NEWS
February 10, 2008
Have you seen the video from the Humane Society of the United States showing slaughterhouse workers using forklifts and other inhumane means to move “downer” cattle for a Chino-based supplier of meat for the National School Lunch Program? There are many words that immediately come to mind, of course. Cruel, disgusting, immoral. Whether it was criminal will be determined by the authorities. But in the meantime, the federal government has suspended the company and is doing its best to track the beef so that it won’t enter the food supply.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | May 1, 2013
Summer is coming to Laguna Beach in fits and starts, tempting us with a beautiful sunny day followed by a gray cloudy one. On one of the lovely warm evenings, my husband and I decided to enjoy the upstairs terrace at Mozambique called the Shebeen. In the 1950s, Irish immigrants to South Africa introduced the term Shebeen, and it was adopted in the townships for many of the makeshift bars springing up around the country as well as in neighboring Mozambique. They were often run by elderly women, known as Shebeen Queens, who competed with each other for customers by increasing the strength of their brew.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — Costa Mesa budgeted $201,000 for graffiti abatement this fiscal year ending in June. Between January and December of last year, city crews had to clean up more than 52,000 square feet of vandalism. The numbers don't lie, police say. If you don't keep vandalism in check, it takes a toll on the city's appearance and finances. So starting this year, Costa Mesa police have teamed up with the chamber of commerce to stop vandalism before it starts. In a beefed up graffiti ordinance passed by the City Council in October that went into effect in January, businesses have to limit access to popular tools of the graffiti trade: spray paint, marking pens and etching tools, among others.
NEWS
January 29, 2011
"Where's the beef?" could become another fast-food restaurant's motto. A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court says there's not enough meat in Irvine-based Taco Bell's offerings to qualify as beef. The plaintiff is identified as Amanda Obney of California, and the suit was filed recently in the U.S. District Court in the Central District, Southern Division, in Santa Ana. Her lawyers are with the firm Blood Hurst & O'Reardon of San Diego. The class-action suit, which does not ask for money, objects to Taco Bell calling its products "seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | January 27, 2010
Between packets of hot chocolate and tubes of lip balm, sixth-graders from Temple Bat Yahm’s religious school tucked personal letters into care packages heading this week to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “I told them basic stuff, like where I live and what I like to do. I also tried to ask a lot of questions, too,” said 12-year-old Alex Roude, who attends school at Vista Verde Elementary. “I hope they write back,” Alex said. The students stuffed boxes of goodies for troops as part of the Newport Beach temple’s annual Mitzvah Day program.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 21, 2009
John Wayne Airport has seen its annual security costs jump from about $4 million to $16 million since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to airport officials. The attacks marked the beginning of a new era of increased security at the airport. It was shut down for two days by the Federal Aviation administration, which ordered all civil and commercial flights halted right after the hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon John Wayne saw its security costs triple during the first year after 9-11, from about $4 million annually to $12 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | May 28, 2009
The explosion of Pei Wei restaurants since their inception in 2001 has been pretty impressive. The offshoot of P.F. Chang’s, which was established to be a more relaxed establishment, now has more than 150 locations across the country. It isn’t surprising when you think about it. P.F. Chang’s is successful and the Chinese food can be packaged for a diner who doesn’t have much time to dine. But I wouldn’t call Pei Wei fast food. The menu is a lot more sophisticated and the dining room much nicer than plastic chairs and chipped tables.
NEWS
By MICHAEL G. GLOVER | November 12, 2008
Where’s the beef, Chuck? The budget is $28 billion short, the governor wants to increase sales taxes by 1½ cents, others want to reinstate the car tax to its historic rate and only raise sales taxes by 1 cent, and others want to cut spending by reducing state aid to education, and reimbursement to medical providers, and the poor, blind and disabled. Where is Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in this discussion? Out raising money for his U.S. Senate challenge to Barbara Boxer. It is disingenuous and an insult to the voters of the 70th District to elect DeVore only to have him ignore the problems he was elected to solve.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | May 7, 2008
Police are stepping up patrols in the area just west of John Wayne Airport after three businesses were burglarized at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Costa Mesa police said. Someone pried open the front doors to three businesses in the Stonemill Design Center at 2915 Red Hill Ave., and stole computers and a statue, Lt. Clay Epperson said. More than $10,000 worth of property was stolen, he said. The center is a wide property with several buildings housing businesses dedicated to interior and exterior home design.
FEATURES
March 31, 2008
BUSINESS More eateries upset over inclusion on bad beef list The state Department of Public Health updated its list of restaurants and retailers that may have bought recalled beef from a slaughterhouse in Chino, adding more than three dozen Newport-Mesa businesses. Among the better-known names added to the list were the Resort at Pelican Hill, the Automobile Club of Southern California and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. As with the first version of the list, which came out in February, a number of retailers said they were included inaccurately.
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