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February 1, 2008
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever this week extended his condolences to the family of a 17-year-old boy fatally injured during a fight in the El Metate Market parking lot Saturday night, and he praised police for their swift apprehension of a suspect. Javier Paz was killed during what authorities characterized as a gang-related incident. Scott Santana, 23, was arrested and charged with his murder. “I offer my deepest sympathy to the family in their grief,” Bever said in a news release.
NEWS
July 7, 2005
Alicia Robinson Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever says he wants to look into using eminent domain to bring in new ownership for the floundering Triangle Square shopping center, but the plan isn't likely to fly with his colleagues. The beleaguered center has had trouble attracting tenants since opening in 1992, and just this year it shed major retailers Niketown and Virgin Megastore. At the Tuesday City Council meeting, Bever said the council should consider condemning the mall as underperforming, and he ripped the Orange County Register for depicting Triangle Square as "the poster child for failed redevelopment projects."
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | January 27, 2010
Reversing his earlier stance, Costa Mesa Councilman Eric Bever is asking the City Council to reconsider last week’s vote to declare the entire city an economic recovery zone. The council’s 5-0 vote Jan. 19 paved the way for the city to receive $6.4 million in federal bond money through the Obama administration’s program to stimulate the national economy. The money would be earmarked for helping struggling local businesses bounce back and finance city road and other infrastructure projects at a low interest rate.
NEWS
By Humberto Caspa | June 5, 2008
Years ago, while taking a political science class at a local university, a book title got stuck in my head: “Condemned to Repetition,” by Robert A Pastor. In his book, Pastor argues how some political leaders are inclined to make the same mistakes because they aren’t willing to learn from history. Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever is about to make the same mistake. Opening a new job center to solve the day-laborer issue is doomed to failure. Bever isn’t the first local politician to try this policy.
NEWS
February 3, 2008
When Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever publicly offered condolences to the family of a 17-year-old boy killed during a fight last week, it struck us as a decent and classy move. It was especially praiseworthy given that the declaration came across our desks without our prompting. Police say Javier Paz was killed in what they characterized as a gang-related incident. Scott Santana, 23, was arrested and charged with murder. ?I offer my deepest sympathy to the family in their grief,?
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | April 23, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilman Eric Bever has backed away from supporting the city’s $96 million proposal to purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state. In an open letter to the City Council dated Friday, Bever said he was pulling out of the proposal – although he had signed off on it along with the four other council members – because of concerns about whether the city could meet a new 30-day deadline from the state to find a buying partner. “I don’t support the process as it currently exits,” Bever said in an interview with the Daily Pilot.
NEWS
May 25, 2010
An A1 article in Sunday's edition, "Experts: 'Rule' solves nothing," incorrectly stated that Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever joined Mayor Allan Mansoor in voting in favor of the city's hard line against "immigration." In fact, the article should have stated that Bever and Mansoor oppose "illegal immigration," but support legal immigration when applicants follow the law.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | April 16, 2008
The Newport Coast entrance to the toll road on the 73 Freeway soon could be the most expensive of all the road’s onramps, according to Newport-Mesa city officials who serve on the toll agency’s board of directors. Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever and Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Leslie Daigle said the agency’s consulting firm, Stantec, has issued a report that proposes raising the toll fee at the Newport Coast Drive ramp by 25 cents every two years while imposing smaller increases on most other entrances.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 21, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever on Tuesday night voted against his own proposal that would have moved the public comments section toward the end of council meetings. The council voted 4 to 0 to keep the time, which is reserved for speaking on issues not on the agenda, near the beginning of the meetings. The move was met with applause from the audience. Councilman Gary Monahan was absent. Bever's proposal was an attempt to curtail what he deemed to be bad behavior from some commenters.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | July 27, 2009
Now that Costa Mesa has finally decided to grant a permit to a basketball league based in Santa Ana, there are a couple of loose ends to tie up, both of which could affect kids in the area. First, it is important to recognize and applaud the higher level of communication by someone we must assume is Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever. At least twice, the person claiming to be Bever has posted comments on dailypilot.com about the permit issue. We have to assume it is Bever because we have no way of identifying him other than to ask him, which I did last week, but my call was not returned.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | January 2, 2014
Nearly two years after a jury found former Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard guilty of misappropriating public funds, a state appellate court panel reversed his two felony convictions Tuesday. Hubbard was convicted in January 2012 of two counts of misappropriating public funds while superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District from July 2003 to June 2006. The charges stemmed from allegations that Hubbard paid Karen Christiansen, former district director of planning and facilities, an unauthorized bonus and increased car allowance while the two worked for Beverly Hills Unified.
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NEWS
By Mat Luschek and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 16, 2013
Andrew Paolini has motor oil in his veins. It's not surprising, considering that the president of Beverly Hills Motorsport in Costa Mesa grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., down the street from Bob Lutz, the former vice president of General Motors who often brought home brand new vehicles, some of which weren't even available to the public. Paolini knew he liked cars. So much so that when he was 16, he hung around a custom car fabrication and audio shop for a week, taking in everything he could.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Lauren Williams | July 3, 2013
An explosion on Balboa Island at the former home of deceased "The Beverly Hillbillies" actor Buddy Ebsen caused a fire about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Newport Beach fire official said. A small boat's portable gas tank in the home's basement leaked fuel vapors that ignited on a nearby pilot light for a water heater, Newport Beach Fire Department spokesman Glenn White said. "This caused an explosion that ripped the lock off of the basement double doors and blew the doors open," he said.
NEWS
From staff reports | June 3, 2013
An appellate court has overturned the 2011 conviction on conflict-of-interest charges of a school official tied to former Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard. In addition to directing that all charges against Karen Anne Christiansen be dismissed, Judge Stephen A. Marcus on Friday also vacated her four-year prison sentence and the approximately $3.5-million restitution payment a L.A. County Superior Court judge had ordered her to make. Christiansen, 55, the Beverly Hills Unified School District's former planning and facilities director, had been convicted on four counts of conflict-of-interest charges for taking more than $1.3 million through a contract she steered to herself.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | February 14, 2013
COSTA MESA - Jackie Hubbard spent last year at Edison High. She didn't play soccer at the school. She never played in high school until this season, when she transferred to Estancia. "It was just way too competitive," Hubbard said of soccer at her former school. "It wasn't really about fun. "It's just like a better experience [at Estancia]. " Coach Jessica Perry has sweetened the deal for players like Hubbard at Estancia. On Valentine's Day, Hubbard and her teammates received candy from Perry.
SPORTS
January 24, 2013
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who won their third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball at last summer's London Games, have been named 2012 Sportswomen of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. The duo, considered the greatest female beach volleyball team of all time, will be honored at the eighth annual LA Sports Awards, to be held March 3 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High standout, and Walsh Jennings capped off their illustrious Olympic careers by defeating fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the final.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 5, 2012
After speaking for a few minutes toward the beginning of Tuesday's City Council session, Mayor Eric Bever left the center seat of the dais. After serving two four-year terms, the Westside resident was termed out. "I want to thank the members of the community who have been strong supporters over the years," he said. "I've had a good time working with great people in every department," he added, "and without their help, we would not have resolved half the things that we managed to fix in these eight years.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 22, 2012
Toll lanes and construction are not coming to Costa Mesa. The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday approved widening the San Diego (405) Freeway by adding one lane in each direction between Fountain Valley and Rossmoor. OCTA's Board of Directors approved Alternative 1 in a 12-4 vote, with directors Larry Crandall, Janet Nguyen, John Moorlach and William Dalton opposing the measure, according to OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik. The option would expand the freeway by one general purpose lane between Euclid Street and the San Gabriel River (605)
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 18, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever this week clarified earlier comments he made suggesting that two of the Westside's nonprofits close because they attract homeless people. Bever said during Tuesday's council meeting that he only directed city CEO Tom Hatch to investigate, not try to shutter, the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Share Our Selves (SOS) for possibly violating municipal ordinances. "That means he goes through a process of steps as outlined by our nuisance-business ordinance," Bever said.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | October 3, 2012
Looking to cut down on homeless services in Costa Mesa, Mayor Eric Bever asked the city CEO to investigate some of the city's most prominent charities. Bever singled out Share Our Selves and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen , two nonprofits that give food and medical care to the poor and homeless. Costa Mesa's homeless population has been a stubborn issue for city officials. Residents consistently complain that individuals overtake public facilities like Lions Park and the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library.
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