March 8, 2008
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever has taken a step toward welcoming more competition for the city’s cable TV company, Time Warner. Bever recently asked city staff to draft a letter inviting telecommunications providers to do business with the city. Many local customers have been complaining about Time Warner service, the city’s major provider of cable television, he said. Residents have griped about inadequate customer service and irregular television service to the City Council.
July 26, 2009
Just when you thought the scrum over a Santa Ana-based basketball league renting the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Sundays couldn’t get any loonier, along comes Mayor Allan Mansoor to transform the ridiculous into the outrageous. Bad enough that Costa Mesa Councilman Eric Bever felt that his city, which faces a multimillion-dollar budget deficit that could deepen as the state takes money from cities, has the luxury to delve into such petty issues. His objection alone fueled whispers that his opposition was racially motivated.
December 25, 2005
I have this theory that the running amok of awards shows on television is transforming the American culture into a giant Cheeto. There's just too many of them; awards and telecasts of awards being awarded, I mean. Even newspapers and magazines are more wont to dish out awards under headlines that read "The best of ..." or "The 50 most ..." In our quest to remain relevant (even if it leaves our fingers stained orange), we grudgingly present the 2005 Costa Mesa Watchdog Awards.
July 16, 2005
Alicia Robinson A pilot program encouraging homeowners to remodel could mean that the city of Costa Mesa will sacrifice more than $58,000 in fees over three months. But officials expect it to significantly boost the city's real estate values. After agreeing in March to an ambitious slate of plans to remake the city's largely industrial Westside, the Costa Mesa City Council is turning its attention to residential neighborhoods. The council on Tuesday will consider a program that would waive various construction permit fees, accelerate the remodeling plan approval process, and exempt illegally built improvements from a penalty.
November 4, 2004
S.J. CAHN The final results in our local elections tell us who -- and what -- won and lost, but there's not much in the numbers yet to decipher why or how. First, a recap of what we know: In Costa Mesa, Planning Commissioners Katrina Foley and Eric Bever and former Mayor Linda Dixon got elected, knocking off two incumbents, Chris Steel and Mike Scheafer. People I've talked to can't remember when two incumbents lost. In Newport Beach, all three incumbents -- Steve Bromberg, John Heffernan and Steve Rosansky -- were reelected.
July 19, 2005
HUMBERTO CASPA Costa Mesa Councilman Eric Bever must have surprised his colleagues when he said in a council meeting that they should focus on eminent domain to get Triangle Square on its feet. I can only imagine Mayor Allan Mansoor and the rest of the city officials looking bemused,shocked,and ready to jab him with the question: Are you kidding? Bever's proposal is either a revolutionary idea or simply lacks entrepreneurial vision. My hunch points to the latter rather than to the former, though you have to admit it's unique and flamboyant.
December 25, 2007
That zephyr that just blew through here was 2007. It’s gone. Finis. Kaput. Years these days are like teenagers. They have no attention span, and they hang around just long enough to clear out the ice box and empty your wallet. Sigh. So as we send away the two-thousand and seventh year of our Lord to wherever it is consumed time ends up, we stop to noodle on what the next 12 months are likely to deliver to Costa Mesa’s front porch. From where we sit, we’ll sum up the coming year’s programming in one word: Politics.
February 21, 2007
There is a business management principle that recommends rewards almost anytime one sees a subordinate or associate doing something really right. Parents know it as reinforcing good behavior. That reward could be something as simple and inexpensive as an attaboy, or it could move up the scale to a small gift then up to a monetary reward. Rewarding good behavior is both a parenting and business principle I have followed for decades. Recently for example, I gave two movie tickets to someone in my office.
July 2, 2008
Rep. John Campbell isn’t completely opposed to using earmarks to get money for Back Bay dredging, but he wants to see the system reformed first. For now, there isn’t any money to help with the dredging due to the country’s budget deficit, and the congressman fears using federal dollars to help the city. “It can’t be seen as welfare for rich yacht owners,” Campbell said. While he doesn’t believe in adding spending to bills, the practice that’s known as “earmarking,” Campbell said he would have no problem tossing some cuts into one. After announcing his new legislation concerning a tax break to commuters on Wednesday, Campbell later said in response to comments from Democratic challenger Steve Young that he wouldn’t have any problem cutting the budget “to just about any department because we spend too much on all of them,” so he could pay for the gas bill.