February 28, 2003
Deirdre Newman All work and no play makes Costa Mesa a dull city. So says Mayor Karen Robinson, who plans to file an appeal today of the Planning Commission's approval of Kohl's department store as a last-ditch attempt to save recreational options at the Mesa Verde Center. The Kohl's store, approved by the commission on Monday, is slated to replace the existing Kona Lanes bowling alley and the defunct Edwards Theater and Ice Capades Chalet. "As a City Council, we have an obligation to see to it that Costa Mesa is not only a good place to work and do business, but to play," Robinson said.
March 7, 2003
Celebrate the Fourth in Newport Beach, go to jail In response to Lolita Harper's Monday column suggesting an alternative to the City of Newport's apparent War on Fourth of July partying, I rejoice ("Take their money before driving them away"). She wrote exactly what I have been thinking for the 6 1/2years I have been living on the Newport Peninsula. Why do the city leaders think that the best way to manage the large Fourth of July gatherings in West Newport is to simply throw police at the problem?
September 30, 2000
Young Chang It is almost the end of the song, and Diane Newell's rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" has quieted the room. But anyone who is anyone in the karaoke world knows, it ain't over yet. That last note, if she can hit it, will make her everything she has presented herself to be in the past two minutes. It comes. She makes it. She's pulled off a Whitney. Newell, 35, saves this song for when she's the most blue. The vocal release and the cheers that follow make her smile.
August 27, 2002
Kohl's store will fall by the wayside We really need a recreation area in Costa Mesa we can be proud of ("Environmental study launched for Kohl's store," Aug. 20). A clean stadium movie theater and an upgraded bowling alley -- these are already at that location and could be improved for the Mesa Verde and Costa Mesa neighbors to use and be proud of. As for the Kohl's department store, we already have a Target and will have an Ikea on the way, a T.J. Maxx and a Kmart all on Harbor Boulevard between the San Diego Freeway and Wilson Street.
August 31, 2004
I can't answer whether the fairgrounds get enough use ("Fairgrounds sale draws community ire," Friday). I am one person without environmental reports. Without the fairgrounds, Costa Mesa would be just another town to drive through. If I were to move and others did the same, some local businesses would falter, although certainly Costa Mesa would survive. From the papers, we read that the fairgrounds could be sold for $230 million to $350 million (local broker's estimate)
December 6, 2004
ON THE AGENDA Here are some of the issues the council will consider tonight. IDENTIFYING RECREATIONAL USES The council will consider directing staff to do a study exploring whether certain parcels owned by government agencies can be developed with active recreational uses. It will also consider allocating funds in the next fiscal year to develop conceptual plans for the sites found capable of hosting viable recreational uses. The Parks and Recreation Commission in October considered 10 government parcels, not owned by the city, that could be sold or redeveloped.
April 6, 2003
Lolita Harper Long before the showdown between recreation-loving residents and Kohl's department store, Kona Lanes bowling alley on Harbor Boulevard was scheduled to be the spot of a national political showdown. In October of 1992, representatives of President George Bush, Bill Clinton and contender Ross Perot agreed to a bowl-off, of sorts, at Costa Mesa's very own Kona Lanes. The event was billed as "Stars and Strikes Forever" but was dubbed the "Perot Challenge," by the Texas billionaire's supporters because they were the first to accept the challenge.
April 11, 2004
BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENT A new place to chow down in Balboa Pavilion There's not a bad seat in the house for diners at the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom, which opened last week at the former site of the Tale of the Whale restaurant in the Balboa Pavilion. The new restaurant, operated by brothers David and Doug Salisbury, features a harbor view from floor-to-ceiling windows running the length of the building and an upstairs ballroom that can seat 500 guests.
April 28, 2003
Paul Clinton Earlier this month, the community that has thrived on a string of blockbuster retail, office and housing projects from C.J. Segerstrom & Sons turned away the latest project from the storied developer of South Coast Plaza, Metro Point and Home Ranch. On April 7, the City Council rejected the Segerstrom's bid to install a Kohl's department store in Mesa Verde Center. The family has headed back to the drawing board to refashion the project with its track record of success intact, said John Moorlach, Orange County's treasurer and a Mesa Verde resident.
March 11, 2003
Mark Les Enclosed is a copy of a letter I just sent to the Costa Mesa City Council. Dear council members: I am writing to express my opinion on the proposed Kohl's project in Mesa Verde. I am very familiar with the history of this site, having lived in Mesa Verde for 42 years. I currently reside on Hummingbird Drive, a neighborhood affected by this project and my office is directly across the street from this proposed project. There appear to be two issues regarding this project: 1. the compatibility of the building with the surrounding properties 2. the desirability of the use I will address these two issues.