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March 8, 2000
Claudia Figueroa COSTA MESA -- The City Council this week authorized an ecological evaluation of Canyon Park in an effort to prove that wildlife can be preserved even if some trees are removed. The study, which could cost the city up to $3,000, calls for an ecological expert to analyze the effect of replacing the trees with native shrubs. The results would be included in a proposal to the California Coastal Commission, requesting permission to remove trees that are blocking residents' views of the ocean.
NEWS
May 2, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- A Santa Ana man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of using a screwdriver to stab a 38-year-old man in the ear at Canyon Park, authorities said. Gilberto Gonzalez-Soto, 52, will face charges of attempted murder. He sits behind bars at Costa Mesa jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Gonzalez-Soto followed his ex-wife, Alejanrina Soto, 32, of Santa Ana, to the park in the 900 block of Arbor Street, authorities said. The woman apparently sat on a park bench around 5:30 p.m. with the victim, Ramiro Valencia, 38, of Santa Ana, said Lt. Ron Smith of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 20, 2010
COSTA MESA — There was a face missing among the football players/workers during the inaugural Battle of the Brush clean-up at Canyon Park Saturday. When his name was brought up, the faces that were there turned sad. Carlos Vazquez of Costa Mesa High couldn't be with his teammates, as they joined forces with Estancia for a day to landscape the park. He has more going on in his life. On Monday, Vazquez was diagnosed with leukemia, Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said. It's been an emotional week for the Mustangs.
NEWS
April 27, 2001
Neighbors for Neighbors, the city's annual community cleanup event, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Some volunteers who are already signed up will help low-income residents beautify their homes and others will help clean Canyon Park and will plant 500 one-gallon native shrubs. Although the city had enough volunteers to get everything done, Kimberly Thomas, management analyst for the city, said it could use more. Volunteers can come to Canyon Park on Saturday to sign up, she said, adding that early arrival is encouraged because of parking constraints.
NEWS
January 19, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- Residents living along Canyon Park told the City Council on Monday that trees there are shrinking property values. They say the leafy branches of eucalyptus trees from Canyon Park are threatening to block valuable ocean views. "Homes in Newport and Huntington Beach with ocean views are selling for triple ours," said Jim Keller, whose complaints about the disappearing view prompted the city to look into the matter. "We'd much rather have our view than the park, even though we love it."
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | April 30, 2006
Costa Mesa's Canyon Community Park is looking spiffy thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to participate in the Neighbors for Neighbors spring cleanup. Saturday's event was the 26th annual Neighbors for Neighbors cleanup, a bi-annual opportunity for Costa Mesa residents to help clean up the community they live in. Crews made up mostly of young volunteers, along with adults, came together Saturday morning to plant flowers, pull weeds and pick up trash in Canyon Park.
NEWS
February 24, 2001
Costa Mesa police arrested an 18-year-old man Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young woman at Canyon Park in Costa Mesa. Armando Lopez Gomez of Buena Park was found hiding in a backyard as Costa Mesa police, aided by the Huntington Beach Police Department and Irvine Police Department bloodhounds, searched the area. Police said the suspect allegedly was seen running from the park by neighbors after an 18-year-old woman was found beaten and screaming for help at 4 a.m. The victim was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, where she was treated for a broken nose, jaw and cheekbone and then released, police said.
NEWS
April 28, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Hundreds of volunteers are expected to turn out for the city's Neighbors for Neighbors community cleanup today. "I think it's good to participate," said Katie Erickson, a 14-year-old Costa Mesa resident who plans to do some work this year. Erickson is the daughter of former Mayor Joe Erickson and his wife, Alesia. "It helps people in neighborhoods that need help," she said. "I've only done it twice and it's fun. I painted a house once and planted trees.
NEWS
January 22, 2000
They are a wealthy resident's worst nightmare. The topic of endless debates at city meetings. The cause of action in countless lawsuits and the center of many a neighborhood spat. Trees. Yep, those leafy things we like to have around for shade, fruit and, well, the air we breathe, are -- believe it or not -- a never-ending source of controversy in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Just recently, a woman in Cameo Highlands was ordered by a court to fell the tree behind her house because its leafy branches reportedly destroyed a neighbor's view.
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By Britney Barnes and Imran Vittachi, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 26, 2011
The winding road in the Newport Beach saga of where to install a privately funded statue of the late Ronald Reagan took another turn Thursday. Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff announced that the future statue of the 40th president and former California governor would be installed in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, and not in Castaways Park as planned, according to a news release. The change comes from a new recommendation by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission that Bonita Canyon Sports Park would be a "better fit for good public access to the statue," the release stated.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | October 27, 2010
Editor's note: This corrects the headline. The City Council has not made a final decision about changing the name of Bonita Canyon Sports Park. NEWPORT BEACH — During Tuesday's City Council meeting, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry's proposal to form the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission led to a debate about whether it made sense to allocate any public resources to honor a political figure. The proposed commission would be in charge of commemorating the centennial of the late president's birth with a monument, a celebration and new signage for Bonita Canyon Sports Park, which would be renamed for Reagan.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 20, 2010
COSTA MESA — There was a face missing among the football players/workers during the inaugural Battle of the Brush clean-up at Canyon Park Saturday. When his name was brought up, the faces that were there turned sad. Carlos Vazquez of Costa Mesa High couldn't be with his teammates, as they joined forces with Estancia for a day to landscape the park. He has more going on in his life. On Monday, Vazquez was diagnosed with leukemia, Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said. It's been an emotional week for the Mustangs.
SPORTS
June 18, 2010
Rivals unite for day The Battle for the Bell on the gridiron turns into the Battle of the Brush in the park. Football players from rival high schools, Costa Mesa and Estancia, will join forces in cleaning up Canyon Park on Saturday. Players will rake leaves, trim the grass, and pick weeds and pick up trash alongside their coaches, Estancia's Mike Bargas and Costa Mesa's Jeremy Osso, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The programs are teaming up with the city of Costa Mesa, which will provide the tools and help with trash disposal.
NEWS
October 13, 2009
Oh, did we have to restrain ourselves on this one. When reporter Alan Blank broke the news Tuesday that the Newport Condominium Assn. was filing a claim against Costa Mesa, due to transients repeatedly breaking the chain-link fence at the Newport Terrace complex to urinate and defecate in the property’s common area, our minds immediately set to work thinking of clever headlines. Unfortunately, that proved to be difficult for a family newspaper. In the end, we settled on “Condos: We’re not a toilet, so pay up.” If we were the OC Weekly, there’s no telling what we would have come up with.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | August 25, 2009
Transients who have taken up residency at Canyon Park in Costa Mesa have repeatedly broken the fence separating the park from the Newport Terrace condominium complex “in order to use the complex’s common area as a bathroom,” according to a complaint that the complex’s lawyers filed with the city. The attorneys have submitted a stack of repair bills totaling $1,200 to the city that the complex’s owners want reimbursed. And to prevent it from happening again, the complaint forcefully asks that Costa Mesa either install bathrooms in the park or put up a more effective barricade, ensuring that the feces stay on the other side regardless of whether they are left in a toilet or the bushes.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | April 30, 2006
Costa Mesa's Canyon Community Park is looking spiffy thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to participate in the Neighbors for Neighbors spring cleanup. Saturday's event was the 26th annual Neighbors for Neighbors cleanup, a bi-annual opportunity for Costa Mesa residents to help clean up the community they live in. Crews made up mostly of young volunteers, along with adults, came together Saturday morning to plant flowers, pull weeds and pick up trash in Canyon Park.
NEWS
September 9, 2003
Editorial captured problems with park We entirely agree with the Sunday editorial "City should have taken better path." How can the city give away public lands? What about other areas of possible encroachment, such as Canyon Park? Talbert Park, which is county, also appears to have several encroachments. Are those who took over the most public land going to be rewarded by being able to keep it all? And would those with shallower encroachments be allowed to increase theirs, to match the largest parcel and regularize the park boundary?
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