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August 31, 2004
ERIC BEVER Once again, the Costa Mesa City Council has given the Centerline debacle its blessing. At last week's City Council meeting, only two of the five council members showed the good sense to refuse further involvement with Centerline. Good for both of them. While their resistance did not succeed in stopping the continued bad policy, they did manage to send a strong message: Centerline does not serve the residents of Costa Mesa, and they should not be asked to pay for it. It is interesting that given the magnitude of the Centerline light-rail project, many Costa Mesa residents have little or no awareness of the proposed project.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
Lolita Harper City leaders Monday warned of a looming political battle over plans for a regional transportation line, saying partnering cities most likely would not support spending $1 million to study an option to underground the track through Costa Mesa, an idea that council members predict would be most favorable. The campaign for a Centerline light rail system may require a hard-line stance from city leaders to ensure the city's best interest, Councilwoman Libby Cowan said while updating her council colleagues on the project's progress during a City Council study session on Monday.
NEWS
February 12, 2004
Deirdre Newman A group of CenterLine opponents from throughout the county converged at Avo's Bistro on Wednesday to mobilize opposition to the light rail project. The 9.3-mile route for the light rail system was approved by the Orange County Transportation authority in January to run from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport through Costa Mesa. Transportation authority staff members are completing the final environmental report to submit to the federal government for approval.
NEWS
September 2, 2004
Deirdre Newman A recently released survey shows that 69% of county residents say they would probably or definitely vote in favor of the proposed CenterLine light rail system, which will run through the city. The survey, released Aug. 28, was sponsored by the Orange County Business Council, which is neutral on CenterLine, and Cal State Fullerton Center for Public Policy. It shows increased public support for a light-rail project compared to a survey by the two entities in September 2003.
NEWS
February 15, 2004
The Daily Pilot reported Wednesday that a group of CenterLine light-rail opponents convened in Costa Mesa to voice their opposition to the project. The 9.3-mile light rail is to connect the Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport, via South Coast Plaza area. Among the opponents was Chuck DeVore, a candidate for State Assembly, alleging the CenterLine is a boondoggle, a huge waste of money. But the federal government, which is to pay half of the price tag of CenterLine, doesn't see it as a waste of money and the project actually earned "recommend" status for future federal funding.
NEWS
February 6, 2005
Elia Powers An Orange County Transportation Authority committee unanimously recommended Friday that the proposed $1 billion CenterLine light-rail project be placed on hold in favor of other options, including a bus rapid transit project. The full board of directors is scheduled to vote on the issue at a Feb. 14 meeting. The CenterLine proposal would have required the widening of Bristol Street. Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Gary Monahan, who is on the board and serves on three subcommittees, said he wasn't surprised to hear the news.
NEWS
November 2, 2003
Slowly but surely, plans for a light-rail system in Orange County have shrunk over the years. First imagined as a 28-mile alternative to the county's jam-packed freeways 10 years ago, CenterLine eventually became an idea 11 miles long. But even that was too lengthy for Irvine residents, who earlier this year voted against having it run through their town. After that rejection, the Orange County Transportation Authority decided to go with an 8.5-mile route from the transportation depot in Santa Ana, through the South Coast Metro area to John Wayne Airport.
NEWS
November 29, 2003
Deepa Bharath A handful of people protested at a street corner outside South Coast Plaza on Friday afternoon against a proposed underground section of the CenterLine light rail system. The Costa Mesa City Council is poised to vote on the issue on Monday. A final public hearing on the environmental report for CenterLine was held Monday. The Orange County Transportation Authority has been gathering feedback on the report, which delineates the four main routes for CenterLine as well as an option not to build a light rail system.
NEWS
February 10, 2005
Imagine my chagrin when I read my Letter to the Editor on the subject of a possible name change for CenterLine in the same issue of this fine newspaper that included an article on its probable demise ("Mailbag, Sunday). Sometimes it's just hard to hit a moving target. However, if the full Orange County Transportation Agency Board of Directors follows the lead of the subcommittee and does, indeed, pull the plug on this boondoggle it will be one happy day for this Costa Mesa resident.
NEWS
April 24, 2003
Deepa Bharath The county's CenterLine light rail system will arrive two years earlier than anticipated, Orange County Transportation Authority officials announced Wednesday. The $1.2-billion project was expected to begin construction in April 2006 and be completed in January 2011. But now that 30% of the design process has been completed, officials say they are optimistic about getting CenterLine up and running by October 2009, said Arthur Leahy, OCTA's chief executive.
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By By Alicia Robinson | October 15, 2005
Decision scraps Centerline idea in favor of rapid bus lines for O.C., new studies.The bell officially tolled for the Centerline light-rail project Friday, when the Orange County Transportation Authority unanimously voted to shift all funding from Centerline to other mass transit projects. Instead, the transportation agency will pursue a $298-million plan for three bus rapid-transit lines, a new shuttle service in Irvine and an expansion of the existing Metrolink service. The only bus line that will go through Newport-Mesa is a 19-mile line running up Harbor Boulevard from Triangle Square to Fullerton.
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NEWS
February 18, 2005
Replace CenterLine with efficient bus lines The possible end of the CenterLine could be the beginning, not the end, of transit planning in Orange County. Orange County citizens support better transportation options, and we voted to pay for them with Measure M. However, the proposed solutions need to make sense. The Orange County Transportation Authority does not have a vision for a transportation network. CenterLine would spend a lot of money on a problem without considering more flexible and cost-effective options.
NEWS
February 15, 2005
Alicia Robinson The Orange County Transportation Authority will take a hard look at the future of rapid transit, but it won't include the CenterLine light-rail line -- at least for now. Transportation authority board members voted Monday to back away from plans for CenterLine and instead consider other options, specifically one including a bus rapid transit system that could use the Bristol Street leg of the CenterLine...
NEWS
February 12, 2005
Alicia Robinson The Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors will officially decide the fate of the CenterLine light-rail line Monday, but those involved say it's a foregone conclusion that the project is headed for the transportation scrap heap. The board is expected to vote to shelve CenterLine, which would have run from Santa Ana through Costa Mesa to John Wayne Airport. It started as an 11.4-mile line that would also pass through Irvine, but even a pared-down 9.3-mile alignment was expected to cost $1.1 billion.
NEWS
February 10, 2005
Imagine my chagrin when I read my Letter to the Editor on the subject of a possible name change for CenterLine in the same issue of this fine newspaper that included an article on its probable demise ("Mailbag, Sunday). Sometimes it's just hard to hit a moving target. However, if the full Orange County Transportation Agency Board of Directors follows the lead of the subcommittee and does, indeed, pull the plug on this boondoggle it will be one happy day for this Costa Mesa resident.
NEWS
February 6, 2005
Elia Powers An Orange County Transportation Authority committee unanimously recommended Friday that the proposed $1 billion CenterLine light-rail project be placed on hold in favor of other options, including a bus rapid transit project. The full board of directors is scheduled to vote on the issue at a Feb. 14 meeting. The CenterLine proposal would have required the widening of Bristol Street. Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Gary Monahan, who is on the board and serves on three subcommittees, said he wasn't surprised to hear the news.
NEWS
February 6, 2005
Keeping track of our national symbol We've been following the bald eagle story. We walk everyday from our home around the islands. This morning at about 8:30 a.m., we were on the northern tip of the little island, and I could see on the southern tip of the big island what I thought it was a bald eagle sitting on top of a sailboat mast. We crossed the bridge, and sure enough it was, and we watched him for awhile, before he took off and flew. I want people to know of his whereabouts because I'm wondering if he's heading back to Catalina Island, as I've not seen him on that part of the harbor.
NEWS
December 23, 2004
In recent months there has been a good deal of attention given to the ill-advised light rail project CenterLine. This summer the Daily Pilot provided a couple of excellent articles on it and recently elected Councilman Eric Bever wrote a commentary about it. The thrust of one Daily Pilot piece had to do with a recent "survey," which indicated that a majority of Orange County residents polled supported CenterLine....
NEWS
September 16, 2004
Deirdre Newman The 12 hopefuls competing for City Council seats this fall learned the value of one minute Wednesday night -- that was all the time they had to answer questions on a diverse range of topics, ranging from the city budget to the CenterLine light rail system. The forum, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Comcast and the Daily Pilot, attracted about 70 people to the City Council chambers. All 12 candidates vying for the three open seats attended: incumbent Mike Scheafer, who was appointed last year when former Mayor Karen Robinson left to become an Orange County Superior Court judge; incumbent Chris Steel; Planning Commission members Bruce Garlich, Katrina Foley and Eric Bever; former Mayor Linda Dixon; Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mirna Burciaga; and residents Sam Clark, Karl Ahlf, Michael Clifford, Richard Carroll and Terry Shaw.
NEWS
September 15, 2004
Deirdre Newman Transportation authority projections Monday of 10% fewer riders on the CenterLine light-rail project than previously expected did not budget support and simply enforced naysayers' objections. Supporters, like Mayor Gary Monahan, said the decrease in the projection doesn't alter his support for the $1 billion light-rail system, which is slated to run 9.3 miles from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport through Costa Mesa. "The project is not about the first leg," Monahan said.
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