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.
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.
July 28, 2004
Deirdre Newman A county transportation board overwhelmingly approved Monday to direct staff members to work more proactively with local cities to build support for the CenterLine light-rail project rather than put it on the ballot. The vote marked the second time in the last month that the Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors shot down a proposal to put the billion-dollar project in voters' hands. The light rail would run 9.3 miles from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport through Costa Mesa.
July 22, 2004
What is the Orange County Transportation Authority afraid of? A 9.3-mile light rail, which runs from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport -- through Costa Mesa -- should be left for the voters to decide on. Instead, the board voted 5 to 4 Friday to keep CenterLine -- the $1-billion transportation proposal -- from being on the ballot in November. A plan to put the project on the ballot, had the board voted that way, would have needed approval from the Board of Supervisors.
July 21, 2004
Geoff West The Orange County Transportation Authority board did the right thing by not placing a vote on CenterLine on the November ballot -- the right thing for them! Had they done the right thing for the residents of Orange County and voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors to place the CenterLine project on the ballot, it most likely would have, rightfully, gone down in defeat. In its present diminished configuration, this ill-advised project is nothing more than a monument to the egos of those who conjured it up in the first place.
July 17, 2004
Deirdre Newman After a spirited debate on whether the Centerline light-rail project should go on the November ballot, the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted narrowly against it. Friday, the board could muster only four votes to put CenterLine -- which is already in the final stage of preliminary engineering -- on the ballot in November. It needed six. Nine board members attended the meeting. The vote was purely advisory and would have had to be approved by the county Board of Supervisors.
July 1, 2004
Deirdre Newman Facing a critical lack of congressional support -- in the form of half a billion dollars worth of federal funds and simple backing -- county transportation officials will decide later this month whether to place plans for a light-rail project on the November ballot. Putting the project, now in its final stage of preliminary engineering, before voters comes at the behest of Orange County Transportation Authority Board member Cathryn DeYoung, who believes the only way to get congressional support is to show that people are behind the plan.
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.
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.
January 28, 2004
Prosecution is the issue, not politics I think this is a horrendous case. I think that Gregory Haidl and his friends should be prosecuted to the utmost. I think this is a case of a rich kid with influence trying to get out of what he allegedly did. And I think it's really bad that the Pilot would go ahead and play like it's a political thing, because obviously it's not. ANN JOHNSON Costa Mesa History of actions muddy Haidl case Considering the favoritism that the district attorney has shown in certain prosecutions, it's possible that Gregory Haidl won't get a fair trial.