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July 12, 2001
My own personal feeling about what Chris Steel should do is he should take the plea where he would be declared guilty of misdemeanors as opposed to felonies. If that automatically means that he has to resign his post, so be it. He then -- at a future time not too far off -- could come back and run again and see how the voters felt about it. So it seems to me it would be better for him even though he wants to fight every principle. I don't think the turf is very good right now for that, so I would recommend that he take the plea bargain and the misdemeanor charge and go from that point.
NEWS
April 15, 2001
housing? I'm glad that Steve Smith and other people are speaking out against the xenophobia and wrong thinking of Chris Steel and his ilk ("Negative headlines, not crime rate, is what hurts Costa Mesa," March 31). And now we know his ilk has a name and a group, Citizens to Improve Costa Mesa. So we can now organize another group, Citizens Who Really Want to Improve Costa Mesa. Smith's comments were right on the bull's eye. People need to support Costa Mesa as it is and encourage people to talk up the good things.
NEWS
August 3, 2002
CITY OF COSTA MESA Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, 92626, (714) 754-5223 Mayor: Linda Dixon Council: Libby Cowan, Gary Monahan, Karen Robinson and Chris Steel STATE COASTAL COMMISSION 45 Fremont St., Suite 2000, San Francisco 94105, (415) 904-5200; regional office in Long Beach, (310) 590-5071 CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Newport Beach City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd., 92663, (949) 644-3309 Mayor: Tod Ridgeway Council: Gary Adams, Steve Bromberg, Norma Glover, John Heffernan, Dennis O'Neil and Gary Proctor MESA CONSOLIDATED WATER DISTRICT 1965 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa 92627, (949)
NEWS
June 5, 2004
ALLAN MANSOOR In response to Geoff West's letter to the editor Sunday ("Criticism shows man behind the curtain"), I really don't know where to start. West's claims are not only ridiculous but are also a libelous personal attack against my character and that of Eric Bever. I was surprised that the Pilot even printed such unsubstantiated baloney that tries to paint me, Chris Steel and Eric Bever as a group that does M.H. Millard's bidding. Quite honestly, I was not even going to get involved in this upcoming election, but when someone questions my character with unfounded rhetoric, that's going too far. Everyone knows I am friends with Eric Bever and that I would like to see him win, but I would have to work with whoever gets elected, so I was not going to endorse anyone.
NEWS
November 16, 2000
Columnist's comments on new councilman off the mark Where on the West Side does Daily Pilot columnist Steve Smith live ("Steel's unbending beliefs may not bode well for us," Nov. 11)? Who taught him to spew hatred and, yes, racism. Normally a new council person would be welcomed before trying to vilify him or her. It's just good manners. But I think Smith is sadly lacking in that department. Smith speaks as if he knows Chris Steel. I believe that he has never met the man. I have known Steel for 20 years.
NEWS
November 25, 2000
In a recent post-election article, Libby Cowan hypothesizes that Chris Steel was elected to the Costa Mesa City Council by a small group of ultra-conservatives. I hate to burst her bubble, but I am a liberal and I voted for Steel. Even a dyed-in-the-wool, tree-hugging Democrat such as myself knows when enough is enough. Costa Mesa civic policies that primarily affect the Westside have drastically affected property values in this area, and my neighbors and I are simply tired of shouldering these very real costs of our city's "warm and friendly" policies.
NEWS
February 1, 2001
I am surprised that the Pilot would stoop to such a level as evidenced by the editorial "Don't dishonor those who fought to end bigotry," which ran Jan. 13 concerning Dr. Martin Luther King's memory. From my point of view, the Pilot is dishonoring his memory with its illogical reference to his cause. To claim that Chris Steel's position on illegal immigration has anything to do with Dr. King's struggle is absurd. Dr. King, as we all know, advocated for civil rights, not for illegal immigration.
NEWS
May 20, 2001
At first blush, it doesn't seem like much. A bad signature here, a questionable one there. So what, right? Costa Mesa Councilman Chris Steel received the most votes of any City Council candidate in November, and anything that would deprive the electorate of its man in office is mere political trickery, right? Well, we're not so sure. We must admit we were surprised that Steel's alleged misdoing on his City Council nomination papers turned into full-fledged felony filings by the Orange County district attorney.
NEWS
May 20, 2001
"I think that diet food tastes nicer on a pretty plate." -- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, on the Wedgwood china she was promoting Tuesday at Macy's South Coast Plaza. Ferguson is also a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. "At last count there were a couple hundred people there, described as flocking to the place like cockroaches on a bread crumb." -- Sgt. Mike McDermott of the Newport Beach Police, on Dennis Rodman's 40th birthday party May 12. The party, which included live bands and a helicopter landing, was the subject of noise complaints.
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By BYRON DE ARAKAL | May 7, 2006
Costa Mesa is at a tipping point. And the municipal election this November will be the event that determines if we go over the edge. More than few dozen moons have risen and slipped away since I observed ? in a column under a different name ? that Costa Mesa was a hamlet entering a significant transition in its history. The first sign came in the November 2000 general election when Chris Steel was elected to the City Council with a stunning 10,664 votes. Steel's was the largest vote tally in the 11-candidate field.
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NEWS
February 13, 2005
Former councilman praises recent appointments Given my problems with the direction of the Costa Mesa City Council, past and present, I'm most pleased to say that the council recently made very good commission choices, especially the Planning Commission appointments of Eleanor Egan, Donn Hall and Jim Fisler. Thank you; keep up the good work. CHRIS STEEL Costa Mesa EDITOR'S NOTE: Chris Steel is a former Costa Mesa City Councilman. Back Bay is a true treasure A couple of weeks ago, I read in the Daily Pilot that the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center was having a program for children 2 to 5 years old. I love the Back Bay. I made it my business to attend.
NEWS
January 4, 2005
Geoff West Once again we have launched into a new year, and, in the midst of my usual post-Christmas gorge of bowl games, I find myself pondering a pouch full of New Year's wishes. With my priorities clearly in order, right at the top I wish much success to the USC Trojans today. Fight on! Of course, I wish for world peace and an end to hunger, but so does every aspiring Miss America. I would also wish for health, wealth and happiness, but I already have two out of three and don't want to be too greedy.
NEWS
December 2, 2004
CITY OF COSTA MESA Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714) 754-5223 Mayor: Gary Monahan Council: Libby Cowan, Allan Mansoor, Mike Scheafer and Chris Steel CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Newport Beach City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663, (949) 644-3309 Mayor: Tod Ridgeway Council: Leslie Daigle, Steve Bromberg, John Heffernan, Dick Nichols, Steven Rosansky and Don Webb COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT District Office: 1370 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714)
NEWS
November 7, 2004
"I feel great. We worked really hard. It finally paid off." -- Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner, who was the top vote getter in last week's City Council election. "I have always been accessible to people. I read staff reports. I take input from the community, listen to other City Council members' concerns. I am excited to work with the other four City Council members." -- Linda Dixon, former Costa Mesa mayor, who won a seat back on the council last week.
NEWS
September 26, 2004
Costa Mesa residents are very fortunate. With three seats open this November on the City Council, 12 candidates, many with top-flight credentials, have stepped up and offered to take the job. Now, the burden is on the voters, and us, to decide which of the 12 are capable of leading Costa Mesa with consensus building, experience and vision for the next four years. The three candidates who we believe have the right qualifications are Mike Scheafer, Linda Dixon and Katrina Foley.
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.
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