December 30, 2006
Newport's centennial and a $200 million concert hall's opening were among the biggest stories. 1 Immigration The furor technically started in December 2005 when the Costa Mesa City Council voted to have city police trained for immigration enforcement, but immigration was an issue throughout 2006. Starting with the arrest of a protester at a January council meeting and ending with a federal immigration agent being placed at the city jail in December, the "I word" was never out of the local or national news for long.
May 16, 2012
In a marathon meeting that concluded after 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council pushed through plans to outsource the city jail and street-sweeping services to private companies. "Today is a momentous day, a great day," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. "... I know we're going in the right direction, and I think by the time this is over I think the rest of the city will too. " Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who cast the lone dissenting vote in 4-1 splits on the jail and street-sweeping measures, said such an important decision should not be made in the early-morning hours, when most community members have gone home.
December 31, 2007
1 City Hall Lead City Hall in the Park proponent Bill Ficker has proved you can fight city hall, or at least have a say in where the next one should be built. After Newport Beach City Council members rejected his suggestions on building the next city hall on a parcel of city-owned land next to the municipal library on Avocado Avenue, he went out with petitions for a ballot measure and came back in August with more than 15,000 signatures, representing nearly a quarter of the city’s registered voters.
September 8, 2006
Compared to the old Newport Beach City Jail, the Black Hole of Calcutta was the Ritz Carlton. Imagine, if you will, a room 20 feet by 30 feet, into which 50 to 70 men were jammed every Saturday night — all drunk, some throwing up. It was worse during Prohibition when everyone drank straight alcohol, which was hard to get down and harder to keep down. If one prisoner barfed, so did the whole bunch. Charlie Crawford, a Los Angeles Times reporter who lived down here, was the booking officer during Prohibition.
June 2, 2007
In the six months since a federal immigration agent has worked at the Costa Mesa city jail, 262 people have been flagged as possible illegal immigrants, a federal official said this week. Some city leaders said Costa Mesa is now safer and the numbers prove it, while others find the evidence less clear. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent began working in the city jail in December as the result of an agreement between city and federal officials. Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor proposed in 2005 that city police officers be trained to check the immigration status of people they arrest, which unleashed torrents of protest as well as support.
December 2, 2006
The assignment of an immigration and customs enforcement officer full time to the Costa Mesa city jail is a good start. Hopefully, Costa Mesa will be able to staff four or five of these officers full time in the near future. The City Council is certainly on the right track to maintaining public safety. Mayor Allan Mansoor has made a bold step forward in restoring the rule of law to the community. JIM GILCHRIST Founder The Minuteman Project Finally somebody is doing something about these people being illegal in jail and committing crimes.
November 18, 2007
Costa Mesa police arrested a man whom they caught prowling around an apartment complex with a dagger early Saturday morning, Lt. Dale Birney said. Shortly before 3 a.m., police received a call about a man wandering around the Camden Martinique Apartments at 2855 Pinecreek Drive with a foot-long kitchen knife. Officers arrived at the complex and arrested Joshua Lehauli, 20, of Costa Mesa. “He had apparently been involved in a physical altercation earlier with some other people, and he told the officers he was looking for the people that beat him up,” Birney said.
August 2, 2010
A man arrested on suspicion of spousal battery apparently hanged himself within hours of being booked into the Newport Beach city jail on Saturday. William Robert Wedgeworth, 43, was found dead by a custodial officer around 10 p.m. He had been booked earlier in the day at 3:40 p.m. on suspicion of spousal battery, Lt. Bill Hartford said. Attempts to resuscitate him by paramedics were unsuccessful. Wedgeworth was pronounced dead at the scene, Hartford said. Hartford was unable to say whether Wedgeworth had any prior arrests.
December 22, 2007
Danielle Fishel, a former child star best known for her work on ABC’s “Boy Meets World,” was arrested early Thursday morning on a drunken driving warrant from Los Angeles County. Sgt. Randy Querry of the Newport Beach Police Department said officers arrested the 26-year-old actress shortly before 5 a.m. near the intersection of San Joaquin Hills and Jamboree roads. She was booked in the city jail and released soon afterward on bail. Querry said Fishel, who also works as a spokeswoman for the NutriSystem diet program, was not drunk when officers flagged her down.