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February 1, 2000
There was once a wealthy lady who lived down on the end of the peninsula. She was a pillar of the community, except for one unfortunate trait: she was a periodic drunk, and a noisy one. Mrs. Smith, as I will call her, would get on the bottle and simply raise hell to the point that the police would be called. When they arrived, she carefully stayed on her property and abused the cops something terrible. At that time, she was immune from police arrest as long as she was on her own property.
By Bradley Zint | June 3, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. is seeking a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning against an attempt to outsource jobs at the city jail. The proposed contract with G4S Secure Solutions - which is up for a vote of the City Council the same evening - is expected to save the city up to $3.2 million over a five-year period with the firm's "cutting-edge" technology, according to a city news release. No layoffs are projected for city employees under the G4S contract. The workers would be transferred to other positions.
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.
By Lauren Williams | 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.
By Bradley Zint | January 18, 2014
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece confirmed Saturday that she is weighing a run for Congress. Leece, a Republican, is exploring a race for the 48th Congressional District seat held by longtime U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Leece pulled in-lieu papers with the Orange County Registrar of Voters on Thursday - a preliminary step that doesn't include an official candidate's statement or paying any filing fees. She said she is now gathering voter signatures and acknowledged that if she doesn't gather enough support, she will stop the effort.
By From Pilot staff reports | 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.
By ROBERT GARDNER | 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.
By Alicia Robinson | 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.
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