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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 22, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council voted Tuesday night to erect a Ronald Reagan statue in one of the city's parks instead of the future Civic Center. Departing from city policy governing public art, the council members voted 5 to 2 to have the city manager, with guidance from various groups, choose the sculptor and its location within Castaways Park, near West Coast Highway and Dover Drive. The decision marked the culmination of a months-long public debate about how, or if, the city should honor the former Republican president's centennial birthday.
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By Alicia Robinson | April 15, 2006
Costa Mesa's new assistant city manager, Thomas Hatch, takes his post Monday. The city hired Hatch, 39, from among 30 applicants to fill a position that has been vacant since September 2005. Hatch comes from El Monte, where he has served as deputy city manager for four years, Costa Mesa administrative services director Steve Mandoki said. Hatch, who has a bachelor's and a master's degree in public administration from Cal State Fullerton, also has worked for the cities of West Covina, South Pasadena and Brea.
NEWS
February 8, 2014
The city of Costa Mesa has hired an interim recreation manager while it searches for candidate to permanently fill the position. Penny Loomer, who has overseen recreation at the city of Fullerton and the city of Yorba Linda, will start the job Feb. 11, according to a news release from Costa Mesa. Loomer has also worked as community services and recreation director, assistant city manager, and interim city manager at the city of Westminster, according to the news release. Costa Mesa's previous recreation manager, Bob Knapp, resigned Jan. 31. Loomer will work about 30 hours each week earning $76.90 an hour with no benefits.
NEWS
August 24, 2000
In your article regarding the Halloween signs ("Halloween spirit or advertising hook?" Aug. 22), residents mentioned the signs are seasonal. Well in my 34 years on this earth, I have never known Halloween to come in July, which falls in the summer season. The signs might have been more appropriately placed in autumn. IAN FEIGELMAN Costa Mesa Former city manager alarmed about Greenlight My 20-year tenure as Newport Beach's city manager and my being a longtime resident give me a special perspective of our beloved city.
NEWS
August 29, 2000
Regarding ex-Newport Beach City Manager Bob Wynn's letter to the editor saying he was proud of the job he did as city manager ("Former city manager alarmed about Greenlight," Aug. 24), let us not forget what happened during his tenure, when the city was rocked by scandals involving city employees, including the Bob Dixon multimillion-dollar embezzlement and the Police Department sexual harassment case, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars. Where was his oversight?
NEWS
October 12, 2003
Is Costa Mesa's city management that strong? Letter writer Bentley Little is right on the money. Costa Mesa intentionally has a strong city manager and weak mayor form of government. As anyone who has attended a City Council meeting, or seen one televised, can attest, the council basically follows whatever city staffers recommend. This is why I don't understand the Pilot's fawning over City Manager Allan Roeder, who has presided over one of the most dysfunctional city governments in Orange County.
NEWS
December 6, 2013
Robert Lee Wynn died on November 30, 2013, in Newport Beach, California. Born May 25, 1931, in Preston, Idaho, he was the fifth of nine children of Paul Richard and Mary Ellen Wynn. Bob attended Preston High School as well as Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He then served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California between 1951-1953. Bob returned from his mission to Ashton, Idaho where he continued his relationship with Gayle Loosli who he had met before his mission.
NEWS
October 23, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- The first thing any visitor to the office of District 7 City Council candidate Robert L. Wynn must notice is that there isn't much space left on the walls. Wynn has hung plaques of appreciation from the Boys Club of America, the League of Cities and the Chamber of Commerce. Others commemorate his stints as city manager in Imperial Beach, where he served from 1957 to 1968, and Coronado, from 1968 to 1971. But an aerial view of Newport Beach, a painting of City Hall and the city's seal clearly show that his two decades as Newport Beach's city manager, from 1971 to 1991, have left a lasting impression.
NEWS
November 10, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Some people have the uncanny ability to see how things might be. George Coffey, Costa Mesa's first city manager, was one of them. His vision of the master plan for Costa Mesa in the early 1950s is very close to how the city looks today. Born in Riverside, Coffey graduated from the University of Southern California. He married a woman named Vera and the couple was "inseparable," Costa Mesa historian and former mayor Bob Wilson said.
NEWS
October 24, 2002
While I must accept the Daily Pilot endorsement of my Greenlight opponent in the race to fill the District 3 seat on the Newport Beach City Council, I take serious exception to the reasoning employed to justify the selection. The Daily Pilot concludes that my ability to perform my duties as a councilman could be compromised because of my prior employment with the city of Newport Beach. That is totally unfounded. As a member of the City Council, it would be my responsibility to act in the best interests of the city and to protect the taxpayers.
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