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By Mike Reicher | November 8, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - A $5,000 reward was proposed Tuesday night to help catch anyone responsible for vandalizing the city's Ronald Reagan statue over the weekend. During the City Council meeting, Councilman Keith Curry asked the city manager and police chief to organize the reward. It would be given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals, Curry proposed. Curry was a leader in the effort to commission the bronze artwork and worked in the Reagan administration.
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NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 3, 2011
In a move to preserve some of the city's many eucalyptus, the Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission voted this week against felling 18 trees along Holiday Road. The 4-3 vote Tuesday blocked a city arborist's recommendation to remove the trees, which he deemed dangerous. About 140 other eucalyptus trees have been cut down using emergency declarations. The normal tree-removal process requires a commission vote, but officials instituted the emergency response after a blue gum eucalyptus fell and killed a motorist Sept.
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By Sarah Peters | September 28, 2011
Newport Beach and surrounding coastal communities this week received the kind of report card that would make any parent proud: nearly straight As. From Newport Bay to Crystal Cove, area beaches not only scored high in water quality on Heal the Bay's annual report card, but many fared better than last year. The Santa Monica-based environmental nonprofit's report gave A-to-F grades to 447 California beaches after documenting the "routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies and dischargers," according a press release.
NEWS
August 3, 2011
Re. "Balboa carousel told to mosey on" (July 26): Taking away the merry-go-round is taking the fun out of the Fun Zone. The loss of this 75-year-old center of the Fun Zone is a travesty. It was the merry-go-round that drew me each summer to the Fun Zone with my family for fun rides and an afternoon at the arcade. So much of that has been lost. We can't afford to lose any more. Rumor has it that nothing will be done by the ExploreOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, the landlord, until four years or more.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
COSTA MESA — The head of Costa Mesa's police helicopter program will continue receiving extra pay to oversee the program's dismantling, city officials said Thursday. AirBorne Law Enforcement commander Sgt. Tim Starn's pay this year is budgeted at $150,116, thanks to specialty pay for being the ABLE commander, a helicopter sergeant and having certification by the state's Police Officer Standards and Training, or POST, commission. He earns about $12,510 a month, or about $1,900 more than a top-tier sergeant in the normal department organization who also has a POST certificate.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 22, 2011
COSTA MESA — After hours of discussion on outsourcing the city's Fire Department and with Tuesday's City Council meeting crawling into its fifth hour, the long night began to wear on council members. It started when Mayor Gary Monahan interrupted Councilwoman Wendy Leece's request that Chief Executive Tom Hatch list the scope of his job duties because Leece called Hatch the "city manager. " "Member Leece, I hate to be petty, but his title is the CEO, not the city manager," Monahan said.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 21, 2011
Kevin Murphy's friends described the former Newport Beach city manager in a list of synonyms for "good" or "kind. " Those who remembered him Thursday said it always came down to how Murphy treated others. "He was bright, he was hardworking, honest as the day is long," said Clarence Turner, a former councilman and mayor from 1986-1994. "You couldn't have asked for a better city manager in my view. " Murphy, Newport's city manager from 1992-1998 and a local resident, died of cancer Thursday at Hoag Hospital.
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By Britney Barnes and Imran Vittachi, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 26, 2011
The winding road in the Newport Beach saga of where to install a privately funded statue of the late Ronald Reagan took another turn Thursday. Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff announced that the future statue of the 40th president and former California governor would be installed in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, and not in Castaways Park as planned, according to a news release. The change comes from a new recommendation by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission that Bonita Canyon Sports Park would be a "better fit for good public access to the statue," the release stated.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 27, 2011
BALBOA ISLAND — An African man peers from one side of her bed and an African woman stares from the other. Miriam Baker, the Balboa Island artist who will sculpt Newport Beach's Ronald Reagan statue, lives among her works. She admires people's faces and cultures so much that her house is filled with life-like, vibrant reminders of them. "Those little highlights give the eyes life," she said, pointing to wrinkles below the eye of a Reagan bust she created for Chapman University.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa department head who recently received a layoff notice from the city is leaving the job to become city manager for Lawndale in Los Angeles County. Steve Mandoki, Costa Mesa's administrative services director, handed Chief Executive Tom Hatch his resignation Tuesday after six years with the city. On Monday, Mandoki and Lawndale's City Council came to an agreement over his contract during a closed session, said Dan Bartelson, assistant to Lawndale's city manager.
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