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By Jeffrey Harlan | November 24, 2012
Things have been quiet on the Mesa. Perhaps it's the result of an exhausting campaign season. I, for one, have enjoyed the relative absence of any politicking over the past few weeks. Or is this just the calm before the storm? I'd prefer to believe we're just following the natural, seasonal shift, breezing through fall and preparing for winter and the New Year. It's customary during this time — especially after a Thanksgiving-induced food coma — to take stock of the past year's events and consider how things may change for the upcoming one. In this spirit, I offer my incomplete list of the gratitude I feel for living in a community that provides equal measures of hope, frustration, joy and inspiration.
NEWS
April 29, 2002
Lolita Harper WESTSIDE -- It is a bridge of unusual proportions. Large steel beams are absent from its architecture and are replaced by a modest room with four bare walls and a couple of desks. Enormous concrete support pillars are substituted with dedicated individuals. The UC Irvine Community Outreach Center may differ in structure from traditional models but its function is the same: to provide a link between two points -- the university and Costa Mesa's Westside.
NEWS
By Crissy Brooks | March 8, 2012
One night last week when I arrived home there was no parking. Although a common occurrence in our neighborhood, it was especially frustrating because the space between my roommate's car and my neighbor's was almost big enough for my car, but not quite. If either had just been a foot or two forward it would have fit. But it didn't, and it was too late to wake people up to play musical cars, like we often do. So I did what any reasonable person would do late at night with nowhere to park: I parked my car straight into the space instead of parallel.
NEWS
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 29, 2012
At a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday, Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) honored a Newport Beach resident with his district's Woman of the Year award for her philanthropy in Orange County. Melinda "Mindy" Stearns, an Emmy-nominated actress, began her career as an entertainment reporter for television programs including "Entertainment Tonight," KTLA's "Morning News" and "News At 10. " In the past decade, she has shifted trajectory from the television industry, focusing her efforts and influence on improving her local community.
NEWS
February 11, 2001
In the fall, Vanguard University welcomed Jesse Miranda to its campus. Miranda is in charge of the Center for Urban Studies and Ethnic Leadership, a new program at the school that seeks to build relationships between the school, churches and the community. He also is a leader of the Christian Latino community in the country. Miranda sat down with Pilot City Editor S.J. Cahn to talk about the new center and how he hopes it will improve the Newport-Mesa community.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
Nine Newport Beach Girl Scouts from Troop 2272 received Bronze Awards for community service after completing a three-year curriculum. The sixth-grade award-winners from Andersen and Eastbluff elementary schools are Julianne Bartz, Emma Daniel, Melanie Wolter, Ally King, Kayla Stuckenberg, Victoria Sawan, Hana Cloherty, Samantha Jo Ahnen and Marisa Gray. As part of the curriculum to earn the Bronze Award, the girls spent several afternoons partnering with Mariners Church's Lighthouse Community Center to tutor first- through third-graders from Kennedy Elementary School in Santa Ana. The tutoring in reading and math helped the Scouts in areas of growth and maturity, while connecting them directly with high-need residents in the community, according to a news release.
NEWS
June 3, 2002
Christine Carrillo Hundreds of devoted church goers played hookie from church services Sunday to serve the community. What began as a scheduling problem between the ROCKo7 harbof7 r Church and the Costa Mesa Senior Center has turned into an important community event. Sunday marked the 3rd annual Serve Day, which began when the ROCKo7 harbof7 r Church, which holds Sunday services at the senior center, was unable to hold their services there three years ago and instead decided to go out and serve the community.
NEWS
By Jeffrey Harlan | October 27, 2012
Early in my career, and after a brief stint working for the Los Angeles city attorney, I served for three years as a deputy to a Los Angeles city council member. To some, this may have seemed like an unusual career move. Why would an attorney, with a specialty in environmental and land-use law, want to be a low-level government employee helping a district of more than 235,000 people in a city of almost 4 million? I had always been drawn to public-interest work, enjoyed being part of a diverse team and wanted to learn how public policy was made and implemented on the ground.
NEWS
By Marshall B. Krupp | June 9, 2012
Re. "Wu: Democracy, not the GOP, controls Costa Mesa" (June 3): Thank you, Jack Wu, for your words. Your message is one that may be true and may not be. As a member of the community who has filed his campaign intention statement with the Costa Mesa city clerk to run for City Council in November, I want to add my thoughts to your observations. Although I am a Republican, and have been my entire voting career, I have not been in the dark backrooms of Orange County GOP politics and do not factually know what Councilmen Steve Mensinger's and Gary Monahan's and Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy's relationships are to the OCGOP.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | September 6, 2012
Jenna Dupuy, 9, took on the role of hostess at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill in Costa Mesa, greeting guests as they walked through the door Wednesday night. Jenna, along with about 10 children ranging in age from 8 to 14, shadowed servers, food runners, busboys and hosts at Z'Tejas in support of Team Kids, an Irvine-based nonprofit that gets children involved in the community, learn essential life skills and help the less fortunate. "The whole purpose is to give kids, at a young age when they care so much about making a difference, a chance to truly have an opportunity to affect change and contribute to serve in a valuable way," said Julie Hudah, founder of Team Kids.
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By Bradley Zint | April 25, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to transform the city's Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library. City staff are recommending that the council approve spending $75,000 to $100,000 to hire an architect to design conversion concepts for the roughly 24,000-square-foot downtown center on Park Avenue. The job would also include providing a feasibility study, holding community meetings and providing preliminary construction cost estimates, according to city staff.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 24, 2014
Hotel California by the Sea, a self-proclaimed luxury drug and alcohol treatment center based in Newport Beach, hosted an open house Thursday evening to celebrate the unveiling of its new outpatient services center in Costa Mesa. More than 80 community members attended the event at the new center, which officially opened this month on East 17 t h Street. Though the Costa Mesa outpatient center is open to all adults, the location specifically targets executives and celebrities who would like a certain amount of privacy during recovery, said Director of Community Relations BJ Hickman.
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By Jim de Boom | April 22, 2014
Each school year, the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club underwrites Ben Franklin and his Museum on Wheels to visit several schools around Newport Beach. This creative educational outreach, a program of the International Printing Museum in Carson, makes history and learning come to life for students of all ages, according to John Hedlund, club project coordinator and former printer. Club members attend the presentations. The assembly programs last for just under two hours, starting with one hour at the mobile history exhibit outside, where the Printing Museum curator explores the world of books and printing from before Gutenberg to the time of Franklin.
NEWS
By Keith Curry | April 14, 2014
"The most dangerous social experiment of our generation. " That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state "realignment" program to release state prisoners to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 109, which mandated that 30,000 convicts who would otherwise serve in state prison be returned to local communities. The state has sent 3,700 such convicts to Orange County.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | April 12, 2014
I've written frequently about the shift toward matching education with job-market demand, a trend that continues to gain momentum. Whether this change produces a winning record overall depends largely on the effectiveness of individual initiatives just now taking wing. One of the more intriguing of those experiments is a new California initiative to coordinate for the first time all 112 community colleges throughout the state in an attempt to better align curricula with the most sought-after skills.
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By Jim de Boom | April 7, 2014
Forty-six members of the 99-student Circle K Club of Orange Coast College attended the 60th annual convention of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Circle K International in Burbank from March 21 to 23. They joined 750 students from colleges and universities in the three states to celebrate accomplishments, learn new leadership skills and meet old friends and make new ones. The Circle K Club, part of the Kiwanis International Service Leadership Program, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Anh Do | April 7, 2014
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | March 24, 2014
I have written about my brother LeRoy periodically over the years in my Daily Pilot column. I am sorry to say he passed away at the age of 79 on March 12 from complications of polio, which he contracted in 1952. LeRoy graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1952 and had accepted a full scholarship to Harvard University but was made a quadriplegic by polio in August of that year. He was paralyzed from the neck down and spent 22 months in an iron lung at General Hospital-Sister Kenny Institute in Minneapolis.
NEWS
By Kevin Nelson and By Kevin Nelson | March 18, 2014
The effort to preserve a uniquely situated piece of open space rages on as herons, egrets, owls and hawks hunt for prey on Banning Ranch. After the recent dose of solid rains, native plants are sprouting across the arroyos and grasslands of the mesa, producing a flush of spring growth and activity that is nature's trademark season. Located on the south side of the Santa Ana River mouth, Banning is a single mass of diverse land forms, just the kind of place to create a new nature preserve and park.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | March 12, 2014
Apparently, one way to slow down the state's most productive hitting team is to, well, throw slower pitches. Fullerton College sophomore left-hander Nick Morton used that approach to help the visiting Hornets edge Orange Coast, 3-1, in an Orange Empire Conference baseball battle on Tuesday. OCC, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, entered the game leading the state in hits (219), doubles (40) home runs (nine), batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.443). But Morton, with his repertoire of slow, slower and slowest, kept the Pirates off balance to earn his fourth win in five decisions and his third complete game.
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