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NEWS
June 15, 2004
Deepa Bharath A 24-year-old man, who was in critical condition after a traffic accident on Memorial Day, died on Saturday. Paul Awad was walking across the street on a marked crosswalk in the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Bonita Canyon Road at about 9:25 p.m. on Memorial Day, when he was hit by a black Nissan Altima driven by Dulce Itzamara Herrera, a 21-year-old Santa Ana woman who worked as a housekeeper at...
NEWS
April 18, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- The City Council discussed whether to spend more than $7 million to unclog congested freeways near South Coast Plaza late into Monday night. At press time, the council had not yet decided whether to spend the more than $7.7 million. The Orange County Transportation Authority insisted the city pay its share of a $20.1-million project that would add carpool lanes to the Costa Mesa (55) and San Diego (405) freeway interchange.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
All directions from the Daily Pilot office at 330 W. Bay St. in Costa Mesa. 1 To Newport Harbor High: 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach -- South on Newport Boulevard; left on 17th Street; right on Irvine Avenue; stadium on left. 2 To Orange Coast College: 2701 S. Fairview Road, Costa Mesa -- North on Newport Boulevard; left on Fairview Road; campus on left. 3 To Sage Hill School: 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast -- Costa Mesa Freeway (55)
NEWS
February 3, 2000
A portion of the Costa Mesa Freeway was shut down during rush hour traffic Wednesday night because a vehicle carrying propane tanks caught fire. Motorists traveling southbound on the Costa Mesa Freeway trying to get to the San Diego Freeway were stuck as the California Highway Patrol closed all of the lanes shortly after 6:30 p.m. Authorities said a 20-foot trailer was involved in an accident with two other vehicles. The driver of the trailer suffered injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
NEWS
November 9, 2001
The northbound fast lane on the Costa Mesa Freeway closed for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon after a female prisoner kicked out an Orange County Sheriff's vehicle window and escaped through it, police officials said. The prisoner, arrested on suspicion of reckless driving in Lake Forest, kicked out the squad car's window at 4:25 p.m., forcing the deputy driving the vehicle to stop, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official said. The prisoner, whose name was withheld, then jumped out the broken window and ran away, the official said.
LOCAL
November 14, 2005
A man was killed early Saturday in a single-car crash in Costa Mesa, authorities said. The driver was identified as Richard Linkon, 30, of Irvine. According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, Linkon was speeding in a 2005 BMW 545i on a transition roadway connecting the northbound Corona del Mar Freeway (73) to the Costa Mesa Freeway (55). Linkon reportedly lost control of his car and swerved off the left side of the roadway. The driver's side of the BMW smashed into a tree, and Linkon was killed by the force of the crash, authorities said.
NEWS
November 7, 2003
DIRECTIONS Tonight's games Newport Harbor vs. Laguna Hills at Mission Viejo High, 25025 Chrisanta Drive Take the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405, which turns into the 5) south to La Paz Road exit and turn left; head east to Chrisanta Drive and turn right; school is on the right. Corona del Mar at Tesoro High 1 Tesoro Creek Road, Las Flores Take the San Diego Freeway south to Oso Parkway; east to Tesoro Creek Road; right to school.
NEWS
July 24, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Man killed after car flies off bridge The driver of a Porsche traveling at speeds of about 100 mph on the Costa Mesa Freeway on Tuesday night was killed after he lost control of his car, which ended up smashing through a guard rail before plunging onto the San Diego Freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said. The driver, whose name was not released, was reportedly pursuing another car that passed him after he entered the freeway from the Del Mar Avenue onramp just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, CHP officials said.
NEWS
November 1, 2002
Bristol Street freeway offramp closes today The Bristol Street exit off the northbound San Diego Freeway will be closed today until Nov. 15. Officials recommend MacArthur Boulevard as a detour for the northbound San Diego Freeway and southbound Costa Mesa Freeway motorists. The new Bristol exit opening Nov. 15 will split into a new Avenue of the Arts offramp as well as a Bristol exit. Motorists will exit off the San Diego Freeway before it meets the Costa Mesa Freeway, greatly reducing congestion.
NEWS
February 28, 2000
Maybe they were spurred on by Pilot columnist Peter Buffa's quip, "I'm sure it will take them a couple years to fix it," or just the sheer embarrassment of it all. Whatever the reason, I'm happy to report that Caltrans officials have done a remarkable thing for an agency that has quite a reputation for boondoggles and red tape. In just more than one month's time, they've managed to restore the good name of the Costa Mesa Freeway. Readers may remember last month we reported that by using the directional signs on the northbound San Diego Freeway, Caltrans had without fanfare, without official notice, without so much as a phone call to the mayor, changed the name of the Costa Mesa Freeway to the Newport Freeway.
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NEWS
April 6, 2008
Sometimes waiting for the bureaucrats to fix a problem like the 55 Freeway can be as irritating as idling in a traffic jam. It doesn’t help that when it comes to paying for the cure it turns into a Marx Brothers routine over who will pick up the bill. Turns out the last laugh is always on us because we’re paying for it anyway. The bureaucrats sometimes forget that in their turf wars over who is supposed to take responsibility for the problem. For years now we’ve seen studies ordered to diagnose why the Costa Mesa Freeway is so dysfunctional.
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NEWS
By Tom Egan | May 6, 2007
It's no wonder Newport Beach kept the coastal freeway from careening through town years ago. And it's no wonder city officials secured state legislation to prohibit the 55 Freeway from even entering their town. And it's no wonder they now want a bridge over the Santa Ana River at 19th Street, so that Huntington Beach commuter traffic will bypass Newport Beach on its way to and from the 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa. By the same token, is it any wonder that Costa Mesa views that same 19th Street bridge idea as a nonstarter?
NEWS
By Tom Neth | April 29, 2007
I noticed an article in the Los Angeles Times on Monday and again in the Pilot ("Fixes for 55 congestion crawl to a start with study," April 24) about the Orange County Transportation Authority funding a study to ease congestion at the end of the Costa Mesa Freeway (55). Boy, that's a lofty goal to be sure, and if the study can reveal real-world options that could make this work, then I would suggest that the study committee be empowered to tackle global warming next. Short of 25% to 35% of the combined populations of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Corona del Mar moving permanently elsewhere and their residences being converted to park land, I see little hope for the study to reveal an upside to this topic.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | December 18, 2006
He may not make as many media appearances in 2007 as he did this year, but Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor likely will be pushing his agenda just as hard off-camera. Now that he's achieved his goal of getting criminal suspects screened for immigration violations, Mansoor said that issue is over. He's got a new list of topics to address in his second term as mayor, and illegal immigration isn't among them, he said in an interview. Mansoor spearheaded a plan to train city police to do immigration checks, but that was set aside when federal immigration officials placed an agent in the city jail earlier this month.
FEATURES
July 16, 2006
Costa Mesa and Newport Beach officials seem to agree that they need to talk more about how to handle Newport's proposed annexation of West Santa Ana Heights, where people are anxious to become the newest Newport residents. Such agreement is good, given that county officials essentially have told the two cities to work out their differences. Of course, agreeing they need to talk and reaching any substantive agreements during those talks are two vastly different things. Last week, the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission voted to delay until November a decision on adding West Santa Ana Heights to Newport Beach.
FEATURES
July 13, 2006
Why not a park and a city hall? Hey, what about this idea? Why couldn't a small park co-exist with a new Newport Beach City Hall? Everyone wins! The park folks would get some nice lawn to picnic on with shade trees, and Bill Ficker gets his new city hall. What a concept. PETE RABBITT Newport Beach Newport needs to get off the bridge During the past few years, Newport Beach fought to get air traffic over its city relocated to neighbors to their east and south.
LOCAL
By Purnima Mudnal | March 11, 2006
A Downey resident's fake LAPD badge ? purchased on the Internet to help him pick up women, he told police ? has landed him in trouble with real law enforcement officers, Costa Mesa police reported. Pedro R. Davila, 29, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and impersonating a Los Angeles police detective after he was pulled over early Friday on the Costa Mesa Freeway (55). Police officers stopped Davila near Del Mar Avenue at 2:25 a.m. after they noticed his grey Porsche weaving and almost crashing into a car ahead of him. Davila earlier had chatted with police officers at the Sutra Lounge, a nightclub on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, and showed them a fake Los Angeles Police Department badge, which didn't arouse their suspicions at the time, Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Marty Carver said.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | December 17, 2005
Project would fight pollution, widen freeway; county voters must OK sales tax renewal first.A preliminary $11.8-billion transportation plan includes money to widen the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) and fight pollution from highway runoff. While the plan doesn't address the bottleneck at the freeway's southern end in Costa Mesa, city officials haven't lost hope of getting the freeway extended. A committee of the Orange County Transportation Authority on Friday recommended the spending plan to the authority's board, which will discuss it Jan. 9. It explains how the authority would use about $11.8 billion that would be generated over 30 years if Orange County voters approve a renewal of Measure M, an existing half-cent sales tax that has funded millions in road improvements but expires in 2011.
LOCAL
November 14, 2005
A man was killed early Saturday in a single-car crash in Costa Mesa, authorities said. The driver was identified as Richard Linkon, 30, of Irvine. According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, Linkon was speeding in a 2005 BMW 545i on a transition roadway connecting the northbound Corona del Mar Freeway (73) to the Costa Mesa Freeway (55). Linkon reportedly lost control of his car and swerved off the left side of the roadway. The driver's side of the BMW smashed into a tree, and Linkon was killed by the force of the crash, authorities said.
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