July 15, 2012
Costa Mesa City Clerk Julie Folcik submitted her resignation Friday, a city official confirmed. Folcik, who had been with the city for about 10 years, was suspended with pay in March after she missed a deadline to submit Costa Mesa's proposed charter for the June primary ballot. Reached at her home in Long Beach, Folcik said it was difficult deciding to leave the city of Costa Mesa. "It gives me something to think about," she said. "Sometimes I feel that God creates new space where new opportunities can present themselves.
April 25, 2013
The city of Costa Mesa on Thursday announced several openings for police officers. The authorized positions, which were already budgeted, are 10 full-time and 10 reserve officers, according to a city news release. "It'll get the department to full strength," said city CEO Tom Hatch, "and the reserve officers will further support the Police Department. " A part-time recruitment analyst with the city's human resources department, at the cost of about $2,400 a month, will partner with the Police Department for the hiring process.
May 1, 2014
Costa Mesa officials have hired a U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 20 years of information technology experience. Information Technology Director Steve Ely was first brought to City Hall on an interim basis in November. His position was made permanent this week. He will receive an annual salary of $152,328. Ely replaces Bobby Young, who left Costa Mesa last summer for a private-sector job. Young, who worked at City Hall for 13 years, was the city's finance and information technology director.
August 23, 2013
Costa Mesa has welcomed a new police officer to its ranks, the city announced Friday. Justin Carl Mahaffey graduated from Orange County Sheriff's Department academy in Tustin on Monday after six months of training, according to a news release. Mahaffey started working for the CMPD as a jail custody officer in April 2012. The Police Department later assigned him to attend the academy, where he started as a CMPD recruit on March 4, according the release. Mahaffey was born in Simi Valley, grew up in Orange County and graduated from Tustin High School.
September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city has changed its website address to http://www.costamesaca.gov and workers' email addresses have changed as well. Costa Mesa employee email addresses are now formatted as firstname.lastname@example.org , city officials announced. Emails sent to old addresses will automatically be rerouted to the new ones. Online users will be rerouted to the city's new site if they use the old website address. — Joseph Serna Twitter: @josephserna
June 10, 2010
A resident who indicated in a letter to family that he is depressed has been missing since last week, according to Costa Mesa police. Fred Clifton Obrikat, 56, probably walked away from his residence at Oceanair Aparments, where he left his identification and vehicle, according to a news release issued Thursday. Obrikat is known to frequent Canyon and Talbert Regional parks and may be in the area, police stated. Police are asking anyone with information on Obrikat's whereabouts to contact Det. Dana Potts at (714)
February 22, 2014
Costa Mesa recently received one of North America's highest honors for municipal budgeting, the city announced in a news release Friday. The Government Finance Officers Assn. recognized Costa Mesa's fiscal year 2012-13 budget document with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, it said. "This distinguished honor represents the hard work and dedication of our city staff in striving for transparency ...," City CEO Tom Hatch said in a statement. "The budget is the most important policy decision that the City Council makes each year, and this award represents our effort to encourage public participation.
September 7, 2011
COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa is hosting a housing options workshop at noon p.m. Friday at the Police Department's Emergency Operations Center between the station and City Hall. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly stated the workshop starts at 1:30 p.m. In fact, it starts at noon Friday. The brown-bag meeting is a chance for anyone who wants learn about the housing options for the city's homeless, the differences between transitional and long-term supportive housing and its costs, among other topics.
February 11, 2011
Costa Mesa police on Saturday night will mount a DUI and driver's license checkpoint at Newport Boulevard and Flower Street. Starting at 7 p.m., officers will conduct field sobriety tests on drivers they suspect may be impaired. Costa Mesa was ranked No. 20 on the list of "Top 50 DUI Cities" in California in 2008, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, overall traffic deaths fell by 23% from 2007 to 2009. "Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures," Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, said in a prepared statement.