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From staff reports | March 14, 2014
Tastea , a trendy international tea bar at the Outlets at Orange , is moving to Costa Mesa, according to a news release. The Orange location will close March 24. The Costa Mesa store is set to open in April at 1175 Baker St. Tastea is known for flavored iced teas and smoothies, including "Peach Me Sweetea," which is made with peach and strawberry tea, "Ooh La La," a coconut and pineapple smoothie with strawberries, and taro milk tea,...
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By Hannah Fry | March 14, 2014
Seventh-grader Jonathan Barton steadied himself and stared down his target. With a sly smile, the 12-year-old pulled his arm back with the intensity of a Major League Baseball pitcher and launched the aluminum pie tin full of whipped cream through the air and right into his science teacher's face. The entire lunch area erupted in cheers. What would typically be treated as a punishable offense was welcomed at Costa Mesa High School on Friday - also known as Pi Day. "I picked Ms. [Verenice]
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Jim Righeimer and Jim Righeimer | March 14, 2014
For many years, Costa Mesa's Westside hasn't fully tapped its great potential, despite being just one mile from the beach, the capital of the world's action sports industry and the subject of an innovative revitalization plan drawn up about a decade ago by residents, business owners and city staff. But now, thanks to a growing economy, quality developers and top-of-their-field city planners, the Westside has begun a renaissance marked by swapping out rundown rental and industrial properties for modern condominiums, work-live units and more detached homes.
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By Alexandria Bordas | March 13, 2014
On a recent morning at Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, half of the 10 bowling lanes were the scenes of cheers, high-fives and laughter. The special occasion was a children's party, and fun was obviously being had despite a good number of brightly colored bowling balls flying into gutters. "It is best described as a boutique bowling center," said Daniel Hurd, 42, owner of Tavern & Bowl. The newest addition to The Triangle opened Feb. 27. "We wanted to bring in a project that combined a restaurant and entertainment aspect, and Tavern & Bowl does just that," said Scott Sanfilippo, partner at Greenlaw Partners, which owns The Triangle.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 12, 2014
In 1989, Ling Chai joined friends and fellow students at Tiananmen Square for what she believed would be a peaceful protest. They gathered at the Beijing site to rally for political and social reform, better career prospects and a free media. But in response, China's leader at the time, Deng Xiaoping, and senior officials declared martial law and mobilized as many as 300,000 troops. In the resulting massacre, demonstrators were injured, killed, sentenced and exiled. Placed on the government's list of 21 most wanted students, Chai fled.
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By Hannah Fry | March 9, 2014
Residents along Mission and Mendoza Drive in Costa Mesa gathered trash bags, brooms and dust pans and took to the streets Saturday morning to clean up their neighborhood. The community clean-up day is part of a larger improvement project that the city began in the neighborhoods next to Sonora Elementary School in December 2012, said Mike Brumbaugh, a code enforcement officer and member of the neighborhood improvement task force. The city is in the process of repaving several alleyways that run behind the multi-level housing units on Mission Drive and Mendoza Drive, and is asking homeowners to put money into upgrading their property.
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By Bradley Zint | March 7, 2014
Mayor Jim Righeimer announced appointments this week for a group that will address the "negative impacts" some rehabilitation homes have on Costa Mesa neighborhoods. The Preserve Our Neighborhoods Task Force will meet for the first time in a few weeks and establish a regular meeting schedule, city spokesman Bill Lobdell said. Its members are Planning Commissioner Tim Sesler, an attorney who also serves on the city's Pension Oversight Committee; Charter Committee member Kerry McCarthy, an account manager for a national food provider company; Larry Weichman, a local real estate agent; Jeremy Broderick, founder of the Costa Mesa-based Windward Way group home; Scott McClane; Joe McGreevy; and Lisa Morlan.
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March 6, 2014
Former state Sen. Tom Harman has endorsed Costa Mesa City Council candidate Tony Capitelli, according to a recent news release. In it, Harman, a Republican whose 35th District included Costa Mesa, called Capitelli a "principled young leader who has the ability to collaborate and work with all sides to solve problems. Tony would be a great addition to the Costa Mesa City Council. " Capitelli said in the release that he was "truly honored to have the support [of] such an effective leader.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 6, 2014
A self-described Costa Mesa gang member pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to the sale of marijuana to minors after two Newport Harbor High School students allegedly bought pot brownies and Pop-Tarts from a man named "Clever," police said. Isaac Adam Greer, 33, appeared in Orange County Superior Court on two felony counts of selling marijuana to a minor and a third felony count of possessing marijuana for sale, court records show. Costa Mesa police arrested him Tuesday.
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By Hannah Fry | March 6, 2014
Two years after a jury convicted him of shooting a 15-year-old girl in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun, a Costa Mesa gang member has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, authorities said. Salvador Burciaga, 24, was the fourth defendant to be sentenced in connection with the shooting. He was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and enhancements for gun use, being an active participant in a street gang and committing a felony for the benefit of a gang, according to a news release.
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