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October 25, 2000
NEW CODE REGULATIONS The Costa Mesa City Council approved a number of new code regulations earlier this year in response to residents' complaints about the maintenance of their properties. Cowan said she is "proud to be a part" of developing these new regulations, adding that the city codes can help clean up Costa Mesa. WEST SIDE PLAN Since 1998, the city has focused on the West Side for intense revitalization efforts. The aged part of the city has lacked economic progress and has become dilapidated.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan is continuing the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award program established by former Mayor Gary Monahan. The city is accepting nominations for the award, which will recognize Costa Mesa youths who have displayed a particular leadership role in the community, demonstrated responsibility and accountability in their daily lives, volunteered in one or more community events in the last year or have made...
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan says she will continue the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award program established by former Mayor Gary Monahan. The city is accepting nominations for the award, which recognizes Costa Mesa residents who have displayed a particular leadership role in the community, have demonstrated responsibility and accountability in their daily lives, volunteered in one or more community events within the past year,...
NEWS
October 25, 1999
Daily Pilot staff In last week's story about the Scrabble Club 350 of Costa Mesa, we neglected to mention that our own theater reviewer, Tom Titus, happens to be the club's first Scrabble champion. The club, which started in January, had its first final in July. Titus, who has written for the Pilot for more than 35 years, has been involved in Scrabble tournament play since 1983. He has won about 10 other tournaments in his 17 years on the circuit, including the Pasadena tournament in January, when he beat Costa Mesa club director Gary Moss.
NEWS
December 13, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Discussions surrounding the future of the Westside were heated at this week's redevelopment meeting, prompting Councilwoman Libby Cowan to deliver a cutting blow to Councilman Chris Steel and his supporters. Council members, acting as the city's Redevelopment Agency, voted 4 to 1 Monday to create a Westside Redevelopment Committee, designed to forge a working plan for the area. Steel was opposed. The committee is to be composed of about 46 people who have a vested interest in seeing the area improved, said Cowan, who finished up her year as the city's mayor last week.
NEWS
April 7, 2001
As a politician, Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan is supposed to be loud, obnoxious, stubborn and selfish. During our recent interview, however, she was gracious, conciliatory and quite calm, considering the chaos that has occurred since the city's November elections. Since that time, Costa Mesa has, among other decisions, canceled a planned skate park, shaken up the city's planning commission, questioned the value of the Noguchi Garden and put us right behind the South Bronx in the public's perception of safe neighborhoods.
NEWS
July 9, 2003
Deirdre Newman A community garden planned for Charle and Hamilton streets will finally blossom after city leaders approved spending $80,000 to construct it. Monday, the City Council approved the community garden with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Gary Monahan and Councilman Allan Mansoor dissented. The garden was in line for automatic approval at the May 5 City Council meeting, but it was pulled off the consent calendar and rejected. Monday's approval was a victory for Councilwoman Libby Cowan, who nurtured the idea and brought the rehearing request to the council.
NEWS
May 20, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA--The City Council has decided not to move City Hall to an elegant building at the corner of 19th Street and Newport Boulevard. Instead, the city's redevelopment agency will aggressively seek a tenant for the building, which has been vacant since 1991, city officials said. The owner of the Spanish-style building, Los Angeles businessman Nickolas Shammas, did not return calls for comment Friday. "It has become a landmark symbol, done in the style of old-school architecture that used to be at that site," said Councilwoman Libby Cowan, who voted against moving City Hall and the Police Department there.
NEWS
November 4, 2001
Although she is not the I-told-you-so type of person, Mayor Libby Cowan could be uttering those very words after a state commission ruled she had no conflict of interest relating to the El Toro Airport. Cowan said she never believed she had a conflict but asked for clarification from the Fair Political Practices Commission after growing public pressure from supporters of an airport at the closed Marine base. A handful of residents questioned whether Cowan could remain fair while voting on airport issues because she works for the city of Irvine, one of the cities most staunchly opposed to an airport in South Orange County.
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NEWS
July 9, 2003
Deirdre Newman A community garden planned for Charle and Hamilton streets will finally blossom after city leaders approved spending $80,000 to construct it. Monday, the City Council approved the community garden with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Gary Monahan and Councilman Allan Mansoor dissented. The garden was in line for automatic approval at the May 5 City Council meeting, but it was pulled off the consent calendar and rejected. Monday's approval was a victory for Councilwoman Libby Cowan, who nurtured the idea and brought the rehearing request to the council.
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NEWS
February 7, 2003
Sometimes things just seem to work themselves out. Two years ago, the City Council appointed planning commissioners by majority rule, ensuring that each council member could weigh in on the selection to the crucial committee. Two years ago, Councilwoman Libby Cowan was part of the usual council majority and didn't have to worry about the lack of political support for her top choices. And two years ago, the council rejected Cowan's suggestion to directly appoint planning commissioners and parks and recreation commissioners, saying it was emblematical cronyism and political favoritism.
NEWS
December 13, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Discussions surrounding the future of the Westside were heated at this week's redevelopment meeting, prompting Councilwoman Libby Cowan to deliver a cutting blow to Councilman Chris Steel and his supporters. Council members, acting as the city's Redevelopment Agency, voted 4 to 1 Monday to create a Westside Redevelopment Committee, designed to forge a working plan for the area. Steel was opposed. The committee is to be composed of about 46 people who have a vested interest in seeing the area improved, said Cowan, who finished up her year as the city's mayor last week.
NEWS
November 4, 2001
Although she is not the I-told-you-so type of person, Mayor Libby Cowan could be uttering those very words after a state commission ruled she had no conflict of interest relating to the El Toro Airport. Cowan said she never believed she had a conflict but asked for clarification from the Fair Political Practices Commission after growing public pressure from supporters of an airport at the closed Marine base. A handful of residents questioned whether Cowan could remain fair while voting on airport issues because she works for the city of Irvine, one of the cities most staunchly opposed to an airport in South Orange County.
NEWS
November 1, 2001
S.J. Cahn COSTA MESA -- Mayor Libby Cowan has no conflict of interest when it comes to the proposed El Toro airport, a state commission has ruled. Cowan asked for the clarification of her role in late September amid growing public pressure from supporters of an airport at the closed Marine base. They questioned whether Cowan could remain fair when voting on airport issues because she works for Irvine, one of the cities most staunchly opposed to the planned airport.
NEWS
September 20, 2001
Paul Clinton COSTA MESA -- Mayor Libby Cowan wants city residents to know she supports an airport for the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Just not the county's airport. Cowan, speaking at length about her position on a grab-bag of airport issues, labeled the county's plan as "not appropriate" and urged planners to restore credibility to the process by seeking input from those cities most affected by an airfield. "An appropriate airport is one that is designed by [all of]
NEWS
April 7, 2001
As a politician, Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan is supposed to be loud, obnoxious, stubborn and selfish. During our recent interview, however, she was gracious, conciliatory and quite calm, considering the chaos that has occurred since the city's November elections. Since that time, Costa Mesa has, among other decisions, canceled a planned skate park, shaken up the city's planning commission, questioned the value of the Noguchi Garden and put us right behind the South Bronx in the public's perception of safe neighborhoods.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
Costa Mesa Mayor Libby Cowan is continuing the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award program established by former Mayor Gary Monahan. The city is accepting nominations for the award, which will recognize Costa Mesa youths who have displayed a particular leadership role in the community, demonstrated responsibility and accountability in their daily lives, volunteered in one or more community events in the last year or have made...
NEWS
February 24, 2001
Costa Mesa city officials joined their Newport Beach colleagues Friday in denouncing a possible move by South County cities to fight for a larger John Wayne Airport. The El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, at its Monday board meeting, is set to consider rescinding support for the extension of flight caps and other noise measures at John Wayne Airport. Those restrictions will run out in 2005. Newport Beach officials are busy working to extend a 1985 settlement agreement, which instituted the caps.
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