October 25, 2000
Jennifer Kho Surrounded by cozy flower patterns, vibrant solids and wooden furniture, Libby Cowan takes a seat and a deep breath. "This is me," she said. "It's very comfortable for me and it reflects who I am and who my family is. It's not an overly busy place. It's just comfortable." Cowan, a City Councilwoman running for reelection, looks almost as comfortable on the dais. But she hasn't always been a "people person," she said. "My natural instinct would be to be more of a hermit, more isolated," said Cowan, who has lived in Costa Mesa for 22 years.
September 24, 2002
Lolita Harper Councilwoman Libby Cowan said she wants to hear what residents and business owners have to say about a proposed Centerline Light Rail project touted to revolutionize transportation in Orange County by connecting the city to heavily traveled transportation hubs in Santa Ana and Irvine. Cowan, who represents the city during negotiations with the Orange County Transportation Authority, said it is time to gather public input on the proposed rail system, as the process is moving closer to becoming reality.
July 7, 2003
Deirdre Newman The Costa Mesa budget went into effect Tuesday, but some issues remain that the City Council needs to iron out. The council approved a $112-million budget on June 16 and, with the exception of funding for the Orange County Human Relations Committee, nothing was cut. But the process wasn't without controversy. Some of the items council members disagreed on were: funding recreational opportunities for children or using the money for code enforcement and bike patrol; the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which uses law enforcement personnel to work with children to prevent drug use; and the Job Center.
June 3, 2002
It's strange how the most vocal of our critics seem to hide in the shadows. Usually, it's an anonymous voice on the other end of the phone, criticizing us for reporting on a touchy subject, for putting things into perspective or the worst of all sins, because we forgot the crossword puzzle or the bridge column. Anonymous and, dare I say, cowardly calls. It happened again last week to our Costa Mesa City Hall reporter Lolita Harper. In a front-page Reporter's Notebook column, Harper shared her observations of how at least two women on the Costa Mesa council seem to be the main targets of council critics these days.
December 12, 2002
Lolita Harper City leaders Monday warned of a looming political battle over plans for a regional transportation line, saying partnering cities most likely would not support spending $1 million to study an option to underground the track through Costa Mesa, an idea that council members predict would be most favorable. The campaign for a Centerline light rail system may require a hard-line stance from city leaders to ensure the city's best interest, Councilwoman Libby Cowan said while updating her council colleagues on the project's progress during a City Council study session on Monday.
December 5, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- After nine years of service to the city on both the Planning Commission and the City Council, Linda Dixon has reached the pinnacle of success in local politics. Councilwoman Linda Dixon was unanimously voted by her council colleagues to succeed Libby Cowan as the next mayor of Costa Mesa. "A Polish girl from Chicago the mayor of Costa Mesa," Dixon said incredulously. The new mayor said she had a positive outlook for the future and thanked her friends and family for all their support.
October 17, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Mayor Libby Cowan denied Monday that a city committee was created to negotiate a controversial development agreement between the city and C.J. Segerstrom & Sons for the Home Ranch project, in potential violation of the state's open meeting law. During the public comments portion of Monday's council meeting, resident David Martinez questioned council members about meetings held by ...
October 28, 2003
Deirdre Newman Two community organizations have joined forces to focus attention on providing more affordable housing and eliminating substandard apartment conditions. St. Joachim Catholic Church and the Orange County Congregation Community Organizations started working together in September. One of the main priorities is to create standards that landlords would have to adhere to when renting out their apartments. There is a need to hold landlords more accountable to ensure a higher quality of life for apartment tenants, said Alma Marquez, senior organizer with the county group.
June 2, 2002
Which city? Which constituency? Which world? You be the judge. Which city does Libby Cowan work for? Is it Costa Mesa, which she's sworn to serve and protect -- or Irvine where she obtains her salary? Clearly Libby Cowan's loyalty is not for Costa Mesa, the city she was elected to serve and protect. It's Irvine -- judging from her recent public outburst calling the ballot-box and lawsuit process stupid for trying to protect Costa Mesa from a clear and present danger.
June 23, 2002
Daily Pilot Editor Tony Dodero's June 3 column, "Anonymous critics are just plain cowardly," made some good points, but one of his comments needs further clarification. He referred to an anonymous caller who was very critical of Costa Mesa Councilwoman Libby Cowan's lack of support for an El Toro airport. Dodero then put forth the argument, "The Newport Beach City Council has realized the same thing as Cowan in regards to the county El Toro fight and has declined to take part in any more pro-El Toro airport litigation or funding . . . but there doesn't seem to be much criticism of them."