January 23, 2003
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few decisions coming out of Tuesday's Costa Mesa City Council meeting: NEWPORT BOULEVARD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Libby Cowan pulled this item from the consent calendar, where it would have been automatically approved without discussion, because she wanted to focus more on creating a pedestrian-friendly environment in the Newport Boulevard/19th Street area. She suggested delaying a vote on the item until a latter day, but her colleagues rejected that notion.
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.
March 15, 2013
What do giraffes dream of when they take a little giraffe snooze? Tough to say, but it probably has little to do with meeting the Campus Drive 73 Freeway overpass face-first. About five months after shooting for "The Hangover Part 3" closed down a 3-milestretch of the 73 from the 405 Freeway to Jamboree Road, area residents can see part of the final product in the movie's trailer, which features a pretty sizeable Newport Beach cameo. VIDEO: Watch the trailer Actor Zach Galifianakis is shown driving a silver Mercedes-Benz convertible southbound on the 73, past a backdrop of fluffy white clouds, palm trees and verdant hills.
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.
February 26, 2013
Two Orange County resorts -- The Resort at Pelican Hill and Montage Laguna Beach -- earned new 2013 five-star ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes announced Tuesday. In making the Forbes five-star list, Pelican Hill's hotel and Montage joined one other Orange County property, the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The Resort at Pelican Hill, which opened in 2008, became the first and only in Newport Beach to garner the rating. Both hotels have won top honors from various trade organizations, such as AAA's Five Diamond Award.
February 18, 2014
Machines buzzed and clanged behind a green construction barrier Tuesday morning as crews began the demolition of what was once Nabers Cadillac dealership, a Harbor Boulevard mainstay for nearly half a century. The lot at Merrimac Way and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa was most recently home to Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac, which has temporarily moved its operations into a neighboring facility until construction is complete. The old campus - where bulldozers dismantled rows of aging service ports and an outdoor courtesy car wash stood in decay - will be replaced by a new "state of the art" dealership with 32 indoor service bays and two "Internet-driven" showrooms, according to Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac officials.
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.