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, 2013
The Orange Coast College Speech and Debate Team earned the top spot this weekend at the Pacific Southern California Forensics Assn.'s Fall Championship Tournament. The event at Cal State Long Beach drew participants from more than 40 schools around the country, according to a news release. It is one of the biggest such tournaments in the country, the release said. OCC beat out longtime rival Irvine Valley College by 51 points, while IVC topped El Camino College by 4 points.
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.
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.