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By Britney Barnes | May 3, 2012
Chants of "Enough is enough" and "More classes, fewer managers" rose above the after-work traffic Wednesday night as protesters filled the sidewalks around Harbor Boulevard and Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa. Adults waved signs stating "Preserve classes, no executive raises" and "Do not kill our future, educate us," while one girl clutched a sign with "My future matters. " About 200 current and former faculty, staff and students, along with community members, rallied along the streets around and in front of the Coast Community College District's headquarters to express their concerns about budget cuts and reduced course offerings.
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By Sarah Peters | October 29, 2011
IRVINE — City Council members backed Occupy Orange County demonstrators' request to camp overnight on the Civic Center lawn with a unanimous vote Tuesday night. "America is a democratic country," Mayor Sukhee Kang said Thursday. "It is important as a city to respect and facilitate free speech rights for everyone and that is exactly what the city has done on Tuesday night after listening to over 60 people speak. It wasn't about politics, it wasn't about partisanship; it was about respecting their voice.
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June 14, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- A succession of purple shirts snaked its way through the business centers on the city's northern border Thursday afternoon, halting traffic and earning curious stares from onlookers, as demonstrators from a local union loudly demanded justice for Orange County janitors. Three busloads of members of Service Employees International Union Local 1877 descended on the business district at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Sunflower Avenue during the lunch hour after marching from Fairview Road and MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana. The marchers, dressed in purple and gold union T-shirts, chanted and carried picket signs, banners, noisemakers, drums and horns as they loudly called attention to what they believe are injustices in the janitorial industry.
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By Joseph Serna | February 24, 2010
Seventeen students and university employees were arrested Wednesday at UC Irvine after they staged a sit-in outside the chancellor’s office to protest about several issues involving UCI and other University of California campuses. From the arrest of 11 students at UCI earlier this month, to a racist party at another UC campus, fee hikes, funding decreases and university employment issues, demonstrators said Wednesday that campus life is spiraling downward. “It’s an alliance of students and workers expressing their disappointment and disgust at the administration’s lack of regard for their issues,” said Cindy Amobi, a third-year UCI student who represented the various interests.
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By Fatma Saleh | February 26, 2011
Muslims worldwide are closely watching the sweeping developments in the Middle East. What is happening across the region is not a Muslim revolution. It is a people's revolution. It includes Muslims and Christians. They are demanding liberation, democracy, human rights and the pursuit of prosperity within their respective countries. All conscience-minded people — especially we Americans — are empathetic with nations struggling for human liberty, dignity and democracy.
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August 17, 2000
Mounted riot police loaded with tear gas canisters, batons and the fear of appearing too lax or too aggressive, can be ingredients for a great story. Add a few thousand protesters distrustful of police and society and the government's environmentally devastating, human rights-repressing corporate structure, and catalyze that with a blazing orange sun and you've got the potential for mayhem. A powerful front-pager. I'm talking extra bold headlines and multiple photos of gas masks, sweating faces twisted and contorted with rage and fear and human stampedes.
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May 15, 2002
-- Lolita Harper If your idea of vacation is spending a night under the stars in a remote outdoor location, get ready to take advantage of the grand opening event at Adventure 16 Outdoor & Travel Outfitters at The Camp this weekend. The new 12,000-square-foot store, dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle, will host a 10-day event showcasing presentations by mountaineers, outdoor authors and gear demonstrators. Adventure 16 will also host a weekend climbing wall, and offer free drawings and sale merchandise.
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By B.W. COOK | June 28, 2007
As the Newport Mesa crowd arrived at the St. Regis Resort Saturday night they were bombarded by demonstrators making their voices heard concerning democratic issues in Vietnam. The president of Vietnam was in Orange County over the weekend meeting with business leaders promoting trade between the East and West. The local crowd was, in fact, headed to the St. Regis for a benefit dinner on behalf of Miocean Foundation. Guests in limousines and high-profile vehicles became targets for demonstrators as they pulled into the porte cochere of the hotel as it was assumed the shiny black cars might be carrying government dignitaries or perhaps even the arriving president of Vietnam.
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August 15, 2000
Andrew Glazer The Convergence Center -- normally an abandoned three-story building a block away from the ducks and preaching evangelists of MacArthur Park -- was abuzz Sunday with activists. In the thick, syrupy air, they painted larger-than-life puppets, chopped hundreds of onions for a free salad and trained themselves on how to deliver a 10-second sound bite. About a month ago, a nationwide network of activists set up a makeshift kitchen, sign-making studio and a half-dozen classrooms for workshops.
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By Joseph Serna | October 15, 2011
IRVINE - Resting on his bicycle between two fellow riders, Newport Beach resident Jeff Yeargain waited and watched with apparent contempt as more than 500 people marched across his path toward a major Irvine intersection. Stopped with his two friends, a businessman from Costa Mesa and a retired attorney from Irvine, Yeargain waited at Alton Parkway on the canal's riding path for the Occupy Wall Street movement's latest crop to pass by. "They just want something for nothing," Yeargain said.
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By Bradley Zint | December 27, 2013
A national scholarship started by a Newport Beach developer is coming to two schools in the Newport-Mesa district. Beginning next year, the Simon Scholars program will be available to 16 students a year, eight each from Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools. The comprehensive, six-year program provides funding for college and the help needed to get there: mentoring, workshops and outings. Applicants must demonstrate significant financial need. Newport Beach resident Ron Simon, founder of RSI Development and his family's foundation, started the program 10 years ago to help high school students in Santa Ana. It has since expanded to school districts in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Oceanside and San Marcos, as well as New Mexico, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger said he helped bring the program to Newport-Mesa Unified after a conversation he had more than a year ago with Simon.
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By Hannah Fry | December 10, 2013
Drivers in the area of Arlington Drive and Fairview Road in Costa Mesa on Monday afternoon honked in support of the nearly 30 local teachers and community members huddled on the street corner and waving signs to encourage reform in public schools. The gathering was part of a larger national day of action sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, a nationwide teachers union, to shed light on issues regarding public education in the United States. In recent years, dwindling budgets for education have resulted in increased class sizes, inadequate support staff in the form of counselors and nurses, and curriculum lacking in art, physical education and science, said Joel Flores, co-chairman of the committee on political education for the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers.
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By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 13, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday to move ahead with an ordinance that would create a 300-foot "buffer zone" to keep pickets away from a targeted individual's home. The 6-0 decision followed a recent night-time demonstration during which abortion protesters targeted the residence of a local doctor, writing slurs in chalk in front of the house and generally frightening residents. While council members said they understood the need to protect free speech, they felt that the rule would ensure that residents could find peace and privacy in their homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Beau Nicolette | August 9, 2013
Gil Riegler looked the part of a traditional farmer with a battered cap and faded jeans as he groomed his livestock for the afternoon milking show. But he was preparing to squeeze the white substance from an animal that Americans don't generally connect with the process: a camel. A large crowd gathered in the livestock area of the Orange County Fair hoping to see Riegler milk the desert dromedaries during one of three daily shows. He warmed up the crowd with camel facts - they have three eyelids, they store all their fat in the hump and they have valves in their ears to keep out sand - and introduced the mother, Bellina, and her 3-month-old son, Bodhi.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 6, 2013
The Orange County Fair doesn't specify exactly what "it" is in this year's theme of "Come & Get It," but there's plenty to choose from. Friday marks the beginning of the annual event's deep-fried grandeur, cornucopia of entertainment, rides, animals, games and more at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, according to news releases and the fair's website. This year, a new cast of food mascots is ready to welcome fairgoers Wednesdays through Sundays, from Friday to Aug. 11. Although attendees won't be able to eat Arturo the churro, Olivia the orange or Mike the bacon-wrapped turkey leg, they can buy plush toys depicting the "foodies" and find them in costume around the grounds.
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By Jill Cowan and Lauren Williams | June 20, 2013
Wearing purple and carrying picket signs, hundreds of abortion-rights advocates demonstrated outside Hoag Hospital Newport Beach Thursday night in protest of the recent decision to eliminate elective abortions. They were met by a robust crowd of counter-demonstrators, many of whom made clear they were on board with the hospital's decision to stop providing the service after it affiliated with a Catholic healthcare system. Signs proclaiming, "Our bodies, ourselves," mixed in with placards thanking Hoag for saving "babies.
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November 13, 2012
Concert Harpist Kate Loughrey will put on a family-friendly show Sunday. The Newport Beach Public Library's latest installment in its Sunday Musicale series will feature classical and jazz music on the harp from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Loughrey will perform both romantic and contemporary songs from composers from Spain, France and Italy, as well as Russia and the United States. She will also perform her own compositions. After the performance, community members can stay for a hands-on demonstration.
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September 22, 2012
Future Sailors cheerleaders showed their stuff at Newport Harbor High School's football game at Davidson Field against San Clemente High. Newport Harbor's junior cheer camp participants gave a performance at halftime Friday night, demonstrating everything they learned during the week-long camp over the summer. The camp brought together about 130 pre-K to eighth-grade girls who wanted to learn the basics of cheer, song and baton twirling from the Newport Harbor High cheerleaders. The camp, which was the squad's biggest fundraiser of the year, helped the girls build confidence and a sense of rhythm while instilling the importance of exercising and being healthy, advisor Kristin Higman has said.
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By Britney Barnes | September 19, 2012
Visitors can get a taste of what life was like for early Californians at an adobe that has stood for nearly 200 years. The Costa Mesa Historical Society is hosting its 46th annual Early California Days from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Diego Sepulveda Adobe in Estancia Park, 1900 Adams Ave.. The event will mark the society's anniversary. "Come and learn about some local heritage and have fun at the same time," said Terry Shaw, historical society vice president of programs.
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By Joseph Serna | August 25, 2012
Demonstrators on Saturday gathered in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department to support Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, who they contend was falsely accused of driving drunk by a private investigator who works for a law firm that represents police unions. A motorist tailing Righeimer called 911 Wednesday, saying the councilman was swerving and appeared drunk. Righeimer, who said he only drank a Diet Coke, was given a sobriety test by police at his home and passed. The man who made the call is a fired Riverside police officer who works with a law firm that until recently was retained by the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
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