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September 18, 2000
Alex Coolman Depending on who you ask, it was either an appalling attempt to make an end run around environmental legislation or an earnest effort to understand a complex and ambiguous set of state laws. Last week, the Irvine Co. argued to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board that discharges of runoff water from a 635-home development into the ocean at Crystal Cove State Park are not legally prohibited. Sat Tamaribuchi, Irvine Co. vice president of environmental affairs, said the company stands by its interpretation of state law and how storm water can be diverted.
NEWS
March 1, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- They didn't get the assurances they wanted. But City Council members unanimously decided Tuesday to sell the city's 1.18% share of the defunct San Joaquin Reservoir to allow the Irvine Ranch Water District to turn it into a basin for reclaimed water. Council members and residents had voiced concerns at past meetings that district officials weren't willing to sign a legally binding document that would prohibit a discharge of reclaimed water into the Upper Newport Bay except during serious rainstorms.
NEWS
June 3, 2002
Ahoy. Deja vu hit me this week as I read an e-mail from Nancy Skinner about bill H.R. 3673, which was introduced to Congress. It is almost identical to last year's defunct bill H.R. 1730. Both bills are written by U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), who appears to be trying to wax the kitchen floor by pouring the wax in from the front door, damn the carpet full speed ahead. I wrote a column Aug. 20 concerning Saxton's previous bill, and now, he has modified a few words in this new bill to once again allow partially treated waste to be discharged in "no-discharge zones" such as Orange County's Newport Harbor, Dana Point Harbor and Huntington Harbour.
NEWS
November 18, 1999
Susan McCormack CRYSTAL COVE -- Regulatory agencies are still working to determine how much chlorine an Irvine Co. contractor dumped into Los Trancos Creek, which drains onto Crystal Cove State Park, without a key piece of evidence: a sample of the discharged water. Kurt Berchtold, an assistant executive officer with the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, on Wednesday confirmed that the contractor, Griffith Co., had spilled chlorine into the creek.
NEWS
August 20, 2001
Ahoy. The other day I was in Oceanside having lunch with Pete Gray, the famous radio personality who co-hosts the "Let's Talk Hook Up" fishing talk show, and I told him about the marlin I saw jumping a few miles off Catalina Island that I mentioned in last week's column. Pete mentioned that all the indicators are pointing to an excellent season even a bit early in our local waters, and other species are here. In 1993, Pete started "Let's Talk Hook Up," which is now one of the most popular live call-in fishing radio shows in Southern California.
NEWS
November 1, 2000
Alex Coolman The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board on Tuesday said it is considering levying more than $10,000 in fines against Standard Pacific Homes, the company that in September spilled a large quantity of muck and water into Crystal Cove. The proposed $10,350 fine is a response to a Sept. 12 incident in which a bulkhead failed at a Standard Pacific construction site above Crystal Cove, sending about 6,000 gallons of water into the ocean.
NEWS
June 14, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- An accident at a construction site Tuesday afternoon sent a river of water rushing through drainage channels and into the ocean at Crystal Cove, a spokesman for the developer said. Standard Pacific Homes project manager Thomas Olson said a grading accident at the project site above Crystal Cove State Park ruptured one of the development's own water lines. Specific figures on the amount of water released were not available, but the 15-minute flow was "significant," said Kurt Berchtold of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.
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By Geoff West | July 8, 2008
In his recent column (“Don’t Forget To Douse,” July 8), self-professed knucklehead Steve Smith goes right to the heart of the fireworks issue in Costa Mesa. I have to give Smith credit. It took guts to tell readers of his boneheaded move that melted his trash can and threatened his neighborhood. It takes real chutzpah to think he can justify continuing the sales and discharge of fireworks in Costa Mesa. I am one who feels we should stop selling fireworks in Costa Mesa and pass an ordinance that forbids the discharge of any fireworks.
NEWS
August 18, 2001
NEWPORT BEACH -- Environmentalists and city officials have begun mobilizing against a federal bill that could open the floodgates and allow boaters to dump partially treated sewage into the harbor. The bubbling up of serious concerns about the bill, introduced by Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), surfaced in City Hall earlier this month. Mayor Gary Adams urged Reps. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) to oppose the bill in an Aug. 9 letter.
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By Hannah Fry and Jeremiah Dobruck | October 22, 2013
A 23-year-old man was charged Tuesday in connection with shots fired at people gathered on a balcony outside a Newport Beach home, authorities said. Matthew Allen Boyd, of Newport Beach, had been involved in a fight with multiple people at a house in the 5100 block of Seashore Drive early Sunday, police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. She said Boyd left the house and returned with a gun about 2:22 a.m., adding that he fired five shots in the general direction of the balcony, where people from the fight were congregating.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 12, 2010
If Harbor Patrol deputies board your boat in Newport Harbor and ask to see the restroom, don't be offended. They're just doing their job. When the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol contracted with Newport Beach to continue overseeing the harbor's 1,200 or so moorings, they also took on a new task: checking the plumbing. In the next 60 to 90 days, the Harbor Patrol will roll out a new dye tab program, where deputies drop a tab of a colored dye into the toilet and flush.
NEWS
November 12, 2009
William Lewis Kitchens of Newport Beach, California, died at home Oct 4 at the age of 80. Bill was born March 16, 1929, the eldest son of Jennings Bryan (Kit) and Edith Mae (Polly) Kitchens of Tucson, Arizona. After a year at University of Arizona, he attended University of Colorado, Boulder on a R.O.T.C. Scholarship. 1952 was a big year: He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, and married Joan Marya Buckland.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | May 8, 2009
Lt. Dan Choi, an Orange County native and Iraq veteran, found out Wednesday that a board of Army officials is looking into dismissing him from service for violating its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality. News of the action led Laura Kanter to stay up most of the night planning a spur-of-the-moment protest on UCI’s Watson Bridge. Kanter is a board member of the fledgling Orange County Equality Coalition, a local activist group that sprung up after Proposition 8 eliminated same-sex marriage in California.
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By MIKE WHITEHEAD | July 10, 2008
Ahoy, The seas are flat, the barometer is rising, and the air temperature is hot, so time to get out on the water this summer weekend in Southern California. Boating is a good activity to escape the 75%-plus humidity levels, and you will see the high clouds from the monsoon conditions due to the tropical storms in gulf and southern Mexico. This type of weather pattern does create the chance of thunderstorms for the mountains and deserts, and we could have thunderstorms hit the coast today and Saturday.
NEWS
By Geoff West | July 8, 2008
In his recent column (“Don’t Forget To Douse,” July 8), self-professed knucklehead Steve Smith goes right to the heart of the fireworks issue in Costa Mesa. I have to give Smith credit. It took guts to tell readers of his boneheaded move that melted his trash can and threatened his neighborhood. It takes real chutzpah to think he can justify continuing the sales and discharge of fireworks in Costa Mesa. I am one who feels we should stop selling fireworks in Costa Mesa and pass an ordinance that forbids the discharge of any fireworks.
NEWS
August 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson Cities in the San Diego Creek and Newport Bay watershed have, for the time being, escaped stricter standards on what can be in the groundwater they discharge into Newport Bay. The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board decided at a meeting Friday it will give staff members at least until its next meeting in November to discuss alternatives with stakeholders and possibly overhaul the proposed...
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