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May 28, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Planning commissioners will review changes to the property maintenance code tonight that could make it illegal to park an inoperative car in the driveway. City planners are recommending that the commission approve amendments to city laws that would prohibit owners of mechanically inoperative vehicles from storing them anywhere but a a garage or other paved area surrounded by a 6-foot-high wall or fence. Sandi Benson, chief of code enforcement, said inoperative cars can be an eyesore and are the basis of many complaints to her department.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
A dead man found in a gas station driveway likely died of self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said Wednesday. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said authorities announced this information Thursday. It was Wednesday. Police first suspected Richard Swartz, 66, whose last known address was in Costa Mesa, was murdered. His body was found in an Mobil gas station driveway at Lincoln Avenue and Sunkist Street in Anaheim on March 19, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.
NEWS
December 1, 2007
A Costa Mesa woman was killed when she was run over by her own truck in her driveway, authorities said Friday. Valerie Lee Muniz, 45, was going inside to retrieve something before she left her home Wednesday in the 100 block of Santa Isabel Avenue when she left her 1996 Chevrolet pickup in reverse. While trying to put the vehicle into park, she was knocked down and run over by the truck. She was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she died from her injuries Thursday.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | April 20, 2009
Three proposed laws that would restrict parking in Costa Mesa neighborhoods have raised the ire of several residents who think the rules represent a government intrusion into their private-property rights. If the laws pass the City Council tonight, driveway sizes will be limited, the city will strictly regulate how residents can park RVs, boats, equipment haulers and other vehicles on their driveways, and large homes will be required to have extra garage parking spaces. Proponents of the added regulations say they were designed to improve neighborhood aesthetics, free up street parking and cut down on drug and alcohol recovery homes in the city, but some critics feel they go too far. After bringing similar measures to the council in October only to have them sent back, the Planning Commission unanimously agreed upon the present versions of the ordinances.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
Sue Clark The Prince of Peace Church in Costa Mesa is having a ficus tree problem, with talk of tearing down the trees. When I read the news, I thought of the good side of ficus tree problems. The church folks got to meet their neighbors. So did I, and not in a good way. In 1995, I found a beautiful, ficus-lined street in Newport Heights and bought a house there. I was enamored with the house, the street and the huge ficus tree on my curbside.
NEWS
By Richard Flory | August 5, 2009
In the wake of the latest south swell that produced 15- to 20-foot waves at the Wedge, which in turn produced even more traffic on the Peninsula than a normal summer weekend, City Manager Homer Bludau said of the volume of traffic, “[I]t was far worse than anything we envisioned or were prepared for” (“Wedge gridlock prompts concern,” Saturday). Owing to the fact that City Hall is on the Peninsula, this makes me wonder about Bludau’s observational skills, and just how aware he is of life in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By: Barbara Diamond | September 9, 2005
City officials pitched safety as the main reason to discourage street and driveway grades in excess of 12%. The City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve a Local Coastal Plan amendment requesting California Coastal Commission certification and to adopt an ordinance amendment. "In effect, this makes undeveloped hillsides de facto open space," property owner Paul Alione said. City Manager Ken Frank said the ordinance affects only driveways on buildable lots and does not alter the status of a legal building site.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
Attention homeowners: Let me tell you what our diligent City Council has done that may surprise you as much as it did me. The council put into effect a code that says that for uniformity and safety reasons, any hedge in the front of your property that is next to the sidewalk can not be higher than 2 feet, 6 inches for 20 feet back from the sidewalk (20 feet is practically half of most front yards. That code was made effective in 2001. Were the citizens of Costa Mesa told about this new code?
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 12, 2013
The murder trial of a transient man suspected of bludgeoning his victim to death in a Costa Mesa driveway is on hold while the court determines whether he's mentally competent. Christopher Leovy, 34, has been behind bars since Sept. 11, when Costa Mesa police arrested him on suspicion of killing John Kubat, 54, of Costa Mesa two days earlier. On Thursday, an Orange County Superior Court commissioner appointed two mental-health professionals to assess Leovy. Leovy's attorney, Joel Tamraz, asked for the evaluation in November after he started having doubts about his client's mental state.
FEATURES
By JIM RIGHEIMER | January 11, 2008
There is a lot of talk about what it’s going to take to improve Costa Mesa. The complaints are endless: over-crowded apartments, over-parked streets, not enough park land or lighted fields, and the list goes on. Many of these issues are structural and cannot be fixed over night. Some will take years. But what can a resident do right now to improve the city? The first thing you can do is take a look at your own home. The second is to take a look at your neighborhood.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 22, 2014
Directors of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District may vote Tuesday to approve an organics recycling program that would require residents to sort their trash. Ratepayers enjoy the rare and relative luxury of putting their refuse into a single bin without having to separate recyclables from other types of waste. Under this proposal, residents would receive two bins: one for organic material and another for the rest of the trash. According to the district, organics include food scraps and garden clippings.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 12, 2013
The murder trial of a transient man suspected of bludgeoning his victim to death in a Costa Mesa driveway is on hold while the court determines whether he's mentally competent. Christopher Leovy, 34, has been behind bars since Sept. 11, when Costa Mesa police arrested him on suspicion of killing John Kubat, 54, of Costa Mesa two days earlier. On Thursday, an Orange County Superior Court commissioner appointed two mental-health professionals to assess Leovy. Leovy's attorney, Joel Tamraz, asked for the evaluation in November after he started having doubts about his client's mental state.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
A dead man found in a gas station driveway likely died of self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said Wednesday. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said authorities announced this information Thursday. It was Wednesday. Police first suspected Richard Swartz, 66, whose last known address was in Costa Mesa, was murdered. His body was found in an Mobil gas station driveway at Lincoln Avenue and Sunkist Street in Anaheim on March 19, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 22, 2012
The Costa Mesa Taxpayers Assn. is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification of a man seen in a video destroying campaign signs. The video shows him taking a "Yes on Measure V" sign and a "3Ms" sign — which supports Councilmen Gary Monahan and Steve Mensinger and Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy in their bids for City Council — ripping the 3Ms sign and throwing the pieces into a bush. The Measure V sign, which supports a city charter for Costa Mesa, appears to be thrown off into a residential driveway but not torn.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
Attention homeowners: Let me tell you what our diligent City Council has done that may surprise you as much as it did me. The council put into effect a code that says that for uniformity and safety reasons, any hedge in the front of your property that is next to the sidewalk can not be higher than 2 feet, 6 inches for 20 feet back from the sidewalk (20 feet is practically half of most front yards. That code was made effective in 2001. Were the citizens of Costa Mesa told about this new code?
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
COSTA MESA — They're bigger than a Smart car, smaller than a Mini Cooper, and they're rolling into Orange County this week. The Orange Coast Fiat dealership, the first of its kind for this area in decades, officially opened Tuesday amid ongoing construction. The dealership is selling variants of the 500, a tiny car with bold Italian styling that is helping Fiat reenter the United States market after a long absence. However, the dealership on Harbor Boulevard has actually been doing business for a few months and already has 15 car orders, said Orange Coast President Jonathan Gray.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 3, 2010
Neighbors help neighbors in need. That may be true in Midwestern towns and in American lore, but just an hour south of Los Angeles? For residents of a tight-knit community in Costa Mesa, that maxim came to life one Saturday morning in June. Jeannie Tuxford, a mother of two, had just lost her husband of 20 years to pancreatic cancer. She left her Mesa Verde home and traveled to his hometown near Toronto, where she spread his remains. Tuxford, 50, had left a bare refrigerator, disheveled garden and worn paint on her white picket fence.
NEWS
By Richard Flory | August 5, 2009
In the wake of the latest south swell that produced 15- to 20-foot waves at the Wedge, which in turn produced even more traffic on the Peninsula than a normal summer weekend, City Manager Homer Bludau said of the volume of traffic, “[I]t was far worse than anything we envisioned or were prepared for” (“Wedge gridlock prompts concern,” Saturday). Owing to the fact that City Hall is on the Peninsula, this makes me wonder about Bludau’s observational skills, and just how aware he is of life in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | April 21, 2009
More than 100 people attended Costa Mesa’s City Council meeting Tuesday night to protest proposed parking ordinances, claiming that the rules — unanimously approved by the Planning Commission — represented an unfair government intrusion into their property rights. The two provisions that riled neighbors up the most aimed to limit driveway widths to 20 feet in most cases (the width of a two-car garage) and would have explicitly banned neighbors from parking on any concrete areas alongside the newly limited driveways.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | April 20, 2009
Three proposed laws that would restrict parking in Costa Mesa neighborhoods have raised the ire of several residents who think the rules represent a government intrusion into their private-property rights. If the laws pass the City Council tonight, driveway sizes will be limited, the city will strictly regulate how residents can park RVs, boats, equipment haulers and other vehicles on their driveways, and large homes will be required to have extra garage parking spaces. Proponents of the added regulations say they were designed to improve neighborhood aesthetics, free up street parking and cut down on drug and alcohol recovery homes in the city, but some critics feel they go too far. After bringing similar measures to the council in October only to have them sent back, the Planning Commission unanimously agreed upon the present versions of the ordinances.
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