June 10, 2000
This past Memorial Day, we took an afternoon stroll through Costa Mesa's East Side. What we saw was the stuff of Norman Rockwell paintings. Family picnics sprawled out on front lawns, kids playing catch with dads in the street and pint-sized entrepreneurs trying to make an extra 50 cents with roughly constructed lemonade stands. But what makes this neighborhood even more special is that the cozy feel is organic, not artificially induced by a developer trying to sell houses.
June 7, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- The City Council late Monday night unanimously approved a measure temporarily halting multi-home developments here. "This is a very key issue," said City Councilwoman Heather Somers, who has led the effort to preserve the East Side's unique character and proposed the moratorium last month. "We can't keep allowing four-bedroom homes to be built on postage stamp-sized lots." The measure, sparked by the East Side but will apply citywide, is designed to halt "cookie cutter" developments from popping up as city planners devise a more permanent way to preserve neighborhood character.
June 6, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- The City Council voted Monday night to prohibit a developer from building five homes on an East Side lot in a move designed to preserve the neighborhood's character, even though the project didn't appear to break any city codes. After the council's decision, Newport Beach resident Jim Cefalia said he wouldn't have spent $550,000 on the lot at 2087 Garden Lane or an additional $40,000 on planning the project had he known the city would reject his proposal.
June 5, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- The City Council is expected to decide tonight whether new cookie-cutter homes -- popping up like dandelions on the well-watered lawns in the East Side -- are a large-enough threat to the neighborhood's charm to warrant freezing similar developments. "The East Side is a neighborhood that is losing its character and quaintness," said Councilwoman Linda Dixon. "We need to address that issue until the council can review the zoning there."
May 10, 2000
Andrew Glazer EAST SIDE -- Cookie-cutter homes squeezing onto lots once occupied by larger, single-family homes here are taking away from the neighborhood feel of this middle-class, family-filled area, city officials say. City Councilwoman Heather Somers said the new, higher-density developments, sprouting like dandelions here as the real estate market continues to boom, are also flooding residential streets with traffic...
January 19, 2000
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- The validity of a city-granted permit for an East Side day-care center will be sent back to the Planning Commission where it will be further debated. A study session involving commission members, neighbors and operators of the Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center was held Monday night. Commission members listened to both sides and decided they will direct city staff to review the issue once more at their Jan. 24 meeting.
December 2, 1999
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Reel Critics column features movie critiques written by community members serving on our panel. New Schumacher flick is 'Flawless' Another title for the movie "Flawless" could have been "Fearless" -- that's the best way to describe Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Boogie Nights," "Happiness") in Joel Schumacher's bawdy but tender story about a hero New York ex-cop and a drag queen. The film opens with an introduction to this shabby East Side neighborhood, where everybody knows (and hears)
September 28, 1999
As a new West Side homeowner, I am tired of the newspapers and the city always using negative terms when speaking of the West Side of Costa Mesa. Doesn't anyone understand that by always referring to the West Side as blighted, poor or crime-ridden that will make it hard for things to change because of other perceptions? Yes, the West Side is in need of a face lift. Yes, it does have more low-income people living there than other areas. Yes, we do have some crime, but what area doesn't?