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June 5, 2004
Deirdre Newman On Thursday, a small flag ceremony took place on the grounds of El Nido trailer park. The impromptu ceremony that was designed to commemorate the closing of the park Sunday also represented the mending of bitter feelings between some of the park's residents and owner Joe Brown Sr. Brown had been maligned month after month by a group of residents of the park because they felt the relocation package he...
NEWS
April 6, 2004
Deirdre Newman The City Council has been listening to frustrated residents of the El Nido and Snug Harbor trailer parks complain about the closure process for the last year. While those complaints were enough to inspire consideration of regulations to clarify the process, they weren't enough to convince the council to approve those regulations. On Monday, the council rejected an ordinance that would have given the city more authority over the closure and conversion of mobile home parks.
NEWS
July 7, 2003
Deirdre Newman A groundswell of discontent from distressed residents at two mobile home parks that are being converted has inspired city leaders to consider creating more specific requirements for converting parks into other uses. Joe Brown plans to close the El Nido and Snug Harbor Village trailer parks to put up a medical office building. He has already given closure notices to the residents of both parks, alarming many residents who claim they are not being offered fair compensation to relocate.
NEWS
December 28, 2003
Looking forward to laughing at fair My number one choice for the type of acts at the Pacific Amphitheatre would be George Lopez, the comedian, for opening day. ADAM CURRIO Costa Mesa Celebrating the holidays, El Nido style I hope you all had a nice Christmas. I thought I'd try something new this year because first, I am an old Navy man, you know, and I've traveled the globe. Going back through my memories, I've spent Christmas in Spain cheering for the bull in the rain.
NEWS
February 11, 2004
Deirdre Newman It took more than 20 motions, but the proposed mobile home park law is finally on its way to the City Council. The ordinance, which has been in the works since July, was approved by the Planning Commission on Monday night. If the law clears the council on April 5, it would give the city more authority over the closure and conversion of mobile home parks. The commission considered the ordinance as a whole and then considered many of its parts separately.
NEWS
November 5, 2003
Deirdre Newman An effort to streamline the conversion of two mobile home parks into a medical office building stirred up already agitated tenants on Monday. During a Planning Commission study session, Deputy City Atty. Marianne Milligan suggested the city enter into a binding legal agreement with Joe Brown, owner of Snug Harbor and El Nido, instead of pursuing an interim ordinance the commission was already considering. The agreement would serve the same purpose as the interim ordinance -- to set a procedure for closing a mobile home park -- and define exactly what kind of parks Snug Harbor and El Nido are, be it RV parks, trailer parks or mobile home parks, Milligan said.
NEWS
November 9, 2003
Responding to Wednesday's article, "Mobile home tenants balk at proposal:" Thank goodness they did balk. The study session was heavily attended by lawyers and representatives of Joe Brown, the owner of Snug Harbor and El Nido mobile home parks, and an association for mobile home park owners. Every resident of a mobile home in Costa Mesa needs to beware. Your homes, your communities and your lifestyle are in grave danger of being erased from Costa Mesa.
NEWS
August 13, 2002
Lolita Harper A nonprofit fair housing organization sued a Costa Mesa trailer park owner in July for allegedly discriminating against families with children, which violates state fair housing standards, officials said. Elizabeth Pierson, lead counsel for the Fair Housing Council of Orange County -- a private nonprofit organization -- said her office sued the owner of the El Nido and Snug Harbor Mobile Home parks because the managing office -- used to manage both sites -- displayed a sign that read "no children, no dogs."
NEWS
November 17, 2003
ON THE AGENDA Here are some of the issues the council will consider tonight. IKEA PARKING LOT The council will consider a request from IKEA to change the Home Ranch master plan and the North Costa Mesa Specific Plan to allow construction of a new parking lot for its business at 1475 South Coast Drive. In November 2001, when the project was approved, 1,520 parking spaces were proposed. But changes made to the parking lot during construction resulted in there being only 1,430 parking spaces available.
NEWS
February 14, 2004
After attending the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting on Monday and listening to our new commissioner Eric Bever, and reading Deirdre Newman's story in Wednesday's Daily Pilot; I cannot help but comment on Bever's statements and recommendations. It doesn't seem like Bever has done his homework -- or maybe he's just biased against mobile home park residents. As he read his list of reasons why our city should not adopt a Mobile Home Conversion Ordinance, he sounded like he got his script from those organizations that defend mobile home park owners.
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NEWS
June 5, 2004
Deirdre Newman On Thursday, a small flag ceremony took place on the grounds of El Nido trailer park. The impromptu ceremony that was designed to commemorate the closing of the park Sunday also represented the mending of bitter feelings between some of the park's residents and owner Joe Brown Sr. Brown had been maligned month after month by a group of residents of the park because they felt the relocation package he...
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NEWS
April 6, 2004
Deirdre Newman The City Council has been listening to frustrated residents of the El Nido and Snug Harbor trailer parks complain about the closure process for the last year. While those complaints were enough to inspire consideration of regulations to clarify the process, they weren't enough to convince the council to approve those regulations. On Monday, the council rejected an ordinance that would have given the city more authority over the closure and conversion of mobile home parks.
NEWS
February 14, 2004
After attending the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting on Monday and listening to our new commissioner Eric Bever, and reading Deirdre Newman's story in Wednesday's Daily Pilot; I cannot help but comment on Bever's statements and recommendations. It doesn't seem like Bever has done his homework -- or maybe he's just biased against mobile home park residents. As he read his list of reasons why our city should not adopt a Mobile Home Conversion Ordinance, he sounded like he got his script from those organizations that defend mobile home park owners.
NEWS
February 11, 2004
Deirdre Newman It took more than 20 motions, but the proposed mobile home park law is finally on its way to the City Council. The ordinance, which has been in the works since July, was approved by the Planning Commission on Monday night. If the law clears the council on April 5, it would give the city more authority over the closure and conversion of mobile home parks. The commission considered the ordinance as a whole and then considered many of its parts separately.
NEWS
December 28, 2003
Looking forward to laughing at fair My number one choice for the type of acts at the Pacific Amphitheatre would be George Lopez, the comedian, for opening day. ADAM CURRIO Costa Mesa Celebrating the holidays, El Nido style I hope you all had a nice Christmas. I thought I'd try something new this year because first, I am an old Navy man, you know, and I've traveled the globe. Going back through my memories, I've spent Christmas in Spain cheering for the bull in the rain.
NEWS
November 29, 2003
JIM DE BOOM For the second year in a row, I deviate from the traditional Community and Clubs format to present the Turkey Awards for Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Last year's second runner-up in the Turkey competition, Gray Davis, was recalled earlier this fall as governor of the state of California. First runner-up, Irvine Mayor Larry Agran, continues with the Great Park Hoax, while Turkey of the Year for 2002 Dave Ellis jumped to the Daily Pilot's top 103 list of influential people in the Newport-Mesa communities in position No. 13. For a week now, the nominating committee, consisting of environmentalists, business and community leaders, clergy, elected officials, retirees, and college students, all residents of the Newport-Mesa communities, have been reviewing the pages of the Daily Pilot for 2003 to find people who have had an affect on our communities, to be nominated for Turkeydom.
NEWS
November 19, 2003
Deirdre Newman City leaders Monday halted the Planning Commission's efforts to craft an interim measure to protect the mobile home owners at El Nido and Snug Harbor trailer parks, which are slated to be closed in June. The City Council unanimously rejected both an interim ordinance and an agreement with one of the parks' owners, Joseph G. Brown, on the grounds that neither could be applied retroactively to Brown's pending application. Instead, the council directed the commission and members of the planning staff to continue working on a comprehensive mobile home park ordinance that would pertain to park conversions and closures.
NEWS
November 17, 2003
ON THE AGENDA Here are some of the issues the council will consider tonight. IKEA PARKING LOT The council will consider a request from IKEA to change the Home Ranch master plan and the North Costa Mesa Specific Plan to allow construction of a new parking lot for its business at 1475 South Coast Drive. In November 2001, when the project was approved, 1,520 parking spaces were proposed. But changes made to the parking lot during construction resulted in there being only 1,430 parking spaces available.
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