September 3, 2001
Lt. John Kidwell Editor's Note: During a 35-day journey from New Orleans to Newport Beach via the Panama Canal, Lt. John Kidwell, commander of the new Coast Guard cutter Narwhal, has offered to keep the Newport-Mesa community updated on the crew's journey through a series of e-mail reports and photos from a dozen ports of call. On Wednesday, the ship is scheduled to makes its way to Newport Harbor. The following is his seventh report as he takes our readers aboard the ship: Well, our stay in beautiful Costa Rica quickly came to an end. At approximately 0700 on Monday Aug. 13, we departed the port of Golfito, Costa Rica, and headed north through the Pacific to Fonseca, El Salvador.
October 3, 2007
The number of people at the Costa Mesa jail suspected of immigration violations dropped in September after peaking in June, immigration officials said. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent working at the city jail flagged 38 people as suspected illegal immigrants last month, officials said. A total of 463 people have been flagged for possible immigration violations since an agent was placed at the jail in December. The agent checks the immigration status of people who are booked at the jail on suspicion of other crimes.
February 1, 2005
HUMBERTO CASPA Before coming to the United States, Mirna Burciaga thought about being a pediatric physician in El Salvador, her native country. That dream may never come true, as her career goals shifted dramatically once arriving in the United States. Still, she has been able to accomplish much more as a mother and particularly as someone seeking social justice. Mirna changed the lives of so many children in our community through a lawsuit that brought national media attention years ago. Today, her goals continue to focus on children, but they also involve the community.
September 30, 2002
THE PLACE El Chinaco THE JUDGE Paul Clinton, Daily Pilot politics reporter THE MEAL Two Pupusas, Chicharon (pork) and Revuelta (pork and cheese), and a large pink lemonade. THE SPEED The beauty of El Chinaco is that it isn't so crowded around noon that you'll wait for 20 minutes to get your food. Lunch is prepared quickly, giving you enough time to savor it. THE SERVICE Friendly faces greet you at El Chinaco. You'll always have your order taken accurately; no need to worry about getting the soft-taco combo plate if you ordered enchiladas.
February 3, 2001
-- Jennifer Kho Norman Ball, a 58-year-old man who lives for half of the year in Toronto, Canada, and the other half in Scottsdale, Ariz., will walk through Costa Mesa today as part of his Walk of Hope goal to cover 8,250 miles. Ball, who has already walked more than 400 miles and raised between $20,000 and $30,000 in pledges and donations, said he is walking to bring attention to orphaned children living in streets and sewers around the world.
November 15, 1999
Andrew Wainer To counter what they see as the increasingly materialistic direction Christmas celebrations have taken in recent years, the First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa held an "alternative" market on Sunday. With the participation of several charity groups, the market's profits will be dedicated to needy populations around the world. The market, which was held on the church grounds, was a reaction to "aggressive commercial advertising that has taken the meaning out of Christmas," said Jane Englar, market organizer and church member.
June 17, 2009
Chase Wilson Newport Harbor High School senior Chase Wilson will have already surfed the waters off South Africa, Fiji, Indonesia and El Salvador before he walks across the stage to collect his high school diploma today. “It’s just a fun feeling you get when you ride a wave,” he said. “It’s a fun thing to do — it excites me.” Chase has managed to successfully combine professional surfing and high school, maintaining a 3.6 grade-point average at Newport Harbor High School while traveling the world for competitive events.
October 24, 2004
Alicia Robinson Community activist Mirna Burciaga isn't afraid to point out problems she wants to solve, even if it doesn't make her popular. Now a candidate for City Council, Burciaga has a history of involvement in schools and the business community, and she's had an official voice in the city since being appointed to the Parks Commission in December 2003. A native of El Salvador, Burciaga has lived in the U.S. for 22 years and moved to Costa Mesa nine years ago. Her community involvement here began in the schools her children attended.
July 26, 2004
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, was released by the Minnesota Vikings, who granted the punter's request made shortly after the team signed veteran Darren Bennett in March. Johnson, a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2003, is expecting to be claimed off waivers despite having minor surgery on his lower body. He said he will likely be able to resume punting in about two weeks. Among the NFL teams that need a punter include, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona.
June 6, 2010
D o you want to have a disturbing experience? Then read the book "This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang" by Samuel Logan (Hyperion, 2009) . The word "mara" is Spanish for "gang," and the word Salvatrucha in El Salvador is slang for "street smart." This juvenile gang was formed in 1980s Los Angeles by immigrants who were fleeing the civil war in El Salvador. But since many of the founders were former guerrilla fighters, they brought with them a cavalier attitude toward life and death.