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November 19, 2009
Southern California Edison is teaming up with the city of Costa Mesa to help residents become more energy efficient. The utility and city are launching the Holiday Lamp Exchange program, in which residents can exchange their energy-sucking incandescent holiday lights for more efficient, cooler LED lights. Each household can get up to five soft white or multi-colored LED holiday lights in exchange for five incandescent lights. The program works on a first-come, first-served basis.
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | October 29, 2009
Hollywood keeps coming up with ways to make animated movies that don’t really work for younger kids. Mixed reviews abound for films with great CGI graphics and plot elements too dark or violent for toddlers. Into this genre rockets a new update of the old “Astro Boy” franchise from Japan. In a future world, the elites live in Metro City, a giant island floating in the sky. Robots of every kind serve the wealthy populace. The political leader is a caricature of right-wing politicians patterned on Richard Nixon.
By Michael Miller | September 21, 2009
Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on how the recession is affecting the Newport-Mesa area. Part three will appear Sept. 29. Jenna Tourje sat down earlier this year with the girl she was mentoring for the Mika Community Development Corporation and made a list of things the two of them wanted to do together. The list included going to the beach, baking apple pies and other typical mentor activities — and a couple of more expensive ones, like seeing the New Boyz in concert.
By Joseph Serna | September 16, 2009
Clouds are like nature’s dimmer switch for sunlight, and in the case of California’s power grid, they could soon be the dimmer on how much electricity we generate unless the state makes some changes. UC Irvine researchers call it intermittence, when cloud cover limits sunlight to solar power generators and lowers their electrical output. As California residents turn ever more toward renewable energy like sunlight to provide electricity, the next problem facing electrical companies is how to prepare the grid for it. Thanks to a $2-million grant, UCI researchers will use the campus as a guinea pig to try out several possibilities for the state electrical grid’s future.
August 10, 2009
      Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. is pleased to announce the addition of David M. Buchanan to its Orange County office.  Buchanan joins the firm as an associate of its Real Estate, Environmental, Energy & Finance (REEF) practice group.        Buchanan’s practice is focused on finance, mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy, with a primary focus on leveraged and asset-based finance, acquisition finance and restructuring transactions.  His background includes representing private equity firms, corporate borrowers and lenders, including banks, commercial finance companies and corporations across a broad range of industries.
August 5, 2009
Orange Coast College is closing out its “Going Green” program with a final workshop Saturday on how to use solar power in the home. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public can hear from Roy Heine of Suntrek Industries on ways solar energy can be used to generate electricity, heat water or warm a swimming pool. The workshop will be in OCC’s Student Center. The closest available parking is in lots A and B off Fairview Road and is free. To sign up for the workshop, call the school at (714)
By Alan Blank | July 3, 2009
Seeing evidence of a surge in demand for what were referred to as “green-collar jobs” during the presidential election, OCC has decided to debut some new classes to capitalize on the trend. For the first time, there will be courses on solar-panel installation, sustainable architecture and energy-efficient water heaters at the school. Many of the faculty members in departments like construction and architecture also work in industry, and, along with a panel of other professionals, they noticed the emerging need for people trained in environmentally conscious design and advised the college to do something about it, according to Dean of Technology Programs Doug Benoit.
June 11, 2009
Submitted by Jamie Hunter Thomas F. Valone, PhD, PE, physicist and licensed professional engineer with over 30 years professional experience will be speaking in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 17th at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center. Valone is a former patent examiner, research engineer, instrumentation designer, CEO, and currently an author, lecturer, and consultant on future energy developments. He is President and founder of Integrity Research Institute and formerly the Research Director for Scott Aviation-ATO, Inc. His accomplishments include circuit development of the HullCom® for naval intraship communication, a narrowband 60 Hz gaussmeter without harmonic distortion, two bioelectric energy devices, and a dental mercury vapor ionizer-precipitator.
By Alan Blank | March 30, 2009
Discussions are underway in the city halls of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to determine the most effective way to use about $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 earmarked for energy-efficiency programs in the area. The money was allocated to cities based largely on population and is required to be used for programs that reduce fossil fuel emissions or reduce energy usage, according to the Department of Energy. Costa Mesa is slated to receive $1.1 million, while Newport Beach will get about $850,000.
By Saneyee Purandare | March 23, 2009
Young boys gathered around a fenced area in a Costa Mesa parking lot, watching intently and cheering. Inside the fence, the air was thick and hot with action, even as the evening turned colder and cloudier. It was the third annual Save Our Youth Street-Soccer Tournament, an intramural event in which city youth are allotted the time and the space to compete in one of their favorite sports. The idea was simple: gather young boys from the economically disadvantaged pockets of the city and give them an avenue to positively channel their energies.
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