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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 2, 2013
Fourth story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels . In its courtyard, the Alibaba Motel has a hanging garden to match its vague theme, which includes a giant, golden-domed facade with turrets and arches. Costa Mesa police Sgt. Vic Bakkila pointed out the grapes and dragon fruit hanging from peeling wooden slats above tarps, cracking asphalt and overgrown grass. Bakkila has attended code-enforcement inspections at Costa Mesa motels for about two years.
NEWS
By Geoff West | March 7, 2014
Recently the city of Costa Mesa made available four reports regarding the staffing and attrition of the Costa Mesa Police Department over the past few years (" Report: Departing cops cite political tensions, Feb. 26). These reports, now available on the city's website, were generated in response to a demand by members of the City Council a few weeks ago. The results are distressing. One report shows a list of separations and hires for 2012 and 2013 and January 2014. During that 25-month period we had 26 departures — 10 resignations, 14 retirements and two discharges.
NEWS
June 14, 2012
With the school year ending, Newport Beach police this summer will again step up enforcement of the city's curfew for minors. Curfew for children younger than 18 is enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Increased enforcement is set to begin Friday, according to a statement from the Newport Beach Police Department. After-hours crimes committed by juveniles are up slightly, which has necessitated the need to increase curfew patrols, police said Thursday. In addition, police said, they want to protect minors from becoming crime victims.
LOCAL
February 23, 2008
Don’t spark that match or dump those coals just yet. Newport Beach police are teaming up with the city’s fire department, general services, recreation and senior services, lifeguards, harbor resources and code enforcement to keep beaches beautiful. Newport is launching an education and enforcement campaign to keep beachgoers from cooking or using an open flame outside of the designated fire rings placed on a special section of beaches, officials said. Police have begun placing signs stating that cooking is prohibited and that officials will step up enforcement.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
The Newport Beach Police Department received a grant for more than $240,000 to implement a year-long, drunk-driving prevention program, according to a news release. The grant from the California Office of Public Safety was used to fund new enforcement and education measures aimed at preventing DUI-related deaths and injuries, beginning in November 2011. Enforcement measures include checkpoints, increased watch over intersections with high accident rates, saturation patrols, and stings to catch people driving with suspended or revoked driver licenses.
NEWS
December 8, 2012
Irvine police have another $88,300 with which to help educate the public about drunk driving and catch those under the influence, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety. The department announced Tuesday that it was awarded the money to bolster DUI enforcement and education, including funding checkpoints throughout the city and officers with special training to identify impaired drivers. Drivers under the influence were responsible for 791 deaths and more than 24,000 injuries in California in 2010, according to an Irvine Police Department release citing state numbers.
NEWS
July 14, 2009
Costa Mesa’s City Council and Planning Commission hashed out some differences of opinion Tuesday on how to keep the city’s streets clean. Planning Commission Chairman Jim Righeimer said he was tired of seeing cars on front lawns, people living in garages, and other egregious code violations. He urged code enforcement officers to issue more citations with fines. Some members of each body at the joint study session said harsher enforcement might cause hardships for those who violate the laws out of ignorance and who might change their ways if they were told they were doing something illegal.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | June 26, 2013
Though the signs announcing new fees for users of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve were premature, enforcement of that fee is still coming, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Wednesday. The signs caused something of a kerfuffle as residents and city officials bristled at the notion of paying to use the Back Bay, which is bounded by city streets and accessible from several points along its length, making fee enforcement difficult. "The signs went up inadvertently," Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | October 1, 2008
Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, who is running in the fall for the congressional seat held by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, says the question of illegal immigration is really a question of sustainability. Right now, more immigrants are coming into the United States than the country can handle, according to Cook. To stop the flow of illegal immigrants, she said, government needs to hold businesses accountable. “We always talk about the illegal immigrants but we never talk about the illegal employers and the illegal consumers,” Cook said.
NEWS
November 13, 2002
Lolita Harper The first week of enforcement of the city's more stringent motor home parking laws has punished violators while sparking renewed scrutiny from generally "law abiding" rig owners who say the rules are far too strict. About 25 citations have been issued so far, with more than half of them going to vehicles registered outside the city's boundaries, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Karl Schuler said. In July, council members unanimously approved the first draft of a law that bans the parking of motor homes on public streets, with a 48-hour exception for loading and unloading in front of the owner's home.
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NEWS
March 11, 2014
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission has nominated a city code enforcement officer for an award because of his efforts in the community. Mike Brumbaugh, a city staffer since December 2012 and former parks commissioner, is scheduled to receive the commission's Design Award later this month. Since September, Brumbaugh has headed an effort to revitalize the Mission Mendoza and Coolidge-Fillmore neighborhoods. The work involves assessing the properties, talking with their owners and managers, bringing the properties up to code and ultimately making the areas better places to live, Brumbaugh said.
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NEWS
By Geoff West | March 7, 2014
Recently the city of Costa Mesa made available four reports regarding the staffing and attrition of the Costa Mesa Police Department over the past few years (" Report: Departing cops cite political tensions, Feb. 26). These reports, now available on the city's website, were generated in response to a demand by members of the City Council a few weeks ago. The results are distressing. One report shows a list of separations and hires for 2012 and 2013 and January 2014. During that 25-month period we had 26 departures — 10 resignations, 14 retirements and two discharges.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | December 30, 2013
On Balboa Island, narrow streets and houses built side by side can create parking challenges even before holiday visitors descend. But street sweeping, and the parking enforcement that comes with it, continued largely uninterrupted throughout the holiday season - much to the chagrin of at least one resident who received a $54 parking ticket just after 9 a.m. the day after Christmas. Street sweeping operations occur in Newport Beach every weekday except specific holidays, including Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the days before each, as outlined on the city's website.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 6, 2013
At a meeting this week, Costa Mesa city officials discussed one of the latest attempts to address excessively problematic motels: charging them for the trouble. On Tuesday night, four members of the City Council - Councilwoman Wendy Leece left the meeting early - heard about a proposed ordinance that would help the city recover the public safety costs associated with motels that have disproportionately high crime rates . The "excessive use of resources" ordinance could be a "good first start" toward giving motel owners more accountability for what happens on their properties, said Rick Francis, assistant city CEO. "In a sense, this is a way to get motel owners to be a little bit more responsible and responsive to solving their own problems and not having our Police Department act, literally, as a security guard for their issues," he said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 25, 2013
Characterizing it as Costa Mesa's "most hazardous public park," the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday called on the city to enforce rules requiring that skateboarders wear safety gear at Volcom Skate Park. Byron de Arakal said he wanted to make the facility safer for all users and suggested that the city should do more than post signage about wearing safety gear. It's a minimum requirement, he said at the commission meeting Thursday, that "isn't good enough in my book.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 4, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council this week repealed a law that banned day laborers from actively soliciting work on city streets. The council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to scrap the ordinance without discussion. Costa Mesa's anti-solicitation law, which was passed in 2005, prohibited job-seekers from attracting drivers' attention by waving arms, making hand signals, shouting, jumping up and down, and waving signs. The law also rendered it illegal for a driver to hire someone standing in the street.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 2, 2013
Fourth story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels . In its courtyard, the Alibaba Motel has a hanging garden to match its vague theme, which includes a giant, golden-domed facade with turrets and arches. Costa Mesa police Sgt. Vic Bakkila pointed out the grapes and dragon fruit hanging from peeling wooden slats above tarps, cracking asphalt and overgrown grass. Bakkila has attended code-enforcement inspections at Costa Mesa motels for about two years.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
It's vital to Costa Mesa citizens that we preserve the essential character of our city while planning intelligently to accommodate development. On Aug. 20, the city held its third public outreach meeting on the update of the general plan. The good part is that a lot of people showed up to participate in the process. Weeks ago, at the outset of the public outreach process, the city's consultant told participants that we should create a vision for how Costa Mesa should look 30 years from now. We started off with a broad horizon, but now it appears that blinders have been imposed on us. We touched briefly on future development in the Westside and spent almost all of the allotted time on a few "problem motels" that generate many calls for police services.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 4, 2013
In the six years George and Rowann Turk have lived on the Balboa Peninsula, they've had eventful holidays on the Fourth of July. One year they watched a drunken, naked woman run down their street and get Tasered by police, George said. That was during a time when police still barred traffic from Balboa Boulevard near their house, something Newport Beach stopped doing last year as part of its effort to curb a party atmosphere flowing with alcohol. "You'd just have seas of people everywhere," George said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | June 26, 2013
Though the signs announcing new fees for users of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve were premature, enforcement of that fee is still coming, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Wednesday. The signs caused something of a kerfuffle as residents and city officials bristled at the notion of paying to use the Back Bay, which is bounded by city streets and accessible from several points along its length, making fee enforcement difficult. "The signs went up inadvertently," Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said.
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