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August 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - An unidentified man allegedly shot himself to death Monday afternoon at Fairview Park after an altercation with police, officials said. Around 1 p.m. while patrolling the Westside park, a Costa Mesa officer determined after checking the license plate of a blue 1990 Honda sedan that its owner had a traffic warrant. The officer asked the owner, who was sitting in the Honda's passenger seat, to get out of the car, according to a press release. While talking with the officer, police said the man got back into the passenger seat and pulled out a handgun.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2013
Work to remove a trail made of decomposed granite at Fairview Park started Friday, according to published reports. A Huntington Beach environmental consulting firm was hired to remove the unpermitted trail work, which possibly harmed the habitat of an endangered species, officials said. For about $14,000, Endemic Environmental Services will remove by hand the two decomposed granite trails that encroached on a vernal pool, potentially affecting the San Diego fairy shrimp's habitat.
NEWS
By Tim Sesler | September 20, 2013
I recently took my 9-year-old daughter to what was billed as a Meet the Mayor event concerning Fairview Park. Little did I know that an Oakland Raiders football game would break out in what should have been a civil discussion. Despite the sour temperament and barely concealed agitation of the people in the crowd, they were, at least initially, not openly hostile to the mayor and those city employees who had come to talk to them. But this fragile veneer of civility soon cracked when several took exception to Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz's explanation for the proposed turnaround and parking lot at the Pacific Avenue entrance to the park.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
City officials have moved up the date of the next Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, citing a scheduling conflict. The Fairview Park panel will now meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 19, not Aug. 21 as originally scheduled. The meeting is scheduled to be in the Police Department's Emergency Operations Center, 99 Fair Drive. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, there is a General Plan workshop, also in the Emergency Operations Center, that will focus on land-use issues. A puppet show will be offered for kids whose parents are attending the workshop.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
A newly reconvened group that will review various aspects of Costa Mesa's Fairview Park will hold its first meeting Thursday. The nine members of the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee, who were appointed by the council in April, are scheduled to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1A on the first floor of City Hall, 77 Fair Drive. Following a request from Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, the council voted in March to reconvene the ad hoc committee. The group is tasked with advising the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council on ongoing projects, the master plan and proposals for the nearly 200-acre park.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 18, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council voted early Wednesday to add a turnaround space at Fairview Park as a potential compromise to a proposed parking lot, which had been opposed by residents. But a vocal group of people attending the nearly seven-hour council session weren't happy with that decision either, contending that the city should be hands-off and keep the park natural. The 3-2 decision - with Councilwomen Sandy Genis and Wendy Leece dissenting - overrode the Parks and Recreation Commission's design approval for a 10-space lot within the park's southwestern quadrant.
NEWS
By Jamie Rowe | September 16, 2013
The Banning Ranch Conservancy has entered the fray over a proposed parking lot at Fairview Park. Terry Welsh, president of the Newport Beach-based environmental group, urged recipients in a weekend email to attend Costa Mesa's City Council meeting Tuesday to protest the plan, which calls for 10 parking spaces and a nearby children's play area at the north end of Pacific Avenue. He outlined four arguments against the development, saying the lot isn't needed and that park-goers would end up possibly "trudging across an area of high biological sensitivity.
SPORTS
July 27, 2013
The Estancia High cross country and track and field programs will hold its annual 5K fundraiser Sunday morning at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The cost to run in the 5K is $30 and it includes a pancake breakfast and T-shirt. There will also be a kids' 1,000-meter race, which costs $10 per runner. The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the kids will run afterward. - From staff reports
NEWS
By M. H. Millard | September 24, 2013
Apparently a well-worn foot trail near the vernal pools in Fairview Park was being used by kids to get to school. It was the sort of trail that one often finds across empty lots as people naturally take the shortest distance between two points. Under California law, when there is notorious use of a trail across real property for at least five years, the users of that trail can claim that a prescriptive easement has been established for their benefit or for the benefit of the public, and the use of that trail can continue.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
Costa Mesa authorities were investigating three suspicious brush fires that broke out in Fairview Park and Talbert Regional Park on Wednesday afternoon. The Costa Mesa Fire Department dispatched an engine at 3:23 p.m. to a small blaze near the bluffs in the northwest quadrant of Fairview Park. Within 10 minutes, crews had doused those flames, but a few dozen square feet of brush where bikers use dirt mounds as a BMX course were scorched, authorities said. As firefighters battled that blaze, they spotted plumes of smoke below the bluffs in nearby Talbert Park.
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By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 25, 2014
The Harbor Soaring Society can stay in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park for the next few years, thanks to recent approval from city parks commissioners. The Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a five-year extension of the group's permit to operate in the 208-acre park's southwest quadrant. Based on changes suggested last month, the roughly 100-member club - made up of aficionados of radio-controlled model aircraft - now needs the commission's approval for any modifications to its designated area, which includes a runway.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 3, 2014
At one point Wednesday evening, Richard Mehren wondered aloud if any of the 34 ideas suggested for Fairview Park last summer were going to be discussed, much less happen. As the chairman of the park's citizens advisory committee led the conversation for possible additions to the park's 95-acre southwest quadrant, he saw idea after idea receiving little feedback and consequently being scrapped. "Thirty-four items, and we don't get anybody standing up for them," said Mehren, a retired dentist.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 2, 2014
Harold Weitzberg, a city committee member and marketing entrepreneur, announced Wednesday that he will run for the Costa Mesa City Council. The 64-year-old longtime resident last ran in 2012 . Since then, the Queens, N.Y., native has kept active in the political scene by routinely attending council meetings, serving on the Charter Committee and helping on a marketing committee for the city's 60th anniversary celebration. He has also been active with Costa Mesans for Responsible Government - a bipartisan, grass-roots group that opposes the council majority.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 1, 2014
Christopher Bunyan's candidacy for Costa Mesa City Council is, in his words, about "climate change. " He's not referring to greenhouse gases, but rather to the political climate in which the City of the Arts finds itself in 2014. He cites the two council members suing the police union over alleged extortion, the municipal employees union suing the city over a failed pink slip attempt, the staffing problems at the Police Department and the threats of development at Fairview Park and Banning Ranch.
NEWS
By Lee Ramos | March 29, 2014
New Yorker magazine writer Tad Friend examined Costa Mesa's politics in September of 2011 and suggested that Costa Mesa was ground zero for the issues facing many cities in Orange County and across the country. But why Costa Mesa? For anyone who has lived here even a short time, the answer is obvious: Costa Mesa has more to offer residents than any other city in Orange County and it is the county's best place to live. In Costa Mesa there are four schools of higher education.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 26, 2014
For the second time this month, the Orange County Model Engineers group has reported major vandalism at its ridable train setup in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park. Six park tables at Goathill Junction, which is what the nearly 40-acre rail attraction is called, were vandalized between 4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Tuesday, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott. It appears that vandals may have jumped on the tables, Scott said. Club spokesman Hank Castignetti said Wednesday that the vandals broke four wooden and two metal tables, causing as much as $3,000 in damage.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 18, 2014
For the Orange County Model Engineers, the good news keeps rolling in. Reports about recent theft and vandalism totaling $7,000 to $9,000 at the nonprofit group's Fairview Park facility have been followed by a dramatic uptick in donations. The Costa Mesa police and firefighter associations each donated $500 during a ceremony Sunday, said club spokesman Hank Castignetti on Monday. The Goat Hill Tavern donated $1,000, he said, and the donation boxes at the railroad were filled with checks and money over the weekend.
NEWS
March 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council is seeking applications to fill the committee vacancies left by David Stiller, a respected longtime community leader who recently died . At the time of his death, Stiller, 78, had been serving on the city's Finance Advisory and Fairview Park Citizens Advisory committees. The finance committee "provides advice to the City Council regarding events and issues that may affect the financial status of the city," according to a news release. The Fairview Park committee is examining the 208-acre park's master plan and will make recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
Community service isn't what it used to be. You sign up for a city committee these days and you're met with brickbats and backhands, critiques and criticism, not to mention marathon meetings. Sometimes you deserve the criticism, sometimes you don't. Nevertheless, despite the political cacophony that scores modern Costa Mesa, good people still serve their cities for the right reasons, and David Stiller was, by all accounts, one of them. The fact that so many people on both sides of a polarized place praised his approach to public service tells us everything we need to know.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 6, 2014
In a nearly three-hour meeting marked by personal snipes and accusatory questions on parliamentary procedure, the take-away was a win for the "keep it natural" crowd: no added sports fields in Fairview Park - at least for its southwest quadrant. The citizens advisory committee for the Costa Mesa park met Wednesday night to discuss and debate 12 ideas, including the addition of softball/baseball fields, basketball/handball courts and soccer fields. Committee member David Stiller was absent because of illness.
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