April 16, 2013
OC Marathon officials are watching developments following the terrorist attack at Monday's Boston Marathon as they prepare for next month's race, the organization has announced. The race starts at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and ends at the Orange County Faigrounds in Costa Mesa. On the OC Marathon Facebook page, the organization said Monday it places a high value safety. "We are closely following the situation in Boston with our agency partners to understand the circumstances of today's tragedy and will continue to do so as information is released," according the post.
March 28, 2013
The Trojan League of Orange County made a splash in Fashion Island at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, attracting hundreds of local USC alum for poolside cocktails followed by a dinner program in the ballroom. Co-chairs Melanie Salata Fitch and Carol MacDougall appropriately labeled the evening a "synchronized splash" honoring USC Olympians from Orange County, many of whom were from the worlds of swimming, diving, water polo and beach volleyball. An upbeat crowd led by Trojan league president Susan Ferrari mingled with notable USC athletic standouts, including the legendary Sammy Lee , the first American of Asian descent to win an Olympic gold medal for the USA in the 1948 London Olympics.
March 2, 2013
Long before the coffee shops, the sushi bars, the fish taco stands and the vegan restaurants, Coco's was the place to go in Newport Beach. Founded by John and Audrey McIntosh as the Snack Shop, Coco's grew to five restaurants in Newport Beach — Fashion Island, Corona del Mar, Westcliff, Bristol and on MacArthur in the airport area. Everyone went to Coco's. The Fashion Island location was a power center for politicians, developers, attorneys and bankers. True, there was not much more around in the early days, but Coco's always offered a broad menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks.
March 1, 2013
Drivers headed toward Fashion Island Sunday morning should take San Miguel Drive into the area from MacArthur Boulevard or Avocado Drive, as some roads in the area will be closed for the 30th annual Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, according to a Newport Beach Police Department news release. Roads, including eastbound San Joaquin Hills Road and parts of Newport Center Drive at East Coast Highway and around Fashion Island, will be blocked off from 5:30 to 11:15 a.m. Some roads may open earlier.
February 7, 2013
It was just more than seven years ago that a young couple adopted a beautiful flame point Siamese kitten named Moochi at the Fashion Island pet adoption event. Last week, a disturbing call was received from the mother of the young woman who adopted Moochi many years ago. Community Animal Network was told by the mother that her daughter moved back home with the cat and her baby, and stated that she was unwilling to have Moochi live in her home. To make things even more difficult, the family was unwilling to drive Moochi to and from the Fashion Island adoption events to find him a new home, or even donate to help with the medical costs needed to ready him for adoption.
January 30, 2013
Registration for the 30th Newport-Mesa Spirit Run is now open from anyone from toddlers to adults. The annual race supports local schools and encourages youth fitness. In the last two years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, according to the race's website. On the morning of March 3, runners will race around Fashion Island in a 5K, 10K or 15K. Children as young as 2 can register for a variety of events including a new-this-year Toddler Trot.
January 11, 2013
A man accused of firing more than 40 shots into the air outside of Fashion Island last month on Friday pleaded not guilty to 66 charges, according to a court official. Marcos Gurrola, 42, of Garden Grove, faces charges of shooting at an occupied building, aggravated assault and sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm in connection with a shooting outside the Macy's building about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15. The Newport Beach shooting took place one day after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killed 26 people.
December 21, 2012
South Coast Plaza finished the 2011-12 fiscal year with $1.4 billion in taxable sales, according to an Orange County Business Journal report. The number puts the Costa Mesa shopping center, with its 250 stores, significantly ahead of its nearest competitor down in Newport Beach, Fashion Island. The 160-store center reported $576 million last fiscal year and came in No. 2 within the county's top 20 shopping centers, the journal reported. Next to South Coast Plaza, Metro Pointe had $200.4 million and ranked No. 10 on the journal's list.
December 18, 2012
A Garden Grove man authorities allege fired about 50 shots into the air and ground at Fashion Island may be responsible for a similar incident in 2011, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Prosecutors charged Marcos Gurrola, 42, with 54 counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault, in addition to 10 felony counts of negligent discharge of a firearm for a previous incident, the Orange County district attorney announced Tuesday. A mother and her 4-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries after being pushed by panicked shoppers in Saturday's incident, prosecutors said.
December 18, 2012
The man accused of firing more than 50 rounds into the air at a busy Newport Beach shopping mall on Saturday seemed "totally different" at his grandmother's wake two days before, a cousin said. Jacob Avalos told KTLA the wake was the last time he saw his cousin, Marcos Gurrola, 42, who remained in Orange County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited dwelling. Gurrola is accused of firing a semiautomatic handgun dozens of times into the air at a parking lot at Fashion Island before he was taken into custody, Newport Beach police said.