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By Michael Miller | August 28, 2006
Estancia High School has applied for a federal grant to help implement smaller learning communities on its campus, becoming the third school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to embark on such a project. Last year, both Costa Mesa High School and Newport Harbor High School applied successfully for the grant, which is administered through the Orange County Department of Education. Estancia is one of four Orange County high schools applying for the grant this fall, along with San Clemente High, El Modena High and Orange High.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | August 4, 2005
A $220,000 federal grant announced Wednesday will help bankroll the cost of replanting kelp forests along the Southern California coast, including off Newport Beach. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the grant to the California Coastkeeper Alliance. The alliance coordinates the activities of several groups that address issues of water quality. Kelp reforestation off Newport Beach started in 2001. Last year, the Orange County Coastkeeper, a water-quality organization, planted kelp in waters near Crystal Cove and Laguna Beach.
LOCAL
February 3, 2010
Thanks to a federal grant, Costa Mesa firefighters will expand their training on how to cut through roofs to ventilate heat during a fire. The $9,282 Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Fire Administration grant will allow firefighters to enhance the prop they use to simulate cutting through roofs on homes or businesses in emergencies. Firefighters throughout the city can use the improved prop, which will be at Fire Station No. 4, 2300 Placentia Ave. The grant comes thanks to the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a national program where fire departments apply for limited funds.
NEWS
March 10, 2004
Alicia Robinson Kelp lovers, rejoice. Orange County CoastKeeper will continue its highly successful kelp reforestation program with the renewal of a federal grant that has boosted the effort since 2002. The group also has ambitious plans to build a kelp lab and "mariculture learning center" devoted to marine life in Orange County by summer. CoastKeeper started kelp reforestation in June 2001 to combat the loss of kelp to natural predators and man-made hazards, said Garry Brown, CoastKeeper's executive director.
NEWS
November 28, 2002
Paul Clinton Afghan King Zahir Shah honored Rep. Dana Rohrabacher earlier this week at a small ceremony in the country. Shah handed Costa Mesa's congressman a royal medallion for his vocal, and public, support for his regime. Rohrabacher was one of few congressional leaders who regularly spoke out against the Soviet invasion of the country in the late 1970s, the repressive policies of the Taliban regime and Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda training camps, which have been linked to the Sept.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 15, 2009
The Costa Mesa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept a $560,237 federal grant that will help struggling families stay in their homes. The decision comes two weeks after officials tabled the matter over concerns that the money might assist illegal immigrants. The two local nonprofits that will benefit from the grant, Mercy House and Serving People in Need, agreed to check the immigration status of their patrons to help allay the council’s concerns. Under federal law, Costa Mesa cannot require the nonprofit groups to check immigration status, but both organizations volunteered to do so. “We will only serve legal residents — that is our history.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | September 8, 2005
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District was awarded an $8.23-million federal grant to provide services for at-risk students, making it one of 40 districts nationwide to receive the grant this year. The Safe Schools and Healthy Students grant, which extends over three years, provides funding for new programs and faculty members to help students who are struggling emotionally or academically. Newport-Mesa applied for the grant in April and plans to launch its program in October.
NEWS
March 13, 2004
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few decisions the Costa Mesa Planning Commission made this week. FAIRVIEW PARK TRAIL The commission considered whether there would be any problems caused by a proposed multipurpose trail in Fairview Park. The council approved the concept for the trail when it adopted the Fairview Park Master Plan. The trail would be used by pedestrians, bicyclists and school teams. Biologists hired by the city found that the operation of the trail would not cause any significant harm to the environment.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2011
COSTA MESA — Four elementary schools will have counselors for the first time in two years, thanks to a federal grant. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District was one of 43 districts nationwide to win a Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The district won $400,000 a year for the next three years — the highest amount awarded — to pay the salaries of as many as four full-time, credentialed counselors and to increase student achievement, social competency and school engagement, said Rhonda Reid, an Estancia High School counselor.
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By Jill Cowan | March 7, 2014
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive Santa Ana River Mainstem Project, county officials said. While the president and Congress have already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, another $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
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NEWS
By Megan O'Neil | February 8, 2013
During nearly six years on the bench at Compton Juvenile Court, Commissioner Catherine Pratt saw scores of children facing prostitution charges. She made little progress on the cases — they came from impoverished, dysfunctional families and cycled through again and again. "It was very disheartening and, frankly, I wasn't looking at it the right way at the time," said Pratt. "I was frustrated with them. I kept saying, 'Why are you doing this to yourself? It is a really bad choice.'" Then, two years ago, a girl came into Pratt's courtroom with a particularly harrowing story.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 25, 2012
Federal public service grants that Costa Mesa doles out to nonprofits declined for the second year in a row, though the homeless population will see a slight uptick in assistance, city officials said. Of the nearly $375,000 requested by 17 nonprofits, the city only received $157,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program. The funds were approved June 19 for the next fiscal year's budget. The decrease - a result of the recession - has both dramatically reduced how many organizations can receive assistance and has lessened the awards of those that do. The city's ramped-up attempts to address homelessness, however, seem to have been unaffected by the cuts, with more than half the grant's public service money, about $83,000, going toward that effort.
NEWS
January 3, 2012
COSTA MESA — Orange County has been awarded $13.7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help address homelessness, with more than $400,000 going to Costa Mesa-based Serving People in Need (SPIN). SPIN received $403,208 for 38 beds, supportive services and transitional housing for the homeless. The money was awarded to Orange County as part of a federal Continuum of Care grant competition given to regional organizations. OC Community Services was named the lead agency for the HUD grant, with money going to 44 programs overall.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2011
COSTA MESA — Four elementary schools will have counselors for the first time in two years, thanks to a federal grant. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District was one of 43 districts nationwide to win a Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The district won $400,000 a year for the next three years — the highest amount awarded — to pay the salaries of as many as four full-time, credentialed counselors and to increase student achievement, social competency and school engagement, said Rhonda Reid, an Estancia High School counselor.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — When the federal government doles out grants to help low- and moderate-income individuals, it has to make an exception for a city like Newport Beach. The majority of households here earn more than $80,000, and there are few pockets with people of even average means. So when the City Council approved its annual Community Development Block Grant funding this week, more than half the funds were able to pay for decorative sidewalks, street furniture, landscaping and other street improvements.
LOCAL
February 3, 2010
Thanks to a federal grant, Costa Mesa firefighters will expand their training on how to cut through roofs to ventilate heat during a fire. The $9,282 Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Fire Administration grant will allow firefighters to enhance the prop they use to simulate cutting through roofs on homes or businesses in emergencies. Firefighters throughout the city can use the improved prop, which will be at Fire Station No. 4, 2300 Placentia Ave. The grant comes thanks to the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a national program where fire departments apply for limited funds.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 15, 2009
The Costa Mesa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept a $560,237 federal grant that will help struggling families stay in their homes. The decision comes two weeks after officials tabled the matter over concerns that the money might assist illegal immigrants. The two local nonprofits that will benefit from the grant, Mercy House and Serving People in Need, agreed to check the immigration status of their patrons to help allay the council’s concerns. Under federal law, Costa Mesa cannot require the nonprofit groups to check immigration status, but both organizations volunteered to do so. “We will only serve legal residents — that is our history.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | May 13, 2008
After recent budget cuts, the Costa Mesa Senior Center was planning on pruning down a popular grocery distribution program until two local women came forward with donations. Flo Martin donated $2,000 and Joan Cox donated $500 to the Senior Lunchbox program, more than making up for a $2,000 shortfall. City officials who are responsible for doling out federal Community Development Block Grant money gave the senior center $2,000 less compared with last year. The program allows the senior center to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, canned soups and meats, and other items that are given to low-income seniors.
NEWS
June 18, 2007
The federal grant that Orange Coast College recently received will benefit the school for five years, according to Vice President of Student Services Jess Craig. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that OCC was among 20 colleges and universities nationwide receiving grants under the Strengthening Institutions Program. Craig, reached Friday, said the $399,998 grant would recur every year for half a decade, allotting nearly $2 million to OCC. Craig said one effect of the federal money would be a Student Success Center that would combine a number of instructional support services into a single location.
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