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September 5, 2007
Homeland Security officials have deemed South Coast Plaza a “key asset” and possible terrorist target worthy of grant money to increase safety, Costa Mesa officials said. The City Council on Tuesday voted to spend a $47,287 federal grant to install a security camera at South Coast Plaza and infrastructure that will enable city police to tap into the plaza’s existing security system of more than 200 cameras. Police currently have to have incidents at South Coast Plaza described to them over the phone, so seeing them happen via camera will save time and help with police work, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney said.
By Daniel Tedford | August 29, 2008
The business district portion of Birch Street is getting the finish touches put on it today as Newport Beach Public Works finishes a rehabilitation project that is expected to make the road smoother for drivers. Today’s road work isn’t expected to slow traffic as workers are raising valves and manholes, city officials said. The $500,000 project performed by All American Asphalt is part of the more than $6 million being used by the city to give streets a needed face-lift.
By Alan Blank | September 16, 2008
Some weary but triumphant local state legislators returned home Tuesday after staying up until the early morning hours to pass a budget with no new taxes; but in order to make that happen, Costa Mesa will have to give up some cash. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the budget late Tuesday, but lawmakers are expected to override his veto with the same two-thirds majority they used to pass the budget. Under the budget, the legislature decided to take almost $300,000 in funding that Costa Mesa planned to use to repave Westside streets, improve lighting and make other infrastructure improvements, according to city Finance Director Marc Puckett.
July 10, 2004
Program offers gun locks Wednesday Members of a nonprofit organization will distribute free gun locks outside the Newport Beach Police Department from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices through the distribution of key safety-education messages and free gun-locking devices. The group is providing the free locks thanks to a federal grant. For more information about the program, visit www.projectchildsafe.
By Joseph Serna | September 30, 2011
COSTA MESA - A bill introduced by state Sen.Tom Harman (R-Costa Mesa) and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this week seeks to bring crime-victim notification into the 21st century. Senate Bill 852 takes effect immediately, and enables the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to update various persons affected by violent offenders about the attackers' status through email, along with the traditional phone call and certified mail. "California's victim-notification system was antiquated and with this bill, victim notification will be brought into the computer age," Harman said in a news release.
By Michael Miller | May 10, 2006
COSTA MESA ? It looked like a typical test in a portable classroom at Rea Elementary School on Tuesday morning. Eleven students listened as Liliana Zerouali, a family outreach advocate for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, read aloud questions in Spanish as the test-takers wrote answers. The difference was that the students were all adults, and the subject matter was parenting. In September, the school district netted an $8.23-million federal grant for Advocates Supporting Kids, a program dedicated to mentoring at-risk children and preventing school violence.
July 7, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- It may be late for a New Year's resolution, but the Costa Mesa Police Department has announced a new goal: to pull in at least 706 drunk driving arrests by June 2001. That's a 10% increase from the 642 drunk driving arrests made in 1998, the year authorities will use to compare statistics, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney, of the department's traffic division. Thanks to a $91,800 federal grant for traffic safety, the department can add extra patrols and equipment.
By Mona Shadia | April 12, 2010
At least one of 14 organizations that applied to receive federal grant funding from Costa Mesa City Hall will get nothing if the City Council goes ahead with the Redevelopment and Residential subcommittee’s recommendations. The Crossing Church asked for $16,680 for its homeless program from Community Development Block Grants, which the city receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development each year, but the subcommittee is recommending that the city not fund the church on this go around.
May 22, 2010
Could there be a more appropriate acronym than ROCKS, which stands for Recreation on Campus for Kids after School? We’ll answer our own rhetorical question with a resounding “no.” The city of Costa Mesa’s program is solid and safe, a worry-free environment for working families who need someone to supervise their youngsters between the time the school bell rings and Mom and Dad get home from work. ROCKS, which is on the city’s chopping block alongside youth sports and recreation programs, should not be rolled away.
October 13, 2009
Five hundred thousand dollars could go a long way to help 150 struggling local families keep roofs above their heads in these tough economic times. We applaud the Costa Mesa City Council’s unanimous decision Tuesday to accept a federal grant of $560,237 for housing those families, bearing in mind that its members previously were split over the issue. The money will help families who recently became homeless, or are in danger of losing their homes, pay for rent, deposits and utility bills.
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