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December 13, 2002
June Casagrande The ficus tree in front of Balboa Inn will stay, the one in front of the pharmacy will be removed, all the stumps will be taken out and the city will move ahead with its plans to renovate the village, it was announced Thursday. "We're pleased that we can now move forward with the Balboa Village pedestrian plan," said Councilman Tod Ridgeway, whose district includes the Balboa Peninsula. The city reached a settlement with the Balboa Arbor Society late Tuesday that includes concessions for both sides.
NEWS
September 25, 2002
My thoughts on the ficus tree removal are as follows: Now that the city has had its way, it would behoove them to replace the fallen ficus trees with some trees of quality ("City tears down Main Street ficus," Thursday). If the budget doesn't allow, then reduce another expenditure instead. There is nothing that will enhance Main Street as much as the right size and choice of trees. Please, do not replace the majestic ficus with the quality of tree recently planted in the village.
NEWS
September 8, 2002
Lynn Miller The history of Main Street, out on the Balboa Peninsula, goes back to the early 1900s. So do the buildings and the sewer lines. According to the city's utility staff, the replacement in the '80s and '90s of some main and lateral sewer lines in the village revealed an interesting discovery. The original pipes were not cracked or broken by the 25 ficus tree roots, which line both sides of Main Street. (These 40-plus-year-old trees are designated special and protected by the city)
NEWS
September 25, 2002
57, Newport Beach ... Sewage and ficus-tree activist ... One of three founders of the Ocean Outfall Group, an environmental activist group ... Led the charge against a controversial sewage waiver, which was eventually dropped by the Orange County Sanitation District, though not so successful when it comes to trees ... Co-founder of the Balboa Arborist Society, which lobbied for the preservation of ficus trees in Balboa...
NEWS
January 12, 2003
We thought the last word had been said on the ficus tree fiasco (we'll leave the phrase ficus fracas for now). But we're saying, yet again, that we hope it's really the case. The latest news is that the city has decided to box up one of the two remaining ficus and hold onto it for as long as a year before city leaders decide where it should be replanted. The ficus in front of the Balboa Inn will remain where it is, the a last of the row of trees that once shaded the street, but also ripped it up. Not to belittle the story at all, but this one has gone on even longer than we'd like.
NEWS
September 22, 2002
Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. Do you know who said that? Neither do I. But I am about to leave the wise men in the dust. Who doesn't love trees? Raise your hand. See? Nobody. We all do. There is a bond between trees and us, and there always has been. Trees are shelter, strength and sustenance. They even look like us, with a big head and arms and a thick trunk. I, for one, happen to be crazy about them. I come from a place called the Right Coast, where trees are trees.
NEWS
March 14, 2002
Deepa Bharath BALBOA PENINSULA -- Little spats among neighbors are as common in this city as they are in most others. But how many of those disagreements are about night herons? Paulette Pappas, an East Balboa Boulevard resident, says her neighbor across the street, Mary Globokar, doesn't care about the birds that are nesting on a ficus tree in front of her house. Globokar, Pappas says, wants the trees trimmed despite the presence of the birds, which are getting ready to hatch their young ones on the branches.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
Sue Clark The Prince of Peace Church in Costa Mesa is having a ficus tree problem, with talk of tearing down the trees. When I read the news, I thought of the good side of ficus tree problems. The church folks got to meet their neighbors. So did I, and not in a good way. In 1995, I found a beautiful, ficus-lined street in Newport Heights and bought a house there. I was enamored with the house, the street and the huge ficus tree on my curbside.
NEWS
January 21, 2003
Josh Slocum's restaurant does not look quite Victorian Regarding the Josh Slocum's remodel. Dennis Rodman's interior designer states "It's Victorian on the outside and the rise fall of Renaissance architecture on the inside." Give me a break. Try neo-bordello. BERT BARDEN Newport Beach Newport deserves praise for handling of protected ficus tree The city of Newport Beach should be commended for moving the Pharmacy Tree, the ficus tree in front of the pharmacy on Main Street on the Balboa Peninsula, and preparing it for transplantation, rather than simply destroying it. The city was not required to take this action; it did so on its own volition.
NEWS
October 16, 2000
INSTANT JUNGLE The City Council is scheduled today to consider an 18-home development proposed for 2.3 acres on Canyon Drive. Instant Jungle Properties LLC, owner of the property at 2100 and 2130 Canyon Drive, originally proposed a 22-home project for the site. The plans were redesigned after neighbors and the city's planning staff expressed concerns in June. The new proposal includes 2,500-square-foot homes and modified grading. The Planning Commission approved the project in August, but Commissioners Chris Fewel and Katrina Foley voted to deny the proposal, saying they had concerns about lot size and parking.
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By Alan Blank | November 20, 2008
If you’re walking along the sidewalk on Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa and notice a bounce in your step, it’s not just your imagination. A stretch of the pavement was recently replaced with recycled rubber tires, melted down and molded into dark gray bricks — a first for the city. The bricks are hard, but not as rigid as cement, which makes them easier on the joints, and they are made of waste material that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Those are only icing on the cake, though.
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NEWS
December 19, 2003
Deirdre Newman Prince of Peace school officials are extending an olive branch to their neighborhood by deciding to remove ficus trees along Baker Street, as neighbors have asked. These trees, one of three groves of ficus trees on the school and church property, were planted without city approval. On Dec. 8, the Planning Commission allowed the church to keep the trees along Baker Street because school officials agreed not to hold the city liable for any damages the trees may cause.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
Sue Clark The Prince of Peace Church in Costa Mesa is having a ficus tree problem, with talk of tearing down the trees. When I read the news, I thought of the good side of ficus tree problems. The church folks got to meet their neighbors. So did I, and not in a good way. In 1995, I found a beautiful, ficus-lined street in Newport Heights and bought a house there. I was enamored with the house, the street and the huge ficus tree on my curbside.
NEWS
December 7, 2003
Anyone who's bobbed along Newport Harbor during the holiday season, especially during the annual Christmas Boat Parade, has seen Gay Wassall-Kelly and Bill Kelly's peninsula house. It's impossible to miss. Whether it be the blow-up figures, the sheer brilliance of lights or just Gay Wassall-Kelly in her costume, something is sure to stand out -- way out. And as much fun as it all is, there's a lot of work behind the scenes, weeks of decorating that doesn't even include the shopping trips to buy new lights and decorations.
NEWS
September 9, 2003
Deirdre Newman The insidious problems of ficus tree roots are well known to the merchants of Main Street on the Balboa Peninsula, where 25 ficus trees were unceremoniously yanked last September from the sidewalks they had graced for 40 years. Now, residents who live near the Prince of Peace Church on Mesa Verde Drive East fear the same problems with their sidewalks because of the 117 ficus trees planted on the periphery of the school's property.
NEWS
August 27, 2003
June Casagrande Some recommended changes to the city's tree policy on Tuesday drew a mixed response from community members trying to balance the beauty of ocean views with the beauty of the trees themselves. The City Council decided at its study session Tuesday to revisit the issue at its next study session in order to give more residents a chance to speak on the proposed changes. "I'd like to see this come back to give more people an opportunity to speak," Councilman Gary Adams suggested, earning the support of colleagues.
NEWS
January 21, 2003
Josh Slocum's restaurant does not look quite Victorian Regarding the Josh Slocum's remodel. Dennis Rodman's interior designer states "It's Victorian on the outside and the rise fall of Renaissance architecture on the inside." Give me a break. Try neo-bordello. BERT BARDEN Newport Beach Newport deserves praise for handling of protected ficus tree The city of Newport Beach should be commended for moving the Pharmacy Tree, the ficus tree in front of the pharmacy on Main Street on the Balboa Peninsula, and preparing it for transplantation, rather than simply destroying it. The city was not required to take this action; it did so on its own volition.
NEWS
January 12, 2003
We thought the last word had been said on the ficus tree fiasco (we'll leave the phrase ficus fracas for now). But we're saying, yet again, that we hope it's really the case. The latest news is that the city has decided to box up one of the two remaining ficus and hold onto it for as long as a year before city leaders decide where it should be replanted. The ficus in front of the Balboa Inn will remain where it is, the a last of the row of trees that once shaded the street, but also ripped it up. Not to belittle the story at all, but this one has gone on even longer than we'd like.
NEWS
January 2, 2003
As 2002 began, we all took a deep breath and a gave a sigh of relief that 2001 and all its horror was behind us. Still, the tragedies of a little more than a year ago continue to have a profound effect on us all. We don't take people for granted so much, we have to stop and think twice about stereotypes and bigotries, we honor policeman and firefighters, much like we should have all along. We are concerned for our safety and of others and we hug our families and attend churches, synagogues and temples a whole lot more.
NEWS
December 22, 2002
Apparently -- breathe a sigh of relief -- the ficus fracas is over. Newport Beach and members of the Balboa Arbor Society came to an agreement last week that will save one of the remaining Peninsula ficus trees. City leaders also promised to review the city's tree policy and consider drafting a tree ordinance. That could mean more protection for the city's oldest trees in the future. But perhaps even more importantly for most, the agreement should quell the screaming, letter-writing and hand-wringing that the whole episode unleashed.
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