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February 22, 2003
June Casagrande If the city were to crack down today on all businesses whose overcrowded docks were posing a fire hazard, about half the charter boats in the Newport Harbor would be without a berth tonight. "Some of these boats are so close together it's a dangerous situation," Mayor Steve Bromberg said. Fire inspections have revealed rampant noncompliance with fire codes designed to protect boats and passengers, Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff said.
NEWS
December 30, 2008
Residents who want to dispose of their Christmas trees should put them out on the curb sometime before Jan. 10 after removing all of the lights, ornaments and stands, according to CR&R Waste and Recycling, the company responsible for picking up trash throughout much of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Although Christmas is over, many people keep their trees through the New Year, but keeping them longer than a few weeks could result in a fire hazard, officials said. Fires occur every year when people keep drying trees indoors too long.
NEWS
November 27, 1999
Firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department will participate in a safety demonstration Monday in Santa Ana. The firefighters will join other public safety agencies in providing safety tips for those who will have a Christmas tree in their home during the holiday season. A Christmas tree will be set on fire at 10 a.m. in Centennial Park as part of the demonstration. Firefighters will show various ways to extinguish a tree that catches fire.
NEWS
By Amy Senk | March 31, 2012
Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster met with about 40 residents Wednesday evening, explaining the seemingly flip-flopping position that Corona del Mar has on state fire hazard maps. State law requires the Newport Beach City Council to adopt a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map with special building and landscaping requirements for homes within the map. The state's maps, which the council considered in January, originally included most of Newport Coast as well as homes along Buck Gully and Morning Canyon and stretched from Orchid down to Crystal Cove.
NEWS
June 5, 2003
Deepa Bharath Local firefighters are preparing for the brush fire season that officially began on Sunday. Newport Beach will close a few areas in the city to the public because they pose a risk of wildland fires, spokeswoman Donna Boston said. The areas that will remain closed are south of Bonita Canyon Drive, Sand Canyon Avenue and the San Diego Freeway to Coast Highway and the area west of Laguna Canyon Road to Buck Gully. The closures do not restrict property owners from using their land, but are intended to protect landowners from trespassers who frequently cause wildland fires, Boston said.
NEWS
December 13, 1999
Rebecca Harris NEWPORT BEACH -- Amid the glow of cozy fireplace embers, yule logs and spruce trees dotted with festive lights, a danger lurks. Some of the most fundamental staples of Christmas celebrations can cause as much heartache as happiness when carelessness, improper installation or mishaps cause house and apartment fires. "Fire knows no holidays, and dry Christmas trees burn like torches," fliers at the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department said.
NEWS
February 1, 2003
Deirdre Newman Neighbors of a dilapidated house cluttered with junk and overgrown weeds on Monrovia Street say they are frustrated that the city has taken so long to pursue legal action. Twenty-two residents have signed a petition enumerating their complaints and calling on the city to declare it a fire hazard, clean it up and put a lien on the property, if necessary. The owner, Chris Lindeman, has been cited for numerous violations in the past few years, but has not made any effort to comply, neighbors and code enforcement officers said.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 4, 2007
Fireworks might still be legal in Costa Mesa, but the list of what you can set off is shrinking. "This year they pulled a lot, including Morning Glories, ground bloom flowers, basically anything hand-held," said Russ Davis, who sells fireworks for Vanguard University. The state allows the sale of fireworks, but only when local officials agree. Usually the approved vendors are community groups. All of Davis' profits go to Vanguard's women's basketball team, which he coaches.
NEWS
By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 12, 2012
The California Coastal Commission's view of itself can be romantic. When its longtime executive director, Peter Douglas, died earlier this month, a staff tribute turned to "The Lord of the Rings" for a comparison: "For more than 40 years, he has been Gandalf to the developers' balrog, standing resolute on tenuous footing while declaring, 'You. Shall. Not. Pass.'" The tenuousness of the commission's footing may be a matter of debate, but its denials are rarely so declamatory, couched instead in the language of bureaucracy: "Gnatcatcher.
NEWS
August 18, 2002
Lolita Harper Gone are the chipped pink paint and broken window panes. Gone are dumpsters full of old bottles, tattered clothes, shattered chairs and broken toys. Gone are the abandoned cars and junk that littered the property. The only things that remain of the once-dilapidated parcel on the corner of Orange Avenue and Camellia Lane, which Costa Mesans have long referred to as the Old Pink House, are the frame, cherrywood panels and chimney of the historic house and an 80-year-old pepper tree in the backyard.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 12, 2012
The California Coastal Commission's view of itself can be romantic. When its longtime executive director, Peter Douglas, died earlier this month, a staff tribute turned to "The Lord of the Rings" for a comparison: "For more than 40 years, he has been Gandalf to the developers' balrog, standing resolute on tenuous footing while declaring, 'You. Shall. Not. Pass.'" The tenuousness of the commission's footing may be a matter of debate, but its denials are rarely so declamatory, couched instead in the language of bureaucracy: "Gnatcatcher.
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NEWS
By Amy Senk | March 31, 2012
Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster met with about 40 residents Wednesday evening, explaining the seemingly flip-flopping position that Corona del Mar has on state fire hazard maps. State law requires the Newport Beach City Council to adopt a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map with special building and landscaping requirements for homes within the map. The state's maps, which the council considered in January, originally included most of Newport Coast as well as homes along Buck Gully and Morning Canyon and stretched from Orchid down to Crystal Cove.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | January 26, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council on Tuesday decided that a proposed ordinance to formally adopt the state's new Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map was too puzzling and needed more public input. "Right now, even with this discussion, I'm still a little confused," Mayor Nancy Gardner said after a presentation about the maps at the council study session. About 5,000 Newport Beach homes fall within the state's Very High Fire Hazard Severity Map Zone, which includes homes along Buck Gully and Morning Canyon and stretches from Orchid down to Crystal Cove, with most of Newport Coast also is included.
NEWS
December 30, 2008
Residents who want to dispose of their Christmas trees should put them out on the curb sometime before Jan. 10 after removing all of the lights, ornaments and stands, according to CR&R Waste and Recycling, the company responsible for picking up trash throughout much of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Although Christmas is over, many people keep their trees through the New Year, but keeping them longer than a few weeks could result in a fire hazard, officials said. Fires occur every year when people keep drying trees indoors too long.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Alan Blank | November 12, 2008
Foiled again in his bid for the 48th District seat, three-time congressional hopeful Steve Young is focusing his energies on a new club for area Democrats. With more than 115,000 nods from voters Nov. 4, Young claims to have garnered more votes than any other Democrat in the history of the 48th Congressional District, albeit not enough to beat incumbent Rep. John Campbell. Now Young hopes to transfer some of that momentum to Club 48. Members pay $48 a month to increase the visibility of Democrats in Orange County.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | November 27, 2007
The Newport-Mesa area made it through the holiday weekend without any major flames despite the dry weather, but authorities caution locals that all fires pose dangers during this dry season. Newport Beach firefighters handled calls for two small candle fires and a few turkey-in-oven issues since Thursday. All were extinguished and no one was injured, Battalion Chief Ralph Restadius said. The first candle fire started in the 200 block of Amethyst Avenue on Thanksgiving Day when a candle burned all the way down and ignited a table, Restadius said.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 4, 2007
Fireworks might still be legal in Costa Mesa, but the list of what you can set off is shrinking. "This year they pulled a lot, including Morning Glories, ground bloom flowers, basically anything hand-held," said Russ Davis, who sells fireworks for Vanguard University. The state allows the sale of fireworks, but only when local officials agree. Usually the approved vendors are community groups. All of Davis' profits go to Vanguard's women's basketball team, which he coaches.
NEWS
July 9, 2003
Deepa Bharath A vat of acid exploded at a metal plating company early Tuesday morning, igniting a two-alarm fire and causing about $50,000 in damages but no injuries, officials said. Firefighters responded to the call at Hixson Metal Plating Co. in the 800 block of Production Place at about 4:32 a.m. after a vat containing hydrofluoric and nitric acids exploded and sparked a fire, said Donna Boston, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department.
NEWS
June 5, 2003
Deepa Bharath Local firefighters are preparing for the brush fire season that officially began on Sunday. Newport Beach will close a few areas in the city to the public because they pose a risk of wildland fires, spokeswoman Donna Boston said. The areas that will remain closed are south of Bonita Canyon Drive, Sand Canyon Avenue and the San Diego Freeway to Coast Highway and the area west of Laguna Canyon Road to Buck Gully. The closures do not restrict property owners from using their land, but are intended to protect landowners from trespassers who frequently cause wildland fires, Boston said.
NEWS
February 22, 2003
June Casagrande If the city were to crack down today on all businesses whose overcrowded docks were posing a fire hazard, about half the charter boats in the Newport Harbor would be without a berth tonight. "Some of these boats are so close together it's a dangerous situation," Mayor Steve Bromberg said. Fire inspections have revealed rampant noncompliance with fire codes designed to protect boats and passengers, Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff said.
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