November 15, 2002
June Casagrande Just as some had feared, residents haven't been as safe from fires as they thought. A survey of landscaping work done on fire buffer zones shows that some of these areas have not been maintained according to fire safety standards. "These 'fuel modification zones' are important to the residents because they're designed as a barrier against wild fires such as the ones that were in Laguna Beach several years ago," said Jim McGee, a Newport Coast resident and member of the city's Newport Coast Advisory committee.
October 7, 2007
A near-tragedy occurred in Costa Mesa recently. And it could, in all likelihood, have been avoided. Let’s start with the facts: A two bedroom apartment, in which nine people were living, caught fire. An 11-year-old boy was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. There were no other injuries, but six families were displaced, according to Red Cross officials. One unit of the apartment complex was destroyed. Another suffered water damage.
February 26, 2004
June Casagrande Admonishing operators of Narconon as bad neighbors, City Council members on Tuesday pushed forward a plan to regulate drug- and alcohol-recovery homes to the extent the law allows. They called upon the operators the rehabs to do the rest. "You're not being very neighborly when you bring 27 people into a residential area," Councilman Steve Bromberg told Narconon spokesman Jerry Marshall. Marshall pledged to continue to work toward a solution to neighbors' complaints of noise, cigarette smoke, profanity and high pedestrian traffic at the group home at 1810 S. Oceanfront on the peninsula.
September 30, 2005
o7The following is from the Sept. 20 meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council. f7 SOUTH LAGUNA STREET LIGHTS No action was taken to change a previous council vote approving special street lights for South Laguna not offered by San Diego Gas and Electric that are more expensive to buy and maintain than regular lights. Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman opposed the purchase for the South Laguna Pedestrian Improvement project -- a project she had spearheaded.
November 6, 2005
Measures B, C, D and E all tinker with how money from Proposition 172 -- which devotes a part of tax revenues to public safety agencies -- is allocated.When Newport-Mesa voters visit the ballot box Tuesday, they'll be faced with the alphabet soup of five local initiatives. Measure F, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's bond issue, is the only one that's not about public safety funding. The other four issues, measures B, C, D and E, revolve around how to allocate money the county gets from Proposition 172, a measure state voters approved in 1993 to devote half a cent of existing sales tax to county public safety agencies.
October 13, 2012
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 57 members were honored at a recent Harbor View Elementary School Flag Deck ceremony for their creation and contribution of "potty benches" for preschoolers. "The idea came about after seeing all the adorable little ones sitting on the cement in the hallway throughout last year outside the restrooms," said Troop Leader Jan Parker. Troop members McKyla Buettler, Katie McCullough, Brooke Gelgand, Gabby Lau and Jodi Parker, who are all eighth-graders at Corona del Mar Middle School, met with preschool teachers Tori McRae and Rene Tedford in June to discuss the specifics of what was needed, Parker said.
July 8, 2007
Be sure to check out the "Exit Drills In The Home" display at the Orange County Fair, presented by the Orange County Fire Chiefs Assn. and the Orange Country Fire Prevention Officers. The interactive prop is designed to teach families how to create an escape plan in case of a fire in the home. It will be at the Orange County Fire Chiefs Assn.'s booth in the Orange County exhibit building. Firefighters will be at the booth to answer questions about the prop. Costa Mesa Fire Department officials will be at the booth on July 18 and July 24, and members of the Newport Beach Fire Department will attend on July 15, Aug. 4 and Aug. 5. — Heidi Schultheis
September 17, 2007
Chiropractor Babak Shahrestani will sponsor Costa Mesa’s celebration of the 13th annual Kids Day America/International, a health, safety and environmental awareness day. From noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Shahrestani’s office, 2328 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, the chiropractor’s staff will issue special ID cards for every child, as Costa Mesa police and fire officials provide free fingerprinting and fire safety tips for the kids. Shahrestani will also offer free health screenings.
August 8, 2007
The Newport Beach Fire Department is looking for youth interested in signing up for the next Junior Firefighter Camp scheduled to run next week. Geared toward children ages 9 to 13, the camp runs from 8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15 to 17 at Mariners Park in Newport Beach. Over those three days, participants will learn about fire fighting, safety and first aid techniques from a group of Newport Beach's own professional firefighters, said department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz. The program costs $90. Those interested in enrolling can visit www.city.
October 29, 2007
In 1967, Newport Beach firefighters and Engine 6 went to the aid of fellow firefighters battling the Paseo Grande Fire in Corona. Unlike the organization and teamwork evident throughout the Southern California wildfires this past week, Jerry Strom said the only thing organized that day was the food. Milton Meehan was the Battalion Chief and he said when the team arrived, nobody seemed to be in charge. No headquarters or command center had been set up. Meehan sad the firefighters knew how to combat local fires, but lacked experience with widespread blazes.