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July 3, 2013
The following are the locations where various groups are selling fireworks to raise money, according to permits filed with the city of Costa Mesa. Stands are allowed to sell fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Wednesday. On Thursday, sales are permitted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. * AYSO 17th, 289 E. 17th St. AYSO Placentia, 2145 Placentia Ave. AYSO Bristol , 280 Bristol St. AYSO Newport, 2620 Newport Blvd. * California School Education Foundation, 2252 Fairview Road * Costa Mesa American Little League, 2949 Fairview Road Costa Mesa High School Aquatics, 2750 Harbor Blvd.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A small group stole about $850 in fireworks from a stand on Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa, volunteers said Friday. The stand, managed by the Costa Mesa Middle School DELTA program, was raising money for enrichment programs, such as subsidizing costs for student field trips. About three people broke into the booth about 5 a.m. Wednesday and made off with six bundles of fireworks, stand volunteer Roy Center said. The theft happened when a night watchman stepped away for a few minutes, he said.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
Costa Mesa police on Friday reminded area residents to use only "safe and sane" fireworks, with the state fire marshal's seal of approval. Fireworks sales in Costa Mesa are permitted between June 30 and July 4, and residents can use fireworks on July 2 and 3,and on the Fourth of July between 4 and 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, public parking lots or on school property, police said. Those fireworks that explode in the air are illegal and should be reported, police said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 3, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Fourth of July is growing in Costa Mesa. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, with council members Wendy Leece and Eric Bever dissenting, the City Council approved permitting the sale of fireworks a day earlier than last year and allowing them to be set off the weekend leading up to the holiday, which falls on a Monday this year. The move is expected to cost the city at least an additional $1,000 in cleanup, according to the council's staff report. There are potential costs from overtime for police or firefighters responding to incidents, officials said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 3, 2013
When longtime Costa Mesa resident Rob Friedmann guards a fireworks stand through the night, he sleeps lightly. He keeps a flashlight and phone nearby in case he hears anything that could prompt him to call police or firefighters. "I've heard horror stories of people's places getting broken into," he said. He's had only one hair-raising experience in his 15 years of overnight volunteering to keep ne'er-do-wells away from the pyrotechnics sold by local nonprofits. He slept in a local church during a shift his first year.
NEWS
May 6, 2004
Deirdre Newman During the recent discussion on restricting the sale of fireworks, the rallying cry of the groups that sell them was "we need the money." But other cities have managed under total bans. The council on Monday passed a law and created a council policy restricting the sale of fireworks. Some of the changes include reducing the number of fireworks stands and limiting high schools to four stands each. City Councilman Mike Scheafer, who initiated the changes, is sympathetic to the fundraising concern.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
In response to Gary Spencer's July 8 column ("Where was the help?"), here I am, another "senior," age 66, living on the Eastside of Costa Mesa, complaining about fireworks in the city. My question to Spencer is, aren't your parents and grandparents seniors as well? I guess my 50 years of paying taxes, serving my community and working and living in Costa Mesa doesn't give me the right to be against fireworks, either legal or otherwise. Not only does my dog shake, my frightened cats hide, and I am fearful and disturbed by the explosions.
FEATURES
By ERIN KENNEDY | April 21, 2006
Let me start off by saying that if you ever get the chance to stay in Florence for Easter, do it! Granted, it's crowded and the hotels cost more, but the celebration on Easter morning is definitely worth the extra trouble. About 10 a.m. Sunday morning, I made my way to the Duomo (the cathedral) where the festivities take place. I thought, knowing there would be fireworks, that I had plenty of time to catch the big show. You know, fireworks happen at night. However, I was wrong and made it just in time.
NEWS
July 3, 2000
Noaki Schwartz COSTA MESA -- Selecting a box, the Newport resident slipped out a $20, stuck her hand furtively through the stand's grid and grabbed her fireworks. Guilt-ridden, she sped away, refusing to comment about her purchase. Once the darling of any Norman Rockwell painting, fireworks have become a source of guilt for many people living in areas such as Newport Beach, where the sparklers and glittering fountains are outlawed. Following an annual rash of fires and burns, some cities have limited July 4 flames to the barbecue or professional displays.
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April 14, 2014
A 15-year-old Newport Beach resident was detained Sunday on suspicion of attempting to sell 51 pounds of illegal explosives on Craigslist, authorities said Monday. After the Los Angeles County Fire Department's arson unit seized illegal fireworks from a manufacturer in Glendora, authorities found similar explosives pictured in a Craigslist advertisement in the Newport Beach area, according to a news release. L.A. County fire authorities, with the help of Newport Beach police and fire departments and the Orange County Sheriff's Departmen's bomb squad, set up an undercover "buy-and-bust" operation at the teen's home over the weekend.
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NEWS
December 30, 2013
It was no surprise to hear that the Costa Mesa City Council spent $18,000 of our hard-earned money on a fireworks show for the 60th anniversary party (" 60th party cost nearly $400,000," documents show ," Dec. 23 ). When I called the police to find out what the heck was going on, I was told more than 200 residents had also called asking the same thing. Seems strange to spend that kind of money for fireworks that outdid Disneyland, here in Costa Mesa, just days before our big Fourth of July run. Who do we like so much that we give them so much of our money?
NEWS
July 6, 2013
Just let me say that I like a good, loud bang as much as the next guy. However, it seems ludicrous for Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to talk about rules, regulations, bans and "safe and sane" legal fireworks every year before the big day. If you haven't driven down Santa Ana Avenue on the Fourth after dark, you might think that sounds reasonable. It is like a war zone. Through the smoke screen you can see the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air. With small sticks of dynamite blasting and wayward bottle rockets shooting past your car, you'd be wise to keep your windows rolled up and your head down.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A small group stole about $850 in fireworks from a stand on Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa, volunteers said Friday. The stand, managed by the Costa Mesa Middle School DELTA program, was raising money for enrichment programs, such as subsidizing costs for student field trips. About three people broke into the booth about 5 a.m. Wednesday and made off with six bundles of fireworks, stand volunteer Roy Center said. The theft happened when a night watchman stepped away for a few minutes, he said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 3, 2013
When longtime Costa Mesa resident Rob Friedmann guards a fireworks stand through the night, he sleeps lightly. He keeps a flashlight and phone nearby in case he hears anything that could prompt him to call police or firefighters. "I've heard horror stories of people's places getting broken into," he said. He's had only one hair-raising experience in his 15 years of overnight volunteering to keep ne'er-do-wells away from the pyrotechnics sold by local nonprofits. He slept in a local church during a shift his first year.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
The following are the locations where various groups are selling fireworks to raise money, according to permits filed with the city of Costa Mesa. Stands are allowed to sell fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Wednesday. On Thursday, sales are permitted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. * AYSO 17th, 289 E. 17th St. AYSO Placentia, 2145 Placentia Ave. AYSO Bristol , 280 Bristol St. AYSO Newport, 2620 Newport Blvd. * California School Education Foundation, 2252 Fairview Road * Costa Mesa American Little League, 2949 Fairview Road Costa Mesa High School Aquatics, 2750 Harbor Blvd.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 3, 2013
Newport Beach police will roll out a notification system specifically for the Fourth of July this year. Newport residents and beach visitors can sign up for text message alerts about road closures, traffic advisories and other information specifically for the holiday, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach police spokeswoman. Anyone can activate the service by texting NBJULY4TH to 888777. Although police had the ability in past years, this is the first time the department is pushing for people to sign up and actually sending notifications, according to Manzella.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
Costa Mesa police on Friday reminded area residents to use only "safe and sane" fireworks, with the state fire marshal's seal of approval. Fireworks sales in Costa Mesa are permitted between June 30 and July 4, and residents can use fireworks on July 2 and 3,and on the Fourth of July between 4 and 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. Fireworks are not allowed in city parks, public parking lots or on school property, police said. Those fireworks that explode in the air are illegal and should be reported, police said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 16, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled to hear a wide variety of issues during its regular meeting Tuesday night, including appointing planning commissioners, potentially adopting changes to July 4 fireworks sales and forming a pension oversight committee. After approving a request from Councilwoman Sandy Genis earlier this month, the council will appoint three members to the five-person commission. The effort attempts to correct the council's Jan. 15 mistake when it appointed a third commissioner to fill the sudden vacancy from Commissioner Edward Salcedo, who resigned Jan. 14. A one-day notice was not enough time to do such an act, the city clerk's office ruled after the Jan. 15 meeting.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
For those celebrating Independence Day in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, some street closures and regulations could affect the party. Newport Beach police are hoping to cut back on roaming crowds and street parties by keeping all of eastbound Balboa Boulevard open to vehicle traffic - the first time in 10 years they will open the stretch to the west of 32nd Street. They will still barricade Seashore Drive between 51st and 36th streets, and southbound numbered streets between Seashore and West Balboa Boulevard.
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