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By Mona Shadia | May 13, 2010
Without after-school programs, Councilwoman Katrina Foley says, life in Costa Mesa would not be the same. The city-sponsored program at 11 school sites citywide, known as the Recreation on Campus for Kids after School (ROCKS), face elimination as the city grapples with a budget deficit. “I think it will dramatically change the qualify of life in Costa Mesa for families,” she said. “We’ve had these after-school programs sponsored for decades in our community.
By Steve Smith | April 12, 2010
Across the country communities have different ways of communicating their problems. This can lead to people’s perception of those problems being different across the country. Take my brother who lives in New York. He believes that Costa Mesa has a serious problem with illegal immigrants. He formed that belief from hearing Mayor Allan Mansoor talking about the issue on national television a few years ago. Actually, Mansoor made it worse. A story published in USA Today Jan. 25, 2006, started with this paragraph: “Mayor Allan Mansoor says his city has a problem with violent criminals who are in this country illegally, and he wants them sent home.
By Brianna Bailey | April 7, 2010
Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor and Councilwoman Katrina Foley exchanged barbs at Tuesday’s City Council meeting about her speaking to the media about city negotiations for the purchase of the Orange County Fairgrounds. Mansoor admonished Foley from the council dais Tuesday, after she gave a TV interview to KOCE discussing the city’s negotiations with the state. Mansoor, who appeared to be reading from a prepared statement, accused Foley of releasing sensitive information from a closed-session City Council meeting to the media.
March 25, 2010
  Norma Jean Foley died on her favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s day. Born in Detroit, Michigan some eighty five years ago, the journey of her life was filled with amazing adventures and tender moments. From high school and college football games to her thousand hour pin from caring for our sick veterans with the American Legion auxiliary, she lived her life with a sensitivity that was uncommon. She was always the first to volunteer when she thought she could help and the people who knew her well were truly blessed as her amazing stories often revealed a wisdom deeper than her words.
By Cesar Gonzalez | March 23, 2010
On a sunny afternoon earlier this month, young skaters performed tricks at Volcom Skate Park in Costa Mesa. These skaters, from local intermediate and high schools, had always been doing their thing. But now they can be attached to a team. Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley, with the help of Mike Ogas and local skateboarding legend Jim Gray, came up with the idea of starting junior high and high school skate club teams. The teams are focused on competing against each other and learning to skate well, Foley said.
By Mona Shadia | March 18, 2010
A Newport Beach development company’s $56.5-million offer to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state has been rejected by the head of the California Department of General Services, which is in charge of selling the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa. In a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dated Wednesday, Ronald Diedrich, the department’s acting director, said he had decided to reject the bid by Newport’s Craig Realty Group and six other bids on the fairgrounds as “they are not in the best interest of the citizens of California because they do not obtain the highest and most certain return for the state.
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