November 27, 2003
These are some of closures for the Thanksgiving holiday: Costa Mesa City Hall is closed today and Friday. Newport Beach City Hall and all library branches will be closed today and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Trash pickup will not take place today but will resume Friday. Newport-Mesa Unified schools and district offices are closed today and Friday. Costa Mesa Police Department's front desk will be closed today, but people can call the business line at (714)
October 13, 2011
COSTA MESA - The Costa Mesa Police Department will remain open later into the evening starting Oct. 24, the department announced Thursday. The front desk business hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The front desk remains closed on weekends. Hours were cut last year due to budget cuts. The department is also reinstating civilian report writers to handle traffic collision and crime reports. The city rehired three community service specialists after they were also cut due to budget reductions.
April 2, 2014
The city of Costa Mesa is offering a $10,000 reward for information on a 2012 murder case. The City Council on Tuesday authorized the reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing 50-year-old Costa Mesa resident Gary Smola. Police found Smola dead in his home in the 1700 block of Whittier Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 4, 2012. According to the coroner, he died of blunt-force trauma to the head. Police said an unknown weapon was likely used to kill Smola.
October 26, 2011
The city of Costa Mesa is encouraging people with unused or unwanted prescription pills to drop them off at the Police Department on Saturday, the city announced Wednesday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents will be able to drop off prescriptions at the Police Department's front desk for proper disposal, according to a city news release. The no-questions drop-off is preferred to throwing away or flushing unneeded prescriptions down the toilet, both of which can be hazardous, the release said.
April 4, 2012
The Costa Mesa Police Department will provide a six-week Teen Academy beginning June 28. The program, which is open to any Costa Mesa residents who attend Estancia or Costa Mesa high schools, or a private school, allows students to learn from different departments such as Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, S.W.A.T., K-9, and Narcotics, according to a press release. Students can go with officers on ride-alongs and will be able to participate in instructional demonstrations.
March 12, 2013
A memorial service for a Costa Mesa police detective killed in a car crash is scheduled for Friday. The service for Det. Mike Delgadillo is set for 11 a.m. at the Saint Thomas More Catholic Parish, 51 Marketplace, Irvine. Delgadillo, 57, died Wednesday while off-duty in single-car crash, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Delgadillo, a 32-year department veteran, is survived by four children, both parents and a brother, police have said. Last week police announced that a fund had been established to benefit his family.
September 10, 2003
Deirdre Newman For most, retirement means cutting back on the 40-hour work week they have endured for most of their careers. Not so, for Gloria Black. The 59-year-old still dresses like the consummate professional and logs 40 hours a week doing office-related volunteer work for the Costa Mesa Senior Center. In fact, she has her own office. "She's invaluable," said Cheryl Lowes, the center's public health nurse. Black started offering her skills to the senior center in 1995, after taking some computer classes at Coastline College.
April 7, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city is offering Costa Mesa residents a two-hour, weekly block of face time with interim Police Chief Steve Staveley. Costa Mesa's temporary top cop will make himself available to meet with residents from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in what the city is calling the "Chief's Office Hours. " Acting city spokesman Bill Lobdell made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The meet Staveley program is the latest move in a public relations campaign to improve the city's image and make its municipal government more transparent in the face of pending layoffs.
April 29, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- A dozen Costa Mesa Senior Center volunteers were inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame on Friday. "Volunteers are the lifeblood of an organization," Volunteer Coordinator Diane Swarts said. "And these are just the creme of our crop. We're lucky that every year there are people we can single out and honor." The 12 top volunteers this year were Mary Anne Bane, Gene Graham, Lee Hanson, Bob Jones, Andy Lepay, Marge Miller, Dona Parker, Ron Perkins, Peg Rinehart, Lou Stead, Bill Sussman and Bob Watts.
January 29, 2005
Ninety-three-year-old Dorothy Goeman has been volunteering her time at the Costa Mesa Senior Center as a front-desk receptionist for the last five years. Goeman moved from Los Angeles to Orange County in 1975, after her husband passed away, to live closer to her daughter in Huntington Beach. After initially living in Fountain Valley, she became a resident of Costa Mesa a decade ago. Goeman said she takes pleasure in helping others at the senior center and that it is an excellent way for her to give back to the community.