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By Humberto Caspa | October 4, 2010
Has 10 years of bickering over the immigration issue paid off in Costa Mesa? Today, the city is a shining tower of right-wing conservatism and anti-immigration sentiment. While the rhetoric on immigration has grown larger over the years, Costa Mesa's economy has lagged behind its neighbors. According to Decipher, a research think tank, Costa Mesa was the only city in Orange County with a zero-profit margin from 2000 to 2008, running a $4.4 million deficit during those years.
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January 19, 2003
Deepa Bharath The landmark Costa Mesa building that houses Niketown, the Gap, bistros and theaters once hosted a store where local farmers bought grain to feed their goats, cows, pigs and chickens. Costa Mesa was, after all, only Goat Hill, a simple farming community south of Santa Ana. "All I remember about the place where Triangle Square is now is Carr's Feed Store," said Bob Wilson, longtime resident and local historian. "They also had some hardware items, but it was mostly feed."
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By Bradley Zint | February 2, 2013
Fifth in a series of profiles about those in the trenches of Costa Mesa's political battles. * Gary Monahan can't escape politics - not even during his morning commute. As the Costa Mesa councilman walks from his Eastside home to the restaurant he owns off nearby Newport Boulevard, folks have been known to flag him down and talk the issues. "I can't hide," he says with a laugh. "I can lock myself up at home, but I can't hide. " Monahan, 53, is certainly no stranger to many residents.
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December 20, 2003
June Casagrande On Christmas Day, about 20 members of the Wilson family will gather to celebrate the holiday with gifts, food and, most important, family. Bob Wilson's only wish is to be there sitting in a chair, basking in holiday fellowship of four generations. Only time will tell whether that's a possibility or just a beautiful holiday dream. Wilson, co-founder and three-time mayor of Costa Mesa, is near the end of his life. The 86-year-old civic leader, author, historian and great-grandfather is home under hospice care for a terminal heart condition, and he says he doesn't know whether he'll make it to Thursday.
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February 9, 2001
Winter Monday League 1. Psomas, 3-1; 2. Sneaker Squeakers, 2-2; 3. Carnivorous Apes, 2-2; 4. ANZDL, 2-1; 5. Full Court Mess, 2-1; 6. Rhymes W/ Duck, 1-2; 7. Schultz Photo, 0-3. Tuesday League 1. Mule Train, 2-1; 2. 2-Pump Chumps, 2-1; 3. Team Freedom, 2-1; 4. Goat Hill, 1-1; 5. Dribblers, 1-1; 6. Seagate Scorpions, 1-1; 7. WMA, 0-3. Wednesday League 1. Soft Tubs, 3-0; 2. Beach Bombers, 2-0; 3....
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March 12, 2001
As of March 6 Monday "D" League - 1. Full Court Mess, 4-2; 2. Sneaker Squeakers, 4-2; 3. Carnivorous Apes, 3-3; 4. Anzdl, 3-3; 5. Psomas, 3-3; 6. Rhymes W/ Duck, 2-4; 7. Schultz Photo, 2-4. Tuesday "C-Minor" League - 1. Mule Train, 5-1; 2. Goat Hill, 5-1; 3. 2-Pump Chumps, 4-2; 4. Dribblers, 3-3; 5. Team Freedom, 2-4; 6. Seagate Scorpions, 2-4; 7. WMA, 0-6. Wednesday "B" League - 1. Soft Tubs, 5-0; 2. Old &...
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By Hannah Fry | April 7, 2014
Police are looking for two men who started a fight outside Goat Hill Tavern that required four people to seek medical treatment, two of them for stab wounds, authorities said Monday. Costa Mesa police responded to reports of gunshots fired in the Costa Mesa bar's parking lot at 1830 Newport Blvd. about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Witnesses confirmed that no firearm was used but said one of the suspects broke a bottle to use in the scuffle, police said. A group of family and friends were celebrating in the bar Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
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By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
When Rich and Peggy Penjoyan started out in the 1960s, they were working for peanuts - literally. The couple sold the crunchy legumes from the back of a truck in Malibu Canyon, but the business plan wasn't working quite as well as Rich wanted. So in 1969 he decided to set up shop in Costa Mesa, a recently minted city experiencing its teenage years - Sweet 16 - but already boasting a population of some 73,000. It was the year Growers Ranch sprouted up along Newport Boulevard, back when traveling along the ol' Goat Hill thoroughfare had an open-air feel about it and the business felt like something you'd see on the side of the road while driving through farmland, Peggy recalled.
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By Bradley Zint | March 18, 2014
For the Orange County Model Engineers, the good news keeps rolling in. Reports about recent theft and vandalism totaling $7,000 to $9,000 at the nonprofit group's Fairview Park facility have been followed by a dramatic uptick in donations. The Costa Mesa police and firefighter associations each donated $500 during a ceremony Sunday, said club spokesman Hank Castignetti on Monday. The Goat Hill Tavern donated $1,000, he said, and the donation boxes at the railroad were filled with checks and money over the weekend.
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By Jill Cowan | March 3, 2014
The way Juana Trejo remembers it, the heavy double doors of Costa Mesa's City Council chambers hit her on the way in. She stood in the doorway. A sea of unfamiliar faces turned to look at her. Some were laughing. It was her first time at City Hall, some seven or eight years ago, she recalled in Spanish on a recent Friday night, and she did not feel welcome. "They said, 'What are you doing here? What do you want?'" she said, describing the response she got from the dais. Community organizer Andrew Hausermann translated for this interview.
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By Bradley Zint | February 2, 2013
Fifth in a series of profiles about those in the trenches of Costa Mesa's political battles. * Gary Monahan can't escape politics - not even during his morning commute. As the Costa Mesa councilman walks from his Eastside home to the restaurant he owns off nearby Newport Boulevard, folks have been known to flag him down and talk the issues. "I can't hide," he says with a laugh. "I can lock myself up at home, but I can't hide. " Monahan, 53, is certainly no stranger to many residents.
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By Jeffrey Harlan | January 18, 2013
This summer, Costa Mesa will commemorate the 60th anniversary of its incorporation. It will be a time to celebrate the city's growth and prosperity, from its humble, farming roots as the tabletop community of Goat Hill to the nearly built-out urban city of 120,000 people. And it will be a time to rejoice together, reflect on the city's past successes, and learn from the few missteps that inevitably accompany six decades of decision-making. More importantly, it's an opportune time to consider what we want Costa Mesa to be in the next 60 years.
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By Jim Carnett | December 24, 2012
As we head full steam into 2013, Costa Mesa is gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The city, which has been called Costa Mesa since the early 1920s, was officially incorporated in 1953.  My family moved here from Newport Beach months earlier, in December of '52. We left the fabulous environs of Balboa Island — puttering about in a cozy apartment behind my grandparents' home on Marine Avenue — for the rough and tumble of the Mesa. Leaving Balboa Island behind for Costa Mesa was like leaving the splendor of the Sydney Opera House for Ayers Rock.
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By Chuck Cassity | July 5, 2012
Editor's note: Longtime Costa Mesa resident Chuck Cassity has agreed to write a twice-monthly column for the Daily Pilot. This is his first. * In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth. Oh, wait a minute. That goes back several billion years too far. Let me start again. In the beginning God created a tabletop mesa near — but not on — the sea, several miles long and wide in the very best part of what would become Southern California. It was nearly flat, perfectly situated for the thousands of homes and flourishing businesses and the broad, paved streets that would follow.
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By Sarah Peters and Lauren Williams | January 3, 2012
COSTA MESA — A 27-year-old Fresno man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a 44-year-old Westminster man five times outside a Costa Mesa bar, police said. Stephen Frea was arrested Sunday after a fight earlier that morning at the Goat Hill Tavern's parking lot, Sgt. Ed Everett said Monday. Police received a call at 2:17 a.m. after an altercation between Frea, the victim and several others. As the victim was leaving the Newport Boulevard bar, he and his group of friends were confronted by Frea, whom they did not know, Everett said in an email Tuesday.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — Robert "Zeb" Ziemer, owner of the famed Goat Hill Tavern and landlord of The Helm next door, says he's not going down without a pint, er, fight. The Helm, whose owner told the Daily Pilot he was shuttering the dive bar on Newport Boulevard at the end of August, is being sued by John F. Fackler under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fackler's lawsuit accuses The Helm of violating the act, enacted in 1990, and has named Ziemer, 80, and Helm owner Myron Miller as defendants.
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