December 25, 2003
Yes, the cameras are a good thing. I've noticed a lot lately in the past year that in the intersections of 17th and 19th streets, there are a lot of red lights that have been run, resulting in accidents. It's very scary to drive here in Costa Mesa with the way that these people drive and run red lights. I think the cameras are great. Please do not take out the cameras. They need to be there for the safety of our community. And the drivers who do continue to run the red lights should be ticketed by the Costa Mesa Police Department so that they can learn their lessons and not run red lights and cause accidents.
August 1, 2004
It's only fitting that the City Council has sent Stephen Sutherland's Marinapark resort plan to the voters. In a sense, that should have been what opponents of the project wanted. But it hasn't been, and that leaves us scratching our heads and wondering if Greenlight advocates are playing a game more reminiscent of the children's playground game, red light, green light. If Sutherland's 110-room luxury resort on the Balboa Peninsula, between 15th and 18th streets, will be such a death knell for the area's residential and recreational character, as the pro-Greenlight, anti-resort bloc argues, why is there such resistance to it going to voters?
October 14, 1999
Susan McCormack DOVER SHORES -- A mysterious letter endorsing the controversial "green light" initiative was circulated within a recent Dover Shores Community Association newsletter, but no one will own up to who wrote it or how it was allowed to be distributed. The board is sending a retraction to all residents, saying "a gross error" has been committed because the letter was to be supplied as "information only." "We're not a political animal," said Byron Romig, board president.
December 29, 2012
Whenever Max Stone is open, he has the green light to shoot the basketball. It doesn't matter if he's missed his last six shots, or hasn't made one because Corona del Mar High relies on its guard to score. If he doesn't produce, the Sea Kings are usually in trouble. For their sake, Stone is one of the top three-point shooters in Orange County, averaging around three per game. But there have been times he has hesitated to take a wide-open look and opted to pass. This is when Coach Ryan Schachter gets on Stone's case.
February 1, 2012
A couple accused of "fairly sophisticated squatting" at an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday in Santa Ana. Chris Wayne Duncan, 43, and Robin Ann Duncan, 37, both of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit trespass and one misdemeanor count of trespass, the Orange County district attorney's office said. "This crime is an example of people taking advantage of the current real estate environment," said Pete Pierce, the prosecutor who originally asked for the Duncans to be charged with a felony.
August 13, 2008
An elderly woman suffered severe head injuries and is in critical condition after she was hit by a car Wednesday morning as she crossed the street against a green light, authorities said. The woman, whom police declined to identify, is a 76-year-old volunteer at the Fairview Developmental Center. Costa Mesa traffic officers said she was crossing the street next to the center, at Harbor Boulevard and Fair Drive, against green light at about 7:15 a.m. when a car southbound on Harbor Boulevard hit her, Sgt. Victor Bakkila said.
September 13, 2011
This week I talked to Peter Paget, captain of the Terri L. Brusco. And, no pun intended, he gave me a boatload of information. The Terri L. Brusco is the tugboat you see in Newport Harbor, moving the barges from Newport to the Port of Long Beach and back. Capt. Paget has just completed a month of work and now must take a month off. He started his career some 30 years ago in Alaska, and has kept his hand on the helm ever since. "As a kid I sailed in Portland, Ore., and became fascinated with the tugs," Paget said.
October 16, 1999
Points for a bright idea A Families Costa Mesa program to encourage children to do their schoolwork and attend classes strikes the right chords on a number of levels. First, anything to get students fired up about school will benefit not only them but also their wider community. Plus, the rewards aren't selfish. These students get points to be used for presents for their families during the holidays. A happy one it should be. Bye bye, Boylan Costa Mesa suffered a big loss this week when longtime police Sgt. Tom Boylan hung up his gun. Boylan has been a uniting presence in the department, whether it was pulling pranks or pulling the troops together.
April 11, 2013
Authorities have identified the 35-year-old man who died Thursday after his scooter collided with a car in Costa Mesa. Oscar Alaniz of Orange was traveling south on Superior Avenue about 2:30 p.m. when a 98-year-old woman turned her red 2003 Jaguar left in front of him at Industrial Way, according to a Costa Mesa Police Department news release and the Orange County coroner's office. Officials said the scooter struck the side of the Jaguar. An ambulance took Alaniz to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead, police said.
December 21, 2004
Leslie Bruce Twenty children stood at attention -- their engines rumbling, as they anxiously awaited the green light. Dan Green, a naturalist with the Environmental Nature Center, unlocked the metal gate and pushed it open. Instantly, a drove of elementary school children spilled onto the Newport Harbor High School baseball field to relish their free time. "If they made crafts all day, they would go insane," nature center program director Lori Whalen said.