August 25, 2001
A group gathering signatures for an initiative to build a park at the closed El Toro Marine base won a partial victory Friday when the 4th District Court of Appeal put a lower court judge's ruling on hold. The court gave the group, the Committee for Safe and Healthy Communities, the green light to continue collecting names until a ruling is announced. The group had appealed a July 31 decision by Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray voiding more than 140,000 names because the ballot title and summary was misleading.
February 14, 2003
Up until now, I saw green lights only as simple technological indications to step on the gas. Turns out, the term holds some significant political influence in Newport Beach. After covering Costa Mesa City Hall for so long (was that only 18 months? It seemed longer) and learning every twist and turn of that city's political machine, I had not taken the time to educate myself on the infamous Greenlight issue. I heard the term being thrown around the newsroom here and there, but merely assumed my colleagues were reverting to their usual childish antics by playing a favorite game from adolescence.
August 19, 1999
Stacy Brown NEWPORT BEACH--The Chamber of Commerce is seeing red over an initiative drive to overturn the city's new traffic phasing ordinance. The Green Light group, a local band of environmentalists, unveiled the initiative last week with plans to gather enough signatures to qualify for an election next spring. The group, led by locals Alan Beek, Philip Arst and Bob Caustin, needs 7,600 signatures by Nov. 1 to qualify for the ballot. They probably shouldn't expect to get any of those names from local businesses.
November 15, 2007
A Costa Mesa man suspected of a hit-and-run collision that sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries was arrested Wednesday morning by Newport Beach police. Police arrested Gabriel Aguirre Reyes, 31, at the intersection of 19th Street and Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa. Investigators had telephoned him earlier that morning and he agreed to meet with them, police said. At 4:24 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call that a motorcyclist had been struck by a maroon 1991 Toyota 4Runner at the intersection of Placentia and Superior avenues and the driver who hit him had sped off, police said.
November 21, 2006
A 37-year-old Costa Mesa woman was hospitalized with head injuries after she and her young daughter were struck by a pickup truck on the Westside Monday morning. Sara Estrada, who was pushing her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller at 7:48 a.m., underwent surgery at Western Medical Center in Tustin for cerebral hemorrhaging shortly after the collision. Her daughter was also treated for minor injuries. The mother and child were crossing the street on a green light when the pickup truck hit them in the crosswalk near Wilson Street and College Avenue.
December 2, 2005
A 21-year-old Garden Grove man was hospitalized in stable condition Thursday after being hurled 20 feet off his motorcycle when he collided with a moving vehicle. Kevin Le was driving his Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Fairview Road approaching Paularino Avenue at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday when he collided with a 1996 four-door Cadillac Seville, Costa Mesa police said. Police said a car driven by 19-year-old Costa Mesa resident Elise Whitson was traveling southbound on Fairview Road when she proceeded into the left turn lane.
February 4, 2005
Elia Powers After six days of staring at a "Lane Ends Merge Left" sign that curved into their back yard, Costa Mesa residents George and Becky Cote were given the green light to celebrate on Wednesday. A Caltrans crew removed the sign while the couple was away from its home on New Hampshire Drive. The Cotes were also away from the house when a crew made the initial installation. George Cote said Caltrans information officer Sandy Friedman called Wednesday afternoon to alert him that the sign would be removed from the inside of the sound wall that separates the Cotes' home from the San Diego (405)
August 17, 1999
A Newport Beach resident since 1927, Allan Beek has long been a champion of causes. The son of Balboa Island pioneer Joseph Beek and a Caltech grad, Beek helped -- not once, but twice -- defeat the Irvine Co.'s expansion plans for Newport Center, helped turn back the county's initial expansion plans for John Wayne Airport and was involved in the ill-fated effort to spare the Castaway property from development. Known in Newport for being a City Hall watchdog -- and for his unique method of tying neckties -- Beek believes that a city should be run by the people.
October 18, 1999
"It's definitely on top of the list." -- Ralph Opacic, principal of the Orange County High School of the Arts, on possibly moving the nationally recognized school to the Newport-Mesa district. "We're not a political animal. We did not [vote to] endorse the 'green light' initiative. ... All we're trying to do is inform the community." -- Byron Romig, president of the board of the Dover Shores Community Association, after the group accidentally sent out information that made it look like the association was backing an anti-development initiative.