July 7, 2004
Deepa Bharath County officials are still processing refunds for 576 motorists who have received $306 tickets because of a faulty red-light camera on Newport Boulevard, police officials said on Tuesday. Officials discovered about four months ago that between Oct. 3, 2003 and Feb. 11, 2004, the yellow light phase at the traffic signal at northbound Newport Boulevard at 17th Street was shorter than mandated based on the posted speed limit. That caused drivers crossing the intersection to be photographed by the red-light cameras installed at the intersection to catch violators.
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.
December 20, 2003
Clearly, the cameras are putting hard numbers to what we all have known for a long time is a serious problem. In doing the math, it seems that the city of Costa Mesa will be netting about $168,000 as its share of the fines from these camera citations. I seem to recall in a previous article that the city splits its portion with the camera company, with the city getting about one-third of the revenues. It seems to me that the city of Costa Mesa would have done well to use the half-million dollars in ticket revenue that it could get from those same 4,000 tickets to employ more police and put them on the streets.
December 9, 2002
Paul Clinton The developer of one of Newport Beach's most well-known commercial complexes, Koll Center, is packing up its local headquarters and leaving town. Koll Development Co., based at a Von Karman Avenue office for almost two decades, is in the midst of a restructuring that will move the headquarters to Dallas by April, as the company's focus shifts away from risky, highly speculative office projects. Such projects had been the company's specialty for the nearly 40 years it was run by founder and longtime Newport Beach resident Don Koll, who resigned in early 2001.
November 26, 2001
Ahoy. It is time once again for all you boaters to start planning your vessels' decorations for the Christmas Boat Parade, which starts in just a few weeks. As you are planning the decorations, remember to keep safety in the forefront of your mind, with the utmost importance being that the skipper must be able to see -- the decorations cannot impede the view. A high percentage of the collisions or near misses I have witnessed are due to two primary things: skipper's lack of visibility all around the vessel and the skipper simply not paying attention to the duties at hand.
September 3, 2001
Ahoy. Labor Day is the weekend that usually signals the end of summer and recreational boating as everyone returns from vacation to school and work. However, in our area, Southern California, I think that fall is the best time to be on the water because the weather is usually warm, the sea temperature is now in the 70s and the crowds are thinning. Since our waterways do not ice over nor do we experience the bitter cold, as in other northern waterways, we have the luxury of boating year-round (oh, the daytime air temperature may drop in the 50s, get me my parka)
August 19, 2001
Red light. Green light. Remember that? It was a game. The Costa Mesa City Council is considering a real-life version, called "red-light cameras" or "Photo Cop," for short. The idea is to catch drivers who think red lights are optional -- thus, "Photo Cop," like the futuristic robot cop in the movie "Robo Cop." Get it? It's like a joke. You've probably heard something about red-light cameras by now. The great city of Irvine, our earthbound neighbor to the south, has a pilot program in place at a few intersections around town.
July 3, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- State law's clear on what drivers must do when traffic lights go out: They need to treat the dark signals as stop signs. But not everyone remembers, or follows, this rule and possible blackouts could lead to accidents at the city's intersections. That's why city officials are expected to set aside at least $100,000 to install battery backup systems that are designed to prevent such confusion. Council members, who discussed the plan last week and will again take up the issue at their July 10 meeting, said it was worth spending the money.
June 14, 2001
-- Story by Young Chang, photo by [TK] SHE IS A gatekeeper to that rite of passage, that coveted and somehow glamorously perceived privilege of getting someplace without the parents -- a.k.a. driving THE YOUNGER, THE BETTER Teenagers -- they're not so bad, says driving instructor Norma Adrianzen. In fact, they're better drivers than most adults. They do it naturally, almost as if they're riding a bike, and the four-year instructor for Newport Driving School said she never tires of their enthusiasm.
June 8, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- The city's first Greenlight vote is one step closer after planning commissioners on Thursday unanimously recommended the approval of a 250,000-square-foot expansion project at Koll Center. The commission's 6-0 vote -- short a vote because Commissioner Anne Gifford was absent -- is but the first hurdle the project, which includes a 10-story office building and two parking structures, must leap. Next up is the City Council, which could take up the matter as early as June 26. A council approval would launch a citywide vote because the project falls under Greenlight's jurisdiction.