October 16, 2004
Tamar Goldmann Regarding the proposed plan to develop eight Habitat for Humanity homes in a Costa Mesa neighborhood and the Pilot editorial, "Habitat project right fit for area," Oct. 3, it is amazing that the Pilot continues to choose to assign motives to the residents of College Park and then to criticize them while the statements of the developers are taken at face value. Although you agree that issues in most cases are "nuanced," you seem not to find any standing for our position.
September 9, 2011
Traffic and noise resulting from the proposed Banning Ranch development would exceed acceptable levels and the effects may be unavoidable, according to the draft environmental impact report released Friday. Residents on the west side of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa would experience congestion at more than seven intersections, and the increased traffic would cause a high level of ambient noise, the report forecast. But impacts to sensitive wildlife could be mitigated by restoring and preserving some of their plant habitats, according to the report . These findings set up a likely protracted battle with environmentalists and neighborhood groups over the 400-acre residential and commercial project.
September 8, 2012
A Costa Mesa woman and her brother washed cars Saturday with hopes of helping those less fortunate than them. Brittany Adams, 28, along with her brother Patrick Forte, 23, held the car wash and raised $483 toward their three-week trip to Kenya with Habitat for Humanity. "I'm just really excited for the trip," Adams said. "It's something [Patrick and I] have never done before. I'm excited to help out some really amazing people and see something different. " Forte agreed. "It's all about giving something back and taking on a new experience," he said.
October 13, 2012
Southern California Edison recently unveiled its ABC Green Home in Irvine to crowds eager to see its eco-friendly design and sophisticated gadgetry. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house - built in conjunction with and sponsored by Green HomeBuilder magazine and its clients - at the Orange County Great Park was designed to showcase the highest possibilities of sustainable home building. Organizers touted that the entry-level home off Marine Way can be built anywhere from materials found anywhere, as in they're not "unobtanium.
September 15, 1999
THEN ... In March 1995, French innovator Rodolphe Streichenberger received approval from the Newport Beach City Council to add 30,000 used tires to his man-made, 1,500-tire reef off the shores of Newport Beach. The Newport Beach resident and founder of the Marine Forest Society -- an organization dedicated to restoring undersea communities -- created the marine habitat in 1986 with the blessings of the aquaculture branch of the state Department of Fish and Games and the city of Newport Beach.
February 18, 2002
Bryce Alderton Mikey Samuelson leaned against the doorway to his new bedroom, grinning. With a faint smell of paint in the air, the rest of the Samuelson family gleefully checked out their new 1,272-square-foot, two-story home, one of three new homes that Habitat for Humanity dedicated on a cool, blustery and sometimes rainy Sunday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Choosing from the house's four bedrooms was fairly painless for the children, who, along with Mikey, also included Danny, Betsi and Andi.
December 17, 2004
Alicia Robinson Native plant species will return to the bay near the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center early next year. Orange County officials are completing construction drawings for a project to restore the habitat on about six acres, just south of the interpretive center. The $400,000 project will include removing invasive plants that have crept into the area, which has been used for farming and once provided access to a salt-processing factory in the bay. They will be replaced with coastal sage scrub and native grasses, said Ernie Seidel, project manager with the Orange County Harbors, Beaches and Parks Department.
April 21, 2008
The Tory Burch women’s boutique at South Coast Plaza plans to host a special shopping day Wednesday to benefit disabled veterans. Between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., a portion of all sales will benefit the Homes for Heroes and Foundations for Families program sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. Funds will go to construct houses in San Juan Capistrano for veterans with combat-related disabilities and their families. In addition, guests invited by Habitat for Humanity will get a 10% discount on all full-priced purchases.
December 12, 2003
Costa Mesa should welcome new residents The logic applied by Martin Millard, Mike Berry and Councilman Allan Mansoor to the housing selection process by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County disturbs me greatly. Where do my fellow Costa Mesa residents draw the line? Would they even have allowed me to purchase my Costa Mesa home? After all, I was raised in neighboring Fountain Valley. Millard, am I therefore one of the "social problems" that has been dumped upon Costa Mesa by virtue of my city of origin, or am I acceptable to you because I was above the Orange County poverty line when I moved here?