October 3, 2004
ROGER CARLSON "How do I want to be remembered?" It's been 10 years since that dramatic run for the roses by Newport Harbor High's 1994 unbeatable football team. And, with the help of Bill Johns, who always had his nose in the middle of things, Part II develops on a team that answered the question like none other. On the heels of three straight impressive victories and a 5-0 preseason start, they were still the underdogs. Newport Harbor High's 1994 high school football team of destiny entered Sea View League play with the underdog tag as two-time defending champion Irvine loomed in the league opener.
September 29, 2004
Deirdre Newman College Park residents who adamantly opposed a low-income housing project in their neighborhood won a partial victory on Monday. The Planning Commission denied a Habitat for Humanity, eight-house project that would develop a site behind Harbor Center, because the majority of commissioners thought it didn't fit in with the neighborhood. But commissioners approved changing the land-use designation for the site to allow residential use, leaving the door open for another housing project in the future.
September 28, 2004
I'm struggling with what to write to attempt to convince the neighbors that eight additional Habitat for Humanity homes built in their backyards would be an asset to their neighborhood and the community. I fear that no matter what I write, I will not be able to convince the neighbors of the value of this project, proposed for a 1.5-acre property east of Harbor Center. However, what I do wish to convey, as a longtime Costa Mesa resident since 1963 and a volunteer with the Orange County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity since 1996, is that this project will give eight more families the opportunity for home ownership, the opportunity to improve their living standards and, most importantly, the opportunity to have their children live in a safe environment with good neighbors, attend excellent schools and live in this outstanding community.
September 27, 2004
Deirdre Newman Neighbors of a proposed affordable-housing project proposed by Habitat for Humanity have already vehemently voiced their opposition to the plan. Now, the city's planning staff has joined the resistance, recommending the project be denied. Staff members said in a report that homes don't belong on the property because of noise concerns from the nearby Harbor Center, where Home Depot is located, and because the 1.5-acre site has historically been filled with commercial uses.
September 26, 2004
In these days of campaigns and promises we hear a lot about the future of our country, our state -- our community of Costa Mesa. We all want what is best for tomorrow, but we don't have the money to make all the changes. But there is an avenue for long-term permanent change available today and it will cost us nothing and reap a lot of benefits. It's Habitat for Humanity and their request for a general plan amendment to build eight additional single-family units on a 1.5-acre property in Costa Mesa.
September 22, 2004
I'm hopeful that the community will open its heart and its mind to the homes that are proposed for [College Park]. If indeed it's going to be low-density residential, I think it'll serve the community well. The eight happy homeowners who take over these homes will have extreme pride of ownership, many times more so than current residents. Habitat for Humanity builds a style and look that always fits into the neighborhood. They try not to stick out; therefore, they blend in. I hope the community recognizes that this is a needed project and that they'll allow it to go through without establishing so many restrictions and ultimatums that it becomes unrealistic for growth and housing there.
September 17, 2004
No. Habitat for Humanity, however well-intentioned a business corporation, is marginalizing, isolating, stigmatizing and ghettoizing the people who will be placed in the eight homes behind a 14-foot wall. I am completely opposed to this. I was opposed to my own home being placed behind the loading dock of a regional warehouse. In good conscience, I cannot avoid speaking up to help those people who may be in the same boat. KATHARINE BEQUETTE Costa Mesa I called to support the project of Habitat for Humanity.
September 15, 2004
Deepa Bharath Neighbors expressed concerns Tuesday about a proposed affordable-housing project in a College Park neighborhood, saying it would make the area more congested. The plan proposed by Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income families, is for eight single-family homes on a 1.5-acre property east of Harbor Center, city officials said at a community meeting in City Council chambers Tuesday evening.
June 11, 2004
Deirdre Newman For the last two years, the Findlay family of five has been living in one room at their relatives' house. Soon, they will move into a brand new, two-story, Westside house that they helped build. Their excitement on Thursday was palpable as their house and five other homes that Habitat for Humanity built on Pomona Street were dedicated. The organization builds homes for low-income families and usually requires the recipients to work on the construction.
March 31, 2004
Alicia Robinson A county project to dredge sediment and clear vegetation from San Diego Creek will be cut short when permits expire at midnight tonight. Work, which is mostly finished, will be halted today because of a requirement that work be stopped if endangered birds are sighted in the area. The estimated $3.3-million, 2.5-mile creek clearing project began in December. Orange County supervisors declared an emergency after county officials told them the overgrown creek could flood into the Irvine Ranch Water District's Michelson Water Reclamation Plant and send raw sewage into the Upper Newport Bay. "The work is effectively done, or we have completed as much as we can, mainly because of bird sightings," said county Public Works Director Herb Nakasone.