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By Jessie Brunner | August 7, 2007
The church property dispute between St. James Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is in the hands of the California Supreme Court after the Newport Beach church filed a petition with the high court Monday. The appeal follows an appellate court decision in June that gave the diocese control of the church's waterfront property. "The decision to petition the California Supreme Court was a clear choice based on the fact that the previous decision deviates from almost 30 years of law in California which respects local property rights," said Eric C. Sohlgren, St. James' lead attorney.
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May 2, 2004
Five years after Steven Allen Abrams barreled his Cadillac onto a preschool playground, pinning two children under his car and killing them, a court battle continues between the children's parents and the school's director. The fight centers on a wrongful death civil lawsuit, filed by the families of Sierra Soto and Brandon Wiener, that accuses the director of Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, Sheryl Hawkinson, and the Lighthouse Coastal Community Church, of negligence.
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May 7, 2004
Deepa Bharath The families of two children who died after a man plowed through their preschool playground cannot hold the school and its landowner responsible for the tragedy, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. On May 3, 1999, Steven Allen Abrams drove his brown 1967 Cadillac through a chain-link fence at South Coast Early Childhood Learning Center, killing 4-year-old Sierra Soto and Brandon Wiener, 3, and injuring several others.
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By Jessica Brunner | August 6, 2007
The church property dispute between St. James Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is in the hands of the California Supreme Court after the Newport Beach church filed a petition with the high court Monday. The appeal follows an appellate court decision in June that gave the diocese control of the church’s waterfront property. “The decision to petition the California Supreme Court was a clear choice based on the fact that the previous decision deviates from almost 30 years of law in California which respects local property rights,” said Eric C. Sohlgren, St. James’ lead attorney.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
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March 13, 2005
ROBERT GARDNER EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily Pilot has agreed to republish The Verdict, the ever popular column written for many years by retired Corona del Mar jurist and historian Robert Gardner, in exchange for donations to the Surfrider Foundation. This particular column was originally published Jan. 16, 1993. It is probably a matter of little or no interest to anyone, but I was at one time the chief justice of the High Court of American Samoa.
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May 14, 2010
President Obama this week picked Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. With the imminent retirement of Stevens, who is a Protestant — and assuming that the Senate’s clears Kagan’s nomination — the high court bench for the first time would have no Protestants on it and would be comprised of six Catholics (Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence...
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June 23, 2000
Costa Mesa High School 1, U.S. Supreme Court 0. Go Mustangs! On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court came up with one of those decisions that make most of us think, "Don't these people have anything better to do?" Based on a Texas case over whether or not a prayer could be said before high school football games, the Really High Court said "No way, no how, knock it off." The actual ruling contained a little more legalese than that, but you get the point.
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February 3, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER I have always disliked the Chicken Littles of this world, alarming the populace with hysterical claims that the sky is falling when a quick look around assures us that the sky is in its proper place. It's an entirely different story, however, when the threat is real. I feel it is my responsibility as a concerned citizen to alert my neighbors to a real threat to our way of life, and this is the possibility that we might run out of paper.
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June 26, 2005
EDUCATION Five Newport-Mesa high schools hold graduations The Newport-Mesa Unified School District held its last week of classes, and all five high schools held graduations Thursday. Among parents in the district, Costa Mesa's Elsie Maurizi may have had the most bountiful day, as she saw four Monte Vista High School seniors -- her son, Gary Maurizi; her foster son, Chris Byrd; and Fara Botzheim and Keola Akana, who formerly lived at her house -- through commencement.
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By Lauren Williams | June 27, 2013
While a few of the finer points of Fairview Community Church parishioner Beth Syverson's wedding were ironed out in advance, one big detail remained a mystery: when it would take place. The attire and location, the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, were chosen before Wednesday, but caterers, photographers and, especially, the perishable flowers, were aspects she and her partner of four years couldn't plan without setting a date. On Wednesday, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions affecting same-sex marriage, Syverson, 44, and Jan Mabie, 50, learned they would have a ceremonial wedding June 26, with the state-recognized paperwork to come after Proposition 8 is formally lifted.
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By Jill Cowan | June 26, 2013
Same-sex marriage supporters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa on Wednesday cheered a pair of landmark Supreme Court decisions striking down California's Proposition 8 and a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act while religious leaders recognized that a cultural tide is shifting, though their beliefs are not. "Today was a win," said Eliza Rubenstein, artistic director of the Orange County Women's Chorus and an outspoken proponent of gay...
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By Lauren Williams | March 28, 2013
Newport Beach announced Thursday that it can begin construction of Sunset Ridge Park in West Newport following a state Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal trying to stop it. The decision ends a three-year legal battle between the city and the Banning Ranch Conservancy, which is seeking to block the proposed residential and commercial development of old oil fields on the border of Newport and Costa Mesa. The conservancy maintained that the city's environmental impact report should have included the adjacent Banning Ranch, which the group sees as an area intermingled with the park.
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May 14, 2010
President Obama this week picked Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. With the imminent retirement of Stevens, who is a Protestant — and assuming that the Senate’s clears Kagan’s nomination — the high court bench for the first time would have no Protestants on it and would be comprised of six Catholics (Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence...
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By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
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By Candice Baker | October 5, 2009
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it will not hear a property rights case petitioned by St. James Church of Newport Beach. The court said it is waiting for a final ruling in the case at the county level before considering whether it will make its own decision. St. James has owned its church property for more than 50 years, and has sought to keep it following its split from the Episcopal Church and its Los Angeles Diocese over theological differences regarding homosexuality.
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By Jessie Brunner | August 7, 2007
The church property dispute between St. James Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is in the hands of the California Supreme Court after the Newport Beach church filed a petition with the high court Monday. The appeal follows an appellate court decision in June that gave the diocese control of the church's waterfront property. "The decision to petition the California Supreme Court was a clear choice based on the fact that the previous decision deviates from almost 30 years of law in California which respects local property rights," said Eric C. Sohlgren, St. James' lead attorney.
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By Jessica Brunner | August 6, 2007
The church property dispute between St. James Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is in the hands of the California Supreme Court after the Newport Beach church filed a petition with the high court Monday. The appeal follows an appellate court decision in June that gave the diocese control of the church’s waterfront property. “The decision to petition the California Supreme Court was a clear choice based on the fact that the previous decision deviates from almost 30 years of law in California which respects local property rights,” said Eric C. Sohlgren, St. James’ lead attorney.
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By Jessie Brunner | April 28, 2007
The California Supreme Court has ruled that Balboa Island homeowner Anne Lemen may be ordered by a judge to stop repeating false statements about a local establishment, the Village Inn. The court decided that a long-standing ban preventing Lemen from alleging, for example, that the bar sells alcohol to minors, serves tainted food or is involved in child pornography could be legally reinstated, if limited. "I am happy that the court found that the injunction was unconstitutional, but I am disappointed that the court thought that any injunction could be constitutional," Lemen's attorney, D. Michael Bush, said Friday, adding that he will consider appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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