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July 3, 2010
A downed electrical power line between 19 t h and 20 t h streets in Newport Beach briefly knocked out power to more than 4,600 homes Saturday, Southern California Edison officials said. About 9:26 a.m. a power line in an alley was severed when the connecting piece, called a "tap," failed and caused the line to fall, Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said. A tap connects power lines to continue the electrical current, he said. When the line dropped, 4,638 homes lost power.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 17, 2013
Newport Beach police evacuated three homes in Corona del Mar after a woman called, saying she and a man got into a fight, police said Wednesday. Police responded at about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of Goldenrod Avenue, according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. The man refused to leave the home so authorities evacuated residents from three nearby homes as a safety precaution, Lowe said. Residents were allowed to return about an hour and a half later.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 1, 2010
Looking out from his balcony, Ira Botnick pointed toward the green, trimmed slope below. "See?" the Hazel Drive resident said. "It's all cut back and it doesn't look bad, does it?" Botnick is one of hundreds of Corona del Mar residents whose homes border Buck Gully, a bush- and tree-filled ravine leading to the ocean. For defense against fires, homeowners there are required to have space between their homes and the vegetation. Every two years, a city-hired company assesses the fire hazards that plants and brush pose to homes in the gully.
NEWS
February 22, 2013
Firefighters evacuated 10 Costa Mesa homes because of a gas leak Friday, authorities said. The leak was reported at about 11:50 a.m. in the 1500 block of Redlands Place after a construction crew punctured a 3/4-inch gas line while excavating on a lot, according to Costa Mesa Fire Department Battalion Chief Fred Seguin and Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Angela Sentiman. Because it was an active flow, firefighters from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach evacuated the area, he said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 20, 2012
A chain of recovery homes for alcoholics and drug addicts can continue doing business in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa while a court case plays out, an Orange County judge has ruled. Newport Beach-based Morningside Recovery dodged another potential bullet last week when the judge denied a request from the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to shutter the homes. "Morningside has a victory, and we get exonerated, in a sense," Morningside Chief Executive Mary Helen Beatificato said.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | April 10, 2007
The third meeting of Newport Beach’s committee on group homes and drug and alcohol rehab houses is scheduled Thursday, but the real action may come at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. People who are concerned about the homes will continue to press for a moratorium, said Lori Morris, one of several residents who’s been active on the issue. In five days, they collected 300 signatures from residents supporting a moratorium on the homes. City Attorney Robin Clauson said last month she would look into whether the council could legally establish a moratorium.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette and Bradley Zint | August 28, 2013
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer said the city has been working for months on an ordinance that would address rehabilitation homes. Righeimer did not provide specifics, though he said city staff, in conjunction with the city attorney's office, may have a draft ready for the council's consideration by next month. The announcement comes after Morningside Recovery's rehabilitation homes in Newport Beach were forced to shut down after Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell's Aug. 19 ruling.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 24, 2013
For the past few years, a nearly half-acre plot at Center Street and Placentia Avenue - surrounded by a gate that's been targeted by graffiti - has been empty. In the coming weeks, however, new life is planned for the Westside Costa Mesa parcel south of 19th Street with five single-family homes planned there by Newport Beach-based home builder RSI Development. Center Place, as the project is being called, is among the latest developments RSI has planned for the Newport-Mesa area, which, along with the rest of Orange County, is experiencing a robust and recovering housing market after the Great Recession.
NEWS
December 3, 2001
June Casagrande Ginny's casa es su casa. At least that will be Virginia Furmanski's attitude when she is one of 10 people to fling open their doors for Balboa Island's fifth Holiday Home Tour. Furmanski has been a docent and organizer for the popular home tour for the last four years. This year, however, she and her waterfront home are part of the show. "It's a very Christmasy thing to do and it's a great fund-raiser for the island," Furmanski said, noting that money from the event goes toward sprucing up the island with things like plants and other decorations.
NEWS
September 4, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Michael Schrock won't have to worry about meeting his neighbors after he moves into his house in the 200 block of Cecil Place. Acting as an informal "unwelcome wagon," many of them introduced themselves at the latest Planning Commission meeting where they vehemently opposed his plans to build two more houses on his large lot. "I had no idea my wife and I were going to get any grief at all," Schrock said. "I thought we were going to be heroes because we are bringing in more owner-occupied houses and not apartments."
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By John Canalis | May 2, 2014
My family became Clippers' fans last year. I know what you're thinking, but we didn't hop on the bandwagon. The nephew of one of the players is in my daughter's second-grade class. When school started in September, he told her about his uncle, whom I don't feel comfortable naming but will say is an outstanding outside shooter. Much of the class was excited. My daughter said she wanted to watch a Clippers game - something she'd never done before - because of her classmate's enthusiasm.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 1, 2014
What a game! What a game! That might be a simple way to describe what took place Wednesday night at Davidson Field, where Newport Harbor High and Marina battled in a wild and crazy boys' lacrosse game. But Sailors Coach Mark Todd probably put it best when talking about the way his guys took a much-needed 13-11 victory over the Vikings, who featured former Tars assistant Ryan Abatte as their head coach. "A perfect storm for disaster," Todd said before addressing his victorious Sailors in a post-game meeting.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 30, 2014
A bill that would require drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes to report residents' deaths passed the California's Assembly Health Committee last week. Assembly Bill 2374, introduced by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, (R-Costa Mesa), would order the residential treatment centers to call in any resident's death within one working day and follow up with details in a written report to the state Department of Health Care Services. The reports would be required regardless of the cause of death or whether the death occurred at the rehabilitation home.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 24, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to force a former South Korean president and his family to turn over $700,000 they allegedly laundered by buying and selling a house in Newport Beach. In a civil forfeiture lawsuit filed Thursday morning in Los Angeles Federal court, the DOJ alleges that former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan bought a home on Port Manleigh Place in 2005 using money connected to millions of dollars of bribes he allegedly received while in power. "While serving as Korea's president, Chun Doo-hwan betrayed the Korean people by taking over $200 million in bribes, some of which his family members then illegally laundered into the United States," Acting Assistant Attorney General David O'Neil said in a news release.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 23, 2014
A Newport Beach-based chain of rehabilitation centers that had been under fire from state regulators for years has agreed to pay a $75,000 settlement and limit its control over residents in its sober-living homes. Until Tuesday, Morningside Recovery had been battling the state in court over allegations that it was running unlicensed residential addiction treatment centers in Orange County. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs argued that Morningside essentially combined its seven sober-living homes in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa with three licensed rehab homes and an outpatient treatment center in Costa Mesa to skirt licensing requirements.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 22, 2014
Morningside Recovery this week dropped its fight against a court ruling that barred it from operating group homes for recovering addicts in Newport Beach. The decision closes the book on years of legal sparring over whether Morningside could operate the sober-living facilities in the city's residential neighborhoods. Morningside requested that an appeals court judge dismiss the case Monday, but the organization's attorney, Ron Talmo, declined to answer questions about the appeal or why it was dropped.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | April 19, 2014
Natalie Nielsen couldn't hold back as she walked to the plate at TeWinkle Park. One of her favorite songs played in the background and she started to move and groove. By the time she arrived to the batter's box, the 19-year-old was shaking her bottom and hips, sliding to the left and sliding to the right with her bat in her hands and her body moving to the song, "Cha Cha Slide. " There's a famous line from the entertaining movie, "A League of Their Own," - "There's no crying in baseball.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
A group of Costa Mesa firefighters and emergency volunteers recently installed free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at a Newport Boulevard mobile home park. The group from the Fire Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) visited 32 dwellings in Rolling Homes on April 5 and installed more than 60 of the devices, which were donated by Home Depot. The visit followed a request by mobile home park tenants for a safety review, according to a city news release. "This is a shining example of our firefighters, volunteers and community partnering together to insure that households are safe and prepared for emergencies," Fire Chief Dan Stefano said in a prepared statement.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | April 13, 2014
A week had gone by since the Estancia High baseball team saw live pitching. The Eagles returned to the field on Saturday and they almost went hitless. Their first game back was in the Beach Pit Classic opener at home against Sun Valley Village Christian. With their opponent having won two games during the week to stay in a first-place tie in the Olympic League, the Eagles figured to see someone who hasn't thrown a whole lot for the Crusaders. They were right, as David Barta had pitched just one inning this season.
NEWS
By Jim Righeimer and By Jim Righeimer | April 12, 2014
Among the top concerns when it comes the quality of life in Costa Mesa neighborhoods are the negative impacts created by operators and residents of some group homes. Excessive noise, traffic, large meetings and smoking are among the complaints received regularly by the city from neighbors. At least 115 group homes operate in Costa Mesa residential neighborhoods. The state has licensed 37 of these to provide treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. (Treatment is defined as conducting group meetings, planning recovery or treatment options, providing detoxification services or administering medication.)
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