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March 3, 2014
Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a car fire in Ikea's busy parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials said. Around 11 a.m., one fire engine and four firefighters were dispatched to the furniture store at Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive. A 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was engulfed in flames, and it took firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, said Battalion Chief Tim Vasin. Six nearby cars were affected, mostly sustaining cosmetic damage. The fire is considered accidental, Vasin said, adding no foul play is suspected and no injuries were reported.
NEWS
October 17, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- The city of Tustin is asking for a percentage of any sales tax received from the Ikea component of the Home Ranch project, citing Costa Mesa may have enticed the retailer to leave Tustin by offering financial assistance. In a letter to Costa Mesa, Tustin City Manager William Huston said the proposed development agreement with C.J. Segerstrom & Sons appeared to show some intention to establish a community facilities district on the Home Ranch property.
NEWS
July 24, 2003
Paul Clinton The Irvine Co. has sued IKEA, saying the furniture retailer violated its lease when it pulled up stakes to move to Costa Mesa from Tustin. IKEA's new store opened in May at Home Ranch. At the same time, the company closed its Tustin location. In the suit, filed last week in Orange County Superior Court, the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. said the move constituted a breach of the lease, which prevents IKEA from opening another store within eight miles of the Tustin Market Place store.
NEWS
November 7, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Ikea is finalizing an agreement to donate furniture to city schools if the Home Ranch project is approved, company officials announced Monday. Don Collins, the project manager for the proposed Costa Mesa Ikea, confirmed the company is in the process of developing a program to give the schools gift certificates to use at the Costa Mesa Ikea. Certificates would range from $6,000 to $8,000 for elementary schools and $10,000 to $12,000 for the middle and high schools, he said.
NEWS
September 3, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Ikea furniture store officials contend the city is a perfect fit for the nationwide landscape they are trying to piece together. The furniture store touts more than 162 stores in 30 countries, with 15 stores in the United States. Almost half of national Ikea stores are in California, including their current Tustin store, which is looking to move from the Tustin Marketplace to a 17.2-acre lot in the proposed Home Ranch site.
NEWS
September 6, 2001
The Ikea project doesn't fit in the Home Ranch project. It is the wrong store, the wrong place and the wrong city. Don Collins [project manager for the Ikea] is quoted in Monday's Daily Pilot article ("Residents wonder if Ikea offer is priceless'),' as saying they [Ikea] are a good neighbor. I have yet to find an article about Ikea where the neighbors in the cities where they put this big-box retail, refer to them as a good neighbor. I wouldn't wish the additional traffic, pollution and congestion on my neighbors to the west, but has Ikea considered Huntington Center?
NEWS
May 23, 2003
Paul Clinton A flagship IKEA store, the first piece of the 93-acre Home Ranch development puzzle, will open Wednesday after more than three years of meticulous planning and a few dabs of controversy along the way. With its spacious two-story store, IKEA Orange County Costa Mesa, as it will be formally known, more than doubles the size of its Tustin Marketplace location, which will close Monday. "Without question, this is a better location," said Don Collins, the store's manager.
NEWS
June 19, 2003
Deirdre Newman The smell of hot asphalt permeated the area around IKEA Wednesday as construction workers paved the entrance to the residential section of the Home Ranch project. Construction on the homes that will be known as Providence Park started May 7. The tract will eventually include 60 single-family homes and 83 townhomes. The model homes are set to open in November while all of the homes should be finished by the end of 2004. Residents who had lobbied for more housing at Home Ranch to help alleviate the jobs-homes imbalance in the city welcomed the start of construction.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
Special ed committee seeks applicants Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan, a member of the Special Education Community Advisory Committee for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, said the committee is recruiting applicants for the upcoming school year. The committee is made up of parents, teachers and representatives from community agencies who are interested in the development and support of the best education program possible for students with special needs.
NEWS
November 13, 2000
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission is set to again consider the proposal for the Segerstrom Home Ranch at tonight's meeting. The proposal, a 90-acre plan originally scheduled for Planning Commission review in June, involves land between Sunflower Avenue, the San Diego Freeway, Fairview Road and Harbor Boulevard. It calls for a 17-acre Ikea furniture store, 950,000 square feet of office space and more than 900 homes. The Ikea store, which would be the largest in the area, has been particularly controversial.
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March 3, 2014
Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a car fire in Ikea's busy parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials said. Around 11 a.m., one fire engine and four firefighters were dispatched to the furniture store at Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive. A 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was engulfed in flames, and it took firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, said Battalion Chief Tim Vasin. Six nearby cars were affected, mostly sustaining cosmetic damage. The fire is considered accidental, Vasin said, adding no foul play is suspected and no injuries were reported.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — Ikea is planning to light up its store using the power of the sun. The Sweden-based furniture chain last week applied for a permit with the city to install solar panels on the roof of its South Coast Drive store, said Khanh Nguyen, a Costa Mesa building official. "We've been following solar energy technology as it's been advancing, and now we concluded that it's definitely feasible for us to efficiently and effectively implement the solar-energy programs at certain stores," said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | January 13, 2011
Freebie of the Week: Would-be pianists around the county are gearing up for the Pacific Symphony's OC Can You Play? event, which launches at 3 p.m. Sunday in South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court. The symphony is setting up 20 free-to-play pianos throughout the county through Feb. 7, including three at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Stop by the kick-off event for live performances. Visit pacificsymphony.org Feel sexy for next to nothing This is a big weekend for season clearance sales.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | October 18, 2010
COSTA MESA — Ikea will soon install 1,078 solar panels atop its Costa Mesa store. The installation spanning 30,000 square feet will soon be installed at Ikea's location at Susan Street and South Coast Drive, just off of Harbor Boulevard. Seven other California locations will also be fitted with the green technology. All together, the stores are expected to reduce an estimated 5,268 tons of carbon dioxide in California – equaling the emissions of 914 cars or electricity for 580 homes a year, according to Ikea.
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By Candice Baker | March 4, 2010
It’s a great time for bargains! We’re very, very excited about Boutiquing.com Boutiquing.com ’s blowout sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13 at Park PrivĂ©, 1570 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa. The addictive boutique review site has assembled 30 Orange County boutiques for a one-stop shopping experience with major — did we mention major? — discounts. Bonuses include swag bags for the first 50 shoppers, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., giveaways every hour, a cash bar and a deejay.
NEWS
November 1, 2004
ON THE AGENDA Here are a few of the items the council will consider Monday. HOME RANCH CONTRIBUTIONS The City Council will consider how to spend $550,000 from IKEA and C.J. Segerstrom & Sons per agreements for the Home Ranch project, the sprawling mixed-use project north of the San Diego Freeway that includes IKEA. IKEA was required to give $350,000 to the city if it had not spent the money on public art within six months of getting its certificate of occupancy.
NEWS
August 12, 2004
KAREN WIGHT If you're getting ready to send a student off to college, furnish a first apartment or if you want a lot of immediate gratification, Ikea is a great place to start. They've added some great new lines and new colors and, in trademark Ikea spirit, have a few items at price points that seem too good to be true. If you are looking for a desk chair, look no further. There is a cool chair for every day of the week. The Snille swivel chair is a whopping $19.99 and comes in lime green, hot pink, bright orange, black and white.
NEWS
August 20, 2003
Orange Coast College to host surf reunion Orange Coast College will host a reunion for its intercollegiate surf teams on Sunday on the Huntington Beach side of the Santa Ana River jetties. The reunion will begin at 3 p.m. next to Huntington Beach State Park. Orange Coast fielded a competitive surf team from 1977 through 1982. The Pirates captured the state surfing championship on three occasions: 1977, '78 and '80. The surf team, dropped as an intercollegiate sport on campus in 1983, was coached by Laird Hayes, who continues to teach in the college's physical education and athletics divisions.
NEWS
July 24, 2003
Paul Clinton The Irvine Co. has sued IKEA, saying the furniture retailer violated its lease when it pulled up stakes to move to Costa Mesa from Tustin. IKEA's new store opened in May at Home Ranch. At the same time, the company closed its Tustin location. In the suit, filed last week in Orange County Superior Court, the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. said the move constituted a breach of the lease, which prevents IKEA from opening another store within eight miles of the Tustin Market Place store.
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