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By JAMES P. GRAY | October 7, 2007
In last week’s column, we discussed why our policy of drug prohibition is not working and why it will never work. That probably was a discouraging column to read for many people. But today’s column will bring you hope, because it discusses drug programs that work worldwide. The first thing to do when focusing upon programs that work is to make the same important distinctions, such as the difference between drug crime on the one hand, and drug money crime on the other.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
COSTA MESA Bristol Street: A motorist was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and under the influence of alcohol in the 3300 block at 1:06 a.m. Friday. Fairview Road: A petty theft was reported at Sunflower Avenue at 3 a.m. Friday. Harbor Boulevard: Someone was arrested on an undisclosed warrant in the 1900 block at 12:55 a.m. Friday. Maple Street: An intoxicated person was reported in the 2200 block at 10:50 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
October 17, 2002
THE WAR ON DRUGS: "End the drug war, starting with implementing Proposition 215 permitting medical use of marijuana." Voters, in 1996, approved the proposition that allowed patients to use marijuana for its medicinal value. LEGALIZING ALL DRUGS: "If you look at illegal drugs, we're losing that war. Smoking is less socially acceptable [because tobacco is legal]." Studier said he thinks the free-market should drive supply and demand for drugs.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 11, 2012
One of the defendants in a case against a Costa Mesa-based gang has pleaded guilty to distributing illegal drugs and associating with members of the Mexican Mafia, federal court documents show. Douglas Joseph Jackovich, 29, also known as "DJ" or "Temper," has been associated with the Forming Kaos gang and was one of 17 defendants in the federal case filed in June 2011, according to federal court documents. Forming Kaos claims Costa Mesa as its territory, primarily the Westside area bounded by Fairview Road, Placentia Avenue, 19th Street and West Wilson Street.
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By Steve Smith | January 3, 2013
According to gunpolicy.org, a website that covers "international firearm injury, prevention and policy," there are 270 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. The U.S. is the world leader in both the number of privately owned guns and, more telling, the rate of gun ownership, which is 88.2 guns per 100 people. Based on these and other statistics, any discussion of school safety in the event of the appearance of a shooter must include the acknowledgment that the easy access to guns in America is here to stay.
NEWS
By Wendy S. Lindley | October 9, 2008
Addiction is a medical problem (It’s a Gray Area: “Addiction is a medical problem,” Oct. 4). However, it is also a community problem that has a detrimental impact on our society. The majority of addicted individuals who appear on a daily basis in my court are parents. Unfortunately, too often their children are neglected, abused, homeless and do not attend school regularly, as a result of their parents’ addiction. Most of the crime committed in our community is substance-abuse driven.
NEWS
August 28, 2004
Smoking-on-beach ban amounts to puff of nothing "I do believe people are basically law-abiding ... " Councilman Steve Rosansky is quoted as saying, regarding his support of the new law outlawing smoking on or near the beaches, as reported in the Daily Pilot article on Thursday ("Smokers' lights go out on city beaches"). Reality check. Littering on the beaches is also against the law, isn't it? I think it is. It is posted on signs at the beach, right?
NEWS
October 25, 1999
Amy R. Spurgeon NEWPORT-MESA -- As the school district's Red Ribbon Week begins today, one Newport Beach mother is hoping her son's story will stop other's from making the same mistakes he did. "I cope because I know he is free from this," Judy Davis said. "But I still cry every day." An honor student and award winning artist, Robert "Bobby" Davis was 21 when he was found dead, apparently of a heroin overdose, by his fiancee in the home they shared in Southern California.
NEWS
August 24, 2001
Paul Clinton Hardly a week goes by these days when James Gray's name doesn't appear in newsprint. Gray, an Orange County Superior Court judge, has found himself at the center of the raging debate over how the county should use the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station after issuing a blistering ruling. In a July 31 ruling, Gray, who has lived in Newport Beach for almost a year, dressed down Orange County airport planners before invalidating the names on a South County petition to install a central park at the closed base.
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By Steve Smith | January 3, 2013
According to gunpolicy.org, a website that covers "international firearm injury, prevention and policy," there are 270 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. The U.S. is the world leader in both the number of privately owned guns and, more telling, the rate of gun ownership, which is 88.2 guns per 100 people. Based on these and other statistics, any discussion of school safety in the event of the appearance of a shooter must include the acknowledgment that the easy access to guns in America is here to stay.
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By Lauren Williams | June 11, 2012
One of the defendants in a case against a Costa Mesa-based gang has pleaded guilty to distributing illegal drugs and associating with members of the Mexican Mafia, federal court documents show. Douglas Joseph Jackovich, 29, also known as "DJ" or "Temper," has been associated with the Forming Kaos gang and was one of 17 defendants in the federal case filed in June 2011, according to federal court documents. Forming Kaos claims Costa Mesa as its territory, primarily the Westside area bounded by Fairview Road, Placentia Avenue, 19th Street and West Wilson Street.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Mona Shadia | March 19, 2010
Chadd and Alysha McKeen don’t care that passersby can see the six 3-foot-tall marijuana plants growing inside their new Costa Mesa storefront. “I want to tell people to stop being afraid of it,” said Chadd McKeen, co-founder of Otherside Farms. “We want to bring it out into the open.” The McKeens also put in new tile and ripped the bars off the windows at the center, which sits between a dog-grooming business and a therapeutic spa. It’s all part of an effort to make the place appear open and inviting.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 25, 2008
The rules for the Angela Louise paddle boat New Year’s Eve cruise read like a history of what the crew and captain have no doubt experienced on the trip in the past. It must be one heck of a party. While some of things prohibited need not be explained, the fact that the event’s website warns there is a $250 ticket for littering from the harbor patrol, and they charge $100 to anyone who throws up from intoxication, shows that this a boat familiar with a New Year’s Eve party.
NEWS
By Wendy S. Lindley | October 9, 2008
Addiction is a medical problem (It’s a Gray Area: “Addiction is a medical problem,” Oct. 4). However, it is also a community problem that has a detrimental impact on our society. The majority of addicted individuals who appear on a daily basis in my court are parents. Unfortunately, too often their children are neglected, abused, homeless and do not attend school regularly, as a result of their parents’ addiction. Most of the crime committed in our community is substance-abuse driven.
NEWS
By JAMES P. GRAY | October 7, 2007
In last week’s column, we discussed why our policy of drug prohibition is not working and why it will never work. That probably was a discouraging column to read for many people. But today’s column will bring you hope, because it discusses drug programs that work worldwide. The first thing to do when focusing upon programs that work is to make the same important distinctions, such as the difference between drug crime on the one hand, and drug money crime on the other.
NEWS
August 28, 2004
Smoking-on-beach ban amounts to puff of nothing "I do believe people are basically law-abiding ... " Councilman Steve Rosansky is quoted as saying, regarding his support of the new law outlawing smoking on or near the beaches, as reported in the Daily Pilot article on Thursday ("Smokers' lights go out on city beaches"). Reality check. Littering on the beaches is also against the law, isn't it? I think it is. It is posted on signs at the beach, right?
NEWS
October 17, 2002
THE WAR ON DRUGS: "End the drug war, starting with implementing Proposition 215 permitting medical use of marijuana." Voters, in 1996, approved the proposition that allowed patients to use marijuana for its medicinal value. LEGALIZING ALL DRUGS: "If you look at illegal drugs, we're losing that war. Smoking is less socially acceptable [because tobacco is legal]." Studier said he thinks the free-market should drive supply and demand for drugs.
NEWS
August 24, 2001
Paul Clinton Hardly a week goes by these days when James Gray's name doesn't appear in newsprint. Gray, an Orange County Superior Court judge, has found himself at the center of the raging debate over how the county should use the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station after issuing a blistering ruling. In a July 31 ruling, Gray, who has lived in Newport Beach for almost a year, dressed down Orange County airport planners before invalidating the names on a South County petition to install a central park at the closed base.
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