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December 20, 2003
Deirdre Newman The city's aggressive attempt to inspect rental housing for substandard conditions has yielded moderate results: tenant inquiries for inspections have increased, but it has not been matched by much interest from apartment owners. The Planning Commission in January 2002 approved creating an apartment rehabilitation incentive program to encourage owners to maintain their properties. Code enforcement officers launched a pilot program in September 2002, targeting an area bordered by Harbor Boulevard, Victoria Street, Placentia Avenue and 19th Street.
LOCAL
November 4, 2009
Four people were arrested and five others were cited during an alcohol inspection by Costa Mesa police, authorities said. On Oct. 27, Costa Mesa police selected 28 locations in Costa Mesa to inspect for various Alcoholic Beverage Control violations. Operations often involve sending in underage decoys to see if they can buy alcohol without having their IDs checked or having underage decoys ask customers if they can buy them alcohol. In the five-hour operation, police checked on 12 off-sale businesses, where alcohol is sold to take home.
NEWS
January 16, 2002
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Police are warning residents about an increase in thefts and home burglaries in the Eastbluff area. Most of the break-ins have occurred in homes next to greenbelt areas, Sgt. Steve Shulman said. He said the burglars usually pry or break open a portion of the window to get in and that most burglaries occur during the early evening or late afternoon hours. The burglaries have been reported on various days of the week, including weekends, Shulman said.
NEWS
December 14, 2000
Jennifer Kho MESA VERDE -- Probation ended this week for the Piecemakers Country Store, but the store's battle with the Orange County Health Care Agency is still unresolved. The Piecemakers Country Store, at 1720 Adams Ave., was on probation for three years for past health code violations and was subject to regular, unannounced inspections as part of the probation terms. The probation, originally scheduled to expire in January, was extended to this month because of a probation violation last year.
NEWS
May 5, 2005
Woman, 70, arrested on suspicion of DUI A 70-year-old Costa Mesa woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she backed her car into a neighbor's home Tuesday. Costa Mesa police arrested Joyce Suzanne Barker, 70, after she backed her car out of her driveway in the 2200 block of State Avenue and crashed it into a garage across the street at 5:15 p.m., Lt. Dale Birney said. Barker's car smashed into the neighbor's garage, striking a car inside, Birney said.
NEWS
June 26, 2003
Deepa Bharath Bob Kost has been a volunteer with the Newport Beach Police Department for four years. But never in all these years has he heard so many thank yous and kind words of appreciation, he said. Kost and several other Police Department volunteers are getting trained in doing home inspections or "vacation checks" that were originally done by sworn police officers. It is a service the department provides to community members who ask police to keep an eye on their homes when they are out of town.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 15, 2014
Citing conditions ranging from hoarding and vermin infestation to broken window screens, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday night unanimously agreed that a Newport Boulevard motel has been operating as a public nuisance. During a series of inspections from May to November, the Sandpiper Motel was found to have various signs of improper maintenance — inoperable smoke detectors, peeling baseboards, water damage and broken tiles — as well as public health hazards, such as mildew and hoarding, according to evidence presented Thursday by city code enforcement staff.
NEWS
July 30, 2002
The idea that anyone can tell me what I can't put in my backyard leaves me blind ("Residents uniting against City Hall," Thursday). It is just wrong telling me that I can't park my legally registered recreational vehicle or inoperable car anywhere on my property. Mayor Linda Dixon and "her" followers need to give this a break. I support Councilman Gary Monahan with his apprehensions at this time. Maybe later after the votes are counted, we'll know who cares from where the community roots are derived.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | October 14, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — Crews will begin removing 33 blue gum eucalyptus trees, probably starting Monday, along Fourth Avenue, a city official said Thursday. "I know this is hard," said Mark Harmon, Newport Beach municipal operations director, to a crowd of 50 at the OASIS Senior Center. "This is a public safety issue. " Of the trees, 31 pose a high to extreme risk of falling and two pose moderate risk, he said. City arborists and an outside expert inspected Corona del Mar's blue gums following a Sept.
NEWS
September 23, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- A superior court judge decided Friday that the Piecemakers Country Store must correct additional health code violations county officials found there this week. But despite an escalation of tension between the group and the Orange County health department, the judge did not extend the Piecemakers' probation period, which is scheduled to end in December. The Mesa Verde business, run by a fiery religious group that tangles often with local government, had previously been cited for a number of other health code violations and ordered to shut down its tea room restaurant and candy counter.
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By Bradley Zint | April 15, 2014
Citing conditions ranging from hoarding and vermin infestation to broken window screens, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday night unanimously agreed that a Newport Boulevard motel has been operating as a public nuisance. During a series of inspections from May to November, the Sandpiper Motel was found to have various signs of improper maintenance — inoperable smoke detectors, peeling baseboards, water damage and broken tiles — as well as public health hazards, such as mildew and hoarding, according to evidence presented Thursday by city code enforcement staff.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 16, 2012
In a marathon meeting that concluded after 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council pushed through plans to outsource the city jail and street-sweeping services to private companies. "Today is a momentous day, a great day," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. "... I know we're going in the right direction, and I think by the time this is over I think the rest of the city will too. " Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who cast the lone dissenting vote in 4-1 splits on the jail and street-sweeping measures, said such an important decision should not be made in the early-morning hours, when most community members have gone home.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 14, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council will consider Tuesday whether to outsource five city services, more than a year since the wheels were first set in motion amid furious protests from city workers and local activists. City staff are recommending Costa Mesa outsource its jail services and street sweeping but keep its animal control, building inspections and video production in-house. Staff recommend that the city contract with G4S Secure Solutions, a worldwide company owned by Danish security firm Group 4 Falck.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | October 14, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — Crews will begin removing 33 blue gum eucalyptus trees, probably starting Monday, along Fourth Avenue, a city official said Thursday. "I know this is hard," said Mark Harmon, Newport Beach municipal operations director, to a crowd of 50 at the OASIS Senior Center. "This is a public safety issue. " Of the trees, 31 pose a high to extreme risk of falling and two pose moderate risk, he said. City arborists and an outside expert inspected Corona del Mar's blue gums following a Sept.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — Six months after more than 200 city workers were told they could lose their jobs to outsourcing, the City Council took its first concrete step in that direction Tuesday night. Officials put the first batch of city services out for bid. In three 4-1 votes, with Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissenting on each, the council approved soliciting bids for the city's jail services, building inspection and video production services. Leece said she didn't vote in favor because she thinks the process is politically motivated.
NEWS
August 20, 2011
If you're a regular Starbucks customer in Corona del Mar, you might notice a few missing seats at the counter. After a resident expressed concern, city officials investigated and asked that seats be removed at Starbucks at 2801 E. Coast Hwy. to make sure the coffee shop is in compliance with its permit. "The conditional use permit limited inside seating to a maximum of 21 seats," said Mary Locey, a city spokeswoman. "It was determined that additional seating was added, and they have been asked to bring the seating into compliance by our Code Enforcement Division.
NEWS
By Len Bose | May 12, 2011
This week I had an opportunity to talk with another favorite sailor of mine, Betty Andrews, who invited me aboard her Bristol Ranger 33, the Antares. The pride she has in this boat is equivalent to grandparents' pride in their grandchildren. Betty made eight trips to Catalina last season for roughly a total of 35 days. "We had some of the best sailing last season that I ever recall," Betty said. You have to understand that she is one of the few sailors who not only sails home from Catalina, but also sails to weather going to the island.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | February 19, 2010
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on a city-district agreement. Costa Mesa officials, unhappy with how the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is spending city money, are calling for a meeting to discuss an eight-year agreement involving facilities use. City officials say the district is using 75% to 80% of $170,000 in city money on its janitorial needs, when the money is supposed to be spent on maintaining...
LOCAL
November 4, 2009
Four people were arrested and five others were cited during an alcohol inspection by Costa Mesa police, authorities said. On Oct. 27, Costa Mesa police selected 28 locations in Costa Mesa to inspect for various Alcoholic Beverage Control violations. Operations often involve sending in underage decoys to see if they can buy alcohol without having their IDs checked or having underage decoys ask customers if they can buy them alcohol. In the five-hour operation, police checked on 12 off-sale businesses, where alcohol is sold to take home.
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