September 19, 2007
The city of Costa Mesa now has new stricter standards for subdividing rental apartments and multi-unit industrial parks for sale to individual owners after the City Council’s Tuesday approval of a set of new rules. Before building owners can sell off individual units, they’ll now have to get extensive inspections to show the buildings are in good condition. They’ll have to provide a set amount of parking or apply for a waiver, and they’ll have to meet a long list of standards regarding landscaping, open space and other amenities.
December 10, 2010
If you have city business in Newport Beach, you better get it done before Christmas. From Dec. 24 through Dec. 31, City Hall, the libraries, and recreation programs will be closed. Offices re-open Jan. 3. Newport Beach police, fire and marine departments, along with trash collection and street sweeping, will still operate as scheduled. There will be no street sweeping on Dec. 24, 30 or 31. The closures save the city money on employee leave time and utility and maintenance costs, city officials said in a news release.
April 17, 2012
Two women who claimed to have fallen about 11 stories while inside a malfunctioning elevator in Irvine have settled a lawsuit against the elevator manufacturer and the Irvine Co. Janet Hsu and her mother, Sufeir Hsu, reached a confidential settlement with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. and the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. last month, according to court records. According to their claim, filed June 22, 2011, the two were aboard an elevator inside the Irvine Co.-owned high-rise business complex at 1 Park Plaza.
November 25, 2003
On Sunday, Nov. 9, my family and I encountered a vehicle inspection stop on Fairview Avenue conducted by the Costa Mesa Police Department. A sign had been placed at the San Diego Freeway overpass telling motorists that they would need to show their driver's licenses and/or vehicle registration forms for their cars. I was alarmed by this action. The stopping of vehicles to search for a driver's license or vehicle registration form without probable cause seems to be a violation of our civil rights, particularly those rights under the 4th Amendment.
October 19, 2002
-- Deirdre Newman UCI earth scientist named endowed chair UC Irvine atmospheric scientist Michael Prather, one of the world's top experts in global climate change, has been named the Fred Kavli Endowed Chair in Earth System Science. The position was created with a $1-million gift from The Kavli Foundation, founded by Santa Barbara entrepreneur Fred Kavli. The foundation gave the gift to the Department of Earth System Science so that an internationally prominent researcher in the geosciences could hold the new chair.
April 13, 2005
Marisa O'Neil and Alicia Robinson Problems including unsafe kennels, poor drainage, rodent infestation and improperly disposed-of animal carcasses have been rectified at the city's contracted animal shelter, but an oversight committee should keep tabs on the facility, City Council members heard Tuesday. The council held a study session Tuesday to examine what improvements have been made at the Orange County Humane Society in Huntington Beach since former volunteers accused shelter administrators last September of improperly caring for animals.
November 8, 2003
Marisa O'Neil State inspectors complimented the Newport-Mesa Unified School District after reviewing several of its government-funded programs this week. A team from the California Department of Education found only one program not in compliance after checking Estancia High School, TeWinkle Middle School, Wilson Elementary School and Harper Child Development Center to make sure they are using the funds properly. A sampling of schools in each district in the state gets audited every four years to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
October 4, 2012
Southern California Edison wants to restart one of the two reactors at its San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been shuttered for eight months over safety concerns, officials said Thursday. The plant's Unit 2 reactor was offline for routine inspections and maintenance when a steam generator tube in Unit 3 sprung a leak on Jan. 31, releasing a small amount of radioactive steam. That led to the discovery that the tubes in the newly replaced steam generators were wearing out more quickly than expected, including some that showed an unusual type of wear caused by tubes rubbing against adjacent tubes.
May 4, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the headline, subhead and outcome of the signage ordinance. COSTA MESA — The city could spend upward of $180,000 for modernizing the development services department, from a new website to expanded online tools and equipment for code enforcement. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the City Council approved including $130,000 in its preliminary budget to install a wireless connection and software between city workers in the field and the city's in-house network for code enforcement and building inspections.
September 7, 2002
Paul Clinton A hot, dry summer has turned the scrub brush in Buck Gully and three other canyons in the city into a fire hazard, city officials say. It could cost homeowners as much as $10,000 to safeguard the area. "Buck Gully and the other natural areas around the city are of concern," said Donna Boston, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department. "Fuel, what we call brush, is at a higher growth and it's extremely dry." City leaders say homeowners and homeowners' associations should crack down on the problem.