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By Joseph N. Bell | September 22, 2010
My youngest daughter, Debby, lives in Boulder, Colo., and I've made a fair number of trips via Denver International Airport to visit her. And one of the satisfactions is the drive to and from that airport. I've never failed to admire the beauty of the surroundings en route. I'm not talking about the foothills of the rugged Rocky Mountains. I admire them, too, of course. But given our current airport history, I'm referring to the admirable site chosen by public officials for a new airport when the needs of Denver and its surrounding cities outgrew the old one. Denver officials avoided all the easy traps in their planning.
By BYRON DE ARAKAL | August 31, 2006
Since the Costa Mesa City Council's December decision to train members of the city's Police Department as federal immigration agents, our once-tranquil town has been overrun by out-of-town freaks, political movements, and immigration militias. Frankly, the affairs of Costa Mesa are nobody's business except that of those who live, work or operate a business here. So here's a challenge: I urge all City Council candidates to refuse to accept campaign contributions from non-Costa Mesa residents, or from any business, political party or other organization not located in Costa Mesa.
October 1, 2004
Regarding Sunday's Pilot editorial, "Opportunity for consensus building in Costa Mesa," we have come to expect the editorial staff of the Daily Pilot to voice its opinion before every election as to whom, they believe, would be the best candidate(s) for our community. As we have also come to expect, they attempt to direct us on how to vote, while not bothering to ask us what we want. The term "consensus building" is an unctuous phrase for those of us who have spent the better part of four years on both the Community Redevelopment Action Committee and then the Westside Redevelopment Oversight Committee -- both formed to try to improve the Westside of Costa Mesa and "facilitate building consensus."
October 26, 2006
It's easy to slant polls in one's favor In Oct. 12's Political Landscape ("Harman proves to be on the bill"), there is something slightly deceiving about the poll commissioned by the Steve Young congressional campaign — it is among likely voters who have seen his advertising and campaigning. I'm sure if I set the parameters like that I too would be a likely front-runner for Congress. A recently conducted poll among my close family and friends indicated that I have great support running for president, but it sure doesn't mean I am going to win.   The fact of the matter is that Rep. John Campbell has been a great representative of the 48th District.
By Lisa McLaughlin | November 6, 2010
It is college interview season for high school seniors. Local college alums and admissions representatives from all over the nation are tirelessly meeting with college prospects for the sake of putting a face on the students' applications. Stomachs churn. Butterflies flutter. Doubts fill the room. The college interview is, unfortunately, one of the most gut-wrenching parts of the college admissions process. The majority of high school seniors will never need to endure this rite — but for those students applying to selective private universities, your time has come.
June 18, 2008
Ruth Pribble Ruth Pribble, a long time resident of Costa Mesa, passed away at her home on May 26, 2008 at the age of 88. She was born Ruth Cornelia Pope in rural Oklahoma on February 2, 1920. She grew up in small towns in Southern Oklahoma where her father worked in the oil fields. Oklahoma was also where she met her future husband L.W. (Lew) Pribble, Jr. They were married August 13, 1942, but spent much of the first years of their marriage apart as Lew served in the Army in Europe during WWII.
October 10, 2004
Deepa Bharath Jack Mullan celebrated his 80th birthday a week before he died. His wife, Beverly, had rented the Tiki boat for the evening. His whole family was there. Friends he hadn't seen in a long, long time came to the party. The boat sailed into the sunset to the lilting melodies of a Hawaiian band and the soft rustle of paper leis. Jack talked about the party all week. He watched a video of it many times that week. He watched it three times the morning of the day he died.
November 23, 1999
AT ISSUE: We asked readers if the Newport Beach City Council should cut costs or try to generate revenue to offset a predicted economic downturn over the next five years. The Newport Beach City Council and staff are disconnected from the electorate -- the very people they are supposed to represent ("Newport Beach has its eye on future finances," Nov. 16). Time after time, the wishes of residents are brushed aside in favor of business interests. There are many examples where staff and City Council join hands to look favorably on unpopular projects, guided only by the rationales that "the city needs to generate more revenue."
By: Barry Faulkner | September 7, 2005
With graduation and other forces annually stirring the personnel pot, high school football programs are continually in transition. At Newport Harbor High, however, the constant roster rollover has been countered by uncommon stability within the coaching staff. Coach Jeff Brinkley, entering his 20th season, has inspired rare loyalty among those on his staff, including veteran assistants Bill Brown, Tony Ciarelli, Mike Bargas, Matt Burns and Bill Calloway.
By Hannah Fry | April 4, 2014
The state's political ethics watchdog found that Newport Beach councilman Mike Henn did not violate California's conflict-of-interest law when he championed the revitalization of Lido Village while acting as the city's mayor in 2011. The letter, published Thursday, ends a two-year investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission into a complaint filed in 2012 by former Newport Beach Planning Commissioner Robert Hawkins, who is frequently critical of Newport's council. Henn said in a city news release that he is "glad to be completely vindicated in this matter.
By Emily Foxhall | January 28, 2014
Newport Beach will put out a request for proposals from restaurants interested in occupying the empty building at the end of Newport Pier, which housed a seafood restaurant from 1993 until 2012, when its lease expired. Council members had considered seeking clearance from the Coastal Commission to remove the building and convert it into a flexible-use space that could host anything from food trucks to a tai chi class to music performances. Instead, during a study session Tuesday they decided that bringing a new restaurant to the space provided a tempting option - especially since Bluewater Grill had already expressed interest, city staff said during a study session that preceded the meeting.
By Jim Fitzpatrick | November 27, 2013
Why has the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) not had a competitive trash contract bid since World War II? Newport Beach just completed a competitive trash contract bid with our same trash hauler, who offered Newport (about $11) a lower rate than Costa Mesa ($18). The direct value of the CMSD trash contract is about $4.5 million a year, which would be $45 million over the life of the original contract with a 10-year term. We are now committed to 14 years with no end in sight.
By Hannah Fry | October 24, 2013
A donation by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District inspired a group of kindergarteners at Woodland Elementary to keep their class gardens healthy by composting. Francene Kaplan, a contractor with the Sanitary District, presented the $30 composting bin to the kindergarten classes during an assembly Thursday morning. Composting uses decaying organic matter, like leaves, vegetable peels, worms and even coffee grounds, to improve soil structure and provide nutrients to a garden. Each of the seven kindergarten classes, roughly 168 students, have planted and maintained gardens annually for the past two years, said kindergarten teacher Kelly Siegel.
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 22, 2013
Moments after stepping foot in New Delhi, Dominique Delorme's gaze fell upon a man on the side of the road. He had no arms or legs, and he entreated passersby to place money in a bowl placed in front of him. Their gazes locked, and a grin blossomed on the pauper's face. Immediately, gears started turning in the 19-year-old Frenchman's mind. "I wondered what was inside that person that makes him smile at me, who comes from the West, who has a TV, computers and other things," he said.
By Amy Kaufman | October 2, 2013
There was a hole in the sleeve of Adam Brody's threadbare T-shirt. His eyes were still puffy from sleep, even though it was nearly noon. He looked as though he had rolled out of bed just moments before leaving his home in Encino and driving down to Jan's Restaurant, an old-school West Hollywood diner. He seemed nothing like Seth Cohen , the well-to-do nerd he played to great fanfare on the popular teen soap  "The O.C. "  But it's been six years since the Fox program went off the air, and a lot has changed.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 28, 2013
After an international boat trip of his own, Ray Wilson was back selling at the Lido Boat Show on Saturday. The representative for Heritage Yacht Sales was pushing a pair of Catalina sailboats, ones he said could cruise around the world much like he did. When he returned from his years-long trip in 2011, the yacht-brokering scene had taken a turn for the worse thanks to the recession. "It was like somebody blew the world up while I was gone," he said. "In '05 when I left, people were throwing money at you. " It's only in the last eight months that Wilson's seen a slow return to that form.
By Barry Faulkner | August 31, 2013
COSTA MESA - Much of the allure of an NFL preseason is the play of the quarterbacks. Often, the story line calls for fans to get behind a backup they hope might eventually displace a starter. There is also the flat-out competition for the starting job that overtakes some NFL training camps and plays out before the fans in preseason games. But if one was apt to read too much into the play of four Orange Coast College quarterbacks in the team's intrasquad football scrimmage on Saturday, Pirates Coach Mike Taylor might wish to quell such a notion.
By Bradley Zint | August 23, 2013
The mysterious appearance of an unpermitted trail in Fairview Park has drawn federal attention. Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contacted Costa Mesa officials about the potential loss of federally protected vernal pools within the 208-acre park, according to an email Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz sent to the City Council and city officials. The FWS has "requested the city work with them in the identification, delineation and restoration/mitigation of any of the federally protected vernal pools at Fairview Park that may have been compromised by park users," Munoz wrote.
August 1, 2013
Re: " Visit Newport Beach is not calling for airport expansion?" (July 29): Former Daily Pilot Publisher Tom Johnson was amazed and surprised by my letter; I'm delighted by his. Tom, with his characteristic candor, at least clarifies a fact that Visit Newport CEO Gary Sherwin was working on the John Wayne Airport's Marketing Task Force, not as head of Visit Newport Beach, but as head of the Orange County Visitor's Bureau. Sherwin and Visit Newport Beach together are participating in marketing JWA to bring more visitors to JWA and then possibly to Newport Beach.
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