March 1, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- They didn't get the assurances they wanted. But City Council members unanimously decided Tuesday to sell the city's 1.18% share of the defunct San Joaquin Reservoir to allow the Irvine Ranch Water District to turn it into a basin for reclaimed water. Council members and residents had voiced concerns at past meetings that district officials weren't willing to sign a legally binding document that would prohibit a discharge of reclaimed water into the Upper Newport Bay except during serious rainstorms.
February 26, 2005
Alicia Robinson Hoping to woo a fellow congressman who doles out money for environmental projects, Rep. Chris Cox used a helicopter flight and a bus trip Friday to show Ohio Rep. David Hobson why the Back Bay needs $13 million. Hobson chairs the House subcommittee on appropriations for energy and water development, which will draw up a bill by June that could include money to dredge two million cubic yards of silt from the Upper Newport Bay. While energy and water appropriations for 2006 could total as much as $30 billion, getting the $13 million Newport wants could be tough, Hobson said.
March 11, 2005
Alicia Robinson A public library has been nixed from plans for a $7-million Newport Coast community center, and a dispute over how much parking is needed has temporarily halted progress on the center. When the city of Newport Beach was negotiating the annexation of Newport Coast, which became official in January 2001, the city agreed to funnel $7 million to build the community center, which it will operate. The funds come out of $25 million the Irvine Ranch Water District paid the city for the right to continue providing water service to Newport Coast after the annexation.
February 11, 2005
Andrew Edwards After about 11 years, a landslide and a lawsuit, the San Joaquin Reservoir is officially back in business. Officials from the Irvine Ranch Water District, Newport Beach and other cities on Thursday joined homeowners whose houses overlook the basin for a short dedication ceremony, which ended as water gushed into the partially filled basin. The reservoir, which sits in the hills above Bonita Canyon Sports Park, can hold about 1 billion gallons of water when full and will store recycled water that will mostly be used to irrigate landscaping in Newport Coast and parts of Irvine, project engineer Michael Hoolihan said.
August 23, 2007
I miss the days when I could drink a glass of water from the tap without hesitation. Walk down the beverage aisle of any grocery store and the choices for water are mind boggling. A Google search on “bottled water” turned up 2,550,000 sites. Newport Beach recently mailed a glossy “2007 Water Quality Report” trying to convince us their water is the best. The Irvine Ranch Water District, also serving parts of Newport, sends out a zippy little newsletter with its bills every month touting how wonderful their water is. Having two homes in Newport, my water bill from the city is considerably higher than my water bill from Irvine Ranch Water District.
July 8, 2000
Alex Coolman The Irvine Co. announced Friday that it will donate $1.5 million to a wildlife sanctuary on land maintained by the Irvine Ranch Water District. The Newport Beach-based developer pledged to make five annual payments of $300,000 to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, a 300-acre preserve of indigenous plants and animals in Irvine. Friday also saw a ceremony at the preserve commemorating the restoration of the habitat there. In decades past, the land in the area was devoid of local species, said Peer Swan, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary board president.
August 1, 2002
Enrollment increases for OCC fall semester Orange Coast College's fall semester has given the school another gain in enrollment. School officials say 11,633 students -- or a 6.9% increase over the fall 2001 semester -- have signed up for fall classes so far. The numbers also reflect an 18.8% increase since fall 2000, OCC spokesman Jim Carnett said. The fall numbers should also increase as the school nears Aug. 26, the first day of classes. About 28,000 are expected by Dec. 15, the end of the semester.
July 29, 2001
"The Alaskan Pig is a myth. The show started in Alaska." -- Marc Stamper, pig trainer, clearing up one of the ongoing mysteries of the Orange County Fair. The All Alaskan Pig Races are held in Newport Arena at the fairgrounds. "We don't see many donkeys. Maybe some members of our City Council." -- Bill Akers of Seal Beach, on seeing farm animals at the Orange County Fair. "People are like, 'Oh, carnies this, carnies that,' but it's like, what do you know about carnies?
December 10, 2003
Costa Mesa toy company up to Duff Costa Mesa toy manufacturer Playmates Toys is capitalizing on the many sides of teen star Hilary Duff with a line of dolls showing her in each of her careers -- TV star, movie star and singer. Playmates vice president of marketing Nancy Goldblum said the company jumped at the chance to produce the 11 1/2-inch fashion doll, which has been on the market since September. While the doll aisles of toy stores are crowded, Duff has the advantage of a huge media presence with a recently released album, a movie due out this Christmas and her Disney TV show, "Lizzie McGuire," Goldblum said.