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By Joseph Serna | November 17, 2011
COSTA MESA - About two weeks ago, Jackie Marquez walked out of her local Wells Fargo bank branch in Irvine and saw an Occupy Orange County protest on the corner. Disenchanted with big banks and government, the 61-year-old said she was immediately drawn to the protestors, even though she wasn't sure what they stood for. "I was getting so frustrated with government, I didn't want to vote anymore," she said. "This economy has hit me hard. I've had to crawl my way back. " Thursday night, Marquez was still with the Occupy movement, this time taking part in a national day of action by joining more than 60 protestors at John Wayne Airport.
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By Mike Reicher | October 3, 2011
Agreeing to lift constraints on affordable housing development, Newport Beach officials have received tentative approval of the city's housing blueprint. Regulators from the state Department of Housing and Community Development said last month that the city's moves would bring it into compliance with state law. If the City Council adopts the plan next month, affordable housing developments near John Wayne Airport would be automatically approved if they meet certain requirements.
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June 14, 2011
The recent half-page ad in the Daily Pilot against the John Wayne Airport by Kay Rackauckas contains a misleading statement. I am a captain for American Airlines and have been flying our various aircraft out of Orange County/SNA since 1997, and am currently doing so on the 737. The flight path has remained the same for the last 14 years: take off on the runway heading, then shortly make a turn to the left to fly down the Back Bay. The only thing...
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
John Wayne Airport can now mostly rely on itself for power, after firing up four generators to produce up to 7 megawatts of electricity. Officials on Thursday morning dedicated a $31-million central utility plant at the south end of the airport. It will provide 95% of the airport's energy and a steady stream of cool water for the air-conditioning system. Part of JWA's $540-million expansion and improvement program, officials say the plant was designed to save the airport energy costs in the long-run, and to be self-reliant.
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April 7, 2011
Travelers and visitors at John Wayne Airport may see emergency responders treating victims of a simulated plane crash Friday morning. Airport officials announced they will be conducting a mandatory drill between 10 a.m. and noon. Various emergency personnel will be participating, including JWA Operations, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, and Airport Police Services. The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial airports to conduct a full-scale drill every three years, according to the airport announcement.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | February 24, 2011
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — The barrel-vaulted ceilings of the new terminal at John Wayne Airport were nearing completion this week, as construction crews entered the final stretch of an almost five-year airport improvement project, an airport spokeswoman said. Terminal C will duplicate the look given to Terminals A and B, which were built at JWA almost 20 years ago. It will incorporate natural stone, neutral colors and the same vaulted ceilings, as much as new building codes allow, said project manager Khatchig Tchapadarian, of McCarthy Building Companies.
NEWS
February 5, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — The saying goes that you're not supposed to let any good crisis go to waste, and Newport Beach city leaders are taking it to heart. At their annual goal-setting workshop Saturday morning at the OASIS Senior Center, Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff announced the city will adopt a whole new philosophy when it comes to short- and long-term goal setting: increased accountability through quarterly, public reports on city projects and finances. "The rhetoric is that government should be run more like a private business, I think this is the step," said Councilman Rush Hill.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 2, 2011
Updated February 2, 2011 3:03 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it has successfully completed tests for a new John Wayne Airport flight path, and planes will start flying the new route in February. The procedure is the result of a nearly one-year tussle between Newport Beach residents and FAA officials, who agreed to modify a new satellite-based navigation system after residents complained about jet engine noise in the skies above some Newport homes.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | January 19, 2011
While private flying at John Wayne Airport plummeted during the recession, the decline has begun to taper off. Data released Tuesday showed that 7% fewer "general aviation" planes took off or landed at JWA in 2010 compared with 2009, a marked improvement over double-digit drops in the previous two years. JWA became especially unaffordable during the recession because of its comparably high fuel costs, local pilots said. At more than $6 per gallon for jet fuel and gasoline, JWA is more expensive than airports in Fullerton, Long Beach, Torrance and others nearby.
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