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By Alicia Robinson | March 8, 2006
Physically speaking, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Chris Cox is taking it easy after his recent surgery. But politically, he's grabbed a new tiger's tail ? his agency's policy on subpoenas of journalists. Cox was Newport Beach's congressman for 17 years before being named to the SEC post in mid-2005. In late February, news agencies including the Associated Press reported the SEC had subpoenaed and writers for Dow Jones online publications while investigating allegations of stock manipulation.
By Alicia Robinson | March 30, 2006
While most of the national news touching Costa Mesa lately has been about the city's immigration plan, its congressman has been relegated to the inside pages. But Rep. Dana Rohrabacher may claim headlines in early 2007, if, as he's hoping, he's named chairman of the House science committee. Rohrabacher led the subcommittee on space and aeronautics for eight years, and he's been a member of the science committee since he was elected to Congress nearly 18 years ago. "That was my first committee assignment.
By Alicia Robinson | March 23, 2006
It's tough to be a Republican in Sacramento, but Assemblyman Tom Harman on Wednesday faced a battle in his own district. State Senate candidates Tom Harman and Diane Harkey, a Dana Point City Councilwoman, squared off for the third time in a week, this time at a GOP event on Harman's home turf, Huntington Beach. As at earlier events, Harman touted his elected experience on the City Council and in the Assembly, and Harkey said she'd use her business background and take a fiscally conservative approach to the state Senate.
By Alicia Robinson | July 6, 2006
Members of Congress will no longer be able to lie to voters about their stance on immigration, Huntington Beach Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said after a packed hearing on U.S. border security held Wednesday in San Diego. While he counted the hearing a success, Rohrabacher predicted that Congress will take no conclusive action on immigration reform this year. Instead, he said, the issue will be resolved over three years and will be enmeshed in the 2008 presidential election. "My guess is we'll have at least one major candidate up there insisting all the other candidates say how they're going to deal with the issue," he said.
By Alicia Robinson | March 2, 2006
Newport Beach's flag is flying in an unlikely place these days ? Iraq. A battalion of Marines from Camp Pendleton that the city "adopted" in December 2003 was deployed to Fallouja recently, and the city's flag went along. Members of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines sent a photo back as proof. Activities to support the Marines and their families are organized by a committee that includes Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau, former Mayor Steve Bromberg and Arches restaurateur Dan Marcheano, all military veterans.
By Alicia Robinson | April 13, 2006
Limiting the use of eminent domain is all the rage, and Newport Beach voters may find it on their ballots at least twice this year. The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday asked the city attorney to draw up a rule that would prevent the city from using eminent domain to forcibly take property and turn it over to private development. Existing law allows governments in some cases to acquire property for public uses, but the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the economic benefits of private development qualified a project as a "public use."
By Alicia Robinson | April 6, 2006
Newport Beach officials won't be building a new city hall on the site of the Land Rover dealership, or at the Newport Dunes. A committee that's been working since February has whittled the list of possible locations from about 13 to three or four, city officials said this week. They include a spot at Corporate Plaza in Fashion Island and a lot across from Lincoln Elementary School on San Joaquin Hills Road. The committee was formed in January after some residents complained that the council hadn't looked hard enough at alternatives to the City Hall site on the Balboa Peninsula.
September 27, 2010
The California Landscape Contractors Assn. of Orange County has recognized three contractors with awards for outstanding landscaping work in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine. Bruce Wayne Co., Bemus Landscape Inc. and Mission Landscape received beautification awards from the regional trade association. Bruce Wayne Co. won the association's President's Award for a best entry in any landscape installation, renovation and water conservation for the landscaper's work at the Hoag Health Center at 500 Superior Ave., according to a news release from the association.
By David Carrillo Penaloza | August 24, 2010
The Sunset League will have one of its original high school football teams back and it will affect the strength of the league. Huntington Beach returns to the 73-year-old league this fall after it left five years ago, right before Newport Harbor rejoined. Gone is Esperanza, which starting in 2005 won or shared the league title for four straight years. Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said the switch does not really matter to him. The Sailors have been competitive in the Sunset League the past four years, finishing 3-2 every time and two years ago they split the league crown.
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