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By Chris Caesar | April 15, 2008
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece says she hopes her oversight of the Costa Mesa Senior Center will translate into better services that will “honor” local seniors, but at least one board member has referred to her approach as an overbearing “witch hunt” that’s decreased morale and heightened resentment among staff and volunteers. Leece, who serves as the City Council liaison to the center, has begun following up on complaints she’s received from seniors using the hall.
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By Alan Blank | March 14, 2009
Representatives of several youth organizations have said that Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece’s proposal to tax their proceeds from Fourth of July fireworks sales to pay for heightened enforcement and education measures around the city would take away much-needed funding. An additional tax on top of all the time and effort it takes to run a booth may cause some to reconsider whether they want to operate fireworks stands to raise money for sports equipment, academic supplies and team trips.
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February 10, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- As the state of Indiana prepares to pass a law allowing schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms, local proponent Wendy Leece says it will still never fly in California. The bill -- which would also allow courts and other public facilities to post the biblical laws in the context of a historical documents display -- is awaiting the governor's signature. Lawmakers in nine other states are expected to consider similar proposals.
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February 3, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- An informal poll of school board members found some are divided on whether they should be subject to term limits. "New blood is always good -- new eyes," said school board member Wendy Leece. "I think we have a history in this district of many terms for school board members and I feel that has contributed to the criticism of mismanagement." This time, Leece is not alone in her beliefs. Board member Serene Stokes has joined her camp with a desire to see a limit of three terms placed on board members.
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November 21, 2002
Again, I opened your paper to Mailbag (Nov. 17) only to read another letter about the loss to our children and to us since Wendy Leece no longer is able attend to her conservative agenda on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees. I now felt the need to address why I voted for Tom Egan. Let me preface this by stating that I have lived in the city of Costa Mesa for 27 years. My three children all attended the schools from the beginning and graduated from Estancia High School.
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December 25, 2001
-- Compiled by the Daily Pilot staff Newport-Mesa Unified School Board Trustee Wendy Leece tried being a team player recently and got a bad taste in her mouth in the process. Leece said she signed her name in support of the controversial Home Ranch project, recently approved by the Costa Mesa City Council, because she was under the impression that the entire school board would be adding their own John Hancocks. But when the letter came out, Leece's name was side-by-side with only Jim Ferryman, the trustee she suggested should resign from the board because of his arrest in charges of driving under the influence a few months ago. Leece now says she doesn't want to have anything to do with the letter of support.
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By Mona Shadia | February 19, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece finally got what she wanted Friday morning when workers installed the “In God We Trust” slogan in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The sign’s installation was stalled two weeks in a row — once because the sign-maker drilled an extra hole into it, and another time because the letters forming the slogan weren’t up to standard. The sign is now affixed to a chamber wall beneath the city’s seal. “We could’ve done it earlier, but we wanted to make it just right, so they went back and reposted the lettering to ensure that it would look perfect, and now it’s perfect,” said Tom Hatch, the assistant city manager.
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By William Lobdell | December 9, 2010
Well, the political honeymoon didn't last long in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece has asked the city attorney for help in pursuing a Brown Act violation against three of her council colleagues. The Brown Act is state law designed to prevent elected and government officials from conducting the public's business in secret. In an e-mail sent late Wednesday to City Atty. Kimberly Hall Barlow, Leece said decisions at Tuesday's council meeting to elect Gary Monahan as mayor and Jim Righeimer as mayor pro tem appeared to be "pre-arranged.
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By Alan Blank | March 10, 2009
Costa Mesa council members on Tuesday night opposed Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece’s proposal to use revenue from local nonprofits’ fireworks sales to help restrict the use of illegal fireworks on the July Fourth weekend. Given Costa Mesa’s fiscal problems, Leece said, the roughly $29,000 needed for enforcement and education related to the Fourth of July should be covered by youth sports organizations’ fireworks fundraisers — not by the city. Under this proposal, nonprofit groups would have to give about 20% of this season’s sales to the city.
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By Humberto Caspa | August 15, 2009
In Orange County, we?re kind of used to having destructive fires after a long, dry summer season. We also get flooded houses as soon as big rains set in. We haven?t had a major earthquake in years, but it could hit us any time. As far as politics, Orange County is as unstable as our natural surroundings, even though many residents might feel otherwise. It?s cool, organized, clean cut, and has ?nice? people, they often say. Well, I don?t think I agree with that. Do you?
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