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November 21, 2009
A whiff of Salem, Mass. — circa late 1600s — tinged the Costa Mesa City Council Chambers Tuesday night. The odor may never go away, thanks to the council’s unanimous vote in favor of posting the words “In God We Trust” under the city’s seal. The council blew this one big time. Its decision to decorate the walls of a government institution with a slogan that’s essentially religious was unnecessary and divisive. And, even though 14 other Orange County cities have voted through similar resolutions, Costa Mesa’s decision to join that league potentially violates one of the American system’s cardinal principles: that the affairs of church and state remain separate.
August 16, 2002
Deirdre Newman While many school board hopefuls are busy strategizing how to beat their opponents, Linda Sneen is sitting on cloud nine, admiring the view. Sneen learned Wednesday she will replace trustee Jim Ferryman in January because no one else filed or launched a write-in campaign by Wednesday's deadline. "I can't believe this," Sneen said. "I'm so excited." Sneen waited until the last minute Wednesday to file her final documents to avoid paying a $1,650 fee for a ballot statement, which became moot when she learned she was the only candidate.
By Alan Blank | June 26, 2009
At least a few of Costa Mesa’s summer Concerts in the Park may be saved this year after they were canceled by the City Council to save money. A 3-2 vote — with Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece and Councilwoman Katrina Foley voting against the cancellation — did away with the six annual concerts scheduled to run on Tuesday nights from the beginning of July through the middle of August. The action was proposed by Councilman Gary Monahan, and city budget officials estimated it would save the city close to $30,000.
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | August 5, 2009
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece tried, unsuccessfully, to lower the stipend paid to the city’s five planning commissioners Tuesday night. In order to save money, and because of a slow-down in construction, the commission is now meeting only once a month instead of twice. Leece proposed changing their pay to $75 per meeting, instead of the $400 per month that they currently make. “Costa Mesa planning commissioners are paid more than planning commissioners from nearby cities .
September 27, 2001
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT-MESA -- Bullies beware -- the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is now armed with a clear mandate on how to crack down on intimidating behavior. By a 6-1 vote, the school board approved the official anti-intimidation rule and regulations Tuesday as part of the student conduct policy. The new regulations are the culmination of two task forces that spent nine months carefully crafting a strategy that includes response tactics, intervention and follow-up.
By James Righeimer | April 19, 2010
  ‘Save the Fair’ Ballot Initiative Kick off Fundraiser Featuring Live Band “The Split”     For Immediate Release                 Costa Mesa – This Friday, April 16th, supporters of the Orange County...
By John Canalis, | November 3, 2010
In all but one case, voters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa favored incumbents and well-known community leaders over a host of newcomers in elections for City Council and school board, according to final election results released Wednesday. In the race for Area 2 of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education, voters threw out Trustee Michael B. Collier, an advocate for Westside schools, and ushered in Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley, who took 54.5% of the vote to the incumbent's 45.5%.
By JOSEPH N. BELL | January 11, 2007
There's a movie playing around Newport-Mesa that is devoid of sex and violence, is generally upbeat, and sends a viewer away with a pinch of hope for the human race. For these reasons it may be gone by the time you read this, so you should check if "Freedom Writers" is still around. It tells the story of how a young high school teacher in Long Beach named Erin Gruwell — so young she didn't know that it couldn't be done — turned the lives of a classroom of hostile, mostly antisocial students into positive channels and in the process drew from them a best-selling book.
August 25, 2010
Name: Wendy Leece Age: 62 Birthplace: Chicago How long have you lived in Costa Mesa? 38 years Occupation: mayor pro tem Education: bachelor's degree in education from University of Arizona Previously elected or appointed positions: Newport Mesa-Unified School District trustee 1994-2002; Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission 2003-06; Cable Television Committee ...
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