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By Mona Shadia | February 23, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece and her ex-rival Tom Egan, who snagged her seat on the school board eight years ago, have become allies in a campaign to promote literacy. They are working together to help schoolchildren, especially those on the city’s Westside, do better in school and contribute to society. Leece and Egan, who is a board member of the Costa Mesa Library Foundation, are teaming up to give kids access to books, as well as raise awareness about the need for a central library in Costa Mesa.
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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 Mona Shadia | February 19, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece got what she wanted Friday morning, when workers installed the “In God We Trust” slogan in the Council Chamber 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 right beneath the city’s seal. “We could’ve done it earlier, but we wanted to make it just right, so they went back and re-posted the lettering to ensure that it would look perfect, and now it’s perfect,” said Tom Hatch, the assistant city manager.
NEWS
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.
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By Mona Shadia | November 17, 2009
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece and Councilwoman Katrina Foley want Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cancel the state’s proposed sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds. The issue will be taken up at tonight’s City Council meeting. The two councilwomen are scheduled to make a joint presentation on the fairgrounds and will ask fellow council members to vote in favor of requesting that the governor cancel the proposed sale of the 150-acre site in Costa Mesa. “We are just requesting confirmation from the City Council that we are all acting unified so that everybody knows that we are united in our position, which is in the best interest for the city of Costa Mesa to cancel the sale,” Foley said.
NEWS
November 12, 2009
The Costa Mesa City Council will consider adding the motto “In God We Trust” to the Council Chambers at its next meeting on Tuesday. During a council study session earlier this year Councilwoman Wendy Leece asked the council to adopt the slogan to, in her words, “encourage patriotism.”Fourteen cities in Orange County have placed the “In God We Trust” motto in their city council chambers including Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Seal Beach, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster and Yorba Linda.
NEWS
November 12, 2009
The Costa Mesa City Council will consider adding the motto “In God We Trust” to the Council Chambers at its Tuesday meeting. During a council study session earlier this year, Councilwoman Wendy Leece asked the council to adopt the slogan to, in her words, “encourage patriotism.” Fourteen cities in Orange County have placed the “In God We Trust” motto in their city council chambers. They are Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Seal Beach, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster and Yorba Linda.
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By Mona Shadia | October 23, 2009
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece says she’ll use her new position with the League of California Cities to fight to protect businesses from environmental legislation that, in her opinion, is driving businesses out of the Golden State. Leece has been picked to serve on the Orange County division of the league’s 2010 Policy Committee on Environmental Quality. The league, which is made up of various committees comprised of city officials from across the state, discusses policies and issues facing California.
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