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NEWS
April 5, 2001
Regarding ("City seeks to annex island," April 3): The Costa Mesa Council violated policy during its annexation hearings on April 2 when it made an exception to allow former Mayor Bob Wilson to make a 15-minute presentation during public comment. Some council members supported breaking the policy in order to give Wilson the opportunity to sway the opinion of the unincorporated residents up for annexation. Wilson was unsuccessful. As Councilman Gary Monahan stated several times within the hearings, the residents of Santa Ana Heights are solidified in their protest against annexation by Costa Mesa and the city should not further waste time and money pursuing a lost cause.
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NEWS
October 15, 1999
Noaki Schwartz SANTA ANA HEIGHTS -- Roger Summers has been asked by some to step down as chairman of the Santa Ana Heights Specific Plan Advisory Committee for failing to represent residents' views on Newport Beach's proposed annexation of the area. Earlier this week, Summers announced and then retracted his resignation. Residents are so divided on the annexation issue that recent community meetings have descended into tenuous emotional arguments. "The last Project Advisory Committee meeting was like the Jerry Springer show," said resident Barbara Venezia.
NEWS
April 8, 2001
On April 2, the Costa Mesa City Council demonstrated its understanding of representative government. In a 3-2 vote, ("City seeks to annex island," April 3) the council majority disregarded overwhelming opposition to the annexation of the Santa Ana Heights community and refused to release this neighborhood from its sphere of influence. Dozens of residents spoke or showed support for the release (Monahan stated over 90% oppose annexation by Costa Mesa), petitions have been filed with the Local Agency Formation Commission for release, and residents have clearly stated they will petition the local agency to force a vote to block the annexation.
NEWS
April 18, 2002
This is my third go at a column dealing with the current confusion about the annexation of Santa Ana Heights by the city of Newport Beach. The first was satire, and the second was irritation. Both were heavy on emotion -- of which there is already too much -- and short on reason. Then we had 10 of our Santa Ana Heights neighbors in for drinks over the weekend, and I polled them to see how they felt about annexation. They were unanimously in favor of it. They were also unanimously against my giving Newport Beach officials any additional evidence that we are a bunch of malcontents who would be mostly a burr under the Newport Beach saddle.
NEWS
February 25, 2004
Deirdre Newman Residents who live in an unincorporated area that is the object of a tug-of-war between Costa Mesa and Newport Beach say they would prefer the coastal city address for many reasons -- and higher property values isn't one of them. Newport Beach has made a move to annex an area that includes West Santa Ana Heights, the Santa Ana Country Club and a mostly residential area south of Mesa Drive between Santa Ana and Irvine avenues, which fall into Costa Mesa's sphere of influence.
NEWS
September 24, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The beginning of the end of the Newport Coast annexation debate is set for Oct. 15 -- the official start of a 30-day period when residents of the unincorporated area can protest plans to become part of the city. For the 2,600 or so residents in the area, silence at that point is complicity: More than a quarter of the registered voters there must file a protest against annexation or else it will be automatically approved.
NEWS
October 30, 1999
South County has their saying: "No Way, No How, No Jets!" Santa Ana Heights residents west of Irvine Avenue have their saying: "No Way, No How, No Costa Mesa!" What part of "no" does the Costa Mesa council still not understand? The same residents that years ago petitioned against Costa Mesa are still saying no and will continue to say no. Costa Mesa has done nothing for us, and have only recently awoke from their sleepy slumber to announce that they would start fighting the airport.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 9, 2008
County officials Tuesday rejected the pleas of residents of the unincorporated South of Mesa Drive neighborhood to extend an application that would allow the neighborhood and nearby Santa Ana Country Club to be annexed by Newport Beach. “It’s just wrong in a democracy to see a citizen’s group be treated so disrespectfully,” said Cal McLaughlin, who has led Newport Beach annexation efforts in the unincorporated neighborhood. McLaughlin noted that he and his neighbors overwhelmingly wanted the area to become part of Newport Beach.
NEWS
December 14, 2000
Mesa Consolidated Water District's board of directors welcomed a new member, and elected a new president and first vice president at last week's board meeting. Paul Shoenberger, who was elected Nov. 7, replaces Dana Haynes. Shoenberger, a Costa Mesa resident, is the chief of engineering and operations for Central Basin Municipal Water District. Trudy Ohlig-Hall, who has served on the board since 1987, was elected as president. She is also the water district's representative to Orange County's Local Agency Formation Commission and the Independent Special Districts of Orange County.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | May 9, 2007
A decision on Newport Beach/Costa Mesa annexation issues today was postponed until July by the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission. The two cities have been haggling for years over several unincorporated areas that abut them both, namely the largely undeveloped Banning Ranch.  The commission, which decides annexation issues, heard a sweeping proposal from Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach that would give Costa Mesa control of Talbert Regional Park, turn over the county-owned portion of the Upper Newport Bay to Newport Beach, and annex unincorporated areas to the cities.
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