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June 12, 2001
Loitering needs to go by the wayside on Westside There has been much discussion to date about the problems of the Westside. One issue that no one has addressed is the loitering that goes on there. I received a flier from the El Metate Market recently and was impressed by the prices. Since it was close to the Senior Center that I frequent, I decided to visit the store. When I drove into the parking lot, there was a police car writing up a report that gave me pause.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | May 31, 2006
I owe a small debt of thanks to a few Daily Pilot readers for helping me get back on track with a couple of local issues. The first "thank you" goes to Patricia Babineau of Newport Beach, whose letter to the editor was published on May 27. In the letter, Babineau quotes a recent published commentary by Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor in which Mansoor wrote these words about the January 2006 closure of the city's job center: "There was some...
NEWS
September 26, 2001
On occasional mornings in my household, I'll receive a dispatch from the supply sergeant (read: wife) even as she remains firmly hunkered down, mildly comatose, beneath the covers. And the order is conveyed in a single word. "Milk," she'll say. This means I'm to head to the Vons in Mesa Verde Center and acquire four gallons of 2% low fat. I'm then to return to the barracks -- milk in hand -- before the grunts rise. This way, we avoid those cranky "Mom-there's-no-milk" insurrections.
NEWS
November 29, 2000
-- Compiled by Jennifer Kho WHAT HAPPENED: The Planning Commission on Monday decided to continue its scheduled review of the Q-Club Cafe until its next meeting Dec. 11. WHAT IT MEANS: The commission had planned to review the club's compliance with modified permits approved in August for the restaurant, which is at 1525 Mesa Verde Drive East. The cafe is allowed to have a small smoking area in back of the restaurant but is not allowed to serve food or alcohol there.
NEWS
June 22, 2004
Deepa Bharath Police arrested an alleged prostitute along with 14 men and one woman on suspicion of soliciting an act of prostitution the weekend of June 13 in a sting conducted by undercover detectives, officials said Monday. Costa Mesa sees a marked increase in prostitutes loitering on Harbor Boulevard and so-called customers scouring the area seeking their services during the summer months, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. "The nights get longer and warmer," he said.
BUSINESS
By By Alicia Robinson | December 31, 2005
The Job Center closes today. Some laborers will leave area; others will find new places in town to seek work.COSTA MESA -- Today is the beginning of an uncertain time for workers who use the city's Job Center. At 11 a.m., the center closes for good after 17 years of operation. The City Council chose earlier this year to shutter the facility, which connects day laborers and employers. At the time, Mayor Allan Mansoor said employment services should be provided by the private sector, not the government.
FEATURES
By ALLAN MANSOOR | May 21, 2006
I disagree with Costa Mesa parks and recreation commissioner Byron de Arakal's contention that the coming election is a one- or two-issue race ("One- maybe two-issue race," Watchdog, May 7). It may be a one- or two-issue race for some people, but for the majority of the residents of Costa Mesa there are several issues at stake. Yes, illegal immigration and field-use issues are important. But there have been a lot of other important things going on in this city for the past couple of years, and especially for the past few months.
NEWS
March 19, 2005
STEVE SMITH Last Wednesday, I quoted Costa Mesa City Councilman Gary Monahan on the possible closure of the city's Job Center. "I don't see that we'll have the problem that we did," Monahan said, "but if it turns out we do, I'll be the first one to say, 'Hey, I screwed up.'" That's what he told me. There is no issue there. My concern is that my follow-up to that comment may not have sent the message I intended. Following the quote, I wrote, "I believe that Monahan will say that."
NEWS
October 23, 2004
What's the most important issue facing the city? Costa Mesa has fantastic assets, but our leaders have continued squandering them at every turn, and this must stop. City Council's social philosophies have been misplaced for nearly 20 years, wasting valuable assets that are essential to our community's well-being. The "city with a heart" concept has unfortunately had no "heart" for the residents of Costa Mesa, but rather, has sacrificed our quality of life and has attracted and serves transient and illegal immigrant populations.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 18, 2008
While in most other places the question may be “Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?” in Newport Beach it’s “Where does a 600-pound sea lion lie?” The answer to that question will be changing soon, harbor authorities say. Three years after California Sea Lions made their boisterous entrance into Newport Harbor, attracted to the Department of Fish and Game’s white sea bass hatchery before venturing elsewhere, the city and harbor officials have pulled out all the stops, hiring a virtual sea lion hunter whose sole job is to chase them around at night and keep them quiet.
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NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | May 31, 2006
I owe a small debt of thanks to a few Daily Pilot readers for helping me get back on track with a couple of local issues. The first "thank you" goes to Patricia Babineau of Newport Beach, whose letter to the editor was published on May 27. In the letter, Babineau quotes a recent published commentary by Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor in which Mansoor wrote these words about the January 2006 closure of the city's job center: "There was some...
FEATURES
By ALLAN MANSOOR | May 21, 2006
I disagree with Costa Mesa parks and recreation commissioner Byron de Arakal's contention that the coming election is a one- or two-issue race ("One- maybe two-issue race," Watchdog, May 7). It may be a one- or two-issue race for some people, but for the majority of the residents of Costa Mesa there are several issues at stake. Yes, illegal immigration and field-use issues are important. But there have been a lot of other important things going on in this city for the past couple of years, and especially for the past few months.
FEATURES
February 28, 2006
TeWinkle incident shows lack of history I was a person who was lucky enough to grow up in a racially and religiously mixed area in Los Angeles. I am appalled at these TeWinkle students who ganged up on some poor student with death threats and anti-Semitic comments. What are we coming to? Do these children know anything about history and the Holocaust? I think the parents better get serious about parenting. PAT WATSON Newport Beach Smith missed on points, got a few right Steve Smith certainly got my attention with his column on Feb. 18, "In the big picture, a dismal perception."
BUSINESS
By By Alicia Robinson | December 31, 2005
The Job Center closes today. Some laborers will leave area; others will find new places in town to seek work.COSTA MESA -- Today is the beginning of an uncertain time for workers who use the city's Job Center. At 11 a.m., the center closes for good after 17 years of operation. The City Council chose earlier this year to shutter the facility, which connects day laborers and employers. At the time, Mayor Allan Mansoor said employment services should be provided by the private sector, not the government.
NEWS
March 19, 2005
STEVE SMITH Last Wednesday, I quoted Costa Mesa City Councilman Gary Monahan on the possible closure of the city's Job Center. "I don't see that we'll have the problem that we did," Monahan said, "but if it turns out we do, I'll be the first one to say, 'Hey, I screwed up.'" That's what he told me. There is no issue there. My concern is that my follow-up to that comment may not have sent the message I intended. Following the quote, I wrote, "I believe that Monahan will say that."
NEWS
October 23, 2004
What's the most important issue facing the city? Costa Mesa has fantastic assets, but our leaders have continued squandering them at every turn, and this must stop. City Council's social philosophies have been misplaced for nearly 20 years, wasting valuable assets that are essential to our community's well-being. The "city with a heart" concept has unfortunately had no "heart" for the residents of Costa Mesa, but rather, has sacrificed our quality of life and has attracted and serves transient and illegal immigrant populations.
NEWS
June 22, 2004
Deepa Bharath Police arrested an alleged prostitute along with 14 men and one woman on suspicion of soliciting an act of prostitution the weekend of June 13 in a sting conducted by undercover detectives, officials said Monday. Costa Mesa sees a marked increase in prostitutes loitering on Harbor Boulevard and so-called customers scouring the area seeking their services during the summer months, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. "The nights get longer and warmer," he said.
NEWS
September 26, 2001
On occasional mornings in my household, I'll receive a dispatch from the supply sergeant (read: wife) even as she remains firmly hunkered down, mildly comatose, beneath the covers. And the order is conveyed in a single word. "Milk," she'll say. This means I'm to head to the Vons in Mesa Verde Center and acquire four gallons of 2% low fat. I'm then to return to the barracks -- milk in hand -- before the grunts rise. This way, we avoid those cranky "Mom-there's-no-milk" insurrections.
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