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August 12, 2007
Mike Morgan was sworn in as the Costa Mesa Fire Department's new chief at the end of July. A 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Morgan served as a battalion chief, firefighter paramedic and urban search and rescue instructor during his time there. He also sharpened his management skills by helping to oversee a department with 161 stations covering 3 million people. Two weeks into his new job as Costa Mesa's fire chief, Morgan spoke with the Daily Pilot about his visions for the future.
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FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | January 2, 2010
David H. “Debonair Dave” Clark was tired of his friend’s wife nagging him to find a job, so he shot her in the back yard of the couple’s Costa Mesa home on Nov. 11, 1953, while his friend slept. An unemployed, former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, Clark had been sleeping on George and Rose Blair’s couch at their home in the 200 block of Palmer Street for six months at the time of the shooting, according to historical news accounts. Clark had been acquitted of two other murders, and had gone through two divorces, a string of jobs, and a whole lot of liquor since he left the district attorney’s office in 1931 for an unsuccessful run for municipal judge.
NEWS
January 3, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Light holiday traffic helped offset rain-slicked roads Friday, keeping accidents to a minimum during 2004's first storm. Orange County escaped with a minimum of rainfall, unlike areas of Los Angeles County, which received a more substantial soaking. Fewer cars on the road coupled with the small amount of rain also meant Newport-Mesa got away with fewer of the traffic problems that traditionally accompany rain in Southern California. "When a few drops of rain fall, people freak out," Newport Beach City Councilman and South Bronx native Steve Bromberg joked.
NEWS
September 16, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- A city ordinance prohibiting day laborers from soliciting work on a street or highway could be in jeopardy now that a federal judge has ruled a similar Los Angeles County ordinance is unconstitutional. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge George H. King said the Los Angeles County law that bars day laborers from soliciting work or money from passing drivers was too broad, too vague and in violation of the 1st and 14th amendments.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | August 23, 2008
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign has agreed to debate his challenger, Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, before they face off in the November elections. But the campaigns spar as they appear to agree in principle. Cook’s campaign challenged Rohrabacher this week to at least three town-hall style debates, with at least one in a Los Angeles County area like Long Beach or the Palos Verdes Peninsula — areas that are in the 46th Congressional District, along with Orange County cities like Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Alan Blank | May 29, 2008
How candidates feel about handing over harbor patrol duties to Newport Beach city officials won’t figure in to Orange County Board Chairman John Moorlach’s pick for a new sheriff, he said Wednesday. “I don’t see that as one of the serious, overreaching reasons to hire someone,” Moorlach said. The supervisor’s comments come after Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) announced earlier this month that he would shelve a bill that would keep the reins of the harbor patrol firmly in the hands of the county.
LOCAL
By Britney Barnes | March 2, 2010
More than 40 years after the incident, the 8-year-old girl with pigtails is now a woman. On Tuesday, she sat across from her attacker in a Santa Ana courtroom, testified against him and then listened as he apologized for his actions. Newport Beach resident Tali Shapiro, who willingly identified herself and discussed the case with the media after providing her testimony, was lured into Rodney James Alcala’s car and sexually assaulted by him in 1968. Alcala, 66, was found guilty Thursday of the murder and kidnapping of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl in 1979 and four Los Angeles women in the 1970s.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
Morgan died peacefully on August 20, 2012, in Corona del Mar, California, with his wife of 53 years, Mary, at his side. Born March 25, 1933, in Oxnard, California to Kenneth Frederick and Phyllis Lord Morgan, Morgan spent his childhood in Los Feliz and his summers on Balboa Island. Morgan graduated with honors and as student body president from John Marshall High School in 1951. He did his undergraduate studies at University of California at Los Angeles. He was a proud member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and enjoyed remaining connected to his brothers by supporting their affiliated American Leadership Academy.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 4, 2013
Los Angeles County coroner's officials Friday identified the first of four victims who perished when a jet crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport this past weekend. Lauren Winkler, 28, of Irvine was killed Sunday when a twin-engine Cessna Citation she was riding in touched down at the airport, then veered hard right off the runway and smashed into an airport hangar, bursting into flames and collapsing the building. All four aboard the aircraft were killed. Los Angeles-based construction company Morley Builders announced that its chief executive, 63-year-old Mark Benjamin, and his 28-year-old son, Luke, a senior project engineer, were also on the plane, although coroner's investigators have yet to confirm their identities.
NEWS
December 19, 2002
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Storm trashes Newport's sands Winter storms have brought more than rain to the beaches. On Wednesday, city crews were cleaning up loads of weeds and debris that washed ashore on the city's beaches. Lifeguard Lt. Dave Wenger said the debris is brought to the beach from the Santa Ana River every time there is a heavy downpour. "We normally rake it up and pile it all up on the beach," he said. The trash is then carted out of the beach in trucks, Wenger said.
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