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February 1, 2008
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore proposed a bill this week that would require the state to sell the land occupied by the Los Angeles Coliseum and Memorial Sports Arena. DeVore said USC or private investors could do more with the property than the state has done with it and that its sale would help California deal with its projected $14.5-billion deficit. Preliminary appraisals have placed the property’s value at about $700 million. With a serious injection of funding from a private source, Los Angeles County could even try to court an NFL team, which would bring in a lot of extra tax dollars, DeVore said.
By Kelly Strodl | January 22, 2008
After a high speed chase that moved into Los Angeles County, Costa Mesa police have arrested two men allegedly involved in an armed robbery of a Costa Mesa bank this morning, according to police. Three men entered the Downey Savings at 360 E. 17th St. at about 10 a.m., took control of the bank and grabbed cash before fleeing, police said. The men drove away — using a getaway driver — in a blue car but swapped it later at Cabrillo Street when meeting another suspect driving a black Toyota Sequoia, police said.
December 22, 2007
Danielle Fishel, a former child star best known for her work on ABC’s “Boy Meets World,” was arrested early Thursday morning on a drunken driving warrant from Los Angeles County. Sgt. Randy Querry of the Newport Beach Police Department said officers arrested the 26-year-old actress shortly before 5 a.m. near the intersection of San Joaquin Hills and Jamboree roads. She was booked in the city jail and released soon afterward on bail. Querry said Fishel, who also works as a spokeswoman for the NutriSystem diet program, was not drunk when officers flagged her down.
By Michael Alexander and Kelly Strodl | September 12, 2007
St. James Church has taken its land dispute against the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles County to the California Supreme Court in hopes of having the previous decision giving control of the property to the diocese overturned. The Newport Beach church filed a petition in July with the state court after an appellate ruling in June in favor of the diocese. The court on Wednesday granted St. James’ petition to review the case, according to Supreme Court records available online.
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.
By Michael Miller | August 3, 2007
Mike Morgan, the new chief of the Costa Mesa Fire Department, was publicly sworn in at a ceremony Thursday morning, three days after he officially began work in his new post. The former assistant fire chief of Los Angeles County, Morgan replaced interim Fire Chief Steven Parker, who ran the department since August 2006. He received his badge at a ceremony at Fire Station 5, with Mayor Allan Mansoor, City Councilwomen Katrina Foley and Linda Dixon, City Manager Allan Roeder and others in attendance.
July 30, 2007
Even as the losses kept piling up for the Newport Beach Breakers this season, the fans kept coming. The Breakers sold out five of seven home matches, including a season-high 2,358 fans for Wednesday's match featuring Maria Sharapova and John McEnroe. First-year coach Trevor Kronemann said the venue, which moved from the Palisades Tennis Club to the Newport Beach Country Club this year, couldn't have been better. Kronemann said of the various venues in World Team Tennis, the Breakers' stadium is top-notch.
By Alicia Robinson | July 18, 2007
Costa Mesa officials on Tuesday named Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Mike Morgan to head the city's fire department, which has been led by interim Fire Chief Steven Parker since August 2006. Morgan, 51, will start his job in Costa Mesa on July 30. He's a graduate of Pepperdine University and has been with the L.A. County fire department for 22 years, working as a firefighter paramedic, urban search and rescue instructor and battalion chief over the years. Since 2003, Morgan has been a top officer in a department with 161 stations that serve 3 million people.
May 31, 2007
It appears that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed 2007 budget has put the brakes on plans for high-speed train service between Los Angeles and Anaheim, but Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle is still holding out hope that funding for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center between Angel Stadium and the Honda Center will be restored. The governor has also requested an indefinite postponement of a $9.95-billion rail bond that was planned for next year. Do you support the proposed cuts?
By ROBERT GARDNER | August 25, 2006
In California, the district attorney is the single most important officeholder in any county. As the chief law enforcement officer, he sets the standards for all law enforcement in the county and, at the same time, creates the climate for all other officeholders. With an honest, aggressive district attorney, you have a clean county. Without an honest, aggressive district attorney, corruption and favoritism inevitably raise their ugly heads. Except in the eyes of the temperance movement, Prohibition was a disaster for our society.
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