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August 7, 2013
I have notified the Hoag Hospital Foundation to remove my name from its donor list and any on my future donations will instead be directed to Planned Parenthood. Diana Walker Costa Mesa Customers pay sales taxes Re. Commentary: "Don't burden C.M. businesses with higher fees," (Aug. 2): The commentary from Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy praising South Coast Plaza and the larger department stores had some valid points, but his "facts" really surprised me! Mr. McCarthy noted that Nordstrom is in the top 25 sales-tax generators.
NEWS
May 27, 2010
Thank you, Joshua Boyle, for giving a concise and informative account of the Costa Mesa City Council meeting (Mailbag: "Council majority not communicating well," May 19). It seems that Mayor Mansoor has a propensity for confusing the representation of his city with actual leadership and getting his name in print. The council's latest action of declaring Costa Mesa as a "rule of law" city once again shows its incompetence and embarrassing lack of meaningful direction. You would think that with his questionable history of costing the city $522,861.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
Is it just my imagination, or is the Newport Beach City Council a little duplicitous? First they attack local businesses, mooring owners and waterfront residents by punitively raising taxes for their "exclusive" use of public lands and because the city needs the money. Then they give the Girl Scouts a $1 per year lease for "exclusive" use of a taxpayer-owned clubhouse because the city can afford it. Next they condemn California Department of Fish and Wildlife for having the audacity to charge visitors for a Lands Pass to use the Back Bay trails, but they don't oppose U.S. Department of Fish and Game fees for a license to fish in Newport Harbor.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading Mona Shadia's weekly column in the Daily Pilot. I grew up here in Southern California and had never spent much time with people from the Middle East, or people of the Muslin faith. After 9/11, my feelings for Muslims went on a downhill slide in a big way. I wanted nothing to do with Muslims. Then, five years ago, my wife and I went on a cruise from Barcelona across the Mediterranean to Alexandria, Egypt. As we docked, I heard the evening call to prayer, and I thought, wow!
NEWS
February 9, 2011
Harry Sauberman writes (Mailbag, Feb. 5) that Ronald Reagan is not deserving of a statue in Newport Beach. In 1984, President Reagan carried 49 states and won in a landslide in Newport Beach and Orange County. In case you don't realize it, you live in "Reagan Country. " I don't know why you felt the need to mention you are a millionaire and a resident of Ocean Heights, but I want to assure you that this statue will be funded by private donations and not cost you a cent. As for your frivolous and unfounded attacks on Reagan, here are a few things you missed.
NEWS
August 6, 2011
The good news is that you nicely captured the poignancy of the closing of a bookstore (Letters From The Editor: On the border of a cultural shift," John Canalis column, July 29). The bad news is that the topic was even available to write about. We're told that Borders "earned" its bankruptcy by not keeping up with the new, new! Yet they were innovators in the modern bookstore concept just a few decades ago. The world has gone mad. And the way things are trending, you can get ready to write a companion piece about some public libraries in a few more years.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
Local agencies are putting forth a fantastic effort at addressing many of the homeless issues affecting our community, but Costa Mesa needs some sort of emergency-shelter system. Our community friends can receive at least one meal a day from Save Our Selves, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, the Lighthouse Church and Costa Mesa Church of Christ, to name a few. The problem I heard after visiting some of these groups is that they don't have emergency housing to offer families, women or men who suddenly lose their jobs, face huge medical problems or become homeless for countless other reasons.
NEWS
April 8, 2011
I pull up the Daily Pilot at work on occasion from my new home in New Orleans to check in on Newport. It helps me to feel connected to friends and family in my hometown. Today it was such a treasure to read the article, "From the Sport Desk: Special night for Glenn" (April 4). I knew that there was a party planned to honor Coach Dan Glenn this past weekend. I very much wanted to be there to celebrate with him and all of the people whose lives he has touched. Unfortunately, distance and circumstances kept me away.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
Tucked under the issues of increased density and the financing of the 60th anniversary celebrations, an important and revealing problem appeared at the Feb. 5 council meeting. Resident Roger Chadderdon rose to complain that his Costa Mesa men's softball league's time slot at the TeWinkle Park field was being given over to a football program operated by Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart. I think this shows a disregard for city procedures and simple fairness. Whether or not the softball leagues get their fields back, this is an issue of some importance, and an investigation is warranted.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
Attention homeowners: Let me tell you what our diligent City Council has done that may surprise you as much as it did me. The council put into effect a code that says that for uniformity and safety reasons, any hedge in the front of your property that is next to the sidewalk can not be higher than 2 feet, 6 inches for 20 feet back from the sidewalk (20 feet is practically half of most front yards. That code was made effective in 2001. Were the citizens of Costa Mesa told about this new code?
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NEWS
May 3, 2014
The article "The Fading of the Grand Canal " (April 27) contains a lot of truth. Newport Beach used to dredge it every decade or two. I was a child living on the canal, and I remember watching the work. Workers did it correctly, at high tide only, taking sand from the center and piling it up under water so it could compact properly and stay put. The last time workers dredged the canal, in about the 1980s, they did it fast and incorrectly. They dredged at any time, and the sand wasn't piled up under water.
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NEWS
April 25, 2014
I attended the recent special meeting to review the Costa Mesa city charter prepared by the committee appointed to work on the project. The document was examined and questioned by various folks. I was astounded by the behavior of many of those in the audience. Although I am still unsure of the need for a charter, I was dismayed by the rude remarks and obvious disapproval when residents spoke in support of the document. These meetings should be a place where all sides of the issue are examined.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Re: "Don't sue; make cheating episode a life lesson", (April 20): Writer Ray Kennedy wisely says the Corona del Mar High School students need to take responsibility for their actions, learn from their mistakes and become better people. My thought was to give those caught cheating an "F" for the class, and then they can take the class over and obtain an honest grade. That would be a more appropriate outcome, without all the drama, negotiated agreements, transfers and lawsuits.
NEWS
April 20, 2014
Re. "Mayor asks blogger to apologize for Hitler reference," April 17: I have been a resident of Costa Mesa for more than 35 years and believe that our mayor, Jim Righeimer, is not following the rules he recently established for the weekly council meetings. I am sorry he was hurt by recent remarks from a blogger, but he is a politician and thus must have a thick skin. If he is allowed to use council meeting time to voice personal hurt and concerns, then we as residents must also be allowed the same privilege, especially for things the council members do and say that are hurtful and concerning to many of us. With all the things that are happening in our city, it seems crazy that the Daily Pilot makes his hurt feelings front-page news.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
We frequently read about the controversy between bikers and drivers as they struggle to share the road. I have the perspective from both sides of this controversy and have come to realize that bikers are not wrong, nor are drivers. People are the problem. People are becoming more self-absorbed, or there are more self-absorbed people on the road these days. Frequently the people who cause the problems that lead to accidents, road rage and fatalities are either inattentive, occupy more of the road than they are legally entitled, or willingly flaunt traffic signs and laws.
NEWS
April 7, 2014
Show me a politician tangled up in corruption or a business person who has bent the rules, cooked the books, manipulated expense reports, fudged on production standards or otherwise buried the truth, and I will show you someone who cheated in school and got away with it. The parents of the children involved in the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal, no matter the level of their culpability, have a unique opportunity to do the right thing....
NEWS
April 3, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District wants to build a sports stadium with 1,000 seats, a synthetic turf field and a new track at Corona del Mar High School. An augmentation includes 1,500 stadium-style seats, field lights, a press box, snack bars and team rooms. This stadium would be in the middle of a calm residential community of more than 1,500 homes and would cause huge problems for the residents. I'm thinking of added traffic, parking and safety issues, excessive noise and blinding lights.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
The Daily Pilot reported that Steven Charles White, accused of tearing up a campaign sign before the 2012 election, had been acquitted after a jury trial ("Accused sign vandal is found not guilty," March 28). First, let me say that I don't condone the destruction of campaign signs by anyone, regardless of which candidate or ballot measure is involved. But the amount of attention given to this single $5 placard seems a bit out of proportion, especially given the number of signs for all candidates and positions that were destroyed citywide.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
It was with some amusement that I recently read the letter to editor regarding the "doers" on the Costa Mesa City Council ("City Council now has some doers," March 26). M.H. Millard says, "Now we have some council members who are running the city like a business. " But let's really think about that concept. A government, be it on the municipal, county, state or national level, is not a business and should never, ever be expected to run like one. What it comes down to is profit versus people.
NEWS
March 28, 2014
Looks like the pre-election positioning is in full swing. Despite Mr. James Bridges' comments ("Commentary: Westside projects cater to the Yuppie types," March 26) on the housing improvements on the Westside, the eclectic nature of the Westside has never been more apparent or more supported by our leaders. While I am not sure if Mr. Bridges considers the crime, destruction of our children's access to the parks, our inability to allow our families to walk down the streets without concern for their safety "eclectic," I do not. As a Westside resident of 20 years, I think the "Yuppie" nature of the improvements bodes well for our future.
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