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December 23, 2013
Well, another five wonderful nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are behind us. The parade this year was incredible. The quality of the boats and the homes continues to get better and better. The crowds keep getting bigger and bigger. Sunday night was something truly magical, with hundreds of lighted boats floating in the calm waters of Newport Harbor and the amazing fireworks going off over the scene. The crowd's reaction to it just goes to show what a special event the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is to so many.
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NEWS
December 18, 2013
'Decking Costa Mesa City Hall' 'Twas the holiday season at Costa Mesa City Hall, Closed sessions 'o plenty, council meetings to stall. Council photos are hung, in the lobby; we stare - With hopes that next year, new pics might be there. When all of a sudden, very few were to chatter, Public comments postponed - free speech doesn't matter. Potholes, infrastructure in need of repair, Alleged budget surplus may not really be there. On Police, on Fire, on Miscellaneous - our unions, On Pensions, on Liabilities - with funding disillusions.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
Re. "CdM's Cool Hand Luke," (Dec. 6): Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent to make the article about Luke special. It captured the essence of a young man who truly overcame obstacles that arise in many people's lives. Because of that, his story truly resonated with many people in the community who have known Luke since childhood — as well as those that have had to deal with similar issues. Luke has always been a kid who has let his body do the talking and is truly one of the nicest human beings I have known in my life.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
Staff writer Bradley Zint's article ["New Comments Policy Codified," Dec. 6] reported on the Costa Mesa City Council's Dec. 3 vote to delay certain public comments to the end of the meeting. Zint attributes a comment to Mayor Jim Righeimer to the effect that people who come to the meetings to address a particular item on the agenda "shouldn't have to wait hours to do so. There has to be some balance for everybody. " At the meeting, public comments deferred to the end totaled 18 minutes.
NEWS
December 10, 2013
Re. "Sailors run over by Ross," (Dec. 8): You must have had several photos from Saturday's CIF Championship, so why choose one that would lead the reader to assume that Garrett Hall was run over by Kai Ross? The Daily Pilot is the hometown newspaper for Newport Harbor High School, so I would think the editors wouldn't want to show the local team failing more than the Huntington Beach Oilers succeeding. Yes, Kai had an incredible game, is a great high school football player and should be spotlighted in the article, but the newspaper didn't have to make it appear as if Garrett missed the tackle.
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
December 6, 2013
I want to take a moment to update the community on all of the great things the Environmental Nature Center has been up to this year. We have put your donations to good use! This year more than 21,000 people participated in educational programs at the center — more than ever before. Here are some highlights: •More than 11,000 school children visited the center for hands-on field trips to learn more about their environment and local history. •Our "traveling naturalists" brought science and nature into hundreds of classroomsand nearly 5,000 students, sharing everything from live birds of prey to poppin' rockets.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
According to a recent Daily Pilot article, "Feds order removal of granite paths at Fairview," Nov. 27, Costa Mesa is required to remove the decomposed granite path from Fairview Park, as directed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The removal is going to be expensive. The person, or persons, who made the path are not known, and an environmental group is offering $500 for the identity of the culprit, or culprits. I would urge the City Council to also post a $500 prize leading to the identification of the people who made the path.
NEWS
This post has been updated, as noted below. | December 2, 2013
If you sign up for one of the public exchanges under Covered California, you will be given an array of choices for insurance. What you may not realize is that your favorite hospital and your current physicians or specialists are not part of that plan. I recently heard from a good friend who has been on the Blue Cross Prudent Buyer plan, which he purchased as an individual for many years. He was recently sent a notice that his insurance would be dropped at the end of the year because it did not meet the Obamacare mandates for coverage.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
I have a possible solution to the public comment timing that will deal with the overall efficiency of Costa Mesa City Council meetings. If the public comment segment is going to be limited at the beginning of the meetings, I believe the council members' remarks should be treated the same way. Rotate one council member each meeting to speak at the beginning of the evening, and leave the rest to be heard at the end, along with the remainder of...
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