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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 19, 2011
Orange County Employees Assn. General Manager Nick Berardino has clarified a statement he made at the 2011 California Democratic Convention a few weeks ago, where he said his union had "intercepted" e-mails from Republicans. Someone videotaped Berardino's comments and posted them online, where lawmakers and bloggers quickly dispersed the news that Berardino was "caught" admitting covert political maneuvering against conservatives. "We've had e-mails forwarded to us," Berardino said this week.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 19, 2011
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors on Wednesday introduced e-mails they say showed a relationship between the superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and a former subordinate of his when he worked as schools chief in Beverly Hills. The correspondence, laced with sexual innuendo, pet names and terms of endearment, was sent between Newport-Mesa Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard and Karen Anne Christiansen, a former Beverly Hills Unified administrator. Some of the e-mails were sent while Hubbard still worked in Beverly Hills earlier this decade, but the majority were sent from his Newport-Mesa account.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
Media reports about a series of e-mails laced with sexual innuendo between the superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and a former subordinate in his last position in Beverly Hills did not raise eyebrows among local school board members. "I take it with a grain of salt," said Martha Fluor, a Newport-Mesa Board of Education member. "They are consenting adults. " Newport-Mesa Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard exchanged suggestive e-mails with a former employee in the Beverly Hills Unified School District, where Hubbard was schools chief prior to coming to Newport-Mesa.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | May 1, 2008
A Corona del Mar defense attorney will face sentencing in June for stalking his ex-girlfriend, harassing her through e-mail then violating a restraining order by trying to contact her again, prosecutors said. A jury found David Scharf, 46, guilty of a felony and two misdemeanors Wednesday for repeatedly sending a woman he was dating sexually aggressive and threatening e-mails in 2004 even after she said she did not want to see him anymore, according to prosecutors. The woman was so afraid of Scharf she moved out of state with her three children, prosecutors proved.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | January 16, 2007
Every week, one or two at a time, the messages land in the e-mail in-boxes in Alison Walske's classroom: "We are very careful with our weapons and have to undergo rigorous training before we are even allowed to be issued one. Unfortunately, our jobs are very demanding and we weren't able to take time off for Thanksgiving, but we did have turkey at the chowhall, which was nice … " "I get to carry an M-16, but there are a...
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | February 22, 2010
Newport Beach residents will no longer have to wait more than a day for city officials to call them back or respond to their e-mails. Starting this week, the city will implement a new policy requiring employees to return all constituent communications within 24 hours. Mayor Keith Curry made the call to arms during his State of the City address Friday. In his speech, the mayor called the policy part of a new “gold standard for customer service” being implemented by City Manager David Kiff.
LOCAL
June 27, 2008
Sentencing for a Corona del Mar defense attorney who threatened and harassed an ex-girlfriend to the point where she had to leave the state was delayed a second time Friday. David Scharf, 46, a former public defender turned private defense attorney, was convicted in April of stalking his ex-girlfriend, harassing her through e-mails, then violating a restraining order by trying to contact her through her mother. In March 2004, Scharf began dating a woman he met online. Four months later, she told Scharf she no longer wanted to date him. Scharf continued to send aggressive e-mails to the woman; many were sexual and threatening.
NEWS
November 11, 2010
Newport Beach police want to remind the public to be wary of some things that seem too good to be true, especially when they come through unsolicited e-mails. Police said they've seen a resurgance of three e-mail scams targeting the public: foreign lottery scams, Nigerian foreign money offers and check overpayment schemes. In a foreign lottery scam, someone e-mails you claiming their from another country and tells you that you've won a foreign lottery. All you supposedly have to do is pay some fees to them to release the money.
NEWS
By William Lobdell | January 17, 2011
My best friend once advised me, "When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you need to do is stop digging. " I wish the Newport-Mesa school board would take that to heart. It's with bafflement that I — along with a growing number of parents, teachers and residents — watch the trustees dig themselves deeper into a hole (which now appears to be about halfway to China) over a misplaced sense of loyalty to Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard. And the shoveling hasn't stopped.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 11, 2014
Saying he'd like to focus on finishing out his current job, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is dropping his congressional campaign, he announced Monday night. "I was moving forward, having fun, but my team would say, 'How are you doing on fundraising?'" he said Tuesday morning. "The job I have is my top priority. " Moorlach, a Republican, first hinted at his candidacy in July after ruling out a run for governor against incumbent Jerry Brown. In January, he will be termed out of the Board of Supervisors, where he represents District 2, which includes Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2013
A former stock broker from Newport Beach was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for his part in an investment scheme designed to defraud an investor of $1 billion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. In 2006, William J. Ferry, 71, and his co-conspirators promoted a fake plan they claimed was regulated by the Federal Reserve Bank with the purpose of raising money for humanitarian purposes like relief funding after Hurricane Katrina. Profits from the invested money would supposedly be split into three equal parts: funding for disaster relief or another humanitarian purpose, financing for the project and returns for the investor.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | May 3, 2013
South Coast Plaza played host to a recent letter-writing campaign that organizers believe broke a world record for most cards written for the troops in a single afternoon. The children who participated in the April 27 "Letters from Home" campaign at the Costa Mesa shopping center wrote 507 letters within a four-hour window, according to a news release. The Festival of Children Foundation, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, and the Irvine-based Team Kids organized the effort, which took place in the center's Carousel Court.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 23, 2012
A chain of family-run hardware stores that started in Corona del Mar is offering to mail letters to Santa Claus' workshop in the North Pole - and the Big Guy will write back. Families can drop off their letters at Crown Ace Hardware until Christmas Eve. Santa has promised to write back to any child whose letter is dropped off by Dec. 5. To receive an answer, letters must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. "As a family-run business, we hope to treat our customers as family," Crown Ace Hardware President Mark Schulein said in a prepared statement.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | November 6, 2012
Just over 19% of registered Orange County voters had cast ballots by 3 p.m. Tuesday, a notable drop from the 2008 elections, county officials said. Four years ago, about 35% of the registered voters had voted by 3 p.m. An increase in vote-by-mail ballots this year may have had an effect, officials noted, with 22,159 ballots received in Tuesday's mail. Despite the lower turnout, enthusiastic voters still livened the polls across the county, including first-time voter Minerva Mendez, 19, and her mother, Felipa Mendez, 51, at a polling station in Santa Ana. The mother, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico at age 16, said she valued her right to vote and was proud of her daughter for exercising it. They are Obama supporters.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 29, 2012
Costa Mesa police officers are challenging the accuracy of critical statements made about them in a campaign mailer produced in support of two City Council candidates. The mailer sent by the campaigns for Councilman Steve Mensinger and Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy accuse police officers of "stalking" council members, trying to set up Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer for a false DUI and refusing to negotiate with the city regarding pension reforms. "Whomever put out that mail piece either failed to research the facts or was intentionally untruthful to thousands of Costa Mesans," said Jason Chamness, president of the Costa Mesa Police Officers Assn.
NEWS
December 14, 2011
Authorities are looking for suspects who pried open mailboxes and stole mail from Costa Mesa residents, police said Wednesday. The crime occurred in the 3400 block of Avenue of the Arts between noon and 4 p.m. Monday, Costa Mesa Police Department Sgt. Phil Myers said. The estimated loss was about $300, but that may have been from the damage to the mailboxes, Myers said. Newport Beach police recently urged residents to hide packages from plain sight to discourage potential thieves from stealing holiday packages.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Along with her regular catalogs, donation requests and bills, Heidi Patricola received a special delivery this week. A piece of mail sent from her Corona del Mar restaurant was returned — 21 years after it was mailed. Upon examination Thursday, pieces of the coffee brown W-2 tax form peeked out from the moth-nibbled edges. The crumbling envelope kept in a plastic slip also included an apology from the U.S. Postal Service for the late "return to sender. " "We were just amused, really," Patricola said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 19, 2011
Orange County Employees Assn. General Manager Nick Berardino has clarified a statement he made at the 2011 California Democratic Convention a few weeks ago, where he said his union had "intercepted" e-mails from Republicans. Someone videotaped Berardino's comments and posted them online, where lawmakers and bloggers quickly dispersed the news that Berardino was "caught" admitting covert political maneuvering against conservatives. "We've had e-mails forwarded to us," Berardino said this week.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — Postal inspectors are looking for a father and son who used businesses they ran in Costa Mesa to allegedly bilk hundreds of investors out of more than $20 million. Robert Louis Carver, 56, formerly of Irvine, and Robert Louis Carver II, 36, formerly of Mission Viejo, were indicted Thursday on 14 counts of mail fraud charges, the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service said in a news release. The Carvers' whereabouts are unknown and postal officials in Los Angeles are asking for the public's help in tracking them down.
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