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April 24, 2014
Costa Mesa High School jumped significantly in U.S. News and World Report's list of best high schools in the nation released this week. Costa Mesa's increase marks the largest jump in score in all of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's high schools this year. Corona del Mar and Estancia high schools both saw improvement in their rankings. Newport Harbor High was the only school in Newport-Mesa to achieve a lower ranking than 2013. While Costa Mesa High moved up to the 650 spot, an increase of 613 from its ranking in 2013, Newport Harbor High's score dropped 167 points on this year's list.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Bradley Zint | April 24, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling Thursday but delayed finalizing the order that could bring a Costa Mesa municipal employee union's lawsuit against outsourcing closer to trial. For now, City Hall and the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. will continue the prolonged court battle about the legality of the City Council's outsourcing proposal and ensuing pink slips that were eventually rescinded. Judge Robert Monarch's ruling would have denied Costa Mesa's request to dismiss or limit the lawsuit on the grounds that the layoffs were no longer on the table.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 23, 2014
During an often-tense public hearing Tuesday night, one reminiscent of the contentious 2012 election season that included its own charter debate, the battle lines for and against another proposed charter for Costa Mesa materialized. On one end were supporters of the constitution-like document, contending that it will save taxpayers millions, institute more-reliable home rule than what Sacramento provides and, by and large, keep many good city policies intact. "It's not rocket science," said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 22, 2014
Toward the end of the second set on Tuesday, someone at Estancia High turned on the bright lights in the gym. The lights shined right into the eyes of the Costa Mesa players on the court. The lights appeared to blind the Mustangs, keeping them from finishing the Eagles at set point. Their coach, Todd Hanson, argued that the point should not have counted because of the lights. There would be no replay, but the Mustangs didn't have to squint against rival Estancia. They swept the Eagles, 25-12, 25-19, 25-21, and swept the Battle for the Bell boys' volleyball series for the second straight season.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014
SANTA MONICA — USC senior Kirby Burnham, a former Newport Harbor High standout, and freshman Sarah Hughes, a former Mater Dei star and Costa Mesa native, swept through four matches to win the inaugural Pac-12 Invitational pairs bracket championship in sand volleyball on Sunday at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Burnham-Hughes, USC's No. 1 pairs team, won their fourth tournament pairs title of 2014 en route to upping their overall record to 34-3 this season, including winning their last 26 matches.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 18, 2014
It appeared to be a typical Thursday for Theresa Byrne. The Costa Mesa resident's days hadn't varied significantly in the nearly six months since her husband was deployed by the Air Force to Central Asia. That was about to change. With an anxious expression, Zachary Byrne straightened his camouflage cap, fitting it perfectly over his buz cut. He held his young son close to his chest as he swung open the door of the Killybrooke Elementary School office. Stepping out into the afternoon sunlight, he moved slowly with a nervous smile, eyes fixed on Theresa, her long, dark hair hanging over her blue polo shirt as she chatted with a fellow employee while watching a group of elementary students play on the nearby blacktop.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 18, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified staff members celebrated the success of colleagues honored as Orange County Classified Employees of the Year during a Department of Education board meeting Wednesday. Three of the six classified staff selected from across Orange County are Newport-Mesa employees. "It is unusual to have three employees recognized from one district," Nora Roque, Newport-Mesa's director of classified personnel, wrote in an email. "We believe that these three employees exemplify [Newport-Mesa's]
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | April 17, 2014
Corona del Mar High sophomore Maddie Musselman can't help but notice all of the Olympians helping out with the CdM water polo program. Olympians Kelly Rulon and CdM alumna Tumua Anae are coaching on the CdM Grey girls' club team for CdM Aquatics. Four-time Olympian Ryan Bailey has been helping out with the CdM boys' program for the last several years. "I just think that's so cool," Musselman said. Some people say that Musselman is a future Olympian too. It's not a stretch at all, considering that she made her debut with the U.S. senior national team last December at the Canada Cup and has been participating in national team scrimmages with Coach Adam Krikorian since the high school water polo season ended.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
When asked to name their favorite teacher, many students have a clear choice. However, those teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized. The Costa Mesa Library Foundation set out to change that this year with its first favorite teacher contest. TeWinkle Middle School teachers Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith and College Park kindergarten teacher Cindy Fernald were each nominated by current and former students as contest finalists. More than 200 students, some of whom had parents's help, submitted nominations for teachers in the Costa Mesa area.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
A firefighter was injured battling an Eastside Costa Mesa house fire on Wednesday morning, officials said. About 30 Costa Mesa firefighters responded to reports of a house belching out smoke on Sherwood Street, off Santa Ana Avenue. When the first crews arrived, they ran hoses to the front and back of the two-story house and began looking for two elderly residents, Deputy Chief Fred Seguin said. Firefighters, however, weren't able to get more than 10 feet inside because of the dense smoke.
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