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July 13, 2003
The resounding message from supporters of Newport Beach City Councilman Dick Nichols is that Nichols just told the truth in his comment about Mexicans taking over grassy parts of Corona del Mar State Beach. Once again, for the record, Nichols' comment was: "With grass, we usually get Mexicans coming in there early in the morning, and they claim it as theirs, and it becomes their personal, private ground all day." Like Nichols, who has not apologized for his statements -- even though he could have, and should have at Tuesday's City Council meeting -- his supporters simply do not get it. The issue is not whether Nichols told the truth.
NEWS
October 15, 2003
Ages and hometowns vary ... They may be from Ecuador or Panama or El Salvador or Guatemala or Honduras or Argentina, etc., but that makes no difference to Newport Beach Councilman Dick Nichols, who apparently only knows one nationality for those of Latino descent ... Nichols now famously made a statement about "Mexicans" taking over the grassy area of Corona del Mar State Beach, which prompted lots of media attention and...
NEWS
July 4, 2003
June Casagrande If voters recall Councilman Dick Nichols, it's possible that council members, not voters, will pick his replacement. City Atty. Bob Burnham said that it's not clear whether the city charter would override the state elections code on who should pick a successor. The state code says that candidates to replace a recalled official would be listed on the recall ballot. But the city charter says that it's up to the council to fill any vacancy.
NEWS
June 29, 2003
NEWPORT BEACH Recall efforts have started for city councilman Newport Beach was all over the news last week as the saga over Dick Nichols' comments about Mexicans drew national media attention. The most important development came when local business leader Lloyd Ikerd announced that he had heard Nichols make a disparaging remark against Mexicans earlier this year and that, in light of the more recent comment, he would head up a citizen recall of Nichols.
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By ERIC BEVER | April 27, 2006
Illegal Immigration: the debate that continues to rage and now seems to center on how many "rights," including outright citizenship, must be conferred upon the millions of illegal immigrants now occupying the U.S. One point is conspicuous by its absence. What is Mexico bringing to the table? Although it has been generally agreed that Mexico and its people are the main beneficiaries of any change in U.S. policy, nobody has asked Mexico to make this a fair exchange. In return for the generous "rights" that Mexico demands for its people who have illegally entered the U.S., Mexico has offered us no concessions.
NEWS
July 4, 2003
June Casagrande A sternly worded staff report lists four instances in which Councilman Dick Nichols is reported to have made derogatory statements about Mexicans, clears up a fifth alleged instance, offers an apology to people of Latino origin and gives council members the opportunity to officially call for Nichols' resignation and to strip him of his committee appointments. According to the report, which council members will consider on Tuesday, City Councilman Dick Nichols has implied that "Mexicans" deliberately get into automobile accidents to rip off wealthy white residents.
NEWS
July 15, 2003
I am not generally moved to write letters to the editor, but I am so appalled by the conduct of Newport Beach City Councilman Dick Nichols that I cannot constrain my urge to comment. I was offended by Mr. Nichols' remarks about Mexicans taking over grassy areas at the beach, as if the ethnic makeup of anyone who visits our beaches has any bearing on public policy decisions such as whether to expand the amount of grass (Mr. Nichols and your supporters, it does not)
NEWS
June 25, 2003
I don't think Dick Nichols should resign. He is right. When we've gone down there to use Corona del Mar State Beach, we've been leered at and jeered at by nothing but people from large families, particularly Mexicans on the grass. And I have nothing against Mexicans, I think they are wonderful people, but they do stake out this grassy area and some of the sand area and they give you very bad looks. It is like they are taking over the whole beach. I think if any one group were behaving that way, no matter who they are, they should be told that they cannot expand their area.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
The city of Newport Beach was considering making changes to Corona del Mar State Beach and a reporter asked Councilman Dick Nichols if he favored a plan that designated more grass area. His honest and straightforward answer of "no" because "Mexicans" would claim and occupy it for the day provided the Daily Pilot with fodder sufficient enough to create the resultant, highly charged controversy. It is worth noting that the critics of Nichols did not contradict or challenge the accuracy of his analysis.
NEWS
July 10, 2003
June Casagrande Councilman Dick Nichols told a room jammed with residents, reporters and TV cameras Tuesday night that he is not a bigot and that he believes the furor over his race-related comments is the result of a conspiracy of his fellow City Council members, the Daily Pilot and the Newport Beach Firefighters Assn. "I am not a racist," Nichols said, noting that he has worked with and supervised Mexicans at different times during his professional career.
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By Jill Cowan | December 19, 2013
As she does every Wednesday, Ana Lara fried up stacks of puffy quesadillas, topping them with dollops of sour cream and shredded cabbage before handing them to her hungry neighbors at Shalimar Park. Kids bundled up in hats and coats clambered on the dark playground while their parents chatted nearby. As usual, the Bosques family supplied steaming tamales. But this week, the Costa Mesa neighborhood's weekly block party - which residents credit for bringing the community closer together - took on a holiday theme.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 26, 2013
Joining Junior Lifeguards is a Gold family tradition. For eight years, Zack Gold participated in various junior guard programs. Now a 20-year-old student at Stanford University, he lifeguards at Monterey State Beach. On Friday, his mom, Lisette Gold, made the 53-year trek to Newport Beach from Santa Monica for the 2013 California Junior Lifeguards Championship - this time to cheer on her 13-year-old daughter, Natalie. Living up to her last name, Natalie medaled in two events: distance ocean and the run/swim/run events.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 25, 2012
The quintessential Independence Day celebration involves a parade, fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade apple pie, but what do other countries do? At a fiesta Friday afternoon in the multipurpose room, Kaiser Elementary School third-grade students in Sherrilynne Dangl's class got a taste of how Mexicans celebrate their Independence Day. Anna Walburge, 8, said she wants to incorporate some of what she learned into her Fourth of July celebration. "I like having tacos and Mexican food," she said.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | August 1, 2012
Jose Alonso had mixed emotions Tuesday night. The El Torito Grill head chef was happy to still have a job, but sad to see that a big part of his life was shutting down, as it was the Newport Beach location's last day of operation after 26 years at the location. Alonso started working at the El Torito at Fashion Island 23 years ago, when he cleaned the restaurant. Two weeks after he was hired, he said he was promoted to prepare for the cooks. After three years of prep, he moved to a spot on the line, where he worked for another three years until he became the second chef.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 11, 2012
One of the defendants in a case against a Costa Mesa-based gang has pleaded guilty to distributing illegal drugs and associating with members of the Mexican Mafia, federal court documents show. Douglas Joseph Jackovich, 29, also known as "DJ" or "Temper," has been associated with the Forming Kaos gang and was one of 17 defendants in the federal case filed in June 2011, according to federal court documents. Forming Kaos claims Costa Mesa as its territory, primarily the Westside area bounded by Fairview Road, Placentia Avenue, 19th Street and West Wilson Street.
NEWS
By Crissy Brooks | August 11, 2011
A couple of years back, I thought I would die if I had to have one more meeting in a Starbucks, so I set out to find some new places. What I found was Amorelia Mexican Café at 2200 Harbor Blvd. This gem near the corner of Wilson Street sits by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store. Amorelia has become my go-to meeting place. I always order the café de olla — a sweet, rich coffee — and, for lunch, a grilled vegetable salad that is not on the menu but is worth asking for. My favorite thing to eat there is the mole verde; the chicken is so tender, the flavors just perfect.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | June 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — You can now watch fights while smoking a cigar in Costa Mesa. Fight Club OC on Thursday night unveiled its cigar lounge, located next to the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. The Hangar's large doors opened after the opening bout, just in time to break out a victory cigar for the first winning fighter. In all, there were four cigars to hand out to fighters from Orange County. One fighter from out of town deserved a Cuban. Antonio Orozco has been a human victory cigar in the boxing ring, but the Mexican-born fighter was not going to celebrate by lighting up a cigar.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
As John Wayne Airport builds a customs inspection center and prepares to reinstate service to Canada next month, airport officials are hiring a consultant to expand into other North American markets. Soon, officials will announce an "air service development" consultant to help them evaluate prospective markets, especially those in Mexico and Canada, spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said. The need for such a position is new for JWA, which is grappling with declining passenger counts and will soon have more capacity.
NEWS
By Amber Gonzales, dailypilot@latimes.com | March 28, 2011
COSTA MESA — A white man accused of yelling racial remarks while intoxicated and then punching two Hispanic men was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on hate-crime charges. The defendant, Chad Martin Jurjaks, 30, of Costa Mesa, is being charged with two felony counts of hate crime battery and faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in state prison. Jurjaks allegedly yelled, "F--- Mexicans!" at a Hispanic man, his wife, cousin and nephew as they entered a 7-Eleven on March 5. He then punched the 42-year-old man and his 26-year-old nephew one time each in the head.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | December 8, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — One person can make a difference. You just have to believe in yourself, be patient, put in many hours of work, and, sometimes — just sometimes — search far and wide for Spanish translators. That was the message delivered to students at Corona del Mar High School on Tuesday by M.C. Sungaila, a graduate of the school and an appellate attorney. Tuesday's visit was her first visit to her alma mater since Sungaila graduated from there 25 years ago. She joked to the students that the last time she was in the Little Theatre was when she performed a burlesque dance in the high school's production of "Cabaret.
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