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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 12, 2012
The California Coastal Commission's view of itself can be romantic. When its longtime executive director, Peter Douglas, died earlier this month, a staff tribute turned to "The Lord of the Rings" for a comparison: "For more than 40 years, he has been Gandalf to the developers' balrog, standing resolute on tenuous footing while declaring, 'You. Shall. Not. Pass.'" The tenuousness of the commission's footing may be a matter of debate, but its denials are rarely so declamatory, couched instead in the language of bureaucracy: "Gnatcatcher.
NEWS
October 25, 2004
Deepa Bharath Ever thought you could come up with a spectacular name for a park, if only you were given a chance? Well, here it is. The city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission is asking residents to flex their creative muscles to come up with a name for a brand new park at the corner of Coast Highway and Jamboree Road. The park will be ready in October 2005 along with an affordable-housing complex for seniors in the same lot, owned by the Irvine Co., said Marie Knight, the city's Recreation and Senior Services director.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
Deepa Bharath The Back Bay is almost like a childhood friend to Gary McEachen. The first time he looked at its breathtaking beauty, he was only 10. Little Gary explored every nook and cranny of the Back Bay in his 10-foot skiff, powered with a five-horsepower engine. At 14, he acquired a ski boat and skied in the Back Bay, where traffic was sparse 47 years ago. When he was 21, McEachen was captain of the Orange Coast crew team. He trained for marathons in the winding pathways nestled in the Back Bay. So, needless to say, McEachen was more than thrilled when the Newport Beach City Council late Tuesday night picked the name Back Bay View Park for a brand new park still under construction at the corner of Coast Highway and Jamboree Road.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 9, 2014
Near a busy corner in Newport Beach, 14 giant concrete rabbits sit on their haunches, poofy tails poking out behind them, long ears perking straight up. They form a circle, facing inward, and stare at each other through painted pastel eyes. It's an assembly that has befuddled Newport Beach residents and visitors alike, earning the nickname "Bunnyhenge" because of the resemblance both in shape and mystery to the English monument. "What's up with those bunnies?" is a common question posed to city employees, said Newport city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.
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By Brianna Bailey | November 6, 2009
Local environmentalists are concerned about plans to build a road through Banning Ranch that are included in designs for Sunset Ridge Park in West Newport. “I don’t think the road is necessary for this park,” said Terry Welsh, who heads up the Banning Ranch Conservancy, a nonprofit that wants to preserve Banning Ranch. “The main reason we are opposed to this road is that saving Banning Ranch as open space doesn’t include plans for a big road with a stoplight.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | August 17, 2012
A new Wild Rivers location is expected to open in May 2014 in Irvine with a 25-year lease. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the park's construction and operation at its July 30 meeting. The Irvine Co. did not renew its lease with Wild Rivers last October, leading the water park to close, according to the Los Angeles Times. Its last day was Sept. 25. The location, next to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, was open for 27 years. "We are pleased to be bringing apartments to the greater Irvine Spectrum area," said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
NEWS
October 19, 2006
Peninsula's Taffy Lady will be missed My name is Allie Ursini, and I'm 10 years old and attend Our Lady Queen of Angels School. Last summer I was in Junior Lifeguards and I stopped by the taffy store every day on my way to the ferry. The Taffy Lady ("Sweetly, goodbye," Oct. 12) became a friend of mine. She was always nice to me and my friends. I helped her with her first cellphone by putting a picture on the wallpaper of her phone. I wanted her family to know that I wish she was still alive too. I wanted her family to know how special she was to everybody.
NEWS
November 21, 2002
Lolita Harper Proponents of a dog park at Fairview Park left City Hall with their tails between their legs Monday after the City Council scratched the four-legged playing field from the park's master plan. Council members voted 4 to 1 to eliminate the proposed "Bark Park" after receiving a letter from state environmental officials about possible conflicts with the surrounding habitat. The Department of Fish and Game became aware of plans for a dog park on the east side of Fairview Park about a month ago, when the Orange County Model Railroad Engineers asked to expand their tracks there.
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | March 12, 2009
Nice to see that Marina Park is in the news again and that thought is being given as to how to fund the project with a $23-million price tag. This project needs to move forward and not die sitting on a shelf, but, unfortunately, we are in the middle of a recession. Maybe the city of Newport Beach will be able to make lemonade out of lemons by using this down turn in the economy to increase their leverage in the sluggish construction trade. Well, for starters, I would approach the California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating)
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 6, 2007
Three apartment buildings on Costa Mesa's Westside could be razed and turned into a park, but only if City Council members decide to buy them and also can find the cash. The Council Tuesday will have a closed-door discussion about whether to negotiate for properties at 791, 795 and 799 Shalimar Drive. Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder said city officials might be interested in buying the land to create a small neighborhood park or open space for the area. The Westside has a shortage of park facilities, and the Council would be following a trend started in February when the city bought a parcel on the Eastside that will be combined with the adjacent Brentwood Park.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 9, 2014
Near a busy corner in Newport Beach, 14 giant concrete rabbits sit on their haunches, poofy tails poking out behind them, long ears perking straight up. They form a circle, facing inward, and stare at each other through painted pastel eyes. It's an assembly that has befuddled Newport Beach residents and visitors alike, earning the nickname "Bunnyhenge" because of the resemblance both in shape and mystery to the English monument. "What's up with those bunnies?" is a common question posed to city employees, said Newport city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.
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NEWS
By Beau Nicolette and Bradley Zint | August 23, 2013
Costa Mesa's Parks and Recreation Commission approved a conceptual design for a Fairview Park parking lot Thursday evening, but a councilwoman who attended the highly contentious session plans to appeal the commission's decision. The five-member panel heard 21 speakers who were universally against adding the 10-space lot at the northern terminus of Pacific Avenue. In the end, the commission voted 4 to 1 - with Commissioner Bob Graham dissenting - to approve the design. Councilwoman Sandy Genis said Friday that she will appeal the decision, forcing the issue to go before the City Council.
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By Bradley Zint | July 2, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council had no old business or new business on its agenda Tuesday night, but that didn't mean there wasn't anything to be done. As part of its consent calendar, the council unanimously approved new overnight parking restrictions for a section of Anaheim Avenue bordering Lions Park. The parking spaces along the avenue between 18th and Center streets will now be subject to a "modified resident only" permit system. Under the system, which will cost $500 for new signs, permits will be required to park between midnight and 5 a.m. Throughout the rest of the day, the area's parking will be available for users of Lions Park, the Neighborhood Community Center and environs.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | August 17, 2012
A new Wild Rivers location is expected to open in May 2014 in Irvine with a 25-year lease. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the park's construction and operation at its July 30 meeting. The Irvine Co. did not renew its lease with Wild Rivers last October, leading the water park to close, according to the Los Angeles Times. Its last day was Sept. 25. The location, next to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, was open for 27 years. "We are pleased to be bringing apartments to the greater Irvine Spectrum area," said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
NEWS
By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 12, 2012
The California Coastal Commission's view of itself can be romantic. When its longtime executive director, Peter Douglas, died earlier this month, a staff tribute turned to "The Lord of the Rings" for a comparison: "For more than 40 years, he has been Gandalf to the developers' balrog, standing resolute on tenuous footing while declaring, 'You. Shall. Not. Pass.'" The tenuousness of the commission's footing may be a matter of debate, but its denials are rarely so declamatory, couched instead in the language of bureaucracy: "Gnatcatcher.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | October 6, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Balboa Peninsula residents are beginning to learn the hard way that there's always a price to pay for living so close to the water. And sometimes the price tag isn't just biannual property taxes, or hefty monthly mortgages. Sometimes, it can be as simple as the real possibility of having to feed parking meters — in front of their own houses along East Bay Avenue and East Balboa Boulevard under a tentative city plan. "We're already burdened with the influx of out-of-towners.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 6, 2009
Local environmentalists are concerned about plans to build a road through Banning Ranch that are included in designs for Sunset Ridge Park in West Newport. “I don’t think the road is necessary for this park,” said Terry Welsh, who heads up the Banning Ranch Conservancy, a nonprofit that wants to preserve Banning Ranch. “The main reason we are opposed to this road is that saving Banning Ranch as open space doesn’t include plans for a big road with a stoplight.
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | March 12, 2009
Nice to see that Marina Park is in the news again and that thought is being given as to how to fund the project with a $23-million price tag. This project needs to move forward and not die sitting on a shelf, but, unfortunately, we are in the middle of a recession. Maybe the city of Newport Beach will be able to make lemonade out of lemons by using this down turn in the economy to increase their leverage in the sluggish construction trade. Well, for starters, I would approach the California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating)
NEWS
February 21, 2008
I’ve seen some poor losers before but none as sorry as the weed-huggers against the city hall in the park issue. They say the election was bought. Indeed, “No on B” supporters tried to buy it with false statements. The argument No on B proposed that traffic congestion was a prime issue was totally specious because the alternative property considered was right around the corner in the same vicinity. Get over it, and get on with doing something positive like helping plan the park you so desperately want in the remaining acres.
NEWS
December 2, 2007
More often than not, accommodating the disabled among us is an afterthought. We see parking spaces for the disabled and handicapped, special bathroom stalls that allow access by wheelchairs, and ramps that provide an alternative to stairs. Though such features ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, they probably don’t go very far in helping the disabled to feel welcome. That’s why TeWinkle Park’s playground redesign is exciting. The project, which broke ground last week, will replace existing playground structures with “universally accessible” ones.
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