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By Brianna Bailey | December 23, 2009
Newport Coast resident Jim McGee spent thousands of hours over the course of several years negotiating an agreement for Newport Beach to annex the well-heeled Newport Coast area. The deal included about $50 million in benefits, paid out by Newport Beach, for the residents there. The deal went through in 2002, after a group of Newport Coast residents filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to try to halt the annexation. Today, McGee cites perks like faster response times from Newport Beach police and paramedics as reasons why he’s happy to call himself a Newport Beach resident today.
June 2, 2002
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - With excellent ball-control skills and the ability to pass on a dime, the Rea third- and fourth-grade boys soccer team appears unstoppable as Coach Nathan Urone's squad would like to make up for last year. Rea defeated Newport Coast, 5-1, in the quarterfinals Saturday in the Pilot Cup at the Farm Field, and will face Our Lady Queen of Angels in today's semifinals at 9:30 a.m. "We're real excited," Urone said. "Our boys keep asking about the semifinals and finals.
December 28, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Some fear the city could become a house divided on the issue of airport politics after Newport Coast is annexed Tuesday. Residents in the unincorporated community who are working with officials on annexing the roughly 2,600-home area say many in their ranks worry an airport at El Toro, if it included the V-plan, could mean more noise in Newport Coast. "The V-plan would mean flights directly impacting Newport Coast and Corona del Mar," said Phillip Greer, an applicant to the Coast Advisory Committee who fought the annexation.
January 26, 2002
-- Deepa Bharath A 44-year-old Newport Coast resident died after he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree early Friday, officials said. Michael Duffy was driving eastbound on San Joaquin Hills Road about 1:50 a.m. when he lost control and stuck a tree in the median, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A 36-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and treated for a fractured finger.
February 1, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Newport Coast residents say unless the city spends all of the $25 million it would receive from the Irvine Ranch Water District on their community, they will oppose the city's annexation plans. "The city doesn't get the money unless we agree to annexation," said Newport Coast resident spokesman Jim McGee. McGee said the city had previously agreed to use all of the money to help pay for the community's bond and to repair its ailing infrastructure.
December 13, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- An informal survey of the city's registered voters shows mixed feelings about annexing Newport Coast. But the tepid response hasn't cooled activist Allan Beek's belief that the matter should have been put to all the voters of Newport Beach. At the end of October, Beek sent mailers to all of Newport Beach's registered voters asking whether the city should annex Newport Coast. The survey, paid for by Beek and other activists, showed 51.8% opposed to annexation and 48.2% in support.
November 14, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT COAST -- A trickle of protest against annexing this exclusive community into Newport Beach has officials optimistic that, by Friday's deadline, the city will have expanded its borders. "I hope we'll have something to celebrate on Friday," said Mayor Gary Adams, who has taken an active role in promoting annexation among Newport Coast residents. As of Tuesday, only 50 people had registered an objection to annexing the area of about 2,600 homes.
January 6, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT COAST -- While most parents are taking the latest in a string of delays in the opening of a planned school in stride, many are asking why the district was in a rush to open the campus last fall anyway. "The big question is, what was the big hurry to open Newport Coast in September if they weren't sure it would be ready," said PTA President Denise Molnar, voicing the concerns she has heard from various parents. "Why did they push?"
By Alicia Robinson | July 10, 2007
Newport Beach City Council members on Tuesday will make a second attempt to hire a trash hauler to serve Newport Coast for the next decade, following problems with the first contract award and anonymous mudslinging against the bidders. Going for a second round of bids apparently saved the city money, but it hasn't stilled all criticisms of waste disposal firms that want the 4,000-household Newport Coast contract. The council voted in May to give a $6.1 million trash and recycling contract to Ware Disposal, which submitted the lowest bid the first time.
By Joseph Serna | December 11, 2009
Prosecutors have charged five men with various robbery, weapon, and kidnapping charges related to a violent home invasion robbery in Newport Coast earlier this week. Antoine Bashiri Boyd, 31, Mickael Andre Hastings, 36, Ronnie Labert Morrissette, 34, Darrin Mucker, 37, all from Los Angeles, and Peter Joseph Paturzo, 44, of Mission Viejo, are all charged with multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping, and assault with a firearm. The men face life in prison if convicted of all charges.
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