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By Crissy Brooks | June 2, 2011
My sister was wearing her "I love Costa Mesa" pin on our trip up the Central Coast. "What's so great about Costa Mesa?" a proprietor of one of the region's wineries asked her. That's the wrong question to ask my sister. She leaned across the counter and began the whole list of things that make our city great: the first Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of "Arrested Development," the surfwear industry, South Coast Plaza, hub of Orange County performing arts, a free train, international headquarters of several justice organizations, Cla-Val who has the valve contract for the world's tallest building, our recycling program and community gardens.
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May 25, 2011
The trial of a former Beverly Hills schools administrator charged with accepting illegal stipends from a superintendent who later took over the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is scheduled to begin Thursday. Karen Anne Christiansen, a former facilities director with Beverly Hills Unified, is charged along with Newport-Mesa Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard of misappropriating funds when they worked together in Beverly Hills more than four years ago. The two co-defendants are being tried separately.
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March 29, 2011
The state Department of Education has created a new webpage to give taxpayers a look at the budget cuts and teacher layoffs happening across California. The department created a "School Financial Emergency" page on its website to keep state residents up-to-date on the "dire fiscal situation facing the state's public school system," according to a news release from the department. The webpage gives an introduction into the financial crisis in education, a tally of educators let go across the state and a county-by-county look at the budget cuts each district faces.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District can balance its budget for the next two years, but after that, programs and services could face the chopping block, depending on what the state does, officials said. Acting Supt. Paul Reed presented a report that analyzed the district's financial status at Tuesday night's board meeting. The report shows the district keeping its head above water for two years, no matter what happens with the troubled state budget. "We have challenges coming, but we're where we need to be," he said.
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By Tom Egan | February 3, 2011
Regarding the Jan. 29 editorial "School board should investigate Hubbard": A man from Mars might wonder why some people can call for suspending the school superintendent over unproved allegations when they know about America's well-known presumption of "innocent until proven guilty. " It appears that more than a few people are puzzled by discussions in print with such a broad and seemingly unfair range of rational and emotional arguments. (Full disclosure: I was a member of the Board of Education that voted unanimously to hire Jeffrey Hubbard as superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District after Supt.
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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.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent should act with dignity, treat everyone with respect and civility and serve as a model of the value of lifelong learning, according to the district's Superintendent Governance Standards. District rules also mandate that employees shall not post, submit or publish anything that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on race, religion, gender and so forth. Depending on which school board member you talk to, Supt.
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By Karen Yelsey | January 15, 2011
Daily Pilot columnist William Lobdell appears to take a somewhat cavalier attitude in his announcement that Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard should be placed on administrative leave ("Lobdell: Hubbard should be placed on leave," Jan. 14). What would this do to enhance the education of the students of Newport-Mesa? Hubbard has performed and continues to perform his duties as superintendent of Newport-Mesa Unified School District at a high level. While he has this unfortunate situation with his previous district to resolve, and I too hope it is resolved quickly, he has not missed a beat in his goals to move our district in a positive direction.
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By Patrice Apodaca | January 7, 2011
EDITOR'S NOTE: Former Los Angeles Times staff writer Patrice Apodaca, a Newport Beach resident, has agreed to write a weekly column for the Daily Pilot. Her column will appear on Saturdays. This past holiday season provided me a few excruciating exercises in waiting. I waited for my son to make it home for Christmas. A UCLA student who had been studying for a semester in Rome, he became stranded in London when bad weather resulted in a near shutdown of Heathrow Airport.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | January 4, 2011
Nicolas Jaber is now a member of the jet set. The junior at Newport Harbor High School will serve on the California School Board Assn. as a student representative for its legislative committee. Translation: At 16, Jaber will occasionally fly to Sacramento to review legislation that affects school districts across the Golden State, including his own district, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. "Basically, the legislative committee looks over legislation that affects schools throughout California and it lobbies either for it or against it on behalf of the school board association," Jaber said in a phone interview Tuesday.
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