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February 11, 2011
Sutra in Costa Mesa is looking to demolish its kitchen and expand its lounge area. The Planning Commission on Monday will discuss switching Sutra's liquor license status from that of a restaurant that serves alcohol to a full-fledged bar and nightclub. Up for discussion is removing the food-service requirement and a revised floor plan that would tear out the kitchen and expand the lounge's seating area. Sutra opened in 2004 in Triangle Square. According to Sutra's website, the dining menu is "currently undergoing a facelift" and is temporarily unavailable.
NEWS
May 23, 2003
Lolita Harper He never left his post, kept feeding the machine and finally hit. Nightclub owner James Raven received Thursday his long-awaited building permit for the Vegas nightclub to be built in the basement level of 1901 Newport -- the Spanish marquee building in the heart of downtown. He plans to start construction in June. "I am walking out of City Hall with my building permit in my hand," Raven said. "I can certainly say I am very glad to have the process over and I am really looking forward to completing the project."
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | March 6, 2008
Former Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway confirmed Wednesday he owns the building that houses a popular sushi restaurant police allege is operating as an illegal nightclub. Police claim the restaurant Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, generates a high number of drunk driving arrests in the neighborhood and that its parking lot is a haven for illicit activity including the possible use of illegal drugs. Ridgeway said he expected the clash between the city and his tenant to be resolved soon, but declined to comment further.
NEWS
November 25, 2002
ON THE AGENDA NIGHTCLUB Despite a second chance to prove to city officials that another nightclub would work in the heart of downtown, city planners do not support approval of the project Monday because it lacks available parking. The upscale club proposed for the basement portion of 1901 Newport -- the Spanish-style building that sits across from Triangle Square in the heart of downtown Costa Mesa -- would be about 11,000 square feet and contain a dance floor, three bars and distinct lounge areas surrounded by a typical nightclub setting.
NEWS
November 27, 2002
Lolita Harper Looking to turn downtown Costa Mesa into the place to be for nightlife and entertainment, Planning Commissioners ignored staff recommendations Monday and gambled on supporting an upscale nightclub on Newport Boulevard and 19th Street. Planning Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to approve the nightclub, to be called Vegas, at the large mission-style building that introduces freeway traffic to the heart of downtown. Planning Commissioner Eleanor Egan dissented, saying the proposal lacked adequate parking and noise control.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | October 21, 2011
A registered sex offender who targeted women he met in a Costa Mesa nightclub was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting four women in 2007 and videotaping his crimes. James Ernest Bledsoe, 30, of Huntington Beach was found guilty of felony forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, failure to register as a sex offender and four misdemeanor counts. He previously was convicted of child molestation. Bledsoe faces a minimum of 100 years to life in state prison at his sentencing, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The victims will have an opportunity to speak at the sentencing, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
NEWS
March 9, 2003
When Newport Beach resident James Raven applied for a conditional use permit in August to create a nightclub in the basement of 1901 Newport Blvd. -- the Spanish colonial building once referred to as Pacific Savings Plaza -- he figured Club Vegas would open by 2003. He didn't realize that work on the project would not have been started by March. But it is March and Raven still awaits the final OK to start building a dance floor, martini bar and such.
NEWS
February 4, 2004
Deirdre Newman While the 1901 Newport Blvd. condominium project has shaken up the city with a lawsuit and possible referendum, a new nightclub set to open next week at the same address is poised to stir up the downtown nightlife. Martinis, shaken and stirred, are the main theme of the swanky Vegas nightclub, which is anticipated to open in the basement of the Spanish mission-style building on Feb. 13, pending final inspections. When Vegas opens its doors, owner James Raven foresees the light-hearted attitude of the Rat Pack-era infusing the environment with a long-lost sense of optimism.
NEWS
March 6, 2003
Lolita Harper The nightclub named after sin city is finding that the devil is in the details. Club Vegas, the upscale dance club that was expected by most to be shot down at the gates, but won a surprising approval from the Planning Commission in November, is having trouble getting specific building plans approved by city staffers, who have historically been against the project. Recent meetings between nightclub owner James Raven and Costa Mesa Fire Marshal Tom MacDuff have hit a stalemate, Planning Commissioner Bill Perkins said.
NEWS
October 23, 1999
Greg Risling NEWPORT BEACH -- A former professional surfer, who was allegedly beaten by an Orange County Sheriff's deputy last year outside a Lake Forest nightclub, won a $50,000 settlement against the county agency this week. Jorge Minero Lopez, 26, of Newport Beach, claims his arm was broken when he was struck about a dozen times by a baton-wielding deputy. Lopez said the attack wasn't provoked and the deputy's actions were above the call of duty.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller | October 21, 2011
A registered sex offender who targeted women he met in a Costa Mesa nightclub was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting four women in 2007 and videotaping his crimes. James Ernest Bledsoe, 30, of Huntington Beach was found guilty of felony forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object by force, failure to register as a sex offender and four misdemeanor counts. He previously was convicted of child molestation. Bledsoe faces a minimum of 100 years to life in state prison at his sentencing, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The victims will have an opportunity to speak at the sentencing, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | June 20, 2011
SANTA ANA — In opening statements Monday, a prosecutor described a former NFL linebacker charged with murder as a desperately broke former athlete who couldn't hold down a job and had one thing going for him: a rich girlfriend. Prosecutors claim that Eric Naposki entered the house of Bill McLaughlin on Dec. 15, 1994, and shot the Newport Beach millionaire six times for financial gain. Naposki was dating McLaughlin's girlfriend, Nanette Ann Packard, who had taken out a $1-million life insurance policy on the businessman and stood to gain $150,000 annually in free rent at McLaughlin's beachfront home in the event of his death.
NEWS
February 11, 2011
Sutra in Costa Mesa is looking to demolish its kitchen and expand its lounge area. The Planning Commission on Monday will discuss switching Sutra's liquor license status from that of a restaurant that serves alcohol to a full-fledged bar and nightclub. Up for discussion is removing the food-service requirement and a revised floor plan that would tear out the kitchen and expand the lounge's seating area. Sutra opened in 2004 in Triangle Square. According to Sutra's website, the dining menu is "currently undergoing a facelift" and is temporarily unavailable.
NEWS
August 26, 2010
Name: Sue Lester Age: 43 Birthplace: Southern California How long have you lived in Costa Mesa? I have lived in Costa Mesa since July and have had a business here since October 2009. Occupation: director, nonprofit organization Education: administration of justice certificate, general education and specialty courses - junior college, basic and advanced culinary certificates from Orange Cooast College Previously elected or appointed positions: None Community organizations you belong to: Orange County Directors Alliance What do you think are the biggest issues facing Costa Mesa right now?
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | July 6, 2010
COSTA MESA — The City Council on Tuesday approved an affordable-housing project that will sit 35 feet from a night club, a move that upset the club's owners and residents who live nearby. Harper's Pointe, a 53-unit complex for seniors, will be built atop a retail center at 845 Baker St. Neighbors argued that the project's location — next to a freeway, a fire station and the Shark Club — is not ideal for seniors who are usually attracted to quiet residential neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | July 3, 2010
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece is asking other council members to review a housing and retail project recently approved by the Planning Commission. Harper's Pointe, an affordable-housing complex for seniors, would be a 53-unit building atop a retail building on Baker Street near the 73 Freeway. City staff have reported that it would be consistent with the city's Urban Plan, which encourages mixed-use housing that revitalizes the area. But residents from the Knowleton Manor Homeowner Association have issues they would like the City Council to address.
NEWS
By Paul Anderson | July 6, 2009
Every time Tim Ellis went to visit Lori Brystan’s studio over the past five years, the photographer made a point of talking about this dream she had. The Elite-model-turned-photographer has had a lifelong love affair with music and dreamed of a nightclub experience like her grandparents enjoyed. Classy, grown-up entertainment — dinner and a show, as they would say. Not fast-food and a movie: nightclub singers and a four-course dinner. It bugged her that most nightclubs just offered drinks and a deejay.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | May 14, 2009
Clad in thigh-high ruffled pink shorts and hot-pink lipstick, dancers rehearsing for “Show: the Supper Club” looked like refugees from a racy version of “Guys and Dolls” as they gyrated through their burlesque dance moves at Code Restaurant and Lounge in Newport Beach one recent afternoon. “We’re really a perfect fit for this event, because of our whole style,” said singer and dancer Monique, as she scrambled to change out of a glittering, vintage evening gown into a ruffled skirt to do a can-can inspired number.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | March 6, 2008
Former Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway confirmed Wednesday he owns the building that houses a popular sushi restaurant police allege is operating as an illegal nightclub. Police claim the restaurant Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, generates a high number of drunk driving arrests in the neighborhood and that its parking lot is a haven for illicit activity including the possible use of illegal drugs. Ridgeway said he expected the clash between the city and his tenant to be resolved soon, but declined to comment further.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 21, 2008
The Newport Beach Planning Commission will discuss today whether to revoke the use permit for a sushi restaurant after undercover police officers reportedly observed patrons drinking and using drugs in the parking lot of the restaurant. Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, is licensed as a restaurant and not a night club, which could raise legal issues for the restaurant, Planning Commissioner Michael Toerge said. “Land use requirements for a nightclub and a restaurant are radically different,” Toerge said.
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