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By Joseph R. Stack | May 25, 2010
T his is in response to Joseph Serna's article about proposed cuts to the Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE) shared police helicopter program ("Chief: No more cuts," May 14). A few less hours of routine patrol flight time over my neighborhood would be fine with me. Don't get me wrong. I love law and order, especially in my neighborhood. However, I am not willing to pay any price for it. I am not talking about money; I am talking about noise pollution. Law enforcement is one of the few things for which I would gladly pay more taxes.
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By Jill Cowan | May 3, 2013
A mechanical shriek followed a low rumble as the Boeing 737 came closer, a looming albatross partially obscured by a thin, misty cloud. Within moments, it had passed and was soaring over the gunmetal waters of the Upper Newport Bay and toward the ocean. Then, the jet did something it wasn't supposed to do: It flew straight ahead. "He didn't turn," observed Ken Shapero, a GE Aviation Systems official, peering skyward. The plane, striped in Southwest Airlines' distinctive yellow and red, should have curved left to stay roughly over the bay to comply with a flight pattern aimed at protecting residents from noise.
NEWS
By: Sarah Hill | September 3, 2005
The deafening roar of airplanes taking off from the Bob Hope Airport will no longer interrupt students and teachers during class in Luther Burbank Middle School. The school board on Thursday approved the final payment of $5,000 to Ove Arup & Partners California LTD for its acoustic services at Luther Burbank Middle School, which is located just over a mile away from the airport. Noise abatement modifications to the building were completed in August as part of Burbank Unified School District's modernization of the school.
NEWS
August 7, 2003
Deirdre Newman A "little" loud was the most severe criticism the concerts at Pacific Amphitheatre evoked from residents living near it. "I wouldn't mind if it were a little lower," said Naynara Tangeland, who lives on Mendoza Drive. "It's not that loud, but it's kind of annoying." This was the first year since 1995 that music blared from the amphitheater during the Orange County Fair. Officials took extra measures to make sure the sound didn't blast the Mesa del Mar neighborhood whose outrage over the high decibels led to the amphitheater's closing.
NEWS
April 26, 2003
It's hard to argue with people who want peace and quiet. In a world where our personal space is being invaded by cell phones, the Internet and so many other modern intrusions, the desire to curl up and have the rest of us go away for a little while is perfectly understandable. TeWinkle Middle School and California Elementary School share athletic fields in an area bordered by Gisler, Iowa and Gibraltar streets in Costa Mesa. On the north end of the boundary are the fields, then Iowa and then the San Diego Freeway, in that order.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | November 17, 2008
Trinity Broadcasting Network is appealing a Planning Commission ruling that mandates the company to constantly monitor noise around its Costa Mesa building. In October, the network went to the Planning Commission to fight for the ability to film television programs outdoors 12 times a year. On the other side of the discussion was Stacy Schofro, a resident whose house abuts the network’s property. Schofro has fought for years to combat what she considers an unacceptable amount of noise made by the network’s daily activities such as gardening and maintenance, and she didn’t want the city to allow the network to film outdoors for fear that it would generate more noise.
NEWS
March 14, 2005
Alicia Robinson Neighbors of Trinity Broadcasting Network are once again complaining that the religious center is praising the Lord a little too loudly, and on Tuesday the Costa Mesa City Council just might listen. Formally named the Trinity Christian Center but commonly known as TBN, the organization operates from a large complex on Bear Street abutting the San Diego (405) Freeway. The center operates under a permit that prohibits activities after 10 p.m. and restricts the hours for other operations.
NEWS
May 23, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Cracking down on the city's repeat noise offenders, City Council members agreed Tuesday to move ahead with an amendment to the city's noise ordinance. Making a personal appearance at City Hall, Dennis Rodman, who has been a frequent noise offender in the city, tried to convince them otherwise. Rodman said he felt unfairly singled out. "I did nothing wrong," he said, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. "My whole point is I get harassed every day."
NEWS
October 6, 2002
William Kearns In the Aug. 25 Daily Pilot, there were five letters complaining about airplane noise in the Mesa Verde area of Costa Mesa caused by Long Beach-bound flights (Readers Respond, "If it's not one airport, it's another"). I have lived in Mesa Verde North for more than 31 years and I, too, was surprised at the recent increase in noise from airplanes bound for Long Beach. A letter from Danniel J. Wexler attributes the cause to the "seemingly ever-growing population here in the Southland for commercial flights."
NEWS
August 27, 2002
June Casagrande An outspoken opponent of loud, late-night revelry at the Village Inn is facing an injunction to keep her quiet. Village Inn owners the Toll family are fighting neighbor Anne Lemen in court on the charges that her actions to battle noise problems in her neighborhood constitute harassment. Lemen and her attorney, Michael Bush, say her comments to customers at the restaurant and her videotaping some of the activities there do not constitute harassment.
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By Bradley Zint | April 12, 2014
For Garry Lukas and his allies, their opinions on the matter are clear: It's a case of Costa Mesa planners "gone wild. " Much to Lukas' chagrin, a proposal for a 240-unit apartment complex is wending its way through the City Hall approval process, which means that his sheet-metal manufacturing business could have residential neighbors as soon as next year. With so many new dwellings, Lukas and other business people near him contend, will come the inevitable traffic, decreased land values and the stomping on business owners' interests in favor of developers.
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By Hannah Fry | February 13, 2014
Residents of Costa Mesa's Monticello and Newport Landing communities are facing off with Vanguard University over what they say is excessive use of the school's soccer field. Bright field lights, early morning and late-evening play, noise, music and parking are among the annoyances they ascribe to the Costa Mesa-based youth soccer club using the complex. Vanguard last year entered into a 10-year joint-use agreement, with the option to extend to 20, with Pateadores, allowing the group to use the university's soccer field on Vanguard Way, said Kelly Kannwischer, vice president of university advancement.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | January 24, 2014
LOS ALAMITOS - Almost a week went by since the last time the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team played a game. Would a delay hurt? The Sailors stood around and waited for Friday's tip. The start time to the Sunset League game at Los Alamitos ran 25 minutes behind schedule. The Sailors hung around near one of the locker rooms and Coach Bob Torribio looked on from the side of the court. "They got the Zamboni guy," Torribio said, referring to the man buffing the court while riding a machine.
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By Emily Foxhall | October 11, 2013
Recent work on the Promontory Point Villa Apartments in Newport Beach has sparked an uproar among a faction of residents brought together through a blog . They assert, anonymously, that the managers of the Irvine Co.-owned-and-operated property, off East Pacific Coast Highway near Jamboree, did not provide adequate warning of the scope of the project. Although they appreciate that improvements will be made, they wish they could have provided input before the scaffolding went up and the hammers began to pound.
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By Patrice Apodaca | September 6, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council wants to change the way planes take off from John Wayne Airport and has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to consider its proposal for a new departure procedure. The FAA said it would consider the request. I hope it also tells the city to cool its jets. The council, of course, is responding to homeowner concerns about jet noise, perpetually the source of consternation and controversy in our community. The noise issue has prompted city leaders to repeatedly lobby for changes and restrictions on flying procedures; just two years ago the departure system known as STREL was introduced for about half the flights.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 28, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - The local club with the hottest team in the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics is the one making its first appearance on this national stage. The Costa Mesa Aquatics Club 12-and-under boys have gone 4-0 over their first two days of action in the classic bracket, establishing themselves as gold-medal contenders. CMAC "Black," which was seeded third, added two more dominant victories Sunday. Costa Mesa, coached by Costa Mesa High alumni Cody and Dustin Serrano, topped San Diego Shores B, 19-2, before blasting South Coast, 20-8.
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By Jill Cowan | May 3, 2013
A mechanical shriek followed a low rumble as the Boeing 737 came closer, a looming albatross partially obscured by a thin, misty cloud. Within moments, it had passed and was soaring over the gunmetal waters of the Upper Newport Bay and toward the ocean. Then, the jet did something it wasn't supposed to do: It flew straight ahead. "He didn't turn," observed Ken Shapero, a GE Aviation Systems official, peering skyward. The plane, striped in Southwest Airlines' distinctive yellow and red, should have curved left to stay roughly over the bay to comply with a flight pattern aimed at protecting residents from noise.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 13, 2013
It takes about five seconds to cross by car, maybe double that by foot. Since about 1930, the Park Avenue Bridge has connected Little Balboa Island to its larger, more bustling neighbor, Balboa Island. In the coming years, however, the situation there is poised to significantly, albeit temporarily, change for the steady streams of pedestrians and cars that traverse the bridge's nearly 100-foot span. After repeated official designations as "functionally obsolete" by the state, the nearly 85-year-old bridge is eligible for a complete replacement using federal funds, but the logistics of construction in the dense area - not to mention the fact that the bridge is Little Balboa's only practical access point - are still being worked out. "It's just one of those projects that takes time to get through all the hoops," said Councilman Ed Selich, whose district includes the two islands.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 28, 2013
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Newport Beach City Council took what Mayor Keith Curry called the "historic" step of approving a memorandum of understanding that the city hopes will set the terms of John Wayne's Airport operations far into the future. While the proposed agreement still must be approved by the other three parties to the original 1985 legal settlement, which set the airport's passenger caps and strict curfews, city officials have said they are optimistic that the terms laid out in the memorandum will make it through a county-led environmental review process.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
While Newport Beach residents can now celebrate the passage of Measure EE on election night, another element of this ought to be given due consideration by the citizens of our beautiful city. Is there an unfair, misleading and destructive minority that is being given too much of a microphone in the civil square, despite the fact that they are totally out of sync with the needs, desires and preferences of the city? Never in all of my years in this city have I seen such a small group of people so clearly not representing the best interests (or majority interests)
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