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By Mona Shadia | January 11, 2010
The city of Costa Mesa is working with three neighboring cities and Southern California Edison to reach out to the public with an educational program about saving and consuming energy efficiently. Costa Mesa, Westminster, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley have formed the Orange County Energy Leadership Partnership and entered into an agreement with Edison. It’s a collective attempt to launch combined energy-saving programs that could benefit the community at large. Through the partnership, the four cities will receive about $4 million in grants over the next three years from the California Public Utilities Commission.
By Joseph Serna | December 31, 2009
It was a year of transition for the Orange County Sheriff?s Harbor Patrol, as the unit saw two new leaders in one year and had to deal with the prospect of a smaller budget and new laws. Among the first changes was enforcing new requirements for boats anchored off Corona del Mar State Beach. Until a January council meeting, unmanned boats could be anchored off the coast for weeks at a time. The problem was that anchor chains and lines would break and boats would drift away. The new ordinance limited the time sailors can be away from their boat and how long they can anchor off the coast.
By Britney Barnes | March 8, 2012
Sitting criss-cross on the floor, four kindergartners each placed a hand on the double bass towering over them to feel the vibrations as it was played. "Wow! How does that feel?" asked Pacific Symphony bassist Doug Basye. "Does it tickle?" Basye gave a lesson Thursday morning to a class of kindergartners at Victoria Elementary School on how the double bass works, the different sections of the orchestra and the works of American composer Aaron Copland. It was all part of Class Act, a partnership between the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony and schools, to connect students with musicians and introduce them to a composer.
By Brianna Bailey | April 15, 2010
Newport Harbor High School junior Jason Cernius, 17, likes shooting hoops and playing pingpong with his little brother, 15-year-old Andrew. “I didn’t think that he would be able to do the things other brothers do at first, but I taught him how to play sports,” Jason said. Andrew, who has problems with language and social skills, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 16 months old and given only a 20% chance of survival.
By Hannah Fry | October 1, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday designed to allow city officials to levy fines up to $1,000 in an attempt to control nuisance behaviors such as loud noise and drifting smoke in residential areas. The Public Nuisance Abatement Ordinance, which had its first reading Sept. 17, will take effect in 30 days. Those who violate the ordinance face a fine of $250 for the first violation, $500 for the second and $1,000 for all other repeat offenses, according to city documents.
By Sarah Peters | April 3, 2012
The owners of Triangle Square are rebranding the struggling Costa Mesa shopping center as The Triangle, where an upscale restaurant, entertainment and retail will mix with late hours, alcohol sales and a 10-lane bowling alley. Newport Beach-based Greenlaw Partners, with the help of outside finance partners, is attempting to revitalize the commercial complex that has been suffering high tenant vacancies in recent years. The master plan for its project received city approval in March.
By Emily Foxhall | April 10, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council isn't ready to send off its Mariner's Mile post office just yet. Council members unanimously voted to delay a decision Tuesday on whether to rezone the property where the Bay Station Post Office stands, so staff can prepare the proper documentation for denial of the request. The council urged staff to return with the paperwork at its next meeting, April 22. An international architecture and design firm, Gensler, had applied for a zoning change for 191 Riverside Ave. to mixed use from a public facility.
August 29, 2002
Here are some of the decisions coming out of the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting on Monday. CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER PARKING Costa Mesa planning commissioners unanimously approved a request from Christian Outreach Center officials to deviate from usual parking requirements for their new place of worship on Harbor Boulevard. Officials representing the Christian Outreach Center, slated to move into a 1,954-square-foot space in the Commerce Park complex, asked for a conditional-use permit that would reduce the required parking spaces from 25 to six. Plans for the church, which has about 30 members, call for a reception area, office space, sanctuary and restroom on the first floor and a youth room, "clothing and food room," and restroom on the second floor, according to a staff report.
April 24, 2009
A committee of local residents and business owners who have been evaluating ideas for improving Newport’s Oceanfront Walk will present their findings at a Newport Beach City Council study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The 3-mile path, which stretches from E Street to 36th Street on Balboa Peninsula is a popular, year-round destination for strolling, bicycling and roller-blading, The committee is implementing a community outreach program to inform users of basic safety guidelines for using the walkway, such as slowing down on their bicycles.
June 2, 2007
The Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., will pre-screen the PBS documentary, "Breaking the Curse," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The documentary focuses on India's problems in dealing with the underprivileged classes in its country, and details the efforts of an Atlanta woman who initiated a successful program there to rehabilitate people afflicted with leprosy. Daryn Kagan, former CNN anchor, producer Brian Kosisky and Becky Douglas, president of Rising Star Outreach and the subject of the documentary, will present the screening in the Friends Meeting Room of the library.
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