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By Lauren Williams | October 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa Police Department is set to reopen a police substation on the city's Westside in about a month, according to authorities. The substation is near Lions Park at 567 W. 18th St. and is part of a joint effort between the City Council and Police Department to reach out to the community and have a greater presence on the Westside, according to Lt. Bryan Glass. The location will not be open to the public and will largely serve as an office for the two new park rangers who are expected to work in Lions Park, Capt.
NEWS
November 12, 2004
Deirdre Newman The City Council passed a law on Tuesday giving park rangers the authority to enforce permits for parks and other city facilities. For years, residents and youth-sports teams have bought permits to reserve picnic shelters and park areas, but there has been no way to enforce them if someone without a permit shows up first. "It's just to have some broader powers of enforcement so [park rangers] can more adequately do their job," Mayor Tod Ridgeway said.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
Alicia Robinson County park rangers may soon be armed with a new weapon to fight violations of park ordinances: a citation book. Orange County supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to have county Harbors, Beaches and Parks division staff members create a plan to make sure the county's 53 park rangers meet state qualifications for peace officers and train the rangers to issue civil citations. Rangers will be authorized to write citations for violations of county ordinances against drinking alcohol in parks, destroying natural resources, playing loud music and other activities that damage county parks or inhibit people's enjoyment of them, said Bob Hamilton, program planning manager for the Harbors, Beaches and Parks division.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | September 27, 2005
Orange County park rangers could soon have the power to cite people violating rules and regulations in local parks. County supervisors are scheduled to vote today on whether to give final approval to a proposal that would allow county park rangers to issue citations for minor violations. Last week, all five supervisors gave preliminary approval to the plan. In the Newport-Mesa area, the Upper Newport Bay, Talbert Nature Preserve and Newport Harbor are under the county's jurisdiction.
NEWS
November 26, 2011
An Irvine man died while hiking in Joshua Tree over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Fredrick McMichael, 39, was with a group of about six to eight people on the Lost Horse Mine trail when he had what appeared to be a massive attack of some kind, said Joe Zarki, a spokesperson for Joshua Tree National Park. McMichael was near the apex of a rugged portion of the trail when he had an apparent heart attack, Zarki said. Park rangers were notified about 4:30 p.m. Saturday by people in McMichael's group that the man had collapsed.
NEWS
By Byron de Arakal and By Byron de Arakal | October 26, 2013
Last summer at a Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Lt. Mark Manley of the Costa Mesa Police Department painted a compelling picture of the culture that has infiltrated the Volcom Skate Park. Underpinning that culture — often tagged as "skate free or die" — is an open defiance of state law and Costa Mesa's own municipal code, which requires the wearing of a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads when skating at a public skate park (in this instance, Volcom). Of particular note was his account of a handful of physical confrontations with skaters — all from outside Costa Mesa — who became belligerent when contacted by park rangers and officers because they weren't wearing safety equipment required by law. In each instance, arrests were made.
NEWS
November 14, 2004
What a novel idea the city of Newport Beach has come up with: It's going to enforce rules. The City Council decided last week to give its park rangers the power to enforce permits for park space and other city facilities. In the past, residents and groups would pay anywhere from $18 to $221 an hour to reserve public space -- whether it be a picnic area or a playing field -- only to find another group had taken over their reserved spot. Sometimes the matter could be cleared up with a brief explanation.
FEATURES
April 19, 2006
No hotel on peninsula, but drug rehab center OK? Newport Beach City Councilman Dick Nichols is right to strongly oppose the proposed 15th Street drug rehab center ("Peninsula residents decry drug rehabilitation center," April 12). The Balboa Peninsula is already Newport Beach's dumping ground, with run-down weekly rentals near expensive oceanfront homes, empty storefronts and restaurants and occasional vagrants roaming about. We cannot have Stephen Sutherland's beautiful new hotel on 15th Street, but we can have a drug rehab center instead?
NEWS
January 14, 2004
June Casagrande There's a new sheriff in town. Well, not exactly, but two recent additions to the city team now have some added power to punish abusers of local parks. The City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to give the city's two park rangers the power to hand out citations for some offenses. The tickets they dole out could be simple "administrative citations," which serve as formal warnings. Or, in more extreme cases, they could carry fines of $100 for a first offense or up to $500 for repeat offenses.
NEWS
January 13, 2004
June Casagrande Park abusers who play music too loudly, drink liquor or build illegal fires could soon get slapped with fines from $100 for a first offense to $500 for later offenses. Council members tonight will consider whether to give the city's two park rangers power to issue citations for a range of common violations. But their new muscle, if granted by the council, would take a back seat to their main role -- educating park users to prevent further violations, city Recreation and Senior Services Director Marie Knight said.
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NEWS
April 21, 2014
Costa Mesa police honored a city park ranger who recently deployed to Afghanistan with a small ceremony Monday morning. Army Reserve Spc. Lorna Lyttle arrived at Bagram Airfield on Sunday with the 730th Transportation Co., according to a Costa Mesa Police Department news release. Lyttle joined the Army Reserves two years ago and has been a Costa Mesa park ranger for six years. During Monday's ceremony, a yellow ribbon was tied to a palm tree in front of the department headquarters, where it will remain until Lyttle's safe return, police said.
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By Byron de Arakal and By Byron de Arakal | October 26, 2013
Last summer at a Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, Lt. Mark Manley of the Costa Mesa Police Department painted a compelling picture of the culture that has infiltrated the Volcom Skate Park. Underpinning that culture — often tagged as "skate free or die" — is an open defiance of state law and Costa Mesa's own municipal code, which requires the wearing of a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads when skating at a public skate park (in this instance, Volcom). Of particular note was his account of a handful of physical confrontations with skaters — all from outside Costa Mesa — who became belligerent when contacted by park rangers and officers because they weren't wearing safety equipment required by law. In each instance, arrests were made.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 25, 2013
Characterizing it as Costa Mesa's "most hazardous public park," the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday called on the city to enforce rules requiring that skateboarders wear safety gear at Volcom Skate Park. Byron de Arakal said he wanted to make the facility safer for all users and suggested that the city should do more than post signage about wearing safety gear. It's a minimum requirement, he said at the commission meeting Thursday, that "isn't good enough in my book.
NEWS
November 26, 2011
An Irvine man died while hiking in Joshua Tree over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Fredrick McMichael, 39, was with a group of about six to eight people on the Lost Horse Mine trail when he had what appeared to be a massive attack of some kind, said Joe Zarki, a spokesperson for Joshua Tree National Park. McMichael was near the apex of a rugged portion of the trail when he had an apparent heart attack, Zarki said. Park rangers were notified about 4:30 p.m. Saturday by people in McMichael's group that the man had collapsed.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa Police Department is set to reopen a police substation on the city's Westside in about a month, according to authorities. The substation is near Lions Park at 567 W. 18th St. and is part of a joint effort between the City Council and Police Department to reach out to the community and have a greater presence on the Westside, according to Lt. Bryan Glass. The location will not be open to the public and will largely serve as an office for the two new park rangers who are expected to work in Lions Park, Capt.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | October 29, 2009
In the state’s struggle to deal with the huge budget deficit, some of its solutions have trickled down to the shore. State parks and beaches across California will see a reduction in services until the end of the fiscal year in June, including Crystal Cove State Beach, state officials said. “We’re looking to cut about 20% of the budget for our $13-million deficit,” said Rich Haydon, a superintendent in California’s Orange Coast District, which includes Crystal Cove.
NEWS
February 17, 2009
I couldn’t help but chuckle while reading Chuck Cassity’s rant from Friday (“Some learning experiences worth scoffing at”). His third bullet point is a veiled swipe at President Obama, and what he actually does is describe George W. Bush to a T. Our former president had management and executive experience (oil company Arbusto and the Texas Rangers), served in the military (Texas Air National Guard), started a company (Arbusto), held a job in the private sector (again Arbusto)
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | April 30, 2007
After several years of complaints about organized sports in Paularino Park, Costa Mesa city leaders are taking a look at all parks and what activities are appropriate based on each park's size. The parks commission, City Council and residents have gone back and forth since at least 2003 about whether sports such as soccer should be allowed at Paularino Park. Opponents argue the park is simply too small, and a soccer game with more than a few players puts other park users in the path of charging feet and flying balls.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | September 27, 2005
Orange County park rangers could soon have the power to cite people violating rules and regulations in local parks. County supervisors are scheduled to vote today on whether to give final approval to a proposal that would allow county park rangers to issue citations for minor violations. Last week, all five supervisors gave preliminary approval to the plan. In the Newport-Mesa area, the Upper Newport Bay, Talbert Nature Preserve and Newport Harbor are under the county's jurisdiction.
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