January 18, 2004
"I like having a place to go that's kind of eclectic, kind of hidden. Places like this are just nice places to go." -- Mike Martinez, while lounging in a comfy chair at in a dark corner of the Gypsy Den "[South Coast Plaza] and the surrounding shopping areas are significant destinations. Why are you considering bypassing them? Who are you trying to please?" -- Tom Smalley, general manager of the Wyndham Hotel on Avenue of the Arts, criticizing the approved route for the CenterLine light rail system, which does not stop at South Coast Plaza "It's not really the encroachment that's the issue.
November 15, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- A package of interim improvements approved by the California Coastal Commission on Tuesday should improve the public's ability to enjoy the local treasure, an agency analyst said. The commission unanimously approved the $1.3-million effort by California State Parks to install a visitor's center and repair deteriorating walkways and staircases. "That's their intent," said Anne Blemker, a commission analyst. "That's the coastal commission's hope as well."
September 7, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- Visitors to the historic district this week may think they've wandered onto Mars. Starting Thursday, a crew of workers began removing toxic lead-based paint from four of the 46 cottages in "moon suits" -- white body suits with blue booties and respirator masks. The somewhat surreal scene unfolded Thursday morning as the hazardous materials team hired by California State Parks began its work. The work is part of the state's interim plan to protect the cottages until officials can formulate a plan for the future of the district.
June 30, 2012
In so many parts of the world, soccer is regarded as the beautiful game. Adam Muchnick has always wanted that description to be true in the United States. The Newport Beach resident has wanted to increase the love of soccer locally. For the past year, he had been working to create a beautiful camp. Last week, the work paid off as Adam Muchnick teamed up with English Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) for their International Soccer Camp at Harbor Day School.
February 22, 2005
Andrew Edwards The state Parks Department is preparing to fire back at Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who last week logged conflict-of-interest charges against a park employee who lives in one of the cove's historic cottages. A draft letter prepared by the Parks Department to DeVore appears to warn the assemblyman that revealing that Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer lives at the park could be a violation of state law. The letter comes in response to DeVore's allegations that Kramer's living at Crystal Cove could pose a conflict of interest while Kramer works to enforce the state's decision to evict residents of El Morro Village, a mobile-home park at Crystal Cove, which the Parks Department wants to transform into a campground.
February 16, 2009
Editor?s Note: The following are in response to ?Stroller class, city at odds? from Feb. 13. ? It is ridiculous that we have come to a point where moms with baby strollers can?t come together in a public park and do a few exercises. Oh! And I can just see those city workers watching the pretty, young moms through binoculars! They?re the ones who should be arrested as stalkers or peeping Toms! Most of our parks seem to be empty most of the time except in the evening with youth leagues.
August 2, 2008
We thought it was an ill-advised move when the City Council designated Paularino Park as “passive,” meaning the park’s many soccer players were forced out. Now, the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission has recommended designating 28 more parks as passive and two parks — Balearic Park and The Farm — as “active.” The council will consider the proposal at a future meeting. This comes after a few large boulders and trees were installed in Paularino last year to prevent soccer games after some residents complained it was a safety hazard to their children and an annoyance.
July 24, 2008
No one will be able to legally play soccer or any other competitive team sport in 28 Costa Mesa parks if the City Council upholds the unanimous decision by the Parks and Recreation Commission. All five commissioners voted Wednesday to designate 28 parks as “passive parks,” and two parks as “active parks” in response to a public outcry about team sports being played in smaller parks that might not be able to accommodate them. This comes after a few large boulders and trees were installed in Paularino Park last year to prevent soccer games after some residents complained it was a safety hazard to their children and an annoyance.
November 23, 2004
ON THE AGENDA PERMIT PROCEDURES The council will give final consideration to a law that would replace the modifications committee with a zoning administrator. The committee has authority over small zoning-code issues. The zoning administrator will be a Planning Department staff member appointed by the planning director. The intent of the change is to improve communication between the city departments and enhance decision making, council members said.
September 28, 2004
1. Who became a new member of the Newport Beach City Council last week? a. Luke Skywalker b. Donald Bren c. Leslie Daigle d. Bono 2. Which television show, written by Costa Mesa native Mitchell Hurwitz, won five Emmy awards last week? a. "Miami Vice" b. "Arrested Development" c. "SWAT" d. "Emergency" 3. County park rangers will soon be able to do what? a. Issue civil citations to people who violate park rules b. Give tours c. Play more Frisbee d. Bring their pets to work 4. With last week's appointment of Leslie Daigle to the Newport Beach City Council, the council now has how many women on it?