August 25, 2003
Paul Clinton Several maverick Orange County businessmen have formed a nonprofit environmental advocacy group to help clean up the county's beaches. Four of the 11 board members of the group, known as the MiOcean Foundation, live in Newport Beach. Craig Atkins and three other fellow surfers, who also work in the private sector, founded the group about two years ago after a day of surfing in front of Atkins' West Newport home. Atkins remembers heading back to the shoreline, with board in hand, after riding one last wave.
October 3, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- For the first time in history, attendees of a high-tech fund-raiser will be given a glimpse of the hidden underwater world of the cove without donning a wetsuit. Organizers of the Oct. 20 event have announced plans to hand wireless video cameras to scuba divers so the public can get a front-row seat of the cove's ecosystem. Monitors mounted on the sandy beach of Crystal Cove State Park will display the images. As an an added attraction, visitors will be able to throw out questions to the divers that will be answered on the spot.
August 13, 2002
Paul Clinton The Orange County Sanitation District began bleaching its waste water Monday as a controversial first-step effort to clean up millions of gallons of daily discharge off the city's shores. "Chlorine bleach and the de-chlorination chemical are being used as a short-term option to reduce bacteria," said Lisa Murphy, the district's spokeswoman. "The community called out for an immediate improvement to the quality of the [waste water]. This is the sanitation district's answer to that call."
August 3, 2002
Paul Clinton A resident's feud with his homeowners association and neighbors about whether he can build a second-story addition onto his home will head to the City Council on Monday. A handful of John Clark's Westside neighbors say they will air their objections to his construction plans to the council that evening. City zoning administrator Harry Valantine approved Clark's project in February, but the decision was later challenged by Councilman Chris Steel.
November 8, 2002
Paul Clinton A delegation of local businessmen and women headed to China today, hoping to forge ties with a nation opening itself up to more trade with the West. For Dorothy Larson, the trip, sponsored by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is an effort to explore whether business deals can be struck in the future. Larson runs a Newport Beach accounting practice, Larson and Associates, where she prepares tax returns for Americans living in foreign countries.
November 12, 2002
Paul Clinton Rep. Chris Cox declared victory Monday in his decade-long battle to permanently wipe out the estate tax, which has sapped the inheritances of well-to-do families since the Civil War. Cox, who introduced his first bill to eliminate the tax in 1993, predicted that new faces in Congress -- many of whom are Republican -- should put the repeal over the top. "Now that President Bush has a working majority in...
November 4, 2002
Paul Clinton A waning of consumer confidence, generally sluggish economy and potential war overseas should reduce the number of shoppers at local malls this holiday season, experts say. "There are so many uncertainties," said Dennis Aigner, a UC Irvine economics professor. "The proof of the pudding will be what happens at South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island." Stores in the two malls have been guardedly optimistic about holiday shopping, with a handful of the higher-end shops saying their niche-market appeal should protect them from any radical downturn in sales.
December 1, 2002
Paul Clinton Hooters is back. After being closed for less than one month, the self-described "delightfully tacky," risque sports bar returns to the peninsula. Hooters, at 2406 Newport Blvd., is set to reopen next week under the banner of a new franchisee. "This is by far the best location ever," said Scott Yarnall, the store's new manager. "We're going to do well here." Incorporated franchisee Hoot Winc LLC, which runs 14 other Hooters in four states, took over the business from local owner Ken Poole, the building's landlord said.
February 18, 2002
Paul Clinton For Executive Officer Chuck Lindsey, the Coast Guard was an easy career choice. Lindsey, the second in command on the cutter Narwhal, grew up with a father who served in the Coast Guard. Even though he lived in Thousands Oaks, the sea was never far. The 29-year-old Lindsey said he has always been drawn to it. "Being on the water was the first thing that drew me to it," Lindsey said about his Coast Guard service. "We're the premier law enforcement agency.
February 23, 2002
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- County sanitation district officials announced Friday that they would begin disinfecting the treated sewage that is released into the ocean through a pipe on the ocean floor. The announcement came at a news conference at the Orange County Sanitation District's Fountain Valley plant. Environmentalists have accused the district of polluting the ocean water with bacteria that makes surfers and swimmers sick and causes local beach closures.