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October 28, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- The city this week sent letters to four strip mall landlords alleging that some of their tenants are engaging in prostitution on their properties, Mayor Gary Monahan announced Friday. "What our city attorney's office is doing is putting them on notice that we know they've got prostitution in there and police have seen it," he said, adding that landlords are required to prohibit prostitution on their properties. "Enough is enough.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 7, 2013
A woman whose body was found face down in the sand in Newport Beach faced prostitution charges in three states and gave birth shortly before a stint in jail, according to public records and interviews. Tina Hoang, 20, was arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related crimes in California, Nevada and Florida, court papers show. The Bellflower resident, who died under circumstances that Newport Beach police termed "suspicious," was arrested as recently as December on suspicion of prostitution and had at least a dozen open cases against her in Orange and Los Angeles counties, her attorney said.
NEWS
November 11, 2000
-- Deepa Bharath Police arrested the owners of two Bristol Street massage parlors Wednesday night on suspicion of prostitution and operating without a permit, authorities said. Mea Ok Mun, 43, and Nuwee Wattanakaew, 47, were taken into custody after a random inspection, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Don Holford. Police said the names of the businesses were not available Friday. Police found evidence of the businesses operating illegally without permits, said Holford.
LOCAL
January 10, 2008
This corrects an earlier version of the story. Bail has been set at $50,000 for a woman arrested on suspicion of prostitution in Costa Mesa, county records show. Cassandra Renee Aikey, 23, was arrested at the Orange County Hilton Tuesday night, though the circumstances of her arrest were unclear at first. Incident reports obtained from the Costa Mesa Police Department indicate officers responded to a call involving prostitution in the same hotel room about the time Aikey was arrested.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2013
In 2001, Natasha Herzig found herself at age 19 staring at a gun, yanked into a car before she could make a sound. She spent a year trapped, working as a high-end escort for a pimp. The indignities were numerous. She remembers receiving a beating for asking whether she could go home. There was the john who once tried to suffocate her with a shower curtain after forcing her to lie in an ice-filled bathtub. She had to walk "the track," meaning the street, to meet her prostitution quota.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Police arrest five in prostitution roundup The Costa Mesa Police Department's efforts to crack down on prostitution paid off Monday night when officials netted a handful of arrests. Five arrests were made in the areas of Harbor and MacArthur boulevards, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Robert Phillips. Officials said they noticed a slight increase in prostitution last week and decided to more actively pursue suspects before residents started complaining, he said.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
POLICE FILES COSTA MESA Fairview and Lake Forest roads: A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of prostitution at 9:18 p.m. Monday. Harbor Boulevard: A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of prostitution in the 3300 block at 8:15 p.m. Monday. Harbor and MacArthur boulevards: A 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of prostitution at 7:25 p.m. Monday. Maple and West Wilson streets: A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and burglary at 2:48 a.m. Monday.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | March 26, 2010
Prince of Peace School, a private Christian campus in Mesa Verde, is struggling to stay open with enrollment plummeting after parents learned that the pastor of the church that owns the school once was convicted of prostitution charges. “I love this school, and I want it to stay open,” Michael Gaumond, an administrator for the Costa Mesa school, said Friday. “Hopefully, God will intervene and we will have a school next year — that’s what I’m hoping and praying for.” With enrollment numbers looking grim, it doesn’t appear that the preschool and K-6 school will have enough students to remain open at every grade level next year, Gaumond said.
NEWS
January 15, 2001
MASSAGE PARLOR ORDINANCE The Costa Mesa City Council tonight will consider a new massage parlor ordinance. The present ordinance, passed two years ago in an attempt to eliminate prostitution houses fronting as massage parlors, requires masseuses to go through a rigorous licensing process to practice in Costa Mesa. But it has a loophole: state-licensed practitioners, including acupuncturists and chiropractors, do not have to get a city license. Police said they have received numerous complaints -- verified by undercover investigations -- about prostitution in those businesses too. If passed, the new ordinance would expand the licensing process to include state-licensed practitioners.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | August 13, 2009
One afternoon last spring, instead of poring over a book in the campus library, University of San Francisco student Erika Myszynski found herself knocking on the door of what claimed to be a massage parlor in San Francisco’s Tenderloin slums. The woman who answered the door was wearing a lab coat that scarcely concealed lingerie underneath. She opened the door a crack and anxiously shooed Myszynski away, despite the fact that she visited during normal business hours. Walking away, Myszynski realized that she got a firsthand glimpse of something that was, at the very least, a likely prostitution operation, and perhaps something even worse.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 26, 2013
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will begin examining a series of measures Monday aimed at addressing problematic motels in the city. The five-member commission won't take any specific action during its 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall but will receive a report highlighting problems stemming from some motels, among them prostitution, drug dealing and nuisance complaints. Many of the problems, according to the report, stem from long-term motel stays, officially defined as more than 28 consecutive days or 28 days in any 60-day period.
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By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times | October 2, 2013
The stocky man with a goatee walks across the darkened parking lot of the motel and bangs on the door to Room 156. Greg Reese rehearses his lines. The door opens. The girl inside is wearing black lingerie and looks like she did in the online ad that caught his eye - a teenager using the name Candy Green in a bathtub filled with bubbles. "Ready to have some fun," it promised. The girl is all business: $100 for a date, she says, standing in the room with bright blue carpeting and crumpled white sheets.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | September 21, 2013
First story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels. The letter was a desperate plea to the police chief. The owner of a Harbor Boulevard motel admitted his business attracted less-than-reputable guests. "Under such difficult circumstances, we have no other choice but to rent to second-rate customers," he wrote. Though a missive like that could have easily been written yesterday, it was penned more than two decades ago by Ming Cheng Chen, owner of the Kon Tiki Motel.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2013
In 2001, Natasha Herzig found herself at age 19 staring at a gun, yanked into a car before she could make a sound. She spent a year trapped, working as a high-end escort for a pimp. The indignities were numerous. She remembers receiving a beating for asking whether she could go home. There was the john who once tried to suffocate her with a shower curtain after forcing her to lie in an ice-filled bathtub. She had to walk "the track," meaning the street, to meet her prostitution quota.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 7, 2013
A woman whose body was found face down in the sand in Newport Beach faced prostitution charges in three states and gave birth shortly before a stint in jail, according to public records and interviews. Tina Hoang, 20, was arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related crimes in California, Nevada and Florida, court papers show. The Bellflower resident, who died under circumstances that Newport Beach police termed "suspicious," was arrested as recently as December on suspicion of prostitution and had at least a dozen open cases against her in Orange and Los Angeles counties, her attorney said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 8, 2012
SANTA ANA - Crime statistics, the homeless being "dumped" in town, hoarders, prostitutes and prostitutes' use of motels - all were up for discussion at Monday night's town-hall meeting geared for northern Costa Mesa residents. About 30 attended the informal gathering at the Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa's Logos Sanctuary off MacArthur Boulevard, near the Santa Ana-Costa Mesa border. Attendees came from varied neighborhoods north and south of the San Diego (405) Freeway - the Westside, the State Streets, Lower Birds, Wimbledon Village, the Bethel Towers - to ask questions of Costa Mesa Police Department Cpl. Doug Johnson and city CEO Tom Hatch.
NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, abaird.dailypilot@gmail.com | March 26, 2011
A Costa Mesa man and his brother on Friday pleaded not guilty to murder after DNA evidence linked them to a woman's body found in Irvine that was burned beyond recognition. Gabino Baldivia-Guzman, 32, and his brother Zenaido Baldivia-Guzman, 25, of Santa Ana, were charged with murdering a woman in September 2009. At Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, they pleaded not guilty to the special-circumstances charge of murder during commission of a kidnapping. Irvine police Lt. Barry Aninag told the Daily Pilot last November that Gabino Baldivia-Guzman was driving his van through Santa Ana when he picked up a prostitute.
LOCAL
April 22, 2010
Eight people were arrested after an investigation into a prostitution operation at a hotel, Costa Mesa police said Thursday. After complaints from employees at the Vagabond Inn, 3205 Harbor Blvd., regarding possible prostitution, police investigated, said Lt. Bryan Glass. That investigation led police to two rooms in the hotel, where after talking with the people inside, eight of them were arrested for various violations related to prostitution. Among the arrestees were Meriam Valenzuela, 29, of Santa Ana, and Carlos Juan Camacho, 19, of Santa Ana, both of whom were booked on suspicion of pimping and conspiracy to commit a crime.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | March 26, 2010
Prince of Peace School, a private Christian campus in Mesa Verde, is struggling to stay open with enrollment plummeting after parents learned that the pastor of the church that owns the school once was convicted of prostitution charges. “I love this school, and I want it to stay open,” Michael Gaumond, an administrator for the Costa Mesa school, said Friday. “Hopefully, God will intervene and we will have a school next year — that’s what I’m hoping and praying for.” With enrollment numbers looking grim, it doesn’t appear that the preschool and K-6 school will have enough students to remain open at every grade level next year, Gaumond said.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | September 29, 2009
Authorities in Costa Mesa are asking the City Council to extend a 45-day ban on new massage parlors that went into effect in July by 10 months and 15 days, rounding it out at one year. An ever-increasing concentration of massage parlors in Costa Mesa and an influx in applications for new permits has made it too difficult for the city’s police department to guard against parlors that serve as fronts for prostitution, according to police. In addition, a law (Senate Bill 731)
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