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September 25, 2002
Lolita Harper The Planning Commission took assertive action Monday night to ensure the city lives up to its nickname: "City of the Arts." Planning commissioners voted unanimously to recommend instituting a citywide public art program that would require future developers to donate 1% of their building costs to some sort of artistic display. Members of the commission said it was extremely important to promote visual art, especially in a city that touts its dedication to such endeavors on the official city seal.
NEWS
April 12, 2001
I would like to respond to columnist Byron de Arakal concerning his viewpoints on the Noguchi Gardens ("Of Oompa Loompas and the Unreal Noguchi Follies," April 4). The column suggests that public art should not stand in the way of development, and that attempts to protect such art are frivolous and illogical. I disagree with de Arakal on this, as do many, many people concerned with saving Isamu Noguchi's "California Scenario," one of the few areas containing contemporary landscape sculpture in Orange County.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 22, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council voted Tuesday night to erect a Ronald Reagan statue in one of the city's parks instead of the future Civic Center. Departing from city policy governing public art, the council members voted 5 to 2 to have the city manager, with guidance from various groups, choose the sculptor and its location within Castaways Park, near West Coast Highway and Dover Drive. The decision marked the culmination of a months-long public debate about how, or if, the city should honor the former Republican president's centennial birthday.
NEWS
October 6, 2002
A plan in Costa Mesa City Hall to encourage and fund public art looks interesting after the first few brush strokes. The idea, approved by the Planning Commission last month, would require future developers of projects worth more than $750,000 to donate 1% of their building costs to some sort of artistic display. For the city that wants to be known as the City of the Arts and is home to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, among other venues, it seems a fitting addition to Costa Mesa's future.
NEWS
November 3, 2004
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few of the issues the council considered Monday. IKEA CONTRIBUTION The City Council approved extending the time it has to decide how to spend $350,000 from IKEA. The council now has until July 1 to decide what to do with the money. IKEA gave the $350,000 to the city as part of an agreement, since it had not spent the money on public art within six months of getting its certificate of occupancy, as it was required to as part of its final master plan.
NEWS
April 17, 2001
Businesses must be given priority over sculpture garden This is in regards to Councilwoman Linda Dixon's Community Commentary ("Public art needs protection," April 12). Dixon stated, "It is my desire to protect public art to the maximum extent possible." It is nice to know that Dixon's main focus is art rather than what is in the best interest of the city of Costa Mesa. I think that it is about time that Dixon realizes that the majority of Costa Mesa residents do not care about the Noguchi sculpture garden, also known as "California Scenario."
NEWS
May 17, 2001
WHAT HAPPENED: The commission denied an application to legalize an existing 6-foot-high block wall located 2 feet from the front property line of a single-family home at 2097 Santa Ana Ave. Maria Elena Olivera, the property owner, did not get a city permit for the wall, which encloses the side and front yards. Olivera said the wall acts as a buffer for traffic noise along Santa Ana Avenue and creates a protected play area for her children, according to the staff report.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 23, 2013
Newport Beach will probably change the way it tracks its public art pieces, updating records at least annually, City Manager Dave Kiff said in an email this week. Previously, the city hadn't regularly updated its inventory, he wrote, and as of Wednesday, five pieces - donated to the city or purchased at a combined value of $675 - were unaccounted for. Those were out of an inventory of 236 pieces with a total known value of $841,650. "We are not sure if the five are actually lost - it's generally our record keeping that has not been up to par," Kiff wrote.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 17, 2011
Seeking to clarify the city's role regarding a proposed public statue of President Ronald Reagan, the Newport Beach City Council will address during its regular meeting on Tuesday how public art is procured and displayed. Also, the council will vote on funding $84 million for the next phase of the Civic Center construction project, and will consider eliminating its police helicopter program. At last week's Arts Commission meeting, a rambunctious crowd protested the proposed Reagan statue, and commissioners voted to seek guidance from the City Council.
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By Jill Cowan | July 23, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council launched an effort Tuesday night to find art for a sculpture exhibition at the Civic Center park and moved to outsource some maintenance services. In light of the city's push to increase public art, the council decided to move forward with a plan to gather submissions for a temporary sculpture exhibition , set to open close to the new civic center's first anniversary. City arts commissioners Caroline Logan and Carole Boller told the council the group would focus on soliciting submissions from local artists to fit the theme "The Inherent Magic of Newport Beach.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 23, 2013
Newport Beach will probably change the way it tracks its public art pieces, updating records at least annually, City Manager Dave Kiff said in an email this week. Previously, the city hadn't regularly updated its inventory, he wrote, and as of Wednesday, five pieces - donated to the city or purchased at a combined value of $675 - were unaccounted for. Those were out of an inventory of 236 pieces with a total known value of $841,650. "We are not sure if the five are actually lost - it's generally our record keeping that has not been up to par," Kiff wrote.
NEWS
By Keith Curry | February 12, 2013
At the recent Speak Up Newport Mayor's Dinner, I reported on the state of our city and proposed some new initiatives to enhance our quality of life and improve the functioning of our city government. First, the state of our city is financially strong, economically vibrant and united in its efforts to move forward. Through prudent budget management, reductions in staffing and improved efficiency in how we provide services, we have built record cash reserves, balanced our budgets and delivered substantial enhancements to our public facilities.
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By Robyn B. Grant | February 12, 2013
Bravo, Mayor Keith Curry! At Friday night's annual Speak Up Newport Mayor's Dinner, in his State of the City address, Mayor Curry proposed something that will invigorate our community and catapult the already great city of Newport Beach to a new level of innovation, creativity and prosperity. Mayor Curry began by aptly chronicling Newport Beach as a financially strong and dynamic community with outstanding assets. The list is almost too long to recount — a beach, bay and schools beyond renown, the nationally recognized OASIS Senior Center, the Newport Coast Community Center and a vibrant Central Library with citywide satellite locations.
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By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | June 25, 2011
The Irvine City Council plans to sign off Tuesday on a three-year contract extension for Orange County Great Park Chief Executive Michael Ellzey. The renewal of his more than $200,000 annual salary will come with perks, including a $750 monthly car allowance and a $250 cell phone and Internet service allowance, according to attachments to the meeting agenda. The contract would expire June 30, 2014. Ellzey's contract will be among a package of Great Park-related action items that the council is expected to finalize.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 22, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council voted Tuesday night to erect a Ronald Reagan statue in one of the city's parks instead of the future Civic Center. Departing from city policy governing public art, the council members voted 5 to 2 to have the city manager, with guidance from various groups, choose the sculptor and its location within Castaways Park, near West Coast Highway and Dover Drive. The decision marked the culmination of a months-long public debate about how, or if, the city should honor the former Republican president's centennial birthday.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 17, 2011
Seeking to clarify the city's role regarding a proposed public statue of President Ronald Reagan, the Newport Beach City Council will address during its regular meeting on Tuesday how public art is procured and displayed. Also, the council will vote on funding $84 million for the next phase of the Civic Center construction project, and will consider eliminating its police helicopter program. At last week's Arts Commission meeting, a rambunctious crowd protested the proposed Reagan statue, and commissioners voted to seek guidance from the City Council.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 17, 2008
Newport Beach city officials broke ground today on what is believed to be the largest public arts project in the city’s 102-year history. The McFadden Square Centennial Legacy Project at the base of Newport Pier will include granite benches surrounding a bronze sculpture and a circular walking path marked with significant events from throughout the city’s history. “This area represents the growth of Newport Beach — this is the sport where Newport Beach originated,” said Mayor Ed Selich, before the groundbreaking ceremony.
NEWS
January 28, 2007
With disagreement the norm for the current Costa Mesa City Council, we are happy to applaud the unanimity and the decision to go forward with five high-rise residential and commercial units in the South Coast Metro area. It would be hard to find a more upscale and successful few blocks of property than the South Coast Metro area, and we are glad to see the council is in lock step on this plan. Largely thanks to the vision of Henry Segerstrom and his family, the area boasts one of the most successful shopping centers in the nation, two world-class performing arts venues, a cutting edge repertory theater, fine dining, elegant lodging and public art. Adding the high-rise venues, which will include more than 200,000 square feet of commercial space and 1,200 residential units, and the future location of the Orange County Museum of Art, will help propel and elevate this area into a true downtown.
NEWS
November 3, 2004
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few of the issues the council considered Monday. IKEA CONTRIBUTION The City Council approved extending the time it has to decide how to spend $350,000 from IKEA. The council now has until July 1 to decide what to do with the money. IKEA gave the $350,000 to the city as part of an agreement, since it had not spent the money on public art within six months of getting its certificate of occupancy, as it was required to as part of its final master plan.
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