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December 21, 2009
Orange County has begun replacing a 70-year-old sewage pumping station at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, which will affect traffic on West Coast Highway through next summer. In a notice posted by the Orange County Sanitation District, officials announced that the bay club pump station will be replaced with a new one across the street at 1800 W. Coast Hwy. Workers will leave two traffic lanes open for cars in each direction, though more lanes will be closed during pipe installation.
NEWS
November 18, 2003
Alicia Robinson Orange County Sanitation District officials will discuss a proposal tonight to purchase four parcels of land on the north side of West Coast Highway and build a pump station to replace the Rocky Point pump station. The new facility would cost about $9.4 million and would begin a 17-month construction schedule in August 2005, Engineering Manager Jim Herberg said. The existing pump station at 1575 W. Coast Highway, built in 1938, pumps wastewater from Newport Beach to a treatment plant in Huntington Beach.
LOCAL
January 23, 2008
Newport police identified at least six more victims of a credit theft scheme at an Exxon gas station on the Balboa Peninsula, bringing the victim total to 15, police said. Investigators believe the devices were put on pump payment machines at the 3401 Newport Blvd. station during the week of Jan. 6, police said. The thieves possibly nabbed information for hundreds of credit and debit cards, including card numbers and Personal Identification Numbers, police said. The thieves used debit card information to create phony cards, so they could withdraw the maximum amount at various ATMs in the Los Angeles area, police said.
BUSINESS
By Dave Brooks | May 1, 2006
Gas prices have sent an economic shockwave through the country, with pump prices soaring well above $3 a gallon. While the price affects everyone hard at the pump, consumers are taking multiple hits as fuel prices bring price jumps to many sectors of the economy. "Areas like Southern California are especially hard hit because the region relies so heavily on driving as a method to transport goods," said Roger Stein, a Newport Beach financial analyst and economist. "Every sector of the economy is affected by the price of gas."
NEWS
September 12, 2000
County officials closed part of Newport Bay to swimmers and scuba divers Monday after a sewage spill at the Lido Marina Village vessel pump polluted the water. The affected area, from Lido Island Bridge to 300 feet up the bay along the Lido Village Marina docks, will remain closed to water-contact sports until the results of a water quality test are available, officials said. The Orange County Health Care Agency will continue its investigation today.
NEWS
By: | October 1, 2005
o7Here are a few items the council considered Tuesday. f7 PUMP STATION GRANT The council accepted a $65,000 state grant to put two new stations to pump out waste from boats at the American Legion's dock. The dock had a pump-out station earlier, but the city closed it in January because the dock was unsafe, and a new station was added at the 15th Street public dock. But the 15th Street dock proved inconvenient, so officials applied for a grant to fix the original dock and replace its pump-out stations.
NEWS
September 13, 2002
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Accident causes car to injure woman at gas station A Massachusetts woman was seriously injured Thursday afternoon in Costa Mesa when a driver lost control of his vehicle in a separate traffic collision and pinned her against the curb while she was pumping gas, police officials said. Sandra Buonopane was standing by the gas pump at the 76 gas station at the corner of Bristol Street and Paularino Avenue at about 12:06 p.m. when 20-year-old Enrique Perea of Santa Ana veered into the gas station, crushing Buonopane between the curb and a steel guard device in front of the pump, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney.
NEWS
July 28, 2007
Beach-bound traffic on Irvine Avenue will be slowed by a project to relocate a sewer pump station south of Mesa Drive. The work by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District is expected to start in the next two weeks and should take about three months, district manager Rob Hamers said. Construction equipment will take up part of the right southbound lane. Hamers said drivers should try to avoid the area during the work. Signs will be posted with the sanitary district phone number, (949) 631-1731, for more information about the project.
NEWS
July 27, 2004
ON THE AGENDA Here are some items to be considered by the Newport Beach City Council tonight. RECOVERY HOME ZONING The council will hold a second reading of new zoning regulations that govern drug and alcohol recovery homes, which residents say are scattered around the Balboa Peninsula and can cause problems such as noise and litter. At their July 13 meeting, council members voted 4 to 2 in favor of rules that require some recovery homes to apply for Federal Exception Permits, which will be granted by the Planning Commission.
SPORTS
By Dave Thorpe | August 25, 2006
COSTA MESA — When Mesa Verde Country Club's Steve Rhorer did a rather unimaginative fist pump after nailing a 12-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole of the seventh Jones Cup, Tom Sargent was not impressed. It marked the team's first birdie since the third hole, so Sargent was expecting a little more than the short fist pump toward the ground that Rhorer offered. So when Sargent made a seven-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, he showed Rhorer the fine art of the fist pump, done horizontally and fully equipped with a foot-slide.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 27, 2014
By the time most Newport Beach residents wake up Thursday morning, the Municipal Operations Department plans to be hard at work. With high tides anticipated to coincide with two rain storms, the city has started preparations to protect its low-lying areas. Employees were expected to arrive at 4 a.m. to get a head start on protecting streets and walkways from possible flooding. When the tides rise above 6 feet, as was expected for Thursday, drain valves on Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula must be closed to keep water from flowing backward from the harbor into the streets.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint and By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2012
Newport Beach city workers kept busy Thursday morning, pumping out stormwater that had accumulated on the Balboa Peninsula. Along Newport Boulevard between 21st and 26th streets, one lane was closed down for about an hour as crews diverted the water from the street into the harbor, but not before a group of neighbors dropped by to try their hand at skimboarding the nearly 1-foot-deep puddles. No property damage was reported on the peninsula or on Balboa Island, said Mike Pisani, Newport's deputy municipal operations director.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | August 30, 2012
The Orange County Sanitation District is planning to pump treated wastewater into the ocean about a mile offshore of the Santa Ana River Jetties, instead of the usual five miles off, during a construction project beginning in September. Pumping closer to shore is part of a temporary maintenance project expected to last up to four weeks that aims to fix corroded portions of the 5-mile pipe, which was commissioned in the 1970s. Sanitation District officials say that swimmers and beachgoers should not notice any changes to ocean water, but they will likely see crews working on equipment at Huntington State Beach near the river outlet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | August 13, 2012
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson delivered a whole-hearted performance for Heart fanatics at Orange County Fair last week. "This is an opportunity for us all to pour our hearts out together," Ann Wilson said to the nearly filled Pacific Amphitheatre on Thursday. In 90 minutes, the sisters played a 15-song set that celebrated more than four decades of rich musical history. The duo was accompanied by a high-caliber backing band, who authentically re-created the group's classic rock staples.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 22, 2012
Billie Jean King wasn't bashful about her opinion on the state of tennis during a quaint meet-and-greet for the new Orange County Breakers at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa Tuesday night. She said tennis, mainly men's, is great globally, but the U.S. is in last place. With regard to World TeamTennis, she would like her Breakers to be in first place, and that doesn't just mean in the league standings. Lindsay Davenport and a new venue just might be the right combination to deliver.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 19, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Thanksgiving is still about a week away, but on turkeys were everywhere at Ensign Intermediate School. The Newport Beach seventh- and eighth-grade school held its seventh annual Turkey Trot fundraiser Friday. "The Turkey Trot is going really well," Principal Gloria Duncan said. "Lots of students participated. Many parents are here, coming and going. It's really been a nice event to bring the parents and students together. " Students in physical education shorts and special Turkey Trot T-shirts - featuring a funky turkey printed on the front - stretched out on the blacktop before running a mile.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg, Daily Pilot | September 3, 2011
This weekend begins my favorite time of year. It marks the return of high school, college and NFL football. Combined with the pennant races in Major League Baseball and many other sports, it is a cornucopia of sports participation and television viewing that lifts every fan's spirit. There are certain circles where this phenomenon is not as welcome. I once represented a hard-core sports fan in a spoof on the Roseanne Barr show whose wife was suing him for alienation of affections on the grounds that his couch obsession was ruining their marriage.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 27, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — As the city faces rising sea levels, aging sea walls and shallow waters that need dredging, Newport Beach officials want to squeeze money out of an unlikely source: its oil-rich land. The city owns 16 aging wells — some are 60 years old — in West Newport that pumped about 30,000 barrels of Texas crude and netted about $1 million last fiscal year. On Tuesday Mayor Mike Henn said he would like to find a way to boost their production. Municipalities, however, don't typically take the same risks as oil exploration companies when it comes to drilling new wells and re-drilling existing ones.
NEWS
By Don Jergler | July 25, 2011
Cash is king in the real estate market throughout Southern California in general and in Orange County in particular, where thanks to falling home prices, more people with the means seem interested in plunking down a lump sum and getting a home free and clear. But many of these buyers aren't just people in search of the American Dream in a field of falling home prices. They are cash-bearing investors looking to buy, and often flip, properties. And a large number of these buyers may be foreign investors banking on an eventual rebound and the ebb and tide of the greenback, local market watchers say. The upside is these buyers may be giving the languishing market a small boost.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | September 18, 2010
IRVINE — The U.S. Navy did not detect toxins beneath the former El Toro Marine Base's runways and progress is steadily being made on a plume of contamination beneath other sections of the former base, residents were told at last week's City Council meeting. The Navy plans to reevaluate its findings every five years, and if traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical solvent used on the base in the 1970s, are detected in new areas, the Navy will continue to clean it up, said Jim Callian, Navy Base Realignment and Closure environmental coordinator for El Toro.
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