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By Lauren Williams | October 20, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Homeless Task Force (HTF) has created a tentative set of ordinances and services that it will recommend to the City Council early next year. The draft of suggestions were ironed out in a special five-hour meeting Saturday, as well as in the regularly scheduled meeting at the police station Wednesday. Emphasis was placed on the city doing its "fair share" in addressing the Costa Mesa homeless population — a theme the group has revisited in many of its sessions — without taking on the burdens of a regionwide problem.
NEWS
July 16, 2009
Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission is expected to vote Wednesday to hold meetings on only odd-numbered months. The five-member commission, appointed by the City Council, used to meet every month, but the council decided to cut it back to save money. Dissolving the commission or merging it with another council-appointed committee, the Planning Commission, were also considered. The commission’s main charge is deciding whether to remove trees in front of peoples’ houses when owners complain they’re interfering with underground pipes or tearing up the sidewalks.
NEWS
March 31, 2005
Ralph Ronquillo As the Chairman of the Westside Revitalization Oversight Committee, I felt compelled to comment on your recent article regarding the City Council's approval of the modified committee implementation plan as presented by councilman Eric Bever. The modified plan includes an expansion of the Westside Revitalization Oversight Committee's recommendations for a residential overlay zoning designation for properties on the Westside, including properties that are currently zoned for industrial uses.
NEWS
March 12, 2002
This is regarding the interview of Judy Franco, president of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees (Q&A with Judy Franco, "Leading the schools' charge," Feb. 17). I find some of Franco's public relations-laced comments regarding community involvement after the bankruptcy absolutely fascinating to read. Take, for instance, her comments about the community saying, "We're here. We want to help. Let us help. Let us work together. Let us be part of the team."
NEWS
May 27, 2007
Adult soccer games and other active group sports should be banned at Paularino Park, and trees and landscaping should be installed to help enforce the prohibition, Costa Mesa's parks and recreation commission decided this week. The move followed a community meeting in early May where residents said they think the park should be for passive use. The parks commission's recommendations must be approved by the City Council. Under the recommendation, signs would be posted at the park to explain what's allowed, and the changes would be reviewed after six months.
NEWS
April 12, 2005
Alicia Robinson The committee that wrote a plan to improve Costa Mesa's Westside, which for some residents has stretched into two or three years of work, could officially be put to bed today. The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, is set to vote this afternoon on whether to dissolve the Westside Revitalization Oversight Committee. After working since mid-2003, the committee in January gave a report suggesting ways to encourage residential development and overall upgrades on the Westside.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | July 9, 2008
Fire authorities’ recommendations to reduce what they characterized as the greatest natural danger in Newport Beach include drastically cutting trees and shrubs in Buck Gully. At a study session Tuesday, Newport Beach Fire Marshal Steve Bunting gave his recommendations that would expand existing codes and would remove about two-thirds of the trees within 100 feet of the back of properties at Buck Gully to meet new standards. Regulations don’t ask for trees to be separated, which is where Bunting says the current code fails.
NEWS
October 9, 2004
Deirdre Newman Monday will be a historic day for the Westside. That's the day a group of Westside homeowners, business owners and industrial property owners -- who in the past have been a fractious bunch -- will present its specific recommendations for revitalizing this languishing area of the city. The group, known as the Westside Revitalization Oversight Committee, will present its report, which the 27 members agreed on unanimously, to the Redevelopment Agency -- the City Council acting under a different name.
NEWS
February 15, 2005
Alicia Robinson After close to three decades of trying to improve the city's Westside, officials are on the verge of approving a list of new zoning rules and other plans to spur economic development in the area. The City Council will consider a multi-pronged plan that would modify zoning so homes could be built in formerly industrial areas and that would otherwise spruce up the Westside. The plan was developed by the Westside Revitalization Oversight Committee, a group of residents and owners of businesses and industrial properties.
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By Jill Cowan | March 15, 2014
Posted unobtrusively low in the floor-to-ceiling front window of a trendy salad joint or fading in its plastic sleeve at the sushi place next door, the orange-ringed seal has for decades been a great equalizer of sorts among Orange County restaurants - theoretically useful, but often unnoticed. Now, an Orange County Grand Jury report recommends that those orange rings be switched out in favor of a stoplight-style color code, reviving a long-simmering debate over the county's restaurant health rating system.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | January 29, 2014
In the aftermath of the cheating scheme involving students at Corona del Mar High School, 11 were expelled from the school and the private tutor accused of assisting them remains at-large. As the clock ticked past five hours of closed-session deliberation, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees re-emerged early Wednesday morning to announce their approval of the district administration's recommended punishments for each of the students. "The Board of Education has weighed each of the cases presented this evening on an individual basis and in careful detail," Karen Yelsey, school board president, said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 24, 2013
Condominium residents near the site of a prospective homeless recovery complex in Costa Mesa are criticizing the plans, contending that while the aim to help the needy is noble, the project has the potential to harm their neighborhood and pose a risk to their children's safety. Earlier this month, the City Council recommended looking into using Civic Center Park, a 2.52-acre grassy expanse across from City Hall and the Orange County Fairgrounds as the site for permanent housing with support services for Costa Mesa's homeless.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 21, 2013
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beachside over natural gas-burning fire rings. City staff plans to recommend at Tuesday's City Council meeting that council members approve city participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areas, while also removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings. Currently, 33 fire rings are arranged in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 are at Corona del Mar State Beach.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 2, 2013
City staff members plan to recommend that the Newport Beach council agree to outsource trash services to the company that submitted the lowest bid for the work. Staff will present to council members an agreement negotiated with CR&R waste services, whose original proposal would have saved the city an estimated $17 million over seven years, according to an independent assessment. An 85-page draft of the agreement has been posted on the city's website for review, more than two weeks in advance of the council's next meeting.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 15, 2013
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday evening recommended instituting a citywide moratorium on new hookah lounges, a move that conflicts with city staff's advice to ban the establishments entirely. The 4-1 decision - with Commissioner Colin McCarthy dissenting - doesn't affect the three permitted lounges already open, but does put the spotlight on them as city officials examine residents' complaints and code enforcement actions associated with the parlors. The commissioners who approved the decision said they felt wary about a ban, but considered a moratorium an appropriate compromise as further examination is carried out. Commissioner Jeff Mathews stressed the need to balance a business owner's right to operate versus the rights of residents, some of whom have said the lounges are noisy and detrimental to their quality of life.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 18, 2013
Newport Beach is in the process of reviewing possible changes to the land-use portion of the city's general plan. The city periodically updates the document, a state-mandated guide for development, to reflect changes, such as economic growth and housing needs. Newport Beach last amended its plan in 2006. City leaders hope to place proposed revisions on the ballot in 2014. As the economy recovers, city officials want to make changes that will ensure the document is appropriately monitoring the way land is being developed.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 9, 2013
Costa Mesa's chief executive Friday acknowledged an inadvertent encroachment on a sensitive habitat within Fairview Park and said the city is taking steps to protect the area. Beginning Monday, temporary roping will be placed around Vernal Pool 6 and a park ambassador will redirect users and children who frequent the area en route to school or sports practice, said city CEO Tom Hatch. A portion of that small vernal pool - a kind of temporary wetland that hosts the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp, among other species - was recently damaged by a trail topped by decomposed granite, Hatch said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | May 29, 2013
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission this week recommended that the City Council adopt an ordinance aimed at fighting problematic properties, such as transient motels and dilapidated homes. The public nuisance abatement ordinance would expand the city's ability to rectify quality-of-life problems, such as crime, hoarding and graffiti. It broadly defines "public nuisances" to include, among other things, a property that is a fire hazard, structurally unsafe, abandoned or dangerous for children, or that has a garage converted into a temporary or permanent living space.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 13, 2013
The Coast Community College District may soon put to rest an issue that's drawn threats of political retribution and hours of testimony from union and nonunion activists. A task force has recommended the board of trustees reject crafting an overarching agreement with local unions that would govern how to spend about $700 million earmarked for construction. Trustees will consider that recommendation at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the board room, 1370 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. The agreement, often called a project labor agreement, or PLA, would pre-negotiate hiring terms with Orange County unions for every infrastructure project funded by Measure M - $698 million of bonds that voters approved in November.
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