March 19, 2005
Alicia Robinson Costa Mesa city officials have given the green light to a slate of new initiatives they expect will change the look of the Westside. But some of the Westsiders who are supposed to benefit from the revitalization efforts feel snubbed by what they see as the City Council's rushed approval of a shortsighted plan. It took three decades for the city to get a diverse group of business owners and residents with sometimes clashing interests to work together.
August 13, 2003
Lolita Harper Members of an embattled and seasoned committee designed to forge a future for the Westside of the city, presented a list of formal recommendations Monday but reserved the right to build on those suggestions. Members of the Community Redevelopment Action Committee unveiled its long-awaited report for the Westside, portions of which are marked for redevelopment. The action plan highlighted 28 goals; at the top of the list was attracting a national-chain supermarket so it could be surrounded with a commercial center.
March 23, 2003
Lolita Harper Pat Huak is putting a little leisure back in her life. After vowing to work until her 80th birthday, the former toy store employee has surpassed her goal and now spends her time walking her scenic Corona del Mar neighborhood and attending as many sporting events as possible. With six grandsons in the area, all involved in various sporting events, that task in itself is a full time job, she joked. "I felt pretty good staying at Toy Boat until I was 80," Huak said.
February 16, 2007
The North American Numbering Plan Administration will file its formal recommendation to the California Public Utilities Commission next month advising the agency to adopt an overlay option for the 714 area code, administration senior planner Joe Cocke said Thursday. The administration is filing the recommendation on behalf of the telecommunications industry, which had already reached consensus to recommend the overlay before three public comment meetings around Orange County, including one in Huntington Beach.
April 26, 2007
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District may tighten its operations in the near future, as administrators have recommended streamlining programs and freeing money to pay for salaries and other costs. On Tuesday, administrators released a report on 36 Newport-Mesa district programs — including after-school tutoring, preschool, counseling and intervention for troubled students — that analyzed whether they were cost-effective and provided enough benefits for students. The review team, led by assistant superintendents and other district leaders, suggested cutting or trimming some programs and obtaining state funding to pay for others.
July 28, 2008
Advance registration is recommended for Costa Mesa’s next summer skateboarding camp, which begins Aug. 25. Kids will have an option of either a half day or a full day of skating at the Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa. The program lasts a week and costs $75 for the half day, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and an extra $55 for the full day, which ends at 5 p.m. Participants in the full-day program are responsible for bringing their own lunches, and all participants should bring appropriate gear.
April 17, 2014
Editor's note: Attorneys John Stephens and Tim Sesler, two members of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee, asked the Daily Pilot to publish the panel's findings and recommendations. The committee put together a series of three articles that seek to explain and simplify the complex subject matter to residents. This is the second installment. This edition will discuss PEPRA, the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act. PEPRA was created to address structural concerns related to California public employee pensions.
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.
May 4, 2007
Picnic tables, restrooms, and more benches — but no city hall — were among the amenities Newport Beach parks commissioners want to see added at the planned Newport Center Park. The 12-acre parcel by the city's central library has been at the center of a debate over where a new city hall should go, but the City Council has decided several times to go ahead with park plans. The commission revisited park plans Tuesday at the City Council's behest after the council learned in March that parks commissioner Debra Allen might have a conflict of interest.
February 20, 2003
Deepa Bharath Residents must make use of the information put out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, local public safety officials said Wednesday. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has launched a public relations campaign and a Web site, www.ready.gov, that offers tips to prepare for worst-case scenarios, including terrorist bombings, biological, chemical and nuclear attacks. Officials said they crafted the campaign to avoid creating widespread panic while providing some common sense ideas that will help people survive a disaster -- when government and emergency services are unavailable.