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By Alicia Robinson | July 14, 2006
When the golden shovels turn up the earth today for a new fire station at the corner of Acacia Street and Mesa Drive, it will be a landmark event for the community of Santa Ana Heights and the city of Newport Beach. The $11.5 million fire station will be the first large construction project built with money from the Santa Ana Heights redevelopment agency. An adjacent firefighter training tower will be the first such facility for the city. Santa Ana Heights remains half in and half out of Newport Beach, after a county annexation commission on Wednesday delayed a decision on bringing West Santa Ana Heights into the city.
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NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | June 28, 2006
After a long struggle to attract and keep tenants, Triangle Square could gain permanent residents, under a plan to add residential units that will be presented to the Costa Mesa City Council next week. The 190,000-square-foot mall was built in the early 1990s as part of a city-driven redevelopment project, but it has struggled for several years and is now less than half occupied. The council on Tuesday will decide whether to tentatively approve the residential concept, and developers will return later with more detailed plans.
NEWS
June 18, 2005
Tim Riley It's like clockwork. Another Sunday, another innuendo-filled Watchdog column. You certainly are keeping us busy having to correct the record. Your writer on June 12 misled the public by omitting several facts: The city had a willing seller for the Santa Ana Heights Fire Station and Training Center site. The final action did use eminent domain so that the seller could take advantage of tax benefits. Redevelopment dollars can and should be used for buildings like fire stations because the station specifically benefits the redevelopment project area.
NEWS
May 25, 2007
Costa Mesa won't try to boost its eminent domain powers, though an upcoming City Council agenda item may appear to the contrary, City Atty. Kimberly Hall Barlow said this week. She's already received calls of concern about an ordinance the council will discuss June 5. The rule describes the city's program for using eminent domain to acquire property, but it doesn't grant the power of eminent domain. Barlow said she's bringing the measure forward because it's required by a new state law. The only place Costa Mesa officials have had eminent domain power in recent years was the downtown redevelopment area — which includes Triangle Square — and that power expired in 1999.
NEWS
March 13, 2007
Discussion on gangs Strategies to address gangs and how much to spend on the issue will be considered today at a Costa Mesa City Council study session. Police department officials last week gave the council a report recommending a multipronged approach, including stepped-up enforcement and crime surveillance cameras . Council members will give their first public comments on the report at the 4:30 p.m. meeting in Conference Room 1A at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | November 6, 2006
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa leaders want to try again to compromise on the annexation of unincorporated county parcels that border both cities, despite two earlier breakdowns in talks. The two cities have been haggling over who will annex four areas: West Santa Ana Heights, Banning Ranch, the Santa Ana Country Club and a neighborhood south of Mesa Drive. The Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, which decides annexations, was set to discuss the issue Nov. 8, but Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor and Newport Beach Mayor Don Webb have asked the commission to put off discussion until May 2007.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | June 16, 2006
COSTA MESA ? It's been more of a trickle than a flood, but the city is getting the first wave of plans for redevelopment projects on the Westside and the Bristol Street area called Sobeca. The City Council in April approved plans that encourage housing development, including mixed-use, on more than 600 acres of the largely industrial Westside as well as the Sobeca area. In the last month, preliminary plans for three projects in Sobeca and three on the Westside have been filed with the city.
NEWS
April 8, 2003
Recently, there has been much discussion about redevelopment and how to improve the Westside. If redevelopment is put on hold, or used partially or not at all, it begs a question: What will we do in its place? I will be presenting some options such as reduced fees to provide incentive for improvement and mixed-use zoning options, to name just two. But what can be done right now? Even with redevelopment, the first thing to happen on the Westside should be major infrastructure repair.
NEWS
March 4, 2001
We appreciate the interest Byron de Arakal has shown in the future of Westside Costa Mesa, and we recognize that columnists often paint with a broad brush. However, de Arakal's column of Feb. 21 ["Leaders without ears, beware the quaking ground beneath you"] seriously erred in portraying us, Tom and Eleanor Egan, as being opposed to "visioning." That word has been widely misused and misunderstood. So-called "visioning" is just the first step, to be followed by strategic planning, then implementation, (as in "Ready, Aim, Fire")
NEWS
November 6, 2003
While I am checking in a bit late with regards to this 19th Street bridge concept, I do have a suggestion. Since all cities involved are concerned about the traffic impact that such a bridge could create, how about a compromise? Extend the Costa Mesa Freeway all the way to Coast Highway and build the bridge. That could solve the congestion problem at 19th Street, where the freeway dumps a huge amount of traffic. I'm sure those people who live in Newport Beach and use the freeway to travel to and from their homes don't enjoy sitting in all that traffic on a daily basis any more than those of us in Costa Mesa do. By the time the freeway would reach Coast Highway, much of the traffic would have already exited at 17th or 16th streets.
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