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By Steve Virgen | March 24, 2012
Here is a statement from Larry Hirst emailed to me regarding his resignation as boys' basketball coach at Newport Harbor High. * After 28 years of coaching (Southern Calif. College, Edison and Newport Harbor) I have decided to retire. The decision was based on what I thought was best for Newport Harbor High School, the Boys Basketball Program and my family. After all these years it seems that my "old fashioned/old school" ways were not reaching the bar that our staff and players had set over the years.
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June 2, 2009
College Park Elementary School Principal John Sanders announced his resignation Tuesday on account of personal reasons. Sanders went on leave in the middle of May leading to some complaints from parents who said that the principal had been one of the main reasons for sending their children to the Costa Mesa school. His resignation takes effect June 30 and Assistant Principal Julie Duddridge will continue to serve in his place until a permanent replacement can be found, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss.
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August 27, 2007
The resignation of U.S Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday was perhaps only a surprise in its timing, Newport Beach Rep. John Campbell said. “I hadn’t heard any rumors in the last week,” Campbell said, adding, “You see a lot of people leaving the administration now, when their effectiveness has been reduced.” While his colleague, Huntington Beach Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, was among the first congressional Republicans to call for Gonzales to step down, Campbell said he never had doubts about the attorney general’s performance.
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October 31, 2004
Marisa O'Neil A Coast Community College District trustee's resignation takes effect today, a move that will substantially increase his pension, just days before an election that could return him to the same office. By submitting his resignation Friday, Trustee Armando Ruiz, 61, can boost his Coast yearly pension from $5,000 to about $55,000, and will boost his total yearly pension to $120,000, based on his other job as a counselor at Irvine Valley College.
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By By Alicia Robinson | January 13, 2006
John Heffernan cites time commitment as reason for leaving; he says 2004 challenger should replace him.Newport Beach City Councilman John Heffernan on Thursday announced he's stepping down from the council after serving for five years, including a six-month stint as mayor in 2005. He ran for reelection in 2004 and would have been termed out in 2008. Now the council will have to replace him, likely with an appointment. Heffernan submitted a resignation letter Wednesday to Mayor Don Webb and City Manager Homer Bludau, citing the time involved in serving on the council.
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July 7, 2004
Deirdre Newman Two-term City Councilman Gary Adams announced Tuesday he will resign his post this fall, leaving the council with a vacancy in its ranks for the second consecutive year. Adams announced his intentions to his colleagues in an e-mail, saying a job promotion will take him and his family to Washington, D.C. Last year, it was Councilman Gary Proctor who left the dais. He was replaced by a council appointment -- Steve Rosansky. This time around, it's still unclear which process the council will chose to replace Adams, since his date of departure from the council isn't concrete yet, Mayor Tod Ridgeway said.
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By Brianna Bailey | September 8, 2009
Costa Mesa’s top financial executive, Marc Puckett, abruptly resigned from his post on the board of directors of the California Municipal Treasurers Assn. about two weeks after he was placed on leave from City Hall for an undisclosed reason. Puckett was slated to take over as president of the professional organization in April before he sent out an e-mail announcing his resignation Aug. 24, said Kelley Williams, president of the California Municipal Treasurers Assn. “I was shocked, completely shocked,” Williams said.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | December 8, 2007
Dick Freeman, the Corona del Mar High football coach since 1995, resigned Friday in a meeting with the school’s athletic director and principal. Freeman, 67-69-2 in 12-plus seasons at the helm of the Sea Kings, will continue to teach science at CdM. “After teaching at Corona del Mar for 25 years and serving as the head coach since 1995, Dick Freeman has decided to step down from the football program,” Athletic Director Paul Orris said in a statement Friday.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | December 7, 2007
Dick Freeman, the Corona del Mar High football coach since 1995, resigned Friday in a meeting with the school’s athletic director and principal. Freeman, 67-69-2 in 12-plus seasons at the helm of the Sea Kings, will continue to teach science at CdM. “After teaching at Corona del Mar for 25 years and serving as the head coach since 1995, Dick Freeman has decided to step down from the football program,” Athletic Director Paul Orris said in a statement Friday.
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By Joseph Serna | September 14, 2009
Costa Mesa city officials accepted Finance Director Marc Puckett’s letter of resignation Monday, officially ending his employment with the city retroactive to Sept. 2. Puckett, 47, of Aliso Viejo, was put on administrative leave Aug. 13 for undisclosed reasons. City officials said it had nothing to do with financial improprieties. Puckett submitted his letter of resignation late last week, said City Manager Allan Roeder. “We had been waiting to hear from him,” he said.
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By Bradley Zint | April 2, 2014
Citing dissatisfaction with City Hall decisions, a longtime Costa Mesa youth sports advocate confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned from his sports leadership positions. Gordon Bowley had been serving as president of Costa Mesa United and as chairman of the Costa Mesa Youth Sports Council. His resignations were effective March 18. Bowley, a Costa Mesa resident since 1968 and former coach for youth baseball and soccer, was Costa Mesa United's president for the last seven years.
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By Hannah Fry | March 21, 2014
Costa Mesa High School Principal Phil D'Agostino is being tapped to head up discipline for Newport-Mesa Unified, district officials confirmed Thursday. Jane Garland, former director of student services, resigned in February after she accused district administrators of mishandling the cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School. During her time at Newport-Mesa Unified, Garland assisted with implementing a restorative justice form of discipline, which focuses on helping students develop empathy, understand the reasons for their actions and take responsibility for wrongdoing.
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By Paloma Esquivel | March 11, 2014
The chief executive for Orange County's toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job. Neil Peterson, who was hired in May, was put on administrative leave in February after coming under fire for spending thousands of dollars without public scrutiny, using a provision that allowed him to approve certain contracts without board approval. Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, declined to say why Peterson decided to resign.
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By Bradley Zint | March 4, 2014
A financial analyst has been appointed to serve on the Orange County Fair Board, state officials said Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Barbara Bagneris, 56, of Orange to serve on the board, which governs the 150-acre, state-owned fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The position is unpaid. Bagneris, a Democrat, replaces former Director Dave Ellis, who resigned from the board in January. Since 2010, Bagneris has been a principal financial analyst at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, a division of the Raytheon Co. She worked at the Boeing Co. from 1980 to 2008 in a variety of positions, including business analyst and program financial controls analyst, according to a state news release.
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By Bradley Zint | February 12, 2014
Roger Chadderdon describes himself as an "old guy who wants to play softball. " And for 25 years, the Costa Mesa resident has been doing just that beneath the lights of the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex, a pristine facility off Arlington Drive with three softball fields, one baseball diamond, a snack bar, ample parking and tree-lined entryways. In late January - a few days after signing up for the city's springtime men's softball league - Chadderdon, 53, received unexpected news: The players could no longer use TeWinkle on Friday evenings.
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By Christopher Goffard | February 5, 2014
An administrator for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District resigned Wednesday after alleging the school district badly mishandled a computer-hacking scandal that resulted in the expulsion of 11 students. Jane Garland, who was deeply involved in the case for months as the district's head of discipline, said the district ignored her recommendations to give the students a lighter punishment. "They didn't stop to think about it," she said. "They went ahead, and these children got destroyed in the newspapers.
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January 30, 2014
Bob Knapp, Costa Mesa's recreation manager, resigned Thursday afternoon after a year and a half on the job. His last day at City Hall is Friday, according to a city news release. No reason was given for Knapp's departure. He had no comment when reached by phone. "The city thanks Knapp for his service to the Costa Mesa community and wishes him well in future endeavors," the release says. He began the job July 2012 at an annual salary of about $105,000. Knapp previously worked as a small-business owner.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 23, 2014
A member of the Orange County Fair Board who chaired the group during a hotly contested attempt to privatize the fairgrounds has resigned. Dave Ellis, who served on the fairgrounds' governing body since 2007, said Thursday that he stepped down because eight years on the board was enough. "I'm just a firm believer in term limits," he said. Although Ellis' second term had already expired earlier this month, there was nothing preventing him from continuing. When directors' terms end, they can stay on until the governor replaces or reappoints them.
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By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times | January 22, 2014
From an office tower overlooking the sumptuous Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, Mohamed El-Erian sat atop a massive treasure trove of wealth as chief executive of Pimco. Soft-spoken and cerebral, El-Erian presided over a financial juggernaut that rose to become one of the biggest and most influential investment firms in the world. His ubiquitous appearances on cable news shows could sway financial markets in a split second. On Tuesday, El-Erian unexpectedly announced his resignation as CEO, according to the Los Angeles Times . Pimco offered no explanation for the departure, sparking conjecture on Wall Street about whether the current challenges at the investment giant played a role.
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By Hannah Fry | August 27, 2013
A Corona del Mar High School drama teacher, who was placed on leave in June after a student accused him of battery, has resigned. Ron Martin, a nine-year CdM veteran who won accolades from free-speech advocates for fighting to stage a campus production of "Rent," confirmed Tuesday that he left his job last week for the sake of his health and to avoid having to go before the school district's review board. "I'm disappointed that it happened this way," said Martin, 57. "From what I understood I was guilty and had to prove my innocence.
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