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September 23, 2013
The White House on Tuesday will honor a member of the Newport Beach Fire Department for his efforts in preparing volunteers to help the city respond to a disaster, according to a news release. Matt Brisbois, a life safety specialist with the Fire Department, has overseen the Community Emergency Response Team program in Newport Beach since 2006. He will receive an award at the Washington, D.C., ceremony, along with 17 others from across the country, as a Champion of Change for Community Preparedness and Resilience.
NEWS
October 29, 2010
The Costa Mesa Police Assn. is holding a Halloween safety event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday outside of the Stater Bro.'s grocery store, 1175 W. Baker St. Hotdogs will be served for lunch and candy will be given away to city residents, said Allen Rieckhof, president of the association. Residents will also have a chance to meet members of the Police Department to discuss safety tips. The Police Department members will also be giving away glow sticks for children who are getting ready to trick or treat on Halloween, Rieckhof said.
NEWS
May 13, 2011
When I moved to Costa Mesa, I fell in love with the small-town feel and the people living here. I became involved with my community and the city because I truly believe we all must play a part in making our city a great place to live. Becoming involved gave me the great benefit of meeting and working with city staff and members of the Costa Mesa Police Department. The community-oriented policing approach taken by CMPD is a valuable asset to our communities. Cpl. Doug Johnson has been active in my neighborhood as well as others on the north side.
NEWS
October 18, 2011
Families can stay up to date on how to keep their kids safe online with a special presentation Wednesday. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is offering all families a Cyber Smart presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Education Center, 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa. The event will feature guest speakers, including a crime-prevention specialist with the Newport Beach police and a community consultant to explain how parents can protect their children online with different monitoring and filtering options.
LOCAL
June 30, 2006
The Fourth of July is a holiday that most public safety officials don't get to spend with their families. Everyone's on. With crowds, drinking and fireworks, Uncle Sam's birthday has historically meant quite a headache for Newport-Mesa's police and fire departments. This year, they're warning the public early and making sure that everyone ? visitors and residents alike ? knows the rules. In Newport Beach particularly, there is a huge influx of people coming to the beach for the holiday.
NEWS
January 17, 2008
Elderly drivers interested in increasing their safety on the road are encouraged to attend the Automobile Club of Southern California?s CarFit Program, where participants older than 65 will receive tutoring sessions. The effort is part of a national program to improve road safety, spokeswoman Elaine Beno said. It was developed with the American Society on Aging, the AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Assn. ?When older drivers are in crashes they tend to have more injuries and fatalities because they are older,?
NEWS
January 9, 2008
The Costa Mesa City Council considered measures aimed at improving fireworks safety during a study session last Tuesday, reviewing a number of ideas on which the board is slated to vote sometime this month. Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who had championed stronger protections to “celebrate American’s independence in a safer environment,” said she was pleased with the list of ideas considered by the board, and she hoped they would pass. The list of 15 possible measures included the establishment of citizen fireworks patrols, a hotline to report the illegal use of fireworks, and even cash rewards leading to the arrest and conviction of illegal fireworks dealers.
NEWS
November 13, 2008
Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials met with regional public service agencies and animal control specialists throughout Southern California Thursday to discuss pet travel safety, a growing concern in Orange County. According to the animal safety advocacy group Bark Buckle UP, first-responders to car accidents have seen a three-fold increase in incidents where an animal is involved. The meeting focused on the problem of unrestrained animals traveling in moving vehicles and offered a variety of available solutions for safeguarding animals, owners and others should an accident occur, such as strapping in the dog. — Joseph Serna
LOCAL
March 17, 2009
Thanks to State Farm Insurance, Costa Mesa firefighters have a little more insurance that they’ll get out of dangerous situations safely. The department recently received a $5,000 grant from the company to buy newly mandated high-visibility vests for first-responders. The vests are part of a new decision handed down from the federal government that first-responders working on federal highways — such as in traffic accidents — must wear the high-visibility vests for increased safety.
NEWS
Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 28, 2010
Sporting only red shorts, 9-year-old Joe Ruiz jumped up and down to keep warm. But nothing, not even the missing sunshine on Monday, was going to take away his excitement on his first day of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program. Joe is one of about 1,250 junior lifeguards who signed up for the program this summer. "It's good. It's great. It's fun. It's really, really fun," he said — still jumping up and down. Joe hadn't done much yet, but he couldn't wait to do all the things junior lifeguards try and learn during the 8-week, 4-day a week summer program.
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By Tony Petros | April 29, 2014
Recently the Daily Pilot published a commentary regarding traffic along Back Bay Drive ("Close Back Bay Drive to vehicular traffic," April 22). Its author used a set of statistics and personal observations to conclude that Back Bay Drive should be closed to vehicles. The idea of completely restricting vehicular traffic on that roadway is not new. Newport Beach has records of requests and accident record reviews going back to 1977. Many times consideration was given to prohibiting vehicles, but ultimately the decision has always been to keep full access for all users.
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By Emily Foxhall | April 17, 2014
A popular cycling route alongside the Upper Bay that helps connect Newport Beach to Irvine has come under scrutiny. In response to concerns from a community group about safety on Back Bay Drive, the city's Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee is reviewing policies regarding the road, which is used by drivers, runners and bikers. The varied types of recreation on a single-track road make for a dangerous mix, according to a letter from the Newport Bay Conservancy written to the Oversight Committee, a group charged by the City Council last year to provide a public forum on the development of suggestions for bike-related improvements in Newport.
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By Hannah Fry | March 26, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees voted Tuesday night to hire a nonprofit safety organization to study security at Andersen Elementary School in Newport Beach. The district will spend $5,987 for Safe Havens International to visit the school and determine what it will take to ensure student and staff safety, according to the district's staff report. Trustees began looking at fencing at three elementary schools, including Andersen, last year. Without significant complaint, they approved fencing at Adams and Victoria elementary schools in Costa Mesa in November, but received pushback from the Andersen community.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 6, 2014
Katrina Foley, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee, officially launched her campaign for Costa Mesa City Council on Wednesday night. Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer, longtime resident Lee Ramos, Tony Capitelli, who is the son-in-law of Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry, and Foley will face off for the two open seats on the five-member council in November. After two four-year terms, Councilwoman Wendy Leece will be termed out. Righeimer is up for reelection after completing his first term.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Officials are considering building a fence around Andersen Elementary School in the Port Streets neighborhood of Newport Beach. From what I can tell, the neighborhood is not interested in having a 6-foot, wrought-iron fence around the school. The school is situated in a lovely greenbelt, and a fence would make the greenbelt look more like a prison. I have heard that a good number of people have signed a petition against the fence. Recently, Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt.
NEWS
By Julio Perez | January 10, 2014
Imagine getting laid off from your job and struggling to support your family. Your first thoughts: How will you make rent or keep up with your mortgage payment? How will you buy groceries and pay the utility bills? Thankfully, unemployment benefits are a safety net while you look for work in a tough economy. The benefits ease the financial burden and stress when you fall on hard times. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, this frightening scenario has hit close to home for many California families.
NEWS
December 20, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Trustee Katrina Foley and officers from the Costa Mesa Police Department recently visited the Lou Yantorn Boys & Girls Club in Costa Mesa. This was the fifth year that Foley, the CMPD, Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders and the Costa Mesa Fire Assn. have gathered donations of new coats to deliver to kids as part of the club's gift exchange. Officers Jose Torres and John Smith reminded the children about helmet safety and making good decisons.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
The Newport Beach Police Department received a $282,910 grant to help prevent death and injury on local roadways from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a news release. The grant will be used to fund a year-long program that will include special traffic compliance measures and public awareness efforts in the city. Specific undertakings to be funded include motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement and speed enforcement.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 25, 2013
Characterizing it as Costa Mesa's "most hazardous public park," the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday called on the city to enforce rules requiring that skateboarders wear safety gear at Volcom Skate Park. Byron de Arakal said he wanted to make the facility safer for all users and suggested that the city should do more than post signage about wearing safety gear. It's a minimum requirement, he said at the commission meeting Thursday, that "isn't good enough in my book.
NEWS
By Robin Leffler | September 27, 2013
On Sept. 17, Costa Mesans for Responsible Government held a rally for public safety at City Hall. We've been accused of having hidden motives, but the reasons for the rally are straightforward: To say a heartfelt thank you to Costa Mesa public safety employees, to highlight the critical need for more quality police officers, to put school resource officers (SROs) back in the schools for student safety and to emphasize how essential it is that the City Council majority support police recruiting by putting an end to the contentious, adversarial city environment that discourages good officers and may keep highly qualified candidates from applying.
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