January 29, 2001
Mesa Consolidated Water District today will begin flushing water mains and fire hydrants north of the San Diego Freeway, south of Baker Street, east of Fairview Avenue and west of Harbor Boulevard. The flushing, which removes normal sediment buildup -- including rust deposits and sand -- from the pipes, will continue for two weeks. Water district officials said the flushed water will not be harmful, but that residents should avoid washing white or light-colored laundry from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the flushing period.
October 9, 2003
DIRECTIONS Corona del Mar at La Habra To La Habra High, 801 West Highlander Ave., La Habra: From the Newport-Mesa area, take the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) north to the Santa Ana Freeway (5) north to the Orange Freeway (57) north toward Pomona. Take Imperial Hwy. exit toward Brea; turn left onto E. Imperial Hwy. and continue for about 4.5 miles; turn right on Idaho St.; turn right on Highlander Ave. Newport Harbor at Paramount To Paramount High, 14429 South Downey Ave., Paramount: From the Newport-Mesa community, take the San Diego Freeway (405)
April 14, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Freeway crash draws helicopter A helicopter landed on the northbound San Diego Freeway at Harbor Boulevard on Sunday afternoon to rescue a person suffering from a major injury after a multiple-car collision. Four northbound lanes and the southbound carpool lane were closed, causing a backup for more than two miles, said Aaron Reich, a Highway Patrol dispatcher. First reports of the accident came in at 5:12 p.m. The helicopter arrived at 5:40 p.m. Preliminary reports estimated that four vehicles collided on the freeway and two people were trapped in their vehicles, he said.
September 6, 2003
Deirdre Newman City leaders are fed up with weeds running rampant along certain freeway entries and exits. On Tuesday, at the request of Councilwoman Libby Cowan, Mayor Gary Monahan asked that a letter be sent to Caltrans, which owns the weed-clogged areas, asking it to clean them up or pay up. "One of the things we do is require property owners to keep up their property, and if they don't, the city cleans it...
January 19, 2002
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Five children were taken to area hospitals for smoke inhalation after the rear tire of their charter bus blew on the San Diego Freeway on Friday morning. The bus with 50 children from a Los Angeles Jewish day school was headed southbound on the San Diego Freeway, between the Euclid Street and Harbor Boulevard exits, when the right rear tire blew on the inside at 11:04 a.m., said Costa Mesa Fire Capt. Scott Broussard. The children were on a day trip to Irvine and Yorba Linda parks, he said.
August 12, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Man who died after chase identified Police identified a 36-year-old Costa Mesa man who died early Sunday morning after leading police on a 10-mile chase that ended tragically on the San Diego Freeway, where his car lost control and skidded off the MacArthur Boulevard offramp and into a tree, officials said. Ayurelio Leyva died early Sunday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana as a result of a fractured skull and severe injuries, county coroner's officials said Monday.
August 23, 2003
No injuries in home fire at UC Irvine No one was hurt in a fire that broke out on the second floor of an on-campus home at UC Irvine early Thursday morning, officials said. Firefighters from the UCI, Newport Beach and Irvine fire departments responded to the call that came in at about 2:15 a.m. from Murasaki Street in the University Hills area, UCI Police Sgt. Lamine Secka said. Both residents managed to run out of the two-story home as soon as they heard the smoke detector go off, he said.
October 26, 2004
CenterLine-related proposals approved The Orange County Transportation Authority approved two proposals Monday related to the CenterLine light-rail project, slated to run 9.3 miles from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport, through Costa Mesa. The board narrowly approved extending preliminary engineering work on the project at a cost of $2.2 million. The engineering includes development of precise rail-alignment plans and station-location details. Continued engineering support would help keep the project on schedule as the authority prepares its request to the Federal Transit Administration to start the final design phase.
August 20, 1999
Elise Gee COSTA MESA -- Residents who live near the proposed Home Ranch development expressed fears Wednesday that the project could worsen already significant traffic problems for them. The meeting was held to gather community input for a report on the environmental impact being prepared for the 93-acre project, bordered roughly by the San Diego Freeway, Fairview Road, Sunflower Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. C.J. Segerstrom & Sons is asking for a General Plan Amendment from the city to increase the amount of development currently allowed.
November 5, 1999
Susan McCormack COSTA MESA -- Participants were armed with questions when they arrived at a Wednesday night meeting on the 405/55 Improvement Project, but most said they left feeling reassured about the construction's expected effects on traffic. The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans, who are working together on the project, held the meeting to answer those questions and ease concerns about the project, which began its Costa Mesa phase last week.