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August 23, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- The Segerstrom family announced Wednesday it will donate $2 million to Costa Mesa high schools and middle schools if its development deal for Home Ranch is approved by the city. In an effort to raise community support for the Home Ranch project -- proposed for the final piece of farmland held by the dynasty family -- the Segerstroms offered to set up, or contribute to, educational funds for students in seventh through 12th grades.
March 20, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- C.J. Segerstrom & Sons donated $10,000 to the Costa Mesa Senior Center on Monday. "The Segerstroms have long supported programs and agencies that have public benefit in the city of Costa Mesa, and our contribution today recognizes our belief in the importance of the Costa Mesa Senior Center," Segerstrom spokesman Paul Freeman said, adding that the company also donated $10,000 two years...
December 29, 1999
The face of Costa Mesa today owes a great deal to the efforts of Henry Segerstrom, the man who has led the growth and development of South Coast Plaza as a retail giant. The Peninsula Point resident was also the founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and continues to be closely involved in the expansion of The Center. Segerstrom recently donated land to The Center for the development of what will eventually become a $200-million concert hall.
September 25, 2002
48, Laguna Beach ... The voice of the Segerstrom dynasty ... Is the spokesman for all things Segerstrom and is most well known for his role in approval of the Home Ranch development in Costa Mesa ... Stayed at late-night council meetings, fielded numerous press calls and met with the community regarding the final piece of undeveloped lima bean farm from the Segerstrom's agricultural days ... No matter what side of...
October 8, 2002
After the letters exchanged between C.J. Segerstrom & Sons and the Wimbledon Village board of directors, I was afraid our chances of opening a dialogue to address the noise and traffic problems Home Ranch and Ikea are going to cause had a slim chance of succeeding. Whether the Segerstrom management believes it or not, [Segerstrom consultants] Government Solutions agreed to provide some sort of sound attenuation and traffic control measures "after the project is approved by the city."
October 3, 2009
A 19-year-old Orange Coast College student lost control of the car she was driving, rolled it over, and damaged a fence around the old Segerstrom family farm on Fairview Road on Saturday, police said. No one was injured in the accident. The college student was driving southbound in the 3300 block of Fairview Road shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday when she lost control of her car, said Costa Mesa Sgt. Greg Scott. Traffic slowed in front of the woman as she tried to change lanes, so she swerved and struck a curb, Scott said.
December 26, 2006
The Newport Harbor High freshman boys' basketball team recently won the Segerstrom and La Habra tournaments. In the La Habra Tournament, the Sailors pulled off an upset with a 62-52 win over Santa Margarita in a semifinal. Santa Margarita had beaten Newport Harbor earlier in the season. But the Sailors exacted revenge with the 10-point victory over the Eagles. Newport Harbor eventually won the tournament by downing the host, La Habra, 60-54, on Dec. 16. Chris Anderson led the Sailors (11-2)
August 15, 2001
Lolita Harper The Cost Mesa Planning Commission will look at three possible alternatives to a proposal by C.J. Segerstrom & Sons' plans for Home Ranch. Dozens of concerned residents attended a public hearing regarding the Home Ranch project at the commission's Monday meeting. Although a presentation was not made by C.J. Segerstrom officials, many residents came to address concerns about the environmental report prepared for the project. In fact, so many people had comments, the staff voted to close the public hearing and continue public comment to the next meeting, Aug. 27. Staff was concerned about the amount of time it would take to respond in writing -- something that is mandatory in the process -- to each public inquiry, Commissioner Bruce Garlich said.
November 16, 2001
Lolita Harper September 1982 -- First architectural concept for the Home Ranch master plan was designed. It included two 400-room hotels and 2.7 million square feet of retail and office space. March 1984 -- Approval of the Home Ranch master plan and certification of the environmental report. September 1985 -- C.J. Segerstrom & Sons submitted to the city One South Coast Place, a 32-story office building with 75% of the area freed for open space.
August 13, 2001
HOME RANCH C.J. Segerstrom & Sons has requested changes be made to the 1990 General Plan and to the zoning to accommodate residential, industrial, and commercial uses at a site that currently hosts the Segerstrom family's lima bean farm. With the changes, the company would like to add: 29 residential units per acre in an area that would be High-Density Residential zoning; 252,648 square feet of industrial uses; 308,000 square feet of retail uses, which includes a 17-acre Ikea furniture store; and 791,050 square feet of office space.
By Michael Miller | March 11, 2014
As the seconds pass before Wynton Marsalis picks up the phone in his Portland, Ore., hotel room, the mind sends a decree to the body: Be on guard. And have the recorder running too, because a few choice quotes are bound to be in the offing. Marsalis, the man often heralded as the ambassador of jazz (or jazz czar, or Ronald Reagan of jazz, or whichever title you prefer), isn't known for grunting one-sentence responses in interviews. He is known for expressing sharp opinions - sometimes, apparently, at the volume of a John Coltrane solo.
By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times | February 25, 2014
What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice? Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have seen it performed in a prominent professional venue, take to a Soviet-era Russian ballet about the French Revolution that's said to have been Josef Stalin's favorite? And does $2.5 million in seed money from billionaire businessman and arts philanthropist David H. Koch guarantee that American Ballet Theatre's new take on “The Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson (Broadway's “The Lion King”)
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 8, 2014
Come Tuesday, Dorothy's yellow brick road will pass through the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Costa Mesa venue will host the first North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage adaptation until Feb. 23. Along with songs from the timeless MGM screenplay, this production features new tunes created by Webber and Tim Rice. Kicking off in London's West End in 2011, it also thrilled audiences in Toronto. "Wizard of Oz" stars Danielle Wade - tapped by the Canadian public through CBC TV's reality casting show, "Over the Rainbow" - as Dorothy, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch of the West, Robin Evan Willis as Glinda, and Cedric Smith as the Wizard.
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 6, 2014
Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester. The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist. Both look for the good in people - or try to, at least - but Morrison is, by his own admission, a realist who quickly realizes when he's being steered wrongly. Come Feb. 13, the Broadway, film and television performer, who splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City, plans to be himself to the hilt.
January 16, 2014
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is gearing up for its third annual Off Center Festival. Between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2, the Costa Mesa venue will present a medley of offbeat performances - music, theater and more - at various parts of its campus. For the first time, the event will feature a free "POP: Party on the Plaza" at the Arts Plaza on Jan. 24. The evening will have live entertainment by theater troupe Culture Clash and music by Little Willie G. and La Santa Cecilia. Attendees can also take their pick from food trucks and DJs on Jan. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Feb. 1. According to Center President Terry Dwyer, the festivities' eclectic lineup creates a "special energy.
By Michael Miller | January 9, 2014
Twenty years ago, an experimental show by a team with minimal Broadway experience made the trek to New York after a trial run in Houston. Pundits expressed doubt about whether the risk would pay off, and when the show finally opened, it got a drubbing from critics, who called it "a gigantic kiddie show" and "hardly a triumph of art. " Fittingly, though, the production was Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" - a story whose message is that appearances...
By Michael Miller and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 8, 2014
Elaine Redfield, a longtime Orange County arts advocate whose campaign for a local performance center led to the creation of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has died at the age of 96. The coroner's office did not have information available on the cause of death, but the county Public Health agency confirmed Thursday that Redfield died Sunday. A New York City native, Redfield grew up three blocks from Carnegie Hall and honed her love of music by listening to her mother play the piano, according to a statement on the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's website.
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 9, 2013
In LeAnn Rimes' opinion, she didn't have much of a childhood. It wasn't carefree or peppered with play dates. Growing up, she was surrounded by tunes that her parents played at home, which triggered an early interest and understanding of the power of music. Rimes recounted that she always wanted people to clap for her - if they didn't, she'd stop midway through her performance and walk away. But, as an 8-year-old champion on Ed McMahon's "Star Search," she found herself under the spotlight very young.
By Michael Miller | December 9, 2013
Every journey begins with a small step, and Saturday night at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the crowd got a glimpse of the man whose modest act started the Beach Boys' climb toward superstardom. Before the band took the stage for its first-ever Segerstrom show, Wink Martindale - the Southern California disc jockey who was apparently the first to play the Boys' 1961 debut single, "Surfin'," on the air - gave a brief speech and noted his contribution to the band's history. Back then, the group was a regional combo with a single on the tiny Candix label, and the song's Billboard peak at No. 75 would have been a high point for most bands.
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 1, 2013
The first time Jean-Christophe Maillot laid eyes on Diana Vishneva, he was gripped by the feeling that she was weird - not in a way that made him cringe or avert his sight. Quite the opposite. He was spellbound. "She was not what we were used to seeing, not placed [on her feet] like everybody, and she was extremely skinny," said Maillot, holding up his pinky to drive his point home. "She was very atypical for a classical dancer. " Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, an international young dancers' competition, in 1994.
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