January 19, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Bending to public pressure, planners of a Mormon temple have extended the length of time a costly crane will stand in for a proposed 124-foot steeple. On Jan. 28, a crane will park at 2300 Bonita Canyon Drive and stay there through Feb. 1, its cherry picker stretched 124 feet into the sky to give residents a chance to gauge the effects of the steeple of the proposed temple. Representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will also send out letters to neighbors telling them about the opportunity to see the crane.
January 18, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- A crane standing in for a 124-foot steeple is too little, too late, some neighbors of a proposed Mormon temple say. Temple planners, who proposed putting up a crane from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30 to give neighbors a feel for what it will be like to live with the spire, were met with skepticism Thursday from some community leaders who said that's not enough time for everyone to get a look....
December 14, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- It may not have a shining gold angel on top, but city officials hope that a towering cherry picker adorned with floodlights will give residents a feel for living with a Mormon temple's 124-foot-high steeple. Meetings between planners of the proposed 17,500-square-foot temple, proposed to be built near the intersection of Bonita Canyon Drive and MacArthur Boulevard, and the building's future neighbors have turned out several ideas to assuage residents' concerns about the project, City Councilman Steve Bromberg said.
December 7, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- A polished presentation was met with skepticism and even hostility as about 30 neighbors of a proposed Mormon temple listened to reasons why its towering steeple and 24-hour lighting shouldn't concern them. Fears that the ultraconservative minority religion could draw the hostilities of rowdy youths only added fuel to the fire. The meeting with the Bonita Canyon Homeowners Assn. Wednesday was one in a series of face-to-face pitches by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the people they hope will be the new neighbors of their 17,500-square-foot temple proposed to be built near the intersection of Bonita Canyon Drive and MacArthur Boulevard.
October 24, 2001
BONITA CANYON -- Newport Beach staff members received their first peek Tuesday at plans for the county's first Mormon temple, a 17,500-square-foot house of worship slated to be built at the intersection of Bonita Canyon Drive and Prairie Road. And the angel Moroni, whose statue form trumpets from the top of the temple's 91-foot-steeple, could herald the first signs of debate. Height limits for buildings in the Bonita Canyon area mean city planners will have to consider granting discretionary approval for the slender steeple.