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February 25, 2014
Costa Mesa is providing free sandbags for protection from this week's anticipated rainstorms. Residents can fill up to 15 sandbags for free at the Placentia fire station, 2300 Placentia Ave. Shovels will be provided. The city will have emergency crews on standby Friday and Saturday to handle any flooding, downed trees, broken traffic lights and other issues, city officials said in a news release Tuesday. The Fire Department will have four additional firefighters on duty Friday and Saturday.
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October 6, 2000
Young Chang It was not their first trip together. During their seven-year relationship, Allen Noren and Suzanne Valenzuela had endured political turmoil in Africa, demonstrations in Czechoslovakia and numbing cold in the Bavarian Alps. Each trip brought the couple closer together. Until their last trip. In 1993, Noren and Valenzuela took a motorcycle ride through Germany, Denmark and Sweden to the Arctic Circle and other nearby countries. Hard-hitting rains and harder-hitting winds followed them.
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October 1, 2010
Seconds after a customer left a Costa Mesa home Thursday night, robbers forced their way in, pistol-whipped the homeowner and stole 9 pounds of his marijuana, police said. Three men wearing bandannas over their faces entered the victim's home in the 2600 block of Elden Avenue and stole $50,000 worth of cannabis, according to police. One man was described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes with a blue sweatshirt and a blue bandana over his face; the second man, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds with a red sweatshirt and red bandana; and the third man, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds with brown eyes, a white T-shirt and possibly a white bandana over his face.
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By Jill Cowan | February 28, 2014
As a much-needed storm dumped rain over Southern California Friday, officials throughout the Newport-Mesa area said - for the most part - disaster was averted. "We're doing all our normal stuff, and so far, luckily, it's been uneventful," said Sgt. Mike Scalise of the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol, which watches over Newport Harbor, Dana Point Harbor and Huntington Harbour. "It's sort of our first storm in quite a few years. " Late Friday afternoon he said the storm hadn't caused any major problems at Orange County's harbors.
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By John Jason | October 27, 2009
The Terminators defeated the Storm in an exciting Boys U10 soccer game.  Liam Jason began the scoring with an artistic shot to the corner of the net.  Adam Campbell played solidly in the middle supporting the offense and the defense.  Gabriel Lindsey scored 2 goals to keep the Terminators in the lead.  Adrian Plazola made several excellent saves, scored 2 goals and assisted a 3rd goal with a perfectly timed pass.  Joey Wakely hustled all game and Owen Maldonado was a valuable asset defensively.
NEWS
May 6, 2004
The Storm, a club roller hockey team consisting primarily of Costa Mesa players, earned its fourth consecutive championship in the squirt division (12-and-under) at the California Roller Hockey Center in Irvine. After finishing the regular season with an 11-4 record, the Storm won their semifinal game, 8-2, then met Primal Red in the title contest. The teams battled to a 4-4 tie after one period. In the second period, Primal Red was assessed a number of penalties and the Storm capitalized.
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October 24, 2004
Marisa O'Neil While he worked as a Red Cross volunteer for two weeks in hurricane-ravaged Florida, Costa Mesa resident Spencer Sausser saw first hand the highs and lows the storm victims experienced. Sausser, a volunteer firefighter and member of the Costa Mesa Citizen Corps, returned last week from his two-week trip, spent in shelters, doling out food and helping with general recovery efforts. There, he saw the devastation wreaked by the series of storms that hit the state and left homes cut in two by fallen trees, roofs blown off, clothes and furniture soaked and thousands homeless.
NEWS
December 30, 2004
Leslie Bruce It is still uncertain whether a tornado tore through the area early Wednesday, but the storm's devastation was quite visible. The remaining portion of a cinderblock wall at the Mediterranean Village apartments at 2400 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa barely continued to stand, propped up by a single tree Tuesday afternoon. A 100-foot stretch of the wall collapsed onto a carport early Tuesday morning, damaging at least 13 vehicles, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Ron Smith said.
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October 6, 2001
IRVINE - The Storm overcame the Viperz, 4-1, in a Mite League club roller hockey game. Ryan Panella scored two of his three goals in the opening minutes of the second period to get the Storm rolling. Richard De St. Jean capped the scoring with a goal midway through the third. Assists by Ryan Iverson, Cody Campbell and Cort Adler helped lead the offensive charge for the Storm (2-0). Strong defensive support by Garrett Pickard, Taylor Kirby, Zach Lucas and Andrew Hodel left the Viperz with weak shooting positions for much of the game.
NEWS
April 18, 2000
Sean Kirwan NEWPORT-MESA -- The wind was whipping and the puddles were pooling Monday as a late winter storm swept through Southern California. Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said dark clouds poured half an inch of rain onto Newport Beach and Costa Mesa during the day, with another half-inch expected to fall overnight and into today. "It's a little bit late in the season for storms, but usually you will get kind of a last renegade storm in April," said Maxwell.
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By Mike Whitehead | March 7, 2014
Ahoy! Our first storm of the year blew through our area last weekend, and the slow-moving storm dropped much-needed rain from the passing clouds. Too bad the storm did not leave a few more inches of snow in our local mountains. However, we cannot complain about the very mild winter that we are experiencing. After any rain, I always warn boaters to watch out for all the stuff that is flowing down into the harbors and along the coast in the ocean. Unfortunately, the debris, whether from people or nature, has backed up and lain dormant in the storm drains during the dry periods.
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By Jill Cowan | February 28, 2014
As a much-needed storm dumped rain over Southern California Friday, officials throughout the Newport-Mesa area said - for the most part - disaster was averted. "We're doing all our normal stuff, and so far, luckily, it's been uneventful," said Sgt. Mike Scalise of the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol, which watches over Newport Harbor, Dana Point Harbor and Huntington Harbour. "It's sort of our first storm in quite a few years. " Late Friday afternoon he said the storm hadn't caused any major problems at Orange County's harbors.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 27, 2014
By the time most Newport Beach residents wake up Thursday morning, the Municipal Operations Department plans to be hard at work. With high tides anticipated to coincide with two rain storms, the city has started preparations to protect its low-lying areas. Employees were expected to arrive at 4 a.m. to get a head start on protecting streets and walkways from possible flooding. When the tides rise above 6 feet, as was expected for Thursday, drain valves on Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula must be closed to keep water from flowing backward from the harbor into the streets.
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February 25, 2014
Costa Mesa is providing free sandbags for protection from this week's anticipated rainstorms. Residents can fill up to 15 sandbags for free at the Placentia fire station, 2300 Placentia Ave. Shovels will be provided. The city will have emergency crews on standby Friday and Saturday to handle any flooding, downed trees, broken traffic lights and other issues, city officials said in a news release Tuesday. The Fire Department will have four additional firefighters on duty Friday and Saturday.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | June 2, 2013
COSTA MESA - There are two parts to Wilson Elementary Coach Eddie Ceja's game plan. The first: Get the lead. The second: Defend said lead. One proved easier than the other in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament's boys' fifth- and sixth-grade gold division final Sunday at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. But Ceja's Wildcats managed to achieve both, defeating Newport Heights, 2-1, to claim the school's first title in this division. The win avenged a 3-2 loss to Newport Heights in Tuesday's pool-play opener and capped a wild two-game day for the Wildcats, who won their semifinal, 6-4, earlier Sunday against Harbor Day. Wilson came out blasting in the final as Rafael Espinoza, Miguel Peña and Rafael Leyva consistently worked their way past, around and through the Newport Heights defense to help produce an 11-1 shot advantage through the first 25-minute half.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
A Costa Mesa Historical Society presentation Sunday will discuss the county's storm water program. The free event begins at 2 p.m. at the Historical Society's headquarters, 1870 Anaheim Ave., within Lions Park. It features guest speaker Brian Lochrie, a public affairs specialist whose clients include Poseidon Resources, which is planning a water desalination plant in Huntington Beach. Lochrie, a Cal State Fullerton alumnus and Orange resident, will discuss ways residents can make a difference toward improving the quality of the county's beaches, bays and creeks, according to the Historical Society.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | February 21, 2013
Ahoy! The winter storms arrived this week, and it looks like the effects on the seas will continue through this weekend. There was a gale warning issued by the National Weather Service, and the winds will be slightly decreasing for the weekend. Out on the ocean you can expect 2- to 4-foot seas from the west, with wind waves on top from 2 to 4 feet. The northwest winds will still be howling at 20 knots, with gusts reaching in the mid-20s, and these strong winds will make boating in the ocean a rough and wet ride.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | February 1, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR - The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team saw any chance for momentum heading into the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs slipping away. The Sea Kings trailed Los Alamitos by three goals late in the first half of Friday night's Irvine Southern California Championships quarterfinal at CdM. But they responded with a second half that might be a springboard to bigger and better things. They might have been the most important 14 minutes of the season so far for CdM. The hosts dominated those final 14 minutes, on their way to a 10-8 comeback victory over the Griffins.
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By Jill Cowan | December 27, 2012
Orange County environmental health officials warned local swimmers this week to avoid contact with ocean water, especially in spots close to storm drains, creeks and rivers. A rain advisory is in effect for the entire Orange County coast, including Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach, after runoff from this week's storm caused elevated bacteria levels. The advisory, which is intended to reach recreational ocean, bay and harbor users, went into effect after more than two-tenths of an inch of rain fell, Orange County Health Care Agency Water Quality Supervisor Mike Fennessy said.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 15, 2012
CORONA DEL MAR - After his team won the first six sets Tuesday, Corona del Mar High boys' tennis coach Brian Ricker called it the best round his team has played all year. The Sea Kings did not stop there in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal match. They put together one of their best efforts of the season to thump visiting Calabasas, 16-2, at CdM. "I think maybe the boys were getting a little flat because of too many easy wins, but then they came in fired up for this one," Ricker said.
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