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By Brianna Bailey | March 27, 2008
Newport Beach officials are speeding up plans to improve traffic on city streets after residents ranked clogged intersections as their top concern in the results of a recent survey. “The city council has said they want to move ahead with this project as quickly as possible,” said Antony Brine, Newport Beach traffic engineer. “We’re trying to put together as many parts of the project together as quickly as we can.” As part of the traffic improvements, the city will install remote-controlled cameras later this year at a few strategic intersections that can be monitored from City Hall — the first of their kind to be used in Newport Beach.
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NEWS
June 28, 2005
Alicia Robinson Costa Mesa can begin more than $30 million in road improvements, with about half of the money coming from federal grants and county Measure M dollars. The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday voted to disburse $218 million for roadwork and other transportation projects in the county's 34 cities. Costa Mesa will receive $16.1 million from the transportation authority -- the fourth-largest amount granted -- and will match that amount with local dollars.
NEWS
December 26, 2003
I don't like the new red-light cameras and here are some of the reasons why. At most signals, when a red-light runner is pulled over, the officer will talk to the driver and ask why they ran the red light. During that questioning the officer can determine if the officer is drunk has a medical problem and he can also run a check on the driver for warrants or to see if the car is stolen. None of this can be achieved by taking a photograph of the car. When an officer issues a ticket it's to the driver, who may not be the registered owner.
NEWS
December 28, 2003
Freeway travelers on Christmas Day were treated to what counts in Southern California as blizzard conditions, driving around 40 mph in the fast lane when cavernous puddles weren't serving as natural anti-lock brakes. Whether out-of-towners from areas that see real blizzards like it, Southern California storm travel is slow, especially on a crowded day like Christmas. However frustrating it might be, frequent lane changes and the philosophy of getting ahead on the road aren't smart tactics when navigating a rainy Southern California freeway or busy, wet side street.
NEWS
April 13, 2005
Costa Mesa needs to get roads working I commute through the city of Costa Mesa to work every day. The traffic signals are always out of sync, causing unnecessary, bumper-to-bumper traffic on Newport Boulevard. You can wait at a light for 3 minutes with only a few cars going through the intersection the other way. One morning the traffic was stopped almost to Newport Beach. It was so bad I thought there was an accident. But there was no accident -- they obviously shortened the length of the green lights for traffic passing through.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford | September 6, 2008
An intersection with a bothersome right-turn lane in Newport Coast is up for retooling after years of problems with accidents, including several instances of cement trucks capsizing as they rounded the bend. Construction work could start in late October or early November on the right turn at the northwest corner of Newport Coast Drive and Pelican Hill Road North. Originally built by the county, the road slopes in such a manner that it doesn’t create a bank for cars to turn.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | January 3, 2006
Unmanned 30-foot craft, moored east of harbor entrance, founders in heavy seas Monday.High winds and heavy rains sank an unmanned boat off Corona del Mar State Beach Monday morning, but public safety officials reported few other weather-related problems in Newport-Mesa. Gusts of wind reached speeds of 50 mph, but Orange County got less than an inch of rain Sunday and Monday, said National Weather Service forecaster Stan Wasowski -- it just seemed like more. The boat that went down was a 30-foot wooden sailboat with the name Nimbus that may have been based in the Port of Los Angeles, said Sgt. David Ginther of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol.
NEWS
August 18, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Lifeguards rescue stranded fishermen Two men were rescued by Newport Beach lifeguards after they became trapped by the incoming tide on the rock point west of Corona del Mar State Beach at 10:52 a.m. on Saturday. "A good size surf was breaking," Lifeguard Lt. Brian O'Rourke said. "It was very dangerous conditions and they couldn't get off the rocks." Lifeguards Randy Lempert and Mike Ure performed the rescue from the boat Sea Watch.
NEWS
August 23, 2002
Ben L. Schmid Richard Stevens gave an avid developer's view of the semi-thwarted commercial development of Newport Beach, (Rebuttal, "Greenlight endangers Newport's quality of life," Sunday). If he wants to understand the reason for suppression of over-commercial development, then visit Miami Beach. The Balboa Bay Club's current expansion, with nearly a half-mile of harbor-view-blinding, four-story buildings show the loss of staunch restraint exercised by the Newport Beach Planning Department and City Council.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 4, 2012
It will soon be illegal to secure your bicycle to any public buildings, light poles or traffic signals in several of Costa Mesa's parks, according to an ordinance approved by the City Council Tuesday night. The ordinance takes aim at what the city's Homeless Task Force concluded was part of a quality of life issue for residents, which is adversely affected when local transients lock up their bikes loaded with personal belongings to park sidewalks and street lights. The ordinance would make it illegal to secure bicycles to anything besides a bike rack on public property.
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