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By Bradley Zint | January 19, 2013
The neon letters of Anchor Trailer Port's sign haven't been lit in years. Word is they don't work anymore. If lit again, though, they wouldn't fully spell out "Trailer Port. " On the top line, only the A, I, L, and a smudge of the E, are left. It's the kind of sign that's been naturally aged by the elements, a throwback to the easy-living California days of the post-war 1940s that, in some ways, still ring true for the folks living in their mobile homes, trailers or RVs at Anchor Trailer Port.
NEWS
April 16, 2004
Tom Titus According to the publisher of "Cinderella Waltz," playwright Don Nigro's mission was to "investigate the archetypical origins of the tale contrasting the familiar and charming Perrault version with the darker more ancient tale recorded by the brothers Grimm." Well, the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse has laid its hands on this wacky take on the classic fairy tale and done some investigating of its own. The result is a sterling example of what can be done with liberal doses of the F word.
NEWS
August 13, 2002
Lolita Harper A nonprofit fair housing organization sued a Costa Mesa trailer park owner in July for allegedly discriminating against families with children, which violates state fair housing standards, officials said. Elizabeth Pierson, lead counsel for the Fair Housing Council of Orange County -- a private nonprofit organization -- said her office sued the owner of the El Nido and Snug Harbor Mobile Home parks because the managing office -- used to manage both sites -- displayed a sign that read "no children, no dogs."
NEWS
April 24, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Supporters of a campus trailer park slated for demolition this summer will continue their fight to keep it open, even after a university official said he would not entertain negotiations to preserve it. At a forum on Friday, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Manuel Gomez told university officials, students and faculty that the park's fate is sealed and denied a request by the residents to discuss ...
NEWS
July 1, 2008
Construction of the long-awaited El Moro Campground at Crystal Cove State Park is expected to begin after the weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said. State Parks officials recently awarded a $12-million public works project contract to Los Angeles Engineering Inc. for the conversion of the former El Morro Village trailer park to a state park campground, beach and picnic area. The project is set to begin in mid-July and is expected to be open to the public by early 2010.
NEWS
April 4, 2004
This photo involved about six hours of waiting. I got a call from an editor about a group of UCI students blocking the entrance to their on-campus trailer park. The university wanted to send in a drilling truck to test the soil, which is one of the steps to removing the residents and demolishing the trailer park. I arrived at mid-morning to find several TV crews and other news photographers milling around the students as they held protest signs and marched in defiance at the university.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | June 1, 2006
The former tenants of the El Morro trailer park have agreed to pay the state a $60,000 settlement involving trash and vandalism discovered after residents vacated the park in March, state officials said Wednesday. The May 18 settlement is the final hurdle in the legal snarl to convert the trailer park to a campground for public use. The state purchased the land in 1979, and residents were allowed to continue living there until a few months ago. "This is obviously a much better solution than going to court and having to resolve the issues there," State Parks District Supt.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford and Cindy Frazier | July 4, 2008
Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle likes the new plans for campgrounds at the old El Morro Village trailer park, but Assemblyman Chuck DeVore criticized it as a waste of tax dollars. Crystal Cove State Park’s campground construction was expected to begin after the July 4 weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said. El Morro Village trailer park residents once called the planned campgrounds home, but now the area will turn into a tourist attraction. The project is expected to be open to the public by early 2010.
NEWS
August 12, 2003
I doubt that the names Charley Griffen and Charley Pearson are recognized by many people in Orange County today, but in the 1940s, Griffen was the city clerk of Anaheim, and Pearson, the mayor of Anaheim, was his boss. Pearson was a strong-willed, farsighted man who anticipated the urbanization of Orange County. Whether he foresaw the degree to which it has become urbanized I don't know, but while other county leaders sat on their hands, Pearson set about annexing land, attracting industry and making Anaheim the leading city in the county.
LOCAL
April 30, 2010
A Garden Grove man pleaded not guilty Friday to killing a Costa Mesa woman and her co-worker in Stanton last year. Hilbert Pineil Thomas, 39, was indicted last week on two counts of murder related to the mysterious killing of two people at the Golden Sun Homes trailer park in Stanton Feb. 2, 2009. For months authorities could not find a motive for the crimes or the car of Elizabeth Ann Palmer, a Costa Mesa resident, who was a secretary there. She and Francis Scott, the business owner’s son, were shot to death.
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By Beau Nicolette | January 31, 2014
The Berns Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park opens to the public Saturday with festivities that also kick off a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks. The free event, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Moro Canyon, will give visitors a chance to explore the science stations and participate in hands-on projects. Music, a bonfire and s'mores will also be featured. The newly constructed half-mile loop, part of a 35-acre restoration project, sits on a site that was once home to a trailer park.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 16, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council got an earful Tuesday evening from mobile home park residents expressing disappointment and frustration over proposed plans to convert the park for seniors to a high-density apartment complex. In the end, the residents got a reprieve. Before the nearly 3.5-acre Rolling Homes senior community at 1973 Newport Blvd. could be converted to a 208-unit apartment complex, an amendment to the city's General Plan was needed. But the council voted 4-0 to deny changing the land-use designation from "general commercial" to "high-density residential.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | March 20, 2013
Ahoy! I remember a time in my youth when I was tossing newspapers while pedaling my Schwinn three-speed bike through the Bayshore Trailer Park. Some of you might remember that the park was located at the northeast corner of Dover Drive and Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. I vividly remember the friendly tenants who greeted me daily, and that they had their own private boat launch ramp into the Back Bay. I also remember the small retail center that was located next to the park fronting along the Coast Highway.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 19, 2013
The neon letters of Anchor Trailer Port's sign haven't been lit in years. Word is they don't work anymore. If lit again, though, they wouldn't fully spell out "Trailer Port. " On the top line, only the A, I, L, and a smudge of the E, are left. It's the kind of sign that's been naturally aged by the elements, a throwback to the easy-living California days of the post-war 1940s that, in some ways, still ring true for the folks living in their mobile homes, trailers or RVs at Anchor Trailer Port.
LOCAL
April 30, 2010
A Garden Grove man pleaded not guilty Friday to killing a Costa Mesa woman and her co-worker in Stanton last year. Hilbert Pineil Thomas, 39, was indicted last week on two counts of murder related to the mysterious killing of two people at the Golden Sun Homes trailer park in Stanton Feb. 2, 2009. For months authorities could not find a motive for the crimes or the car of Elizabeth Ann Palmer, a Costa Mesa resident, who was a secretary there. She and Francis Scott, the business owner’s son, were shot to death.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford and Cindy Frazier | July 4, 2008
Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle likes the new plans for campgrounds at the old El Morro Village trailer park, but Assemblyman Chuck DeVore criticized it as a waste of tax dollars. Crystal Cove State Park’s campground construction was expected to begin after the July 4 weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said. El Morro Village trailer park residents once called the planned campgrounds home, but now the area will turn into a tourist attraction. The project is expected to be open to the public by early 2010.
NEWS
July 1, 2008
Construction of the long-awaited El Moro Campground at Crystal Cove State Park is expected to begin after the weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said. State Parks officials recently awarded a $12-million public works project contract to Los Angeles Engineering Inc. for the conversion of the former El Morro Village trailer park to a state park campground, beach and picnic area. The project is set to begin in mid-July and is expected to be open to the public by early 2010.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | April 28, 2008
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever is concerned enough about rent hikes as high as 35% at the Anchor Trailer Park in downtown Costa Mesa that he has directed city staff to look into whether the park’s owners are engaging in an illegal attempt to rezone the parcel. Average monthly rent, which went from $660 to $850 last year, is scheduled to balloon to as much as $1,025 this year — significantly more than any other comparable mobile home spaces in the city, which average about $700 a month.
BUSINESS
By Chris Caesar | April 14, 2008
. FOR THE RECORD: In the April 11 article ?Rent hikes prompt moving,? the mobile home park two blocks from Anchor Trailer park is Harbor Mobile Homes. . Tenants of Costa Mesa?s Anchor Trailer Park are upset about sharp rent increases they fear will force a number of residents from their homes. The small park of about 30 residences off of Newport Boulevard in downtown Costa Mesa was once a great place to live, resident Jeanne McMahon said. She works nearby, and her grandkids are close enough for the frequent visits she cherishes.
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