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By Brianna Bailey | March 31, 2008
The sound of chain saws echoing through quiet streets in the Eastbluff area of Newport Beach means a clearer view of Upper Newport Bay for some homeowners. But other Bluffs residents are mourning the loss of trees they say beautified their neighborhood. The Bluffs Community Homeowners Assn. has been cutting down trees near Upper Newport Bay in recent weeks as part of what it calls ?view restoration.? Some trees and bushes in the area have also been cut down as part of a city project to clear non-native vegetation from the area around Upper Newport Bay. ?
NEWS
April 15, 2014
Costa Mesa High School students and staff returned from spring break this week to a much sunnier parking lot. More than 20 sizable eucalyptus trees with branches that once provided the school's front parking lot with ample shade were removed last week in preparation for work to repair the damage they have caused, according to district spokeswoman Laura Boss. "The existing trees are brittle, have damaged the concrete curbs, walkways, the asphalt parking lot, and the roots have clogged and broken drain lines," she wrote in an email.  To remedy the problem, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District removed the trees and will replace the current asphalt parking lot, drain lines, curbs and gutters over the summer.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
A preliminary ruling in Orange County Superior Court sided with the city of Costa Mesa on Thursday, contending that a resident's case for keeping some trees was unfounded. Judge Peter J. Wilson denied resident Kimberly DeBroux's request to override the removal of seven Canary Island pine trees in her neighborhood along Yukon Avenue, near South Coast Plaza. DeBroux, 59, had contended that the Parks and Recreation Commission erred earlier this year when it allowed the removal of the trees, which she wrote have "majestic beauty" and are not a public safety hazard.
NEWS
June 28, 2011
Young artists can try their hand at a variety of mediums during three-day workshops inspired by trees and nature in July. Orange Coast College's Young Artists Workshop Series is hosting workshops for kids aged 5 to 17 in the campus' Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. The first workshops begin July 7 with mixed media art-making and drawing Bonsai tree curriculum. Next is advanced drawing July 14; photo safari and crafting creatures of the forest July 21; and printmaking inspired by nature July 28. Each workshop is $100 and meets 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with an hourlong lunch break.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | July 9, 2008
Fire authorities’ recommendations to reduce what they characterized as the greatest natural danger in Newport Beach include drastically cutting trees and shrubs in Buck Gully. At a study session Tuesday, Newport Beach Fire Marshal Steve Bunting gave his recommendations that would expand existing codes and would remove about two-thirds of the trees within 100 feet of the back of properties at Buck Gully to meet new standards. Regulations don’t ask for trees to be separated, which is where Bunting says the current code fails.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 27, 2014
To save some trees near her home, a longtime Costa Mesa resident is taking the city to court. Earlier this month, Kimberly DeBroux, 59, filed paperwork in Orange County Superior Court that has effectively halted, for the time being, the removal of seven trees in the public right-of-way by her Yukon Avenue home. DeBroux, a 37-year Costa Mesa resident, contends that the court should overrule the Parks and Recreation Commission's decisions in January and February to remove the Canary Island pine trees.
NEWS
June 1, 2011
Members of Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach gathered Saturday at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to plant native elderberry trees to beautify and help restore the bay's natural habitat. A park bench with a commemorative plaque will be installed near the Temple Isaiah Elderberry Grove in front of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, allowing visitors to enjoy the spectacular view of the bay toward Newport Harbor. With the help of the park rangers and volunteers from the Interpretive Center, 20 trees were planted in memory of Flory and Felix Van Beek.
NEWS
April 30, 2003
June Casagrande City staff are trying to find out why six liquidambar trees on San Miguel Drive near Ford Road were so severely trimmed that they may not recover. The city trees were cropped far closer than city standards allow while contractor West Coast Arborist was trimming 111 trees in and around the Broadmoor Sea View development, General Services Director Dave Niederhaus said. The trees were being trimmed as part of the city's supplemental trimming policy.
NEWS
September 22, 2002
Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. Do you know who said that? Neither do I. But I am about to leave the wise men in the dust. Who doesn't love trees? Raise your hand. See? Nobody. We all do. There is a bond between trees and us, and there always has been. Trees are shelter, strength and sustenance. They even look like us, with a big head and arms and a thick trunk. I, for one, happen to be crazy about them. I come from a place called the Right Coast, where trees are trees.
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NEWS
April 15, 2014
Costa Mesa High School students and staff returned from spring break this week to a much sunnier parking lot. More than 20 sizable eucalyptus trees with branches that once provided the school's front parking lot with ample shade were removed last week in preparation for work to repair the damage they have caused, according to district spokeswoman Laura Boss. "The existing trees are brittle, have damaged the concrete curbs, walkways, the asphalt parking lot, and the roots have clogged and broken drain lines," she wrote in an email.  To remedy the problem, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District removed the trees and will replace the current asphalt parking lot, drain lines, curbs and gutters over the summer.
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NEWS
April 3, 2014
A preliminary ruling in Orange County Superior Court sided with the city of Costa Mesa on Thursday, contending that a resident's case for keeping some trees was unfounded. Judge Peter J. Wilson denied resident Kimberly DeBroux's request to override the removal of seven Canary Island pine trees in her neighborhood along Yukon Avenue, near South Coast Plaza. DeBroux, 59, had contended that the Parks and Recreation Commission erred earlier this year when it allowed the removal of the trees, which she wrote have "majestic beauty" and are not a public safety hazard.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 27, 2014
To save some trees near her home, a longtime Costa Mesa resident is taking the city to court. Earlier this month, Kimberly DeBroux, 59, filed paperwork in Orange County Superior Court that has effectively halted, for the time being, the removal of seven trees in the public right-of-way by her Yukon Avenue home. DeBroux, a 37-year Costa Mesa resident, contends that the court should overrule the Parks and Recreation Commission's decisions in January and February to remove the Canary Island pine trees.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | November 22, 2013
The sixth-grade class at Sonora Elementary School looked on as parents and staff lowered the roots of the crepe myrtle tree into the ground Friday morning. The tree will serve as a reminder of sixth-grader Samantha Nguyen, known by friends and teachers as Sammy, the girl with a bright smile and incredible personality. The crepe myrtle was selected because it sends out flowers of pink or purple, two of Samantha's favorite colors, said Principal Christine Anderson. Samantha, 11, died in September after being thrown from a personal watercraft on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nev. She had been at the river with her father, Vince Nguyen, and a cousin.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 21, 2013
Rain turned to snow as Santa arrived at South Coast Plaza's 32nd annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday night. Families in the crowd pulled their fuzzy Santa hats down tight, and a few popped up umbrellas as the first musical number began during the celebration that kicks off the Costa Mesa shopping destination's holiday season. But by the time "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was piped through the loudspeakers at Town Center Park in front of the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, the weather had broken.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | November 15, 2013
Fashion Island was filled with holiday spirit Friday night like a scene from a Disney Christmas special as crowds gathered to watch this year's 90-foot Christmas tree twinkle for the first time. Guests filled the plaza in front of Bloomingdale's and were treated to a custom Disney performance complete with songs from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy dressed as Santa Claus. The nearly 20-minute song and dance show was capped by falling snow and the illumination of the 20,000 lights adorning the towering tree.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 14, 2013
When a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island lights up for the first time Friday night, it will mark just one mega-tree in a series sparkling to life for the holidays in shopping centers throughout Southern California. Fashion Island's white fir, which soars above many of the surrounding stores, cost roughly $1,000 per foot of height, a price that covered transportation, set-up and decoration. But even with such a hefty price tag, the tree still falls 25 feet short of being the tallest in the area, and perhaps the country.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 5, 2013
When installing a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island - for a fee of roughly $1,000 per foot - one certainly hopes it will stand straight. The tree's arrival Monday morning to the famed Newport Beach shopping center kicked off the preparations for an influx of holiday shoppers and more than 10,000 people expected each night for the Disney-themed tree lighting ceremonies Nov. 15 and 16. Over the coming weeks, 4,000 poinsettias will be...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall | October 14, 2013
When a guest at the Westin South Coast Plaza pulled open the curtains Monday morning, a 96-foot Christmas tree floated past the window. The South Coast Plaza holiday tree had arrived at the Town Center Park on Anton Boulevard in Costa Mesa after a journey of more than 600 miles. A dozen workers from the tree company helped to guide the 20,000-pound white fir, suspended from a 235-ton crane, toward an awaiting 10-foot hole. Several South Coast Plaza employees were also on hand.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
A driver hit a palm tree and a light pole in Newport Beach on Sunday and was taken to an area hospital, police said Newport police responded to a report about 2:45 p.m. that an accident had occurred near Dover and Cliff drives, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. The driver seemed to be in good condition after the incident but was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for medical evaluation, Manzella said. Further information was unavailable Monday afternoon.
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