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September 10, 2013
A Meet the Mayor session with a focus on Fairview Park is scheduled to take place Thursday evening. The meeting with Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer begins at 6 p.m. at 2302 Pacific Ave., a private residence that abuts the 208-acre park's southwestern edge. The session will probably include recently debated topics such as the preservation of the park's vernal pools — which are a federally protected habitat — and the planned construction of a 10-space parking lot at the end of Pacific.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | August 23, 2013
The mysterious appearance of an unpermitted trail in Fairview Park has drawn federal attention. Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contacted Costa Mesa officials about the potential loss of federally protected vernal pools within the 208-acre park, according to an email Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz sent to the City Council and city officials. The FWS has "requested the city work with them in the identification, delineation and restoration/mitigation of any of the federally protected vernal pools at Fairview Park that may have been compromised by park users," Munoz wrote.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 11, 2013
A Fairview Park activist group is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identity of those responsible for laying down material that encroached upon a federally protected habitat. Friends of Fairview Nature Park is seeking the people or entities responsible for the recently un-permitted placement of decomposed granite (DG) onto two trails within the 208-acre park's southeastern edge, near Jim Scott Stadium and Parsons Field. A portion of the DG, according to a city-commissioned report, affected one of Fairview Park's vernal pools, a wetland-like habitat that contains the San Diego fairy shrimp - an endangered species - and other wildlife.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 6, 2014
In a nearly three-hour meeting marked by personal snipes and accusatory questions on parliamentary procedure, the take-away was a win for the "keep it natural" crowd: no added sports fields in Fairview Park - at least for its southwest quadrant. The citizens advisory committee for the Costa Mesa park met Wednesday night to discuss and debate 12 ideas, including the addition of softball/baseball fields, basketball/handball courts and soccer fields. Committee member David Stiller was absent because of illness.
NEWS
May 25, 2004
Passenger numbers climb at JWA Passenger levels at John Wayne Airport rose again in April as 100,000 more passed through the airport than a year earlier, airport officials said Monday. Airport officials reported a 16.1% increase in passengers, from 660,392 in April 2003 to 766,924 last month. Total aircraft operations rose 7.9% to 31,112. "Each of the first four individual months of the year have set monthly records for John Wayne Airport passenger levels," Airport Director Alan Murphy said in a press release.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 31, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger announced Friday that he plans to meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and tell them what he knows about decomposed granite trails that damaged sensitive habitat when they mysteriously appeared in Fairview Park. "I have asked the city attorney's office to contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to arrange for me to talk to its agents about what I know about this incident," Mensinger said in a statement released Friday. This summer, two trails within the 208-acre park were topped with decomposed granite without city permission.
NEWS
February 14, 2004
Cirque seeking high-flying help Cirque du Soleil is looking to pluck talented performers from obscurity in Orange County. Cirque representatives will hold a talent contest Feb. 21 in Fashion Island's Bloomingdale's Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A panel of four judges will watch the contestants. Participants could be jugglers, magicians, strong men, contortionists or comedians. Selected participants will win ticket prizes as well as have a videotape of their performance presented to the group's casting department.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 24, 2013
Although crews this week have removed truckloads of unapproved sediment placed on two trails in Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, the job isn't quite complete. City officials had hoped to have the project done by now, but after some delays, they now expect to finish by the end of this week. The work remains within the nearly $14,000 budget, Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz said Tuesday. The two trails - topped sometime this summer with decomposed granite without Costa Mesa City Hall's permission - are in the 208-acre park's southeastern quadrant.
NEWS
By M. H. Millard | September 24, 2013
Apparently a well-worn foot trail near the vernal pools in Fairview Park was being used by kids to get to school. It was the sort of trail that one often finds across empty lots as people naturally take the shortest distance between two points. Under California law, when there is notorious use of a trail across real property for at least five years, the users of that trail can claim that a prescriptive easement has been established for their benefit or for the benefit of the public, and the use of that trail can continue.
NEWS
May 23, 2002
Here are some of the decisions coming out of Monday's City Council meeting. FAIRVIEW PARK WHAT HAPPENED: Steps toward restoration of natural plant life in Fairview Park were taken as the council unanimously agreed to award a $351,470 design contract. The Public Services Department recommended David Evans and Associates to design improvements for the northern lowlands and the mesa areas of the park. Improvements would include restoration of various scrubs, vernal pools and California native grasslands.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 6, 2014
In a nearly three-hour meeting marked by personal snipes and accusatory questions on parliamentary procedure, the take-away was a win for the "keep it natural" crowd: no added sports fields in Fairview Park - at least for its southwest quadrant. The citizens advisory committee for the Costa Mesa park met Wednesday night to discuss and debate 12 ideas, including the addition of softball/baseball fields, basketball/handball courts and soccer fields. Committee member David Stiller was absent because of illness.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 31, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger announced Friday that he plans to meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and tell them what he knows about decomposed granite trails that damaged sensitive habitat when they mysteriously appeared in Fairview Park. "I have asked the city attorney's office to contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to arrange for me to talk to its agents about what I know about this incident," Mensinger said in a statement released Friday. This summer, two trails within the 208-acre park were topped with decomposed granite without city permission.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 24, 2013
Although crews this week have removed truckloads of unapproved sediment placed on two trails in Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, the job isn't quite complete. City officials had hoped to have the project done by now, but after some delays, they now expect to finish by the end of this week. The work remains within the nearly $14,000 budget, Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz said Tuesday. The two trails - topped sometime this summer with decomposed granite without Costa Mesa City Hall's permission - are in the 208-acre park's southeastern quadrant.
NEWS
By M. H. Millard | September 24, 2013
Apparently a well-worn foot trail near the vernal pools in Fairview Park was being used by kids to get to school. It was the sort of trail that one often finds across empty lots as people naturally take the shortest distance between two points. Under California law, when there is notorious use of a trail across real property for at least five years, the users of that trail can claim that a prescriptive easement has been established for their benefit or for the benefit of the public, and the use of that trail can continue.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 11, 2013
A Fairview Park activist group is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identity of those responsible for laying down material that encroached upon a federally protected habitat. Friends of Fairview Nature Park is seeking the people or entities responsible for the recently un-permitted placement of decomposed granite (DG) onto two trails within the 208-acre park's southeastern edge, near Jim Scott Stadium and Parsons Field. A portion of the DG, according to a city-commissioned report, affected one of Fairview Park's vernal pools, a wetland-like habitat that contains the San Diego fairy shrimp - an endangered species - and other wildlife.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
A Meet the Mayor session with a focus on Fairview Park is scheduled to take place Thursday evening. The meeting with Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer begins at 6 p.m. at 2302 Pacific Ave., a private residence that abuts the 208-acre park's southwestern edge. The session will probably include recently debated topics such as the preservation of the park's vernal pools — which are a federally protected habitat — and the planned construction of a 10-space parking lot at the end of Pacific.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 9, 2013
Costa Mesa's chief executive Friday acknowledged an inadvertent encroachment on a sensitive habitat within Fairview Park and said the city is taking steps to protect the area. Beginning Monday, temporary roping will be placed around Vernal Pool 6 and a park ambassador will redirect users and children who frequent the area en route to school or sports practice, said city CEO Tom Hatch. A portion of that small vernal pool - a kind of temporary wetland that hosts the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp, among other species - was recently damaged by a trail topped by decomposed granite, Hatch said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 4, 2013
An ecologically sensitive vernal pool at Fairview Park was "modified" by some decomposed granite placed over a portion of it, according to a city-commissioned environmental study. LSA Associates' six-page report, dated Tuesday, gave recommendations for repairing the damage to Vernal Pool 6, a small portion of which was affected by the decomposed granite (DG) placed onto two paths that converge in Fairview Park's southeastern edge and go over a small segment of the pool. The pool, which is between 0.02 and 0.04 acres, is one of several temporary wetlands within Fairview Park.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | August 23, 2013
The mysterious appearance of an unpermitted trail in Fairview Park has drawn federal attention. Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contacted Costa Mesa officials about the potential loss of federally protected vernal pools within the 208-acre park, according to an email Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz sent to the City Council and city officials. The FWS has "requested the city work with them in the identification, delineation and restoration/mitigation of any of the federally protected vernal pools at Fairview Park that may have been compromised by park users," Munoz wrote.
NEWS
May 25, 2004
Passenger numbers climb at JWA Passenger levels at John Wayne Airport rose again in April as 100,000 more passed through the airport than a year earlier, airport officials said Monday. Airport officials reported a 16.1% increase in passengers, from 660,392 in April 2003 to 766,924 last month. Total aircraft operations rose 7.9% to 31,112. "Each of the first four individual months of the year have set monthly records for John Wayne Airport passenger levels," Airport Director Alan Murphy said in a press release.
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