February 22, 2007
FASHION ISLAND — Newport Beach mayors typically use their dinner to talk about the state of the city, but Mayor Steve Rosansky seized the opportunity to plug his preferred address for a new city hall. Rosansky backs a plan to build a city hall on 12 acres next to the city's central library, land that's intended to become Newport Center Park. On Tuesday night, he told more than 300 people at the dinner sponsored by community group Speak Up Newport that the city can both provide a park and create a world-class city hall at the location.
September 17, 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has asked Gov. Schwarzenegger to veto a fee on cargo containers that pass through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Supporters say the $400 million raised annually by the fee would fund anti-pollution projects. Critics like Palin say it will drive up already high prices for goods in her state and hurt business in California. How did you vote on the bill, and why? I voted against the bill. It is likely unconstitutional for California to levy a special tax on imports.
August 24, 2004
Alicia Robinson The Orange County Transportation Authority gained the city's blessing and voted Monday to commission an environmental study and preliminary design of a bridge linking Gisler Avenue in Costa Mesa with Garfield Avenue in Fountain Valley. The transportation agency's board voted Monday to spend $250,000 on study and design work. Costa Mesa officials have long detested the plan for a bridge over the Santa Ana River, believing it would make their city a dumping ground for Fountain Valley's traffic without solving congestion problems for anyone.
October 15, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH Bouquets of flowers and candles were left outside Mifflin's Salt Water Taffy this week in memory of its owner Bobbie Mifflin, better known as "The Taffy Lady" on the Balboa Peninsula. Mifflin, 77, died on Monday of a heart attack. She was known to her friends and family as a generous and devout Christian. In fact, her customers knew if they could recite a Bible verse, Mifflin would give them a free piece of candy. She sold sweets and knick-knacks on Palm Street since 1987.
October 26, 2006
The sound you hear should be sighs of relief throughout Newport-Mesa. Though it may not have been as big or ground-breaking as was possible, at its heart an agreement reached this week between Newport Beach and Orange County should fundamentally improve the quality of life in the community. How? The deal gives Newport Beach new, and critical, authority over what most people agree is the defining issue in town: John Wayne Airport. Specifically, the deal, which county supervisors and the Newport Beach City Council approved this week, gives Newport Beach veto power over any land purchase by the county that would be used to add a second commercial runway or over any county plans to expand the existing one at the airport.
October 28, 2006
1. Officials in which part of the community began renovations this week of a police station that will add 11,423 square feet for more property and evidence storage; more room for detectives and crime scene investigations; more space for animal control; and a 2,600-square-foot auditorium and emergency operations center? A. Corona del Mar B. Costa Mesa C. Balboa Peninsula D. Santa Ana Heights 2. Newport Beach and Costa Mesa rank where on a list of most expensive rents in Orange County?
August 21, 2001
Paul Clinton UPPER NEWPORT BAY -- The Irvine Ranch Water District is one step away from installing a filtering system of man-made wetlands in San Diego Creek. District officials hope to get the green light to move ahead with the project from Gov. Gray Davis, who is the final obstacle. The project is part of a bill proposed by Assemblyman John Campbell (R-Irvine) that passed the Legislature on Monday and made its way to Davis' desk. Campbell's bill, known as Assembly Bill 810, would allow the district to acquire land in the watershed to install the wetlands.
February 7, 2001
Paul Clinton JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT -- Aloha Airlines won't be setting up shop at John Wayne Airport any time soon. In an odd twist Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year extension of two daily cargo flights and a potential deal that could bring the Hawaiian airline to town. But the deal is on shaky ground, after a promise from two county supervisors that they will not approve a lease with the airline if the proposed El Toro airport is part of the agreement.
February 5, 2003
Deirdre Newman The chaos that ensued when City Council members tried appointing planning commissioners two years ago has resulted in a new process that gives council members more power over their appointees, and has opponents screaming cronyism. On Monday, the council voted 4-1 to allow each council member to appoint one person to each commission who will then serve at the "pleasure" of that member. Councilman Chris Steel dissented. Councilwoman Libby Cowan, who introduced the idea, said the process simplifies what can be a complicated endeavor from the dais.
January 23, 2003
Regarding the question: Is a boardwalk along the Back Bay necessary? Answer: Absolutely not. An asphalt pathway for joggers, skaters and bikers, and a decomposed granite pathway for walkers and equestrians already exists at the proposed location. A two-mile raised platform would be as "overbuilt" and unnecessary as the galvanized pipe and wire "corrals" that currently enclose the lookout points. The regional park should be treated with more respect and less-heavy-handed solutions.