March 18, 2007
In the ongoing debate over illegal immigration, it is often noted that the schools on the Westside of Costa Mesa are directly suffering from the influx of non-English-speaking children. Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials have long sought remedies to this ongoing educational challenge, but in the future they need only look to one of their own — Victoria Elementary School Principal Judy Laakso. Laakso, along with Kaiser Elementary Principal Stacy Holmes, was presented with the county's outstanding contribution to education award this year for her work improving the academics and test scores at that school.
March 7, 2007
FOR THE RECORD A story Tuesday, "County honors principal," should have included Stacy Holmes on the list of Newport-Mesa Unified School District employees who have won Orange County's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award in the last year. Holmes, the principal of Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, received the award in January. . . . . . . . . When Judy Laakso became principal of Victoria Elementary School in 1993, she didn't have much of an act to follow — the Westside school, located in one of Costa Mesa's poorest areas, had been closed for a number of years.
June 3, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Alba Barrios is making the most out of a unique situation. A third-grader on the Adams Elementary girls fifth- and sixth-grade Silver Division team, Barrios is happy with her new surroundings. Barrios scored the first goal in Adams' 3-0 Daily Pilot Cup victory over Victoria at Costa Mesa High on Friday. "My favorite part was when my friends scored a goal and they were really happy," Barrios said. "I got to meet new friends and they start to get to know me, so I have new friends to play with at school."
May 25, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Over the next few years, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will undergo its largest makeover in history. Under the Measure F school bond, construction crews plan to erect towering buildings, spacious theaters, athletic fields and gymnasiums. When district leaders proposed the $282-million bond last year, they gave it a simple slogan: Bringing Newport-Mesa into the 21st century. Meanwhile, over on the Westside, Victoria Elementary School waits quietly to finish the 20th century.
June 3, 2005
Bryce Alderton The opportunity to reach the quarterfinals of the Daily Pilot Cup's fifth- and sixth-grade girls Silver division fueled players such as Eastbluff's Hailey Senske. Heading into Eastbluff's game against Victoria Thursday at Costa Mesa High, Senske, competing in her third Daily Pilot Cup, had yet to play for a team that reached the quarterfinals with an opportunity to win a division championship. But Senske and Eastbluff teammates can rest assured following a 4-0 victory that clinched the pool and vaulted the team into Saturday's quarterfinals.
October 8, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Six months after a string of sexual assaults on Victoria Street, police are still working to solve the puzzling case. In each of the 10 assaults, one to three young men grabbed a woman from behind and groped her -- on one occasion, leaving a victim's 18-month-old son unattended in his stroller. The attacks all took place on Victoria Street between Placentia Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. They stopped in April just as suddenly as they had started in November of last year.
January 16, 2004
Deepa Bharath Police are looking for four men who grabbed and inappropriately touched three different women on separate occasions on the same stretch of Victoria Street over the last two weeks, officials said. All three incidents happened between the 500 and 600 blocks of Victoria Street, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. The first attack occurred on New Year's Day at 1:50 a.m., he said. A woman was walking alone in the 600 block of Victoria when a man walked up from behind and pulled her into the driveway of an apartment complex, FitzPatrick said.
November 6, 2003
Pat Neisser As our intrepid group of mushroom seekers slogged up the moss-covered slope, our cleated boots sank into the rich damp earth, and we breathed in the piney aroma of the forest surrounding us. We were guests at the charming English hotel the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Marina, in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and were led by our tour planner, mycologist Joel Bridle from the hotel. The search for edible mushrooms was an unusual experience. We found morels and learned about other edible and not-so-good mushrooms, as we climbed up to view an old lighthouse.
July 29, 2003
It is interesting to note that "preserving the quality of life of residential areas, schools and parks" is one of City Hall's stated major goals in removing the Gisler Avenue and 19th Street bridges from the County Master Plan of Highways ("Few steps have been taken in bridge battle," Saturday). Sounds good. One aspect of this is more ironic than interesting, as Victoria Street, which would undoubtedly be part of the "solution" to eliminating the bridges, is in fact more than 90% residential.