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By Brianna Bailey | September 29, 2009
Surrounded by a chain-link fence and monitored by surveillance cameras, a small patch of land overlooking the mouth of Newport Harbor has become the scene of a battle pitting the values of individual property rights versus public access to scenic views. Owner Kim Megonigal wants to build a three-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house on the dusty vacant lot, just below Begonia Park in Corona del Mar. It’s his dream home. Last year he put up the fence and installed security cameras.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | October 12, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Built in 1938, demolished in fall 2010. Here for 72 years, gone in two days. With the help of a wrecking company, the city of Newport Beach has taken a back hoe to the Balboa Village Market in the 600 block of East Balboa Boulevard, between Palm and Main streets. The edifice wasn't quite a historical landmark. It wasn't on any sort of register. But with its old red and blue sign, along with its picturesque mural of a tubular wave, painted in 1995, it struck a nostalgic chord among some folks here.
NEWS
November 19, 2010
COSTA MESA — The City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday in favor of prohibiting homeowners from parking their inoperable vehicles in the driveway or in the public's view. Residents who keep inoperable vehicles must park them in the garage, or behind 6-foot-high solid fences and walls, or on a paved area that is not adjacent to streets, according to a city staff report. Mayor Allan Mansoor and council members Gary Monahan and Eric Bever voted in favor of the ordinance. The changes to it were unanimously recommended by the Planning Commission.
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By Brianna Bailey | October 2, 2008
At least three of five preliminary designs for the next Newport Beach City Hall include architectural features that could jut above city view plane limitations for the site. On a clear day, a person can see all the way to Catalina from the site of the next City Hall, which sits next to the central library between MacArthur Boulevard and Avocado Avenue. In Newport Beach, a home with a scenic view is as good as money in the bank — and something people will go to great lengths to protect.
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By Crissy Brooks | April 29, 2011
On Sunday, I will be participating for the third time in the O.C. Half Marathon. I enter one race a year to keep myself in the game. Earlier this week, I ran by a bus stop and heard one man say to another, "There is a marathon this weekend. That's why everyone is running. " It made me laugh for some reason. Hearing snippets of conversations like that one is a highlight of running and reminds me why I stick with it. My friend Jesse says that driving around in cars is like living in a bubble.
NEWS
May 22, 2004
I cannot phantom the notion of any person desiring to view the beheading of a human being. The senseless and tragic killing of Nicholas Berg was deplorable but to know that others desire viewing it is also appalling. The school administration was correct to reprimand the teacher for permitting the students to view the footage. Instead of permitting the students to view the horrible act, the teacher should have instructed a lesson on humanity and moral behaviorism.
NEWS
July 28, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- When it comes to eating out, it's always the meal that makes the night. But dining by waterfront automatically turns the evening into something far more elegant. Still, there's a hierarchy among ocean views that will make people wait in lines or call in advance to reserve tables. The view, like a fine wine, completes a meal. "Most people come down here for the view. It's our No. 1 selling point," said Kristin Wojcik, general manager of The Rusty Pelican on Coast Highway.
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By STEVE SMITH | August 2, 2006
Enough people have reacted publicly and privately to a couple of recent topics that I am going to go with the flow. The two topics are bad service, revived a few weeks ago by Daily Pilot publisher Tom Johnson, and our general unwillingness to speak out when we witness inappropriate behavior. Last Saturday night, my wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Paul Simon perform at the Pacific Amphitheater. Unfortunately, four people located two rows in front of us decided that the space in front of their seats was suitable as a dance floor and they started to spend most of their time standing or dancing.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | January 13, 2010
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday sided with a man who has fought for several years to build his dream home over the objections of Corona del Mar residents who say his garage would block a picturesque view of Newport Harbor. The City Council voted 5 to 2 in favor of allowing land owner Kim Megonigal’s plans to build on a narrow lot adjacent to Begonia Park in Corona del Mar. Council members Don Webb and Nancy Gardner cast the dissenting votes. The Council Chambers were packed with residents who supported and opposed Megonigal’s plans.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | April 25, 2014
Down the street from where CJ McCord used to compete in track and field and Darrien Burwell used to coach the sport, the two met at a coffee shop on Wednesday. They both live in Huntington Beach, walking distance to their former high school, Edison. McCord's time at the school was short lived, transferring after his freshman season to Sage Hill School for academic reasons. Burwell spent four seasons as the girls' track and field coach. She left for the chance to run a program at a small school.
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By Steve Virgen | April 2, 2014
When I stop by The Harp Inn in Costa Mesa, it's usually to unwind or to have a good time. But I was there for a different reason Sunday when the St. Baldrick's Foundation held its special head-shaving event to raise money for children's cancer research. I still had a great time, one that ended up being deeply profound and meaningful. I never intended to become a part of the story. I did feel connected to the event because my father, Julian, died of leukemia when he was 50, and I also know people close to my heart who are dealing with other forms of cancer.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | March 24, 2014
Dance is an art form that can be symbolic of life. Marisa Wayne knows this to be true. Wayne, a Newport Beach resident and an owner of GRIT Cycle in Costa Mesa, has been working on a special routine for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa's seventh annual Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars gala. She's not much of a dancer, she'll admit, but she understands the process. "You always have to know where you're going and get there with a purpose," Wayne said after a recent practice at the Century Dancesport studio in Tustin.
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By Steve Virgen and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | March 21, 2014
What do you think of when you hear "Newport Beach"? Do you think of luxury cars or high-priced yachts? Does this part of Orange County seem plastic or fake to you? It doesn't to Jen Blanchfield, and to the people who attended Southern Nights, a fundraiser that took place at the Balboa Bay Resort Feb. 28. The money raised went to the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, a program that benefits Newport Harbor High School students. Blanchfield, who has a daughter, Jordan, at the school, chaired the event.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
New facility warrants community support Track coach Bill Sumner's vision for improved athletic facilities at Corona del Mar High School needs the community's strong support ( "A sporting mission," Feb. 28). CdM's exceptional students and faculty are tarnished by the inferior (and in the case of some practice fields, dangerous) sports complex. I am sure out-of-town players are amazed at the poor quality of the game field at one of California's wealthiest communities. CdM players have long complained about the condition of the fields.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
Five possible designs were unveiled this week for a crime victims monument to be erected in Irvine's Mason Regional Park. The Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks on Wednesday presented the designs, selected from a group of 59, at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, according to a news release. Renderings from Ivan Juarez, Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Ochoa, Man-Foon Chu and Maria Cjevic are available for the public to view until March 20. To view and comment on the five designs online, visit bos.ocgov.com/cvm/index.htm.
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By Bradley Zint | February 18, 2014
Michelle Simpson was never one to get involved in politics. Then she learned that a bureaucratic plan could cost her the Costa Mesa home she bought in 2009. At issue was the proposed 19th Street Bridge. Had the project come to fruition and connected the city's Westside to Huntington Beach over the Santa Ana River, as the county's transportation plan suggested, she and others might have lost their houses to a widened West 19th Street and eminent domain. After decades of debate, the bridge plan died in late 2012 . For Simpson and her like-minded neighbors, it was a victorious end for their grass-roots campaign to, at least figuratively, collapse the connector.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 31, 2013
In their last official walk together, the Costa Mayberry Walking Club made it a ceremonial event on New Year's Eve. They began their brisk, 5.38-mile walk in the afternoon from one of the Costa Mesa's oldest and coziest structures, the Diego Sepulveda Adobe in Estancia Park, to one of the city's newest and most gleaming, the 21-story Plaza Tower across from South Coast Plaza. The group, led by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, has been walking regularly for about a year, generally meeting before the sun rises - around 5:30 a.m. They got the name Costa Mayberry from the fictional 1960s town of Mayberry depicted in "The Andy Griffith Show.
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By Steve Virgen | December 24, 2013
A man with a big smile held a microphone and spoke in a thick, French accent amid a party scene. "Wehl-comb to Feeg n' Oh-leev," he said. Newport Beach seemed just as thrilled to welcome Fig & Olive founder Laurent Halasz and his restaurant at Fashion Island last week during a special opening event. Halasz quickly introduced chefs Pascal Lorange and Serges Gouloumes and Fig & Olive President Greg Galy, while expressing gratefulness and excitement. It was also a nice touch that Halasz had the mayor, Richard Galy, from his hometown of Mougins, France, in attendance.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013
GIRLS' BASKETBALL Estancia 53, Ocean View 45 Senior Celia Duran led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points for the Eagles in a nonleague battle of ranked teams on Thursday. Estancia (7-2) is ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division 3A and Ocean View is ranked No. 8 in the same division. Sophomore Maya Van Den Heever had 10 points and five assists for the winners, who also received 10 points from senior Michelle Simmons and eight points from junior Slade Garnett.
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