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By Amanda Pennington | June 6, 2007
COSTA MESA — The City Council on Tuesday halted an effort to establish a set of overall guidelines for traffic-calming in the city. The guidelines would not have mandated specific solutions to traffic problems, but some council members and residents thought it a waste of time for city staff to work on the guidelines since each issue will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Mayor Allan Mansoor and council members Eric Bever and Wendy Leece voted to stop the traffic-calming study.
By Amanda Pennington | May 21, 2007
After spending a few years traveling as a private yacht captain, Corona del Mar High School graduate Kevin Kramer, 25, came home to join the family business. For generations his family has been involved in the moving industry and Kramer was destined to become a driver for his dad's Mayflower business. But after spending time on the water and out in nature, Kramer began to question if what he was doing — driving an 18-wheeler throughout the Western United States — was the right thing to do. "These big trucks weigh 50,000 pounds and often are only moving 10,000 to 15,000 pounds," Kramer said.
By Amanda Pennington | September 18, 2006
Newport-Mesa businesses are having no problem complying with a new federally mandated form they must fill out when disposing and shipping hazardous waste materials, according to Denise Fennessy, project manager for Orange County's Environmental Health department. One of the reasons, she said, is the relatively low volume of hazardous materials produced by area businesses. "Since the changes are only a week old, he [the Newport-Mesa inspector] really hasn't seen any of his businesses that have had to use the new manifest forms yet," Fennessy said.
By Dave Brooks | June 7, 2006
A local nonprofit group is zeroing in on local businesses in hopes of reducing waste to zero. The Costa Mesa-based Earth Resource Foundation is hosting its Zero Waste Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim Thursday, bringing in entrepreneurs who have made it their business to follow the foundation's mantra on sustainability: refuse, reuse, reduce and recycle. That means refusing to use harmful products, reusing raw materials instead of throwing them away, reducing waste through the best practices and recycling when necessary.
By Dave Brooks | March 6, 2006
Thinking about throwing that old cell phone in the trash? Think again. A new California regulation outlaws throwing phones, batteries and other materials containing lead or other heavy metals in the trash, changing the way local families and small businesses manage their waste. Known as "Universal Waste Rule," the new law governs dozens of items found around the house: lithium batteries, mercury thermostats, fluorescent lights, old computer monitors, televisions, computer hard drives and personal electronics.
By SUSANNE PEREZ | December 2, 2005
In the opening minutes of "Rent" we see the actors on a bare stage, singing their hearts out to an empty theater. The voices soar in thrilling harmonies as they sing about what makes up a year in one's life. I think to myself, this is brilliant. Little did I know that from there it would mostly be all downhill. For while "Rent," Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer-winning 1995 darling of the stage, has wonderful musicality and an enormously talented cast, the movie version only serves to highlight another case of style over substance.
By MIKE WHITEHEAD | November 4, 2005
Ahoy. You have seen them cruising around the waterways. Most of you have ridden one or at least want to ride one. Everyone returns to shore with a smile on their face. What I am referring to are personal watercrafts, motorcycles of the water. These vessels provide recreational activities that are fun for the whole family and are affordable. Seventy-five percent of personal watercraft sold will hold up to three people, and newer models have four-stroke engines, which are environmentally friendly.
October 27, 2005
If you didn't know better, which of the following would you guess is under scrutiny -- a member of a city council spending city money on supporting nonprofit groups or a council member spending that money on a fancy cell phone with a wireless ear piece? If you guessed the cell phone, you've made the logical choice, but logic is not much in vogue these days in Costa Mesa City Hall, where Councilwoman Katrina Foley has been called out by colleague Eric Bever for giving money to organizations such as the Davis School PTA Jog-A-Thon and College Park Fast Tutoring program.
By: Andrew Edwards | August 19, 2005
Researchers at UC Irvine want to make technology greener by using a $1.5-million grant to produce a prototype electronic device using environmentally friendly materials. Scientists have five years to use the grant. Professor Oladele Ogunseitan, slated to lead the research team, said it is hoped that the result of the research will be a device -- possibly a cell phone -- that works as well as current technology but uses safer components. Cell phones and other electronics, Ogunseitan said, contain metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium.
June 18, 2005
Andrew Edwards Costa Mesa restaurateurs and residents could wind up sharing the costs of keeping grease out of local sewer pipes. The Costa Mesa Sanitary District's board is set to consider billing Costa Mesans later this summer. The board is not scheduled to vote on the proposed fees until August, but if approved, fees will go into effect retroactive to July 1, sanitary district assistant manager Thomas Fauth said. The new fees would be due at the same time as property taxes.
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