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March 2, 2011
The Newport Beach Community Development Department has launched a new website that makes it easier for architects, property owners and others to work with the city, officials announced this week. The site has an improved "plan check status" page that summarizes the latest comments and approvals by members of each of the department's divisions, among other features. Formed in January when the City Council consolidated the Planning and Building departments, the Community Development Department inspects buildings, enforces city codes, processes planning applications and handles other functions.
May 3, 2011
How much do Costa Mesa city employees get paid? What did the last independent audit of the city find, and how is the city's search for outside contractors for city services going? With a few clicks on Costa Mesa's website, all of those questions can be answered and more. The city has launched a "transparency" tag on the city's website, , that shows a trove of public information not previously available online for residents. The city is developing more features on the site, such as requesting public documents electronically and viewing campaign contributions to City Council candidates.
May 24, 2011
A number of online deal sites have popped up offering the best rates on everything from hotel rooms to karate classes, but one Orange County-based website is also giving back to the community. Screamin Daily Deals lets users choose a local school, nonprofit or religious organization to support with 10% of the organization's profits from each purchase and $1 for each person that signs up, said Community Director Marina Downs. "It's so easy," she said. "You don't have to ask parents to volunteer.
December 8, 2010
Two Newport Beach men have filed a class-action lawsuit against the owners of YouPorn, a website that streams adult movies over the Internet, accusing the site of searching through a user's web browser history to secretly collect data on what other sites that person has visited. The plaintiffs, David Pitner and Jared Reagan, accuse YouPorn's parent company, Midstream Media, of intentionally using "history sniffing" or "history hijacking" techniques to "capture personal information from unsuspecting users of its websites ... without their knowledge or consent," according to the lawsuit.
By Joseph Serna, | July 26, 2011
What happens when you use math to figure out California's best cities for walking? The answer is Costa Mesa gets labeled the most pedestrian-friendly city in Orange County, leaving the coastal pearls of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach far, far behind - according to a Seattle-based website, at least. In a statewide ranking of walking-friendly cities by, the "City of the Arts" placed among the Golden State's top 20. Mind you, this elite group is a jumbled-together, motley set whose winners include the comparatively pristine San Francisco, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills and the grittier blue-collar Artesia, Gardena and Huntington Park.
March 23, 2011
Mater Dei High sophomore defender Maddie Bauer, a Newport Beach resident, is preparing for a possible World Cup run in girls' soccer. Bauer is a member of the United States Under-17 women's national team, which is in training camp this week at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The U.S. U17s played Loyola Marymount Wednesday and play Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 4 p.m. These are key games as the U17s are preparing to attempt to qualify for the 2012 U17 FIFA Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.
By Lauren Williams | March 20, 2012
When he's not working as a paramedic for the Orange County Fire Authority, Steve Islava invents devices that prevent physical and emotional injuries. Twenty-five years ago, after delivering a Spanish speaker's baby, he created a handbook of crucial Spanish phrases for English-speaking EMTs and firefighters. Then came an easy-to-use ladder used for escaping a fire-engulfed home. And there was also an inflatable splint. But with his latest creation - a neon-orange toy named Laffy Laffalot - the Newport Beach resident is using a portion of the sales to raise money for cancer research.
By Mona Shadia, | December 25, 2010
For grandparents or family members who live far away from the young ones in their lives, there's another way to stay connected: They can read bedtime stories that are delivered as Web videos. Irvine resident Alison Sansone came up with the idea of Be There Bedtime Stories when her first niece, Abby, was born six years ago. Sansone, 39, who doesn't have children of her own, didn't like it much that she wasn't part of Abby's life, who lives in Chicago with her family. "I was just frustrated for being so far from her," Sansone said.
By Lauren Williams | April 27, 2012
Costa Mesa spent nearly $700,000 in legal fees through the end of January to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by its employees, invoices show. Total fees have reached $692,379, according to invoices obtained this week by a Daily Pilot public records request. That figure is $186,000 higher than the $505,399 reported on the city's website earlier this week. Such a disparity online was a mistake, however, as the total did not account for the months of July, August or January, according to city Assistant Finance Director Colleen O'Donoghue.
March 29, 2011
Editor's note: Scroll down on the website to see the video. Video pulled from Repair Costa Mesa  
March 14, 2014
I read with interest the article "Report: Departing cops cite politics," (Feb. 27) , regarding data provided to the Costa Mesa City Council about the statistics for our sworn police personnel (staffing, recruitment, attrition and years of service). The council had requested the information, and it was provided by the city's Assistant CEO Tamara LeTourneau. This is particularly important to me since actual facts are not obvious, while I have no trouble finding many points of view about our Police Department's status and its ability or inability to adequately serve us and whether any deficiencies are linked to special-interest politics or our council's actions or inactions.
By Mary Ellen Goddard | November 27, 2013
Books, both fiction and nonfiction, are the main items found in most of the OC Public Libraries' 33 branches, with the exception of the several "technology" libraries that mostly have computers. Other materials available at most branches are newspapers, magazines, large-print books, telephone books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. These are all listed in the library's catalog, which is on its website. I have accessed the website for the OC Public Libraries hundreds if not thousands of times, but I usually just look in one or two places for what I want.
By Bradley Zint | August 6, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn., which represents 200 city employees, launched a website Tuesday that aims to provide its perspective on recently launched contract negotiations at City Hall. Promising "common sense," plans to offer regular updates during what are expected to be contentious negotiations with the city. "As we enter into contract negotiations this year, we also reaffirm our commitment to transparency and accountability in all we do," CMCEA President Helen Nenadal said in a prepared statement.
July 20, 2013
A traveling exhibition that includes a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial called "The Wall that Heals" will host its Irvine closing ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the city's website . The Wall that Heals was joined for the first time by the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance . The exhibition, which arrived at Woodbridge Community Park on Wednesday, was manned by volunteers 24 hours per day to allow community...
By Michael Miller | July 6, 2013
When Colbie Caillat takes the stage Friday at the OC Fair, the person who jump-started her career may be in the audience. Well, why not? Caillat has no idea who that first Myspace supporter was, but he or she could be anywhere. In 2005, the Malibu native started an account on the social-media page and, with a friend's help, posted a handful of recordings on it. Soon, the clicks began - dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then a deal with Universal Republic Records, chart success and a pair of Grammys.
March 12, 2013
Corona del Mar High School lost power and phone service for about six hours Monday afternoon, according to the school district. The campus' electricity went out at 12:49 p.m., according to a statement on the school's website. CdM's backup generators sustained power for about an hour before stopping, said Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura Boss. Students were dismissed at the usual time, 3 p.m., Boss added. The problem was isolated to the campus. Southern California Edison was unaware of any problem with power delivery.
By Steven Hendlin | February 19, 2013
Palliative nurse Bronnie Ware worked with patients who'd gone home from the hospital to die. She assisted them the last three to 12 weeks of their lives. Ware found these people, when faced with their impending mortality, would reflect on their lives with a high degree of honesty and clarity. When she asked them about regrets or anything they would have done differently, Ware found that there were five most often-cited regrets they mentioned: 1.) To be more true to myself, less concerned with the expectations of others.
By Timothy Sesler | October 12, 2012
Our upcoming election offers a clear choice for Costa Mesa. Will we empower the union-supported candidates ("the Top 3") or continue with the reform-minded candidates ("the 3Ms)? The stakes are significant. No doubt, we were greatly impacted by the recession. Needed investments that make our city a better place to live and an attractive destination for people and businesses were cut. Our rainy-day fund was drained of $32 million before we balanced our budget last year. We discovered that pension obligations were exploding and will increase to $19 million a year, about 15% of our general fund.
October 8, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa announced Monday that portions of the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway will be closed later this month. On Oct. 20 and 21, parts of the freeway in both directions will be closed intermittently, according to a California Department of Transportation announcement. Between 5 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days, southbound lanes between the San Diego (405) and Costa Mesa (55) freeways are expected to be closed, the agency announced on its website. Southbound lanes between the 55 and Jamboree Road are also expected to close both days between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Northbound lanes from Jamboree Road to Campus Drive will be closed between noon and 7 p.m. Oct. 20, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Caltrans lists several detours on its website . Drivers can also find a link to suggested routes around the closures on the city of Costa Mesa website at . - Lauren Williams Twitter: @lawilliams30
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 20, 2012
The Orange County Health Care Agency's Ocean Water Protection Program has issued a warning that bacteria levels exceed health standards at Little Corona Beach. The warning was issued at 11 a.m. Friday on the agency's  website . The warning covers 300 feet of Little Corona Beach. Updates are available by calling (714) 433-6400.
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