January 18, 2011
TODAY Water Issues Study Group Learn more about the history of water, water sources, water quality and other groundwater-related issues at Mesa Consolidated Water District's Water Issues Study Group, which is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1965 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. The class is free and continues on the third Wednesday of each month through June. For more information, call (949) 631-1200, ext. 122 or visit http://www.MesaWater.org. DJ J-Heart DJ J-Heart performs at Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd.
July 6, 2009
County Supervisor John Moorlach’s chief of staff, Mario Mainero, will resign at the end of this month. Mainero, who worked for Moorlach for about 2 1/2 years, will start teaching law full time at Chapman University, where he had taught this past year, he said. Mainero cited personal reasons as a factor, saying his wife had concerns about his health and would rather see him in the classroom. The news “came as a surprise,” said Moorlach, who received the resignation June 29. “I respect his wanting to leave, but if I had my druthers, I’d love to have him stay,” he said.
February 17, 2009
Assemblyman Van Tran wrote a bill introduced Tuesday that aims to make it easier for companies to defend themselves against class-action lawsuits. Especially given the state of the economy, Tran said, California’s legal code needs to be more business-friendly. “California is notorious in class-action law to be anti-defendant,” said John H. Sullivan, president of the Civil Justice Assn. of California, the lobbying group that sponsored the bill, AB 298. The provisions Tran is seeking to change, however, are in place to protect consumers and other individuals from being steam-rolled by the legal teams of big corporations, according to the dean of Whittier Law School, Neil Cogan, who has taught classes on class-action law. For a class-action suit to go forward, a judge must certify that the people who are claiming they were wronged by a company have similar claims.
February 12, 2009
Whittier Law School officials have announced that a family law expert with experience in Latin America has been chosen as the school’s new dean. University of Denver law professor Penelope Bryan will take over as dean July 1 at the Costa Mesa-based school, following a national search that began in September. A search committee reviewed about 100 applications before winnowing them down and selecting Bryan, said Keith Rodenhuis, president of the school’s alumni association in Orange County and the Orange County deputy treasurer.
December 5, 2008
Costa Mesa-based Whittier Law School is celebrating news that more of its students passed the California State Bar Exam on a first try than ever before. The school’s 84.3% passage rate in July’s exam beat the statewide average of 61.7%, and may end up the highest in the county this year. The school’s pass rates have been rising for the last few years. Those graduates were sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. “We are delighted that our graduates have made such an achievement,” the school’s dean, Neil Cogan said.
April 21, 2008
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February 27, 2008
If you’re a coffee-aholic you might want to stop by your local Starbucks today to see whether you can taste a difference in your espresso. Caffeine junkies suffered through three hours of withdrawal Tuesday as Starbucks closed its stores in Newport-Mesa and across the country to train staff to make better espressos, lattes and other specialty drinks. The Seattle-based coffee giant trained more than 100,000 servers in “the art of espresso.” Starbucks reports it has 22 stores in the area.
February 26, 2008
Starbucks locations are scheduled to shut down nationwide between 5:30 and 9 p.m. tonight as servers undergo training in how to make espressos. The Seattle-based coffee giant plans to train more than 100,000 servers in “the art of espresso” — to quote the company’s news release — and lock all doors during that time. That may alter a number of people’s day in Newport-Mesa, where the Starbucks website lists 22 locations. Kimberly Clark, a student at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, stopped at the Starbucks at Harbor Boulevard and Baker Street this afternoon to enjoy a cup before the early closing.
February 5, 2008
COSTA MESA — Arlene Cole settled into a chair at Whittier Law School at 5 a.m. today and prepared to spend most of the next 18 hours there. The Costa Mesa resident was among those signing in voters on Super Tuesday after she and her fellow volunteers devoted Monday to setting up voting booths in a spare room at the school on Harbor Boulevard. She had never volunteered all day for an election before, and she hoped that her stamina would hold up. “You can say it’s exciting, but after the excitement ends, you’re numb,” Cole said.