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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 15, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Planning commissioners did not approve an updated citywide zoning code Thursday night, a move that capped an extensive two-year review process with discord and confusion. Three of the commissioners voted in favor of the draft; the remaining four opposed it for various reasons. The most controversial provision would limit how large someone can build a home and, through a complicated numerical formula, determine how the front of that home must look. "I think we missed an opportunity to be creative," said Commissioner Brad Hillgren, who voted no. The City Council now has the option to appeal the commission's denial of the draft zoning ordinance.
NEWS
By Len Bose | July 22, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — I attended the Harbor Commission meeting July 14, where commissioners spoke the words "Proposed Zoning Changes" and "Planning Commission." Now for some reason my mind shuts down like a fourth-grader reading his first word problem when I hear the words zoning and planning at city meetings. Early that next morning at about 4:30, my eyes opened wide and I thought to myself: "There is a layer of doubt hovering over the zoning laws in Newport Beach." So let me back up a little, because my father always told me, "you cannot fix the problem unless you know what's wrong."
NEWS
February 23, 2005
Alicia Robinson The state will continue trying to sell a vacant 4.22-acre parcel of land at the Fairview Developmental Center, but a lower-density zoning may make it less attractive to developers. The City Council had not made a decision about the zoning at press time. Since last year, state officials have been looking to unload the property and put the proceeds toward a projected deficit of more than $8 billion. Prompted by the suggestion that the Orange County Fairgrounds be sold to bank some cash for the state, the Costa Mesa City Council last summer began to review the zoning of publicly held properties in the city that might go up for sale.
NEWS
June 3, 2009
A state bill that would make drug and rehab homes comply with local zoning codes before they could get their state licenses renewed passed the Senate on Wednesday. Senate Bill 268, written by Sen. Tom Harman, will now move to the Assembly. “Residential treatment centers are an important part of the recovery process. They should be run with the absolute safety of their residents in mind. I am pleased my colleagues saw the benefit of balancing the needs of those in treatment with the safety of our neighborhoods,” Harman said in a written statement.
NEWS
July 24, 2002
Lolita Harper The first test of the city's new zoning requirements was a success, planning commissioners said Monday as they denied plans to build five houses on a large Eastside lot. The commissioners unanimously turned down the owner of 258 Santa Isabel Ave., spurning his request to deviate from the city's new lot-size requirements and obtain a "planned development residential" zoning designation, which generally...
NEWS
June 3, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Business owners from West 19th Street plan to pack City Council chambers tonight in opposition to a possible rezoning of a small portion of the street that they say will devalue their property. Nori Bunasawa, owner of the Judo Journal at 880 W. 19th St., said he will present the City Council with a petition of about 100 signatures formally opposing any action by the city to turn what is formally called the "19th Street Transitional Zone" into a purely residential neighborhood.
NEWS
May 23, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Mayor Linda Dixon was successful at Monday night's City Council meeting in reopening a zoning issue for a small stretch of West 19th Street, convincing her colleagues on the dais they needed further clarification. The council voted 4 to 1 to rehear the issue, which questions whether the zoning of a portion of the busy street should be redesignated for residential use -- a designation it had more than 25 years ago. Councilman Gary Monahan dissented.
NEWS
June 10, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- The "transitional zoning" of a small, residential portion of West 19th Street may have been lifted, but the fog that surrounds the issue is still very thick. Since the City Council voted unanimously this month to return the area formally known as the "19th Street Transitional Zone" to a purely residential neighborhood -- blocking the opening of any business that is not already established -- more questions about code enforcement and property values and rights have been raised, officials said.
FEATURES
By Jim Righeimer | October 23, 2009
The Costa Mesa City Council voted to go forward on creating a specific plan to put guidelines around the design, layout and uses at the Orange County Fairgrounds that would take effect when California sells the property. As it sits now, the city has little, if any, control on the property because it is owned by the state. But of course we all know that it will not be owned by the state come this time next year. Hence the council’s action to have a specific plan in place for that eventuality.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | October 1, 2010
The Frog House surf shop, the second-oldest surf shop in Orange County, might have to close its doors because of residential zoning laws. The shop has been at its Newport Shores location since 1962. A few years later, in the 1970s, the land was zoned for residential-use only. Because the business was already on the land, it was deemed a legal non-conforming use, City Atty. David Hunt said, meaning that they were openly using residential land for commercial use but the city did not pursue removal.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 7, 2014
The Newport Beach Bay Station Post Office is seeking a change of address. Located on Riverside Drive near West Coast Highway, the post office loses its lease Nov. 9, and the landlord has declined to negotiate a new one, U.S. Postal Service officials said. The lease includes two locations in the Mariner's Center, said Richard Maher, a Post Office spokesman. One is a stand-alone building where post office boxes are housed. The other, in the corner of the shopping center, includes P.O. boxes and a counter where customers can buy stamps, envelopes and boxes.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 8, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council introduced an ordinance this week that could help the city's enforcement efforts against problematic rehabilitation homes. The council gave an initial 4-0 vote on the ordinance's first reading Tuesday night. Councilwoman Wendy Leece was absent, having left the meeting early. The ordinance faces a second council approval Dec. 3 before it is adopted. The vote comes after the Planning Commission recommended last month that the council adopt language that would change city zoning code with a more robust definition of what's officially dubbed a "single housekeeping unit.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | October 21, 2013
My wife, Hedy, enjoys spending time on the East Coast. She likes going there for reasons other than what you might expect. Her paramount motive is of course to see our daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren, who've been East Coast residents for nine years. Visiting them several times a year is a treat. But, the grandchildren notwithstanding, Hedy has another more - shall we say - disquieting motive for making trips to the Eastern Seaboard. (By the way, have you ever heard the term Western Seaboard?
NEWS
By Alisha Gomez | October 15, 2013
The Training Zone OC is hosting a combination fundraiser and open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at its studio, 333 E. 17th Street, Suite 18, Costa Mesa. The public event will feature demonstrations, raffles, refreshments and a chance to try out classes, according to a news release. The Training Zone offers four workouts: hot yoga, spinning classes, boot camp and treadmill training. Those who wish to try the classes must bring a $5 donation. All donations and proceeds from the raffle will go to Mariners Elementary School's technology program, the release said.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | August 16, 2013
Newport Harbor residents raised concerns about having to pay for a 10-foot buffer around their docks during a meeting Thursday on how to implement a multiyear plan to increase dock fees. The workshop at the OASIS Senior Center was not meant to challenge the fees but to gather input for the Newport Beach City Council. The council in December approved increasing docking fees for residential piers on state-owned, city-administered tidelands from a flat $100 annually to 52.5 cents per square foot of usable dock space.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | August 10, 2013
Not long after anti-abortion protesters gathered outside the home of a local doctor, Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposed ordinance that addresses picketing at residences. City officials said protests within residential neighborhoods have increased in recent years, and the ordinance would create a 300-foot "buffer zone" to ensure a reasonable distance between those protesting and their target, according to a city staff report. The measure would allow the protesters to be close enough to their intended audience, while also preserving the sanctity of the targeted homes and preventing the residents from becoming "captives in their own homes," according to the report.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - As if John Cook needed more of an advantage at the Toshiba Classic this week. The 11-time PGA Tour winner, who grabbed his ninth victory on the Champions Tour in January, doesn't totally have an edge on the Newport Beach Country Club golf course. But it's safe to say Cook is in his comfort zone. He owns a home in nearby Corona del Mar and is just "five minutes," away from NBCC. Cook calls it a bonus, as he looks to add to his hot start on the Champions Tour this year.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 12, 2013
Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun dredging sediment in the Santa Ana River Marsh in Newport Beach - some of which is being piped just offshore for beach replenishment, drawing concerns from residents. The roughly $5-million project, which will restore channel depths to improve water circulation and tidal flushing necessary for maintaining the 92-acre salt marsh habitat, is expected to be complete by the end of March. The Army Corps project is federally funded.
NEWS
By Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki and By Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki | January 22, 2013
A monument is an edifice, an architecturally significant structure that serves to remind us of great deeds by an individual or group. Arguably, the new City Hall will serve as a monument to the city's leadership and its visionary planning and maintenance of the city's assets, symbolizing their, and our, civic achievements while also serving the functionality of administrating the city's operational needs. A legacy is what one leaves behind, a lasting memory of past activity. The old City Hall and the immediate neighborhood it administered are not the legacy that the city leadership would like to leave behind on the "West Bank" of Newport Beach.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | January 11, 2013
IRVINE - Before Corona del Mar High's basketball game on Friday, Coach Ryan Schachter said he had a little talk with Max Stone. The talk involved him talking smack to his best shooter. "About his lack of shooting prowess," Schachter said is what he discussed with his guard. "I was mostly teasing him, but he took it personal. He hasn't made more than [six three-pointers in a game this season]. "He was mad, though. I didn't think he'd get mad. " The talk fired up Stone. He came out determined in the Sea Kings' game at Beckman.
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