It's not the signs so much as the free parking and redirected traffic
that's helping some Balboa Peninsula businesses weather construction
work. Merchants have given mixed reviews to the city's efforts to ease
the burden of an $8-million renovation project.
And the new Rose Bowl rules are anything but rosy for Newport Beach.
The city, once able to draw Rose Bowl teams and tourists, is finding that
the prolonged event and the change from a Big Ten and Pac 10 match are
making it hard to draw people here.
Following a nationwide trend, Revenues from the city's sales tax have
taken another dip, now down 9.71% below last year's figures. Some worry
that, if the trend continues, it could mean serious cutbacks on the
Two eucalyptus trees were cut down illegally and the city is demanding
compensation. The 60-foot trees, though in a resident's front yard, were
on city property and designated as protected trees. City officials want
$8,000 compensation for the two lost trees.
* June Casagrande covers Newport Beach. She may be reached at (949)
574-4232 or by e-mail at o7 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Crossed cable lines
Sore necks abound in Costa Mesa, as cable users who have had problems
with AT&T; Broadband have attempted to cook dinner, bathe their children
and balance the phone between their shoulder and ear while on hold for a
customer service representative.
Last week, the Pilot ran a brief synopsis of the more than 50
responses we have received about people's cable woes. Some people even
continue to follow up, calling to report more waiting time for a switch
to digital cable.
Telecommunication managers at the city said they have been frustrated
with the level of customer service at AT&T; Broadband and have given the
company a Jan. 15 deadline to address the problem.
Officials at AT&T; Broadband said most problems with customer wait
times stem from the fact that everyone is trying to call at once --
either right before work, on their lunch hour or right after work. Cable
officials said they will work with city officials to resolve the problem.
* Lolita Harper covers Costa Mesa. She may be reached at (949)
574-4275 or by e-mail at o7 email@example.com .
Crimes break out in new year
Costa Mesa Police arrested a 46-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of
impersonating a police officer.
Officials said Jesus Delcarmen Delgardo Sanchez was seen trying to
stop a woman under the guise of a police officer. But officers did not
have any further evidence because the woman in question left the scene
before police could contact her.
Sanchez pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of false
identification. A judge sentenced him to two days of time already served,
eight days of voluntary community service, a year of probation and a $100
But Immigration and Naturalization officials, who are have Sanchez on
no-bail hold, say he is not a resident and had either overstayed his visa
or did not have his papers. Officials said he will eventually be deported
because he was previously convicted for possession of a controlled
A 32-year-old Costa Mesa man led police on a 10-minute chase through
residential neighborhoods Thursday morning before turning himself in.
Jesse De Quinteros Goens raced through several residential neighborhoods
adjacent to 19th Street before he gave himself up, police said. Nobody
was hurt in the chase.
In the courts this week, UC Irvine student Brian Dance pleaded not
guilty to sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old girl last
Dance, 20, is accused of luring the girl over an Internet chat room,
inviting her to The Block at Orange and then taking her to a secluded
parking lot on campus and assaulting her. A pretrial hearing is set for
Feb. 15 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1.
* Deepa Bharath covers public safety and courts. She may be reached at
(949) 574-4226 or by e-mail at o7 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Steady for the landing
Holiday travel at John Wayne Airport held up fairly solidly, according
to some preliminary data released by the airport this week.
In the period from Dec. 20 to 24, the airport saw three days that were
up from 2000 and two days that registered only slight dips.
In that respect, the airport bucked a broader downtrend in the
nation's air travel industry. The rest of the nation saw a 12% drop in
air travel from Dec. 20 to 26, a spokesman for a airline trade group
John Wayne's relatively cheery holiday was attributed to its
concentration of business and more affluent travelers.
Based on anecdotal evidence, an airport spokeswoman said she thought
the final seven days of the year were fairly steady, even though the data
was not yet available.
* Paul Clinton covers the environment and John Wayne Airport. He may
be reached at (949) 764-4330 or by e-mail ato7
Suit seeks a strike
The father of a Corona del Mar High pitcher has filed suit against the
school's baseball coach, alleging he made derogatory comments that hurt
his son's chances for a college scholarship.
The complaint, filed in Orange County Superior Court, seeks $250,000
in damages for comments made against J.D. Martinez and his father, Marc
Martinez, by Coach John Emme.
Emme has a different version of the events, pointing out that J.D.
Martinez did not throw fast enough to catch scout's eyes and gave up more
than a hit per inning.
Otherwise, it was quiet on the campuses as students of all ages
enjoyed their holiday time off last week. But that ends Monday.
* Daily Pilot staff. To contact the newsroom, call (949) 642-5680 or
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