2014 Along the Coast Archive Stories

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  • September's Real Estate Update By: Martin A. Brower
    Stacked for Change Anyone who has ever driven along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach over the past 50-plus years – and that would be just about everyone in Orange County – has seen the electricity generating power plant with its two 210-foot high smoke stacks piercing the skyline. Erected between 1958 and 1967
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • OC Economy
    “Trends are in place for a better Orange County economy this year and for a much better economy for 2015,” according to a mid-year report by Chapman University economist Dr. Esmael Adibi. Dr. Adibi forecasts 37,000 new jobs being added to the Orange County workforce this year and 43,000 new jobs during 2015. While total Orange County
    Wed Jul 09, 2014
  • No Easy Fixes for Water Shortage By: Martin A. Brower
    If Southern California has such a water shortage, why don’t we just build desalination plants and use the abundant water from the Pacific Ocean? That sounds easy, but there are environmental and economic problems to overcome, as Poseiden Resources, Stamford, Connecticut, found out in Orange County.Since 1998 the firm has propos
    Fri May 16, 2014
  • What's Happening South of the Great Park? By: Martin A. Brower
    Observers of the Orange County real estate scene are waiting to see what will be proposed for development on the County of Orange’s 100-acre strip of land just south of the Great Park in Irvine. The county has awarded a 75-year lease of the land to Lowe Enterprises, the Los Angeles-headquartered real estate development firm.Low
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Destination Irvine By: Martin A. Brower
    Seeking to lure business travelers during the week and tourists on weekends to Irvine, several hotel developers have nearly 800 hotel rooms in some stage of development, from “about-to-open” to “in-planning.” Weekend hotel occupancy has been lower than desired, and is being spurred by a relatively new organization called
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • Banning Ranch Development Hits Obstacle By: Martin A. Brower
    Development of the 400-acre Banning Ranch, located inland of West Pacific Coast Highway at the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach, has hit another obstacle – this time a court order to stop moving forward with processing because the city of Newport Beach, in approving the project, “failed to consult certain environmental regulators bef
    Mon Feb 24, 2014