Since 2013, Irvine residents have expected to see as many as 9,500 homes built around the Great Park, under an agreement between the city and developer FivePoint Holdings.,Now the upper limit could grow to 10,556 homes, after FivePoint affiliate Heritage Fields asked recently to change how some of the homes are counted – subtracting the affordable units that are being built and providing leeway to build more homes overall.,FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad said Monday the proposal would simply use the city’s existing rules meant to encourage development of affordable housing, and adding more homes of any kind could help ease traffic by allowing some of the thousands of people who commute to jobs in Irvine to live there as well.,FivePoint is using a city rule to designate all the affordable homes as “additive,” which means they wouldn’t count toward the total number that can be built, so the developer could build that many more market-rate homes.,It’s the first time the city has gotten a request to change the designation of already-built homes, and it’s the first request to use the city’s “additive” provision on a project that already took advantage of a state law granting the right to build more homes if the project includes a certain percentage for low-income residents, according to a city report.

This Sunday, County of Orange officials plan to pull the plug on a five-year field agreement they struck with the youth football and cheer team back in 2017.,Back then, a frustrated County Supervisor Shawn Nelson engaged youth league leader, Fred Jung, to help revamp a local sports field that had been largely abandoned by the county parks department, just off Rosecrans Avenue, near Clark Regional Park.,Supervisor Doug Chaffee, a Democrat who now represents the Fourth District and is a former Fullerton Mayor, told me he has asked OC Parks to keep the City of Fullerton in charge of administering the fields on a “fair” basis to “all” teams.,Without any action from the county on the lease, the challenge now turns to Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer to consider the special circumstances behind the development of those sports fields and figure out a use agreement that can keep the Bears doing what they are doing for so many working class kids.,Indeed, County supervisors and their city colleagues should work diligently to ensure that any kid living in one of their districts could attend an inexpensive youth sports activity every day.

Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.,less

Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at ... more read more

The future is taking shape in the concrete pillars and sloped canopy roof of a transformative new stadium that will serve as home to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers when the world’s most expensive sports complex opens in 2020.,[Rams-Patriots Super Bowl guide] Moreover, after decades in which taxpayers shouldered much of the cost of new sports arenas, the privately funded stadium is being closely watched as a potential new model for first-rate NFL venues built without public subsidies.,It is the vision of Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke, a Missouri-born billionaire developer and sports mogul, who took to heart NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s insistence that any new stadium built for pro football’s return to Los Angeles must be iconic and serve as home to two teams.,(Allison Zaucha/For The Washington Post) NFL's most expensive stadium Though the Kroenke organization won’t confirm the cost or provide details of its privately funded financing plan, NFL owners in March agreed to raise their debt waiver to accommodate the Los Angeles project.,[Sally Jenkins: Gifting Daniel Snyder any money or land for a new Redskins stadium would be absolute madness] Just a decade ago, it seemed the Dallas Cowboys had set a spending mark that wouldn’t be topped when they opened ATT Stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion, with the city of Arlington helping team owner Jerry Jones finance the project with tax hikes and bonds.

Seminole officials announced this week that the county last year saw revenues from its hotel bed tax jump by nearly 10 percent — to $5.8 million — from 2017.,The facility, off East Lake Mary Boulevard, hosted 64 tournaments last year that brought in about 146,000 visitors — including athletes, coaches and spectators — and generated 17,000 hotel room night stays and $21 million for the local economy, according to county data.,This weekend, for example, more than 5,000 visitors from out of state are expected to come into Seminole for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association tournament at the county’s sports complex.,Before the sports complex was built, most people staying at Seminole’s major hotels along the International Parkway and Lake Mary areas were business travelers, county officials said.,Mary Sue Weinaug, owner of Wekiva Island, estimates that more than half the people that visit her attraction in west Seminole County come from outside the area and are looking to explore a different side of Florida than the theme parks.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit group has proposed building a $7 million indoor turf facility for soccer and other sports in Council Bluffs.,The proposed Iowa West Sports Plex awaits a city Planning Commission vote Tuesday and a City Council vote that would likely happen later this month, The Daily Nonpareil reported .,"The Iowa West Sports Plex will provide a much-needed home for our young athletes to be able to play the sports they love all year round and not have to travel outside of our community to do so," said Pete Tulipana, the group's president and CEO.,The facility would be operated and managed by the Council Bluffs Soccer Club.,"We want our kids to be involved in Council Bluffs clubs, but if we don't have the facilities to practice and play year-round, it limits our options," she said.

Rampant electronic cigarette use — or vaping — by area teens have Butler County schools scrambling to battle against the newest and trendy delivery devices of nicotine’s potent drug high.,VIDEO STORY: Survey: 1 in 5 high school seniors nationwide report vaping within last month

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OTTUMWA — The first three months of 2018 saw major stories from downtown development and the school district, along with the first ripples of national events’ effects on southeast Iowa.,It did, and the low of -20 stands as the lowest for New Year’s Day in Ottumwa.,+6 

Ottumwa architect Rod Curtis, middle, helped River Hills Community Health Center CEO Rick Johnson on a nearly two-year project.,Ottumwa’s city council began consideration of a major streetscape project.,Ottumwa High School’s principal announced he would resign at the end of the school year. read more

It was a sunny December afternoon, nearly two weeks after 2,500 migrants had moved into their latest home, El Barretal, an abandoned concert venue turned government shelter 30 minutes from the U.S. border, and a month since thousands of members of a roving caravan began streaming into this stressed border city.,For those who remain, their chances of legally entering the U.S. diminished this week after the Trump administration and Mexico’s government announced Thursday that immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. will be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are reviewed — a process that can often take well over a year.,Coello, who said he’d organized committees of migrants along the entire caravan route, has focused on helping resolve the day-to-day issues that arise when hundreds of men, women and children are packed into close quarters with old pipes and little privacy or security.,For all its challenges, El Barretal is a step up from the migrants’ previous abode, the Benito Juárez Sports Center, which was shut down early this month because of what local authorities euphemistically called “bad sanitary conditions.”,Earlier this week, Mexican police said two people threw a canister of tear gas into the family section of El Barretal.