The Area

Costa Mesa, California:

Costa Mesa was an agricultural community from the beginning and continued as such for many years. Many new residents came to the area during World War II, then later returned to live with their families. Costa Mesa was incorporated June 29, 1953 with a council-manager form of government.

Today, Costa Mesa offers 26 parks, a municipal golf course, 26 public schools and 2 libraries. It is also home to the Orange County Fairgrounds, which hosts one of the largest fairs in California, the Orange County Fair, each July. The Fair receives more than one million visitors each year.

The City of Costa Mesa has a thriving business community that ranges from "mom-and-pop" shops and boutiques to major retailers, auto dealerships, hotels, motels, entertainment venues, and manufacturing industries.

Costa Mesa's local economy relies heavily on retail and services. The single largest center of commercial activity is South Coast Plaza, a shopping center noted for its architecture and size. The volume of sales generated by South Coast Plaza, on the strength of 322 stores, places it among the highest volume regional shopping centers in the nation. It generates more than one billion dollars per year.

Manufacturing activity also takes place in the city, mostly in the industrial, southwestern quarter, which is home to a number of electronic, pharmaceutical and plastics firms.

The Orange County Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory Theater are based in the city. A local newspaper, the Daily Pilot, is owned, operated, and printed by the Los Angeles Times. Ceradyne, El Pollo Loco, Emulex, Hurley, RVCA, L-R-G, and Volcom are among the businesses headquartered in Costa Mesa.

The commercial district within the triangle that is formed by the 405, 55 & 73 is sometimes called SoBeCa, which stands for "South On Bristol, Entertainment, Culture & Arts".


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