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June 10, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition
The Blue Beet at 107 21st Place on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach has gone bankrupt and has been taken over and renamed by its original owner and continuous landlord, Sid Soffer, who says he once again plans to make the place a popular music mecca as it was in the '70s. Closed May 24, reopened under Soffer's management on June 3, it is being called Sid's by the Sea, at least for now. Soffer also owns Sid's in Costa Mesa.
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March 4, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Sid Soffer, the Newport Beach gadfly and saloon owner turned fugitive, is in yet another tangle with city officials. Soffer is seeking to reopen the Blue Beet, his landmark bar at the Newport Pier. But city officials say his operating permit for the bar, closed since 1994, has lapsed. To renew the permit, Soffer said he would be required to bring the 1912 building up to current building codes, a costly proposition.
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June 22, 1997 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every now and then Sid Soffer likes to flirt with disaster. In the wee hours of the morning he slips behind the wheel of his '76 Caddy--a "parts" car for his real wheels back in Costa Mesa--and heads south along Interstate 15, hurtling away from the bright lights of Bugsy Siegel's city and into the soft star-glow of the desert. His destination: The California border. "I felt like Al Capone," Soffer says of one such excursion onto his native soil. "I felt like the biggest felon in the world."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Sid Soffer, the Newport Beach gadfly and saloon owner turned fugitive, is in yet another tangle with city officials. Soffer is seeking to reopen the Blue Beet, his landmark bar at the Newport Pier. But city officials say his operating permit for the bar, closed since 1994, has lapsed. To renew the permit, Soffer said he would be required to bring the 1912 building up to current building codes, a costly proposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sid Soffer, a local resident well known for his numerous battles with City Hall, lost another legal battle Wednesday when the state Court of Appeal ruled that five vehicles stored on Soffer's property were a public nuisance. Among the issues raised in Soffer's appeal of a lower court ruling was whether the city had the legal power to declare the storage of the vehicles a nuisance. Soffer began storing vehicles at his Costa Mesa home in 1975.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
Sid Soffer, the City Hall fighter who was recently sentenced to six months in jail, was in the spotlight once again this week. In the latest development in the 15-year battle between Soffer and the city, planning officials denied him a permit to legalize a portion of his property because he did not have all the information needed to complete the application. Soffer applied for the permit April 27, the last day he was eligible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Although the battle to clean up his property continues, self-described government watchdog Sid Soffer managed to stay out of jail over the weekend and has hired two attorneys, a step he has long shunned in his legal fights with the city. At least two families live on Soffer's property at 540 Bernard St., which includes a house, two converted garage apartments, two trailers, several vintage cars, a camper and other items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A judge extended by five months a sentence for Costa Mesa gadfly Sid Soffer after determining that he violated probation a second time in a case involving his rental property. The hearing this week was the latest of several held during the last 15 years in the city's battle to get Soffer to bring his property at 540 Bernard St. in compliance with building codes. Soffer has appealed the sentence issued by Municipal Judge Susanne S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A city government watchdog, battling to stay out of jail after violating housing codes, is flooding the city department that oversees building code enforcement with reports of other possible violations by turning in addresses of other homeowners who may be guilty of the same thing. Sid Soffer said he started driving up and down city streets last week looking for older homes, taking down addresses and asking the city to investigate whether those homeowners have all their permits in order.
NEWS
June 10, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition
The Blue Beet at 107 21st Place on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach has gone bankrupt and has been taken over and renamed by its original owner and continuous landlord, Sid Soffer, who says he once again plans to make the place a popular music mecca as it was in the '70s. Closed May 24, reopened under Soffer's management on June 3, it is being called Sid's by the Sea, at least for now. Soffer also owns Sid's in Costa Mesa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sid Soffer, a local resident well known for his numerous battles with City Hall, lost another legal battle Wednesday when the state Court of Appeal ruled that five vehicles stored on Soffer's property were a public nuisance. Among the issues raised in Soffer's appeal of a lower court ruling was whether the city had the legal power to declare the storage of the vehicles a nuisance. Soffer began storing vehicles at his Costa Mesa home in 1975.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
Sid Soffer went to jail Thursday, and for the irrepressible Costa Mesa gadfly, it means no butting heads with city officials, attending City Council meetings or poring over documents in search of the missing link. In a scathing exchange, Municipal Judge Susanne S. Shaw in Newport Beach sentenced Soffer, who has spent thousands of hours in a personal quest to slay civic dragons, to 30 days in jail for a spat with Costa Mesa officials over his rental property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
Sid Soffer, the City Hall fighter who was recently sentenced to six months in jail, was in the spotlight once again this week. In the latest development in the 15-year battle between Soffer and the city, planning officials denied him a permit to legalize a portion of his property because he did not have all the information needed to complete the application. Soffer applied for the permit April 27, the last day he was eligible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A judge extended by five months a sentence for Costa Mesa gadfly Sid Soffer after determining that he violated probation a second time in a case involving his rental property. The hearing this week was the latest of several held during the last 15 years in the city's battle to get Soffer to bring his property at 540 Bernard St. in compliance with building codes. Soffer has appealed the sentence issued by Municipal Judge Susanne S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A self-appointed government watchdog who has sparred repeatedly with city officials was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for violating probation relating to a previous court order to bring property he owns up to city standards. But Harbor Municipal Judge Susanne S. Shaw will allow Sid Soffer to avoid most of that sentence if he cleans up the yard at 540 Bernard St., gets rid of two trailers and several old cars and converts two apartment units into the garage and playroom they used to be.
NEWS
March 11, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If they ever had an Angriest Man in Costa Mesa contest, I wouldn't want to be the one competing against Sid Soffer. The 59-year-old City Council gadfly says folks have never even seen him angry yet. If so, his version of placid runs just a little hot.
NEWS
March 11, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If they ever had an Angriest Man in Costa Mesa contest, I wouldn't want to be the one competing against Sid Soffer. The 59-year-old City Council gadfly says folks have never even seen him angry yet. If so, his version of placid runs just a little hot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A city government watchdog, battling to stay out of jail after violating housing codes, is flooding the city department that oversees building code enforcement with reports of other possible violations by turning in addresses of other homeowners who may be guilty of the same thing. Sid Soffer said he started driving up and down city streets last week looking for older homes, taking down addresses and asking the city to investigate whether those homeowners have all their permits in order.
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