Costa Mesa's local economy is based 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. Some manufacturing activity also takes place in the city, mostly in the industrial, southwestern quarter which is home to a number of electronics, pharmaceuticals and plastics firms.
Arts and theatres
The Orange County Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory Theater
are based in the city. A local newspaper, the Orange Coast Daily Pilot,
is owned, operated, and printed by the Los Angeles Times.
Institutions of higher leaning located in Costa Mesa include Orange Coast
College, a pioneer in the community college concept, a private institution
Vanguard University, affiliated with the Assemblies of God, and Whittier
Law School, a satellite of Whittier College.
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 the Orange County Fair each July.
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