Huntington Beach's police helicopter will continue servicing Costa Mesa for the next six months with the approval of Costa Mesa's City Council extending that city's $150,000 contract Tuesday night.
Though the contract was criticized by some residents who challenged the need for police in the air and others who complained about the noise, Costa Mesa officials said the money was worth it.
"Staff has been pleased with the service," said Costa Mesa police Capt. Les Gogerty.
In June, Costa Mesa signed a contract with Huntington Beach to have its helicopter respond to Costa Mesa incidents to the tune of $700 an hour. The contract came on the heels of Costa Mesa grounding its own police helicopter program, Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE), which it shared with Newport Beach.