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Forum: Critical Connections

We are all so fortunate living in one of the best areas in the nation, which some of us sometimes take for granted. I am not just talking about the kind people or the great weather or the nice and clean environment, but about the “connect” which is more fundamental for the...

OP/ED: Taj-Ma-City-Hall Audit

By Scott Peotter | Special to the NB Indy We Needed an Adult in the Room! The city’s auditors of the Taj-Ma-City-Hall made a presentation of their draft report last week. The bottom line? The City went over its own inflated budget by $29.3 Million and there is $1.2 Million in...

Newport Needs to Improve Assessment District Process

As Yogi Berra might have said about undergrounding assessment districts in Newport Beach, “It’s deja vu all over again!”  Proposed districts continue to be fought over while the city pretends to be impartial. Undergrounding is being debated once again, this time...

Still Concerned About Undergrounding

I have recently been asked (repeatedly) as to why I am still concerned about the undergrounding of the utilities process even though I am not currently threatened: AD114B was carved out of AD118 – neighbors with whom I have vehemently fought (we thought successfully) against the...

Council Confuses Issue of Undergrounding

I recently attended a Newport Beach City Council Meeting for the first time, and was I in for an education.  My reasons for being there were to speak on an item that was on the evening’s agenda- the undergrounding of utilities. It certainly seemed, if one were to follow this...

Refinancing Civic Center Debt Should Be Settled

As an attorney practicing in securities law, I was both shocked and surprised to read the proposal by Mayor Diane Dixon and Finance Committee member Will O’Neill to refinance the civic center debt. I was shocked because this proposal was vigorously debated at the City...

Correction to Forum Letter

In the May 13 issue of the Newport Beach Independent, a response to Councilman Keith Curry’s Op/Ed piece about campaign reform was printed in our newspaper—a response that was initially posted on our website. The person to whom the comment/letter was credited informed us that she...

Op-Ed: Political Reform in Newport Questioned

By Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry Mayor Diane Dixon recently commented in the media on my proposed political reforms, and we need to set the record straight on some issues. I proposed four specific actions. The first is to make the city’s longstanding limit on campaign...

Conflict of Interest with Museum House Condos

Dave Ellis, who served as campaign manager for many of the current Newport Beach City Council, has been retained to shepherd The Museum House condo tower in Newport Center through to a successful approval by the City Council. Or at least I think he has been retained to do so....

When in Drought

How does giving millions of gallons of water to these new developments make ANY sense while the rest of us are restricted to watering our gardens only once a week? Museum House – 100 dwellings Banning Ranch – 895 dwellings San Joaquin Plaza – 524 dwellings Echo...

Museum House Needs a Greenlight Vote

The Museum House, a 26-story, 100-unit high-rise condo proposed for Newport Center, doesn’t just deserve a Greenlight vote. It requires a Greenlight vote. The city disagrees. In 2000, the residents of our city approved a smart growth initiative that requires the city to...

Condo Tower at Odds with Residents

Once again, the residents of Newport Beach are at odds with our own city. This time, the Planning Department is advancing a 26-story condo tower in Newport Center that will be the highest residential tower in Orange County. This project could be the poster child for a city that...

Letter: Dogs, Inconsiderate Owners Create Problems

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Newport Beach City Council. It has been added to the Indy mailbag so that opinions from both sides of the issue are represented in the forum.  As a homeowner in West Newport I just wanted to encourage you to help us with this HUGE...

Letter: Clean Up Newport, No Dog Beach

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Newport Beach City Council. It has been added to the Indy mailbag so that opinions from both sides of the issue are represented in the forum.  I am a homeowner in Newport Beach.  I am outraged to hear that there is talk of the...

Letter: Support Enforcement of Dog Regulations at River Jetty

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Newport Beach City Council. It has been added to the Indy mailbag so that opinions from both sides of the issue are represented in the forum.  I currently live at W. Oceanfront and have lived here since 1998. I currently am a dog...

Letter to the Editor: Keep Dog Beach

I am writing to ask that you keep the off leash laws at Newport dog beach between the rocks and river mouth. As a resident I want to keep this beach dog friendly. It is one of the only safe places around for a dog to enjoy the water and socialize with other dogs. The Costa Mesa...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Take Away Off-Leash Privileges

I firmly feel that taking away off-leash privileges for our four-legged family members is not fair or necessary. As a dog owner, it is such a wonderful feeling to make your best friend happy, and to see pure delight on his face literally wipes away any grime from my work week; it...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Eliminate Dog Beach

I am 100 percent in support of dog beach and don’t support new leash laws. This beach is not only for our pets but is also a family beach where families enjoy quality time with their kids and four legged family members. By taking away dog beach you are also taking away the...

Letter to the Editor: CdM High Athletic Field: Enough Already!

For over 20 years I have lived across the street from the Corona Del Mar High School football field. I resigned myself to the congestion and noise associated with the start and end of the school day, the drum practices (like firing squad volleys over and over and over) and the...

Global Warming Hoax

In regards to the article “Rise in Sea Level Underscored at Symposium” in the Feb. 12 Newport Beach Independent, it is disgraceful that countless people worldwide are harvesting billions of government dollars preaching fear and catastrophes which they assure us are certain to...