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Undergrounding Petition Process Needs Limits

I am a Newport Beach resident who is against (now and for the foreseeable future) being made to pay upwards of $25,000 simply for the aesthetic improvement of undergrounding the utilities, especially in light of the fact that Edison itself says that undergrounding is less safe,...

Undergrounding Utilities: Less Safe, Less Reliable, More Expensive

I realize that I had a letter published a couple of weeks ago, but I feel compelled to respond to a recent letter by Aaron Cook that is a thinly veiled attack on the credibility of the noundergrounding.com coalition. Please permit me to make some purely factual corrections. Mr....

Misleading ‘Facts’ About Undergrounding Utilities

I am concerned about the amount of misinformation being circulated regarding undergrounding utilities in district 118 and 114 of Newport Heights. There is actually no current vote on whether or not to underground the utility poles and there has been no actual proposal of what...

Letter to the Editor: Undergrounding Utilities Debate

The Newport Beach undergrounding debate should not be a debate about the pros and cons of undergrounding. It is really about forcing residents to suffer an unrequested and undesired financial burden for a non-essential service. The City should change their purportedly neutral but...

Letter to the Editor: Banning Ranch and Sunset Ridge Park

This letter is a response to a recent column from Kurt English (“A Park without Parking”) concerning the lack of a parking lot at Sunset Ridge Park. Mr. English should be applauded for his devotion to the community and especially for his concern for young athletes who utilize the...

Newport is Under Economic Assault

I am writing you today out of a deep concern for the future of our city. Last week, during a 30-minute stretch in our council meeting, we came within one vote of creating lasting fiscal damage to our community. First, while considering a routine measure to validate reductions in...

Make Newport More Business Friendly

Do you remember The Newport Dividend? That was former Mayor Rush Hill’s idea to buy the election last November. Rush’s great ideas were to give free building permits to all residential builders during 2014, establish a water taxi system, and convert the Coyote Canyon Landfill to...

Residents Want JWA Flight Routes Changed

The extension of the John Wayne Airport agreement and curfew are cause for celebration. Thanks to the hard work of many groups, Newport Beach residents in the departure pattern will sleep more easily. The agreement calls for orderly growth of flights and the closure of JWA at 11...

Woody’s Wharf Harassment is an Outrage

First, let me say that I haven’t been to Woody’s Wharf Restaurant in 20 years. Nevertheless, as a citizen of Newport Beach I am enraged at the harassment laid on the Woody’s Wharf Restaurant by Newport Beach Police from September 2013 to February 2014 as...

Newport Beach City Council – Get On With Business

To continue our conversation, I agree with Mr. Moore (INBOX Jan. 16) that it’s ridiculous for citizens of Newport Beach to be spending so much time and mental energy on rabbit statues at our new Civic Center. However, I don’t see any evidence that the many Letters to...

Will Newport Beach City Council Sweep With New Broom?

It is always a joy to observe the new Newport Beach City Council Members as they take office and embark on their various concepts of Public Service. We have always gone on the assumption that a new broom sweeps clean the remnants of bad government. However, as Ross Perot once...

Why Audit Newport Beach City Hall?

I am puzzled by the eagerness of Mr. English [English 101 column in the NB Indy issue of Jan. 9] and the new members of our City Council to audit (or re-audit) the Newport Beach city hall construction project and review contracts and city management. Do they expect to find...

Cheering for Team Newport

Jean Ardell’s recent and clearly biased rant against Team Newport which appeared in the Newport Beach Independent on January 2 deserves additional scrutiny by your readers. Ms. Ardell just doesn’t seem to get it yet. Newport Beach voters finally just got tired of over...

Banning Ranch Project and Newport’s Stage One Water Shortage

As we are all aware, the City of Newport Beach recently declared a Stage One Water Shortage. We have been asked to reduce our use by 20 percent and limit watering our yard to two days a week. That seems a wise and necessary response to the most severe and prolonged drought we...

Banning Ranch Project has Severe Impacts

Dorothy Kraus’s commentary (“Newport Banning Ranch: What We’re Not Being Told,” 12-26-14) is a must-read if you value the privacy, peace, quiet and livability of our neighborhoods in the Newport-Mesa area. Her points about the severe impacts of the Newport Banning Ranch (NBR)...

Newport Banning Ranch: What We’re Not Being Told

Gosh, it almost feels like the election season is still underway what with all the newspaper advertisements and mailers from the Newport Banning Ranch development team informing us of all the wonderful features planned for the Banning Ranch, a 401-acre parcel of land in West...
Posted On 27 Dec 2014

Bending the Truth on Measure Y

Ed Selich submitted a commentary that is misleading in the extreme about Measure Y (see the NB Indy issue of Oct. 17). As one of the architects of Measure Y, he is clearly invested in its success. However, in his commentary, he bends the truth to nearly breaking. Mr...

The Choice is Clear

This year’s council race is supposedly feisty or contentious, but really the choices are simple and clear. Diane Dixon refers to Rush Hill and his ballot pals Mike Toerge and Tim Brown, as the “Oer the Rush Hill Gang” because it pertains to their push to keep things the way they...

Daigle Endorsement for Water District

It was a great privilege and honor to be present at Corona del Mar High School recently to unveil the newly renovated Marian Bergeson Aquatic Complex. And it was also a privilege and honor to share the stage that day with Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, who was instrumental in the...

Assembly Candidate Curry Discusses Platform

As Newport Beach residents go to the polls to pick a new representative in the state Assembly, the voters will face a stark choice. I have built a business employing more than 450 people, and understand the difficulties created by government regulation and excessive taxation. I...