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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...

Measure Y and a Group Think City Council

Being elected to the Newport Beach City Council (even being appointed to fill a vacancy) or being appointed by the Council to any one of the several city commissions in no way conveys to those individuals any special omniscience or omnipotence relative to providing good local...

Letter to the Editor: Why I Support Measure Y

I am in my 20th year of service to Newport Beach, 10 years on the Planning Commission and 10 years on the City Council. During that time I have strived to maintain the highest level of providing municipal services and to protect and improve the quality of life for all Newport...

Letter to the Editor: Former Mayor Weighs In on Measure Y

I am a former Newport Beach City Mayor. I have continually lived in the Port Streets for over 35 years. I am voting No on Measure Y for the following reasons: Traffic in Newport Beach steadily gets worse, evenwithout any added development. Our City’s streets, esp....

Transparency Needed for Measure Y

If I could teach the Newport Beach City Council one thing, it would be that we expect transparency from City government. Transparency in government means that what you see is what you get, and it is the opposite of what the Newport Beach City Council has done with Measure Y....

Yes on Measure Y

The opponents of Measure Y want you to believe the proposed general plan update will cause a massive traffic jam. An independently prepared EIR and traffic report for the update reach the opposite conclusion. It is easy for opponents to exaggerate the scope of the update since...

Misleading Summary on the Newport Beach Ballot

For government to function properly, elected officials must be honest and not attempt to mislead their constituents. In recent years every level of government seems to be embracing dishonest behavior in order to win elections and hold power. While the Federal government gets most...

Judicial System Failure in Bicyclist Death

My precious sister, Debra, was killed by a motorist last Aug. 27, 2013 while riding her bicycle in Newport Beach. The Orange County DA filed charges vehicular manslaughter and the trial began Sept. 8, 2014. The DA presented evidence that my sister was properly making a right turn...

Ambiguity of Measure Y

“We’ve got to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” This is the call from nearly all of the Newport Council candidates when you ask them about Measure Y. I asked the question to candidates: “Have you read Measure Y?” All but two said they have...

Op Ed: Protecting Water Quality at Newport’s Beaches

By Leslie Daigle Newport Beach’s miles of shore are a source of relaxation, joy, solace and exhilaration for visitors and residents alike. And perhaps nothing strikes at the heart of the unique and special Newport Beach lifestyle as much as beach closures. The City Council and...