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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...

Rebuttal to Keith Curry Op-Ed on Political Reform

Rebuttal to Keith Curry Op-Ed (NB Indy Forum, Feb. 19):  Losing has been hard on Keith Curry. He lost his Assembly race by 20 percent, including Newport by 10 percent, even his own neighborhood voted against him. The voters rejected Curry.  He wanted to eliminate the fire rings...

Regarding “Newport Needs Political Reform”

Regarding “Newport Needs Political Reform”  Keith Curry’s opinion piece (NB Indy forum, Feb. 19) is full of good ideas that would make elected officials more accountable to the public. I hope the public and the Council listen.  I’d like to make one more...

Op-Ed: Newport Beach Needs Political Reform

By Keith Curry In a democracy, the integrity of the election process is the bedrock of our freedom. As a nation of laws, citizens depend on the assumption that government will enforce the laws on the books equally, without fear or favor. Recent events have convinced me that to...

October Was Good for Orcas, Bad for Banning Ranch

October was not a particularly good month for naturalists, environmentalists,  or just those among us who would like to preserve the little open land that we have left as well as the majestic views that sparkle along the Orange County Coastline. For Banning Ranch, the last large...

Letter to the Editor: Newport City Council Campaign Finances Need Auditing

Recently the Daily Pilot reported that the California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) had opened an investigation into the failure of Residents for Reform to file the required disclosures of campaign expenditures and contributions related to the 2014 city council...

Letter to the Editor: Comment on Newport Banning Ranch Land Trust Picnic

[Newport Banning Land Trust] was created, funded and is composed of the developers that want to destroy Banning Ranch! One important fact they left out [of the Indy’s July 17 article] is that they’re planning on bulldozing and grading the entire upland mesa, rendering it a...

Letter to the Editor: Turning Basin Turns Heads

Dear City Council of Newport Beach, Your assessment for adding cans or whispers in the turning basin is a major decision for the safety of boating in Newport Harbor. Whether or not you can restrict sail boarding, stand up paddle boarding, kayaks or where people can drop anchor in...

Op/Ed: Response to Newport Beach Council Member Scott Peotter’s Newsletter

Scott Peotter, a Newport Beach City Council member, posted a bigoted and hateful statement on his website, yesterday, in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, and he did so under the official seal of the City of Newport Beach. As part of his post, Mr. Peotter...