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General Plan Amendment Will Cost Newport Taxpayers Millions Each Year

General Plan Amendment Will Cost Newport Taxpayers Millions Each Year

As you may have heard, on July 8 the Newport Beach City Council will consider placing on the November ballot a measure amending the General Plan – a plan that voters adopted, after extensive outreach and input, in 2006. The proposed amendment would reduce allowable development in certain areas of the City, while increasing development […]

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Mailbag: Proposed Extension of the JWA Settlement Agreement

Mailbag: Proposed Extension of the JWA Settlement Agreement

The environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed amendment to the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement, originally reached in 1985 and set to expire in 2015, has been released and comments are being accepted now through 5 p.m. July 8 at [email protected] I would encourage everyone whose home or business is impacted by daily commercial operations […]

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Applause for the Balboa Island Parade

Applause for the Balboa Island Parade

The 21st annual Balboa Island Parade celebrating the star spangled and close-knit islands (big and little) and the beginning of the summer season was held last Sunday. Tradition dictates that the parade is held the first Sunday of June. Thank you Balboa Island for a magical parade. Vintage cars made their way down Marine Avenue. A ‘54 Packard, ‘57 […]

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Mailbag: The Invisible (Civic) Center -- Classic Destination or Roadside Curiosity?

Mailbag: The Invisible (Civic) Center — Classic Destination or Roadside Curiosity?

It may yet come to pass: despite the progressive, and possibly enlightened interests of a minority, the exciting Newport Beach Civic Center (our new Forum Romanum) may be adorned not with laurel leaves but with the decorative curlicues desired by a majority of second class conservative minds: bad art. Although the elegant architectural statement is capped by […]

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Initiative to Stop Drunk, Overprescribing and Negligent Doctors Will Save Lives

Initiative to Stop Drunk, Overprescribing and Negligent Doctors Will Save Lives

Each year, 440,000 Americans die from medical negligence. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death, behind only heart disease and cancer. A big cause of these preventable deaths is doctors recklessly prescribing opioid narcotics. Two weeks ago, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus took on this problem by suing five of the world’s largest […]

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How Will You Vote in November?

How Will You Vote in November?

In November the residents of Newport Beach will be given a clear choice. If the City Council approves it, there will be a proposed General Plan Amendment on the ballot that will ask us to decide whether or not we want to approve projects that will significantly increase development in our city. Projects that will […]

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Former Senator Marian Bergeson Endorses Keith Curry

Former Senator Marian Bergeson Endorses Keith Curry

My choice in the race to be Newport Beach’s next Assemblyman is Keith Curry. He should be your choice also. Keith has led our city through the recession by reduction of city employees, growing our reserves and generating budget surpluses each year. With his Council colleagues, he has led with investments such as the Central Library […]

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Airfair Discusses Caps on John Wayne Airport

Airfair Discusses Caps on John Wayne Airport

Members of the Board of Directors of AirFair have recently participated in the discussions regarding caps on John Wayne Airport – “the Settlement Agreement” – due to be publicly released later this month. Several large developments, one already under way and two or three others in the planning stages, will be adding many new residents to the […]

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Mailbag: Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Mailbag: Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Our Mayor, Rush Hill, has declared 2014 a year of celebration for the City of Newport Beach. It’s a year of celebration for SPON (Stop Polluting Our Newport) as well. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary and our Top 40 achievements over those years. In 1974, trash washed down from the watershed after a rainstorm […]

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Op/Ed: Let’s Keep our Communities Safe

Op/Ed: Let’s Keep our Communities Safe

By Keith Curry | Newport Beach Councilmember  “The most dangerous social experiment of our generation.” That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state “realignment” program to release state prisoners back to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Governor Jerry Brown and the state […]

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