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Response to Dr. Glueck’s Column of Sept. 12

Response to Dr. Glueck’s Column of Sept. 12

Dear Dr. Glueck: As you might imagine, I have received my share of guest comments over the years. Mostly positive, but of course, some negative. I try and take the negative ones to heart and use the information constructively to create a better guest experience. I normally would have not responded to a letter like […]

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Lido Hotel Lease Guarantees a Taxpayer Loss

Lido Hotel Lease Guarantees a Taxpayer Loss

The city’s plan to award a long-term lease for old City Hall land is a guaranteed loser for taxpayers. Let’s quickly run through the three possible scenarios that could play out during a long-term land-lease from the city of Newport: Let’s assume that Newport wants to lease land for 85 years to an entity, and […]

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NB Bicycle Master Plan Available for Public Comment

NB Bicycle Master Plan Available for Public Comment

Until July 30, residents of Newport Beach have the chance to have their voice heard on an issue that is exploding in popularity in our city: bicycling. It is important that those who bike, whether as their main form of transportation around the city or for enjoyment and exercise, take time to add their thoughts […]

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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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