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Civics and the City

A Win WiNN for Newport Beach

Newport Beach has a new win-WiNN situation with a new organization called Women in Newport Beach Networking (WiNN). Mayor Diane Dixon along with several community volunteers including Civil Service Board Chair Debra Allen, and former Arts Commission Chair Kathy Harrison developed...
Posted On 11 Feb 2016

Coming Soon to CdM: a ‘Fibrary’

Webster’s Dictionary defines a “mash-up” as a “mixture or fusion of disparate elements.” There are celebrity face mash-ups (think Brad Pitt meets George Clooney, Barack Obama meets Hilary Clinton…not so much) and famous movie dance scene mash-ups on youtube. Now we have...
Posted On 03 Apr 2015

Anything is ‘Virtually’ Possible at Newport Beach Public Library Media Lab

The Media Lab at the Newport Beach Public Library just unveiled its new look for 2015 – a colorful pixilated mural designed to entice everyone from media novices to the ultra tech savvy to come in and use the facility. The Media Lab, made possible by a gift from the Newport...
Posted On 24 Jan 2015

Deep Thoughts

A Fire Ring Solution: Divide the Beach

There is much to think and worry about these days. News and stories abound relating to ISIS, executions, Middle East War, racial tensions, discord between Obama and Netanyahu, the private Hillary e-mails… ad infinitum. Closer to home, the California drought is becoming a...

Glueck Shtick

* Recently Angelina Jolie had to miss the premiere of her movie “Unbroken” because she contracted a case of the mumps. At the same time the National Hockey League reported that 20 players were incapacitated with the mumps. Hmmm…coincidence? * In an unexpected move,...

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English 101

Sunset Ridge: A Park Without Parking

There is a new park in West Newport Beach: Sunset Ridge Park, on the northwest corner of Superior and PCH, on the opposite corner from the strip center with the Jacki in the Box. There are ocean views from the park that includes fields for youth sports. You probably assume that...

Ramifications of Woody’s Lawsuit

In my last column, I discussed how Woody’s Wharf beat the city of Newport Beach in the appeals court after the city’s illegal conduct. One of Woody’s owners, Mark Serventi, told me that about the time Woody’s had its planning commission hearing, Newport Beach police cars were...

Appeals Court Brings Dancing Back to Woody’s Wharf

Dancing returns to Woody’s Wharf thanks to a January appeals court ruling. Woody’s Wharf has had dancing inside since the 1960s. But recently the city claimed their permits allowed live music but not dancing. After a neighbor’s complaint and harassment by the city, Woody’s...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: Are We Better Off With Scott Peotter?

As the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter nears the successful completion of the signature gathering, I think it is important to reflect on one question. It’s a paraphrase of the question Ronald Reagan so eloquently asked in 1980: “Is our community better off after the election...

Op-Ed: Enough is Enough with Peotter

By Former Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill Since leaving the city council, I have tried to refrain from commenting on the actions of the new council, but the irresponsible decision to turn down over $480,000 in tax revenue, paid by Newport Beach residents to fix our streets, demands...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter Flip-Flops on Issues

Recently the Newport Beach City Council approved increases in the sewer fees paid by many Newport Beach residents.  In approving this increase, Council Member Scott Peotter said: “This is an overdue task that previous politicians refused to face, so I’m happy to support this.”...

Left of Center

On Class and Other Quaint Values

If you came of age in earlier times in our nation’s history, you understand that Donald Trump is merely the latest incarnation of the dark underbelly of our national character: the anti-Semitic, pro-fascist radio rants by Roman Catholic priest Charles Coughlin of the 1930s and...

Politics and Conversation

Most of us like to talk, though the success of our conversations depends on whom we’re talking with and how invested the involved parties are in the subject at hand. Take the remodeling project underway at our house. It’s a project being done by committee: my husband, my son, and...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin – Making Memorable Introductions

I’m sure at one time or another most of us have experienced one of my most dreaded of social faux pas’ – that of the botched introduction. You know the one. You’re at an event with someone whom you’ve known for years (or worse a relative or significant other), and suddenly you...
Posted On 11 Jan 2015

Lynn’s Spin: My Plush Pedego

I’ll never forget my first bicycle. On Christmas morning 1971, my brother and I ran to the living room anticipating the new bikes we had asked Santa to deliver. As we stared in disbelief, it was evident we’d have to ask Santa to reconsider his decision in 1972 for no bikes were...
Posted On 27 Nov 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: Too Real For Reality TV?

There is no question that Realty TV stars such as the Kardashians have captured the hearts (or the gag reflexes) of the American people for the past seven years. Yet, the majority of Americans are people like us, doing their best to get out of the door every morning, having to...
Posted On 08 Feb 2015

Mom’s Voice: Dreaming of an Origami Christmas

If a mother’s work is never done, then what can be said of a room mom, the mother responsible for myriad behind the scenes tasks to make the non-academic magic happen in a classroom for the entire school year. One of the important jobs of a room mom is to coordinate and execute...
Posted On 20 Dec 2014

Mom’s Voice: Monster to the Core

Be aware parents of young children! There’s a monster infiltrating your schools. The extent of harm this beast may cause will be unknown until it’s too late. You may have heard its soft rumblings from a distance, but anyone courageous enough to get a really up close look, can...
Posted On 27 Nov 2014

My Turn

When Politics Worked

I’ve been writing columns for the Newport Beach Independent since 2011. My appearance back then caused a few readers to write in and complain what a “liberal rag” the paper was becoming. It was ironic in some ways because the editor at the time, Roger Bloom, was...
Posted On 05 Apr 2014

No Exit in Newport

In 1944, Jean Paul Sartre wrote an existentialist play titled “No Exit” about three deceased characters locked into a room for eternity. If you are a homeowner in Newport Beach, you might want to pick up a copy to see what you’re in for. By way of background, my...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014

Sugar Mama

The Day My Dog Did Drugs

In the ’70s, my parents had a vacation home in Calistoga decorated in bright orange fabrics, overflowing plates of gourds and Norman Rockwell reproductions for the family and business associates to enjoy. Then, when they were no longer married, the vacation home became my dad’s...
Posted On 31 Aug 2012

The Wine, the Whisk, and the Wardrobe

A few months ago I found myself in need of a ride from my parents’ house in San Francisco to the airport to catch a flight home. I was wearing my Easter dress at the time my drivers pulled up, which I had alternated wearing with my black Puma sweat pants for two weeks – the only...
Posted On 17 Aug 2012

A Cleanse Wash-Out

The great thing about gorging on hot dogs and potato salad for weeks on end, I’ve learned, is that you can undo any caloric damage in one clean sweep: A Cleanse. Personally, I don’t remember having this option after gaining the freshman fifteen or the post-pregnancy thigh bags....
Posted On 03 Aug 2012

The Straight Scott

Goodbye…For Now

It has been fun writing for the Newport Independent about all the political happenings in Newport for these last two years. I have decided that after being involved first hand as a planning commissioner, and then as an observer writing about the issues, it is time to take the...

A Valentine to the City Council

It’s Valentine’s Day. According to Wikipedia, Valentine was a saint that reportedly performed marriages for Roman soldiers that were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians that were being persecuted by the Romans. It evolved into a day to celebrate love, where...

Debating Banning Ranch

At the recent Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Mayor Rush Hill gave a preview of his State of the City speech that he’ll deliver next week. One of the things that he talked about was the Banning Ranch project. Banning Ranch was one of my 10 new year’s resolutions. I...

That's My Take

Opinions and Free Speech

My Time Magazine arrived with a topic and cover story about something that I have been giving a lot of thought to recently. The story is entitled “Why we’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate.” It was both disturbing and a relief to know that writers, journalist, and...

Happy No Texting New Year

Many of us start the New Year hopeful for a better year than last and ways to make our own lives better as well as others. I start this New Year being grateful that I still have the capacity to write for the Indy and that they will continue to print some of my stories this coming...