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Civics and the City

Got Alerts? Got Bike Safety?

Got Alerts? Did you know that the City of Newport Beach has a comprehensive Emergency Management Program including several “alert” systems for residents and visitors in the event of an emergency? AlertOC, Orange County’s public mass notification system, works in partnership with...
Posted On 12 Dec 2014

A Toll of Many Cities

The San Diego Freeway (405) is one of the most congested roads in Orange County, serving more than 300,000 vehicle trips on certain sections each day. That volume is estimated to grow by more than 10 percent in the next 25 years. Drivers of the 405 Freeway between Newport Beach...
Posted On 07 Nov 2014

Art Makes History

On Saturday, November 1, art will make history in Newport Beach as the City celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of Rex Brandt, considered one of the most important figures in California art in the mid-20th century. Early in the day, a plaque will be dedicated at...
Posted On 25 Oct 2014

Deep Thoughts

Voters Don’t Swallow Nasty Little Pills

Voters rejected both Proposition 45 and Proposition 46 last week. Prop. 45 would have further enriched the state’s trial lawyers by opening up the state’s health insurance rate-setting process to legal “intervener” challenges, and Proposition 46 would have increased the incentive...

Nasty Little Pill Called Prop 46

In just a few short weeks, we will be heading to our respective polling places and casting our ballots in the 2014 election. We have many choices to make, especially in our local Newport Beach City Council race and Measure Y. However, there are other issues on the ballot,...

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English 101

English 101: Auditing the Newport Beach City Council Audits

The first Newport Beach City Council meeting with the four new reform council members was on December 9. The new members asked city staff to prepare plans to audit the city hall construction project and the tidelands fund. In addition to auditing the city hall spending, the audit...

Prayer Scrooges

In recent years we have suffered scrooges who have tried to interfere with both the cultural and religious aspects of Christmas and public expressions of faith. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has embarrassed a number of localities and merchants in recent years by exposing their “War On...

Thanksgiving and Capitalism

As you sat down for your Thanksgiving feast, did you take time to reflect on the origin of this American holiday? Separatist Congregationalists fleeing religious persecution by King James of England. travelled to the New World in 1620. Investors provided loans to finance the...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: Correcting Some Distortions and Lies

It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to represent the 1st District on the Newport Beach City Council these past four years. The opportunity to meet and talk with the great residents of our great city, and to have an impact on maintaining and improving our wonderful quality...

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Joy Brenner

Recently I have become aware of your communication with the Newport Harbor Republican Women attempting to rationalize your history to liberal Democrat candidates and political action committees. I am personally offended that you would compare partisan voting of good Americans to...

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Shawn Steel

I am writing you an open letter that pertains to correspondence you sent Clyda Joy Brenner on 10/23/18. In it you asserted that Joy wrote a letter referencing “brown shirts.” I wrote that letter, not Joy Brenner. I did not intend to offend any individual or group, but...

Left of Center

A ‘WTH’ Sort of Year

Citizens of every persuasion throughout our fair nation likely agree that it’s been a Whiskey Tango Hotel (WTH, or What The Heck) sort of election year. I’m restraining myself here, as many have called it much worse. In the city of Newport Beach, the practice of politics is...

In Praise of Critical Thinking

The term “fiscal conservative” has become an empty phrase. It’s been gloried though misused by many Republicans for decades, given their support for profligate military spending and the disastrous trickle-down economic theory that has undermined the middle class. Most of us,...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: Ant Rant

With all due respect to the hysteria surrounding the Ebola virus making its way to our shores, I am distracted of late by another crisis. Tiny in comparison, but mighty in their ability to frustrate, I speak of my recent battle with ants. As a kid, under the Christmas tree one...
Posted On 25 Oct 2014

Lynn’s Spin: Childhelp’s ‘Rat Pack Redux’ Oct. 18

Earlier this year, I finally did something that has been on my “to do” for some time – I became a member of Childhelp’s Orange County Chapter. Childhelp was founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, who have dedicated their lives to making a significant, positive...
Posted On 10 Oct 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: Wading in the Adults-Only Pool

In graduate school I took a course called Adult Development. Topics included society’s views on aging and the importance of leaving a legacy. One of our assignments was to pinpoint and write a paper about the event in our lives in which we felt we truly became an adult. It was...
Posted On 31 Oct 2014

Mom’s Voice: The Sun Has Set on Capri

Yesterday my husband came through the door with a few bags of groceries. In one of the bags were a couple boxes of Capri Suns. I may have lost the battle of the Lucky Charms, but I’m not backing down on this one. I’m in a full-blown boycott of the drink pouches. They are bad news...
Posted On 28 Sep 2014

Mom’s Voice: Genetic Irony

When we refer to genes as “skipping a generation,” what is really happening is a recessive gene, carried by both parents is being expressed. Normally, the easiest example of this is when two brown-eyed parents have a blue-eyed child, made possible by the fact that both Mom and...
Posted On 24 Aug 2014

My Turn

Getting Rid of Mixtli

If you watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS, you know you are a fool to throw anything away. Those comic books you put in a box four decades ago are now worth a fortune. Restore Aunt Tilly’s rusty Depression era potato ricer to mint condition, and you can trade it for an Ivy...
Posted On 15 Feb 2014

Cupid Twangs Again

It was a year ago that I volunteered to be the Independent’s honorary Cupid and write the Valentine’s Day missive. At the time, I set forth my bona fides, including the fact that Feb. 14 is both my birthday and my anniversary. Yes friends, this little cherub popped...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

Sugar Mama

The Fish, the Fridge and the French

What if you don’t want another door to open after one closes? Like when your kid’s fourth fish dies in one year and your husband promises him a turtle. I mean, can’t we just let bygones be bygones? It’s like those fridge magnets inscribed with inspirational sayings designed to...
Posted On 20 Jul 2012

Vacation’s All I Never Wanted

As I walked into an Internet café in the middle of Idaho about an hour ago – and I use the word “café” lightly – I was asked by a fellow patron how I got there. To the café, I assumed. How I ended up in Idaho would have been a much longer story and, quite frankly, none of his...
Posted On 13 Jul 2012

OK, You Asked for It

Sugar Mama – Why is that people on vacation feel compelled to dress like they’re on a safari … cargo and pockets everywhere, even at the beach? Dressed to Kill Dressed, I usually hate to bog my readers down with scientific blather, but the behavior you’re referring to is...
Posted On 29 Jun 2012

The Straight Scott

Fire Rings Still Smoking

This fire ring saga has been going on three years, and the former mayor was called a liar in a public forum this week. So, I thought it was time for an update. Many residents are already aware that in July of last year, the AQMD unelected bureaucratic party poopers passed new...

New Year’s Resolutions for Newport Beach

There are always the typical New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I would take the 10 most popular resolutions and apply them to the City of Newport Beach. Lose Weight Everyone seems to want to lose weight and it is the most popular resolution. For the City to lose weight, they...

Santa or Scrooge in 2013?

Santa Wish List Last year at this time, I suggested a wish list for Santa to bring for Newport Beach for 2013. Let’s see how we did. We asked for privatization, reform, and transparency. Privatization I asked to privatize government services: Trash Collection, Water and Sewer...

That's My Take

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...

Carrying On About Carry-On Luggage

This year for vacation I simply want to travel in the United States rather than Europe because there is so much I still have left to see in our great and beautiful country. I was fortunate to start my first trip of the summer this past week. A friend was celebrating a big...