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Civics and the City

Making a Difference

Election season hit big this past week in Newport Beach. Campaign signs proliferated at an amazing pace with the medians of major thoroughfares and quiet neighborhood streets alike literally (or, to coin a phrase, “litter”ly) plastered with voter appeals. Postal boxes overflowed...
Posted On 10 Oct 2014

Corona Del Mar Library: A “Storied” Tale

By Robyn Grant | NB Indy The story of the Corona del Mar Library started in the mid-1940s. The expanding Corona del Mar population required a library closer than Balboa Library, the original location of the main City library. The Library was first housed in a Corona del Mar...

The Appearance of ‘Disappearing Path’

By Robyn Grant | NB Indy Inspiration Point on the bluff in Corona del Mar between Narcissus and Orchid Streets offers some of the most beautiful and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Southern California. In 1987, in recognition of the site’s majesty and...

Deep Thoughts

More Glueck Shtick

* Smack Me Once and Hit Me Twice! The NFL released its Player Health and Safety report to The Associated Press on Wednesday Sept.3, and the number of concussions decreased during the 2013 season. The league said concussions were down 13 percent from the previous year, and...

Fresh Glueck Shtick

* An Overachieving Dog A few weeks ago (NBIndy Aug.19) I wrote about man’s best friend, the dog, in “Doggie Bites.” A reader wrote to tell me of one problem he has with his West Highland Terrior. Fido’s hearing is so good that at night he will bark at any...

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English 101

Election Results: Big Government Rejected

BIG SPENDING DEMOCRATS REJECTED NATIONALLY Nationally, Republicans campaigned against arrogant big government: Obamacare, the IRS cover-up, the Benghazi cover-up, threatened executive orders, and other abuses of governmental power by Democrats. Republicans won substantial...

Candidate Recommendations

I have researched the candidates and I recommend Matthew Harper for California State Assembly. I have known both Keith Curry and Matthew Harper for a number of years, but my recommendation is based on their track records and stands on issues, not on personalities. Union Money and...

City Council Candidate Recommendations

I have researched the candidates and have my recommendations for Newport Beach City Council: District 3: Marshall “Duffy” Duffield Mayor Rush Hill (Duffield’s opponent) was one of the primary drivers of the overpriced city hall. This cost Newport Beach taxpayers about $297...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: Running a Civil Race

As this election season comes to an end, I would like to thank my opponent’s campaign team for running a civil race. It seems both camps have strived to stick to the issues, with only a few supporters on each side veering away. By now, the voters know that I have championed...

Letter to the Editor: Council Candidates Should Listen to the Community

As the Past Chair of the Newport Beach Host Town Committee for Special Olympics and director for many local community service organizations, I was a little shocked to read the letter by Tim Stephan’s stating that: “Kevin Muldoon has shown little interest for the community.” He is...

Letter to the Editor: Harley Rouda Gets It

“Global Warming: How bad can it get?” Pretty bad, according to the IPCC special report “Global Warming of 1.5°C,” released this month. Here in our beachfront communities of Newport, Huntington and Laguna Beach, we are represented by Dana Rohrabacher, a Congressman who absolutely...

Left of Center

Left of Center: The Dog Days of Politics

Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky On summer nights, star of stars, Orion’s Dog they call it, brightest Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat And fevers to suffering humanity. — Homer, The Iliad It’s commonly known that the dog days of summer arrive during...

Left of Center: Documentary is ‘An Act of Love’

Say what you will of the glories of cinematography or witty dialogue (think the old Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn movies), a compelling movie involves people and their stories. Such a movie is writer/director Scott Shepard’s “An Act of Love,” which screens at the Newport Beach...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: Wanted–Kidney Donor for Local Journalist

Bruce W. Cook needs a kidney. The well-known editor and publisher of The Bay Window magazine, popular Daily Pilot columnist, Balboa Bay Resort Governor, father, grandfather, husband, friend and Newport Beach resident, is suffering from a rare, genetic kidney disease. It has...
Posted On 19 Sep 2014

Lynn’s Spin: For LuLu

Last Sunday, my dear friend Robyn took her six pound Maltese, LuLu, to the Civic Center dog park for a play. They had been there many times and as usual the park had a mix of large and small dogs all scampering around chasing balls and frolicking as owners exchanged friendly...
Posted On 19 Aug 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: The Promised Legoland

Like a beer lover spending Oktoberfest in Munich, or a theater buff seeing a Broadway show, taking Wyatt, our 9 year-old, to Billund, Denmark this summer was nothing short of a pilgrimage. It was in Billund in 1932 that Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen created a company...
Posted On 09 Aug 2014

Mom’s Voice: Shoes Optional

“I only wear shoes when absolutely necessary.” Our 12-year-old daughter is having a conversation with her best friend in the kitchen. I only catch this line from the other room, but Sally’s declaration makes me smile. Everyone needs at least one good tagline in life and “I only...
Posted On 02 Aug 2014

Mom’s Voice: Our Minivan’s Major Role

When I bought my minivan 10 years ago, we had three kids (7, 4 and 2), and one on the way. Clearly the target market for this type of vehicle, I proudly took my place, with my bulging belly, behind the wheel and have never looked back. Well, except when in reverse. For a decade...
Posted On 11 Jul 2014

My Turn

Congressional Musical Chairs

A few months back it was apparent that a lot of GOP politicians were already jockeying for a pole position in the 2014 elections. In some cases these were elected officials who were termed out of their existing jobs. At the time (Living On Autopay, 10/7/13), I wrote, “Might...
Posted On 25 Jan 2014

Ben and Me

Years ago, comedian Stan Freberg showed it was possible to go back in time and consult directly with the Founding Fathers. I was in Philadelphia visiting Independence Hall about the time of the government shutdown last October and decided to try it myself. With a nod to Stan,...
Posted On 14 Jan 2014

Sugar Mama

How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

I’ll start by admitting that I have a cleaning lady, as well as most of the personality traits that go along with it: I’m lazy, messy, and have an inflated sense of self-worth. So imagine my frustration when I came home from work the other day to my very own kitchen oozing with...
Posted On 22 Jun 2012

Rue The Father’s Day

“Get ready for the hardest years of your life,” a friend told me when my husband and I started having kids. What? Being a parent is supposed to be blissful! Purposeful! Enriching! But as I round out a decade as a mother of two sons, I realize that she was absolutely right....
Posted On 17 Jun 2012

The Wages of AP English

Dear Sugar Mama – In light of the fact that most of us will be receiving our kids’ end-of-year report cards over the next few weeks, will you please weigh in on the topic of PAYING UNREASONABLE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR GOOD GRADES?  Personally, I think it’s TOTALLY ridiculous – kids...
Posted On 08 Jun 2012

The Straight Scott

The Real Thanksgiving Message

The Pilgrims had plenty at the first Thanksgiving, because they chucked their communist ways and went full boat capitalism. I can hear the liberals moaning now, how can Scott steal the Thanksgiving holiday for conservatives any more than it already is. You see, most people are...

JFK: A Reagan Democrat

What Were You Doing When JFK Was Shot? The 50th Anniversary of the assassination of JFK is November 22, and everyone is asking “Where were you when JFK was shot?” In this case I was too young to remember and our family didn’t watch that fuzzy 19” black and white portable TV that...

A Free Freeway?

The Freeways are Full Unless you live in a vacuum, you know that the traffic on the 405 is bad. During peak hours it is a parking lot. Measure M2 (that is the extension of the Measure M sales tax for an additional 30 years) promised an extra lane on the 405, between the 605 and...

That's My Take

Surviving our Drought

The lack of rain and a long draught is finally taking its toll on all of us, as we are now forced to deal with the consequences and begin to see nothing but brown everywhere. Having the opportunity to fly often in and out of California for both business and pleasure, the...

Jet Packs and Fire Rings

Team Newport is definitely taking the city in new directions as they change and study issues that the community was either upset with (dock taxes, city hall expenditures, and fire rings), or not yet decided upon like the Jet Packs in the Harbor. They began their council terms at...