Civics and the City

Deep Thoughts

One Tasteful Car

* Here’s a follow-up on my friend, Bob, whose new car finally arrived in Newport Beach last week after six months of negotiations. The inside color scheme is quite striking as he had portrayed. The leather on the dashboard is a dark mocha; the seats and doors a soft almond color....


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English 101


I Will Always Stand Up for Free Speech

In his early writings Benjamin Franklin warns, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  An intolerant group in Newport Beach has initiated a recall against me because I speak my mind. Their list of “grievances” against me...

Save Free Speech in Newport Beach

I became involved in city politics over a decade ago to stop the over-concentration of drug and alcohol rehab homes in West Newport and expose the corrupt politicians profiting from them, while our community suffered the impacts. The deeper I dug, the more corruption I found at...

Time for Councilman Peotter to Go

Like many of my neighbors, I have been appalled by the changes in our city council during the past two years. Rather than focusing on the quality of life, parks and open space for our kids, replacement of aging city facilities and sound fiscal management, we see council members...

Left of Center

Final Thoughts on the 74th AD Primary

In the beginning I was mad at them all. As I got ready to interview Republicans Leslie Daigle and Allan Mansoor and Democrat Bob Rush, whose comments appeared in recent columns, I realized all over again how upset I am with politicians of all stripes. I want better representation...

Lynn's Spin

Hot Tips for Beach Blanket Bliss

These last, precious few weeks of summer – and the unbearable heat – are driving throngs of visitors and locals alike to our beautiful beaches. Hearing the siren call of the cool surf, folks are hitting the coast, big time. Passing Big Corona on the water last...
Posted On 20 Aug 2012

The Garden of Life: Don’t Mind the Weeds

A few weeks ago I got a call from my second cousin Terry, whom I adore, letting me know that her mother, Donna, had had a massive stroke, this one even more serious than the one she suffered some years ago which left her unable to speak other than a few select words. Terry...
Posted On 10 Aug 2012

Mom's Voice

A Big Stack of Traditions

Being in retail, my husband, Matt, works around the clock during the holiday season. If there is going to be any merry making, it must be initiated and executed by yours truly. Being raised Jewish, I have the Hanukkah traditions wired. The pyrotechnics of letting kids loose with...
Posted On 16 Dec 2011

The Advent of Giving Calendar

Like most parents, I want to impart the true spirit of the season to our kids. Although we should be doing what we can to help those less fortunate throughout the entire year, Charles Dickens said it best in one of my favorite lines from “A Christmas Carol”: “It is more...
Posted On 09 Dec 2011

Coming Home and Unpacking the Memories

The last two days of The Great American Field Trip was like the last day of school carnival, graduation and rainy day recess all rolled into one. I half-heartedly suggested Helen Keller’s autobiography on CD.  And by the reaction of everyone, I realized it was like a teacher...
Posted On 04 Dec 2011

My Turn

A Christmas Story

By August Lightfoot It was June at my Uncle’s farm, which is a busy time of the year. What has been sowed now has to be reaped. My Uncle, the second-oldest, impresses me with how he lives. He was a career Navy man dedicated to serving his country. If satisfaction comes from faith...

My Turn: A Bridge to the Future

By Councilmember Ed Selich There has been some criticism of the recent City Council approval of a pedestrian bridge across San Miguel, connecting two sections of the Civic Center Park. Unfortunately, the criticism appears to be the result of political punditry or a lack of...

Sugar Mama

The Straight Scott

That's My Take