Civics and the City


Deep Thoughts

Depends On Your Point of View

* The Traveling Salesman Did you hear the one about the traveling salesman who was visiting Newport Beach and without prior notice suddenly needed a clean dress shirt for an evening sales meeting? He went to Macy’s at Fashion Island and paid full price! * Mimi’s Restaurant My...

Thoughts from a Cleveland Native

* North Coast Revival Many people who live in Newport Beach and the OC have moved here from Cleveland. Since their golden age in 1948 when the Indians won the AL Pennant and World Series, the city has been the butt of late-night comedians and the news media. The truth is that the...

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English 101

Take a Seat—in a $1,000 Chair

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Residents For Reform (residentsforreform.com) and their concerns about excessive city spending. I discussed a 2013 Orange County Register article stating that the new city hall was “furnished with high-end furniture and fixtures, including 204 leather...

Residents for Reform

A new political action committee has been launched to advocate that Newport Beach city government cut spending and taxes. It is Residents for Reform and can be found at residentsforreform.com. The PAC was started by local activist Bob McCaffrey. On its web site, Residents for...

Cutting the Newport Beach Business License Tax

By Kurt English | NB Indy Two weeks ago in this column, I reviewed the city business license tax in Newport Beach. The current business license fee is $159 plus an additional $8 per employee up to an additional $797 for businesses that collect sales tax, and an additional $16 per...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: Bring Transparency Back to the Government

If you review the actions carefully of three of the four incumbents trying to hold onto their seats in the upcoming election, I doubt that you will want to vote for them, especially when you compare them to the top-notch candidates who have long histories of involvement in the...

Letter to the Editor: Reminding You of Facts

Regarding Former Mayor Rush Hill’s letter to the editor in NB Indy on Oct. 19: Mr. Hill—Facts? May I remind you of your personal FPPC problems for participating in the Mariners Mile redevelopment committee that resulted in the taxpayers paying over $60,000 in legal fees to...

Letter to the Editor: I’ve had enough

I am so disappointed in our incumbent City Council members Scott Peotter and Duff Duffield.  They do not represent the best interests of the citizens of Newport Beach.  Their pot farm interests and allegiance to large builders rather than the people who voted for them has left me...

Left of Center

Will Traffic Take its Toll in Newport Coast?

Much of the future well being of the City of Newport Beach depends upon respecting, valuing, and preserving our priceless environment. From the air pollution emanating from wood burning fire rings and the jets flying out of John Wayne Airport to the pollutants that sift into the...

The Year of the Environment in Newport Beach

Sometime between following recent Facebook posts of the marvelous antics of the orca whales off our coast and watching the video stream of the January 13 Newport Beach City Council meeting, it came to me that environmental issues as such don’t get near the local attention they...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: Wild Thing III Sails to Victory

As the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” and if you talk to Skipper Rhonda Hill-Tolar, owner of Wild Thing III, she’ll tell you it takes a crew to bring home not one, but three trophies from the recent Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. “We had a great...
Posted On 11 May 2014

Lynn’s Spin: Exploring a Passion to Paint

Haute Cakes on 17th Street is one of my favorite local restaurants, so when my talented budding artist friend, Pam Selber, invited me to attend an artists’ reception there, I was all for it. Little did I know the treat I was in for—and it wasn’t just the great food and wine they...
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: The Alcatraz Guide to Parenting

Our recent trip to Alcatraz really inspired me as a parent. I’ve begun writing “The Alcatraz Guide to Parenting.” It seems so logical, to draw from some of the wisdom of during the years on The Rock from 1933 to 1963. If Al Capone or Machine Gun Kelly’s mommies and daddies had...
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Mom’s Voice: The Grand Scheme

How do you describe what the Grand Scheme is to a child? Whether you’re teaching your kids that God is calling the shots, karma decides much of what happens, or random chance or destiny impacts our lives more, it’s a parenting milestone when you can start a sentence with “In the...
Posted On 05 Apr 2014

Mom’s Voice: A Million Reasons to Smile

We sat in the car at the airport, about to say our good-byes. It had been a fun weekend, full of laughs with my longtime friend and her three children. I didn’t want to end on a sad note, but I did have something to say. “Life is not always what we want it to be or how we plan...
Posted On 30 Mar 2014

My Turn

Tale of Two Citizens

In 1999, a European company named Allianz bought a 70 percent interest in local money management firm Pimco. They also offered our neighbor, Bill Gross, $200 million over five years to stick around and manage this huge bond fund. He’s still there, so somebody must consider...
Posted On 29 Oct 2013

Ignoring the Mortgage

Ever had a conversation like this one with my Significant Other? ME: Honey, Congress is thinking about shutting down the government again. Would you mind not using your credit cards for awhile. You know, just until this blows over. OTHER: You’re kidding me, aren’t...
Posted On 25 Oct 2013

Sugar Mama

Did You Hear Something?

“If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” my 9-year-old asked me the other evening. “You tell me … When I blow you a kiss, do you feel it?” I asked back. “Yes. No,” he said. “Well, both.” “Then there’s your answer,” I told him. “Well,...
Posted On 13 Apr 2012

Joining the Club

I made a pact with my kids on the day they were born that I would always be home for them after school. “Three to 5 in the afternoon is when all the riff-raff happens,” my mother warned me. “When the latchkey kids wreak havoc.” The irony, of course, is that I was a latchkey kid....
Posted On 06 Apr 2012

Clothes-Minded

I grew up as the youngest of three kids and, regardless of the fact that my two older siblings are male, I was the not-so-proud recipient of their hand-me-down clothing. As I look back, though, I’m not nearly as affected by it today as I was when I wearing my brother’s Boy Scout...
Posted On 03 Apr 2012

The Straight Scott

Hoag Has Standards

Now I know why the pro-abortion people are upset at Hoag for deciding not to offer elective abortions. In fact they are asking the State Attorney General to nullify the merger because Hoag no longer wants to kill babies. The Real Reason the Pro-Aborts are upset Hoag has...

Hotel Newport Beach

The Boys of Summer played the mid-summer classic last Tuesday. The winner gets home field advantage for their league in the World Series this fall (the American League this year). This is a big deal because the home team has won the World Series 21 of the last 28 years.  Imagine...

Hoag is Pro-Life

So there was a big protest at Hoag the other week over Hoag’s decision to stop performing abortions. I decided to check it out in person, rather than relying solely on news reports. So what was all the hullabaloo about? According to a nurse that worked at Hoag, Hoag started doing...

That's My Take

Newport Votes No on Y

Citizens of Newport Beach and community members have won a campaign that benefits the city and far exceeds limiting traffic and excessive growth. The campaign and its success sends a strong message to the City Council past, present, and newly elected that citizen input,...

Running Down a New Campaign Road

Roy Englebrecht is running for council against Tim Brown and Kevin Muldoon in District 4. Outgoing Leslie Daigle currently holds the seat. His approach is completely different and goes against everything anyone will tell you’re about how to run a campaign and win. He is also the...