Civics and the City


Deep Thoughts

It’s a Mad Mad World

Supreme Nonsense A number of recent Supreme Court decisions have boggled the minds of even those who sit on opposite sides of the aisle. Many of our judges seem to be out of touch with reality. Maybe the three branches of government need an infusion of persons who are not...

Middle of the Night

* During the first campaign of President Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton ran an ad asking who you would prefer to be in charge in event of an emergency phone call in the middle of the night. Her ad ultimately became a reality with all the recent crises in the U.S. government the...

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English 101

Owning a Business in Newport can be Taxing

By Kurt English | NB Indy Readers who have businesses located in Newport Beach may be aware of Newport Beach’s high business license tax. According to the city’s website, the first part of the current business license fee is $159 for businesses located in Newport Beach. B...

Newport Beach Little League Strikes Out

By Kurt English | NB Indy Lots of good people are involved with Little League in Newport Beach and throughout the United States. They spend hours volunteering, avoid pettiness, keep their egos in check, and put the children’s interests first. However, a very small minority of...

Debating Benefits for Slain Police Officers

By Kurt English | Newport Beach Indy  Nineteen years ago this week, Newport Beach Police Officer Bob Henry was shot by a drunk suspect who then committed suicide. Weeks later, Officer Henry died, leaving a wife and three small children. In addition to the personal tragedy this...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: I’m Truly Upset!

I am totally aghast that Scott Peotter and Duffy Duffield have not taken their name off the ballot for City Council after all of their manipulations and illegal activity have been revealed. This is not just a political issue, it’s also a moral issue which we expect the City...

Letter to the Editor: Council Members Cannot Be Trusted

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the failure of Scott Peotter and Duffy Duffield to directly answer questions regarding their employment relationship. Now it is confirmed that Duffield paid Peotter to lobby to help get Duffield’s Adelanto facility entitled for commercial...

Letter to the Editor: Sunrises Over High-Rises

One of the reasons that I decided to run for Newport Beach City Council in District 4 was because I was very concerned with the actions of the current City Council and particularly my opponent in District 4, Kevin Muldoon. I am afraid that Kevin, along with incumbents Scott...

Left of Center

It’s Gonna Be an Interesting Year in Newport Beach

This column comes to you on the second day of January, a month named for the ancient Roman god Janus, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s an apt name for the first month of the year on the Gregorian calendar. Janus is often depicted as having two faces, one looking...

Secular Holiday Greetings

Our house was being painted, so I holed up in the only room not swathed in plastic and scrolled through what was on TV. I paused at Channel 9. “The 700 Club” was on. Over the years, I had witnessed founder Pat Robertson’s periodic news-making forays into the politics of religion,...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: A Monumental Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast

Last Friday, we attended the 50th annual Orange Coast Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, joining more than 600 guests at the Irvine Hotel in celebrating the launch of this week’s Orange Coast Christian Outreach Week. This was my sixth year attending, and while the event is always filled...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014

Lynn’s Spin: Live from the Toshiba Classic

Bright and early Tuesday morning, I arrived at the Balboa Bay Resort along with 500 other early rising golf enthusiasts and VIP’s for the Toshiba Golf Classic’s Breakfast with a Champion. Despite the early hour, the energy in the room was upbeat with camaraderie that reflected...
Posted On 19 Mar 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: Not Just a Token Experience

I’m not sure there’s a place parents love to hate more than Chuck E. Cheese. The main complaints: concern over an excessive amount of bacteria spread between a concentrated amount of little people in one place, and exorbitant prices for pizza which is at best mediocre. The topper...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014

Mom’s Voice: Putting the Pieces Together

From the second I open my eyes each morning, I feel like I’m all the King’s horses AND all the King’s men, charged with the task of making the pieces somehow fit together. At least Humpty’s parts were all in one place. Kids’ schedules, practices, rehearsals, parties, and...
Posted On 19 Mar 2014

Mom’s Voice: New Home Sweet Home

The packing, purging and pandemonium that accompany a move, especially a move with kids, is exhausting. However, as tiring and disruptive as moving can be, there is also an element of excitement and exhilaration. A sense of adventure and a newness, of which I love the feeling....
Posted On 08 Mar 2014

My Turn

Living on Autopay

We live in a very red part of a very blue state which puts our representatives in Sacramento at a disadvantage. As members of the minority, they sort of disappear into the Sacramento woodwork where they put their paychecks on autopay and quietly vote “no” on...
Posted On 07 Oct 2013

Show Me The Money Part II

The City is still reviewing bids from three private companies to take over trash collection in Newport Beach. On September 19, I reported that City Manager Dave Kiff’s analysis of the competing bids is a mix of on-going and one-time expenditures. Looking for...
Posted On 29 Sep 2013

Sugar Mama

Quick Culture Among the Couches

If you can’t bring the mountain to Mohammed, bring Mohammed to the mountain. Or, in my case, bring him to IKEA. When my husband and I decided to have kids 10 years ago, we SWORE we would leave the country once a year in an effort to round out some semblance of global education...
Posted On 23 Mar 2012

The Straight Scott

Underpaid Staff?

Staff needs a raise? No! May it never be! Really? In the land of $200,000 life guards? The OC Register published a story last week on the budget and discovered an ongoing study that the city started last fall on what city employees should get paid. And Surprise…. The city staff...

Liberal Logic?

Everybody seems to pass “Liberal Logic” around on the web. Since it is on the web, it must be true. These are my own local versions.  Redevelopment Agencies The City Council does not (very wisely I might add) have any redevelopment agency in the city. Therefore the...

The Taj Ma-City-Hall

Ok why do I refer to it as the Taj-ma-city-hall? The Taj Mahal, in India, is a mausoleum built in the 1600s by Shah Jahan for his 3rd wife Mumaz Mahal who died in childbirth. It is considered the ultimate example of opulence of that time period and has since become synonymous...

That's My Take

How the Council Race Has Changed

Having run for City Council in 2008, I am more than familiar with the rigors of running a campaign, raising money, learning the issues, and encountering some of the worst and best leaders in our community. As a candidate, you are invited to many forums throughout the city, but...

Which “Y” Will You Take?

Measure Y is a General Plan Update proposed by The Newport Beach City Council recommending changes in current language in the plan that affects how land is used in the city. The No on Y citizens view this as a way to increase traffic and development in the city. The yes group and...