Civics and the City


Deep Thoughts

New Initiative Could Alter Medical Injury Act

The date is Monday May 19, 2014. I have just finished listening to excerpts from a speech by Governor Jerry Brown. Although I usually listen to political statements, speeches and answers from the right side of the microphone I’ll admit that Democratic Gov. Brown is doing a...

Is There a Draft in Here?

On Supplemental Drafts On the journey to adulthood there are certain highlights and milestones, but danger lurks around the ballrooms. For certain teenagers the dream of attending the Senior Prom is not in the stars. A few clever but foolish students at Corona del Mar High School...

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English 101

A New Forum Voice: Kurt English

By Kurt English First I would like to thank Scott Peotter for his columns during the last two years, and the Newport Beach Independent for giving me the opportunity to share ideas and information with you every two weeks. As a student, I came to Newport Beach with friends on...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: Follow the Money

As the November election approaches, it is worthwhile to consider whose money supports the incumbents. The largest donor by far is Howard Ahmanson Jr., who has spent over $200,000 since 2014, most of it to install Scott Peotter in office. Just a few days ago, Ahmanson contributed...

Letter to the Editor: Bipartisan Election in Newport Beach

Newport Beach has bipartisan elections for the City Council and yet Scott Peotter brought party politics into the race by saying he was a better Republican than Joy Brenner. Do party politics have any relevance in our local elections? In Newport Beach we normally do not see the...

Letter to the Editor: Political Philosophy Matters in Local Government

As the public learns more about candidate Clyda “Joy” Brenner’s donations to Democrat candidates, I feel the need to remind voters that political philosophy matters in local government. In an attempt to rationalize her 43 donations to Democrats over the past two years,  Brenner...

Left of Center

Grateful at Thanksgiving

What, you may well ask, can a Democrat find to be thankful for amid the sea of red that swept the country on Election Day? Actually, I’m finding plenty of gratitude to go around the great table of American politics. Locally, I’m grateful for the voters of every persuasion who...

On Politics and Blue Jeans

As post-election ennui settles in among those of us on the political left – and many in the center – the opening lines of Neil Diamond’s song “Forever in Blue Jeans” keep running through my head: “Money talks, but it don’t sing and dance, and it don’t walk.” Money, of course,...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: Simple Steps for Security

What is faster than the six seconds it takes to retweet the selfie of Ellen surrounded by superstars at the Oscars? It’s probably not what you think. Believe it or not, that’s all the time it takes for a thief to break in to your garage via your electric garage door, and all they...
Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Lynn’s Spin: Cooking Up Memories

When I was a kid, our home had a long wooden bar with stools that faced the kitchen. We would climb up to have our afterschool snacks there and it was the perfect vantage point to watch my mom prepare dinner or my dad bake bread. Hundreds of hours were spent at that bar, and when...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: My Old Raincoat

I’m standing on the curb at San Francisco International Airport. It’s a typical San Francisco grey, chilly day. The forecast promises the sprinkles will give way to a heavier rain in the afternoon. Lisa, my college roommate and friend for two decades, pulls up to where I’m...
Posted On 28 Feb 2014

Mom’s Voice: Sister Squabbles

Do sisters really fight over clothes? In our house they do, and I’m so sick of it, I’m ready to donate every last stitch of clothing laying on the floor, hanging in closets, or folded in baskets not yet put away, and in their stead, issue my girls a uniform lacking any style or...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Mom’s Voice: A Sweet Shirley Temple Memory

The waitress sets down a tall skinny glass on the table in front of me. As the adults talk about boring things, I take small sips of my fancy pink drink though both skinny black straws. The sweet, tingly and unmistakable cherry flavor fills my mouth. This is a good one, as it’s a...
Posted On 15 Feb 2014

My Turn

Show Me The Money

One of six private haulers trying to win the contract to pick up our trash promised savings of $17 million over the life of the contract. If you read City Manager Dave Kiff’s report, Residential Solid Waste Service Proposals (9/10/13), you’ll find this is a mix of...
Posted On 28 Sep 2013

No Denying Global Warming

My wife likes to report what her tennis buddies consider the hot issues of the day. Scott Peotter will probably find it gratifying that they included his column linking global warming to privatizing trash collection (NB Indy of 8/30/13). Of course she thinks it’s my job to...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013

Sugar Mama

The Straight Scott

Potpourri Part Deux

All those fun issues that I didn’t get to last column… The Taj Ma-City-Hall  You have to wait until the May 3 edition on the Independent. The grand opening of the Taj Ma-City-Hall is May 4. But you can stop by and admire your tax dollars at work anytime. It is open for...

Political Potpourri

Since everyone else in NB Indy seems to do this, I thought I would take my shot at random thoughts of the day. The Taj Ma-City-Hall This is just too easy to pick on. Both City Halls are closed as you read this for moving week. They hope to open in their opulence next Thursday,...

City Council Invocations

There has been much discussion about separation of Church and State lately, with Irvine and now Lake Forest approving invocations to start their council meetings. To the credit of the City Council of Newport Beach, the city has a “long tradition” of beginning each City Council...

That's My Take

I Love Trash Day No More

I wrote a story last year about how much I love trash day, but that all changed in April this year when my suitcase was stolen and the new trash service in Newport Beach began in the neighborhood about three weeks ago. In April I was ready to take a trip to Florence, Italy, and...

Winning and Losing at the Olympics

Winning is the goal in all sports. That is what people train and practice for, but someone has to lose and it does not always mean the best rises to the top. I am reminded of this as I watched a college basketball game this past weekend in Spokane, Washington, and my nightly...