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Local Democrat Joins Congressional Race

Democrat Dr. Suzanne Savary, retired professor and co-founder and former president of the Newport Beach Women‘s Democratic Club, announced her candidacy this week in the 48th District Congressional race to unseat Dana Rohrabacher.

Suzanne Savary
Suzanne Savary

“I hesitated when the Newport Beach Woman’s Democratic Club first drafted me to challenge Dana Rohrabacher,” Savary said. “But, as a businesswoman, when I looked closely at his stated policies on women, education and the middle class, I couldn’t help but jump in.”

“The degree of enthusiasm that has greeted (Savary’s) announcement from voters of every spectrum indicates that they are seeking positive new leadership,” Savary’s deputy campaign manager, Robin Fouche, wrote in a statement released Monday.

Savary, a Newport Beach resident, is a retired associate professor from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and owner of a management consulting firm.

Savary has served on numerous nonprofit boards and organizations, including the 2012 Newport Beach Charter Commission. She also helped organized the Orange County Women’s Coalition.

“I’ve spent a lifetime championing women, youth and the middle class that keeps our wonderful country strong,” Savary said. “Leaders who deny that the ocean is rising at our doors, refuse support for education and question a woman’s right to self-determination are refusing to embrace the future. It is time for change.”

She is endorsed by the California Democratic Party, Orange County Democratic Party, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva, among others.

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Later Hours and Dancing Denied for Woody’s

Dancing and later patio hours are still off the menu at a Newport Beach restaurant, according to a court decision this week.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek W. Hunt granted the city a preliminary injunction in a case involving Woody’s Wharf Restaurant, Mary Locey, the city’s public information specialist said in a statement released on Wednesday.

City council voted in October to deny Woody’s permit request to extend the outdoor patio hours to 11 p.m. and add dancing.

Woody’s then sued the city, alleging it had the right to operate later and have dancing.

Woody’s is temporarily prohibited from using the outdoor patio area past 11 p.m.; allowing dancing within the restaurant; removing tables and chairs from the interior dining room area to create a dance floor; and otherwise operating Woody’s in violation of the city’s laws, Locey explains in the statement.

“In granting the preliminary injunction, Judge Hunt stated the city is likely to prevail on the merits of the case,” Locey wrote.

“I am glad the court agreed with the city and required Woody’s to comply with the law,” said Mayor Rush Hill in the statement. “This decision is not only important to the city, but to the surrounding neighbors and businesses as well. As a community we enjoy quality restaurants operated by responsible owners and good neighbors. Hopefully Woody’s will now return to this operational model as provided in their long standing zoning approval.”

Woody’s is located at 2318 Newport Boulevard, on the Balboa Peninsula.

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