$450,000 in projected extra revenue.
The grants will be divided between Citizens for Jobs and the Economy,
which will get $750,000, and the Airport Working Group, which will get
$500,000. The money will be used to distribute information throughout the
Orange County community on the benefits of building an airport at El
Toro, said Councilman Dennis O'Neil.
"The City Council has been very thoughtful in how we've distributed these
grants," said Councilwoman Norma Glover, adding that the city has given
more than $2 million since the grant program was started last year. The
City Council supports an international airport at El Toro in order to
avoid expansion of John Wayne Airport to meet future air transportation
Glover also pointed out that what the city of Newport Beach has set aside
for the airport is much less than what cities opposed to El Toro have
spent on the battle. She said that figure is hovering around $14 million.
After the unanimous vote, the 40 or so people who packed the City
Council's chambers in support of the issue roared into applause.
"Now is not the time to stop, but to keep going," said Westcliff resident
Airport Working Group President Tom Naughton thanked the council members
for all their support.
In other news, a presentation from the ad-hoc committee supporting an
Arts and Education Center behind the Central Library was continued
indefinitely. Council members were not given a reason for the last-minute