Greenlight challenger for Ridgeway's District 1 seat, Madelene Arakelian, got 270 votes from Newport Coast, and independent Marianne
Zippi got 116 votes, according to a detailed breakdown of voting
provided by the county Registrar of Voters.
In other areas of the city, Ridgeway's lead varied from about 50%
to 58% of the vote.
Newport Coast voters also favored incumbent Councilman Gary Adams,
who got 558 votes for the District 4 seat, compared to Greenlight
candidate Rick Taylor's 296 votes and independent candidate Ron
Don Webb and Bernie Svalstad, the two candidates who ran on the
same "Team Newport" slate with incumbents Ridgeway and Adams, also
had their most solid support in Newport Coast.
Svalstad got 433 votes to Greenlight candidate Dick Nichols' 385.
Across the city, Nichols led Svalstad, winning the seat with 10,929
votes to Svalstad's 9,833 and Laura Dietz's 2,713.
Webb got 601 votes to Greenlight opponent Allan Beek's 337. Though
Webb won the council seat, his citywide support of 53.7% was much
less than his 64% support in Newport Coast.
In contrast to the votes in the city's newest community -- Newport
Coast was annexed at the beginning of the year -- the votes in
Newport's historic sections was far more pro-Greenlight.
In Corona del Mar at large, for instance, the results were far
different. There, Ridgeway only topped Arakelian 922 to 799. Nichols
far outstripped Svalstad, 958 to 673, with Dietz landing 268.
And Beek pulled in more votes than his opponent, winning the area
985 to 916.
The Beek-Webb race ironically reinforces something Beek said
nearly two years ago and that Greenlight leaders have said all along:
The gated communities of Newport Coast could put grass-roots
campaigns at a disadvantage because they discourage door-to-door
campaigning in favor of more expensive campaign mailers.
Webb ran as Walkin' Don Webb because he has walked every street in
the city, including those in Newport Coast. He worked with resident
groups to be allowed to go on walks in Newport Coast communities, he
said. He did not go door to door to hand out campaign literature,
Though both slates of candidates sent mailers to Newport Coast
residents, Greenlight spokesman Phil Arst said that his group had
less money, especially early in the campaign, for expensive mailers.
Citywide, the group's volunteers handed out about 80,000 fliers. In
Newport Coast, they were only able to reach one community, Arst said.
"It put a severe crimp in our campaigning in that area," Arst
said. "It hurt."
* JUNE CASAGRANDE covers Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport.
She may be reached at (949) 574-4232 or by e-mail at