appropriate and economical. The property where City Hall is now could
be sold to developers, as it is a prime piece of real estate, and
those profits could be used to pay this rent amount for many years.
City Hall employees don't need to have their offices in such an area
as Balboa Peninsula.
That is a place for homes, shopping areas and restaurants. Most
all of us working Newport people have our offices in commercial
areas, and that is where the city employees should be also.
Spend money to improve Newport Beach, rather than give a few city
employees an unnecessary "palace" to work in only during the work
week. The rest of the week, the building would be vacant, with no one
enjoying the building or the location.
That beautiful piece of land close to the water and beaches needs
to be enjoyed more than just 25% of the time.
Retrofit City Hall, but don't add parking
Regarding the current publicity stating that the residents of
Newport Beach are not making themselves sufficiently heard regarding
plans for a new City Hall: I e-mailed a letter several weeks ago
stating my ideas on the subject, which I have not heard mentioned. I
think they are worth repeating.
Yes to a new city hall at the same location.
No to a parking structure, which is expensive and not popular.
Retrofit the present building and add a three- or four-story curved
building behind it with a patio in between. Put parking on the entire
first floor of the building with offices, storage and such on upper
floors. And the fire station should be new, improved and on the same
Please give these ideas some serious consideration.
There are plenty who oppose hall plan
Of course, the groups against the planned civic center are not
overestimating the opposition. We're a very easygoing, very loving,
very kind community. What the city is doing is building this Taj
Mahal for itself. We have more employees for the city of Newport
Beach than any other city our size. There is no reason -- with what
we have in Newport Center and what we have located in our community