Checking the paper, the final score is …Sid Soffer 1, city hall 0.
Farewell to a friend and a good man, Sid SofferTo all good citizens of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa: A great man has died and must be honored accordingly ("He could fight city hall," Jan. 31). This is not your average Newport billionaire or millionaire, or greedy, money-loving landowner out to destroy the heritage and memories of the years by demolition and rebuilding to sell. This was a man who truly cared. This was a man who gave a hoot about the past and its very relevant connection to the future.
He did not care whom you were as long as your moral and ethical compass was set straight. He loved the common, hardworking man who put in a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. He despised some of the lawmakers and council members whom he felt were fraudulent and deceiving and only out for self-notice. He used to say to me (about 1984) that "most council members couldn't give a hoot about anything more than their own self-interest and will one day watch this city tear down and rebuild itself." How true that has been, particularly in Newport Beach?