As she promised — or threatened, depending on your point of view — last week, Newport Beach parks commissioner Debra Allen did indeed have a survey done to show how far her property is from the Newport Center Park parcel. For those who weren’t tuned in, city officials said Allen lives within 500 feet of the property, which could be a conflict of interest, so the city may have to redo some park-related decisions in which Allen participated.
She contends the city’s measurement — 375 feet, per its maps — is wrong, and a survey she had done Friday agrees, she said Monday. It showed she’s more than 550 feet away, and there’s more: she got an appraisal that she said shows there’s no financial impact to her no matter what’s developed on the park site.
It’s the presumption of financial impact that creates the conflict of interest, Allen said.