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LANDSCAPE:Parks commissioner says survey shows no conflict

THE POLITICAL

Newport officials said Debra Allen lives too close to park to have voted on it.

March 26, 2007|By Alicia Robinson

It’s interesting that Republicans are flocking to support him, the same way they did Arnold Schwarzenegger, although both have taken positions that make some conservatives blanch. Both men have a sort of bankable charisma, a star power that appeals to the GOP’s pragmatic side.

For more on Giuliani’s visit to Newport Beach, see our story in Sunday’s paper.

The world of blogging

So I’ve apparently been dragged into the 21st century and am now a blogger. It’s new to me and a little strange, and feels like a responsibility of undetermined weight — sort of like waking up in Vegas with a wedding ring you weren’t wearing last night.

Besides the regular Thursday roundup in the paper and online, I’ll try to use this space to post regular updates on political news, events, and occasionally gossip, so please feel free to send me your tips, questions and feedback. You can e-mail me at alicia.robinson@latimes.com, or call my desk at (714) 966-4626.

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I’m excited about blogging because it’s another, faster way to reach readers — and besides, these days everyone’s doing it. So I’ll keep the news coming, and I look forward to hearing what you think.

Slew of meetings coming up

The next week will be a bonanza of public meetings on government issues. Here are some of them:

The Newport Beach City Council will hold a “retreat” at the city’s central library — don’t worry, no fancy spa trips on the taxpayers’ dime — to talk about their priorities and goals. They do try to set priorities regularly, but since this is a new council, members may have wanted to get off the dais and talk in a more relaxed setting.

Mayor Steve Rosansky expects traffic and airport issues to come up, as they usually do, and he wants to talk about a report the council got last year on city facilities that need replacement or upgrade and how to pay for them.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Friends room a the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave.

On Sunday, the OC Human Trafficking Task Force, Vanguard University students and a coalition of other organizations will celebrate Freedom Day in Costa Mesa. The event includes films, music, art and discussion to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking around the world.

Freedom Day events are from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, in the courtyard outside Heath Hall. Visit www.onevoicetoendslavery.com for info.

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