A California court of appeals has upheld Measure B, the 2008 ballot measure that requires Newport Beach to build its next city hall on 12 acres next to the central library in Newport Center.
Newport Beach voters passed Measure B in February 2008 by a 53% margin.
Local activist Allan Beek first sued Newport and City Clerk LaVonne Harkless over the legality of Measure B. The City Council later voted unanimously to support the measure after voters passed the initiative. The City Council vote reconciled its earlier 3-4 split on the issue.
Beek’s lawsuit claimed that only the council may decide city hall’s next location, making the results of Measure B invalid.
Beek then filed a second lawsuit claiming the council’s vote violated the California Environmental Quality Act and the city’s general plan. He alleged the council’s vote to support Measure B was illegal because the city already dedicated the land as open space.