What do you think are the biggest issues facing Newport Beach right now?
The upcoming re-negotiation of the airport settlement agreement in 2015. The continued need for funds for bay dredging and its general health. The need for more and improved youth sports fields. The opportunities to revitalize areas of our city such as Mariner’s Mile and Lido Village. The continuing impact of the economy on our city’s fiscal state.
With the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement up for renegotiation in 2015, what should the city ask for to limit the environmental impacts to Newport Beach residents?
We should ask for a continuance of the current agreement limiting the amount of passengers flying into and out of JWA and a continued enforcement of the curfew limiting planes from flying in the middle of the night. Additionally, we should ask for a prohibition on the noisiest models of airplanes.
As the lead lobbyist for a multi-national company headquartered here in Orange County, I work in Washington D.C. frequently. As a council member I will bring a unique and unparalleled ability to advocate and educate as to why the settlement agreement needs to be continued. Working in harmony with the citizen organizations and residents of Newport Beach and other cities affected by the airport, I will bring my ability to access and influence the Federal Aviation Administration and those its leadership looks to for guidance so that the settlement agreement remains and our quality of life is protected.
How do you envision the future of Banning Ranch, and what should the city do to accomplish that?