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Mark Tabbert

August 23, 2010

Mark Tabbert
District 4 (Eastbluff, Santa Ana Heights, Airport area)
Running against Leslie Daigle

Name: Mark Tabbert

Age: 63

Birthplace: Houston

How long have you lived in Newport Beach? 11 years

Occupation: merger and acquisition intermediary/business sales and consulting

Education: bachelor's degree 

Previously elected or appointed positions: none

Community organizations you belong to: American Legion Yacht Club, Newport Beach Lawn Bowling Club, Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, Banning Ranch Conservancy

What do you think are the biggest issues facing Newport Beach right now?

John Wayne Airport  ranks as No. 1. It is the first issue mentioned in a broad band stretching from Santa Ana Heights to Balboa Island. The second most important issue is protecting neighborhoods. I've talked to more than 500 people and many of them want to put community first.


They are very concerned about development that doesn't fit their neighborhoods, zoning and development around the current City Hall. And the restoration on Banning Ranch as open space is widely popular once people understand where Banning is. 

Looking ahead, Newport's future will be affected greatly by the same issues that California communities will face: protecting our coastline, unsustainable growth, and the impacts that climate change and rising oil prices will have on our local community. Working to build a better understanding of these global issues will be a major focus of mine. There is a real need for a grassroots discussion on how Newport Beach can lead by building higher efficiency civic buildings and giving incentives to our residents to conserve.

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? 

This is a work in progress. I will look to Air Fair, the Airport Working Group, SPON and city staff for direction. I have met with or am scheduled to meet with these groups during the campaign and thus far see great cooperation among everyone in common purpose. Allowing the expansion at JWA was a mistake but that is behind us and the lessons learned may help pave the way to an acceptable agreement. Other communities are beginning to carry more of their share. One alternative to consider is the development of high speed rail as an alternative to short flights.

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