About 100 people gathered at the OASIS Senior Center on Wednesday night to hear candidates for Newport Beach City Council discuss issues, including Corona del Mar concerns like Buck Gully's fire danger and leaf blower bans.
City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, who represents Corona del Mar and is running unopposed, addressed the crowd but did not participate in answering questions presented by Corona del Mar Residents Assn. board member Michael Toerge.
Incumbent Leslie Daigle and challenger Mark Tabbert both participated, as well as Rush Hill, who is running for a District 3 seat. His challenger, Ed Reno, was scheduled to appear but did not show up, and no reason was given for his absence.
Tabbert said he was against Measure V, which revises several parts of the city's municipal code and is on the Nov. 2 ballot, because bundling the items in one measure didn't give people the chance to vote change by change for what they want. Daigle said the changes were innocuous, and that bundling them into one election item was a money-saving move. And Hill, who served on a committee that reviewed the changes, said the proposed changes are "absolutely non-controversial."