Corona Del Mar Today: Candidates debate at senior center

October 23, 2010|By Amy Senk
  • From left, Leslie Daigle, Mark Tabbert and Rush Hill participate in a Newport Beach City Council candidate forum at Oasis Senior Center on Wednesday. Candidate Ed Reno was not present.
From left, Leslie Daigle, Mark Tabbert and Rush Hill participate… (KENT TREPTOW, Daily…)

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."


The candidates agreed that leaf blowers could be very annoying — getting a round of applause from the audience.

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn., which sponsored the forum, has conducted a survey about a possible leaf-blowing ban. The issue is expected to be on Tuesday's City Council agenda.


Harbor View holds Jog-a-Thon fundraiser

Harbor View Elementary School held its second annual Jog-a-Thon on Tuesday, moving the event indoors because of the stormy weather.

"I asked the school district to shut off the sprinklers today, but I forgot to ask them to turn off the rain," said Principal Charlene Metoyer.

The event moved from the playground to the school's multipurpose room, where instead of a parade to show off each class and the students' sea-creature-themed costumes and matching purple shirts, they took turns standing up to model them.

"Maybe next year, we'll skip the sea creature theme and switch to a land-based animal," said parent organizer Julie Means.

Last year's event was also rain-soaked, but the thunder and lightning this year required the event to be indoors.

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