NEWPORT BEACH — A new mayor took control of the dais Tuesday night and outlined a vision of streamlined city government, revived commercial districts and a more technologically advanced City Council.
Mike Henn, a businessman who was reelected in November to his second term on the City Council, assumed responsibility from outgoing Mayor Keith Curry.
The council unanimously selected Nancy Gardner to replace Henn as mayor pro tem.
Henn said some of his tasks for the coming year include rehabilitating the "deteriorating and under-served areas" like Mariner's Mile, Balboa Village and Lido Marina Village, and privatizing some city services.
"The business of government has changed, and our government must change to reflect that," he said.
After relinquishing the seat, Curry summarized some of the city's milestones in the past year. He mentioned fiscal planning he initiated, which helped close an $8-million budget deficit and contributed to the city's AAA rating from the major credit agencies. He also praised the charter reforms passed in November under Measure V and the ground breaking at the new civic center.