Newport Beach Councilman Steve Rosansky's brief flirtation with higher office was dashed in February when the incumbent, Tom Daly, decided to run again for County Clerk-Recorder. The City Council welcomed back
the former mayor. Rosansky joined two other council members in pushing for higher mooring fees and in hiking charges of other harbor users.
With his grandfatherly manner and quirky habits, Don Webb stood out among Newport's City Council members. Webb retired from city service in December after 42 years at City Hall — first as a low-level engineer, later as public works director, and finally as a councilman. He is known as "Walking Don" for the hundreds of miles he walked around the city — Webb has walked every street five times.
The Newport Beach City Council's resident environmentalist, Nancy Gardner, led projects to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, make it safer to ride bicycles, and to ban smoking in public parks. Gardner stepped in dog waste when she suggested that the council change the hours people can walk their dogs on the beach. Hundreds of people inundated council members with comments and packed City Hall.
Paul Salata, Melanie Salata-Fitch
Paul Salata and his daughter Melanie Salata-Fitch have seriously begun pitching the rights to the weeklong Newport Beach event celebrating the last player selected in the NFL Draft every year. Salata said the NFL might finally become an official partner, or even take over, Irrelevant Week. Salata, who founded Mr. Irrelevant in 1976, said the family no longer has the time and energy to be the main engine behind the event.