The Newport Beach City Council has been criticized for a lack of transparency, biased appointments, railroading, partisan politics and unfairness to residents for special-interest gains. The manner of approval of the privately funded Reagan statue in Castaways Park is just another example of abuse of power.
Among several flaws in the new Civic Center design, there is another controversial artwork that has not been reviewed by the Arts Commission. I am referring to the design of a purported "sail" at the north end of the proposed City Hall. The design of this object, without functional significance, makes the City Hall resemble a yacht club or sail maker's loft.
Imagine other buildings with large gewgaws decorating their entrances or roofs. Concurrently, the designers, with majority of the council approval, have minimized the location of the noblest and most propitious government icons, namely the flags of our political jurisdictions, and appear to have ignored the city seal.