When Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner delivered a two-word state-of-the-city address to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce last month ("it's fine"), people thought she was mostly joking.
Turns out she wasn't.
Gardner slightly elaborated on that theme Friday night at the annual mayor's dinner, hosted by the advocacy group Speak Up Newport. She said the City Council and its administrators have reshaped the government the past two years, and now it is time to take a breath, to see how the major changes work out. Beyond that, she proposed revamping the city's TV station, better chronicling the area's history and identified some long-term goals.
"My big idea this year…is there is no big idea," Gardner told a sell-out crowd at the Marriott hotel in Newport Center.
She pointed to the merging of the Planning and Building Departments in 2010, the thorough fiscal planning under Keith Curry when he was mayor in 2010; and neighborhood revitalization projects last year spearheaded by then-Mayor Mike Henn.