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Wu: What a year it was and will be

December 22, 2012|By Jack Wu

The thing I cannot believe is how fast this political year went.

It seems like just yesterday when Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle was the favorite for our newly redistricted 74th Assembly seat until spoiler Democrat Robert Rush jumped into place in the primary and then essentially handed the seat back to incumbent Republican Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa.

From there, the months whizzed by, and while the Newport Beach City Council race was unreasonably quiet, the fire in Costa Mesa kept all the local opinionists busy, with a post-election hangover that still lingers.

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For me, my first 10 months at the Daily Pilot have proved to be fascinating. While I experienced some colorful comments in my 22 months at the Newport Beach Independent, it only took a couple months at the Pilot for some anonymous commenter to ask for my home address so he could fight me, a few more months for a council member to threaten legal action, and another few months for a Costa Mesa council candidate's wife to call me creepy while I stood two feet away.

Add that to all the other colorful comments and emails I received and I'd say that it's been a good year. Plus, one reader still owes me $10 for a wager (she hasn't returned my emails for payment).

With Christmas zooming up, it is for those things, and all the good people I met, spoke with and shared meals with, I am thankful, and those memories are the best presents I could get.

So on to 2013 and my New Year's resolutions. Never mind that I've tried the resolutions before and usually break them by the end of the column, so let's see how 2013 will be for the Newport Beach political scene.

As an off-election year, it should be quiet, but fortunately the six republicans (small r on purpose) on the Newport Beach City Council decided to end the year by celebrating $131 million in new government loans in their shiny new Tax (Taj) Mahal/Civic Center/Espresso Stand/Dog Park in the — well, park. And how did they do it? By putting the final jewel in their triple crown of harbor fee increases.

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