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January 22, 2014
Former California Gov. George Deukmejian has endorsed Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry for Assembly. Curry, who recently served as the city's mayor, is seeking the seat in District 74 currently occupied by Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa). In a prepared statement released Wednesday, Curry described Deukmejian as one of his "inspirations for public service" and a "role model for integrity, dedication and effectiveness. " "I want to be the kind of legislator he was," Curry said in the statement.
By Jill Cowan | January 10, 2014
Before a backdrop festooned with American flags and paintings of charging elephants, the four candidates vying for what will be an open 74th Assembly District seat traded conservative credentials at a Newport Mesa Tea Party Patriots event Thursday night. The meeting at Costa Mesa's Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club drew about 100 people. Newport Mesa Tea Party founder Tom Pollitt moderated. One by one, the candidates - who will be on the ballot next year to replace Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa)
This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 2, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Tea Party is hosting a forum next week that features four state Assembly candidates for the 74th District. The session is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, Costa Mesa. Candidates scheduled to attend are Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry; Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper; Irvine resident and former Santa Ana City Council candidate Karina Onofre; and Emanuel Patrascu, district director for 72nd District state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
By Jill Cowan | December 20, 2013
Regional air quality officials Friday voted to oppose a proposed state law aimed at upending regulations that restrict the placement of fire rings on Southern California's beaches. Members of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Legislative Committee discussed Assembly Bill 1102 before voting 5 to 1 to oppose it, with Mike Antonovich in dissent. A vote to oppose AB 1102 will go before the AQMD's full board Jan. 10, an agency spokesman wrote in an email. The bill, which Assembly members Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
By Cynthia McDonald | December 13, 2013
The recent anniversary of the Gettysburg Address was a reminder of what a remarkable orator and President Abraham Lincoln was. Years ago, I visited the Lincoln Memorial and read that speech, along with his second inaugural address, which is also inscribed there. In modern terms, both speeches are so compact, yet so expressive. Lincoln was also remarkable in that he assembled his Cabinet from the "team of rivals" against whom he competed in the 1860 presidential election, men who would help him govern our nation during a time of war and change.
By Jill Cowan | December 5, 2013
By the time Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry announced his candidacy for state Assembly on Thursday morning, the emails of support had been pouring in - about 30 or 40 in the past 24 hours, he said. In a speech at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly Wake Up! Newport breakfast event, he aimed to garner a few more. "It's really been a transformational year for Newport Beach," he said, citing the completion of the Civic Center and the negotiation of an extension of the John Wayne Airport settlement , which is expected to keep curfews and passenger caps in place for decades.
Jill Cowan | December 4, 2013
Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry confirmed Wednesday that he plans to run for state Assembly in 2014. "It was a spontaneous decision," he said. "My wife and I were having dinner [last weekend] and she said, 'You ought to do it. The timing is good.'" Curry, a Republican, wants to represent the 74th District, a recently redrawn swath that encompasses all or parts of Newport, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach. Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) currently occupies the seat but is running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
By Anh Do | October 8, 2013
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman,  Loretta Sanchez  (D-Santa Ana)
By Bradley Zint | November 23, 2012
Once again, Costa Mesa City Hall will play host this December to the 46th annual Snoopy House holiday display. City officials are asking for volunteers to help with the "Peanuts"-themed decorations that for 44 years were the Christmastime fixtures of Jim Jordan's Eastside home at 2269 Santa Ana Ave. Foreclosure of the home last year, however, brought about an uncertain future for the popular display until Jordan and city CEO Tom Hatch struck...
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