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By the Rev. Sarah Halverson | October 31, 2012
While we often divorce our faith from the political process, the truth of the matter is that our faith calls us to address the deepest concerns of our society that often necessitate political action. For this reason, following the weekend Interfaith Care of Creation conference at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, I joined participants from the symposium across the street at a demonstration in support of Proposition 37 (the Right to Know) and Proposition 39 (Close the Loophole)
NEWS
April 13, 2002
A Costa Mesa woman who was the first to challenge a beleaguered judge in the primary election filed another request Friday to remove the jurist's name from November's runoff ballot. Gay Sandoval, an attorney and former Daily Pilot columnist, continued her quest to unseat Judge Ronald C. Kline, who is under house arrest on suspicion of child molestation and child pornography. Her action was done in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, she said in a statement, because the children of Orange County have no standing regarding Kline's legal troubles.
NEWS
December 9, 2007
I very much appreciated Tom Johnson’s column (“Watching lawsuits priceless,” Nov. 30), but to be honest, I think you let Allan Beek off way too easy! Mr. Beek is the same guy who thought that our Planning Commission and City Council were too inept to make development decisions and that the city of Newport Beach should go down the path of “Planning by Ballot box.” I voted against that, and the folks in the city with my point of view lost to the Greenlight hysteria.
NEWS
September 20, 2001
Deceiving voters is nothing new, nor, in many cases, is it even illegal. But that doesn't make the practice any less insidious or fallacious. Today's election campaigns use all the tricks -- decoy candidates, measures where "no" really means "yes" and adopting names of groups that sound similar to an opponent's. Newport Beach, it seems, needs to prepare for the latter. As city, slow-growth and development leaders gear up for the first Greenlight ballot box test in November with the Koll Center expansion, already it seems the deception is beginning.
NEWS
April 20, 2008
“When the price of gasoline goes up $1 per gallon, the hit to [Huntington Beach’s] budget is an additional $500,000. That is the equivalent of five new police officers patrolling neighborhoods.” Those are Debbie Cook’s own words from her congressional campaign website. And they are true enough. But what the self-styled environmentalist fails to tell you is that when the price of gasoline goes up $1 per gallon she hits the jackpot with her stock portfolio.
NEWS
January 15, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- If it passes at the ballot box this November, Greenlight's slow-growth proposal -- in its attempt to curb development -- could strangle the health of the business community, local leaders say. "Under this initiative, you couldn't put in a Starbucks coffee or one residential unit in [without a vote]," said Newport Beach architect and business leader Rush Hill. The Protect from Traffic and Density initiative proposes to allow residents to vote on "major" amendments to the city's general plan.
NEWS
July 28, 2004
Deirdre Newman A county transportation board overwhelmingly approved Monday to direct staff members to work more proactively with local cities to build support for the CenterLine light-rail project rather than put it on the ballot. The vote marked the second time in the last month that the Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors shot down a proposal to put the billion-dollar project in voters' hands. The light rail would run 9.3 miles from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport through Costa Mesa.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night did the best job possible in silencing critics who complained that a replacement for outgoing mayor Steve Bromberg should be decided at the ballot box. They picked the right man. Ed Selich, who has been on the city's Planning Commission for 10 years, is an even-handed, knowledgeable and dedicated city leader. He will bring lengthy experience to the council seat that represents Newport Center, Balboa Island, Irvine Terrace and Lower Newport Bay -- and he very well might end up serving a lengthy tenure, since he's eligible to run for two full terms that could see him out of office in 11 1/2 years.
NEWS
October 10, 2002
Paul Clinton Two candidates endorsed by Greenlight failed to case their ballots during the November 2001 election that served as first test of the city's controlled-growth law, county voting records show. Richard Taylor and Madelene Arakelian did not vote during the city's special election on Measure G, the Koll Center's expansion bid that was turned down by voters. A year earlier, Newport Beach voters passed Measure S, the Greenlight measure that requires large development projects to pass muster at the ballot box. A review of the voting records of all 11 City Council candidates showed that the other Greenlight candidates, Allan Beek and Richard Nichols, both cast ballots in the Koll special election.
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By the Rev. Sarah Halverson | October 31, 2012
While we often divorce our faith from the political process, the truth of the matter is that our faith calls us to address the deepest concerns of our society that often necessitate political action. For this reason, following the weekend Interfaith Care of Creation conference at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, I joined participants from the symposium across the street at a demonstration in support of Proposition 37 (the Right to Know) and Proposition 39 (Close the Loophole)
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By Jack Wu | July 21, 2012
We, the people, elect our leaders, our City Council members, to make decisions on our behalf. Through their laws, we elect them to make the difficult decisions for the people to keep society from descending into a "Lord-of-the-Flies" state of chaos. We trust them to protect us from non-Newport Beach locals (banning the Corona del Mar fire pits), we trust them to protect us from other Newport Beach locals (no organized coaching of our children in public parks), but most of all, we trust them to protect us from ourselves (no smelly Jack Wu types in the library)
NEWS
April 20, 2008
“When the price of gasoline goes up $1 per gallon, the hit to [Huntington Beach’s] budget is an additional $500,000. That is the equivalent of five new police officers patrolling neighborhoods.” Those are Debbie Cook’s own words from her congressional campaign website. And they are true enough. But what the self-styled environmentalist fails to tell you is that when the price of gasoline goes up $1 per gallon she hits the jackpot with her stock portfolio.
NEWS
December 9, 2007
I very much appreciated Tom Johnson’s column (“Watching lawsuits priceless,” Nov. 30), but to be honest, I think you let Allan Beek off way too easy! Mr. Beek is the same guy who thought that our Planning Commission and City Council were too inept to make development decisions and that the city of Newport Beach should go down the path of “Planning by Ballot box.” I voted against that, and the folks in the city with my point of view lost to the Greenlight hysteria.
NEWS
By JOSEPH N. BELL | October 27, 2005
First, the bias. I confess to feeling instinctively warm toward anything that comes under the heading of supporting or improving education. When those are the issues on the table, any questions that arise are tilted for me to the broad, rather than the narrow, view. That makes it a lot easier to come down on the side of the upcoming Measure F. Five years ago, after long exposure to the shared and tattered textbooks, crumbling buildings and teaching facilities that had been left behind in our local schools by growing old in a rapidly changing society, I enthusiastically supported Measure A, which provided a $163-million bond issue to repair and upgrade those structures.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night did the best job possible in silencing critics who complained that a replacement for outgoing mayor Steve Bromberg should be decided at the ballot box. They picked the right man. Ed Selich, who has been on the city's Planning Commission for 10 years, is an even-handed, knowledgeable and dedicated city leader. He will bring lengthy experience to the council seat that represents Newport Center, Balboa Island, Irvine Terrace and Lower Newport Bay -- and he very well might end up serving a lengthy tenure, since he's eligible to run for two full terms that could see him out of office in 11 1/2 years.
NEWS
April 17, 2005
DOLORES OTTING "Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; able to leap tall buildings in a single bound: Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman ... " No, it was the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, during which members of the council trampled over the questions of others elected officials and, in essence, trampling over our rights. By eliminating our elected officials from asking questions on our behalf, the council erodes our democratic process.
NEWS
October 24, 2004
PETER BUFFA What to do, what to do. I just don't know. I'm in a quandary, which is like a tizzy but not quite. Normally, the "Official Peter B. Election Handbook" is released to the public (that's you) on the Sunday before Election Day -- i.e., next Sunday. But, as luck would have it, next Sunday is also Halloween, which is my favorite holiday, although that could be Groundhog Day, but we'll sort that out later. I say we go with the Election Handbook today and save Halloween for next week, unless something stunning happens in the campaign, like someone says something interesting, which isn't likely.
NEWS
July 28, 2004
Deirdre Newman A county transportation board overwhelmingly approved Monday to direct staff members to work more proactively with local cities to build support for the CenterLine light-rail project rather than put it on the ballot. The vote marked the second time in the last month that the Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors shot down a proposal to put the billion-dollar project in voters' hands. The light rail would run 9.3 miles from Santa Ana to John Wayne Airport through Costa Mesa.
NEWS
March 4, 2004
Alicia Robinson Three terms in the state Assembly will come to an end for Ken Maddox at the end of the year, but rather than being upset by his failed bid for the Senate, he's happy to have had the chance to serve at all. John Campbell, the 70th District Assemblyman, won a three-way GOP race for the 35th District Senate seat with 60.5% of the vote Tuesday. Maddox, the 68th District Assemblyman, took second with 30% of the vote, and Dana Point Mayor Joe Snyder netted 9.5% at the ballot box. "I got hit by a freight train," Maddox said.
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