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December 27, 2012
As you can imagine, this was a very interesting year for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: the slack economy, the uncertainty of home and parade entries and, of course, the organized boycott of the event. As it turns out, we had one of the best Ring of Lights and boat parades ever. The constant nagging on the economic forecast and the disappointment by many of the boycott threats brought the community together bigger, better and stronger than ever. We had hundreds of homes do elaborate and beautiful decorations around the bayfront, and we had almost 90 boats registered in the Christmas Boat Parade.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | April 2, 2006
Immigrant-rights activists have rejected plans for an economic boycott of Costa Mesa businesses. A group of local labor unions and Latino activists in February called for a boycott to begin Saturday if the Costa Mesa City Council did not abandon its plan to train police for immigration enforcement. The council has not reversed its decision, but Santa Ana activist Nativo Lopez ? who led the group threatening the boycott ? issued a written statement at Saturday's protest rally in Costa Mesa canceling the boycott.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 27, 2012
A group opposed to the city of Newport Beach's ongoing effort to increase fees for the use of public tidelands is urging harbor denizens to boycott the city's annual Christmas Boat Parade in protest of a new round of proposed rent hikes for residential docks. The council will consider voting on the proposed changes, which would raise residential dock rents from a flat $100 per year to 52.5 cents per square foot per year, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd. In a news release Tuesday, backers of the group Stop the Dock Tax asked property owners who normally participate in the parade to keep their vessels and homes dark during this year's parade, an event that has lit up the harbor each holiday season for more than a century.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | March 8, 2006
A proposed boycott of Costa Mesa businesses seems to be fizzling out before it even begins, as local business owners are distancing themselves from the movement and expressing their disagreement with city policies in other ways. The City Council on December voted, 3-2, to give police federal training to check the immigration status of people arrested on suspicion of felonies. If warranted, suspects could then be turned over to federal immigration authorities. In February, a group of local labor unions and Latino advocacy groups that oppose Costa Mesa's immigration enforcement plan called for a boycott of city businesses and civil disobedience by residents.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | February 7, 2006
Businesses would prefer not to be drawn into battle over immigration enforcement.COSTA MESA -- Whether local merchants support or oppose the City Council's move to train police for immigration enforcement, there's one sentiment many seem to share: Don't drag us into a political battle. A coalition of labor, community and immigrant-rights groups announced plans last week for a business boycott in two months if the council doesn't drop the plan. The council in December decided, in a 3-2 vote, to have police trained to check the immigration status of people who are arrested for other crimes.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2009
A local mom who wants parents to ride South Coast Plaza’s carousel Thursday instead of visiting Fashion Island said the one-day boycott will be an informal affair. Keree James, a mother of two, is organizing the boycott to protest the Irvine Co.’s plans to do away with a carousel at Fashion Island. James wants parents to ride the carousel at South Coast Plaza at any time of day Thursday in protest. There will be no planned demonstrations or speeches during the one-day event, she said.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | February 2, 2006
Group opposed to city's immigration policy announces boycott, which local leaders call futile.A Santa Ana-based immigrant rights group that opposes Costa Mesa's immigration enforcement decision today planned to repeat its call for a boycott of Costa Mesa businesses and for civil disobedience. Local leaders disparaged the boycott plan as divisive and unproductive. Nativo Lopez, a spokesman for Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana, first called for the boycott in late January.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | May 2, 2006
A few more dirty cars than usual may have been cruising around Newport-Mesa on Monday, and those with a hankering for Mexican food may have had to settle for something else. But otherwise the effects of the national "day without immigrants" were muted here, with the region's major demonstration taking place in Los Angeles, and Santa Ana playing host to Orange County's biggest rallies. Congress is debating whether to crack down on illegal immigrants and the businesses that hire them, or to offer a guest worker program to fill "jobs Americans won't do" ?
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | November 15, 2005
Candidate in House race objects to role of `far-left' League of Women Voters in the event tonight.Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist, a member of the American Independent Party, on Monday said he will boycott a candidates' forum tonight because the League of Women Voters is a cosponsor of the event. Gilchrist is one of five candidates who will vie for the 48th District House seat in a Dec. 6 general election. In a statement, Gilchrist criticized the League of Women Voters for its "far-left agenda" and said the group was not an appropriate sponsor for the forum.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 18, 2012
Preparations for the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are chugging along, parade organizers said Tuesday - and it's expected to be smooth sailing, despite opponents of the city's residential dock fee increases threatening a boycott. "At the end of the day, the boycott backfired on itself," said parade Chairman David Beek. "The mentality was boycott the boycott. " The parade, which is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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NEWS
December 27, 2012
As you can imagine, this was a very interesting year for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: the slack economy, the uncertainty of home and parade entries and, of course, the organized boycott of the event. As it turns out, we had one of the best Ring of Lights and boat parades ever. The constant nagging on the economic forecast and the disappointment by many of the boycott threats brought the community together bigger, better and stronger than ever. We had hundreds of homes do elaborate and beautiful decorations around the bayfront, and we had almost 90 boats registered in the Christmas Boat Parade.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 19, 2012
Protest the protest. That's been the rallying motto as of late for the organizers of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade amid an organized effort to boycott the 104-year-old tradition. And, by most accounts, it's working. More than 90 boats have signed up this year to make the nearly 14-mile run through Newport Harbor. The Balboa Bay Club and Resort was brimming with activity during the parade's opening night Wednesday, and according to one official's estimate, a "jillion" homeowners will decorate their abodes with lights.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 18, 2012
Preparations for the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are chugging along, parade organizers said Tuesday - and it's expected to be smooth sailing, despite opponents of the city's residential dock fee increases threatening a boycott. "At the end of the day, the boycott backfired on itself," said parade Chairman David Beek. "The mentality was boycott the boycott. " The parade, which is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
NEWS
December 15, 2012
Like everybody, we love a parade. And like everybody in the media, we love a protest. But in Newport Beach's holiday dustup over dock fees, we're going to side with organizers of the 104th annual Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights and urge spectators to attend. There's no good reason to skip the annual tradition since the parade's organizers, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, did not impose the dock fees; the City Council did that all on its own. Stop the Dock Tax folks have valid points in their opposition to the fee increases that residents with docks on public Tidelands.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
Newport Beach's Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will shine on as planned, a Visit Newport Beach news release said Monday. In spite of threats of a boycott from harbor stakeholders in protest of the city's efforts to increase public tidelands use rents, the release emphasized that the show will go on, and that participation isn't diminished. More than 60 boats have already committed to participate, according to the release. "There is absolutely no change in plans," Gary Sherwin, president and chief executive of Visit Newport Beach, said in a statement.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 5, 2012
With the C ity C ouncil poised to vote Tuesday on another round of fee increases for use of the harbor's public tidelands, a group opposing the increases, Stop the Dock Tax, has threatened to boycott Newport's Christmas Boat Parade, an annual tradition that goes back more than a century . The boycott has escalated already heated rhetoric about the issue at city forums. While residents affected by these increases have labeled them money grabs and unjustly levied taxes, city officials have stressed that the fees are essentially a form of paying rent to use a public asset.
NEWS
By Mike Henn | December 3, 2012
The City Council and staff have been engaged for the past two years in a process to establish fair market rents for boat berthing space in the Newport Harbor. This includes moorings, slips in the city-owned marina, commercial marinas and lastly, residential docks. In each case, the city researched the issue, made an initial proposal, engaged in public outreach over the course of several meetings, and substantially modified its final decision following public input. The simple requirement at the heart of this issue is that when private citizens use publicly owned property for their individual purposes, they should pay a fair market price for the use of that asset.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 27, 2012
A group opposed to the city of Newport Beach's ongoing effort to increase fees for the use of public tidelands is urging harbor denizens to boycott the city's annual Christmas Boat Parade in protest of a new round of proposed rent hikes for residential docks. The council will consider voting on the proposed changes, which would raise residential dock rents from a flat $100 per year to 52.5 cents per square foot per year, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd. In a news release Tuesday, backers of the group Stop the Dock Tax asked property owners who normally participate in the parade to keep their vessels and homes dark during this year's parade, an event that has lit up the harbor each holiday season for more than a century.
NEWS
May 21, 2010
We have a lot of very bright people who read the Daily Pilot. I am wondering if someone could help me out. Apparently I do not have a clear understanding of the definition of "illegal immigration." My interpretation is "somebody who has entered a country illegally." According to my interpretation, the term means contravening a specific law, especially a criminal law. Why don't we eliminate the term "illegal immigration" and just continue with the free-for-all, which is the direction many of our esteemed lawmakers are taking us?
NEWS
May 20, 2010
We have a lot of very bright people who read the Daily Pilot. I am wondering if someone could help me out. Apparently I do not have a clear understanding of the definition of “illegal immigration.” My interpretation is “somebody who has entered a country illegally.” According to my interpretation, the term means contravening a specific law, especially a criminal law. Why don’t we eliminate the term “illegal immigration” and just continue with the free-for-all, which is the direction many of our esteemed lawmakers are taking us?
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