February 11, 2012
COSTA MESA - Ever since he graduated from Palisades High in 2007, J.R. Bromberg has been the little brother who could. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2007 and 2008, the latter after his freshman year at Los Angeles Pierce Community College, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher has teased scouts and college coaches alike with an above-average fastball, a fluid motion, a big-league physique and impressive genes. But unlike his older brother David, who has risen to the Triple-A ranks in six professional seasons in the Twins' organization, J.R. has been beaten up and bounced around.
March 11, 2008
Former Newport Beach City Councilman and prominent attorney Gary Proctor was found dead Sunday afternoon in his San Jose home in an apparent suicide, police said Monday. Police responded to a residence in the 700 block of Harry Road in San Jose shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday and found Proctor, 63, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Officer Jermaine Thomas of the San Jose Police Department. Police would not release more information on Proctor’s death, Thomas said.
June 29, 2007
WESTMINSTER — In 1965, a young Steve Bromberg started his college education, but he wasn't sure what he wanted to do in life. So he joined the Marines. He served for four years in a Camp Pendleton communications battalion, then decided to go to law school. Now he's a judge, but he never forgot his military experience. So when someone suggested in 2003 that the city of Newport Beach — where Bromberg was mayor at the time and still lives — should adopt a Marine battalion, Bromberg didn't hesitate.
August 14, 2005
Deep in the heart of the military base dotted with artillery ranges and helicopter landing pads, an unlikely scene unfolded Saturday. Young parents lounged and looked on as men in camouflage served cotton candy and cups of flavored ice to their children. A magician performed on a nearby stage. Somebody carried off a bicycle won in a raffle. It was a festive scene made possible by a group of former Marines from Newport Beach. In fact, the city in December 2003 "adopted" the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, and a committee of local military veterans -- including City Manager Homer Bludau, former Mayor Steve Bromberg and Arches restaurateur Dan Marcheano -- has held several events and raised thousands of dollars to help the Marines and their families.
June 16, 2005
S.J. CAHN So, not too much has happened since the last column. Really, I can think of only two things of much interest. First, Newport Beach Mayor Steve Bromberg got his long-awaited appointment to a judgeship -- on the Orange County Superior Court. Tuesday was his final council meeting, and he'll be "enrobed" on June 24. As a result, on Tuesday the council will try to appoint its third member in the past three years. The six hopefuls who applied are largely familiar faces, including three recent council candidates: Pat Beek and Robert Schoonmaker, who ran against Bromberg in 2000, and Bernie Svalstad, who ran against Councilman Dick Nichols in 2002.
June 14, 2005
Alicia Robinson Newport Beach Mayor Steve Bromberg will preside over his final meeting as a member of the City Council tonight. Bromberg is stepping down to become a judge in the Orange County Superior Court, where he'll be sworn in June 24. After serving 4 1/2 years on the council, he leaves behind a mixed audience of admirers and detractors. Some council members just concentrate on their own districts, but during his 1 1/2 terms as mayor, Bromberg focused on all areas of the city, said Gay Wassall-Kelly, who lives on the Balboa Peninsula.
May 22, 2005
Here's an easy quiz: What do the following members of the Newport Beach community have in common? Dennis O'Neil, Jan Debay, Evelyn Hart, Phil Sansone, John Hedges, Gary Adams, Clarence Turner, John Noyes, Tom Edwards and Tod Ridgeway. Unless if you've been unusually asleep, you know that all were mayors of Newport Beach. You probably also know that they represent just some of the fine men and women who have led the city during its nearly 100 years.
May 20, 2005
S.J. Cahn Newport Beach Mayor Steve Bromberg on Thursday was appointed by the governor to be a judge on the Orange County Superior Court. The appointment means Bromberg, now in his second run as mayor and just months into his second term in office, will have to resign his seat. "It's a bit overwhelming," Bromberg said, adding that it "wasn't bad" for the son of a door-to-door salesman and a mother who worked at a cosmetics counter. "I wish they were around to see it," he said.
December 16, 2004
Alicia Robinson and S.J. Cahn When Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle was appointed to her seat, she didn't realize it would be a saddle. Daigle got to ride a horse for the first time Saturday at an event celebrating horses held by the Back Bay Equestrians, a group of Santa Ana Heights residents who are Daigle's constituents. "The other time, I was on a carousel horse," joked the councilwoman, appointed in September. She wanted to ride a horse because the equestrian community is unique to her district, and horses are important to those who live there, she said.
December 15, 2004
Alicia Robinson The City Council is not just playing musical chairs; it has revolving mayors. After serving as mayor in 2003, Steve Bromberg has taken the gavel from Tod Ridgeway, who was mayor in 2002 and this year. Bromberg was chosen mayor by his City Council colleagues Tuesday night, an evening in which the seven-member council also selected the first woman -- Robin Clauson -- as city attorney. Councilman Don Webb was chosen mayor pro tem. Though the vote for Bromberg was unanimous, Councilman John Heffernan pointed out that the new mayor has applied for a position as an Orange County Superior Court Judge.