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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.comJoseph Serna | September 21, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH — The Bell City Hall pay scandal touched down in Orange County on Tuesday, when former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was arrested at his home. Silent and with his head down, Rizzo, 56, was taken from his home in handcuffs Tuesday morning, one of eight current or former Bell city officials accused of misappropriating funds by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Rizzo is charged with 53 counts of conflicts of interest and misappropriating $5.5 million in city funds.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | September 7, 2010
It's not often that municipal employees go out of their way to publicize their salaries. So when Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff wrote an open letter Aug. 4 explaining what he and the City Council earn, Daily Pilot editors were happy to publish it. Curious residents now understood more about their public servants' compensation in the wake of the Bell salary scandal . And as some of those residents surely did, the Pilot also clicked the...
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By Jill Cowan | December 2, 2013
Former Newport Beach City Manager Robert Wynn died Saturday morning following a fall in his garden on Thanksgiving Day, family members said. He was 82. Friends and family members remembered Wynn on Monday as a hard-working city administrator who remained deeply engaged in the community long after he retired in 1991. "Even still now, I heard him talking about privatizing the city trash department, the pros and cons of that, and building the city hall," said his son, Newport Beach orthodontist Steve Wynn.
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By Mike Reicher | September 10, 2012
The dust is settling among Newport Beach's top city administrators, as City Manager Dave Kiff plans to announce new appointments Tuesday. Public Works Director Steve Badum is filling the assistant city manager position vacated by Dana Smith in July. Dave Webb, deputy director of public works, is taking Badum's spot. Deputy Finance Director Dan Matusiewicz has assumed the role of finance director, which was vacated by Tracy McCraner in July. Both McCraner and Smith left for positions in San Diego . Human Resources Director Terri Cassidy will assume more responsibilities as the deputy city manager, if the City Council approves her new position.
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By Jill Cowan | November 12, 2012
Raises for two of Newport Beach's top city administrators, another round of proposed tidelands rent increases and a discussion of city employee compensations are on Tuesday night's jam-packed council meeting agenda . The council will vote on a 3% raise for City Manager Dave Kiff and an 11% raise for City Clerk Leilani Brown. According to a staff report, that would bump Kiff's base annual salary from $225,000 to $231,750 and Brown's from $110,830 to $123,800. If the contract amendments pass, both will contribute about 9% of their pay to their pensions, with added provisions that that percentage will increase as other city employees' pension contributions increase.
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By Mike Reicher | August 7, 2012
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff is selling his Upper Newport Bay home and says he will repay the $470,000 the city lent him for the house. Kiff plans to move back to Laguna Beach, where he lived for about 15 years. He still owns a home there. His original contract offered an incentive to help him move to Newport, where City Council members thought he would be more in-touch with city happenings. But Kiff said it has been difficult to escape city business, and he wants to move back south for family reasons.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa department head who recently received a layoff notice from the city is leaving the job to become city manager for Lawndale in Los Angeles County. Steve Mandoki, Costa Mesa's administrative services director, handed Chief Executive Tom Hatch his resignation Tuesday after six years with the city. On Monday, Mandoki and Lawndale's City Council came to an agreement over his contract during a closed session, said Dan Bartelson, assistant to Lawndale's city manager.
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June 15, 2005
Alicia Robinson Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau has given himself a long list of tasks for the coming fiscal year, and he hopes to top it with a feat of political deal-making. His highest priority has been in the works for about three years -- forging an agreement with Orange County to give the city more control over John Wayne Airport, take over the Santa Ana Heights Redevelopment Agency and annex West Santa Ana Heights, become the owner of the closed Coyote Canyon landfill, and take on maintenance and other duties in the Back Bay. An agreement on so-called "sphere issues" will be first on the city's to-do list, Bludau told the City Council on Tuesday.
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By Kathleen Stinson | March 3, 2006
Newport Beach city manager Homer Bludau is getting married Saturday. His fiancee, Janet Hodges, jokingly said it was never her aspiration to marry a city manager. But, the couple's mutual friend Christine Carr had other ideas. For a couple of years, Hodges said Carr had told her there is someone she should meet, but Hodges said she didn't pay any attention to her friend. During this time, Carr was also talking to Bludau about Hodges, telling him she knew someone he should meet.
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March 26, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Partly in response to a survey that showed City Manager Homer Bludau's salary lagging behind other Orange County city managers, as well as other city staff, the council will likely agree to a pay raise for Bludau tonight. "Homer was underpaid based on a survey we performed," Mayor Tod Ridgeway said. "So we want to bring him in line with other city managers in the county." The survey ranked Bludau's annual salary of $145,000, plus a $3,600 car allowance, at No. 15 in a survey of 16 cities, beating out only San Clemente.
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By Bradley Zint | April 23, 2014
During an often-tense public hearing Tuesday night, one reminiscent of the contentious 2012 election season that included its own charter debate, the battle lines for and against another proposed charter for Costa Mesa materialized. On one end were supporters of the constitution-like document, contending that it will save taxpayers millions, institute more-reliable home rule than what Sacramento provides and, by and large, keep many good city policies intact. "It's not rocket science," said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 21, 2014
Retired Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder briefed the Huntington Beach City Council this week on efforts to address homelessness countywide. Roeder is a member of the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness, which is working with city and county governments, police agencies, faith groups, nonprofits and the private sector to address chronic homelessness. "We find in Orange County that cities that we've met ... [have] a very specific approach and different need within in their community," Roeder said.
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March 10, 2014
Re. "Commentary: Too many cops are leaving the CMPD" (March 7): Some people have speculated that the turnover in the Costa Mesa Police Department is political. Wow, politics in municipal employment, how surprising. What is more surprising is the attempt by some to blame the mayor's office for this. The mayor? The elected mayor? Surely the CMPD is not saying it rejects the leadership of the elected officials of this city. The same elected officials who represent the people of this city?
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February 8, 2014
The city of Costa Mesa has hired an interim recreation manager while it searches for candidate to permanently fill the position. Penny Loomer, who has overseen recreation at the city of Fullerton and the city of Yorba Linda, will start the job Feb. 11, according to a news release from Costa Mesa. Loomer has also worked as community services and recreation director, assistant city manager, and interim city manager at the city of Westminster, according to the news release. Costa Mesa's previous recreation manager, Bob Knapp, resigned Jan. 31. Loomer will work about 30 hours each week earning $76.90 an hour with no benefits.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 7, 2014
Costa Mesa announced Friday that one of its top managers will drop the "interim" from her title and come aboard permanently to take on a swath of management duties that includes overseeing city parks. Tamara Letourneau will start work as assistant chief executive officer and administrative services director on Feb 17. Letourneau's duties will include overseeing human resources, employee development and communications, labor relations, the county libraries located in Costa Mesa and the newly created Parks and Community Services Department.
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January 30, 2014
Bob Knapp, Costa Mesa's recreation manager, resigned Thursday afternoon after a year and a half on the job. His last day at City Hall is Friday, according to a city news release. No reason was given for Knapp's departure. He had no comment when reached by phone. "The city thanks Knapp for his service to the Costa Mesa community and wishes him well in future endeavors," the release says. He began the job July 2012 at an annual salary of about $105,000. Knapp previously worked as a small-business owner.
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December 6, 2013
Robert Lee Wynn died on November 30, 2013, in Newport Beach, California. Born May 25, 1931, in Preston, Idaho, he was the fifth of nine children of Paul Richard and Mary Ellen Wynn. Bob attended Preston High School as well as Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He then served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California between 1951-1953. Bob returned from his mission to Ashton, Idaho where he continued his relationship with Gayle Loosli who he had met before his mission.
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By Jill Cowan | December 2, 2013
Former Newport Beach City Manager Robert Wynn died Saturday morning following a fall in his garden on Thanksgiving Day, family members said. He was 82. Friends and family members remembered Wynn on Monday as a hard-working city administrator who remained deeply engaged in the community long after he retired in 1991. "Even still now, I heard him talking about privatizing the city trash department, the pros and cons of that, and building the city hall," said his son, Newport Beach orthodontist Steve Wynn.
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By Wendy Leece | November 29, 2013
Costa Mesa residents have long valued their three minutes to publicly comment at City Council meetings. During the alloted time, they have an opportunity to ask a question, make a complaint or share a concern. Many have made dinner for their families, prepared their comments and arrived nervous at City Hall, ready to take their place in line to speak to the council when the public comments time begins. First Amendment, you know. Democracy in action. Sometimes during public comments, while listening to the speakers, others have decided to step up to the microphone to talk extemporaneously about an issue they care about.
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By Hannah Fry and Emily Foxhall | October 9, 2013
In an attempt to "immunize" the city from "unnecessary litigation," the Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to make a written pledge not to repeat the actions that led to allegations of violating the state's open meeting laws. City staff drafted a letter in response to resident Jim Mosher's allegation that the council violated the Ralph M. Brown Act in several instances related to the city's Sept. 10 decision to pursue a contract with a private company to outsource trash collection.
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