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By By Alicia Robinson | October 27, 2005
After two decades of leading Costa Mesa, Allan Roeder sees better public facilities, infrastructure and local government.COSTA MESA -- Thirty years ago, Allan Roeder was just an intern with the city. Today he's celebrating 20 years as its city manager. During those two decades -- 30 years total on the city staff, going back to that college internship -- Roeder has managed to stay on everyone's right side, no matter the turmoil. It may be why the 54-year-old is still in his top-floor corner office.
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November 8, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- City officials can breathe a sigh of relief. City Manager Allan Roeder is not going anywhere -- at least for now. In an unexpected move, the Anaheim City Council voted Tuesday to fill its city manager vacancy from within its organization, eliminating an opportunity for Roeder to leave. "While I certainly think Allan is very well qualified, we are just as happy to have him stay here," Mayor Libby Cowan said. Last month, Roeder announced he would be interested in filling the soon-to-be vacant city manager position in Anaheim, now held by the retiring James Ruth.
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By Joseph Serna | March 26, 2009
Critics of Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau are pointing to free meals from a Newport restaurateur and his request for valet parking signs being honored in 2005 as a conflict of interest. But Bludau fired back that the two were not related. Bludau received free meals worth $420 from June 2004 to June 2005, courtesy of 21 Oceanfront restaurant owner Leo Gugasian, according records filed with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission. The city manager’s office requested valet parking signs in July 2005 and it was granted, records show.
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By Brianna Bailey | September 10, 2009
Homer Bludau was the type of boss who told Texas redneck jokes at city staff meetings, once came to an employee breakfast dressed as Elvis, and took time out of his busy schedule to donate blood, friends and colleagues said at his retirement dinner Thursday night. Bludau will leave Newport Beach City Hall today after 10 years as city manager. Getting a little choked up during his after-dinner speech at the Newport Beach Marriott, Bludau told the audience that he felt God had put him in Newport Beach.
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By Mike Reicher | July 17, 2012
Two of Newport Beach's top city administrators will soon be leaving for San Diego. In early August, Finance Director Tracy McCraner will leave for a job with the San Diego County Water Authority. About the same time, Assistant City Manager Dana Smith will retire from 30 years in local government, but plans on working part-time for San Diego-based management consulting firm CEO2. The departures come as Newport officials continue to restructure government services, looking for savings amid three years of flat tax revenues.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 18, 2010
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. recently gave city officials a list of 19 money-saving proposals in hopes of protecting members' jobs. The City Council decided to postpone voting on its budget until Tuesday to review answers to the questions and suggestions posed by the association. “Some of them would be a flip of the switch; other ones would not be,” said Bobby Young, budget and research officer. Whether the city can implement them or not, Costa Mesa has just over a week to vote on its $108 million budget.
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By Britney Barnes and Imran Vittachi, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 26, 2011
The winding road in the Newport Beach saga of where to install a privately funded statue of the late Ronald Reagan took another turn Thursday. Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff announced that the future statue of the 40th president and former California governor would be installed in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, and not in Castaways Park as planned, according to a news release. The change comes from a new recommendation by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission that Bonita Canyon Sports Park would be a "better fit for good public access to the statue," the release stated.
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By Mike Reicher | June 25, 2012
The city of Newport Beach has billed various entities supporting Mitt Romney's campaign $10,000 for police and security used at a fundraiser he held earlier this month. The amount is less than a third of what the city billed for President Obama's campaign stop in Corona del Mar in February. City Manager Dave Kiff said Monday the difference was due to fewer Secret Service restrictions on road travel and fewer demonstrators at Romney's June 1 appearance at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — They don't come more humble than Allan Roeder. City managers typically last four to five years. Then they get canned or they move on. City councils came and went but Roeder survived Costa Mesa's pressure cooker politics for 25 years as city manager. And through that quarter-century until his retirement on Friday, the city manager, who had started his career at City Hall as an intern 37 years ago, never wavered. Somehow he maintained a calmness, steadiness and quiet confidence about him as the city went through cycles of boom and bust.
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By Jill Cowan | November 14, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council dug into executive compensation with two agenda items at its meeting Tuesday night — one that recommended methods for setting salary ranges for future management-level hires and another that gave raises to two top administrators. Council members heard from consultant Bruce Lawson of Fox Lawson and Associates, who presented a plan for categorizing executive positions and setting salary ranges for those categories. Future reports will move on to classify compensation levels for all city employees.
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