November 10, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Some people have the uncanny ability to see how things might be. George Coffey, Costa Mesa's first city manager, was one of them. His vision of the master plan for Costa Mesa in the early 1950s is very close to how the city looks today. Born in Riverside, Coffey graduated from the University of Southern California. He married a woman named Vera and the couple was "inseparable," Costa Mesa historian and former mayor Bob Wilson said.
October 24, 2002
While I must accept the Daily Pilot endorsement of my Greenlight opponent in the race to fill the District 3 seat on the Newport Beach City Council, I take serious exception to the reasoning employed to justify the selection. The Daily Pilot concludes that my ability to perform my duties as a councilman could be compromised because of my prior employment with the city of Newport Beach. That is totally unfounded. As a member of the City Council, it would be my responsibility to act in the best interests of the city and to protect the taxpayers.
July 14, 2008
Barbara Venezia’s column on Councilman Keith Curry (“Political opponents nearly aligned on issues,” July 10) failed to mention that in addition to AirFair and Jean Watt, Keith is also endorsed by Marian Bergeson and former mayors Evelyn Hart, Jan Debay, Dennis O’Neil, Tom Edwards and Clarence Turner. The reason, however, that hundreds of residents support Keith is he is so responsive. Keith listens to the community, and is effective in getting things done.
December 31, 1999
Andrew Glazer The extent to which cities would be developed was the issue that continued to dominate the political landscape of the 1990s in the Newport-Mesa area. In Costa Mesa, City Council members began rewriting the general plan, with community feedback, to put more restrictions on the city's future growth and development. "The 1990s marked a historic bend from property owners being allowed to build out whenever they chose to a more restricted growth," City Manager Allan L. Roeder said.
November 1, 2012
I was very surprised to see our city manager wading into the election pool but he did ( Commentary: Measure EE keeps Newport efficient Oct. 31, 2012). According to Dave Kiff, Measure EE is about efficiency. What about the famed red light traffic camera ban (Proposed Section 426)? That's about "political pandering," not efficiency? (Even the study recently cited by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry doesn't support the ban.) What about the class action ban (Proposed Section 1114)? That's not about efficiency; that, again, is about "political pandering.
June 16, 2004
Deirdre Newman The city hadn't had an assistant city manager since 1985 -- until Monday, when 26-year City Hall veteran Steve Hayman was named to the position. And Hayman didn't waste any time. He started in his new job the same day of his appointment. "I used to think I was busy," Hayman said. Hayman was chosen out of more than 40 candidates to take care of the day-to-day operations of the city, which will free up City Manager Allan Roeder to focus on significant policy issues.
December 23, 1999
Brooklyn-born Arlington "Arlie" Swartz was brought to California during World War II when the U.S. Navy stationed him in Long Beach. After the war, Swartz settled in the Newport-Mesa area and worked on the Incorporation Committee for Costa Mesa, becoming the first clerk of the city. Swartz rose to become city manager in 1964, and in that role was instrumental in overseeing the city's northward expansion. It is because of Swartz's influence and that of former city attorney Donald Dungan that revenue-generating northside areas, such as the land that South Coast Plaza occupies, were brought within city limits.
September 29, 2002
"They're coming anyway. Shouldn't we do our best to make sure they blend in with surrounding buildings, that they are collocated with existing structures and that we can protect our public safety communications from interference?" -- Dave Kiff, Newport Beach's assistant city manager, on creating guidelines and price ranges for cellular antennas, since federal regulations on the way will force cities to allow the phone companies to build the antennas "The floor plan is not made for a family.
March 23, 2007
Here are a few items the council considered Tuesday. SENIOR CENTER BOARD The city now has a clear, written policy for how the council appoints two members to the Costa Mesa Senior Corp.'s board of directors, which operates the city senior center. Traditionally the council appointed the members, but there was no rule on how long they would serve or how the appointments were made. WHAT IT MEANS Council appointees to the senior center board will be chosen in April, when most committee appointments are made, and they will serve two-year terms.
December 21, 1999
While we normally don't respond to such editorials, we felt it important to add some perspective to your editorial, ('Why does Newport want to ruin the party?"