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.
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?
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?"
August 23, 2010
I am truly all for religious freedom. I am not at all for a religious organization flexing its power to sue anybody or any company for discrimination where none exists ("Disney host: Could not wear hijab," Aug. 19). A 2.5-year employee of Disneyland, Imane Boudlal, suddenly objects to not being able to wear her Muslim headdress at the Storyteller's Café, where she formerly was content to work, headscarf-free? Disneyland offers her the option to have another job where she can wear her headscarf, and she refuses this compromise?