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By Mike Henn | December 26, 2012
As many residents are aware, I served on both the council ad hoc committee that reviewed tidelands rents for commercial users and the council working group that reviewed tidelands' rents for residential piers. I have been intimately involved for more than two years in the whole range of issues and considerations that impact these reviews and voted in favor of the final recommendations adopted by council. Recently, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle (the lone dissenting vote on the recommendations)
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By Dave Kiff | December 18, 2012
Mr. Seymour Beek correctly points out that nothing in Senate Bill 152 requires the city of Newport Beach to charge fair market value for residential piers over public recreational waters. That's consistent with what we have said and written. However, other things do require it — and that's also consistent with what we have said and written. In two separate (and printed) presentations at public meetings (Nov. 19 and 28), I said and wrote that three (3) things direct us to charge fair market value for residential piers: •The California Constitution's prohibition on gifting public assets (Article XVI, Section 6)
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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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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 Robert C Hawkins | 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.
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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 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 Jeffrey Harlan | July 21, 2012
Recently, one Orange County community was grappling with a complex and thorny subject that touched on all aspects of civic life: public safety, health, parks and recreation, transportation, employment, housing, social equity and governance. To examine and address this wide-ranging topic, the City Council wisely decided to form a committee consisting of local experts, residents, businesses, civic organizations and other community representatives. This committee was charged with the task of establishing realistic strategies and making recommendations that addressed the community's needs.
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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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