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By Mike Reicher | July 12, 2012
Newport Beach voters will have the option in November to ban red-light cameras from the city. The City Council voted Tuesday to include a red-light camera prohibition in the list of charter amendments that will come before the electorate this fall. The city has no red-light cameras now. Other cities have banned them amid complaints that they were merely a way to boost city revenue. The vote was the culmination of a months-long charter update process, where a committee sifted through about 40 sections of the city's constitution and recommended changes to the council.
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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 | June 16, 2012
Costa Mesa's former police chief confirmed in a recent interview that he was suspended and ultimately resigned from the city after an investigation found that he had charged gas for his personal vehicle on a city credit card. "Bad judgment? Yes," said Chris Shawkey, 52. "I should've gone to the city manager and said, 'What do you want me to do?' and work it out that way. But that was really the only thing outside of my employment agreement. " Expense reports submitted to his department over his four years - he was hired in 2006 - show he charged hundreds of gallons of gas across California, Arizona and other states.
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By Mike Reicher | May 22, 2012
Newport Beach firefighters will pay more toward their pensions, and newly hired firefighters will receive less in their retirement, according to a union contract the City Council unanimously approved Tuesday. With the increased contributions and a less generous retirement plan, Newport joins a growing roster of California cities reforming their pensions and saving long-term employment costs. "This is about finding balance about what is fair for our dedicated employees, and what is fair for taxpayers," said Councilwoman Leslie Daigle.
NEWS
April 11, 2012
Your April 6 story, "Owners speak out against harbor rent increase," did not really reflect the seething anger in the Newport Beach City Council Chambers over an unbridled attempt to increase the city's revenue. The reason: The attendees were too gentlemanly and ladylike to express their true views about the mayor, two councilmen and the city manager who lectured the citizens as if they were schoolchildren. The foursome tried to appear to listen while their minds were made up and closed.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 11, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council revised its stance on the 19th Street Bridge controversy Tuesday night, deciding to try negotiating with the Orange County Transportation Authority before filing a lawsuit. The council unanimously approved having City Manager Dave Kiff seek an agreement with the OCTA to pause the statute of limitations on a civil suit while the two sides "try to resolve disputes without the need for litigation," City Attorney Aaron Harp said. The council took a second vote authorizing Harp to file a lawsuit against the OCTA before the statute of limitations runs out. That vote was 5 to 2, with council members Keith Curry and Leslie Daigle dissenting.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 5, 2012
Commercial marina owners of Newport Harbor greeted a city proposal to triple their rents with hostility Thursday afternoon. Newport Beach has been revising all harbor fees since 2006, when the Orange County Grand Jury issued a critical report on the city's practices. "None of us are real happy about having this discussion," City Manager Dave Kiff said during the meeting that brought about 100 attendees to City Hall. "I want to be real clear what the city's obligation is, and that is to charge fair market value for the use of the tidelands.
NEWS
By Al Morelli | January 17, 2012
The Costa Mesa city charter, if adopted by the voters, needs to adequately protect the right of the citizens for sound government. Yet, every so often some folks want to play with different rules and not to listen to the voices of the people. We need to be faithful to the ideals of good government and true to founding principles of democracy. We do not need to change the rules of good moral and ethics to solve problems. So it is noted, if the charter is to be approved by the voters in June, it will become the way we govern ourselves for now and also later for the future generations of Costa Mesa.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
IRVINE — City Council members unanimously approved a two-year contract extension this week for City Manager Sean Joyce. The contract, which provides an annual salary of $254,820, was set to expire in July 2013. It will now continue through June 2015, according to a city staff report . "The unanimous decision is the reflection of his job performance as city manager," Mayor Sukhee Kang said. "Even during these tough economic times of the last three years, he really executed council direction well using leadership and helped all city employees work harder with less.
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By Mike Reicher | November 17, 2011
City employees who live in town can better understand its residents' problems. While that was the reason for paying half of City Manager Dave Kiff's home, council members probably weren't envisioning a situation he now faces. Kiff lives next to a row of eucalyptus trees that an arborist has determined may need to be removed, and his neighbors are preparing to fight that decision. This leaves him in the awkward spot as the ultimate decision-maker for removing the trees. Instead, he has elected to step aside and let other staff members make the call.
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