August 6, 2006
S.J. Cahn's column on July 27 appears to take issue with the endorsements of my campaign for City Council from former Gov. George Deukmejian and Lt. Gov. nominee Tom McClintock (Politics Aside, "Our politicos' silence deafens at concert hall"). Deukmejian was known for his fiscal discipline and for presiding over a period of sustained economic growth in our state. McClintock is one of the leading fiscal conservatives in Sacramento. I have known George and Tom for more than 30 years, and I am proud to have their endorsements and to call them friends.
October 26, 2003
Lolita Harper The saying goes that behind every strong man there is a strong woman. But what about the women behind the strong city of Newport Beach? In nearly 100 years of incorporation, only six women have been at the helm, but Dora Hill, Doreen Marshall, Jackie Heather, Evelyn Hart, Ruth Ellen Plumber and Jan Debay have left undeniable marks. The Pilot caught up with former mayor Hart about the challenges of leading such a beautiful and affluent community, from a woman's perspective.
December 7, 2002
I remember being part of the negotiating team for Newport Beach many years ago on the first John Wayne Airport settlement agreement. We gave away a lot then. The county was supposed to find another airport for the long-term relief on Orange County air passenger demands. The county has not fulfilled its responsibility, while Newport Beach continues with degraded quality of life in the form of noise, jet fuel polluting the air and encroachments on the flight path, while more and more airplanes take off overhead.
October 23, 2002
I thought the Pilot editorial on Sunday, "Watching Greenlight," was fair and asked interesting questions. I will speak for myself as a Greenlight committee member, and I think my thoughts reflect those of other steering committee members. My potential power is nonexistent. I would never ask any candidate that Greenlight supports to vote a certain way on any issue. I would not support a candidate who did not endorse the concept of Greenlight. All candidates endorsed by Greenlight are independent candidates.
October 20, 2002
This fall's election in Newport Beach, like the two prior to it, is being shaped strongly by the forces behind the city's controlled-growth Greenlight law. Just what those forces are is a matter for discussion and, possibly, concern. First off, though, it bears repeating that the philosophy behind Greenlight is a beneficial one to Newport Beach. Controlling growth, limiting traffic, giving the nod to residents over developers and bringing a civil nature to city government are all worthy goals.
August 5, 2002
Every so often, we get challenged on our newsroom policies and how we refer to people, things or groups. Recently, I have had occasions in which that has happened and so I'd like to take the topic up in this week's report. First on the docket are my good friends who call themselves part of the Greenlight movement in Newport Beach. Greenlight, as many of you know, stands for a couple of things. Foremost, it is the name of the group that was successful in passing Measure S, the initiative that forces any development that exceeds certain thresholds within the city's general plan to be approved by a majority citywide vote.
November 24, 2001
Beach? June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The people have spoken. Newport Beach, they said, doesn't want a new 10-story office tower. While their words still echo in the days following the defeat of Measure G at the polls on Tuesday, many are wondering what it means for the city's future, for development and for representative democracy. "I think what the citizens of Newport Beach are saying with Greenlight and Measure G is that they think developers control the city's decision-making process in ways that are inconsistent with their own values," said Scott Bollen, professor of urban planning at UC Irvine.
October 18, 2001
Your decision to explain Dennis Rodman's position on the 103 most influential list was more revealing and more damaging, than the original decision to include him (From the Newsroom, "Don't let Dennis Rodman's 103 list appearance upset you," Oct. 1). You explained "it is tinged with whimsy" and that anyone or anything may be included simply because they are a local joke. You argued that our newspapers needed more entertainment during these serious days, and you didn't want to give us "the same old stodgy news stories."
May 12, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- The three kings brought them to the newly born Jesus. Over the centuries, other royals kept up the tradition, even going as far as giving their own children away to form stronger bonds with foreign leaders. But while gifts given by government leaders rarely go to such extremes these days, they still play an important part in strengthening ties. Newport Beach is no exception, and the city's mayors have always handed out presents to visiting dignitaries and while traveling abroad.
January 30, 2001
"The pen is mightier than the sword." When writings are based upon incorrect information, great and unwarranted damage can be done. Byron de Arakal's column on Jan. 10, "Random reflections on odd happenings in Newport-Mesa," made statements about Greenlight that were all wrong. There is absolutely no substance for his statements that development will nearly halt or there will be a large number of votes. The general plan of the city of Newport Beach still has room for approximately 20% more growth in the city without ever invoking Greenlight.