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By Alicia Robinson | October 17, 2006
On Nov. 7, Newport Beach voters will face a number of challenging decisions about the future of their city. Topping the list will be whether to support or reject Measure V, an update to the city's general plan. Considered a blueprint for the next 20 years of development, the general plan lays out what kind of buildings will be allowed and where, how much traffic they'll generate, and how the city will handle it. City officials and volunteers have worked for more than three years to create the plan, which hasn't had a major overhaul since 1988.
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By Alicia Robinson | October 6, 2006
Newport Beach City Council candidates are breaking all previous records for fundraising, reports filed Thursday with the city clerk show. Topping the list was Michael Henn, one of four candidates for the open District 1 seat, who reported raising $99,708 this year. The reports detailed fundraising during the period of July 1 to Sept. 30, but the total amounts raised and spent are for all of 2006. The most raised in a past election appears to be the nearly $64,000 former City Manager Bob Wynn raised in 2000.
NEWS
October 1, 2006
Pilot columnist Joseph N. Bell kind of took the wind out of our sails — or maybe the smoke out of our chimneys? — by first getting to the biggest campaign issue of the year. Not Greenlight or Newport Beach's general plan. Not Costa Mesa's immigration enforcement plans or its Westside development standards. Oh, no. It's "Marijuana Mike's" idea to legalize marijuana in the state. Marijuana Mike, by the way, also is known as Michael Glover, the Democratic challenger to Republican Chuck DeVore's 70th District Assembly seat.
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October 1, 2006
Bel Mare project a perfect pitch for Greenlight What a gift to the Greenlight folks! Just before an election, the Bel Mare retail plaza is announced. It seems to me, and to those with whom I have talked, this is a really bad concept. It's Triangle Square all over again. I frequently visit the West Marine store on Mariner's Mile, but it's no pleasure shopping along that piece of West Coast Highway. The traffic is always dense and moving as fast as the signals will allow.
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By Alicia Robinson | September 21, 2006
As the November election draws closer, it's all about endorsements for the candidates — and this year, more so than ever, with the GOP getting involved in "nonpartisan" races. While it's not clear how directly voters are influenced by endorsements, this may have been a hand-wringing week for some of Newport-Mesa's incumbent City Council members. The Costa Mesa Police Assn. on Tuesday dissed Mayor Allan Mansoor, instead endorsing opponents Bruce Garlich and Mike Scheafer, and the Newport Beach Police Employees Assn.
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By Alicia Robinson | August 30, 2006
Greenlight residents group leader Phil Arst struck out in the court system again Tuesday when Orange County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey T. Glass would not speed up Arst's suit against the city of Newport Beach. With Glass' decision, it looks like the city-written description of Greenlight's Measure X initiative will appear on the November ballot. The city typically writes descriptions of resident ballot measures, but Arst challenged this one, claiming it was misleading to voters.
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By Alicia Robinson | August 24, 2006
By going it alone, at least as far as the GOP is concerned, Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore achieved success last week: he was the co-author of a bill that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp — not the drug marijuana — in California. The bill squeaked through the Assembly with no GOP support other than from DeVore, but he convinced three Republican senators to vote for it. It came back to the Assembly with amendments Thursday, when it was approved. "I think I got two extra Republicans to lay off and not vote against it," DeVore said.
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By Alicia Robinson | August 15, 2006
Greenlight residents group leader Phil Arst is suing the city of Newport Beach over how the city worded Greenlight's initiative for the November ballot. The measure, commonly known as Greenlight II but officially called Measure X, would tighten the voter controls on major developments in the city. With the suit, filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court, Arst seeks to block the ballot language drafted by the city attorney and have it replaced with a description he wrote.
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