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December 16, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH --John Noyes seems a paradox. He says he's open and forthcoming, but refuses to disclose the simplest details of his life. While he calls himself an environmentalist, he also says he's pro-development. And though he feels that people are more interested in the issues than in him, he is vague on how he will address those issues. In a recent interview with the Daily Pilot, it was clear that the new mayor is still trying to reconcile his very public position with his own very private tendencies.
NEWS
March 13, 2000
Changing the City Manager's Employment Agreement What to expect: After almost a year on the job City Manager Homer Bludau received a satisfactory performance evaluation from the City Council. Following this, a subcommittee composed of council members John Noyes, Dennis O'Neil, and Tod Ridgeway met with Bludau to talk about employment agreement issues. Based on this meeting, the committee decided to approve a number of items including a salary change of 4% to $145,600 annually and a $50,000 loan toward buying a house.
NEWS
November 8, 1999
"I haven't thought about it. We'll have to see how the politics gel." -- John Noyes, Newport Beach city councilman, on reports that his fellow council members likely will make him the city's next mayor. "My mother had so much vitality, such a zest for life. She was truly an independent person. She never wanted to burden her children." -- Bruce Grant, speaking about his mother, Beverly Grant, who died in last weekend's EgyptAir crash off Nantucket Island, Mass.
NEWS
August 7, 2000
Observation equipment The council will consider installing ocean observation equipment at lifeguard headquarters by Surfline Inc. In exchange for exclusive rights to install this equipment, Surfline will give lifeguards the ability to access and control the observation cameras. What to expect: As this is a consent calendar item, it is likely the council will approve installing the equipment. Staff has been exploring the possibility of installing such cameras, which would provide the ability to observe large areas of water instantly.
NEWS
November 2, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- It appears the city's next mayor will be City Councilman John Noyes, who has the necessary four votes to win the seat, said sources at City Hall. City Council members will take the formal vote for the largely ceremonial mayor and vice mayor posts, both one-year positions, on Nov. 22. Mayor Dennis O'Neil said he does not want to run again. "I believe it's appropriate to step aside each year to rotate the position," he said.
NEWS
November 23, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- The council really did make Noyes for mayor Monday night. On a unanimous vote, an apparently united council chose John Noyes to succeed Dennis O'Neil and made councilman Gary Adams vice mayor. Both Noyes and Adams were the only members nominated for the two positions. The council's union came after weeks of insider wrangling between Noyes and Councilman Tom Thomson for the city's top -- though largely ceremonial -- seat.
NEWS
September 1, 1999
center Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT -- An ad-hoc committee of library board and city Arts Commission members decided Tuesday on a governance model for a proposed arts and education center. The model will be presented to the public as part of a study to determine the community's need for such a facility. It also will be shown to companies when soliciting private donations. Roberta Jorgensen of the Arts Commission and Patrick Bartolic, a library trustee, presented the committee with six different options, with varying degrees of private or public control.
NEWS
May 26, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- City leaders and residents alike buzzed Thursday -- some with anger, some with compassion -- at the news that their mayor had been sought on criminal kidnapping charges after he snatched his children from the legal custody of his ex-wife in 1976 and hid them from her for nearly a decade. "I think he's going to have to resign, myself," said Planning Commissioner Ed Selich after reading a news account of John Noyes' nine years on the run during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
NEWS
November 25, 1999
The annual Thanksgiving tradition continues. The people in the Newport-Mesa community I'm thankful for (whether they know it or not): Gary Adams, Jo Ellen Allen, Mark Andrews, Ron Arko, Rob Barbot, Marian and Garth Bergeson, the Beshores, Jeff Bettiti, Danny Bibb, Marla Bird, Jim Birtchfield, Joey Bishop, Dana Black, Mrs. Boeck, Gordon Bowley, Reenie Boyer, Charlie Brande, Marilyn Brewer, Marty Brower ... David Brooks, Peter...
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NEWS
January 16, 2001
Mathis Winkler A dismissed employee enters a city meeting and opens fire, wounding six people, including the mayor and two City Council members. Although Newport Beach has been spared a blood bath similar to the one that occurred in Riverside in October 1997, Councilman John Heffernan has asked city officials to look into having a police officer attend City Council meetings. Other cities, such as Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Irvine, already have uniformed officers present at their meetings.
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NEWS
January 15, 2001
--Compiled by the Daily Pilot staff It's not that we can't sympathize. We're even sure it's happened to a couple of you as well. You're busy thinking about something else. Suddenly someone stands there and all you draw is a complete blank. That's what must have happened to Newport Beach Mayor Gary Adams at last week's City Council meeting, when he and colleagues were discussing a proposed house expansion. Someone on the dais asked to see drawings of the house and a man in the audience got up and approached the podium with large sheets of paper.
NEWS
November 30, 2000
During the next few weeks, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa will say "Goodbye" to five of their public servants: Council members Jan Debay, John Noyes and Tom Thomson in Newport Beach, and Heather Somers and Joe Erickson in Costa Mesa. Debay is leaving because of the city's term limits after 13 years of combined Planning Commission and council service, including a stint as mayor. She's seen the city through the American Trader oil spill settlement, been a thoughtful leader on issues ranging from urban runoff to streamlining city functions and represented the city beyond its borders on the Orange County League of Cities and the Southern California Assn.
NEWS
November 4, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- On Tuesday, the kingmakers could take over the thrones. Four years ago, former City Manager Robert Wynn and Balboa Island activist Steve Bromberg, respectively, helped to elect Tom Thomson and John Noyes to the City Council. Now, the two men might replace their 1996 choices for the council, should Newport Beach residents elect them. The scenarios differ a little. In District 7, where Thomson defeated Measure S supporter Phil Arst in the last election, Wynn opposes his former protege.
NEWS
August 7, 2000
Observation equipment The council will consider installing ocean observation equipment at lifeguard headquarters by Surfline Inc. In exchange for exclusive rights to install this equipment, Surfline will give lifeguards the ability to access and control the observation cameras. What to expect: As this is a consent calendar item, it is likely the council will approve installing the equipment. Staff has been exploring the possibility of installing such cameras, which would provide the ability to observe large areas of water instantly.
NEWS
July 29, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- The debate over which initiative is worthy of voter approval has become so heated that some City Council candidates are left wondering if the measures are doing more harm than good. At the top of this year's political horizon are the Greenlight measure and the Traffic Phasing initiative. Both promise relief from the city's traffic woes. Greenlight, which proposes to let voters have the final say on certain major developments, has succeeded in turning recent council meetings into forums pitting council members and developers against community activists and environmentalists.
NEWS
June 2, 2000
I had just finished teaching a seminar at the UCI Academy for Lifelong Learning when the John Noyes story broke. My seminar subject was "The American News Media -- Why Kill the Messenger?" I had a lively and outspoken group of participants who gave me a lot of reasons for -- if not killing -- at least rapping the messenger sharply on the side of the head. Since one of their major criticisms was what they considered an outrageous invasion of personal privacy by the press, I hate to think where they would have gone with the Noyes affair.
NEWS
May 26, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- City leaders and residents alike buzzed Thursday -- some with anger, some with compassion -- at the news that their mayor had been sought on criminal kidnapping charges after he snatched his children from the legal custody of his ex-wife in 1976 and hid them from her for nearly a decade. "I think he's going to have to resign, myself," said Planning Commissioner Ed Selich after reading a news account of John Noyes' nine years on the run during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
NEWS
March 18, 2000
Noaki Schwartz Only twice in his 56 years has Steve Bromberg ever had a premonition: when he saw his future home on the island and when he was diagnosed with cancer. He believes the two are interconnected. For if he had never moved into the little community where everyone knows each other, he would never have had the support to overcome the illness that has threatened his life. "The people here are wonderful," he said. "You can't keep anything a secret."
NEWS
March 13, 2000
Changing the City Manager's Employment Agreement What to expect: After almost a year on the job City Manager Homer Bludau received a satisfactory performance evaluation from the City Council. Following this, a subcommittee composed of council members John Noyes, Dennis O'Neil, and Tod Ridgeway met with Bludau to talk about employment agreement issues. Based on this meeting, the committee decided to approve a number of items including a salary change of 4% to $145,600 annually and a $50,000 loan toward buying a house.
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