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By Alan Blank | December 10, 2008
Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece wants to have a vote on the Costa Mesa Senior Center’s board, but many of the board members and the center’s executive director oppose her proposal. Although the Senior Center is a private, nonprofit corporation, Costa Mesa taxpayer money accounts for about one-third of the operating budget. Because of the financial support, the City Council should be able to appoint two of its members to voting positions on the 13-member board, according to Leece.
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NEWS
October 29, 2002
Cyndie Borcoman I have serious concerns about Wendy Leece returning for another term of office for the Newport Mesa school board. Leece prides herself on having moral courage to stand up for controversial issues. Though it is admirable to bring up opposing views to facilitate discussion and explore all aspects of an issue, dissenting when the welfare of many students in the district are in peril is not commendable. Leece represents the Westside of Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | October 22, 2009
. Correction: Article misidentified state Sen. Tom Harman?s political party affiliation. He is a Republican. Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece says she?ll use her new position with the League of California Cities to fight to protect businesses from environmental legislation that, in her opinion, is driving businesses out of the Golden State. Leece has been picked to serve on the Orange County division of the league?s 2010 Policy Committee on Environmental Quality. The league, which is made up of various committees comprised of city officials from across the state, discusses policies and issues facing California.
NEWS
November 16, 2002
Bits and pieces. Those who celebrated Wendy Leece's ouster from the school board should be careful what they wish for. The reality of Leece's tenure is that she had absolutely no hope of advancing any of her conservative agenda, as she was only one vote in seven. But instead of tolerating the divergent viewpoint that she brought to the board -- as we teach our children to do -- she was made out to be a religious nut who wanted all kids to spend all day praying in school instead of learning how to read.
NEWS
November 23, 2002
George Grupe We are here to thank Wendy Leece for eight years of service to Newport-Mesa. I know there are thousands more who would also like to thank you. We didn't always agree with you, but most of the time we did. So often, you were the only light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Even with five or six Newport-Mesa Unified School District board members against you, you stuck to your guns, a lady with true grit. We have often watched board members attack you in ways almost beyond belief.
NEWS
November 14, 2002
Paul Clinton Losing a local election may represent the end of a political road. Oftentimes, it can also be the beginning of a new one. Wendy Leece, the often controversial Newport-Mesa school board trustee, said she was exhausted by the grueling reelection she lost to Costa Mesa engineer Tom Egan. "To run a political campaign at the grass-roots level with the least amount of money is very time-consuming," Leece said. "It takes a lot of effort.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | January 2, 2009
Councilman Gary Monahan has proposed creating an ad hoc committee to review the Costa Mesa Senior Center’s programs and offerings and decide what the city’s role should be in the center’s future. The proposal will come before the City Council Tuesday night. Expanding the center’s offerings and improving the facilities are among what the task force will look into, according to Monahan, and the city will likely have to invest more money to achieve those things.
NEWS
December 21, 2000
Thank you for your excellent editorial ("Snub of Leece raises questions," Saturday). I raised the same questions in my letter to my colleagues, but only two of my colleagues answered. The rest were silent. The two who spoke to me, cited a "trust" factor as to why I should not be board president. But they redefined the word "trust." To them, trust means control. The problem is theirs and not mine. I won't be controlled and fit into their mold. My ideas, which are conservative, are not dangerous and are overwhelmingly supported in this community.
NEWS
December 6, 2001
In a few days, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees will select officers for the next year. Judy Franco, current vice president, is queued up to be board president for the fourth time in 20 years. I am a twice-elected trustee who received 24,704 votes in 1994, when I defeated a longtime incumbent and another write-in candidate. In 1998, I ran unopposed, a sign the community believed I was doing a good job. In my seven years on the board, I have served as board clerk briefly.
NEWS
By Byron de Arakal | April 23, 2008
There?s two things I know about Councilwoman Wendy Leece. She is tenacious. Not necessarily a bad thing unless her teeth are buried in your neck. But mix that tenacity with her curious habit of alienating those she works with in her various public-service capacities, and you begin to get why she is an orb of controversy and whispered disdain. Remember it was the cut of Leece?s moral and spiritual jib that charted her heading while a member of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees.
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