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January 24, 2014
I was heartened to read Paul Leon's commentary about the Illumination Foundation's work with the homeless; it is a good cause ["Commentary: Article mischaracterized foundation-city relationship," Jan. 17]. However, I think there is one portion of the commentary that could be misleading to your readers. Mr. Leon's statement that "in Orange County, in which a minimum wage worker must work 128 hours per week to afford a permanent one-bedroom apartment," may make his point, but begs a question.
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NEWS
January 23, 2014
As rather recent Newport Beach-ites, my husband and I are trying very hard to fit in. I take a tranquilizer when attending homeowners association meetings or reading letters to the editor, amazed that residents of one of the loveliest locations in the country seem to have one complaint after another. But letters like " City Hall's concrete bunnies are fun " indicate that there are those of us who appreciate serendipitous surprises, such as the bunnies, and offer kudos to the designers and supporters of the new Newport Beach Civic Center campus.
NEWS
January 21, 2014
Re. "Students may get to stay in district," [Jan. 19]: Students caught cheating by allegedly hacking into teachers' computers should be expelled from the district. I am very familiar with restorative justice — an alternative to expulsions — since I work for Alternative, Community and Correctional Schools and Services (ACCESS), the county's alternative educational program, which used to instruct Newport-Mesa Unified School District's expelled students. ACCESS assisted these students to continue high school classes outside the district while completing counseling, community service and other requirements for return.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
In the Saturday edition of the Daily Pilot and in the Jan. 16, 2014, Huntington Beach Independent, Assembly candidate Emanuel Patrascu writes that it was Keith Curry and his fellow members on the Newport Beach City Council who brought the issue of the fire rings to the Air Quality Management District. This is false. Councilman Curry, the Newport Beach City Council and the city never initiated any request for regulation or rule making by the AQMD. If Patrascu has any evidence to the contrary, he should present it. If not, he should immediately apologize to Curry, the council and the voters of the 74th Assembly District for these false and reckless charges.
NEWS
January 17, 2014
Note to parents who have children riding bikes and skateboards to school: While driving last week in Newport Heights, a number of commuters and I were taking our respective turns at a four-way stop sign. As the other cars stopped to allow me to take my turn, three young girls flew through the stop sign to my right, causing me to immediately slam on my brakes. Fortunately, most of us are hyper-aware of the kids during the morning and afternoon commute, but I strongly encourage parents to remind their children that they are not exempt from adhering to stop signs, no matter what form of transportation they are using.
NEWS
This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 17, 2014
I am writing in response to Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry's letter regarding local control of beach fire rings ["Commentary: Each city should make its own fire ring decision," [Jan. 11]. I too want to discuss the important issues facing California, such as attempts to weaken Proposition 13 by the Legislature. Just as important, we must also protect Proposition 13 from local elected officials who use different mechanisms to circumvent it, such as a dock fee to increase taxes on homeowners.
NEWS
January 10, 2014
At last Tuesday's City Council meeting, I made a statement that our Police Department was not understaffed. I misspoke. I was attempting to reassure residents that we have the same number of patrol officers on our streets today, despite vacancies in our Police Department. Under Chief Tom Gazsi, our police officers have been doing an excellent job keeping our city safe during this challenging time. Meanwhile, the city is working exhaustively to hire as quickly as possible well-qualified police officers to protect and serve Costa Mesa.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
Re. "Tickets the work of a grinch, recipient says," [Dec. 30]: I have resided on Balboa Island for many years and was moving my truck, like I always do for street sweeping, and saw the scene unfold in front of me. It was embarrassing. All of us who have lived on the island know the drill about parking tickets and those visiting can clearly see the signs but to see residents yell and swear at the parking-control officer for doing her job, and to see grown men and a woman stand on the street and curse at her and make obscene gestures, repeatedly, made me embarrassed to be a neighbor.
NEWS
December 30, 2013
It was no surprise to hear that the Costa Mesa City Council spent $18,000 of our hard-earned money on a fireworks show for the 60th anniversary party (" 60th party cost nearly $400,000," documents show ," Dec. 23 ). When I called the police to find out what the heck was going on, I was told more than 200 residents had also called asking the same thing. Seems strange to spend that kind of money for fireworks that outdid Disneyland, here in Costa Mesa, just days before our big Fourth of July run. Who do we like so much that we give them so much of our money?
NEWS
December 26, 2013
I recently received a letter requesting that I recuse myself from the blackball issue. It was from Equal Beach Access for All. The writers of the letter are concerned that my late father made harsh comments about surfers. He made some harsh comments about men divorcing their wives. Should I recuse myself from every issue involving divorced men? They also pointed to a comment of mine. I stated that I had read some of the online comments about The Wedge issue and was embarrassed to say I was a surfer.
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