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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.
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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.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Well, another five wonderful nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are behind us. The parade this year was incredible. The quality of the boats and the homes continues to get better and better. The crowds keep getting bigger and bigger. Sunday night was something truly magical, with hundreds of lighted boats floating in the calm waters of Newport Harbor and the amazing fireworks going off over the scene. The crowd's reaction to it just goes to show what a special event the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is to so many.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
'Decking Costa Mesa City Hall' 'Twas the holiday season at Costa Mesa City Hall, Closed sessions 'o plenty, council meetings to stall. Council photos are hung, in the lobby; we stare - With hopes that next year, new pics might be there. When all of a sudden, very few were to chatter, Public comments postponed - free speech doesn't matter. Potholes, infrastructure in need of repair, Alleged budget surplus may not really be there. On Police, on Fire, on Miscellaneous - our unions, On Pensions, on Liabilities - with funding disillusions.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
Re. "CdM's Cool Hand Luke," (Dec. 6): Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent to make the article about Luke special. It captured the essence of a young man who truly overcame obstacles that arise in many people's lives. Because of that, his story truly resonated with many people in the community who have known Luke since childhood — as well as those that have had to deal with similar issues. Luke has always been a kid who has let his body do the talking and is truly one of the nicest human beings I have known in my life.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
Staff writer Bradley Zint's article ["New Comments Policy Codified," Dec. 6] reported on the Costa Mesa City Council's Dec. 3 vote to delay certain public comments to the end of the meeting. Zint attributes a comment to Mayor Jim Righeimer to the effect that people who come to the meetings to address a particular item on the agenda "shouldn't have to wait hours to do so. There has to be some balance for everybody. " At the meeting, public comments deferred to the end totaled 18 minutes.
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