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February 20, 2005
DOLORES OTTING EDITOR'S NOTE: Today the Daily Pilot begins a new Forum page feature, "Watchdog," in which city activists will be given a regular opportunity to put a microscope on the action of our two city's civic leaders. Like many of you, I watched the last Newport Beach City Council meeting from home and it was well into the night -- close to 11 p.m. (so what else is new) -- before one of the hottest and most expensive projects to hit a city agenda in Newport finally appeared before the public for discussion: the new City Hall.
NEWS
May 29, 2009
John Heffernan has usefully documented what most residents of Newport Beach already suspect (“City employee salaries remain a threat,” May 29). The city’s costs have spun completely out of control, with salary and benefits of the chief of police rising from $166,160 in 2000 to $322,575 now and the fire chief currently earning $296,650, library director $198,795, and the city’s operating costs have increased 80% over eight years. Heffernan didn’t even mention the ever-cost-escalating new city hall.
FEATURES
April 20, 2006
It should come as no surprise that the land where Newport Beach's City Hall now stands is worth a tidy sum of money. But $23 million? Surely that is enough to make the City Council give serious consideration to putting the land up for sale and building a new civic center elsewhere in the city. That figure, provided this week by Councilman Ed Selich, is the latest ? and arguably greatest ? twist in the nearly yearlong discussion about building a new home for the city's government.
NEWS
February 12, 2005
Here are a few items the council considered Tuesday. NEW CITY HALL The council inched toward replacing the overcrowded City Hall facilities, voting to hire Griffin Structures Inc. for $578,185 to get public input and create a preliminary design for a new City Hall. No cost estimates are available for a new facility, but it would be built where the current complex stands and would include a new fire station and parking structure. Council members agree that city workers need more efficient facilities, but not all of them were convinced that a new City Hall on the old site is the way to go, and some questioned whether the community wants to spend money on the multi-million dollar project.
NEWS
June 7, 2008
And you thought Hillary Clinton had trouble taking a hint. Allan Beek’s got it all over her in that department. Beek’s quixotic crusade to upend Newport Beach’s new city hall plan appeared even more hapless as Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Polos rejected Beek’s request for an injunction to halt spending for the architectural drawings. Let’s break this down, so you can see how desperate this effort has become. Voters in February, by nearly a 53% margin, approved the new city hall.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | June 21, 2008
The Newport Beach City Council is poised to adopt a $265 million budget Tuesday with an emphasis on new parks and building projects including a new city hall and senior center. Most of the money for the larger projects would come from outside sources such as fees from big land developments and private donations, but the city also would fund some with bond issues. The city expects $224 million in revenue next year, $32 million less than its projected spending. Looks can be deceiving though, said Councilman Mike Henn, a member of the finance committee.
NEWS
May 28, 2005
Alicia Robinson With discussions about Newport Beach's 2005-06 budget and plans for a new city hall underway, the latest buzzword in the city has been "outsourcing." While debating the need for a new city hall, several residents have suggested the city could cut costs and save space by contracting services out to the private sector. But city officials say the city just does some things better than private business, and the quality of service is a high priority for people who live here.
NEWS
By Kathleen Stinson | April 4, 2006
A Newport Beach citizens group that wants a public vote on major city borrowing on Monday moved its ballot proposal a step closer to qualifying for the November election, filing petitions with more than 7,400 signatures of support. Newporters for Responsible Government filed the petitions with the city clerk Monday. The ballot measure would require voter approval before the city could pay for public improvements using Certificates of Participation if they would take longer than two years to repay or cost more than $3 million.
FEATURES
By By John Buttolph | January 6, 2006
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in an occasional Forum feature in which the Daily Pilot gives critics of the paper an opportunity to sound off about the paper. As spokesman for Newporters for Responsible Growth, I need to point out two inaccuracies that have cropped up recently in the Daily Pilot's reporting and commentary concerning the group and the pending municipal debt initiative in the city of Newport Beach that it supports: 1. The Pilot has incorrectly characterized the group as opposing the new city hall project.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | December 16, 2006
There are several very important things that every American should expect from his government. Among them, he should expect that his property will not be seized by the government for the purpose of eminent domain. The prospect of having one's property seized by the government against the will of the owner because it wishes to use it for its own purposes is a move of such horrific proportion that it conjures up images of dictatorships and closed societies. Several months ago, when Triangle Square — Costa Mesa's failing, ailing mall — finally made it onto the radar of the City Council, one of the options expressed by a council member was to exercise the power of eminent domain.
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By Bob McCaffrey | April 26, 2014
This November presents Newport Beach taxpayers with a chance to return fiscal restraint back to city government. I took a 20-year break from civic affairs until 18 months ago, when city leaders chose to raise taxes - which they termed fees - on residential dock owners, commercial marina operators and harbor businesses. They did it because they could. There was no state mandate, court order or administrative finding requiring the tax hikes. The insatiable appetite of government for more money led our Republican City Council members to feast on their constituents.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | April 10, 2014
When the expensive new civic center opened in Newport Beach last year, some claimed it as a symbol of an irresponsible government out of touch with the people it represented. Councilman Keith Curry served as mayor at the time. He has embraced the project, which ultimately cost the city nearly $140 million, as an example of quality work that will meet the needs of the community for decades to come. He noted that the project is more than just a City Hall; it comprises a library, park, emergency center, community room and parking structure.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
As the parent of three children who have grown up in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, I am shocked at the dialogue centering on the Corona del Mar High School kids who have been accused of cheating by changing grades. The principle of "restorative justice" to justify some of them being shipped to Newport Harbor High School with no record of their outrageous transgressions on their college transcript is absurd. These kids are accused of doing more than just peeking over the shoulder of a fellow test taker to confirm a test answer.
NEWS
By Keith D. Curry and By Keith D. Curry | December 6, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close it is time to pause and look back at what we have been able to accomplish together as a community. This was truly a transformational year for our city. We concluded an agreement to extend important protections in our unique Airport Settlement Agreement. This will ensure our community is protected for the next generation. Our award-winning Civic Center has created a public space that visitors from around the world are coming to see. The new Civic Green welcomes concertgoers, hundreds walk or take their dogs to the park and the library expansion is already filling up each day. The new City Hall also enabled us to go paperless and reduce printing by more than 22,000 pages per month.
NEWS
September 13, 2013
Regarding your Sept. 12 story "Sports Stadiums or a Theater?": Many people love a good high school football game. There is no question that kids benefit from athletics. But high school drama programs are just as important. Our son met his wife in the Estancia High School drama program 13 years ago. As supportive parents, we saw many productions at Estancia's small theater. It was a well-used, slightly threadbare facility back then. I doubt that it has improved over the years. Often, productions have to be moved to Newport Harbor High's theater (at considerable expense to the program)
NEWS
By Carolyn Fitz-Gibbon | August 26, 2013
Why do I feel that the Newport Beach City Council is slowly turning into a replication of the dysfunctional Costa Mesa council? It's bad enough we have to witness the excessive and pointless antics of that neighboring body, which continues to make national news with its unwarranted actions. Now, in a gradual and devious manner, our city seems to be following Costa Mesa's dubious practices. Leading the way was Newport's attempt to ban the beach fire pits. Then Councilman Michael Henn called the costly and unnecessary bridge across Avocado Street "the bridge to nowhere" — which it is — but then unexpectedly changed his mind.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 1, 2013
Whether they love it, hate it or didn't know it was there, Newport Beach residents will finally have their chance Saturday to see for themselves what the city's new Civic Center has to offer. "I think the Civic Center is going to be a focal point of community pride," Mayor Keith Curry said Wednesday. "I think it's going to be a gathering place. I'm looking forward to the community seeing all of what is involved in the Civic Center. " Debate over the project has continued to rage, with some blasting its $130-million-plus price tag as excessive, even as crews planted succulents and city staff moved into their new digs near Fashion Island and Newport Center, off Avocado Avenue.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | November 30, 2012
Florescent lights dimmed, aged seats groaned beneath shifting bodies. Amplified voices weighing in on outsourcing trash services bounced off 27-year-old walls. Tuesday's meeting marked the last time the Newport Beach City Council would meet for a regularly scheduled council meeting in the old City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. on the Balboa Peninsula. The council will later this month begin gathering five miles away in new chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive - a building envisioned as a sleek steel-and-stone structure hugged by a fabric sail.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | November 29, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Residents have griped to their City Council members recently about rehab homes popping up in their neighborhoods. Now it might be the council members' turn to complain about an undesirable land use on property they control: parking. Trying to balance the city's financial needs with civic considerations and their surrounding landowners' goals, public officials are planning the reuse of the current City Hall complex on Newport Boulevard, which is slated to close when the new one opens on Avocado Avenue.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 1, 2010
COSTA MESA — Thursday night's Feet to the Fire Forum, a candidates' debate organized by Orange County media, began with an issue right out of recent headlines: Planning Commissioner Jim Righeimer's decision to get out of his car during a DUI checkpoint and speak with officers over the wisdom of staging the screening on Harbor Boulevard during the evening rush-hour. When Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit asked Righeimer about whether he would seek a law banning DUI checkpoints at such hours, Righeimer took the opportunity to say that the tapes released from the Sept.
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