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February 13, 2005
There's no doubt about it: Newport Beach is a world-class city. It has world-class views, a world-class harbor, world-class golf courses and homes with out-of-this-world prices. One building in town, though, clearly doesn't live up to that hype: City Hall. Anyone who's been in the home of the city's government knows about its winding halls, its limited parking, its overcrowded offices and its deteriorating structure. More than a few people find the experience of dealing with City Hall frustrating enough without even getting into regulations, permits or other city statutes.
NEWS
September 26, 2004
Newport Beach voters have one very easy decision when choosing whom to elect to the City Council this Nov. 2: Councilman Steve Bromberg is running for reelection unopposed. Even if he wasn't, we think Bromberg clearly deserves another four-year term. He went from Balboa Island activist to strong city mayor in just a few years. He is straight-forward in his thinking, no-nonsense about running the city and has learned about city and regional issues. He will serve the city well once again.
NEWS
May 5, 2003
Newport City Council looks to fill vacancies The City Council needs qualified candidates from Newport Beach to fill eight vacancies on various city boards and commissions. There are two seats open on both the Board of Library Trustee and Planning Commission and there is one vacancy on the City Arts Commission, Civil Service Board, Harbor Commission, Parks, as well as Beaches & Recreation. The positions are for four-year terms and are available when the term ends June 30. The deadline for filing applications is 4 p.m. May 14. The City Council will nominate two individuals for each vacancy at its meeting on June 10, and appointments will be made at the next council meeting, on June 24. All appointments become effective July 1. For more information, contact the city clerk's office at (949)
NEWS
February 13, 2013
Beachfront encroachments - an issue that has for years been a sore spot between Newport Beach homeowners, the city and the California Coastal Commission - are back on the city's radar after property owners on East Oceanfront were notified last year that they were in violation of the Coastal Act and the city's Coastal Land Use Plan. Fifteen homeowners in the Peninsula Point area were notified that their landscaping or hardscape improvements extending onto public beach areas needed to be removed, a staff report said.
NEWS
August 12, 2007
I agree with Tom Johnson's front-page editorial ("Don't fake hearing opposing views," Aug. 10). I disagree with Doug Templin's page 3 Forum opinion. The Newport City Council on a 4 to 3 vote has selected an inferior city hall relocation site that will cost at least $10 million more than the sensible alternate "City Hall in the Park" on city-owned land between a usable park and the Central City Library — a great synergistic solution. The only alternative left to reverse this "divisive" council decision is to give all Newport Beach registered voters a chance to choose between the two sites.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
1. What popular former judge retired his weekly Pilot column last week? A. Judge Lance Ito B. Judge Joseph Wapner C. Judge Judy D. Judge Robert Gardner 2. To quell the number unilateral second looks of lower-body city decisions, the Newport City Council voted to do what? A. Impeach any member who calls for a review B. Make council members write standards if they call for a second look C. Require a simple majority vote on the council before a review can happen D. None of the above 3. What popular performers from the '70s and '80s will entertain at the Taste of Newport in September?
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | August 5, 2009
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece tried, unsuccessfully, to lower the stipend paid to the city’s five planning commissioners Tuesday night. In order to save money, and because of a slow-down in construction, the commission is now meeting only once a month instead of twice. Leece proposed changing their pay to $75 per meeting, instead of the $400 per month that they currently make. “Costa Mesa planning commissioners are paid more than planning commissioners from nearby cities .
NEWS
July 1, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH Newport City Council approves budget for 2007-08 The City Council on Tuesday approved a $208.9-million budget for 2007-08, along with a list of extras that totaled $1.8 million. The balanced budget is only slightly bigger than last year's. Items the council added include a disaster warning system, Sunday hours at Mariner's library and remodeling the police station lobby. Opposition to building Newport Beach's city hall on an Avocado Avenue park site officially formed last week, headed by members of the environmental group Stop Polluting Our Newport.
NEWS
December 19, 2003
June Casagrande City officials are offering mixed reactions to Thursday's announcement that the governor will invoke emergency powers to pay cities and counties for lost car-tax dollars. But city leaders agree that local governments aren't out of the woods yet. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday announced that he would use emergency powers to pay cities and counties millions that they have lost in car tax revenues. The round of payments to local governments will come from about $150 million in budget cuts to a variety of programs, including the two state university systems, and from closing a migrant farm worker housing facility, among other things.
NEWS
March 1, 2003
I applaud Steven Sutherland bringing the proposed resort project before the voters and the City Council's agreement to support the ballot process. The proposed site of the Sutherland resort is designated tideland, owned by the city and the state. It seems so simple. If the proposed project site is on city land, shouldn't residents have a voice to accept or reject based on environmental study facts? Controversy and confusion shall be laid to rest. PAT GREENBAUM Newport Beach I think Marinapark should be put to a citywide vote.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 6, 2014
A Newport Beach recovery home could be forced to shut its doors after an independent official rejected its request for permission to operate in the city at an administrative hearing last week. Costa Mesa-based Ohio House - which opened a sober living home on 36th Street in Newport in May - can still appeal the decision to the City Council. The house's founder, Brandon Stump, said this week that he has not yet decided whether he will. "The bottom line is this: The Ohio House is a wonderful program that's saving a lot of lives, and there's nothing that I can do or say that's going to change the mind of Newport Beach or the neighbors," he said.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 1, 2014
New locker rooms and restrooms will be built at the Corona del Mar High School pool, just one of many back-burner projects benefiting from extra city funding recently made available. The $338,000 contribution to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, requested by City Manager Dave Kiff, draws from higher-than-expected revenues in Newport Beach this fiscal year, coupled with last year's budget surplus. The City Council on Tuesday appropriated more than $14 million to help pay for a wide array of improvements throughout the city, such as the locker rooms.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | July 5, 2013
The morning was chilly, the marine layer still firmly blanketing the Balboa Peninsula. "This is Ground Zero for what people think about as Newport Beach," said longtime resident and developer Bob Olson. The grounds of Newport Beach's now-vacant former City Hall didn't look like much. A remote religious shrine tucked in the wilds of Thailand might have had more visitors at that moment. But Olson, looking at what for decades had served as the city's civic core, along Newport Boulevard, saw a unique 130-room hotel, complete with a spa, rooftop bar and upscale dining options, built in a style that would pay tribute to the community's nautical history.
NEWS
February 13, 2013
Beachfront encroachments - an issue that has for years been a sore spot between Newport Beach homeowners, the city and the California Coastal Commission - are back on the city's radar after property owners on East Oceanfront were notified last year that they were in violation of the Coastal Act and the city's Coastal Land Use Plan. Fifteen homeowners in the Peninsula Point area were notified that their landscaping or hardscape improvements extending onto public beach areas needed to be removed, a staff report said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 12, 2012
Raises for two of Newport Beach's top city administrators, another round of proposed tidelands rent increases and a discussion of city employee compensations are on Tuesday night's jam-packed council meeting agenda . The council will vote on a 3% raise for City Manager Dave Kiff and an 11% raise for City Clerk Leilani Brown. According to a staff report, that would bump Kiff's base annual salary from $225,000 to $231,750 and Brown's from $110,830 to $123,800. If the contract amendments pass, both will contribute about 9% of their pay to their pensions, with added provisions that that percentage will increase as other city employees' pension contributions increase.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 31, 2012
Tony Petros waited a long time to make his break into politics. The 52-year-old businessman and incoming Newport Beach District 2 City Councilman said his wife, Kristen Caspers Petros, didn't want him to take the plunge - so he didn't. "Her father was a local politician," Petros said, perched on a stool at a bustling Kean Coffee on 17th Street Monday afternoon. "He was the chair of the [Orange County] Board of Supervisors - Ron Caspers - and because of that, she didn't want me in politics.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 24, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council voted to remove a temporary "pinch point" in Corona del Mar and pay more than $720,000 to repair a Central Library wall and remind community members about this Sunday's Memorial Bike Ride at its regular meeting Tuesday night. * Pinch point The city will remove temporary barriers that narrow the road near East Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard in Corona del Mar, but the council stopped short of scrapping the changes permanently. The pinch point, or the spot where the southbound East Coast Highway lanes merge, was moved closer to Avocado Avenue on a summer trial basis to see if it would be possible to incorporate more outdoor seating and landscaping along the highway.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 16, 2012
Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry, Councilman Ed Selich and businessman Tony Petros each took out election papers Monday to run for City Council, officials said. Curry pulled papers to run for reelection in District 7, which includes Newport Coast and Newport Ridge. Curry said he started securing endorsements and fundraising for his reelection campaign in March. "I think we have a great city, and we have a lot going on," he said. "I would like to finish projects that are already underway, like Marina Park, Sunset Ridge Park and our neighborhood revitalization efforts.
NEWS
By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 25, 2012
This year will be the first in several in which streets will not be barricaded for the Fourth of July holiday, Newport Beach City Councilman Mike Henn reported during Tuesday's meeting. In recent years, Balboa Boulevard has been blocked off at West Coast Highway on the Fourth, forcing the unaware to walk more than a mile out of their way to get to the Balboa Peninsula. The city has been trying to tone down Fourth of July partying in recent years. Henn said that a new party house law has proven to be effective.
NEWS
From staff reports | April 16, 2012
Newport Beach Councilman Rush Hill on Monday endorsed Councilwoman Leslie Daigle in her bid for state Assembly and strongly criticized one of her opponents in the race, Democrat Robert "Bob" Rush. Hill stated in a press release issued by the Daigle campaign that his peer on the council is best suited to represent the 74th District, which includes Newport, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Irvine. "I've worked closely with Leslie on the most important issues facing our city - cutting our budget to live within our means, pension reform, more effective approaches to service delivery, and encouraging economic growth - and she is serious about finding solutions and effective in forging alliances on the council," he said.
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