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By Emily Foxhall and Jeremiah Dobruck | January 4, 2014
Newport Beach is looking into outsourcing lifeguard services on one of its busiest stretches of coastline. City staff will be accepting proposals this month from groups interested in patrolling Corona del Mar State Beach, which is currently watched over by city lifeguards - some of whom have already objected to the idea. The possible change is part of an ongoing exploration of ways the city can control looming pension costs. "It's a chance to see what proposals are out there," City Manager Dave Kiff said.
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By Emily Foxhall | November 13, 2013
Newport Beach prides itself on providing a high quality of life, but the City Council defied the pleas of numerous residents by voting Tuesday to approve a contract to outsource one of its few remaining in-house public works services: trash pickup. In a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill and council members Nancy Gardner and Ed Selich voting no, the council agreed to have CR&R Waste Services to take over as the city's residential trash hauler, effective next spring. The majority of the council maintained that residents would see the same level of service after the switch to an automated hauling process with an outside company.
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By Ron and Anna Winship | November 8, 2013
Newport Beach is unique. We have seven villages and Newport Coast. We have the most prestigious golf club in America. We have beaches, harbors, parks and now we even have a hugely overpriced Civic Center. We have a grand variety of celebrities that include Kobe Bryant and Bob Costas. We are named as an end destination for every conceivable major event, including the Susan G. Komen run and the Toshiba golf tournament. We have the famous Balboa Bay Club and many more historical yacht clubs.
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By Hannah Fry and Emily Foxhall | October 9, 2013
In an attempt to "immunize" the city from "unnecessary litigation," the Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to make a written pledge not to repeat the actions that led to allegations of violating the state's open meeting laws. City staff drafted a letter in response to resident Jim Mosher's allegation that the council violated the Ralph M. Brown Act in several instances related to the city's Sept. 10 decision to pursue a contract with a private company to outsource trash collection.
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By Bradley Zint | September 20, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court judge this week rejected the Costa Mesa municipal employee union's amended complaint in its lawsuit to prevent outsourcing of city jobs, but offered another chance to revise it in the coming months. Judge Luis A. Rodriguez's action effectively canceled the January trial date for the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn.'s lawsuit and lets the group amend it with updated information about the City Council's outsourcing plans. CMCEA's attorneys will now prepare and submit their newly amended complaint "consistent with the court's orders and comments from the bench," according to a news release.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 17, 2013
Balboa Peninsula resident Mike Glenn announced Tuesday that he intends to run for Newport Beach City Council in District 1 next year. Prompted by the recent debate over whether Newport Beach should outsource its trash services to a private company, Glenn said he believes council members should listen more closely to residents. "The communication is why they're there," he said. "They're elected to represent the people. Without that communication, what's the point?" Glenn, 33, first took an interest in city politics when he began to follow arguments surrounding increased dock rents in Newport Beach.
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By Ken Kvammen | September 14, 2013
Re. Commentary: " Outsourcing trash collection would save $17M," (Sept. 8): A huge, lengthy commentary in the Pilot's Sunday Forum by our Newport Beach mayor and a councilman touted outsourcing trash pickup. In previous editions, and in letters to citizens, our city manager has also joined the chorus. However in their plethora of happy "facts," many of which are unsupported, they neglect the significant downsides. A loss they ignore is the universal satisfaction of existing customers with the outstanding service now rendered by city employees with their always dependable, on-time, clean and no-hassle work.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 12, 2013
Newport Beach is proceeding with negotiations to outsource the city's trash services to a private company. Council members directed staff in a 4-3 vote to gather more information on the top three bidders and to return with a contract. The council may still decide to drop the issue in the future, but the members believe this step allows them to better evaluate a proper course of action. At stake are two main opposing concerns: the desire for the city to save money in the face of looming pension costs versus the widespread appreciation residents hold for their current trash service workers and the quality of service they provide.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 11, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council directed city staff about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night to move forward with negotiating a contract to outsource the city's trash service. A roughly two-hour discussion before the 4-3 vote highlighted two main opposing concerns: the desire for the city to save money in the face of looming pension costs versus the widespread appreciation residents hold for their current trash service workers and the quality of service they provide. Council members voted for city staff to investigate the proposals submitted by the top three private companies that wished to provide the work.
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By Emily Foxhall | September 10, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council guaranteed Tuesday after a closed-door session that the city's garbage haulers would be offered another job if the decision was made to contract with a private company to provide trash pickup. The announcement was made to the many residents who had filled the council chambers to tell the city representatives why they wanted their trash haulers to stay in their jobs. Newport Beach is the only city in Orange County where city employees collect the refuse, yet the council was expected to vote Tuesday night on whether staff should proceed with pursuing a contract, drop the issue or wait to gather more information.
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