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July 19, 2013
Newport Beach received a Rose Award for its pension reform efforts at the Orange County Taxpayers Assn.'s annual Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards event Thursday evening. The city has worked to reduce staffing and its pension liability in a variety of ways, including negotiating deals with employee unions that increased employees' contributions to their pensions. "Through hard work, persistence and negotiation, the council achieved pension reform," Councilwoman Leslie Daigle said Friday.
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By Jeffrey Harlan | March 2, 2013
Pension reform is not exactly a hot topic at my dinner table. In fact, I can assure you that the words have never been mentioned at any family meal. Tuesday evening's Cost Mesa City Council study session about the city's unfunded public pension liabilities revealed that it's not an easy subject to swallow, let alone fully digest. Hired by the city to shed some light on what we're really facing, Stanford economics professor and former state legislator Joe Nation painted a bleak picture for the four council members and dozen or so community members in attendance.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 27, 2011
More than 60% of Orange County voters think local pension reform needs to happen now, according to a survey released this week on behalf of the Assn. of California Cities. Probolsky Research, a Newport Beach-based polling firm, surveyed 325 Orange County voters between April 13 and April 15, asking them questions about their positions on pension reform and why they think it is needed or not. Participants were asked if local government employees receive "overly generous pensions that are bankrupting our cities and county" that needs to be changed, or if they receive a fair pension that local governments can afford.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | October 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — The GOP elephant looks like it might stomp on former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo's head. That symbolism would be simple enough, but Ed Reno's latest mailer asks reader to make a couple leaps. If elected to Newport Beach City Council, the thinking goes, his opponent Rush Hill would concede so much to public employees that Newport might go completely corrupt: the city of "Bell by the Bay," it says. As in other local contests, the Republican Party has staked out its candidate in this year's elections here, and has tied its support to pension reform and union campaign contributions.
NEWS
October 1, 2010
The California Republican Party this week endorsed Newport Beach City Council candidate Ed Reno. Reno, who is running for the District 3 seat being vacated by Don Webb, has said his political connections will help him with John Wayne Airport environmental impact negotiations and other city issues. He's a lobbyist for the drugmaker Allergan. Reno is also running on a public employee pension-reform platform. "The CRP's endorsement is validation that fiscal conservatives are clearly supporting my campaign," he said in a statement.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) on Tuesday expressed dismay with the lack of pension reform in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cutbacks. This week, Brown unveiled a plan to cut $12.5 billion in spending and get closer to balancing the state's ailing budget. Mansoor, however, said that while the governor's proposal makes "difficult and necessary cuts," it avoids the big elephant in the room: public employee pensions, which continue to be among the biggest costs for the state.
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By Allan Mansoor | December 3, 2010
While I was a student at Estancia High School, I never expected that I would become mayor of Costa Mesa. It has been a great honor and a tremendous learning experience, and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve my neighbors. I am grateful for all the support I received during my campaigns, and I am grateful to everyone who participated in the spirited debates that helped make Costa Mesa better. The most important thing I've learned is that small groups of people acting locally can make a difference even when addressing issues that are normally considered state or federal problems.
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By Gary Monahan | November 2, 2012
Costa Mesa voters have a clear and simple choice this election. Vote for the 3M candidates: Councilman Steve Mensinger, Planning Commission Chair Colin McCarthy and myself, Councilman Gary Monahan. We believe in public employee pension reform and putting residents' interest first. The other three union-backed candidates will keep Costa Mesa under the thumb of union bosses. The public employee unions know what is at stake in this election. Out-of-town unions have poured more than $500,000 into a campaign to defeat the Costa Mesa charter, which would emancipate us from Sacramento, therefore all public employee unions are working day and night to get their endorsed candidates elected.
NEWS
February 27, 2012
There is a true grass-roots movement to oppose the proposed city charter by just-plain Costa Mesa folk who may want a charter but resent the way this one is being processed. It is truly a David vs. Goliath battle about principles over politics in Costa Mesa. Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, independents — you name them — Costa Mesans of all stripes are waking up. It's a good thing, really. Neighbors are talking, we're making new friends with people who used to be ideological foes, we're talking about what we want the Costa Mesa of tomorrow to look like, and what we will be willing to pay for the services we have come to expect and truly enjoy as Costa Mesans.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 29, 2012
In its efforts to defeat Measure V, organized labor has continued to raise and spend far more than the proponents of the proposed city charter initiative, campaign finance records show. As of Oct. 23, the latest date for which disclosures are available, the Taxpayers for Open and Accountable Government and the Committee for Costa Mesa's Future - both in opposition to Costa Mesa's city charter measure - have about $480,000 in their coffers. Together, they have spent about $334,000.
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July 19, 2013
Newport Beach received a Rose Award for its pension reform efforts at the Orange County Taxpayers Assn.'s annual Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards event Thursday evening. The city has worked to reduce staffing and its pension liability in a variety of ways, including negotiating deals with employee unions that increased employees' contributions to their pensions. "Through hard work, persistence and negotiation, the council achieved pension reform," Councilwoman Leslie Daigle said Friday.
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By Jeffrey Harlan | March 2, 2013
Pension reform is not exactly a hot topic at my dinner table. In fact, I can assure you that the words have never been mentioned at any family meal. Tuesday evening's Cost Mesa City Council study session about the city's unfunded public pension liabilities revealed that it's not an easy subject to swallow, let alone fully digest. Hired by the city to shed some light on what we're really facing, Stanford economics professor and former state legislator Joe Nation painted a bleak picture for the four council members and dozen or so community members in attendance.
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By Bradley Zint | February 21, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council approved the creation of a committee earlier this week tasked with overseeing the city's looming pension obligations. The unanimous decision, with Councilwoman Wendy Leece absent, came not without its doubts, however, on a topic that has become central within the city's political dialogue in recent years. The Pension Oversight Committee, suggested by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger — whose campaign last November included pension reform — will have nine at-large commissioners who will publicly discuss the city's unfunded pension and medical liabilities.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | January 15, 2013
Speaking to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry announced a proposed pact that would increase some city employees' pension contributions. "I want to thank our employees who've been real partners with us," Curry said during his State of the City address at the chamber's annual Mayor's Lunch at Five Crowns. The pension deal, which is expected to go before the City Council for approval next week, would increase "miscellaneous" employees' contributions to 46% of their total pension cost, City Manager Dave Kiff said later.
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By Gary Monahan | November 2, 2012
Costa Mesa voters have a clear and simple choice this election. Vote for the 3M candidates: Councilman Steve Mensinger, Planning Commission Chair Colin McCarthy and myself, Councilman Gary Monahan. We believe in public employee pension reform and putting residents' interest first. The other three union-backed candidates will keep Costa Mesa under the thumb of union bosses. The public employee unions know what is at stake in this election. Out-of-town unions have poured more than $500,000 into a campaign to defeat the Costa Mesa charter, which would emancipate us from Sacramento, therefore all public employee unions are working day and night to get their endorsed candidates elected.
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.
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By Bradley Zint | October 29, 2012
In its efforts to defeat Measure V, organized labor has continued to raise and spend far more than the proponents of the proposed city charter initiative, campaign finance records show. As of Oct. 23, the latest date for which disclosures are available, the Taxpayers for Open and Accountable Government and the Committee for Costa Mesa's Future - both in opposition to Costa Mesa's city charter measure - have about $480,000 in their coffers. Together, they have spent about $334,000.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 10, 2012
Local state assembly candidates kept it polite Wednesday night at a reception hosted by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce. Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and Newport Beach businessman Bob Rush, who are the two candidates running for the newly-redrawn 74th District seat, each spoke briefly to the small gathering of about 25 chamber members at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. The event, which organizers said was more of a meet-and-greet than a forum, was missing the kind of fiery debate that characterized some of the 74th District candidates' pre-primary meetings.
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By Rush Hill | June 1, 2012
Having served as education advisor to Gov. Ronald Reagan, I've been asked why I am supporting Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle for state Assembly, especially given the multitude of shameless political attacks her opponents have leveled at her. For those of you who haven't decided, I want to share with you why I believe Leslie is the right person for the job. My first concern is California's budget crisis. Every year, Sacramento politicians promise they have balanced the budget, cut spending and are living within their means.
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By Steve Mensinger | March 10, 2012
Wendy Leece, my City Council colleague, recently wrote about the "grassroots movement" that's formed to oppose the proposed city charter and improvement it brings. Let me take her assertions one by one. "It is truly a David vs. Goliath battle about principles over politics in Costa Mesa. " In a way, Wendy is actually correct. The "David" is the Costa Mesa residents. The "Goliath" is the unions that have been so successful in electing council members and securing unsustainable pensions that they nearly bleed our city dry. "Goliath" (unions and their supporters)
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