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January 23, 2009
A recent survey by the Pew Forum and Congressional Quarterly showed that members of Congress are much more likely than the overall public to claim to belong to a religion. Only five members of the new Congress declined to give details on their religious affiliation, but it wasn?t certain whether they were atheist or agnostic. It could be largely political as a USA Today/Gallup poll in early 2007 showed it would be harder for an atheist to be elected president, as only 45% would support a non-believer candidate, compared with 55% who would vote for someone who is gay or the 88% who would support a woman.
By Steve Smith | October 6, 2008
They are sometimes called the Millennials, a name used to describe the twentysomethings who have been turning out in record numbers to register to vote and who are voting. In the Iowa caucuses earlier this year, they represented 13% of the voters. In New Hampshire, they were a whopping 43%. According to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at the University of Maryland, a record 6.5 million voters younger than 30 participated in this year’s caucuses and primaries.
February 12, 2003
I found the juxtaposition of two stories in the Jan. 29 paper to be quite revealing about the current state of values in the area. One story involved politicians objecting to the home delivery of wine and beer with pizza orders, and the other involved the enthusiastic response by area congressmen to President Bush's State of the Union address pushing us ever closer to war. Why is it that local politicians object to...
January 8, 2004
Bill Turner First of all, being a developer is all about money and power. Money and power will get you everything but love, joy and peace. When you need something, those who owe you will usually come through for you. Do favors for the right people all of the time so they will be obligated to come through for you when you need them. Small little favors now will pay extremely large dividends later on. Next, give cursory monetary gifts to every charitable organization that you can find.
January 14, 2011
Re: "Lobdell: 'Who's to blame for Arizona shooting?'" (Jan. 11): Kudos to William Lobdell's piece on who is to blame for the Arizona shooting. I am sick to death of the media and politicians' needs to politicize everything, particularly liberals trying to score political points any way possible. The reporting of this tragedy has been hijacked for political gain as evidenced by The New York Times, MSNBC and the blogs. Crazy people walk among us and unfortunately do crazy things. I suggest we keep our eyes on the politicians who always jump at the chance to pass laws to try to fix random acts that will in turn have unintended consequences.
August 3, 2011
Re. "Balboa carousel told to mosey on" (July 26): Taking away the merry-go-round is taking the fun out of the Fun Zone. The loss of this 75-year-old center of the Fun Zone is a travesty. It was the merry-go-round that drew me each summer to the Fun Zone with my family for fun rides and an afternoon at the arcade. So much of that has been lost. We can't afford to lose any more. Rumor has it that nothing will be done by the ExploreOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, the landlord, until four years or more.
By JAMES TURRELL | July 8, 2006
A recent Los Angeles Times poll finds that anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism is fading among voters, who are becoming more willing to vote for presidential candidates of those religious backgrounds. Other faiths, however, still raise road blocks for voters, Mormonism and Islam among them. Do you sense a change in people's attitudes toward politicians' religious beliefs? No matter the faith, I find it impossible to read people's minds about their attitudes toward anything. Whenever I try, I'm wrong at least 50% of the time.
March 18, 2000
In the world of representative government, there are leaders and there are politicians. In Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, we have had our share of both. We admire the leaders and appreciate the valuable community service they provide. Politicians, well, that's another story. When we suspect politicians are trying to pose as leaders, we have to call their bluff. Last week, Newport Beach Councilman Tom Thomson became the only City Council member to come out in support of the Greenlight initiative -- a measure that would require public votes on major developments in the city.
May 13, 2004
Deirdre Newman When Rick Rescorla was a platoon leader during the Vietnam War, his small platoon prevailed over a massive group of Viet Cong in a battle at Ia Drang Valley. On Sept. 11, 2001, Rescorla sacrificed his own life in an attempt to evacuate every one of the employees at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, where he was vice president in charge of security, from the south tower of the World Trade Center. Rescorla's heroic story is just one of many profiled in the book, "Modern Day Heroes: In Defense of America," co-compiled by Planning Commissioner Bill Perkins.
By Humberto Caspa | November 18, 2009
Ideas about solving the recent fairgrounds’ crisis come in bundles. Some are noteworthy, but a few of them are deceptive and even hilarious. A proposal to buy the fairgrounds is creative, but it is also flamboyant and out of touch with a sound economic plan. If bonds were put in the market to save the fairgrounds, you know who will line up to buy them: the same people who have lobbied Sacramento to get our land for sale. Why give them an opportunity to fatten their economic assets without an inch of real work?
By Bradley Zint | April 11, 2014
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening. "I believe that the old man who's running for City Council can lend his experience and work with people," said Lee Ramos, a Costa Mesa resident since 1947 who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees. Ramos, 70, was one of three invited candidates from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who spoke at the Newport-Mesa Tea Party event.
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | December 19, 2013
When Newport Beach City Council candidate Michael Glenn thinks of freedom, that includes the freedom to choose how to donate, be it with dollars, pesos or bitcoin. Glenn claims to be the first local politician to accept campaign donations in the esoteric digital currency. He is seeking the Balboa Peninsula's 1st District council seat being vacated by Mike Henn. Also in the race are businesswoman Diane Dixon and Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton. Glenn's announcement comes just weeks after individuals used bitcoin to pay for a Tesla, and then a Lamborghini, from a Costa Mesa dealership.
By Hannah Fry | December 10, 2013
Drivers in the area of Arlington Drive and Fairview Road in Costa Mesa on Monday afternoon honked in support of the nearly 30 local teachers and community members huddled on the street corner and waving signs to encourage reform in public schools. The gathering was part of a larger national day of action sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, a nationwide teachers union, to shed light on issues regarding public education in the United States. In recent years, dwindling budgets for education have resulted in increased class sizes, inadequate support staff in the form of counselors and nurses, and curriculum lacking in art, physical education and science, said Joel Flores, co-chairman of the committee on political education for the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers.
By Anh Do | October 8, 2013
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman,  Loretta Sanchez  (D-Santa Ana)
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.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 17, 2013
California Coastal Commissioner William Burke - who vocally supported dousing beach bonfires in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach - has resigned amid pressure from two state legislators. Burke is chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's governing board, which is considering banning wood-burning rings along the coast from San Clemente to Malibu for health reasons. Until this week, he also held a position on the Coastal Commission, where staff has recommended the board deny Newport Beach the ability to remove 60 fire pits along its coastline.
By Bob McCaffrey | March 6, 2013
It started three years ago, innocently enough, by a well-meaning professional bureaucrat charged with managing Newport Harbor. Then-Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff requested a Harbor Area Management Plan (HAMP), the City Council funded the $200,000 study and shazam — a solution in search of a problem was launched. With more than $100 million in "improvements" to fend off global warming outlined in the HAMP, the bureaucrats had the validation they needed to set in motion the juggernaut resulting in the largest property tax levy in Newport's history.
By Bradley Zint | February 22, 2013
Just a few minutes before 5:30 a.m. Friday, in 42-degree weather, five residents pull into Estancia High School. One by one, they park their cars in the lot next to the campus tennis courts. It's still dark outside. Quiet. Most of the people who use nearby Placentia Avenue are still asleep. Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger gets there first. He's the organizer and creator of the relatively new activity, which they're calling the Costa Mayberry Walking Club. They like to substitute the "Mesa" with "Mayberry," the fictional 1960s town of "Andy Griffith Show" lore.
By Britney Barnes | September 13, 2012
Mason Lyle's third-grade teacher said he would be successful in math or science, but he would never be able to string a sentence together. "But not to worry, he will have a secretary," Mason's mom, Shelly Beck, remembered the teacher telling her. The teacher might have been right on one count — Mason, 17, wants to pursue science as a career — but the teacher couldn't have been further off when it came to writing. The Corona del Mar High School senior can not only string sentences together, but he did it hundreds of thousands of times in his first novel, "Withering Harmony.
By June Casagrande | August 31, 2012
Say what you will about election season. But for some people, it's a boon. Poised to profit from the nonstop bickering and blustering are network advertising sales reps, political pundits, earplug manufacturers, comedy writers and liquor stores. Add professional language geeks to the lists. Since the days when Dan Quayle extended a welcome to "President Bush, Mrs. Bush and my fellow astronauts," elections have been a time when a candidate's every little word gets pounced on, scrutinized and criticized — much to the glee of nitpickers like me. Not long ago, there was fun to be had with the Romney camp's misspelling of "America.
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