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May 6, 2004
Alicia Robinson Local business leaders will hear from Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway today about how the city has grown and changed, mostly for the better. Ridgeway will deliver a state of the city address at the annual meeting of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce this morning at the Newport Beach Radisson Hotel. Since Ridgeway was elected to City Council in 1998, the city has grown geographically and its revenues have increased, he said Wednesday.
NEWS
May 20, 2004
June Casagrande Planning Commissioners approved a request that would allow the Newport Technology Center Building to lease nearly half its space for office use, but the building's future is again uncertain as Mayor Tod Ridgeway has called up the matter for review by the council. "This is such a significant project in size, in excess of 400,000 square feet," Ridgeway said. "It deserved the dignity and review at the council level to evaluate the impact of allowing 43% of it to be general office."
NEWS
February 24, 2002
Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway calls for unity in the city to promote growth beneficial to all, and criticism gushes forward ("Mayor's speech draws harsh reaction," Feb. 2). I am a firm believer in sensible planning, growth, development and redevelopment. Of course I don't want to see unrestrained growth, low-income housing on Lido Isle or even affordable housing on Linda Isle. When Ridgeway states what is basically an observation rather than an opinion, people shouldn't get their feathers ruffled.
NEWS
February 16, 2002
-- Paul Clinton Calling Measure W "fatally flawed," Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway signed a proclamation Friday putting the city on record as an opponent of the initiative. The move was less than surprising, as the city has been the most active town in the county in pushing for an airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Measure W, which will go to a countywide vote March 5, would rezone the base from aviation to open space.
NEWS
May 1, 2004
Alicia Robinson Utility poles will become a thing of the past in some parts of the Balboa Peninsula, but for some property owners the cost to put utility lines underground will be a lingering pain in the wallet. In January property owners in the Balboa business district voted down a measure that would have created a special assessment district and taxed them over a 15-year period to pay for utility line burial. But for Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway, the issue wasn't dead.
FEATURES
July 10, 2006
Law-abiding mayor gets support As a Costa Mesa resident for more than 30 years, I am glad that we finally have a mayor who is a problem-solver and who has taken a stand for us, the law-abiding people of Costa Mesa. I was very hopeful when Mayor Allan Mansoor proposed to train Costa Mesa police in immigration enforcement, which was approved in December 2005. The only change is now it's time for the training to be implemented and make our community safe and sound again. I well definitely support and vote for the reelection of our honorable, law-abiding mayor.
NEWS
January 7, 2004
Deepa Bharath June Casagrande Deirdre Newman Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State address left local city officials with a "good feeling" and a strong sense of optimism, they said. Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the governor's address, which was more of a speech and less of a budget plan unveiling. "I was expecting more detail," he said. "But Arnold threw out concepts. But I liked what I heard because he addressed the key issue -- which is bringing in more jobs to California and helping businesses flourish."
NEWS
January 24, 2004
June Casagrande The city's dream of taking over or even purchasing John Wayne Airport has suffered a serious setback as county Supervisor Tom Wilson said he would not support the idea. But city officials say they haven't given up hope. "My colleagues and I feel like having it managed by more of a regional global authority is better than a specific city," Wilson said Friday. "I think in general that's the feeling: Being under the auspices of county government is better than having in under the control of a single city."
NEWS
July 11, 2002
June Casagrande BALBOA PENINSULA -- Residents who want to save 25 ficus trees on Main Street say they will take their cause to court. A small battalion of impassioned speakers Tuesday took turns at the lectern to plead both sides of the issue. They spoke for more than an hour even though last month's council decision to remove the trees is basically irreversible, at least by the council. The courts, though, are a different matter. Residents who want the trees saved from imminent destruction say the canopy, the shade, the beauty and the ambience the trees create make them too valuable to tear up. This is especially true because some of the trees are designated as "special" city trees, they say. But others are just as passionate in their belief that the trees must go. Members of the business community, as well as residents, say the trees' beauty doesn't compensate for the costly damage the fast-growing roots cause to sewer lines and even building foundations.
NEWS
February 13, 2002
Great leaders know when to stop dickering and hit somebody in the mouth. When to pull out of the patty cake circle and draw the saber. If you need a visual, divert your attention for a moment to my pet sequence from the film "Patton." Gen. George S. Patton, the nail-spitting World War II general exquisitely portrayed by the late George C. Scott, is having a cordial conversation with a British commander from Gen. Bernard Montgomery's Eighth Army during the campaign in North Africa.
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By Alicia Robinson | December 14, 2006
Although his City Council colleagues may turn their noses up at Tod Ridgeway's aversion to socks, they still had a day in his honor. Well, not a whole day, but at least an evening — an evening full of good-natured ribbing about Ridgeway's eschewing socks. Outgoing Mayor Don Webb declared Monday night "Tod W. Ridgeway evening" in honor of the long-serving councilman, whose eight years in office ended this week. At his last council meeting, Ridgeway was subjected to ribbing about more than his lack of socks.
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NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | November 30, 2006
His favorite phrase is "quite candidly," but Tod Ridgeway won't be getting candid from the dais in Newport Beach after Dec. 11. The two-term city councilman will close out 14 years of service — six on the planning commission, eight on the council — at the next Newport Beach City Council meeting, when his successor is sworn in. When prodded on Wednesday, Ridgeway came up with a few things he's proud of during his tenure — hiring...
FEATURES
July 10, 2006
Law-abiding mayor gets support As a Costa Mesa resident for more than 30 years, I am glad that we finally have a mayor who is a problem-solver and who has taken a stand for us, the law-abiding people of Costa Mesa. I was very hopeful when Mayor Allan Mansoor proposed to train Costa Mesa police in immigration enforcement, which was approved in December 2005. The only change is now it's time for the training to be implemented and make our community safe and sound again. I well definitely support and vote for the reelection of our honorable, law-abiding mayor.
NEWS
November 13, 2004
STEVE SMITH The flak over the decision by Newport Beach to fully embrace the television show "The OC" is a hoot. What I can't understand is the shock and outright disgust expressed by several Daily Pilot readers. They are acting as though worshipping a television show is something new, something so extraordinary that they're not sure just how to deal with it. The controversy started a few weeks ago when the Newport Beach Conference and Visitor's Bureau made the decision to put "The OC" on its Walk of Fame, giving show representatives the key to the city and putting both arms around the attention the show has brought to the area.
NEWS
November 2, 2004
I see that the first to be inducted on Newport Beach's Walk of Fame are going to be the creators and stars of the television show "The OC." Well, if that's the kind of image we want to immortalize in our city, let me suggest Greg Haidl or Dennis Rodman for the next spot. CHARLIE MASSINGILL Newport Beach I've only watched part of "The OC" at one time, but, you know, gosh, it certainly doesn't represent life in Harbor View, let me put it to you that way. This paragraph in the middle of the Pilot story, "'The OC' awarded with key to the city," Thursday says, "... bureau is realistic about the content of the show, which portrays the action-packed lives of pretty, young, rich Newport Beach men and women, complete with sex, drugs, revenge and betrayal."
NEWS
May 20, 2004
June Casagrande Planning Commissioners approved a request that would allow the Newport Technology Center Building to lease nearly half its space for office use, but the building's future is again uncertain as Mayor Tod Ridgeway has called up the matter for review by the council. "This is such a significant project in size, in excess of 400,000 square feet," Ridgeway said. "It deserved the dignity and review at the council level to evaluate the impact of allowing 43% of it to be general office."
NEWS
May 6, 2004
Alicia Robinson Local business leaders will hear from Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway today about how the city has grown and changed, mostly for the better. Ridgeway will deliver a state of the city address at the annual meeting of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce this morning at the Newport Beach Radisson Hotel. Since Ridgeway was elected to City Council in 1998, the city has grown geographically and its revenues have increased, he said Wednesday.
NEWS
May 1, 2004
Alicia Robinson Utility poles will become a thing of the past in some parts of the Balboa Peninsula, but for some property owners the cost to put utility lines underground will be a lingering pain in the wallet. In January property owners in the Balboa business district voted down a measure that would have created a special assessment district and taxed them over a 15-year period to pay for utility line burial. But for Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway, the issue wasn't dead.
NEWS
January 24, 2004
June Casagrande The city's dream of taking over or even purchasing John Wayne Airport has suffered a serious setback as county Supervisor Tom Wilson said he would not support the idea. But city officials say they haven't given up hope. "My colleagues and I feel like having it managed by more of a regional global authority is better than a specific city," Wilson said Friday. "I think in general that's the feeling: Being under the auspices of county government is better than having in under the control of a single city."
NEWS
January 7, 2004
Deepa Bharath June Casagrande Deirdre Newman Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State address left local city officials with a "good feeling" and a strong sense of optimism, they said. Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the governor's address, which was more of a speech and less of a budget plan unveiling. "I was expecting more detail," he said. "But Arnold threw out concepts. But I liked what I heard because he addressed the key issue -- which is bringing in more jobs to California and helping businesses flourish."
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