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By B.W. Cook | June 12, 2009
About a decade ago Newport businessman John Wortmann John Wortmann sold the historic Balboa Theatre to a group of preservationists intent on forming a foundation to save the integrity of the structure and transform it into a 21st century arena for the enjoyment of the public at large. Not long after the transaction Sue Tucker invited philanthropist Donna Crean to a meeting to discuss securing her support for the newly formed fledgling foundation. Crean suggested that they meet at Denny’s in Costa Mesa.
By Rush Hill | February 21, 2014
Newport Beach residents have recently questioned the city's efforts to outsource certain services. I appreciate their concerns and thought it would be helpful to clarify our approach to outsourcing. The community has seen us review outsourcing for street sweeping, tree trimming, residential refuse collection and, most recently, lifeguarding at Corona del Mar. The decision to outsource a service or keep it in-house always stems from a rigorous review of whether an outsourced model can provide the same or better level of service (than that currently provided by the city)
By Mike Reicher, | April 8, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — What constitutes "Newport Beach standards" may depend on one's perspective. Consider the residents of the Beach and Bay Mobile Home Park, near the Santa Ana River, and the owners of multi-million dollar oceanfront homes on Seashore Drive. Soon, they may end up on the same city subcommittee and will have to find ways to solve their neighborhood's problems. The Neighborhood Revitalization Committee met for the first time this week, and officials are devising a list of under-performing areas and taking applications for citizen participants.
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.
By Mike Reicher, | November 2, 2010
Voters in Newport Beach on Tuesday appeared poised to choose the familiar: the insider over the outsider; the incumbent over the challenger; and yes to a package of laws blessed by the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce. If trends seen in early returns hold, it looks as if Rush Hill will beat Ed Reno for the District 3 City Council seat, Leslie Daigle will beat Mark Tabbert for the District 4 seat, and the Measure V package of charter reforms will pass. Hill, an architect and longtime actor in civic affairs, was leading Reno by a wide margin at 10:30 p.m. District 3 represents Dover Shores and Mariner's Mile.
By Barbara Venezia | May 1, 2014
Say the names Bob Rush and Rush Hill three times quickly and you have quite a tongue twister - almost as twisted as their continued political interaction, which seems to be playing out again. It's no secret that Newport Beach resident and former Assembly candidate Rush has no great love for Newport Beach Mayor Hill - and the feeling seems to be mutual. Rush, a Democrat, says he distrusts Hill, a Republican. Hill calls Rush's complaints against him filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission "totally politically motivated and verging on harassment.
March 16, 2004
S.J. Cahn The first hole at the Newport Beach Country Club provided an answer Monday to one of golf's more puzzling questions, at least for those who don't own a set of clubs: Why in the world do you play? It was there, as part of the Toshiba Senior Classic's Monday Pro-Am, that foursomes and their professional partners paused for a moment, posed for pictures and blew off a little steam before trying to loft a drive over a trio of palm trees to the fairway beyond.
August 23, 2010
Rush Hill District 3 (Dover Shores, Westcliff, Mariner’s Mile) Running against Edward Reno Name: Rush Hill Age: 65 Birthplace: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Orange (second generation from Orange County) How long have you lived in Newport Beach? 35 Years Occupation: architect/local business owner Education: Tustin High School class of 1962; Orange Coast College cllass of 1964; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, bachelor's degrees in architecture in business administration class of 1969 Previously elected or appointed positions: Elected student body president, Cal Poly, SLO; appointed education advisory staff to Gov. Ronald Reagan; appointed board member California Advisory Council on Vocational Education and Technical Training; appointed committee member West Newport Beach Study Group; appointed founding chairman, Newport Beach Economic Development Committee; appointed board member Hoag Hospital 552 Club; appointed chairman of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce (two terms)
By Emily Foxhall | December 10, 2013
The last meeting of the Newport Beach City Council for 2013 ended festively with the election of new leadership and reflections on the successes of the year past. By a nomination of the council, Mayor pro tem Rush Hill replaced Keith Curry as the city's new mayor, and councilman Ed Selich succeeded Hill as Mayor pro tem. "I would like to thank the council to have the faith in electing me," said Hill, who was elected to the council in 2010. "It truly is an honor and a pleasure to serve as mayor to this incredible city.
By Joel Kilpatrick | February 20, 2007
Rush Hill, chairman of the board of the architectural firm Hill Partnership Inc. and former Newport Beach Citizen of the Year, has become an active supporter of Vanguard University and its Vision 2010 campaign. Vision 2010 seeks to construct five new buildings on campus, strengthen academic programs and grow the endowment. Hill serves as a board director of the Vanguard University Foundation and vice chair of the development committee. Hill Partnership has been dedicated to commercial and public architecture since 1975, and has worked on many university campuses, including UC Irvine, Orange Coast College, Cal State Long Beach and UC Riverside.
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