February 14, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to an issue as contentious as the proposed Mormon temple, city officials think it's best to let an objective third party make the call. Contrary to its original plans, the city has decided to bring in a consulting firm to create an environmental report for the temple proposed to be built at 2300 Bonita Canyon Drive by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
October 30, 2002
June Casagrande Hoping to convince Mormon church officials to reduce their steeple height a little further, Councilman Steve Bromberg has warned church leaders that some neighbors of their proposed temple have bitter feelings about what they consider a "tainted" process. The councilman met with local church leaders and delegates from Salt Lake City on Monday evening in hopes of persuading church leaders to make further concessions on their project.
November 14, 2002
The case of the proposed Mormon temple steeple is a perfect example of how neighborhood issues can be worked out with discussions, negotiations and maybe just a little bit of prayer. The steeple has been contentious since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proposed the new house of worship for Newport Beach, in particular the Bonita Canyon neighborhood where it will be built. For Mormons, the $10-million, 17,575-square-foot temple is a special sanctuary.
November 3, 2002
I don't get it. In the article "Temple decision left bad blood," (Oct. 30), Newport Beach Councilman Steve Bromberg is quoted as saying that some consider the Planning Commission approval of the Mormon temple to have been a "tainted" process. Referring to the late discovery that the steeple on the chapel adjacent to the proposed temple site was shorter than previously reported, he further stated, "We can't know for sure whether city planners' recommendation would have been different if they knew that the steeple was only 68 feet ...."
November 18, 2002
June Casagrande Of all the startling twists and turns in the year-long Mormon temple debate, none was more eye-opening than what was revealed at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Half the council members said they would have supported the temple with a 99-foot, 9-inch steeple. Two more offered comments of such strong support for the temple to make it a safe bet that the plan would have won majority, if not unanimous, council support. But far more remarkable: Some council members, including Mayor Tod Ridgeway, had told church planners in advance that they would have supported the higher steeple.
November 12, 2002
June Casagrande Hoping to create harmony out of the city's most contentious project this year, Councilman Steve Bromberg said he plans to make a motion at tonight's City Council meeting to reduce the height of a proposed Mormon temple steeple to 90 feet, a height the church has agreed to. "We've really needed a healing process," Bromberg said. "Now things have taken such a good tone. I think people are going to walk out of this meeting shaking hands."
December 14, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- It may not have a shining gold angel on top, but city officials hope that a towering cherry picker adorned with floodlights will give residents a feel for living with a Mormon temple's 124-foot-high steeple. Meetings between planners of the proposed 17,500-square-foot temple, proposed to be built near the intersection of Bonita Canyon Drive and MacArthur Boulevard, and the building's future neighbors have turned out several ideas to assuage residents' concerns about the project, City Councilman Steve Bromberg said.
December 7, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- A polished presentation was met with skepticism and even hostility as about 30 neighbors of a proposed Mormon temple listened to reasons why its towering steeple and 24-hour lighting shouldn't concern them. Fears that the ultraconservative minority religion could draw the hostilities of rowdy youths only added fuel to the fire. The meeting with the Bonita Canyon Homeowners Assn. Wednesday was one in a series of face-to-face pitches by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the people they hope will be the new neighbors of their 17,500-square-foot temple proposed to be built near the intersection of Bonita Canyon Drive and MacArthur Boulevard.
October 15, 2003
60, Balboa Island ... Newport Beach mayor and the city's No. 1 cheerleader, whose mantra has become, "The people of Newport Beach are good people" ... An attorney by trade known for bringing diplomacy and mediation skill to the council ... Helped make peace between planners of the Mormon temple and neighbors opposed to the temple's steeple ... Led the call for Councilman Dick Nichols' resignation after Nichols made a...
July 1, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- If it weren't for the steeple, the Mormon temple would be a nonissue. Residents who didn't like the color of the building and people who didn't want it to be brightly lighted around the clock would not have had any real recourse. But because the spire of the proposed building will reach 124 feet into the sky, exceeding height limits for the area, the otherwise simple process for building the temple is an extremely complex subject of hundreds of pages and dozens of illustrations in a three-inch thick report.