June 7, 2000
Allan Beek, street thug? At 73, with a Caltech education on his resume', a distinction for refinement and a reputation for intelligent -- albeit sometimes caustic -- debate, Beek ended up on the wrong side of a police report last week. Mike Tyson in wingtips? Allan "The Body" Beek? The melee on the bay? Beek, a former planning commissioner whose father is considered one of the town's true pioneers, was accused of roughing up a woman who was gathering signatures outside Gelson's Market (What?
May 11, 2009
Speak Up Newport, a community nonprofit, has invited former Mayor Tom Edwards to talk about John Wayne Airport and answer the questions of concerned nearby residents at the organization’s monthly meeting Wednesday night. Edwards helped draft the settlement agreement between Newport Beach, the airport and community groups in 1985, which limits the number of annual passengers to 10.8 million. That agreement expires in 2015. The night’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Yacht Club, 1099 Bayside Drive.
December 16, 2000
In the Daily Pilot letters ("The Airport Debate -- Roar over El Toro and JWA caps intensifies," Dec. 5), several writers expressed the opinion that Newport Beach should negotiate with South County regarding the El Toro airport so that they can help us extend the caps at John Wayne. For years, South County has called for doubling the flights out of John Wayne. They continue their hideously expensive campaign against El Toro airport today. They know full well that El Toro is the only escape valve we have in keeping John Wayne Airport caps on. It seems Clarence Turner and Tom Edwards put the already napping citizens of Newport Beach into a complete coma when they said that South County could help us extend the caps and curfew on John Wayne.
February 21, 2000
"We've been practicing at home all week." Madeline Peckenpaugh, 5, on Newport Heights Elementary School's inaugural Olympic Games fund-raiser. "I'm not deluded enough to think we'll make 100% of the community happy." Robert H. Gleason, Dunes' chief financial officer, on the revised plan for the proposed resort. "I think the phenomenon is it's always easier to gain support out of fear than out of logic, and what's in the best interests of the region.
September 21, 2000
-- Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Stop the Dunes Hotel, an activist group opposing the proposed resort with 470 rooms and 31,000 square feet of conference space, has endorsed growth-control Measure S. If approved in November, the measure would put to a citywide vote any development that allows an increase of more than 100 peak-hour car trips or dwelling units or 40,000 square feet over the general plan allowance....
August 13, 2003
Kris O'Donnell The Newport Beach Library Foundation donated $144,507 to the Newport Beach Public Library system for future upgrades, programs and events on Tuesday. The foundation's President, Tom Edwards, presented the check to the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night. The foundation boasts more than 2,000 members who financially contribute to the . "Through fund-raising events like the 'Distinguished Speakers Series,' our members enable us to support a variety of programs," said Tracy Keys, the foundation's executive director.
July 14, 2008
Barbara Venezia’s column on Councilman Keith Curry (“Political opponents nearly aligned on issues,” July 10) failed to mention that in addition to AirFair and Jean Watt, Keith is also endorsed by Marian Bergeson and former mayors Evelyn Hart, Jan Debay, Dennis O’Neil, Tom Edwards and Clarence Turner. The reason, however, that hundreds of residents support Keith is he is so responsive. Keith listens to the community, and is effective in getting things done.
June 28, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Proponents of a second Orange County airfield are pointing to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to install a new ground radar system at John Wayne Airport as evidence that the current airport is unsafe and overworked. "I think it's common sense that in that 500-acre facility, the number of takeoffs and landings is crowded and overdone," said Bruce Nestande, president of the El Toro advocacy group Citizens for Jobs in the Economy.
November 11, 2000
The train has rolled into town. The question now: Is everyone on board? The slow-growth Greenlight Initiative, officially known as Measure S, has passed in a landslide victory with 63% of the votes. It crushed its competition, Measure T, which was rejected by 65% of Newport Beach's voters. In the wake of the wreckage, Measure T supporters should rise above the rubble and try to work with Greenlight. Clarence Turner and Tom Edwards, the coauthors of Measure T, have graciously written a statement commending Measure S proponents, their hard-fought campaign and their victory.
November 2, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- As the battle between competing growth-control measures enters its final rounds, the question of what will happen to Hoag Hospital's expansion plans has become a hotly debated issue. Measure T supporters have stated in newspaper advertisements and campaign literature that the opposing Measure S jeopardizes Hoag's future growth by potentially forcing a citywide election on its expansion plans. "I find that to be unconscionable," Tom Edwards, co-chairman of the Measure T campaign, said of a possible halt to Hoag's plans.