April 25, 2000
Upon reading the rebuttal of Councilwoman Heather Somers to my proposal to extend the John Wayne Settlement Agreement, and thereby ensure the quality of life in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, I am struck by an amazing amount of misinformation ("Olive branch at what cost?" April 8). Principal of which is an effort to continue to fight for a position that was overwhelmingly rejected by voters. Since 1987, I have been involved in the El Toro conversion. Moreover, I was involved, as were many others in drafting Measure A, which initially established the El Toro planning process.
April 7, 2000
Jenifer Ragland NEWPORT BEACH -- A resident who supports former Mayor Tom Edwards' plan for a compromise with South County on the battle over El Toro has created a Web site to circulate the controversial idea on the Internet. Dennis Ashendorf, who moved from Mission Viejo to Newport Beach about two years ago, said he created the site so that people who are interested in Edwards' plan can easily access the latest news and background information. "I have worked in the past to try to secure a small, quiet El Toro, and that is still of interest to me. But if there's a compromise available, I think we should do it," Ashendorf said.
June 30, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- John Wayne Airport has been ranked the 18th busiest airport in the world during 1999, placing it in the top 3%, according to a study done by a Swiss airport association. Overall major facilities in California did not fare well in the study that included 597 airports worldwide. Los Angeles, Oakland, Long Beach, John Wayne and San Francisco all made the top 4%. Los Angeles Airport was ranked fourth, Oakland eighth, Long Beach 12th and San Francisco 24th.
June 20, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- After only six weeks, proponents of the Traffic Phasing Ordinance initiative have turned in more than 10,000 signatures to the city clerk in an effort to put their measure on the November ballot. "Greenlight got 10,250 and it took them over six months," said former mayor Tom Edwards, who coauthored the countermeasure. "I'm feeling as positive as I can feel. That's a pretty good sign, I think -- people like our message and they want a choice."
March 27, 2000
"If this amount of noise was happening on Balboa Island or Lido Isle, I doubt it would be accepted. How much can we tolerate?" -- John Fransen, a Newport Coast resident who lives near the construction site where scheduled rock blasts went wrong last week, injuring six workers. "The program sounds like the best avenue for her, not only to help her, but to prevent the further killing of animals." -- Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Lubinski on Costa Mesa resident Debra Kinkaid, who was sentenced to two months in jail for allegedly cooking her pet cat, Beauty.
July 13, 2000
NEWPORT BEACH -- An alternative to the so-called Greenlight initiative has qualified for the November ballot, setting the stage for a political showdown over traffic and development rights this fall. The city clerk's office announced Wednesday that of the 9,212 signatures gathered in support of the Traffic Phasing Ordinance measure during a six-week campaign, 7,064 were deemed valid. The signature count was just 300 more than what was needed to place the measure on the ballot.
July 5, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Ron Winship, a new media film producer who has repeatedly run for City Council, has announced he will challenge Gary Adams for the District 4 council seat up for grabs in November. Adams beat out Winship in the last election with 85% of the vote. In 1994, Winship, a longtime Newport North resident, was declared the winner of the council seat until final vote counts put Tom Edwards ahead by a mere handful of votes.
December 30, 1999
Jenifer Ragland Proponents and detractors of a measure that could derail the county's El Toro airport plans will be in court today to once again duke it out over the initiative's merits. A lawsuit filed by Newport Beach airport supporters alleges that Measure F -- which would require a public vote on the construction of new airports, jails or hazardous landfills in residential areas -- violates the state's single-subject rule for initiatives. Former Newport Beach Mayor Tom Edwards, one of the attorneys representing the initiative opponents, declined to comment on the content of his petition.
November 25, 1999
The annual Thanksgiving tradition continues. The people in the Newport-Mesa community I'm thankful for (whether they know it or not): Gary Adams, Jo Ellen Allen, Mark Andrews, Ron Arko, Rob Barbot, Marian and Garth Bergeson, the Beshores, Jeff Bettiti, Danny Bibb, Marla Bird, Jim Birtchfield, Joey Bishop, Dana Black, Mrs. Boeck, Gordon Bowley, Reenie Boyer, Charlie Brande, Marilyn Brewer, Marty Brower ... David Brooks, Peter...
March 23, 2000
Jenifer Ragland NEWPORT BEACH -- One of the city's original airport warriors has come up with his own blueprint for a deal between Newport Beach and South County that would both kill plans for an airport at El Toro and prevent an expansion at John Wayne Airport. Former Mayor Tom Edwards, who helped author the 1985 John Wayne Airport settlement agreement, said it is time to "call either the bluff or the commitment" of South County anti-airport leaders.