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October 31, 2000
The political action committee of the Airport Working Group, which supports the creation of an airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, on Monday released its list of candidate endorsements for the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa City Council races. The list has the unusual feature of including two endorsements for the same race, the 7th district in Newport Beach. Both incumbent Tom Thomson and former City Manager Bob Wynn have the group's backing.
NEWS
March 13, 2000
Changing the City Manager's Employment Agreement What to expect: After almost a year on the job City Manager Homer Bludau received a satisfactory performance evaluation from the City Council. Following this, a subcommittee composed of council members John Noyes, Dennis O'Neil, and Tod Ridgeway met with Bludau to talk about employment agreement issues. Based on this meeting, the committee decided to approve a number of items including a salary change of 4% to $145,600 annually and a $50,000 loan toward buying a house.
NEWS
October 17, 2000
Although I don't agree with former City Manager Bob Wynn and his stance on Measure T, I do respect him for having the guts to state his position on the issues that affect the citizens of Newport Beach. But Tom Thomson? What kind of weak-kneed, political double talkis flowing from this guys' lips? It's one thing to be diplomatic, but it's another thing altogether to talk and not say anything. Mr. Congenial on the City Council has shown in the past that he is an affable person who changes his positions on the issues depending on which way the wind is blowing and has the innate ability to vote on issues differently than how he projects himself at council meetings.
NEWS
August 7, 2000
Observation equipment The council will consider installing ocean observation equipment at lifeguard headquarters by Surfline Inc. In exchange for exclusive rights to install this equipment, Surfline will give lifeguards the ability to access and control the observation cameras. What to expect: As this is a consent calendar item, it is likely the council will approve installing the equipment. Staff has been exploring the possibility of installing such cameras, which would provide the ability to observe large areas of water instantly.
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Eleven residents are seeking the position of chairman of the library's board of trustees -- one of the city's most coveted high-profile volunteer titles. The four-year post, currently filled by Coast Magazine publisher Jim Wood, will be up at the end of June. The City Council hopes to have the new trustee in place by July 1. Council members Tom Thomson, Todd Ridgeway and Gary Adams will narrow down the applicants and give their nominations at the June 13 council meeting.
NEWS
November 2, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- It appears the city's next mayor will be City Councilman John Noyes, who has the necessary four votes to win the seat, said sources at City Hall. City Council members will take the formal vote for the largely ceremonial mayor and vice mayor posts, both one-year positions, on Nov. 22. Mayor Dennis O'Neil said he does not want to run again. "I believe it's appropriate to step aside each year to rotate the position," he said.
NEWS
November 22, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- It will be a historic meeting tonight, when among other things, the City Council picks a mayor and vice mayor for the year 2000. The race for the city's top spot has narrowed to council members John Noyes and Tom Thomson. Norma Glover, Jan Debay and Dennis O'Neil previously indicated they were not interested in the position. The council's newest members, Gary Adams and Tod Ridgeway, lack the traditional amount of seniority for the position.
NEWS
October 20, 2000
Mathis Winkler Tom Thomson has never thought seriously about trading his current home for that of his ancestors in Saskatchewan, Canada. "There are some beautiful places in Canada," said Thomson, the incumbent seeking reelection for the District 7 seat on the Newport Beach City Council. "Southern California's too special. Newport Beach is wonderful. There are so many things to do." As a child, he'd make the trip from Rancho Cucamonga to the beach with his parents, who had immigrated from Canada.
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NEWS
November 30, 2000
During the next few weeks, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa will say "Goodbye" to five of their public servants: Council members Jan Debay, John Noyes and Tom Thomson in Newport Beach, and Heather Somers and Joe Erickson in Costa Mesa. Debay is leaving because of the city's term limits after 13 years of combined Planning Commission and council service, including a stint as mayor. She's seen the city through the American Trader oil spill settlement, been a thoughtful leader on issues ranging from urban runoff to streamlining city functions and represented the city beyond its borders on the Orange County League of Cities and the Southern California Assn.
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NEWS
November 4, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- On Tuesday, the kingmakers could take over the thrones. Four years ago, former City Manager Robert Wynn and Balboa Island activist Steve Bromberg, respectively, helped to elect Tom Thomson and John Noyes to the City Council. Now, the two men might replace their 1996 choices for the council, should Newport Beach residents elect them. The scenarios differ a little. In District 7, where Thomson defeated Measure S supporter Phil Arst in the last election, Wynn opposes his former protege.
NEWS
November 3, 2000
-- Mathis Winkler Newport Beach District 5 City Council candidate Steve Bromberg has bolstered his campaign coffers with an $11,500 personal loan, as well as $1,550 in individual contributions, according to late contribution reports. Already the lead fund-raiser in his district, Bromberg increased his campaign total to $57,878, with $35,747 spent. Opponent Patricia M. Beek has raised $21,997 and spent $11,321. Robert Schoonmaker, the third candidate in District 5, has spent less than $1,000.
NEWS
October 20, 2000
Mathis Winkler Tom Thomson has never thought seriously about trading his current home for that of his ancestors in Saskatchewan, Canada. "There are some beautiful places in Canada," said Thomson, the incumbent seeking reelection for the District 7 seat on the Newport Beach City Council. "Southern California's too special. Newport Beach is wonderful. There are so many things to do." As a child, he'd make the trip from Rancho Cucamonga to the beach with his parents, who had immigrated from Canada.
NEWS
October 20, 2000
MEASURE S AND MEASURE T: Opposes Measure T, but declines to comment on how he will vote on Measure S, also known as the Greenlight initiative. "We as council people are representatives of the people. Our job is to listen to people and react in their best interest. If all council people voted as I have over the last years, we would have not had a need [for Measure S]." Says he would support the Conexant and Koll Center development projects, but opposed a hotel and convention center at Newport Dunes.
NEWS
October 17, 2000
Although I don't agree with former City Manager Bob Wynn and his stance on Measure T, I do respect him for having the guts to state his position on the issues that affect the citizens of Newport Beach. But Tom Thomson? What kind of weak-kneed, political double talkis flowing from this guys' lips? It's one thing to be diplomatic, but it's another thing altogether to talk and not say anything. Mr. Congenial on the City Council has shown in the past that he is an affable person who changes his positions on the issues depending on which way the wind is blowing and has the innate ability to vote on issues differently than how he projects himself at council meetings.
NEWS
October 3, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- Advocates for a proposed arts center on property behind the central library charged this week that the city committee evaluating their proposal is biased against their case. "It's not fair to me, and it's not fair to anyone," said Don Gregory, the city's arts commissioner and an arts center advocate. "It just seems to me that the citizens of Newport Beach have a right to get an evenhanded hearing on this." In dispute is 12.5 acres of vacant land behind the library.
NEWS
August 7, 2000
Observation equipment The council will consider installing ocean observation equipment at lifeguard headquarters by Surfline Inc. In exchange for exclusive rights to install this equipment, Surfline will give lifeguards the ability to access and control the observation cameras. What to expect: As this is a consent calendar item, it is likely the council will approve installing the equipment. Staff has been exploring the possibility of installing such cameras, which would provide the ability to observe large areas of water instantly.
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