June 21, 2004
Alicia Robinson The City Council's efforts to close a budget gap could put some programs and services under the knife tonight, Mayor Gary Monahan said. But he doesn't expect it to result in major surgery. Council members will discuss scaling back or cutting 23 city programs and services on a list they created in April. The list includes park-ranger security services, community-education programs such as residential security appraisals and personal-protection seminars, recreation programs for adults, youths and teens such as teen camps, adult basketball and softball, and youth soccer and cheerleading.
July 15, 2004
Geoff West A little more than two years ago, I wrote my first letter to the Daily Pilot, responding to a piece written by then-columnist, now parks and recreation commissioner, Byron de Arakal, dealing with leadership in Costa Mesa, or lack thereof. Since that time, I and several others have repeatedly taken our elected leaders to task for their failure to lead. There have been times during the past few years when it appeared that they, as a group, were performing straight from a script of an old Three Stooges movie.
December 13, 2003
Deirdre Newman As the recession and state budget crisis lingers, city leaders are looking to tap new sources of money. Five main possibilities exist: increasing the business license tax, increasing the transient occupancy tax, imposing a sanitation franchise fee, offering a voluntary fire medical subscription fee and increasing the sales tax. An increase in the business license tax, transient occupancy tax ...
November 29, 2007
A Newport Beach official said Wednesday Internet travel booking companies could owe the city as much as $13.6 million in tax money on hotel rooms booked online since 2001. “I think it’s a lot of money, and I think it’s important for a couple of reasons,” said Newport Beach Revenue Manager Glen Everroad. The city could stand to gain $9.5 million after legal costs from a possible lawsuit against 15 Internet travel booking companies including Travelocity and Expedia, Everroad said.
November 18, 2000
The news was shocking. Listening to the radio Thursday, I heard a report that the City Council in West Hollywood is considering further restrictions on smoking. Fair enough, I thought. That's a town where almost anything goes and in this case, they'd like smoking to go. But then it got weird. Not only were council members unhappy with the current smoking restrictions, they were also concerned about the way disputes were being handled. So in a moment of what must have been severe brain lock, they decided to explore mediation as a way to handle smoking disputes.
September 23, 2006
Thursday marked the opening of the Newport Beach Hotel, a remodeled and renamed boutique hotel near the Newport Pier. The ribbon cutting was the latest on a list of local hotels that have had some sort of face-lift, including complete rebuilds, remodels and redecorations. "The old product in the marketplace needed to be refurbished — it was getting to be a tired product," George Lysak, executive director of sales and marketing for the Balboa Bay Club, said about the local hotel industry.
December 21, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- The City Council denied a request this week for a sign more than twice as high as city law allows. Holiday Inn officials said the sign would have brought in more business for the hotel and more taxes for the city. "We do bring a lot of money to the city," said Pete Trapolino, vice president of Hanford Hotels Inc., which owns Holiday Inn. "Transient occupancy tax goes from non-city citizens directly to city coffers, and this sign would have had very limited [effects]
February 1, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Shifting to full throttle his campaign to promote responsible development in the city, Mayor Tod Ridgeway's speech at the annual Speak Up Newport Mayor's Dinner hammered home the point that no growth is not an option. "We must rely on sources of revenue such as the transient occupancy tax and the sales tax to pay for and maintain the high level of city services that our citizens have become accustomed to and, quite frankly, demand," Ridgeway told the crowd at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.
June 15, 2007
The Irvine Co.'s planned luxury resort in Newport Beach will stimulate the city's economy and make it an attractive destination for wealthy travelers, city and business leaders said. On Tuesday, the Irvine Co. announced that it had appointed Ralph Grippo, an international veteran of hotel management, to oversee The Resort at Pelican Hill, which is under construction in Newport Coast and slated to open in fall 2008. The resort, the most lavish of its kind in Newport-Mesa, would feature a 204-room hotel, 128 villas, restaurants, a golf club and a spa. To many in Newport Beach, that amounts to a business boom.