School board candidate stresses parental involvement

School board candidate stresses parental involvement

Armed with a basic knowledge of the English language and few expectations, school board candidate Fidel Mora moved to the United States from Mexico more than two decades ago to build a better life.

Voters will decide on tried-and-true or new blood in pivotal Newport-Mesa schools election

Voters will decide on tried-and-true or new blood in pivotal Newport-Mesa schools election

As the November election draws near, the race for three open seats on Newport-Mesa Unified's seven-member school board is intensifying in public and online forums.

Diverse views among Costa Mesa council hopefuls

Diverse views among Costa Mesa council hopefuls

This Nov. 4, two seats are open on Costa Mesa's five-member City Council, and of the men and women vying for the coveted spots, two are already well-known, though politically opposite: Mayor Jim Righeimer, who is up for reelection, and school board Trustee Katrina Foley, a former councilwoman.

Newport firefighters union endorses Brown, Toerge for City Council

The union representing firefighters in Newport Beach announced two endorsements Thursday for the Newport Beach City Council election.

Newport council candidates can agree on this: Traffic is a top issue

Newport Beach City Council candidates faced off one more time Wednesday evening at a Corona del Mar Residents Assn. forum, where they told voters how they would tackle issues such as traffic — and more traffic.

Costa Mesa's Measure P ballot wording confuses voters

Howard and Rosemary McVicker have been reading their Costa Mesa voter pamphlets but are befuddled by Measure P.

Longtime Newport planning commissioner Toerge eyes City Council spot

Longtime Newport planning commissioner Toerge eyes City Council spot

After serving nearly 11 years on the Newport Beach planning commission, resident Mike Toerge had helped to write and rewrite three of the city's guiding documents.

Candidate Manfredi says 'passion for schools' drives run for board

Candidate Manfredi says 'passion for schools' drives run for board

Just a short walk from her home in Westside Costa Mesa is Vista Park, where Lisa Manfredi said she met the families that stoked her desire to run for a spot on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board.

Police management union endorses Hill, Toerge, Brown, Dixon

The Newport Beach Police Management Assn., the union representing sergeants and lieutenants, has announced a slate of City Council endorsements in an open letter to the community.

Newport candidates head to final forum; Duffield recovers from heart surgery

The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. will host a forum for Newport Beach City Council candidates Wednesday evening at the OASIS Senior Center.

Steve Smith declares run for Newport-Mesa school board

Steve Smith declares run for Newport-Mesa school board

The latest candidate for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board plans to focus his campaign on reducing bureaucracy in the district and improving struggling schools on Costa Mesa's Westside.

Appointed Newport-Mesa school board member seeks election to seat

Appointed Newport-Mesa school board member seeks election to seat

Newport-Mesa Unified School District board member Vicki Snell says she doesn't like politics.

Chamber Chairman Brown enters council race

Chamber Chairman Brown enters council race

Newport Beach Planning Commissioner Tim Brown announced this week that he will seek the seat held by termed-out Councilwoman Leslie Daigle in 2014.

 Fight Club owner plans to run for Newport council

Fight Club owner plans to run for Newport council

Roy Englebrecht is spoiling for a fight — this time in the political arena.

Diane Dixon explores Newport council race

Diane Dixon explores Newport council race

A longtime Southern California businesswoman is weighing a run for a Newport Beach City Council seat, according to a document filed with the city Thursday.

Ramos says he will run for council

Ramos says he will run for council

A longtime Costa Mesa resident and relative newcomer to the city's political scene announced Tuesday his candidacy for City Council.

School district debate Wednesday will be first for Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde Community Inc. is hosting its first-ever Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee candidate forum Wednesday night.

Council candidates solidify stances on Costa Mesa issues

Council candidates solidify stances on Costa Mesa issues

It was a packed house at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Thursday night for the third and final forum for the City Council candidates, who answered questions on issues including the proposed city charter, development and Fairview Park's future.

City spending, absent candidates draw criticism at Newport council forum

Newport Beach City Council candidates fielded questions on a range of issues, from the budget to Measure Y, at the ninth Feet to the Fire Forum Wednesday night.

Council candidate Ramos sues city contractor

Council candidate Ramos sues city contractor

Costa Mesa City Council candidate Lee Ramos is suing a city construction contractor, alleging that the company's negligent work in front of his Eastside home caused him to fall and sustain permanent injury.

Former schools trustee Collier seeks to reclaim position

Former schools trustee Collier seeks to reclaim position

Former Newport-Mesa Unified trustee Michael Collier has been away from the school board for four years, but he's eager to reclaim his previous spot in the November election.

Venezia: Candidates decline to meet the press

Last week we taped the eighth edition of the Feet to the Fire Forum at Orange Coast College with Costa Mesa City Council candidates Lee Ramos, Chris Bunyan, Rita Simpson, Al Melone, Tony Capitelli, Jay Humphrey and Mayor Jim Righeimer.

Mayor drops idea of floating docks during Newport candidates forum

Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill intends to stop pursuing the idea of trying floating docks instead of moorings in the harbor, he said during a City Council candidates forum Monday night.

County Assessor Guillory denies false filing charges

Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory denied charges Monday that he lied when he signed off on documents nominating him for the March 2014 primary as he pursued reelection.

Political Landscape: Endorsements for O.C. Water District race

Political Landscape: Endorsements for O.C. Water District race

 Newport Beach City Council member Leslie Daigle has announced new endorsements in her campaign for the Orange County Water District board of directors.

Police union, mayor may split cost of airing Costa Mesa candidates forum

Two of Costa Mesa's fiercest political opponents could join forces in paying to broadcast a City Council candidates' debate after the city of Costa Mesa declined to televise the event in an attempt to remain politically neutral.

Money, police and who can talk: Costa Mesa council candidates dig into issues at Feet to the Fire Forum

Money, police and who can talk: Costa Mesa council candidates dig into issues at Feet to the Fire Forum

It was another night of Costa Mesa politics: booing, hissing, jeering, cheering, clapping and yelling on topics ranging from development and a city charter to Police Department staffing, 60th-anniversary overspending and an extortion lawsuit.

'Top-two' primary breeds conflict over candidate endorsements

Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a bigger question: What makes an endorsement?

Newport council candidates forum focuses on seniors, fire rings, traffic

Newport council candidates forum focuses on seniors, fire rings, traffic

Senior citizens headed for the gym and a shuttle stopped to pick up passengers Friday morning at the Oasis Senior Center, where Newport Beach City Council candidates gathered for their second major campaign forum.

Councilwoman Genis clarifies comment about ex-candidate Weitzberg

Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Sandy Genis offered additional clarification this week regarding remarks she made to a community group about a former council candidate's electability.

Political Landscape: Kashkari expected at GOP's Newport HQ

The Republican Party will mark the opening of its election headquarters next week with a reception featuring Neel Kashkari, the party's gubernatorial nominee, Newport Harbor Republican Women announced in a news release.

Metoyer says she'll go to great lengths to inspire kids

Metoyer says she'll go to great lengths to inspire kids

School board candidate Charlene Metoyer is willing to climb onto the roof to sing the praises of Newport-Mesa Unified schools.

Political Landscape: Council candidates to face off at OCC forum [Updated]

The next installment of the Feet to the Fire Forum, a series of political candidate debates sponsored by the Daily Pilot and Orange County Register, will take place Sept. 18 in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College.

Judge denies lawsuit against wording of Newport's Measure Y

Ballot language regarding proposed land development changes in Newport Beach will remain, according to an Orange County Superior Court judge, who on Monday directed petitioners in a lawsuit to get out into the community with their opinions.

Newport council hopeful can be called businessman on ballot

Newport Beach City Council candidate Tim Brown will be described on the Nov. 4 ballot as a planning commissioner and businessman, despite a resident's attempt to have the latter term removed.

Newport council candidate returns disputed campaign donation

Newport Beach City Council candidate Scott Peotter says he has returned a $1,100 campaign contribution to Woody's Wharf to avoid costly legal repercussions.

Council candidates focus at forum on park, development and charter

Council candidates focus at forum on park, development and charter

New development, a proposed city charter, traffic and the future of Fairview Park were among the topics discussed Thursday during a Costa Mesa City Council candidates' forum.

New candidate calls herself fiscally conservative

New candidate calls herself fiscally conservative

Befitting her hopes for a fiscally conservative city government, Rita Simpson doesn't plan to spend a lot money in this election.

Activist challenges candidate's ballot designation

A Newport Beach resident is challenging the description of a City Council candidate as a businessman on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Congressman Rohrabacher stops in for Tea Party

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) used a recent appearance at the monthly gathering of the Newport Mesa Tea Party to implore like-minded members to help "take back the Senate" from Democratic Party control.

Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

Lawsuit challenges wording of Newport's Measure Y development question

Two Newport Beach residents have filed a lawsuit challenging the language of Measure Y, a proposed amendment to the general plan that would decrease development potential in some areas of the city and increase it in others.

Political Landscape: Rohrabacher backs Righeimer for Costa Mesa council

Political Landscape: Rohrabacher backs Righeimer for Costa Mesa council

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has endorsed Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer's bid for reelection to the City Council.

Newport council hopefuls debate parking, 'dock tax,' more

Newport council hopefuls debate parking, 'dock tax,' more

When Newport Beach City Council candidates gathered for their first debate on Thursday morning at the Central Library, they could all agree on at least one thing: Newport Beach is a great place to live.

Forum for Newport council candidates Thursday

All eight candidates for the Newport Beach City Council are scheduled to appear at a free public forum Thursday morning, according to the Chamber of Commerce, which is presenting the event.

Political Landscape: Leece, Snowden, Dixon back Foley for council

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Leece to run for O.C. Water District board

Leece to run for O.C. Water District board

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece announced this week that she is running for a seat on the Orange County Water District Board of Directors.

Weitzberg pulls out of Costa Mesa council race

Weitzberg pulls out of Costa Mesa council race

Harold Weitzberg announced Friday afternoon that he is dropping out of November's race for Costa Mesa City Council, leaving eight candidates.

Michael Glenn drops out of Newport council race

Newport Beach City Council candidate Michael Glenn announced late Thursday that he no longer plans to run for the District 1 seat.

Newport Councilwoman Daigle seeks water district seat

Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle is running for a position on the Orange County Water District board of directors this fall.

Costa Mesa council declines to put medical marijuana law on ballot

Costa Mesa council declines to put medical marijuana law on ballot

It was called excellent law, quite possibly the best on the subject in California, even by those who have competing proposals.

Huntington mayor raises more than Assembly opponent, who questions expense report

After a slow start to campaigning, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper has announced that he raised about $9,000 more than his opponent in the race for a state Assembly seat during the most recent filing period.

CM4RG endorses Foley, Humphrey for council

Costa Mesans for Responsible Government has endorsed two of its own for Costa Mesa City Council.

Melone enters Costa Mesa City Council race

Melone enters Costa Mesa City Council race

Al Melone, a Costa Mesa resident who unsuccessfully ran for City Council in 2012, will run again in November, this time on an anti-growth platform.

 Muldoon touts fiscally conservative approach

Muldoon touts fiscally conservative approach

Before the Newport Beach City Council election kicks into gear, candidate Kevin Muldoon wants to clear something up.

Few election surprises after primary vote

With 101,613 vote-by-mail, provisional and other ballots left to count as of Wednesday afternoon in Orange County, the results of Tuesday's primary election won't become final for about another week.

Kashkari faces an uphill battle going into November election

Kashkari faces an uphill battle going into November election

A day after defeating his scrappy tea party rival in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary, Republican and Laguna Beach resident Neel Kashkari emerged politically scarred and drained of campaign cash for what his own supporters fear is a futile quest to bounce popular Democrat Jerry Brown from office.

Venezia: Roaming Newport-Mesa on election night

Venezia: Roaming Newport-Mesa on election night

I usually don't venture out on election night, but last Tuesday I did.

Curry, Harper likely headed to run-off

Curry, Harper likely headed to run-off

As poll workers Tuesday collected the last trickle of votes in a statewide primary expected to draw one of the lowest turnouts in California's history, frontrunners in several area races appeared to be headed for spots on the November general election ballot — though one contest was a bit tighter than expected.

Political Landscape: Curry wins backing of Rohrabacher

As the June 3 primary nears, candidates for the 74th Assembly District continue to battle for votes.

Lawyer becomes third candidate for Newport council seat

A third candidate has entered the race for a seat on the Newport Beach City Council representing District 4.

Duffy inventor joins Newport Beach City Council race

Duffy inventor joins Newport Beach City Council race

Duffy Electric Boat inventor and longtime Newport Beach resident Marshall "Duffy" Duffield has filed papers to run for the City Council's District 3 seat. 

Political Landscape: O.C. Bar rates judicial candidates

Though the Newport Beach-based Orange County Bar Assn. does not formally endorse judicial candidates, it does evaluate them and issue ratings voters can use as a guide in making their choices.

Lincoln Club rescinds endorsement of Curry

An influential conservative group in Orange County has pulled its endorsement of an Assembly candidate, saying he broke a pledge to reject political donations from public employees unions.

Moreno keeps seat on state trustee board

Moreno keeps seat on state trustee board

Coast Community College District Trustee Jim Moreno was re-elected this week to a policymaking board that represents all 72 California community college districts.

Newport council candidate pledges to go without campaign signs

Saying they clutter the landscape, a Newport Beach City Council candidate has pledged not to post campaign signs and challenged others to follow suit.

Candidate wants to give Clippers a second chance in O.C.

Candidate wants to give Clippers a second chance in O.C.

The Los Angeles Clippers of Orange County?

Supervisorial candidates spar at Feet to the Fire forum

Supervisorial candidates spar at Feet to the Fire forum

Candidates for the Orange County Board of Supervisors' 2nd District seat sparred over pensions, problem-solving and their community ties Monday night in a debate that took on something of a wonkish tone.

Political Landscape: Petros backs Dixon for council

Political season is in full swing, as are the endorsements.

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the Fire forum Thursday night.

Politicians speak at Tea Party event

Politicians speak at Tea Party event

Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening.

Civic center lends itself to debate

Civic center lends itself to debate

When the expensive new civic center opened in Newport Beach last year, some claimed it as a symbol of an irresponsible government out of touch with the people it represented.

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress.

Former councilman Jay Humphrey enters race

Former councilman Jay Humphrey enters race

After a 20-year absence from the dais, former Costa Mesa City Councilman Jay Humphrey announced Thursday that he will be running for council this November.

Weitzberg to run for Costa Mesa City Council

Weitzberg to run for Costa Mesa City Council

Harold Weitzberg, a city committee member and marketing entrepreneur, announced Wednesday that he will run for the Costa Mesa City Council.

Candidate for county clerk cannot appear on ballot

A Los Alamitos city councilman who was disqualified from a race for Orange County clerk-recorder because he was seen gathering nomination signatures past a filing deadline will not be on the June ballot, a judge ruled Friday.

Political Landscape: Election endorsements roll in

The following is a roundup of news regarding the races for seats on the Orange County Board of Education and the Board of Supervisors, as well as for the 74th Assembly District.

Judge: Steel must change ballot designation

In a win for her opponent, Orange County Board of Supervisors candidate Michelle Steel will have to change her official occupation from "taxpayer advocate/businesswoman" to "Board of Equalization member" on the ballot, a judge has ruled.

Banning Ranch critic enters Costa Mesa council race

Banning Ranch critic enters Costa Mesa council race

Christopher Bunyan's candidacy for Costa Mesa City Council is, in his words, about "climate change."

Bergeson endorses Dixon for Newport council

Former state Education Secretary Marian Bergeson has endorsed business consultant Diane Dixon for Newport Beach City Council.

Mansoor sues Steel over ballot designation

What do the words "taxpayer advocate" mean to Orange County voters?

Five candidates running for Assembly

The filing deadline has passed for the 74th Assembly District candidates, setting the stage for a run between five contenders in the June 3 primary.

Stapleton withdraws from Newport council race

Citing a need to see through other commitments, Joe Stapleton has withdrawn his bid for Newport Beach City Council.

Harper, Carchio file campaign papers

Harper, Carchio file campaign papers

Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper and Councilman Joe Carchio recently filed their campaign paperwork with the Orange County registrar of voters to run in the June 3 primary for higher office.

Hornbuckle endorses Foley for council

Former Mayor Mary Hornbuckle announced this week that she is backing school board Trustee Katrina Foley's run for City Council.

Moorlach drops out of congressional race

Moorlach drops out of congressional race

Saying he'd like to focus on finishing out his current job, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is dropping his congressional campaign, he announced Monday night.

Foley officially declares council candidacy

Foley officially declares council candidacy

Katrina Foley, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee, officially launched her campaign for Costa Mesa City Council on Wednesday night.

First-time candidate endorsed for council

First-time candidate endorsed for council

Former state Sen. Tom Harman has endorsed Costa Mesa City Council candidate Tony Capitelli, according to a recent news release.

GOP group backs Steel for supervisor

The California Republican Assembly has endorsed Michelle Steel for Orange County supervisor.

Michelle Steel files campaign papers

Michelle Steel raised her right hand Monday afternoon and over Top 40 radio music vowed to uphold the laws of the United States.

At-large voting: Latino handicap?

At-large voting: Latino handicap?

The way Juana Trejo remembers it, the heavy double doors of Costa Mesa's City Council chambers hit her on the way in.

Steel picks up support of supervisors

Orange County Board of Supervisors hopeful Michelle Steel announced Friday that she has received endorsements from three current members.

 Rackauckas seeks fifth term as D.A.

Rackauckas seeks fifth term as D.A.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Thursday filed the necessary paperwork to seek a fifth term.

Scott Peotter enters council race

Scott Peotter enters council race

Two former planning commissioners will face off in the race for the Newport Beach City Council seat for District 6.

Democrat enters Assembly race

Democrat enters Assembly race

A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.

Costa Mesa leaders back Curry

Costa Mesa leaders back Curry

Several Costa Mesa leaders have endorsed Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry for Assembly.

Rush Hill to seek reelection

Rush Hill to seek reelection

The mayor of Newport Beach will be among those contending for a seat on the City Council in November, when four of the seven positions will be open.

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