Humphrey concedes Costa Mesa council race

Humphrey concedes Costa Mesa council race

Costa Mesa council candidate Jay Humphrey conceded the race Friday afternoon in an announcement that declared he will not be seeking a recount of the Nov. 4 election results.

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a small but potentially decisive lead over challenger Jay Humphrey on Saturday night in the ongoing ballot counting in the race for City Council.

A more conservative turn for Newport Beach City Council

A more conservative turn for Newport Beach City Council

When Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill reflects on his last four years on the City Council, he remembers a group of people who worked cohesively to develop a financial master plan that built upon the coastal city's exceptional quality of life.

Agran out, Republican majority gains strength on Irvine council

Agran out, Republican majority gains strength on Irvine council

Irvine Mayor Steven Choi won his bid for reelection and the Republican majority of the City Council gained strength as longtime Democratic council member Larry Agran was ousted from public office, according to the unofficial results of Tuesday's election.

Registrar hopes to finish Costa Mesa count by Nov. 14; Righeimer holds onto No. 2 spot by 112 votes

Registrar hopes to finish Costa Mesa count by Nov. 14; Righeimer holds onto No. 2 spot by 112 votes

On a sunny Thursday morning, after two anxious days of awaiting election results for his Costa Mesa City Council bid, Jay Humphrey stood at the front counter of the county registrar office in Santa Ana.

Snell leads Smith in Newport-Mesa school board race

Two incumbents and five newcomers battled Tuesday for three open spots on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education.

'Team Newport' candidates sweep City Council election as mayor is ousted

Newport Beach voters shook up the City Council during Tuesday’s election, tossing out Mayor Rush Hill and giving a slate of candidates known as “Team Newport” a sweep of the four available seats.

Proposed Costa Mesa charter heading for defeat; toll road measure gaining speed

Costa Mesa's second attempt in two years to establish home rule appeared to be on the brink of failure Tuesday night, with early returns on the city charter proposal indicating a strong lack of voter approval.

Steel a big winner over Mansoor in supervisor race

Michelle Steel cruised to victory Tuesday in her race against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor for the District 2 seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Harper wins 74th Assembly seat, defeating Curry

Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper scored an easy win Tuesday over Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry in the race for the 74th Assembly District seat.

Newport's Measure Y soundly defeated

Newport Beach's Measure Y, which aimed to update the city's general plan to allow more development in the main business district and limit it along the more residential coast, was defeated in Tuesday's election, collecting just 30.5% of the vote.

Foley wins Costa Mesa City Council seat easily; Righeimer's No. 2 spot is a squeaker

Foley wins Costa Mesa City Council seat easily; Righeimer's No. 2 spot is a squeaker

School board trustee Katrina Foley held a commanding lead in the race for two seats on the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night, with incumbent Mayor Jim Righeimer narrowly taking the second spot.

Pre-election Costa Mesa prays for 'healing'

Pre-election Costa Mesa prays for 'healing'

Save for the faint whir of Fairview Road traffic, the scene was quiet and serene inside the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant on Monday afternoon.

City Council candidates get variety of support

Mayor Jim Righeimer continues to lead the pack of Costa Mesa City Council candidates this fall in terms of fundraising, with the conservative politician gathering about $150,000 so far.

Voter Guide: What you need to know for Tuesday's election

Voter Guide: What you need to know for Tuesday's election

Find your polling place and see your sample ballot

Costa Mesa's conservative mayor on mailer with Democrats

Costa Mesa's conservative mayor on mailer with Democrats

Costa Mesa voters saw an odd pairing of political candidates in their mailboxes this week when they received a flier promoting conservative Mayor Jim Righeimer with a slate of heavy-hitting Democrats up for election.

Political Landscape: Costa Mesa candidate gains MMA fighters' endorsements

Costa Mesa City Council candidate Christopher Bunyan announced three new endorsements from Orange County-based mixed martial arts fighters: Justin McCully, Nick Moghaddam and Jason Drexel.

3 questions: Where Newport-Mesa school board candidates stand on the issues

One incumbent and six challengers are running for three spots on the seven-member Newport-Mesa Unified School District board. The Daily Pilot asked each candidate the same three questions:

Ex-Costa Mesa worker in another flap over campaign signs

A former city employee walked into the Costa Mesa City Council chambers Tuesday night armed with irony.

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.

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