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Commentary: Look at the changes — just what Costa Mesa needs

Our family has resided on the Westside since before Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953, which means we have seen a great deal of change.

Commentary: Bunyan would bring needed change to the council

We endorse Chris Bunyan for the Costa Mesa City Council. Residents have been calling for change. To quote Bunyan, "So why do they keep digging up candidates from the Costa Mesa graveyard and expecting change?"

Commentary: A vote for Measure O is a vote against union control

The ideological differences surrounding Costa Mesa's proposed charter are as simple as most other Republican-Democrat issues, and the anti-charter comrades need to stop masking their motives and be honest: They want more unionization.

Mailbag: Want to improve the city? Fix the schools first

Re: "Costa Mesa's latest budget surplus: $6 million," (Oct. 8): Now the city needs to decide what to do with the surplus.

Mailbag: It's better to know council candidates' party affiliation

"Mailbag: Stop partisan city politics," (Oct. 7) makes an interesting point about not wanting to know candidates' political parties. The implication is that there is something untoward about such...

Commentary: Why I Support Newport Beach Measure Y

I am in my 20th year of service to Newport Beach. I served 10 years on the Planning Commission and am in my 10th year on the City Council.

Commentary: I have fought for fair tax policies for 8 years

I ran to represent Southern California on the Board of Equalization to change the culture at the state's most-comprehensive tax agency.

Commentary: Costa Mesa election is about trustworthiness

Whom will listen to you? Whom do you trust?

Mailbag: District did not seek full cheating story

I am confused by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. On the one hand, when asked about the latest Corona del Mar High School news regarding the arrest of Timothy Lai, the tutor arrested in the alleged hacking case, the district spokeswoman stated that, "We consider the matter to be closed,"...

Commentary: Our city leaders appear to have lost their way

My philosophy has always been to openly address challenging issues and commit to achieving meaningful solutions.

Commentary: If elected, I will defend Proposition 13

I first signed the pledge to protect Proposition 13 in 1998 as a candidate for the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees.

Mailbag: $54 for a parking ticket is an outrage

I went to the beach this morning to watch the waves. The scene was epic. You don't see this many stoked surfers all that often in Newport.

Commentary: Focus on career rather than learning does students a disservice

Mesa Verde Community Inc. presented an excellent forum for Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee candidates. All the candidates would bring good qualities and useful insights to the school board.

Commentary: Consultant is obfuscating Newport financial data

While Newport Beach's issuance of debt for the Civic Center and park occurred in November 2010, before I was even on the council, political consultant Dave Ellis' slate of City Council candidates (who never said a peep for four years) now question whether we have prudently managed our finances.

Commentary: Don't let Newport Beach become another West L.A.

I am a former Newport Beach mayor. I have continually lived in the Port Streets for over 35 years. I am voting no on Measure Y for the following reasons:

Commentary: Outsourcing provision of proposed charter is dangerous

At taxpayer expense, the city recently mailed to residents a pamphlet titled "How would Costa Mesa be different under the proposed charter (Measure O)?"

Commentary: Council hecklers are chilling speech for other Costa Mesans

Most of my friends and supporters will no longer speak at Costa Mesa City Council meetings. They are turned off by bullies in the audience who laugh at, mock, talk over and jeer anyone who comes to the microphone and supports the council majority.

Commentary: We don't need partisan rhetoric or people feigning dedication to O.C.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel, husband of supervisorial candidate Michelle Steel, recently wrote a commentary for the Orange County Register about the California Republican Party titled, "Not...

Commentary: Do not let density become Costa Mesa's legacy

The high-density development explosion in Costa Mesa cannot be viewed in a piecemeal fashion. When examined in its entirety, it is clear that someone must stand up and advocate for a much more reasonable approach to development, and I believe I am that someone.

Commentary: Drought has resulted in water-agency accountability

Our historic drought has brought important public scrutiny to the agencies that are responsible for delivering water to our homes and businesses.

Mailbag: Voters need to get up to speed on water district races

Please don't ignore the water district races this election cycle: Mesa Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Orange County Water District.

Commentary: City charter could lead to costly elections, lawsuits

We all agree that there is a major problem with the underfunded public pension obligations in Costa Mesa and that something needs to be done. We do not all agree on the solution, and some have sought to make corrections through the proposed charter, Measure O on the November ballot.

Commentary: Lighting decision is a penalty for Kaiser area residents

Re: "Portable lights OKd for Kaiser Elementary," (Oct. 1):

Mailbag: Criticism of employee payout appears political

Re. "Commentary: Payout to public affairs manager emblematic of bad business," (Sept. 10):

Mailbag: This is what 'Team Newport' really stands for: fiscal sanity

Re. "Mailbag: Why hide from a debate?" (Oct. 2): Letter writer Paul Watkins can of course assume anything he wants.

Mailbag: School board works for students of all ethnicities and backgrounds

Re. "School board is not representative," (Oct. 4): I am stunned by letter writer Martie O'Meara's assertion that "there is no representation for Hispanic students" on the Newport-Mesa Unified...

Mailbag: Set aside feelings and vote yes on Measure P

Do we want toll lanes on the 405 or not? Not. If we want to express our displeasure with toll lanes, we need to let our voices be heard.

Mailbag: Justice wasn't served in the death of my sister

My precious sister, Debra, was killed by a motorist Aug. 27, 2013, while riding her bicycle in Newport Beach. The Orange County District Atty. filed vehicular manslaughter charges and the trial began Sept. 8 of this year. The prosecutor presented evidence that my sister was properly making a right...

Commentary: Cities should support early childhood education

Re. "The Crowd: Spreading awareness of children's needs," (Sept. 18): When I read the story about National Child Awareness Month, I saw the potential for organizations like its sponsor, the Festival of Children Foundation, to be leaders in helping cities and school districts collaborate in...

Mailbag: State is returning too many criminals to our streets

As an elected official, it is becoming harder and harder to keep our communities safe. The state's misguided "realignment" plan is sending hardened criminals who belong in state prison back to our streets.

Mailbag: Local politics should be non-partisan

We recently moved to Irvine from Silicon Valley and are surprised to see political party references when discussing local government. Re. "Irvine Council gets a civics lesson," (Sept. 25), the...

Commentary: Renewed airport pact is part of historic effort

An historic day to ensure that John Wayne Airport remains the most noise-restricted airport in the nation passed this week.

Commentary: It's time to stop overspending in Newport Beach

Newport Beach Councilman Mike Henn's recent commentary about the city's finances is worthy of a response ["Commentary: Prepayment of debt would trigger financial penalties," Sept. 15]. His...

Commentary: The top 10 ways to a gratifying life

What is the most important thing in life? Obviously there could be many answers to that question. But to me, the best thing in life is gratification. Many other things, such as love, power, wealth, prestige and appreciation, can lead to that feeling of gratification, but they are not real ends in...

Commentary: Vaccinating children against HPV can prevent cancer

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for 17,000 cancers in women and 9,000 cancers in men every year. In the United States alone, over 4,000 women will die of the disease.

Commentary: Balboa Peninsula parking permits protect the residents

The Newport Beach City Council has an opportunity to improve parking in the area west of the Balboa Fun Zone by granting final approval to the resident parking permit program currently under consideration.

Commentary: Transparency ordinance is shining a light on negotiations

In late 2007, on the eve of the Great Recession, while Costa Mesa residents were asleep in bed, the Costa Mesa City Council voted to approve a new labor agreement that gave the city's general employees an additional $1.3 million annually in salary and benefits along with a massive retroactive...

Commentary: Questions that should have been asked at the forums

In our first two City Council debates we've had plenty of great questions (and a few head-scratchers), but there are four important questions that remain unasked, including:

Mailbag: A point of clarification regarding Measure Y

An error in the message by the "Yes on Measure Y" group in the Pilot on Saturday caught my eye [Advertisement, Page A5]. I smiled when I read that Newport's general plan is called the "Resident's plan" because we get to vote on any changes and updates.

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