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Commentary: Measure Y is better than Newport Coast development

On Election Day, I will be voting in favor of Measure Y. Here's why I think Measure Y offers a valuable amendment to the current general plan.

Mailbag: Readers sound off on local elections

Costa Mesa is safer than candidate implies

Commentary: Groupthink is informing Measure Y support

Being elected to the Newport Beach City Council or even being appointed to fill a vacancy or serve on a commission in no way conveys any special omniscience.

Commentary: Consider possible safety ramifications of Measure Y

As a District 4 resident representative on the 2006 General Plan Advisory Committee, I worked with the Newport Beach City Council to ensure that the final buildout development allotments at Newport Center did not generate traffic to exceed the six-lane capacities of Pacific Coast Highway, Jamboree...

Mailbag: Hill, Brown, Toerge are sensible choices in Newport Beach

As an accountant, I am fairly cognizant of the numbers and financial issues being brought up in the City Council election in Newport Beach.

Commentary: Foley, Humphrey own stronger records than Bunyan

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Mailbag: Recent sign conflict raises too many questions

Re. "Ex-Costa Mesa worker in another flap over campaign signs," Oct. 23: As stated in the article, "During the heated 2012 City Council race, (former city employee Steven) White allegedly was...

Commentary: Union endorsements are telling in Newport race

When it comes to endorsements, the employee associations usually stay with what they know, instead of what might be.

Commentary: Measure Y could get drivers out of their cars, and that's OK

It was standing room only at the Civic Center the other night as Speak-Up Newport hosted a debate on Measure Y.

Mailbag: Viewpoint on political mailing was too one-sided

I am responding to the written piece presented by Eric Bever in the Daily Pilot ("Commentary: Employee unions are paying for Costa Mesa political mail," Oct. 22). As usual, he presents one side...

Commentary: Duplicity surrounds Newport's Measure Y

Councilman Ed Selich's commentary about Measure Y is misleading in the extreme ("Commentary: Why I Support Newport Beach Measure Y," Oct. 20).

Commentary: Costa Mesa would be harmed by a city charter

Pensions, pensions, pensions. Isn't it interesting that Costa Mesa is embroiled in political controversy that, in a microcosmic sense, reflects exactly what is going on throughout the nation?

Commentary: Measure O would concentrate power, be risky for the city

Re: Devin Lucas' commentary, "A vote for Measure O is a vote against union control," (Oct. 21):

Commentary: Keep Fairview Park in mind when you vote

When you vote this November — and you surely must — please keep reasoning in mind. Political parties are not an issue here. I know people from political persuasions different from mine, and they agree we must take care not to damage valuable natural areas in Fairview Park.

Commentary: Righeimer, council let city down on public safety

"Make Costa Mesa better for families" has been my guiding principle during my years on the Planning Commission, City Council and Newport-Mesa school board. Nothing is as important to families than knowing that they are safe and secure in their own homes.

Mailbag: Wendy Leece is the best choice for the water board

I urge voters to elect Wendy Leece to the Orange County Water District, Division 7.

Commentary: Each woman is an individual when it comes to cancer screening

Some researchers recommend that women get mammograms annually after age 40. Others suggest the test is best if women receive it every other year starting at age 50.

Commentary: Become breast-cancer aware no matter your family history

When I ask patients if they perform regular breast self-exams I often hear, "no," and the excuse, "I'm not high-risk."

Commentary: Newport Beach should continue to stay the course

As we approach the Nov. 4 election, Newport Beach residents have been receiving campaign literature in support of the candidates running for the City Council.

Commentary: Charter would give Costa Mesa autonomy from state

Costa Mesa has $228 million in unfunded pension liability, money we owe to past and present city employees.

Commentary: Out-of-town partisans are trying to influence Newport

As a lifelong Republican and a resident of Newport Beach for 55 years, I am saddened to see the intrusion of some ultra-partisan party leaders advancing an agenda in Newport Beach that has nothing to do with the Republican values held by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

Commentary: Employee unions are paying for Costa Mesa political mail

My household has received a number of political mailers from out-of-town government employee unions, each endorsing council candidates Katrina Foley and Jay Humphrey and opposing the proposed Costa Mesa charter, Measure O.

Mailbag: Measure Y would decrease dependency on cars

I am perplexed by the argument against Measure Y.

Commentary: Why I will not vote to reelect the mayor

I've watched and written about Mayor Jim Righeimer since he arrived in Costa Mesa from Fountain Valley.

Mailbag: Savary is a good alternative to Rohrabacher

I'm a Republican, and I am tired of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) representing me.

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

Who 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:

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