On June 25 I wrote about Jean Watt and the organization she co-founded, Still Protecting Our Newport (SPON), attempting to wake up residents and rally them against the city's efforts to update the land-use element amendment to the General Plan.
Watt says the plan would terribly increase traffic.
According to Watt, this is one of the most important issues facing residents in a decade.
I suggested she needed to wake up the current crop of City Council candidates, as none seemed to have weighed in on the issue.
Watt told me candidates tend to dance around issues dealing with developers.
"They look over their shoulder and see where the wind is blowing," she joked.
So what did candidates tell me about their views on the proposed amendment?
Diane Dixon, District 1
Dixon, a businesswoman, has attended all of the land-use committee meetings, read Planning Commission meeting minutes and the SPON website.
"To the best of my ability I have tried to keep up with it," she said.
Dixon said she doesn't see herself supporting anything that isn't traffic-neutral.
Michael Glen, District 1
Glen, a technology consultant, attended one city meeting on the issue. About 30 people attended, and he said he felt the city's outreach to residents fell short.
Of the plan itself, he said its green aspect is too expensive and reduces private-property rights.
"I would prefer a bit of a loosening, rather than a tightening, of the General Plan," he said, adding that he would like to see more focus on traffic concerns. "As it stands right now I'm not a fan of it."
Marshall `Duffy' Duffield, District 3
Duffield, founder of the Duffy boat business that bears his nickname, didn't respond to my email asking how he felt about the issue, but did point out that I mistakenly stated he didn't have a website in my previous column, which he does.