After I wrote about where the new crop of Newport Beach council candidates stood on the city's controversial efforts to update the land-use element to the general plan, readers complained that the candidates danced around the issue, saying a lot of nothing.
I decided to check out the candidates' websites to see if they offered more insight. After many mind-numbing hours of reading, I found that they weren't any more informative — with the exception of one. Most of the candidates have professional campaign consultants so you'd expect more, yet not one site shows any innovative thinking.
For the record: A previous version of this column incorrectly stated that Newport Beach City Council candidate Diane Dixon's campaign website does not mention that she worked for the Irvine Co. In fact, her resume, which includes Irvine Co. employment, is posted on her website. In addition, Michael Glenn's name was misspelled.
Each candidate claims to be fiscally conservative. All promise to protect Newport Harbor, keep the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement and preserve residents' quality of life — whatever that means.
None really tells how any of that would be accomplished.
But some things stood out to me on each site.
I've also included each candidate's campaign consultant in my listing here.
Diane Dixon, District 1
Campaign consultant: Dave Ellis
On the page "About Diane," I found it odd that she never mentions that her sister is Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece.
Michael Glen, District 1
Consults with Rhonda Rohrabacher
His bio page states that he became interested in politics when his "business partner lost 20% in home equity due to the City Council's dock tax, which resulted in the elimination of more than $1 billion (yes, with a "B") of homeowner equity throughout Newport."
But he doesn't say how he derived the figure — and officially it's a fee, not a tax.
Last year I interviewed several top real estate brokers who sell waterfront properties in Newport. None gave me the impression that the increased dock fees were deterring buyers or had any major effect on home sales or values.
Glen also claims he'll "save Newport" by "repealing double-taxation and 'black hole' tax measures" but doesn't say what those are.