Barbara Venezia

Barbara Venezia
Newport Beach resident and political columnist

Venezia: Concert pays tribute to heroes of gay men's chorus

If you love the music of Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Cher, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Pink, then this weekend you're in for a real...

Venezia: Moorlach's steady record of accomplishment

Taking my little rescue dog, Stasha, for a walk Tuesday night, I decided to stop into John Moorlach's state Senate campaign headquarters,...

Venezia: Bergeson is in another tough race — against cancer

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Barbara Venezia: Art imitates life during election season

Watching the "The Good Wife" on Sunday, I couldn't help but see parallels with what seems to be unfolding between the two favored candidates...

Venezia: It looks like a sparring match between Moorlach and Wagner

Things are heating up in the March 17 special election for the 37th state Senate District.

Venezia: Peotter brings an unpleasantness to Newport government

Last week the Newport Beach City Council ...

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Parisian-themed bistros ideal romantic settings

Love is in the air this week, as Valentine's Day is upon us. So why not opt for a romantic casual meal at one of the two Parisian-themed...

Venezia: State clarifies what Newport Councilman Duffield can vote on

In May, I wrote about Bob "Stop the Dock...

Venezia: Canceling of wake for man killed in police shooting was the right thing to do

I received a message Sunday from Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan, saying he's decided to cancel antique dealer Jay Pinson's memorial...

Venezia: Wake for wanted man is disrespectful to cops

This week I received an email announcement regarding the upcoming memorial gathering for Costa Mesa antiques dealer Jay Pinson at 4 p.m....

Barbara Venezia: Fired up - and often wrong - on Facebook

During the day I periodically check Facebook.

Venezia: Boycott of councilman's bar personalizes politics

Skosh Monahan's steakhouse and Irish pub was hopping Sunday night as Costa Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger and Planning Commissioner Jim...

Barbara Venezia: Political maneuvering has begun already

As 2015 begins, it's already shaping up to be an interesting political year in Newport Beach.

Barbara's Bits & Bites: They're dog-friendly at Boathouse, Cucina Enoteca

The week between Christmas and New Year's is a good time to get out and try some local dining spots with family and friends, including the...

Venezia: A tasty visit to Orange Coast College

The holiday season is a time for good food and getting together with friends.

Venezia: Getting a kick out of a photo shoot

Sometimes I feel like I'm on a strange reality show, only mine is in print, as I intertwine with the stories I write about.

Venezia: Gazsi's motivation to move on becomes clear

When the news hit that Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi was retiring and had accepted a job as deputy chief over field operations and...

Barbara's Bits & Bites: Mixing food and politics in Costa Mesa

One reason I enjoy this food column is I get to discover and rediscover fun places to eat locally. It also gives me a break from writing...

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Taking a second look at Ruby's Dinette

It's been a while since I've checked in with my restaurant column, Barbara's Bits & Bites, which continues to discover and rediscover fun...

Venezia: Election Day surprises sweep through Newport-Mesa

Whew! Elections are finally over, and there are some important lessons to be learned.

Venezia: Campaigns reach the final, weird days

This week in Newport you can just smell the crazy in the air as Election Day approaches.

Venezia: Water district candidate improperly used city seal

On Oct. 14, Newport Beach resident Gary Wykidal, an attorney, sent a letter to Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas and Newport...

Venezia: Reading tea leaves as election day nears

As the election season starts to wind up, and mail-in ballots hit mailboxes, it's time for voters to make their choices.

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...

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

Though I enjoy writing about the local political scene, I look forward each month to switching gears to discover and rediscover fun places...

Venezia: From toilet politics to the rarity: kindness and respect

Election time has been called the "silly season," and it certainly is in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Venezia: Stirring up a CM4RG hornet's nest

Geez, write one simple column about dissension in the ranks of the political group Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) and...

Venezia: CM4RG rep says Weitzberg was squeezed out of race

With the next Feet to the Fire Forum just around the corner for Costa Mesa council candidates, political rumblings are starting to surface.

Venezia: Buckle up as campaigns get interesting

Political twists and turns are coming fast and furious these days in the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa council races — and beyond.

Venezia: Candidate challenges campaign-donation warning

Things are heating up for Newport Beach council candidate Scott Peotter in his bid for the District 6 seat — maybe not in a good way.

Venezia: Having fun with Costa Mesa candidates

My last several columns have focused on the Newport Beach City Council race and the new crop of candidates there.

Venezia: Hopefuls and their land-use stances

On June 25 I wrote about Jean Watt and the organization she co-founded, Still Protecting Our Newport (SPON), attempting to wake up residents...

Venezia: Happy Fourth, from Newport, H.B., Vegas, beyond

Weekly I receive promotional emails for events and fun happenings from all over.

Venezia: Watt wakes up Newport to land-use amendment

At 87, longtime Newport resident, 2013 citizen of the year, councilwoman, community activist and Save Our Newport (SPON) co-founder Jean...

Venezia: Hoag adds a touch of Betty Ford

Monday I went over to Hoag Hospital to take a peek at changes to its chemical dependency unit.

Barbara's Bits & Bites: Dining - with dog - at my favorite places

Editor's note: Political columnist Barbara Venezia plans to write occasional food columns under the banner "Barbara's Bits &...

Venezia: Roaming Newport-Mesa on election night

I usually don't venture out on election night, but last Tuesday I did.

Venezia: Candidates should want to run

The Newport Beach City Council race got a little more interesting last week with the addition of Marshall "Duffy" Duffield.

Venezia: Political soft blows just keep coming

Last week I poked some fun by reading between the lines of political mailers I'd received over the past few weeks.

Venezia: Let's have fun dissecting campaign mailers

The June primary is about three weeks away, and mailboxes are brimming with candidate mailers.

Venezia: A Rush to judgment

Say the names Bob Rush and Rush Hill three times quickly and you have quite a tongue twister — almost as twisted as their continued...

Venezia: Forum had clear winners and losers

On April 17, the Costa Mesa Community Center was once again ground zero for the Feet to the Fire gang of Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, OC...

Venezia: SPON spawns new mission

Opening my mail the end of March I found a 10-page foldout piece from the city titled "Newport Beach General Plan – a progress...

Venezia: How candidates act at forum is telling

The April 17 Feet to the Fire Forum looks at the race for the 74th Assembly District, which covers parts of Irvine, Huntington Beach,...

Venezia: Foley will find a changed council

Over the decades I've had many interesting careers.

Venezia: Feet to the Fire Forum adds guests, venues

April is around the corner, and so is Feet to the Fire Forum season.

Venezia: Theater aid no blockbuster of an idea

Is the Balboa Village Theatre project a go or a no?

Venezia: Moorlach, Leece illustrate how tough it is to run

I always ask candidates what made them decide to throw their hat in the ring.

Venezia: Nothing adds up in 60th debacle

Every now and then there's a story that gets under my skin because the more answers surface, the more things just don't add up for me.