Barbara Venezia

Barbara Venezia
Newport Beach resident and political columnist

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.

Venezia: My political column is returning home to the Pilot

My friendship with John Canalis, editor of the Daily Pilot, is both strange and wonderful. He's wonderful and I'm just strange!

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