Barbara Venezia

Barbara Venezia
Newport Beach resident and political columnist

Barbara's Bits and Bites: La Vida Cantina corrects course

There have been times when I write this restaurant column, which discovers and rediscovers fun places to eat, that I've had less than...

Venezia: Choosing right dog park can be tricky

Are there unforeseen dangers lurking in local dog parks?

Venezia: Decision not to censure Peotter is bad news for Newport

I've covered my share of council meetings, but the one Tuesday night in Newport Beach was a doozy.

Venezia: Newport's reputation and Councilman Peotter

Will the Newport Beach City Council vote to censure Councilman Scott Peotter Tuesday, as was discussed at the July 14 special council...

Barbara's Bits & Bites:

It's been a while since I've written a Barbara's Bits & Bites food column, but that doesn't mean I haven't been out and about discovering...

Venezia: A peek into presidential politics

Earlier this summer, I found myself at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas among about 2,000 delegates attending the National Organization of Latino...

Venezia: Pot: a politically unifying topic?

A Cannabis Chamber of Commerce?

Venezia: Resignation is unlikely in Peotter mess; that leaves recall

Councilman Scott Peotter's comments opposing gay marriage are causing the biggest stir in Newport Beach since former Councilman Dick Nichols...

Venezia: Peotter shouldn't use city seal in criticism of gay marriage

*This column has been updated, as noted below.

Venezia: Should homeless people be allowed to sleep in their cars?

A new bill being proposed in Sacramento "prohibits local governments from penalizing, by impoundment or other method, the act of sleeping in...

Venezia: Rehab home comments seem out of order

There's an old saying, "Loose lips sink ships."

Venezia: Mayor pro tem's team spirit questioned

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Venezia: Bad blood surfaces with 'spit and hit' incident

Sometimes the process of flushing out a column raises more questions than the story itself.

Venezia: Overcoming the complexities of digital death

Facebook and LinkedIn often suggest people to connect with.

Venezia: Graffiti doesn't dampen campaign-kickoff enthusiasm

He's not exactly sure when the incident happened, but Costa Mesa Councilman Gary Monahan recently posted a photo of the graffiti-tagged...

Venezia: Is talk of bullying a fundraising ploy?

"Should the Bully Be Recalled?"

O.C. Day Trip: Historic Main Street in Garden Grove

I first met Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen last year at the opening night of the OC Fair.

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Ruby's Dinette, The HUB, La Vida Cantina

In our quest to discover and rediscover fun places to eat, my little rescue dog Stasha and I recently found our way back to one of our...

Venezia: 'Green rush' is on, and cities can't ignore it

The term 420 and April 20 has special significance for marijuana enthusiasts.

Venezia: Peotter campaign finances latest wrinkle

You could say newly elected Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter is "the gift that keeps on giving," at least for those of us who follow...

Venezia: Pet expo at fairgrounds has changed lives

The America's Family Pet Expo returns to the Orange County fairgrounds Friday to Sunday.

Venezia: Curry takes on Peotter's fiscal folly

Newport Beach Councilmen Keith Curry sent an email March 25 stating, "Last night, during a 30-minute stretch in our council meeting, we came...

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

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

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.

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