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  • Commentary: Toll lanes go against the spirit of Measure M funding

    There has been a lot of discussion about whether toll lanes will reduce traffic and travel time on the 405 Freeway, and that is a worthy discussion. Today, I would like to approach it from another perspective — truthful and efficient use of tax...
  • Newport council members defend handling of city finances

    As in most cities, campaign signs have multiplied on lawns and street poles in Newport Beach. Knocks at the door have become expected. A candidates forum seems to occur every few days. Among the pamphlets and speeches, strong critiques of recent...
  • Commentary: Some FAQs about Costa Mesa pension liabilities

    Editor's note: Attorneys John Stephens and Tim Sesler, two members of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee, asked the Daily Pilot to publish the panel's findings and recommendations. The committee put together a series of three articles, titled...
  • Commentary: Prepayment of debt would trigger financial penalties

    There is an old saying: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." In the recent candidate forums, we have seen candidates display ignorance of the facts that would be truly expensive to all Newport Beach residents. Fact No. 1: Newport Beach'...
  • Coast College district sees budget increase for second year

    The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $243 million budget — about $5 million higher than last year's spending plan. The 2014-15 budget, which Vice Chancellor Andy Dunn presented to the board Tuesday night,...
  • Commentary: Property tax split would drive business from state

    As the California Legislature adjourned for the year this past week, ominous clouds began to appear on the horizon, casting a shadow over the fiscal future of our state. Los Angeles joined San Francisco and more than 80 cities and school districts to...
  • Biz News: Firehouse Subs opening in Costa Mesa

    A fast-casual sandwich chain is scheduled to open in Costa Mesa next week. Firehouse Subs will open Monday at 2701 Harbor Blvd., in the Mesa Verde Center anchored by Vons, according to a news release. It is the Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain's first...
  • Commentary: Setting the record straight on toll lanes

    Much has been written recently about the Caltrans proposal to require tolls on the new lane improvements to the 405 Freeway, and not all of it has been accurate, so I want to set the record straight. I oppose Caltrans' efforts to dictate toll policy...
  • Commentary: Pact with employees will save Costa Mesa millions

    During our two City Council meetings in September, the public will get to weigh in on the merits of a labor agreement that our general employees recently ratified. After that, the City Council will vote on whether to approve it. It took more than a...
  • Grand jury data on pension liabilities paint varied pictures

    In a report aiming to evaluate how cities are being affected by pension liabilities, the Orange County Grand Jury called for area cities to make more budget information readily available. Lacking the desired data, the 2013-14 group tried to use its...
  • Venezia: Candidates' websites lack ideas, specifics too [Corrected]

    Venezia: Candidates' websites lack ideas, specifics too [Corrected]
    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...
  • Commentary: Newport is fiscally sound, and council intends to keep it that way

    Two years into a four-year Newport Beach City Council term, it is not unusual for me to still feel like "the new guy." But in those two years, I've had opportunities to contribute to many city committee and council efforts and have added to my existing...