Former Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry credits city council members for voting to reverse track this month on their decision to forgo state gas tax funds. Yet it was the public and columnists like Tom Johnson and Barbara Venezia, Curry writes, that really moved the ball. Curry notes the experience underscores the need for strong public comment, debate and engagement in Orange County’s civic life.
Former City Councilman Keith Curry criticizes a recent decision by the Newport Beach City Council to turn down nearly $500,000 in state funding because of their opposition to the state’s recent gas tax hike. Curry writes that council members were irresponsible to defer much needed infrastructure funding for locals just to send an ideological message to Sacramento.
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff offers insights into this week’s city council meeting. This week, Council members will consider various infrastructure projects from roadway improvement to a sea wall on Balboa Island.
At Tuesday’s Newport Beach City Council meeting, three current members will step down (Mr. Curry, Mr. Petros, and Mr. Selich) as November election results are presented and three will take their place (Mr. Avery, Mr. Herdman, and Mr. O’Neill). Following that, the new Council will select a mayor and mayor pro tem for 2017.
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff offers insights into this week’s city council meeting. This week, Council members will spend some time discussing alternative designs for improvements to Bayside Drive between West Coast Highway (near Dover) and Marine/Jamboree.
Does the public have a right to know exactly who is contributing to campaigns as well as an expectation that campaign finance laws will be enforced? Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry argues there is a key breakdown of enforcement in his city.
City planning and development should not occur in a vacuum. Televising Planning Commission meetings is an easy way to engage the community plus encourage transparent and easily accessible public information.