Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport, owner of the software company Devion, the VP of Newport Beach's Republican Assembly, Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge, an outspoken taxpayer advocate, and a sworn alternate voter for the Orange County GOP. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at michael.glenn@devion.com

Mayor Rush Hill Has Officially Gone Toxic.

It takes a lot to unseat a mayor, but it’s looking like Duffy is successfully doing so. Even Mayor Rush Hill’s closest allies are distancing themselves from him. In the newest flyer hitting mailboxes this week promoting the atrocious Measure Y bill, we can see that Rush Hill’s name is notably absent– even though he is its highest-ranking supporter in the city. …

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DUI Checkpoint on Friday

Newport Police

Newport Beach PD will be conducting a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location on Friday , September 26, 2014 between 8pm and 3am. DUI Checkpoints are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are driving under the influence. This is a good time remind everyone that when you drink, please call a …

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Throwback: Ruben E Lee

Ruben E Lee, photo credit unknown

The Reuben E Lee was around a lot longer than us, but in December of 2012, it sank in San Diego harbor. Do you have fond memories of this floating restaurant and entertainment boat? Any guesses as to when it started?

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Newport Council’s New Tax Violates Prop13

Newport Beach City Council has institutionalized violations of Prop13.  This report will show how Newport is taxing home value without bringing it to a public vote. 1) A TAX NOT A FEE: Newport Beach’s infamous “Dock Tax” is claimed to be a “fee” by City Council.  This is incorrect.  Nobody likes splitting hairs, but if they are going to do …

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“Audit City Hall” Movement Gains Traction

Newport Beach City Hall and Bunnies, photo by Mike Glenn

As questionable spending is revealed in cities like Irvine throughout the county– and now the county itself– the cries for auditing Newport Beach’s own city hall are becoming louder and more clear. We think that the largest-ever-expenditure begs for an audit simply because of its size alone. Council candidates Scott Peotter and Kevin Muldoon agree, and support auditing the city …

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Ben Carlson Statue Coming Thanks To Your Efforts

Ben Carlson Statue

When I began fundraising for this cause, I had no idea it would lead to this. From the SaveNewport group, we raised a whopping $11,100 for Ben’s memorial– an exceptional part of the total. As other groups also joined in, we now have enough to begin this beautiful project in honor of our friend and lifeguard, Ben Carlson. Your contributions …

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Jack Wu calls out current council

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Noted political columnist Jack Wu joins us in calling out the current council for their complete lack of fiscal responsibility. Tony Petros, current Councilman and conductor of the finance committee insists that everything is a-okay. Article here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/beach-633009-newport-city.html

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Throwback: Karam’s

Karam's, photo credit unknown

Do you remember Karam’s restaurant? It used to be the creme de la creme of Newport dining, with valets dressed in full tuxedos. Here at Karam’s in 1953 was a fundraiser for George Hoag to see if he could kick-off efforts to build a new hospital in the area. It apparently went pretty well for a first-event, raising $100 per …

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Fire Rings Survey Shows Overwhelming Support

Family by the Fire Rings, photo credit unknown

The results of a new fire ring survey were released late last week, showing precisely how disconnected Rush Hill and Keith Curry’s current council is from representing their constituents.  The numbers– shockingly– become even  more overwhelming since the last survey (the last survey had the “leave the fire rings alone” numbers at 86%, and this one they are 92%) Here are the …

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