Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. 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

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

OC Register Logo

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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Leaked List of Militarized Police Equipment in OC

Militarized Police

A concerned reader sent me this list of things police ordered under the 1033 program that allows the military to give equipment to our local police. While many of the items here are benign, there are a few questionable items. A $4,000 filing cabinet? Computers that cost the same whether you buy them a few at a time or dozens …

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Lido Boat Show: Sept 18th-21st

Lido Boat Show

Lido Boat Show begins on Sept 18th and will be going strong until it closes on Sept 21st.  There will be vendors at least 149 boats during this time,  but vendors are still packing it in!  See something you like?  Brokers are on-site to help you with the purchase you’re sure to use all summer long. Tickets are $15 (kids under 12 are …

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Costa Mesa Endorsement: Brian Peotter

Photo of Brian Peotter and State Assemblyman Don Wagner

As many of you know, we here at SaveNewport have very strong fiscally conservative mindsets. Here is a candidate who wants the job so he can eliminate his own position. After many talks with Brian Peotter, I can attest that he is “the real deal”. As he mentions in his statement, he wants to obtain the position in order to eliminate …

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