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

Throwback: The Grand Canal

Grand Canal courtesy Balboa Island Historical Society

Do you know the cool story about how Balboa Island got the Grand Canal? What do you think? Would you prefer Collin’s vision, or the way it is today? The story might be cooler than the canal itself! An excerpt from the book “Newport Beach’s Balboa and Balboa Island“ by Jeff Delaney: “The Grand Canal between Balboa Island and the …

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Measure Y is both Big Government and Bad Government

Vote No on Y

“We’ve got to pass the bill to know what’s in it”– this is the call from nearly all of the Newport Council candidates when you ask them about Measure Y. I asked the question to candidates: “Have you read Measure Y?”  All but two said they have not.  Yet every single one of them has formed an opinion on it.  How? …

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The unintended consequences of a Nanny State

Reusable Bag

What has happened since the city-instituted bag-bans have taken place, despite the outcries from citizens? Some people claim that their stores have seen a doubling of shoplifting since plastic bag bans have been implemented. Friends in Huntington tell me that the instances of dog droppings not being picked up by owners have skyrocketed since plastic bags have become less available. As …

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CdM Republican Assembly Endorsements

California Republican Assembly

Last night, the CdM Republican Assembly (which is actually a Newport-wide organization) met with the candidates to endorse. CdMRA shares its name with the CdM Residents Association– but they are not one in the same.  The Republican Assembly is a subsidiary of the California Republican Assembly. Of all the people there, the only candidates missing were Mike Toerge and Diane Dixon. …

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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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