September 11th serves as a reminder of who we are as a people

WTC, photo credit unknown

Fifteen years ago on a Tuesday, we witnessed the worst terrorist attack ever performed on U.S. soil, losing nearly 3,000 innocent victims, many of them firefighters who rushed into a known disaster in order to help with their own hands. Despite the horrific events of that day, the beauty of America– and Americans ourselves– shone brightly through that very day and …

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The Outpouring of Support for my Campaign has Been Absolutely Overwhelming

All, THANK YOU. The massive amount of support for my campaign has been overwhelming.  It is amazing and truly humbling beyond words… but it also creates some unique problems! I did a ton of research and found out that for a city of about 87,000 people, 200 was the number of signs that were “recommended” by the professionals– and they were …

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As Summer Officially Departs, Locals Celebrate A Quiet Beachtown (and parking!)

Summertime provides our beach city with endless amounts of income for our small businesses, tons of joy for those who visit our beautiful harbor and oceanfront, and endless hours of traffic and searching for parking for our locals.  In a city whose year-round average temperature is just a tad under 70 degrees, our summertime-weather still has a few months to go… but …

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DUI Checkpoints All Labor Day Weekend

Newport Police

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting roving DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at undisclosed locations in Newport between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI Checkpoints are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are driving under the influence.  They also cause significant traffic delays, so …

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Council Candidate Forum for West Newport/Balboa Peninsula TONIGHT

Tonight from 6pm-7:30pm there will be a Council Candidate Forum at the new Marina Park on Balboa Peninsula.  So far, all major candidates have confirmed their attendance.  Not appearing will be Lee Lowrey and Shelley Henderson, with Henderson missing all of the candidate forums so far and Lowrey missing half.  This is is your opprotunity to hear what the candidates have to say …

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Lifeguards Make Dramatic Rescue of 6, Then Save Their Boat.

Last Saturday at about 5:30pm in front of Blackies, a sailboat had trouble starting their rear outboard engine.  From the descriptions that the people aboard gave, it sounded like it was flooded.  However, they continued to try for another half hour as the tide pushed them closer and closer to shore.  At about 6pm, there was no turning back.  The keel …

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Newport’s Olympians Return with Gold, Bronze, and Bragging Rights

Last Tuesday, the bulk of Newport’s Olympians returned from the Olympics in Rio.  While awards are traditionally given just for the top three placement– being anywhere in the top 20 in the world for any sport is bragging rights alone. Here are what our Olympians brought home: Charlie Buckingham – 11th in Laser Sailing Sam Mikulak – 7th in Apparatus & 8th …

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National Dog Day

California Flag with Dog, credit unknown

Today is National Dog Day! My first dog was a stray poodle we adopted called “Licker” because when we found him he was so grateful, he kept licking everyone for the next several months. My second dog was a stray black lab that we named “Baby”, because she was so young when we first saw her (she was running with …

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Feet to the Fire Forum

Last Wednesday, the Daily Pilot’s Feet to the Fire forum took place at OCC.  While my opponent Herdman was quick to criticize– an easy thing to do with the current council– his solutions were both few and obvious.   While everyone agrees with the obvious solutions, I also took aim at providing complex overhauls to our existing system.  To be clear: I am …

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UberEATS Hits Newport Beach

Hungry but don’t want to miss your favorite TV show?  Don’t want to fight traffic?  Don’t want to leave the beach? UberEATS has arrived, covering almost all of Newport Beach (sorry Newport Coast, it looks like they aren’t serving your area… yet!). Naturally, I had to give it a shot.  It was pretty darn easy.  Using a delivery code of …

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