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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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:

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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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