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Letter to the Editor:

Peotter’s misguided efforts

While recent headlines have focused on Scott Peotter’s misguided efforts to refuse Newport’s gas tax revenues, and ridiculous charges by Peotter supporter Bob Rush regarding an imaginary “enemies list”, it is important not to forget that Peotter provides a clear and present danger to the quality of life in Newport Beach due to his full throttled support of high rise development.

Peotter attempted to undermine the people’s right to petition their government by putting thousands of unnecessary pages in the Museum House referendum petitions. These petitions weighed more than ten pounds and cost thousands to print. He failed in this effort when 14,000 residents opposed this project. Even with this, Peotter opposed rescinding the project approval and sought a special election (now he wails crocodile tears about the cost of a special election but he was all for it in February).

Peotter has advocated raising the height limits on Lido, and the new General Plan will allow him the opportunity to fix his high-rise vision on our city for a generation.

We need public officials that will focus on reducing traffic, improving our streets, protecting our quality of life and keeping our city safe. Peotter would rather address state and national issues to the detriment of Newport Beach taxpayers.  

It’s time for a change. Go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Georgia Foell

Big Canyon


Letter to the Editor:

Brenner first to throw hat in ring against Peotter

Joy BrennerIt is with tremendous enthusiasm that I have decided to run for Newport Beach City Council, District 6. Having observed the response to the Recall Scott Peotter campaign, it became apparent that now is the time. Earlier this year, I had declined to run because of time constraints. I participated in efforts to find an equally passionate and qualified candidate, but those efforts failed.  

Once this Recall is verified in November, I will no longer be focused on our current councilman or his record. My aim for the future is to “Take Newport Back for our Residents.” I will serve with Energy, Integrity, Common Sense and Passion” as I have done in every phase of my life since I was a sophomore at Newport Harbor High School.  

I wish no ill will toward Scott or his family, but his commitment to an extremely partisan agenda was apparently more important than listening to his constituents. We are a community of good, intelligent and fair-minded people. We need to be represented that way. I want to be a council member who is focused on making our city better, improving public participation and protecting our quality of life.  

The special recall election will give Newport Beach residents the opportunity to express their views on the tone of politics in our city. Having spoken with hundreds during the signature gathering, I am convinced the residents want change. We want a council member with community roots who will work for the good of Newport Beach, not an out of town partisan agenda. I look forward with excitement to representing us all in a fair and ethical manner.  

For more information about my Newport Beach City Council District 6 candidacy, please visit my website and follow me on social media @JoyForNewport.

Joy Brenner, Candidate, Newport Beach City Council District 6

Newport Beach


Letter to the Editor:

Peotter is a Political Hack

I support the recall of Scott Peotter because he is a lifetime political hack who has accomplished nothing to make our community better.

For more than eight years, Peotter was a politically appointed Planning Commissioner in Irvine, where he was a sure vote for high-rise and high-density development plans by the politically connected. Drive up Jamboree at five in the evening to see the Peotter legacy in Irvine. In the nineties, he ran unsuccessfully for the Irvine Ranch Water Board, where he complained about the cost of their headquarters building. His tune hasn’t changed.

He is a political disciple of failed Costa Mesa politician Allan Mansoor, another developer puppet and hack who did lasting damage to that city. Peotter actually worked as a political staffer for Mansoor when he was in the State legislature. Mansoor was a poor representative for Newport Beach who did nothing to address the group home issue or anything else important to Newport Beach residents.

Peotter himself has managed to get appointed by the rest of Team Newport to the Sanitation District, Vector Control District and Transportation Corridor Agency. He therefore collects four public paychecks which appear to be his only source of income. Public records show that his ventures into private sector business have resulted in financial failure and defaults.

He has been cited for repeated campaign reporting and contribution limit violations and was personally involved in justifying the infamous “Farsi” attacks on Fred Ameri, both in the pages of the Newport Beach Independent and before the Republican Central Committee.

Peotter moved back into Newport Beach in March 2014 just in time for the November 2014 election where he was supported as part of Team Newport in an effort to take over the city government. Narrowly winning, he is a sure vote for high-rise projects like the Museum House and he now wants to take the lead in giving us a General Plan that will lock his high-rise vision into our laws for the future.

I have had enough. It’s time to recall Scott Peotter and elect someone with real community roots and connections. A new council member who will work to improve our quality of life and not be just a partisan, political hack.

Paul Blank

Corona del Mar


Tourism Matters

Gary Sherwin

Go Beyond/September 2017/Annual Marketing Outlook

Gary Sherwin

Newport Beach & Co. President & CEO

Each year we challenge ourselves to bring forth new and exciting initiatives to the destination, and each year we are thrilled to share our collective success at the Annual Marketing Outlook Dinner and in our Annual Report.

This past Thursday, Sept. 28, was a fantastic evening that brought together travel and tourism professionals, destination partners, and community members to celebrate the past year’s successes as well as look at initiatives to promote Newport Beach in the year ahead. In addition to looking at the wins of Newport Beach & Company, I also had the pleasure of sharing the latest statistics from our bi-annual visitor profile study. 

I’m happy to tell you, Newport Beach continued its historic visitation growth, setting another new record of welcoming 7.3 million visitors for the first time. This breaks the previous high of seven million, which is a 4 percent increase. Additionally, the increased visitation led to a 20 percent increase of $1.2 billion in economic impact.

Visit Newport Beach, Inc. efforts also garnered an all-time record high of 182,620 room nights booked, which was a 13 percent increase year-over-year, and generated $93.6 million in overall economic impact to the city. The group sales team exceeded its annual goal and booked 84,520 room nights, resulting in $21.3 million in direct revenue for Newport Beach hotels and resorts, and a total economic impact of $56.7 million. Leisure advertising campaigns garnered 98,100 visitor room nights, with an economic value exceeding $36.9 million, including the spend on hotel and resort stays, shopping, dining and in-market activities. 

As you can see, tourism is an economic engine for Newport Beach. It’s the city’s third largest revenue source and this income benefits residents who would have to pay over $1,000 more per household on property taxes each year to maintain the exceptional infrastructure expected in the community. Additionally, to keep the city’s economy churning at the same levels that tourism generates, each household would have to spend over $43,000 more locally each year. Furthermore, visitors to our beautiful city play a vital role in supporting local businesses and creating more than 16,000 jobs for our residents.

Finally, the evening also recognized two outstanding community members for their dedication to Newport Beach and serving its guests. For his commitment to Newport Beach & Company, as well as the community via his many public and civic roles, the late Dennis O’Neil was honored with the prestigious Partner in Progress Award, which was also renamed the Dennis O’Neil Partner in Progress Award. Additionally, Jose Mendoza of Balboa Bay Resort received the Rosalind Williams Service Excellence Award for his remarkable customer service that creates a welcoming environment for locals and visitors alike.

So, to the entire destination – Thank you! You’ve pushed and inspired us to achieve more.

Journey Well,

 

Gary C. Sherwin, CDME
President & CEO
Newport Beach & Co.


Letter to the Editor:

“Art has won”

Barry Allen is a great guy. He is someone that I consider a friend and a person I respect as having contributed significantly to our community. His lovely wife, Debbie, is also a class act.

Unfortunately, Barry’s taste in, and appreciation for, contemporary art is on par with my appreciation and understanding of lacrosse.

Paraphrasing Councilman (Brad) Avery, art is subjective and is designed to, at a minimum, foster conversation among the viewing audience. And, when you add a beautiful environment and exquisite ocean view as the setting for that conversation, you realize why art is such an integral part of the human experience. Art encourages civilized discourse.

Councilman (Scott) Peotter hates the rabbits but he is still, to this day, talking about them. They are an essential part of his political essence. And therefore, in that context, the art in the park has served its purpose: it has stimulated conversation and become a substantial part of our community’s political dialogue. Art has won.

Mr. Allen might not like some of the pieces chosen by the Arts Commission and their consultants, but he is publically talking about them and his comments will, if nothing else, encourage people to go and see for themselves what he is talking about. And then, based upon each visitor’s subjective taste, that each visitor will either agree with, or disagree with, my friend Barry. But the very fact that they are visiting the garden, and then stopping at Ruby’s or Sprinkles or Gulfstream to discuss what they have experienced, contributes to our community in both a tangible and intangible manner.

We can quantify the tangible impact on the community by the revenues generated at our local businesses. We can quantify the intangible impact by simply looking at the diversity and number of the people who are enjoying their walks through the garden.

The Arts Commission, the consultants and the City Council all did their job and all should be commended. They have, at a very nominal cost, enhanced the soul of our community by creating a unique respite, like the tide pools and Buck Gully or Marina Park and Fashion Island, where residents and visitors alike can relax, recreate and converse. Our community has reaffirmed the importance of public art in public life. The City Arts Commission, the City Council and Barry Allen should all be thanked.

And, just for the record, it should be noted that since President Reagan has been relocated to Rabbit Hill, his smile seems a little bigger.

Phil Greer

Newport Beach


Letter to the Editor:

Are we better off?

As the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter nears the successful completion of the signature gathering, I think it is important to reflect on one question. It’s a paraphrase of the question Ronald Reagan so eloquently asked in 1980: “Is our community better off after the election of Scott Peotter?”

Is traffic better now than in 2014? What ever happened to the Corona del Mar By-Pass? Is the noise and disruption from John Wayne Airport better or worse? Has development been appropriate for our community, or has densification intensity harmed our neighborhoods?

Have we addressed the infrastructure needs of our streets, sewers, libraries and public buildings, or have we siphoned off revenues while cutting fees for specific major campaign donors?

Is our unfunded pension liability higher or lower? (It’s $70 million higher).  Has the power of special interest groups, and the political manipulators like Dave Ellis, been reduced or enhanced?

Does our civic interaction reflect a culture of respect for the residents and a sense of civility, or have we devolved into name-calling, childish YouTube videos, and efforts to undermine the constitutional rights to petition our government by our elected representatives?

Do we have leaders that are focused on pragmatically solving problems and working to improve our quality of life, or do we have a Team Newport-led council majority predisposed to vote as a block? Are citizens or independent councilmembers even willing to bring forth new ideas if the Team is not in support?

Each resident should answer these questions for themselves. But when I answer them, I come away profoundly concerned about the future of our city.  The upcoming update of the Newport Beach General Plan, and the new city budget will reflect choices that will change the very character of our community for a generation. This is why I believe, along with thousands of other Newport Beach residents who have already signed the recall petition that the best means of protecting Newport Beach values is to recall Scott Peotter now. As you think about Ronald Reagan’s question, decide for yourself, and join our efforts.

Michael Toerge

Corona del Mar


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

I’m sorry to do this to you for the third time this month, but I had a couple of quick community notes.

1 – The annual Huntington Beach Breitling Air Show is this coming weekend – Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. According to our PD (and in light of what we saw and heard last year), we anticipate that there will be significant – and very different – air traffic over the waters at the western edge of Newport Beach. You can expect increased noise from the Show and its training flights between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Training is likely to affect us on Thursday (today), too. Noise from the planes may be very loud. While that’s not new to us in the JWA departure path, it is new to the western edge of town. And these are different types of planes, sometimes flying very acrobatic patterns. Please be sure to make accommodations for anyone who may be disturbed, including pets. Residents and visitors to the city may also be impacted by increased traffic along Pacific Coast Highway during the event (approximately 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday). Please use alternate routes when possible to avoid delay. Additional information about the air show can be found at www.hbairshow.com. To receive live updates, text HBAirshow to 888777.  I swear I am not smiling as I write this, but any complaints or concerns can be filed via the City of Huntington Beach’s website at www.hungtingbeachca.gov. You may also call 714.536.5985 to leave a message for Huntington Beach city staff.

2 – It’s sandcastle time at CDM State Beach. That’s this coming Sunday, Oct. 1 at Big Corona Beach in Corona del Mar. The theme is Pirates of the Pacific. In addition to one-eyed scurvy dawgs, there will be a custom built sand sculpture sponsored by The UPS Store and the Los Angeles Rams, a Capt. Jack Sparrow look-a-like and the return of the Bubble Lady. Teams will compete for cash prizes and trophies. The Chamber will be cooking food and serving beverages as well. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Competition is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and awards will be handed out approximately at 3:30 p.m. More information can be found at www.newportbeach.com/events/56th-annual-sandcastle-contest.

3 – The Civic Center will be busy as well, hosting the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. That’s also Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. More information for the Festival is at www.newportwineandfood.com. While this is not an official City event, it does impact the Civic Center and the Green, so folks should be aware of it should they use the Central Library or City Hall starting today (set up is going on now) through Sunday.

4 – Lastly, the City Council spent a good bit of time on the John Wayne Airport and NextGen issues at its meeting (Tuesday). It might be worth watching if you missed it. Click here to navigate to the video of the Study Session. Once you get to our Calendar, look at the “City Council – 9-26-17” item, and click on the video button way to the right. Then you’ll want to advance to where the video’s timer says 22:05, or click on the item below the video screen that says “SS4…”

Again, sorry for the additional Insider’s Guide in your inbox – I really wanted to make you aware of the air show before you heard it or saw it.

Dave Kiff

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

949-644-3001

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Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

Here’s what might be of interest to you that’s on the agenda for the Newport Beach City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, September 26, 2017. I don’t summarize every item, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The study session is focused mostly on John Wayne Airport and the recent Next Gen actions. Study Session begins at 4 p.m. Following closed session items, the evening’s Regular Session will start at 7 p.m. Here’s more on the Study Session:

The big item is about the FAA, NextGen, and John Wayne Airport. It’s been a

short while since the FAA implemented new NextGen departure paths over us here in Newport Beach. A few things to know as you look at this issue with us: (1) NextGen is a nationwide effort. I was looking back to a briefing I gave nearly two years ago to the Council and our comments were “hey, this is coming and it’s not good”. Indeed, that’s where we are; (2) Of the three new departure tracks that affect us most, each of them seems to have something wrong with it. The biggest problems may be with the two departure paths (called FINNZ and HHERO) that are taking about half of all departures too far to the east; (3) the City Council moved to sue the FAA in October 2016, in part because we suspected that the FAA would get it wrong the first time; and (4) people should hold out hope that this can and will be improved, and that we are working on it diligently. 

I say this because in 2009, a very similar thing happened. The FAA released a new departure pattern (called the DUUKE) in September 2009. The DUUKE was our first RNAV departure, and the way it was coded brought planes well over Eastbluff with a turn over Corona del Mar. It took resident concern, City activism, and County participation to get the FAA to fix it – and they did. The best fix was the FAA’s third try, and took effect in March 2011 – a full eighteen months.  

But no, I will not tell you to be patient. No one needs to be patient. In fact, when 21 airports are involved and the FAA deals with them one by one, Newport Beach residents should be weighing in directly with the FAA. Because it’s hard to contact the FAA’s MetroPlex folks directly (snail mail appears to be the preferred way from the MetroPlex website), we recently set up a web page that allows you to comment, and then we’ll send all comments to the FAA for you. So comment away! That page is here.

But regardless of that, you can and should come to the 4 p.m. meeting to learn more and to speak your mind. One final thought: The Upper Bay is not configured to have a perfect departure pattern using only one turn. i.e. the landforms of the Upper Bay mean that one side is going to be affected a bit more than another after that first turn. The key is to figure out the path that affects the least amount of people and that follows the historic departure paths. 

At our Regular Session, there were only a few items that jumped out at me. These are:

Phase III of the Civic Center Sculpture Garden is up for Council review (following a public review and the Arts Commission’s selections). This involves nine sculptures, and would be the third two-year round of temporary sculptures for the Civic Center Park. There will be additional public comment about the selections. For those who have watched this in the past, a highlight of the public comment is resident Barry Allen’s three-minute analysis of what each piece looks like to him. I’m not sure if Barry is planning on coming down to speak, but I’m bringing popcorn just in case. I might live-tweet it.     

The Wastewater Fee increase was approved at the last meeting and comes back for a “second reading” on the consent calendar at this Tuesday’s meeting.

Also on the consent calendar is a long resolution that memorializes past City and community action regarding JWA, and hopefully expresses some intent and direction to address recent resident concerns about NextGen (as noted in the Study Session synopsis above).    

Some community notes:

For our West Newport friends, the Coastal Country Jam took place at Huntington Beach State Park this past weekend (Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24). Sound from this event impacted Newport Beach residents in the past, but I am told that the organizers have taken steps to reduce the noise impact on the surrounding communities. Residents with noise complaints or concerns can contact State Parks directly at 951-443-2969 (and ask for Huntington Beach Dispatch). Information on the event is available here.

The tragedy at Camp Pendleton several days ago affected many from the 1st Battalion/1st Marines, the USMC unit that the City adopted over 10 years ago. If you want to know more as to how to help, that link is here. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their families as they recover.   

On a very fun note, the long-awaited Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center at Marina Park opened, Saturday, September 23. This is a major accomplishment for the Girl Scouts of Orange County – they worked so hard to get this facility funded and built. Congratulations!! And many thanks to the Argyros family for supporting the funding for the Center. The Center replaces the “Girl Scout Hut” that resided at Marina Park for many, many years when the area was a mobile home park and trailer park before it. Good job, GSOC!

Enjoy your week, and thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Letters to the Editor:

Reader believes in “fair” play

Did I miss it?

You told me you needed my hometown because you were going to publish my letter. 

Next thing I know Rush Hill is ANOTHER anti-Peotter agent jumping into the fray. 

I’m not a Peotter supporter. 

I am a guy who believes in fair play. 

And it makes no sense, or cents, to demand the council accept the gas tax money while at the same time sweeping $300,000 under the rug. 

Since the first cost estimate of recall was 500k and the current number is 300k one can assume the real expense is probably somewhere in the middle.

So we are willing to spend the money that we get from the state’s gas tax on a recall? Funny, but the people demanding the gas tax money for road repairs think it’s ok to use to embarrass a council member up for re-election in a year. 

And then we wonder how stupid deals like the city hall and new hotel get through?

If Stu News can’t be objective you provide no service to this community.

Mark Adams

Newport Beach

Loves her “some” Nancy Gardner

I’m a huge fan of Stu News since I subscribed 4 - 5 months ago and read every edition, even when I was on vacation. One of my favorites in your publication are the articles from Nancy Gardner on the history of Newport Beach. I just love her stories and the way she writes them makes them so interesting. Keep it up!

Debbie Stevens

Newport Beach


Letter to the Editor:

Why to recall now

Tom Johnson’s questioning of the need for a special election is a fair inquiry. The question has also been posed by Mr. Peotter. Mr. Johnson’s goal in asking the question is, I believe, civic discourse. Mr. Peotter’s goal appears to be political manipulation.

Fourteen thousand Newport Beach residents signed the Museum House referendum, despite the aggressive efforts of Mr. Peotter and Team Newport to derail citizen participation. Public outrage, again directed at Mr. Peotter and his politically partisan crew, caused the City Council to reverse itself with regard to accepting gas tax revenues. The threat of a recall has tempered Mr. Peotter in both his votes on the council and his rhetoric in the community. Unfortunately, his interactions with recall supporters, and their mothers, and YouTube postings clearly show that underneath this apparent modification lies the same insensitive, uncaring fanatically ideological politician who the public wants to replace.

In theory, the public could wait until the end of 2018 to replace Mr. Peotter. Unfortunately, that wait has serious implications and consequences.

The city will pass another budget during Mr. Peotter’s remaining tenure, the general plan will be revisited, capital improvements will be made and economic decisions will be made with long-term ramifications. To allow Mr. Peotter to continue to have influence over these decisions will continue to take the city in a direction it has overwhelmingly said it does not want to go.

And finally, there is the political reality of what waiting till November 2018 allows Team Newport to do. In a general election, Mr. Peotter is on the ballot with any number of challengers. I would not put it past Team Newport to place one or more additional candidates on the ballot to split the vote and return Mr. Peotter to City Hall for another four years. On the other hand, a recall vote is a clean up or down vote with regard to the performance of Mr. Peotter. If Councilman Peotter truly believes that he represents the people of Newport Beach, he should have no hesitation in subjecting his reputation and performance to a single, direct vote of the people. The people do not want another four years of Scott Peotter, or four years of a clone who is still manipulated by Dave Ellis and his friends. The people want a change.

The recall effort, like the revolt against Museum House and the uprising for a reversal of the gas tax vote, is an organic citizen led movement that has emerged as a direct response to the insensitivity and disdain Scott Peotter and his ideological fellow travelers have shown for the public. Had Scott Peotter listened during the Museum House debate, had Mr. Peotter listened prior to rejecting the gas tax revenues, had Mr. Peotter listened at any time during his almost three years on the city council, the people could most likely be persuaded to wait. Unfortunately, Mr. Peotter does not listen and, therefore, the people cannot wait.

Phil Greer

Newport Beach


Letter to the Editor:

Enough is Enough

Since leaving the city council, I have tried to refrain from commenting on the actions of the new council, but the irresponsible decision to turn down over $480,000 in tax revenue, paid by Newport Beach residents to fix our streets, demands comment. It was only citizen outrage that forced the council to reverse this misguided decision.

Right up until the day he flip-flopped, Councilman Scott Peotter was the primary defender of this action. He called the street improvement funds “free money” and claimed the amount was not really significant. Peotter disparaged other former council members who challenged this decision and he asserted he was “standing on principle” to send a message to Sacramento.

How foolish these arguments look in the light of the resident response. This is not the first time Peotter has put some vague political principle ahead of the interests of Newport Beach taxpayers. At the same time Peotter was defending the rejection of our own road improvement funds, Duffy Duffield was sending mail on behalf of Peotter claiming that if the recall moves forward, cuts in street improvements would be required. This cynical and deceitful exercise shows why now is the time to recall Peotter. Had the rejection of road funds continued, it would have cost city motorists $1.9 million annually. Peotter and Duffield wrap themselves in the “Republican” banner, but their policies are neither Republican nor conservative. They are simply financially incoherent and irresponsible.

I expect that Peotter and Team Newport puppet master Dave Ellis will respond to this commentary with some personal attack. It’s what they have done to other critics such as Nancy and Susan Skinner, Jean Watt, Keith Curry and Mike Toerge. They have nothing else. The two recent mailings by Duffield didn’t even mention Peotter’s name except in the legal disclosure and the rescission card. It’s time to return to a city council that considers road repair a core service of the city, not a vehicle to play political games. It’s time to return to a council that understands why the position is a non-partisan position dedicated to solving local problems, not perusing state and national partisan politics at the expense of our city’s tax payers.

Rush Hill, Mayor, 2013-2014

Newport Beach


Letters to the Editor:

Peotter’s Reckless Financial Management Continues

Public pressure forced Councilman Scott Peotter to abandon his foolish “political protest” of refusing $480,000 in gas tax (SB-1) funds for local streets in order to “send a message” to Sacramento. This cost would have risen to $1.9 million next year if it had continued. The gas tax debacle is only the latest example of Poetter’s fiscal recklessness and irresponsibility.

In 2015, he proposed refunding the civic center debt, even in light of a financial advisor’s report that showed his idea would cost $20 million more in debt service.

At the same time, he criticized the call features of the civic center debt, even when the same financial advisor showed him that changing the provision as Peotter would have wanted would have increased debt service by $719,000 annually for a minimum period of 10 years or $7,190,000.

In 2015, out of the blue he proposed reducing the business license fees by $3.5 million, creating an immediate deficit in the city budget. Even the business community did not support this imprudent action.

He proposed arbitrarily adding $5 million to the 2015-16 budget for “sea walls.” This was more than $4 million more than staff said could be reasonably spent and more than $2 million over the ultimate budget for these improvements. Here again, he would have created a budget deficit.

Peotter was the deciding vote in abandoning litigation and awarding over $300,000 to the owners of Woody’s Wharf, major Peotter campaign donors.

Peotter pushed to change the city policy so that his political ally Jack Wu could be appointed to the city Finance Committee. Wu was later convicted of embezzlement and resigned from his city appointment.

While Peotter has been long on partisan rhetoric, he has been short on real results. The city’s pension liabilities have grown $70 million since he took office and the operating budget has grown each year he has been on the council.

The near loss of our street improvement funds to political posturing and game playing show us how important it is to have thoughtful, responsible leaders on the city council, not political ideologues. We simply cannot afford more of Scott Peotter. Go to www.recallscottpeotter.com for more information.

Becky Hill

Corona del Mar

Scott Peotter Should be Recalled Because He Does Not Respect Our Community Values

Much has been written about the myriad of reasons for the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter and two of the many issues that come up in favor of recall are that he does not represent or respect the values of our community and that he has failed to conduct himself in a civil manner. I got to witness first hand, at the recent and last in the summer, Newport Beach Concerts on the Green, just how out of touch Mr. Peotter is with our community and how he does not conduct himself in a civil manner.

I have been collecting signatures for the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter at each of the concerts this summer and at the concert on September 3, Mr. Peotter showed up with a table and his own two-man crew to collect counter-signatures. Mr. Peotter set up his table and crew about 10 feet from the table manned by the Recall Scott Peotter crew.

I can only describe that two-man crew as ill mannered, boisterous, and aggressive, to put it politely. The Peotter crew was in sharp contrast to the Recall Committee table that was manned by a retired legislator, a doctor, a lawyer and an insurance agent, all longtime residents of our City. 

The Peotter crew kept taunting and insulting the Recall Committee crew and at one point, one of them came right up to me, cackling in my face, sounding like the cackler in the Surfaris’ song, Wipe Out and then screamed, “I am obnoxious.”  I turned away.  

Peotter did our city proud and displayed how out of touch he is with our community he really is. Peotter brought them to the party and supervised their obnoxiousness. He arrived with them, set them up, and stayed with them. I believe that this shows what an outlier Peotter is and how out of step with the community he really is, particularly to have this kind of behavior occur on Civic Center property under the watch of a Councilman. 

If Peotter were in step with the community, his table would have been manned respectfully.

Kristin M. Cano

Corona del Mar

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