My interest in running for city council surrounds my appreciation of Newport Beach. I’ve lived here since 1970, and sailed on Newport Harbor since childhood. How fortunate we are to live, work, and play in a city blessed with rare natural gifts that inspired the growth of an exceptional community.
If elected, I will be dedicated to keeping Newport’s heritage. This heritage consists of our unique vibrant villages, of strong, safe neighborhoods, and of protecting the waters of the upper and lower bays. We have a history of generosity that has inspired the Oasis Senior Center, Hoag Hospital, our exceptionally managed beaches, the back bay preserve, and our culture of welcoming visitors.
I am committed to listening to residents as we move forward in the effort to balance inevitable growth with the quality of life we love. I miss many parts of “old Newport” and treasure what’s left. But I also know our community will always be on the move: growing, improving, inspiring.
We’ve been growing since the Pavilion was built in 1906. We must manage growth well. I will strongly encourage an engaged citizenry. When united and involved, residents can have great influence on important civic decisions. We must demand excellent city management, beginning with sound fiscal management. Newport Beach may be one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, but this should never influence the effort to deliver citizens great service and value at the lowest possible cost. In this effort, we must also work together to reduce the city’s financial liabilities.
Newport continues to thrive thanks to a strong heritage, which has been carefully built over the past century. We still have challenges, and I believe in working together in a mutual effort to maintain and improve the quality of life that makes Newport Beach an incredible place to live.