Partisan politics have no place in local elections

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Instead of waiting another twenty years to write a “letter to the editor,” I’m responding to a letter posted today (10/23) in StuNews from Michael Schroeder. In it there was a reference to “brown shirts” and it was implied this came from Joy Brenner.

Not true. I wrote those words, not Joy. They were written and sent by me to Joy because I see a danger in partisan politics being injected into a non-partisan election. The General Election Ballot clearly states “non-partisan offices” before council district voting. 

My email cited both party colors (red and blue) with dedicated people voting blindly based on party affiliation. In it, I said that when someone adheres to party lines (and I used the color brown) consequences may develop that end badly.

I’m a Republican who is probably more conservative than most Republicans. In government I vote “small” and adhere to the economics espoused by Milton Friedman and Frederick Hayek. That said I cannot rely only on party politics, particularly at the local level, and turn a blind eye to a candidate’s character.

I hope everyone studies the facts and certainly in local elections votes based on whether a candidate puts the people and community ahead of personal biases, has demonstrated a commitment to service and has a vision for the city that can be appreciated by many if not all.

Lorian Petry

Corona del Mar

mike henn

Joy Brenner Reflects the Community's Values

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Former mayor doesn’t like what ‘their’ future holds

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the failure of Scott Peotter and Duffy Duffield to directly answer questions regarding their employment relationship. Now it is confirmed that Duffield paid Peotter to lobby to help get Duffield’s Adelanto facility entitled for commercial marijuana cultivation. Now we know why they worked so hard to keep it a secret.

They claim to be fiscal conservatives, but the City’s operating budget is up $56 million since they took office. Duffield proposed millions for a fire boat and millions more to operate it, and both of them supported the misguided “Port Plan” the Coastal Commission considered laughable. Peotter even proposed spending $200,000 to make himself look better on cable TV.

While spending millions on the harbor, Duffield and Peotter supported budget cuts that would have reduced public safety by up to fifteen cops or firefighters.

Both Peotter and Duffield have falsely claimed to be endorsed by Newport Beach Firefighters. They were not. Together, they sought to undermine the people’s right to petition on the Museum House. Having a convicted felon who defrauded the city of Newport Beach itself host a fundraiser is a new low for Scott Peotter. Their treatment of our outstanding former City Manager Dave Kiff was shameful and disgraceful.

They have sponsored a cynical charter amendment to look like they support voter input on debt, but at the same meeting they voted to impose taxes of up to $4,500 per year on new homeowners and to authorize $8 million in bonds without an election.

They simply cannot be trusted.

Their opponents, Joy Brenner and Tim Stoaks are candidates steeped in the community who reflect our values. They will restore honesty and transparency to city hall and will treat the public with respect. I urge you to vote for them.

Mike Henn, Former Mayor 

City of Newport Beach




Post truth elections

Dishonesty, Disrespect, Cronyism and Collusion, Oh My!

Deep Dysfunction in Our City

Election Day is less than two weeks away!  I’ve been working on this for over a year now and must confess I had no idea how deep the roots of dysfunction had grown...into our very foundation as a city.  The back room deals and secrets being kept from the public were the mere tip of the iceberg.

More is being revealed all the time about the apparent conflict of interest between Duffy and Scott Peotter, who have now been shown to have a business relationship. They are now trying to say there is nothing wrong with that but, if so, then why did they hide it from us for so long?  Why did they not disclose it to the city attorney and the rest of the council? We need to be sure the city is not held liable for any votes cast by Scott which were in the best interest of Duffy when Duffy had to recuse himself!  Is our city attorney monitoring these actions and protecting us as tax paying citizens?

And Scott has injected partisan politics into everything he has done since elected, including this campaign.  In my 57 years in Newport Beach I have never seen this done. The point of our city council being a non-partisan position is so that we will represent ALL of our constituents.  He says at forums that he is elected to represent his political philosophy and I say I will be elected to represent our citizens.  He says my mission of listening to our constituents is like sticking my finger in the air to see which way the wind blows.

The polar opposite is true…knowing and understanding the thinking of the people of Newport Beach is about relationships with people I respect.  The city-wide process of campaigning has allowed me the opportunity to know and understand more about the issues of citizens throughout our community.

The political machine that got 6 of our 7 council members elected thinks they have the secret to controlling our council…money, money, money.  The special interest money to which they have access pays for a lot of glossy flyers.  But every dollar we raised, over $90,000, was from people who actually care about our city. That’s a very big difference!

I told the council that we the people are waking up and that we aren’t stupid.  Please help me make that true by forwarding this post and any other information you find pertinent to other voters in Newport Beach.  The only thing that concerns me at this point is the uninformed voter population.  I don’t think the political machine of Dave Ellis knows the extent of involvement by our friends and neighbors and I’m hopeful that it will make all the difference.  I will never be able to thank all of you and the hundreds of people who have worked on this effort enough, but please know how much you are appreciated!

I’m aiming for one more newsletter next week and then our campaign work is done.  From there on out it is about cleaning up our city and getting back to Citizen Driven Government in Newport Beach.

I thank you for your support and encouragement. We are going to win on November 6!

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