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The People Who Care and Who Vote!

I think we have all seen that it takes tenacity to run for public office. I have found myself with more of that than I realized because when we are fighting for things that really matter, we stand up to power and say NO. In the face of lies and deception, I was never tempted to abandon the fight. No matter what the outcome, it has been worth it. I can look my grandchildren in the eyes and tell them we have to do everything we can to protect the things we love, even when it is very difficult.

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What has been most amazing is how the special interests have convinced some people to vote against their own best interests - protecting our city - and support those who want to use our town to further enrich themselves. By using partisan politics, they convinced a few that I was a danger greater than big development!

The outpouring of support in more ways than I can count has been awe-inspiring. And the fact that it has come from citizens with widely varying political points of view gives me great hope. When we put our differences aside and just focus on the big picture, we can accomplish great things. Those who try to divide us have self-serving motivations that benefit them, not us. The more we recognize and vote against people with those attitudes, the more problems we can solve together.

I am motivated by my grandchildren and my belief in good government. The citizens of Newport Beach deserve a City Council that will work for them, hold developers accountable and fight for our future. It takes an independent spirit and a strong backbone to take on the special interests. As your City Councilmember, that’s the citizenry I’ll represent and who I will be at every opportunity. Our collective voice is our superpower. Let’s use it to reclaim our city.

THANK YOU ALL will never be repeated enough but it is eternal and heartfelt! Once again, please share this with everyone you know. We aren’t the big money machine that funds all those hit pieces but we are the people who care and who vote.

P.S.  I have a LOT of business cards and I am passing them out to anyone who wants them.  Rather than knocking on more doors, let’s carry them with us through Tuesday and pass them out with a “remember to vote” message.  Please call me and I will drop some off for you.  (949) 200-9993

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

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Special Interest Buying Election article pulled from OCweekly?

Scary Power

From Lisa Marie on Facebook

Newport Beach Residents,

What happened to freedom of free speech and free press?
The article that came out in OC Weekly was quickly removed this morning and for those of you that don't know Mr. Ellis, he is behind that campaigns of Duffy, Peotter, and Muldoon. One might say that they can dish it out, but they just can't take it!



The residents have to make a choice…Continue to have the political machine deceive us or get our City back as a resident driven town.

"Until Dave Ellis no longer controls our City Council, nothing in our city is safe. Please talk to every Newport Beach voter you know and help them understand this. All the mud they have been slinging is just to distract us from the serious threat we are under. And when you can get an uncomplimentary article REMOVED from OCWEEKLY Magazine titled ”The Special Interests buying elections in San Clemente, Newport Beach and Lake Forest” with a picture of Dave Ellis wearing a crown, that is scary power." - Joy Brenner

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Thank you for all your support

Joy Brenner Supporters Love Newport Beach

Over the past few months, we have received so much support from our Newport Beach community. Thank you so much for all your support and we look forward to winning the election on November 6th. Please continue to spread the JOY. #JoyforNewport

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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

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Joy Brenner Reflects the Community's Values

Featured in, here are the latest views about the City Council 2018 Race with Letters to the Editor.

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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Tony Petros, Former Newport Beach Councilman demands a change and supports Joy Brenner

Joy Brenner gets more support for City Council from Tony Petros, former Newport Beach City Councilman with this breaking story from the Daily Pilot.

As a former member of the Newport Beach City Council, I have a unique perspective on this year’s election. During my first two years, I was privileged to serve with dedicated public servants who put the city first and worked in a spirit of collegiality to accomplish important projects like Sunset Ridge Park and Marina Park and to initiate the early pay down of our pension liabilities.

"I love our city, and we need a change on the City Council to restore the ethical standards, fiscal responsibility and sense of civility that we all expect and deserve. I will be supporting council candidates Joy Brenner and Tim Stoaks. I encourage you to join me and demand change for the good of our community."

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Newport Beach Jeff Herdman Supports Joy Brenner

Joy Brenner gets the backing of the Newport Beach community

Joy Brenner is not afraid to face the challenges and deal with the bullying in  politics. Her supporters are long time residents and current councilman and community members in Newport Beach who endorse Joy Brenner for her tenacity! Listen to what Jeff Herdman, NB City Council Member has to say about Joy Brenner:

Scott Paulsen is 1000% sure Joy Brenner is the best candidate for the job! Listen to what Scott has to share about Joy.

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Line in the Sand endorses three candidates

Line in the Sand is a Newport Beach Political Action Committee and recently announced that the support for three Newport Beach City Council Candidates - Tim Stoaks, Joy Brenner, and Roy Englebrecht.

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Tim, Roy and Joy are all long-time Newport Beach residents whose values and views on issues such as traffic and development, the need for a General Plan update and campaign finance reform are aligned with those of Line in the Sand.  All worked actively to defeat Measure Y and the Museum House.

Line in the Sand supports Joy Brenner, Tim Stoaks, and Roy Englebrecht

Tim, a Newport Beach resident for 15 continuous years, has served on the boards of many local organizations. In particular, he helped promote public-private partnerships for projects such as the OASIS Senior Center, worked actively since 2002 to contain John Wayne Airport and protect the Settlement Agreement and was a founding member of the Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, of which he is now president.

Roy, a Newport Beach resident for 36 continuous years, has served two terms on the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission (a total of 11 years), was the only 2014 city council candidate to oppose Measure Y, worked side by side with Newport Beach voters gathering signatures for the 2016 Museum House petition and regularly attends community-based workshops which highlight general plans and the process of updating them.

Joy, a Newport Beach resident for 57 continuous years, has been involved in the community for decades, giving her time to countless committees and commissions. She was notably a founding member of the Corona del Mar Residents Association in 1987, oversaw the redevelopment of the popular Corona del Mar landmark Inspiration Point while serving as chair of the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, and most recently spearheaded the Friends of CdM Library community coalition that was actively engaged with city leadership, library trustees and city staff in developing the approved design for the new branch library and fire station facility in Corona del Mar.

Line in the Sand is proud to support these three candidates who are independent thinkers, have longstanding ties to the community, and believe that representing residents and local business owners should be the Council’s top priority.  Tim, Roy and Joy’s philosophies and platforms are in stark contrast to the incumbents they are challenging.

We ask that you support Line in the Sand’s endorsement of Roy, Tim and Joy.  If you are willing to let us use your name in the promotional materials we are developing for these candidates, you can give us permission by filling out the Support LITS Endorsement form below.  The same form gives you the option to help distribute Line in the Sand campaign flyers in your neighborhoods.

Check out an entertaining history quiz in the Line in the Sand (LITS)  featured on StuNews Newport. See how you do! 

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Beware of the "Growth Machine"

StuNews Newport
18 September 2018
Letters to the Editor:
Beware of the “Growth Machine”
By Jean Watt
The question is who to vote for in November’s City Council election? I know who I’m voting for because actions speak louder than words. Forums are good introductions, but often don’t do much to differentiate one candidate from another. All candidates say they “love” Newport so, once again, we need to examine actions, not words.
There is one type of action I discovered that sums it up for me. Some members of the current City Council are wittingly or unwittingly part of the “growth machine” which is well ensconced in Orange County. Of course it is – because there is lots of money to be made here through decisions about big, lucrative development – the sky’s the limit. There are political futures to be furthered as well. 
Here’s one case in point. In 2017, then Mayor Muldoon (with Duffy as Mayor Pro Tem) wrote a letter on behalf of the City Council and City of Newport Beach (that’s us), at the behest of the City of Irvine Mayor and the Irvine Company, saying that we would all love it if Amazon would locate its second headquarters in Irvine – with 50,000 new high paying jobs along with other associated jobs and families. This never appeared on our City Council’s agenda for the public to see. And what would we have said? 
We would certainly have wanted to know more about the sheer volume of development, density and traffic that would mean. What would 50,000 or more new families do to the already too expensive housing market? However, the letter said, and I quote,
 “The City of Newport Beach is pleased to support a collaborative proposal of the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company to secure Amazon’s second headquarters. We are proud civic leaders of one of 34 cities in Orange County – America’s sixth largest county, greater in population than 21 states in the Union…Each of our cities presents unique opportunities and strategic advantages to accommodate all that Amazon seeks for its next headquarters.”
As it turns out, Amazon went elsewhere and subsequently we read of the impact of its first headquarters in Seattle, of its loss of “soul” from the building boom primarily by Amazon’s impact. An article in the New York Times by Timothy Egan reads, “I live in the city that hit the Amazon jackpot, now the biggest company town in America. They have 40,000 employees here, who in turn attracted 50,000 other new jobs. They own or lease a fifth of all the class A office space. But median home prices have doubled in five years, to $700,000. This is not a good thing in a place where teachers and cops used to be able to afford a house with a water view.” This article ended with, “To the next Amazon lottery winner I would say, enjoy the boom – but be careful what you wish for.”
17 of the 34 City Mayors wrote such a letter as requested by their growth machine cronies. Laguna, for one, did not. Laguna has a soul it has steadfastly tried to preserve, and, like Laguna, I hope we would choose to keep our charm and character as well. As a start we can elect people who by all indications will choose to put the Newport Beach citizens first. Three people running for our City Council want to know what we think, and I’m voting for them – Joy Brenner, Tim Stoaks, and Roy Engelbrecht.
Jean Watt
Newport Beach