Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council gets it right, corrects Gas Tax issue  

TomJohnson

Kudos to our City Council for getting the Gas Tax issue corrected on reconsideration during a Special Meeting last Thursday evening.

Back in August, the Council voted 5-2 to forego Gas Tax funds for road repairs earmarked for Newport Beach totaling more than $400,000+ this year and another $1.9 million annually in years to come.

The meeting, start to finish, took less than 30 minutes. Several councilmembers, led by Mayor Kevin Muldoon, announced that they’d fight the Gas Tax through private funding, instead of rejecting the State funds. Muldoon announced he’d personally be donating $1,000 in his attempt to raise $20,000 to fight the cause.

The Mayor was joined in his efforts by Diane Dixon and Marshall “Duffy” Duffield who also announced $1,000 donations of their own.

When the vote was finally taken it passed 7-0 to accept the Gas Tax funds.

Councilmember Scott Peotter, who seconded Councilmember Jeff Herdman’s motion for reconsideration, echoed that the “Gas Tax is bad policy.”

Herdman added that the acceptance of the funds “is not intended to be a sign of support” at the State level.

Way to get it right.

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Newport Beach & Company and Visit Newport Beach have announced their Annual Marketing Outlook Dinner to be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at Newport Beach Country Club.

If you’ve never been to one of these, I promise you’ll be impressed. 

Each year, Newport Beach & Co. President & CEO Gary Sherwin tries to outdo himself from the previous year. This year is no different. 

The keynote will be presented by Chris Thompson, the President and CEO of Brand USA, America’s tourism marketing agency. 

That’s right, America’s tourism marketing agency. This is the guy responsible for bringing people from around the world into the United States for travel.

Also that evening, former Mayor Dennis O’Neil will be remembered as his family is presented in memory the Partner in Progress Award. O’Neil was a noted attorney and served the City Council from 1994 - 2002, he was Citizen of the Year in 2006. 

He passed last January.

The Dinner runs from 5:30 - 9 p.m.

For information on the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-annual-marketing-outlook-dinner-tickets-36692316707.

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Reminder: Davidson Field Grand Opening this Friday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m., followed by the Newport Harbor vs. Chino Hills game at 7 p.m.

Davidson Field

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