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Letters to the Editor:

Does Brenner have a track record of donating to Democrats?

I recently read Joy Brenner’s letter to the editor attempting to rationalize her forty-three donations to democrat candidates and liberal political action committees through ActBlue, a SuperPAC formed to promote Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Federal Elections Commission records show Brenner donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign just a week before Donald Trump’s historic election. 

Seventeen of her contributions were earmarked for liberal New Jersey Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker. Sen. Booker’s antics to defeat Judge Brett Kavanaugh are reprehensible. 

Brenner also donated to democrat Hans Keirstead running against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.

When Brenner had a choice, she supported democrats.

I will be supporting Republican Councilman Scott Peotter because I know where he stands.

Mike Schroeder

Past Chairman, California Republican Party 1997-1999

Newport Beach 

Kudos to Glenn for calling out police association’s “lie”

Why do we have such a hard time calling lying, lying. We use terms such as intellectually dishonest (Roy’s term), telling falsehoods, misspoke, alternate facts, deviating from the truth, testing credulity, trifling with the facts, etc. Thank you

Mike Glenn for calling it like it is: “…what they have said is a blatant lie.” If I was a police officer in this city I would be incensed at my association publicly lying on my behalf.

Dennis Baker

Corona del Mar

Vote for independent city council candidates

This November I urge fellow Newporters to vote for candidates who respect the views of residents, who have strong community ties, and are independent thinkers. Four years ago, many of us were misled into voting in a slate of ideologues (Team Newport) whose actions have favored developers, abused campaign finance rules, and failed to deliver the budgetary constraints they promised. 

Three candidates, Joy Brenner, Tim Stoaks and Roy Englebrecht, deserve our votes. These individuals are not beholden to special interests. They approach government service motivated by the simple desire to improve the quality of life for all Newport residents.

Marie Kontos

Newport Beach

Englebrecht is a resident’s resident

As a fiscally responsible 43-year resident and property owner of Newport Beach, I can appreciate Roy Englebrecht’s concern about the fiscal health of Newport Beach. As a longstanding resident himself, he has the history necessary to make wise decisions that will help keep our city in good financial standing. Unlike most of the incumbents who do not value the resident’s viewpoints, it seems, Roy feels very strongly about the importance of the resident’s role in updating the General Plan. He also feels that the General Plan that the incumbents keep promising but never deliver should be the number one priority of the council. 

Roy is involved with the community through the Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission, Orange County Youth Sports and Mariners Church. Most recently he has shown concern for the safety of our children as they live, work and play in areas without sidewalks, fast moving traffic and inadequate night lighting.

As for Roy’s rival in District 4, Kevin Muldoon has shown little interest in the community. He has only lived in Newport Beach for seven years and has not been involved in any public service or volunteerism to my knowledge, other than his stint on Council. As one of the four incumbents who tend to vote as a block, Muldoon has been involved in some bad decisions which haunt most of the present council, particularly the four who make up the majority. He voted with them on the disastrous Museum House fiasco, the decision to give up the gas tax, to subpoena the Recall documents, and he most likely was part of the group that got rid of the popular City Manager, Dave Kiff. Recently, it was discovered that Muldoon as Mayor and spokesperson for the council in 2017 tried to lure Amazon to Irvine at the behest of the Irvine Mayor, adding that, “The City of Newport Beach is pleased to support a collaborative proposal to the City of Irvine to bring Amazon to the area.” He did all this without ever bringing it to the public’s attention. It would have been a disaster for the residents in terms of unmitigated growth.

Along with Joy Brenner and Tim Stoaks, Roy has been endorsed by the Line in the Sand. The three candidates are running separately but will work together as a team who will listen to the community and strive to make decisions that are in the best interests of the majority of residents in Newport Beach.

Tim Stephens

Corona del Mar

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