was open, and he's made it a central issue in the campaign.
Not surprisingly, Republican state Sen. John Campbell's campaign
took aim at leading GOP opponent and former Assemblywoman Marilyn
Brewer this week, accusing her of "doctoring news articles and lying
about her opponents" in a mail piece that criticizes Campbell.
Brewer was also under fire from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.,
a group endorsing Campbell, for sending a mailer that says she worked
with Jarvis to reform the state tax system.
"Marilyn Brewer had nothing to do with Proposition 13, and she
knows it. She owes people an apology for distorting the record and
claiming credit for the hard work of our organization's founder,"
association President John Coupal said in a statement.
And in other endorsement news, Democratic candidate Steve Young
announced an endorsement from Progressive Democrats of America, a
group with chapters in 34 states.
Brewer announced an endorsement from Ocean Champions, a national
group that advocates protecting the oceans.
Newport considers border crossing for city hall
This just in: Newport Beach could be moving to Irvine.
It's true -- Newport Beach City Council members on Tuesday said
they might consider relocating city operations across the border
while they're building a new city hall. That is, if it's cheaper to
lease space outside the city limits. And if they decide to build the
$46-million civic center.
"I'm just saying there's a lot more space in a close perimeter
that we ought to think about," Mayor John Heffernan told the council.
Most council members said they'd consider office space in another
city if it's not far away and has a significantly lower price, but
Councilwoman Leslie Daigle disagreed, saying that having people drive
out of town to get a permit "might be pushing it."
Forum to present two
plans for Marinapark
The Newport Beach City Council hasn't scheduled further discussion
of Marinapark, but if you want to hear more about the city-owned
waterfront property, drop by the Oct. 12 meeting of Speak Up Newport.
Two plans will be presented -- one for a public park with a sailing
center and small-boat launching facilities, and another for a marina
with about 40 berths for large yachts, a guest dock and park
A reception begins at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m. at the
Newport Beach Yacht Club at Bayside Drive and Jamboree Road. For
information, call (949) 224-2266.
* ALICIA ROBINSON covers government and politics. She may be
reached at (714) 966-4626 or by e-mail at