El Toro would help during the Big One
New Orleans residents knew the Big One -- a Category 4 or 5
hurricane -- could flood and destroy their city.
Yet, when Katrina hit, they were not prepared.
Orange County residents live with the threat of the Big One too.
Only our fear is an 8 or bigger earthquake ripping open the earth.
Are we fully prepared?
One area of concern is our lack of airport runways for life-saving
John Wayne, Long Beach, Los Alamitos and Fullerton airports are on
soil subject to liquefaction during a major earthquake.
The existing runways at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air
Station are on solid ground.
Equally important, only the El Toro runways are long enough to
accommodate heavy military transport planes carrying life saving
supplies for any catastrophe we might experience, including a
Directors of the Great Park have asked the public for input
regarding the design for the former El Toro Marine base. Join me in
asking that whichever architectural design is chosen, it will include
those runways. Contact information is accessible at o7www.ocgp.org/
It would be irresponsible to destroy something that has the
potential to save lives.
Wide dissent on civic center
Here is my answer to the question: "Are the groups advocating a
vote on the civic center project overestimating the community's
I pick up my daughter at Newport Elementary School every day, and
groups of parents stand around chatting, waiting for the kids to get
out. The subject of the city hall proposal comes up once in a while,
and so far, I have not heard anyone support it.
I'd have to say that the community dissent is quite widespread,
despite the fact that not too many have shown up at the City Council
meetings to say so.
City deserves a better civic center
There are people who wouldn't spend a nickel for a pup tent for
this city hall proposal.
I think Newport Beach deserves a very fine civic center, and I
think we should include it in our expenses for Newport Beach.
It will be something to be proud of and be able to be
Many oppose the civic center project
It is my opinion that the groups advocating a vote on the proposed
Newport Beach civic center are not over-estimating community dissent.
I believe the residents of Newport Beach should be given the right
to vote, and I would not be surprised that it would be an
overwhelming no vote.
Public should get vote on city hall
I think that there is a great deal of community dissent over the
idea of Newport Beach's politicians building a $50-million Taj Majal
as a city hall.
I think that's a very bad idea.
I think the public should have the right to vote on this spending
before the politicians go off again prying at the city's resources.