At the Wednesday, September 12th Speak Up Newport Candidates Forum, District 4 candidate Roy Englebrecht gave this opening statement to the nearly 150 residents in attendance.
“Why am I running for City Council in District 4 – I’d like you, the audience, to answer that question for me:
So by a show of hands do you agree that the way the current city council compelled our outstanding city manager Dave Kiff to retire early was classless and outrageous? THAT IS WHY I AM RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL
By a show of hands do you agree that the current city council tried to circumvent the city’s General Plan and ram the Museum House development through? THAT IS WHY I AM RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL.
By a show of hands do you agree that the way the current city council conducted the search for a new city manager was secretive and unprofessional. THAT IS WHY I AM RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL.
And finally, by a show of hands do you agree that the tone of discourse in our city has changed for the worse and that some council members seek to demonize our public employees and even the citizens of Newport Beach. THAT IS WHY I AM RUINING FOR CITY COUNCIL.”
Keep Newport Beach Great!
With a concern that the City of Newport Beach is heading in the wrong direction, 2018 city council candidate Roy Englebrecht announced today his new campaign slogan and new logo…. ‘Keep Newport Beach Great!’
“No one argues that Newport Beach is a great city, perhaps one of the 100 greatest cities in the USA,” Englebrecht said. “But with decisions that seem to find curious exceptions in our General Plan to skirt certain guidelines, the city continues to give away the our billion-dollar views and pretty much gets nothing in return. If this issue is not addressed now, Newport Beach could turn into an urban city and Newport Beach would lose its greatness.”
“Plus having our City Council’s just rollover our tremendous debt of unfunded liabilities year after year letting the next city council get caught with it is just wrong. If not addressed and solved now, we could eventually see 25% of our General Fund going to paying this debt which would rob the city of basic services and jeopardize Newport Beach’s greatness.”
“That is why the slogan, ‘Keep Newport Beach Great!’ really resonated with me and I am sure it does with a lot of residents of Newport Beach who enjoy and want to continue to enjoy the greatness of our city for many years to come.”
Roy Englebrecht – 2018 Newport Beach City Council Candidate
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