DAILY PILOT: Election 2018: Meet The Candidates For Newport Beach City Council
By Hillary Davis, (Daily Pilot), October 6, 2018
Professional occupation: Boxing and mixed martial arts fight promoter
Education: Master’s degree in education administration
Time lived in Newport Beach: 36 years
Neighborhood in which you reside, and how long you’ve lived there: The Bluffs, 15 years total
Public service, activism and volunteerism: Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission; Orange County Youth Sports Foundation; Mariners Church
Immediate family members: Wife Nancy, son Drew, daughter Allison West
Name the three issues you believe are the most important facing the city and why.
1. We need to immediately convene a group involving local residents and city staff to begin updating our general plan. With so little space left in our city to develop, we have to make sure we do it correctly and within general plan guidelines.
2. Pension reform. We have gotten ourselves into tremendous debt, but going forward, we need to create pension reform so we stop this cycle of unfunded liabilities that spirals out of control.
3. City expenses. Newport Beach doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. We need to curtail the out-of-control overtime we see happening and look at redundancies in city departments to perhaps be able to reduce costs….”
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