Daily Pilot: Newport Council Candidates Cover Funding Measure, Airport Noise, Development And More In First Forum
By Hillary Davis, (Daily Pilot), August 23, 2018
“Newport Beach City Council candidates took on new subjects like the Measure T ballot initiative and standing issues such as development and airport noise during the first forum of the 2018 election season Thursday…
…Roy Englebrecht, who is running against Muldoon, called Measure T a disingenuous attempt by the incumbents “to make themselves look good” and drum up campaign donations.
“I think the people that you elect represent you, and if they have the soul of this community, they will never overspend like they have in the past,” he said.
…The candidates had different philosophies on development but largely seemed to agree on following guidelines like the city’s general plan, which is up for revision next year.
…The topic energized Englebrecht, who took the audience on a verbal “road trip” through town to lament the loss of “billion-dollar views” to apartment and condo projects near Newport Center and Corona del Mar.
“Even if it meets the general plan, if it’s going to take another one of our billion-dollar views, we can’t let it happen,” he said. “Because if we let it happen, we’re not a great city anymore.”…”
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