On The Issues

ISSUE #1 – The unfunded pension liabilities and health care benefits for retired city employees. I said this during the 2014 campaign that it is UNSUSTAINABLE for the health of Newport Beach to have this much debt, and I am saying it again four years later in 2017……it is UNSUSTAINABLE, and it must be addressed!

SOLUTION – The only way to address the current amount of nearly $400 million in unfunded pension and healthcare benefits (and growing every day) is to create new revenue that can be put against this amount while not impacting city services. If we don’t start immediately drawing down on this amount, the pension and benefits funds that were promised to so many may not be there in five years. So, I would propose:

  1. A one cent (.1) sales tax in the City of Newport Beach for three years.
  2. A 10% cut in all city department budgets for two years.
  3. A 10% across the board pay cut for all city employees for two years.
  4. An immediate hiring freeze for all city departments.

ISSUE #2 – Addressing the development of land and building projects in the City of Newport Beach. I am NOT anti-growth, I am NOT slow-growth, I am NOT fast-growth. I am for the RIGHT growth! Every decision the new city council makes in 2018 and beyond must be the “right growth” as laid out in our General Plan.

SOLUTION – An in-depth review of every new development project that might require a zoning change or a General Plan challenge. All reviews will take into consideration: The impact on traffic…. The impact and change to the neighborhood…. The impact on city views. A proposed View Assessment Fee would also be introduced for passage by the City Council.

ISSUE #3 – All upcoming union contracts with city employees, police department employees, and fire/paramedic employees. The city must enter into completely new contracts with these three city entities that address the unsustainable deal points that have put the city in a hole now reaching nearly $400 million in liabilities and with no funds to pay it. The process will not be fun, but the financial survival of the City of Newport Beach is on the line.

SOLUTION – All new union contracts going forward would include

  1. All employees would be enrolled in a 401k.
  2. All 401K plans would have a 50/50 contribution component whereby for each dollar an employee contributes the City of Newport Beach would contribute an equal amount.
  3. An employee could retire anytime and take their 401K with them or cash out.
  4. Healthcare benefits would be a contribution by the City of Newport Beach of $300 a month ending at the age of 65 years of age.
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