city council district   v corona del mar & newport coast

Nancy Gardner 

council member  v  newport beach, california



newsletter:  april 2011




Remember the game RumorĖyou whisper something to the person next to you, he repeats it to the person next to him and around you go until the last person says the message aloudĖand itís not at all the same as what the first person said. Well, the same thing has happened with the library. As part of the evaluation of facilities in West Newport, it was proposed that the existing Balboa branch be closed AND (very important, that ďandĒ) be replaced with a new facility in the Marina Park community center. A version of this appeared in the Pilot, was picked up and passed on, and when it came out the other end, we were getting calls from the Today Show wanting to know why Newport was removing all books from all its libraries. So just in case you got that version . . . The city is not going to a print-less universe. What is being considered is whether a new site might better serve the community with more space for story time, crafts, study and, yes, books. Mayor Henn has had one meeting on the subject with residents, and there will be lots more public discussion before any decision is made.

I canít think of anything scarier than to be awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of someone trying to get into the house. It did a lot for my ability to sleep soundly to learn that the average response time to an emergency call by our police department is under three minutes. In making calls, however, remember that breaking up a noisy party doesnít qualify as an emergency, no matter how early you have to get up the next day, so the response to that will depend on how many sub-three-minute calls intervene.

The Corona del Mar Residents Association and CdM Business Improvement District have their joint annual meeting at Sherman Gardens April 20 starting at 5:00pm for the tailgate party. There will be representatives from various city departments to answer questions as well as presentations by the Chief of Police, among others.

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment or RHNA (pronounced Reena) is a state requirement that a cityís housing element must provide for future expected growth (forecast determined by the state) and affordable housing requirements (also determined by the state). The rehabilitation of substandard housing and urban infill projects are the kind of Smart Growth development we are being urged to do (particularly by the state), yet (and this will come as a tremendous surprise to those who follow state activity) a city gets no RHNA credit for that kind of development. The Association of California Cities, Orange County, has formed a RHNA work group of which I am part with the goal of addressing such inconsistencies. Something else Iím hoping we addressĖeconomic reality. A city with high land values and no vacant land has a hard time providing much of the required affordable housing. We donít want to send everything out to the Inland Empire, but if we can provide ten units in a nearby community instead of one unit in Newport, I would think thatís a bigger benefit, particularly if the other community wants the addition. That may be way too sensible, however.

For fans of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I am a romantic: I donít know how things work, I just expect them to, so I havenít a clue as to why a couple of emails havenít reached me. I read all my emails and respond to those addressed to me personally, so if you donít get an answer after a day or two, Iím not ignoring you. It is the vagaries of my computer. Please try again.



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Council Member Nancy Gardner



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