October 2019.

    Dear Mayor Dixon and City Council Members,

    Are Newport’s taxpayers on the hook for the Library Lecture Hall? Councilman Herdman seems confused. He says NO then YES. Please provide any documents between the City and Library Foundation clarify the financial arrangement between the City and Library Foundation regarding who is paying for the proposed $8 million Library Lecture Hall.

      Dear Mayor Dixon & City Council Members,

      Councilman Herdman’s report that the Library Board of Trustees has agreed to pay for their proposed Library Lecture Hall is great news for taxpayers! I know you will protect taxpayers from the estimated $8 million cost and re-allocate the funds to important matters like harbor dredging, public safety and paying down our long-term pension obligations.

        Dear Dr. Navarro, Mayor Dixon & Newport City Council Members,

        Newport Mesa taxpayers have spent nearly $400 million to improve our schools, including two state-of-the-art theaters that could be rented for the Newport Library Lecture Series. Renting the CdM or Newport Harbor High Loats Theater instead of building the unnecessary Library Lecture Hall will save Newport’s taxpayers $8 million.

          Mayor Dixon & City Council Members,

          We don’t need to spend $8 million on a new Library Lecture Hall when the city council chambers is next door. Our tax dollars are better spent on harbor dredging, fighting JWA expansion, or funding public safety. Private funds should be raised to pay for it, not our taxes!