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Letters to the Editor

Councilmember Joy Brenner Deserves to Return to the Dais in November
Joy Brenner is running for City Council District 6 re-election on November 8 .
She ’ s exceptionally well-qualified and deserves to be returned to the dais – perhaps this December ( finally ) as Mayor .
As we approach another election season , I ’ ve been told that the money power seekers who attempted to smear her in 2018 will rise again from the ashes and fictionalize issues against Joy ’ s sterling name .
It ’ s already begun with individuals contacting her to endorse a candidate she doesn ’ t believe in , indicating that “ they ” will publicly go easier on her if she agrees .
Joy doesn ’ t play politics and cannot be bought off .
These individuals are the same people who tried to change the direction of our city government with the
Ill- conceived measure B last June which was soundly defeated .
Anyone opposing Joy will have to forget about all of Joy ’ s achievements , experience and her exceptional reputation within our community the last four years .
Our community needs to see the goodness , the commitment and the sensible honesty that has been the hallmark of Joy ’ s first four successful years .
Please help save our city from this corruption and re-elect Joy Brenner on November 8 . No one is more deserving , and no one has worked harder for Newport Beach than Joy .
Lynn Swain / Newport Beach
Lauren Kleiman is a Strong Independent Voice
I have genuinely enjoyed working with Lauren Kleiman as a fellow Newport Beach Planning Commissioner .
In addition to being welcoming and encouraging , she has been a great example
to follow with her preparation for meetings , interactions with Staff , applicants , and residents .
She also has an impressive knowledge of the issues coming before us on the Commission .
I admire Laurens ’ s willingness to make her voice heard on the dais , even as the minority dissenting vote .
During her two terms on the Planning Commission , Lauren has been asked to represent us in every sub-committee created , including parking , council policy review , and ADU ’ s . In her first month as Chair , she instituted a new training protocol for all Commissioners . She has demonstrated exceptional leadership during her appointment and is why she had the unanimous support to be the first woman Chair of the Planning Commission in almost three decades .
I am certain she would be a strong independent voice on the Newport Beach City Council .
Mark Rosene / Newport Beach
Joe Stapleton has Experience for Newport Beach City Council
As we move toward election day in November with a focus on the Newport Beach City Council candidates , I ’ m looking at each candidate ’ s experience and hands down , Joe Stapleton ’ s experience qualifies him for the position .
He ’ s a person who will not only initiate and lead efforts to improve our quality of life , but he will also roll up his sleeves to do the work .
I have served on the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Board with him as well as on the Executive Committee of the Commodores Club - and those are just two of the numerous Boards and organizations that he has served .
Currently he sits on the City ’ s Finance Committee and has served on the Harbor Commission . With that intimate knowledge of The City ,
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Charity Spotlight

CASA Celebration of Children at VEA Newport Beach Nets Nearly $ 1.5 Mil

By NB Indy Staff
Court Appointed Special Advocates ( CASA ) of Orange County held their annual CASA Celebration of Children on Saturday , Aug . 27 , 2022 , at VEA Newport Beach .
This year ’ s gala celebration included 267 guests who were there to support CASA ’ s mission of serving abused , abandoned , and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate .
The gala netted more than $ 1,463,000 and serves as the highest netting fundraiser in the organization ’ s 37 year history .
This beautiful and colorful evening was chaired by two longtime CASA supporters , Nancy Eaton ( 2021 Advocate of the Year Honoree ) and Karen Jordan ( CASA Board Member ).
Guests were welcomed into a ballroom that was gorgeously decorated by the team at Elite OC Productions . Regan Phillips , CASA CEO , offered remarks in season with back-toschool that this year ’ s gala spotlights the challenges that youth in foster care experience with their education and the difference that a CASA volunteer can make . Phillips shared that “ according to child welfare research specialists , youth in foster care are suspended and expelled from school three times more often than other children and at least 40 percent have learning difficulties . A child in foster
Nancy Eaton , Karen Jordan ( Event Chairs )
Advocate of the Year Irene Strauss
care is more likely to have an increased frequency of mid-year school changes and an increased number of absences . High school graduation rates for those in foster care are at 58 percent , and for those that do graduate , only three percent go on to earn a bachelor ’ s degree .”
But the good news , noted Phillips , is that studies show that it only
Gala attendees Lourdes Nark , Wendy Tenebaum , Regina Oswald
takes one stable and consistent adult in the life of a young person in the foster care system to help improve their grades in school , increase their connections to siblings and extended family , and ensure access to services that will impact their future success . Awards were given out to BLT Enterprises as this year ’ s Outstanding Corporation , Capital Group Foundation as this year ’ s Outstanding Foundation , and Linda and Burton Young as this year ’ s Children ’ s Champions . All three awards are given for exceptional commitment and support of CASA ’ s organization and mission .
Additional honors were given to
Lourdes Nark and Wendy Tenebaum as Honorary Chairs of the gala , as well as Patty Juarez who is finishing a 12-year position on the CASA Board of Directors , including her service as Chair of the Governing Board for the last two years .
Among the highlights of the evening ’ s events , CASA volunteer Irene Strauss , was honored as this year ’ s Advocate of the Year . She shared her experience as a volunteer for the last seven years at CASA , and the four youth that she has worked with .
Auctioneer , Zack Krone revved up
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