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DIXON, MULDOON CALL FOR THIRD-PARTY AUDIT OF CIVIC CENTER PROJECT

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon and Councilman Kevin Muldoon today called for a third-party performance and process audit of the Newport Beach Civic Center project. The audit would evaluate the project’s planning and execution and the quality of the city’s oversight of the work.

“We believe, with questions still being raised about this project, that it’s time for a comprehensive and final review, so we can get some closure and so we can take the lessons learned as we move on to other public projects,” said Dixon. She cited the building of a new West Newport Community Center and the rebuilding of the Corona del Mar library and fire station as two projects soon to enter the detailed planning phase.

“We’ve heard a lot about how the Civic Center project wasn’t just a city hall but also a library expansion and a new park and so forth,” said Muldoon. “The fact remains that the city hall itself ended up costing $700 per square foot, and that’s clearly excessive. It’s important that we understand how that happened so we can properly control costs on the other projects in our capital improvement plan.”

Dixon and Muldoon said they want to know from an industry expert what drove costs on the project, how it followed and/or deviated from standard private-industry practices, how effective the city’s oversight was, and how early decisions such as having the same company act as lead contractor and project manager affected the final cost.

The pair said they will raise the matter at the next City Council meeting, on May 12, and will ask their fellow council members to begin the process of hiring an outside building industry expert to review the Civic Center project.

 

 

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TOWN HALL TO DISCUSS THE BOARDWALK AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon invites residents of her Council District 1 to an upcoming public meeting where they can hear presentations and voice their opinions on the beachfront boardwalk and public safety on the Peninsula.

The District 1 Town Hall about the boardwalk will be held on Monday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd.

Police Chief Jay Johnson will be on hand to discuss his department’s enforcement efforts. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

“I urge all Peninsula residents and business owners to come out to share their thoughts with me, the Chief and each other,” Dixon said.

District 1 includes West Newport, the Peninsula, Lido Isle, Bay Island and Newport Island.

 

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DIANE DIXON INVITES PUBLIC TO 1st DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Councilwoman Diane Dixon has scheduled two town hall meetings for residents and business owners in her 1st Council District to offer their comments, suggestions and expertise to her and other city officials who will be in attendance.

Dixon, who ran on a platform of government transparency and listening respectfully to all in the community, will host the first town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Old City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. Topics for that meeting will be beach fire rings, followed by a discussion of traffic and public safety issues on the Peninsula with Police Chief Jay Johnson.

The second town hall will be devoted to Balboa Village parking, the Balboa (Theater) Fine Arts Center, and various public works projects planned or underway on the Peninsula. It will be held March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old City Hall.

“Local government works best when the citizens are actively involved,” Dixon says. “I invite everyone to come to these town halls, and I’m looking forward to seeing you!”

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REP. ROHRABACHER ENDORSES DIXON FOR NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL


Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Newport Beach) has endorsed Diane Dixon for the Newport Beach City Council’s 1st District seat.

“Diane is a smart, savvy and accomplished businesswoman,” said the 12-term congressman. “She’s a perfect fit for Newport Beach, with her belief in small government and in protecting citizens’ personal and property rights.”

Dixon said she is grateful for Rohrabacher’s backing in the November council election.

“Dana has had a long, distinguished and consistently principled public career,” she said. “I am proud to have his endorsement.”

Dixon also has been endorsed by state Sens. Mimi Walters and Marian Bergeson (ret.), former Newport Beach mayors Evelyn Hart and Clarence Turner, former council members Robert Shelton and Jean Watt, and residents, community activists and business people from throughout the city.

 

DIANE DIXON RAISES MORE THAN $83K FOR NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL RACE


In a campaign finance filing today, Diane Dixon for Newport Beach City Council 2014 reported raising $83,557 as of June 30. The report included cash and in-kind donations and loans received by the campaign through the end of June.

The vast majority of the impressive total came from 156 donations from individuals, averaging $442 each. Two-thirds of those contributions came from Newport Beach residents, demonstrating that Dixon has a broad base of active grassroots support in the city.

Dixon said she is very grateful for the community’s support and generosity.

“I am honored by the broad support and encouragement I’ve received from friends old and new across Newport Beach,” she said. “The outpouring of support has validated my commitment to giving voice to the residents of our great city.”

Dixon said she believes her message – debt reduction, fiscal restraint, listening to residents, public safety and maintaining the city’s unique quality of life - is striking a chord among voters.

“There’s a long and tough campaign ahead,” Dixon said. “Yet today I feel even more energized, being a candidate who has earned the support of a broad cross-section of residents. And thanks to my hardworking supporters, I feel even more confident about the outcome on Nov. 4.”

Dixon’s campaign had retained $55,555 cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, according to the filing.

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LINCOLN CLUB ENDORSES DIANE DIXON FOR NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL 


The Lincoln Club of Orange County has endorsed Diane Dixon in her race for the Newport Beach City Council, and is hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser on her behalf on July 10. 
 
The Lincoln Club is Orange County’s oldest and most accomplished political organization. Founded in 1962, it is made up of business leaders and professionals who share a common belief in limited government, lower taxes, and personal and fiscal responsibility. 
 
Dixon is the only Newport Beach council candidate endorsed by the club so far this year. 
 
“Diane Dixon is an experienced, articulate and savvy woman,” said Dr. Kerry Reynolds, vice president of the Lincoln Club and chair of the Lincoln Women Leadership Coalition. “She knows that what works best for all Americans is a government that supports the dreams and aspirations of its citizens and doesn't get in their way with large government control and onerous taxation and regulation.” 
 
Dixon said she is delighted and honored to accept the club’s formal support. 
 
“I have talked with more than a thousand people from every part of Newport Beach - from Newport Coast to Peninsula Point. What I hear over and over is that the city’s government has taken on too much debt and unfunded liability and is out of touch with the residents,” Dixon said. “The pillars of my campaign are fiscal discipline and listening to the people: spend less, listen more and work together!” 
 
An evening reception for Dixon will be held Thursday, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Reynolds’ Newport Beach home. For information, contact Seth Morrison at 949-272-2965.

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VOTERS HAVE MANY CHANCES TO ‘MEET AND GREET’ DIANE DIXON

Voters will have several opportunities to meet District One City Council candidate Diane Dixon at community events and “meet and greet” receptions over the next few weeks.

“Being able to meet so many of the great citizens of Newport Beach and getting to know them has been a great joy for me in this campaign,” says Dixon. “I am committed, first and foremost, to listening to all voices in the community. Really, it’s only by getting as many different points of view as you can that you can decide what’s best for the city on any issue.”

Here is a schedule of currently planned events:

  • Monday, May 26: Memorial Day community event at Eastbluff Community Park, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28: reception at the Peninsula Point home of Pete and Harriet Pallette, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donation requested. RSVP to jpitkin@kpitkin.com
  • June 10: reception at the Newport Ridge clubhouse, hosted by Patricia de Santos, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donation requested. RSVP to introductionforcitycouncil@gmail.com
  • June 25: Reception in the Library at Newport Landing, hosted by Balboa Village Home of the Fun Zone, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • June 29: Reception at the Dover Shores home of Laurie and Barry Booth, 5 p.m. Donation requested. RSVP to lovelyLFB@aol.com.

About Diane Dixon

In a 30-year career with Avery Dennison, Diane Brooks Dixon created, led and managed global corporate communications and governmental affairs for the Fortune 300 corporation with $6 billion in sales and operations in more than 60 countries. Since 2011, she has offered her expertise to select corporate and nonprofit clients through Diane Dixon Global Consultants. She lives on Lido Isle with her husband, Patrick Dixon, who served as Assistant District Attorney after his long-time role as head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

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DIXON RAISES $70K FOR COUNCIL RACE

Diane Dixon has raised $70,000 in donations and pledges for her Newport Beach City Council campaign, she said this week.

Dixon, who began her campaign in January, spoke to a group of supporters last week at the home of Peggy and Michael Lanni. Among those present were former Newport Beach mayors Evelyn Hart and Dennis O’Neil, businessmen Buck Johns and Walkie Ray, former city manager and councilman Robert Shelton, and two dozen others.

“I am so very grateful for the support I’ve received,” Dixon said. “I have been meeting and listening to people from all parts of the city and each area has its special concerns: Corona del Mar, Balboa Peninsula, West Newport. But everywhere I go, the overriding issue is quality of life. Newport Beach is an exceptional, extraordinary city. It’s paradise. My goal is to keep it that way. Together, we will.”

Dixon also fielded questions from her audience on a range of issues, including the city budget and pensions, public safety, John Wayne Airport, and group homes in the city. She spoke about “the need for a city government that is more responsive, respectful and resourceful with taxpayer dollars.”

“Present company excepted,” said Shelton, with a wink at his two former Council colleagues, “Diane is the most knowledgeable and best prepared candidate in my memory.”


Hostess Peggy Lanni, businessman Walkie Ray, Diane Dixon and former Newport Beach Mayor Evelyn
Hart at a “meet and greet” event at the Lanni home.

About Diane Dixon

In a 30-year career with Avery Dennison, Diane Brooks Dixon created, led and managed global corporate communications and governmental affairs for the Fortune 300 corporation with $6 billion in sales and operations in more than 60 countries. Since 2011, she has offered her expertise to select corporate and nonprofit clients through Diane Dixon Global Consultants. She lives on Lido Isle with her husband, Patrick Dixon, who served as Assistant District Attorney after his long-time role as head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

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SMALL-BUSINESS LEADERS BACK DIXON FOR NEWPORT COUNCIL

Ralph Rodheim, chairman of the Balboa Village Merchants Association, and Bernie Svalstad, chairman of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District, have endorsed Diane Dixon for the Newport Beach City Council.

Said Rodheim, a longtime Newport Beach entrepreneur, civic leader and 2010 Citizen of the Year: “As a senior executive of a Fortune 300 company for 30 years, Diane has proved that she has initiative and energy, a great understanding of business, and excellent people skills. I am impressed with her commitment to encourage economic development and her support for small-business entrepreneurs.”

“At the same time,” Rodheim continued, “Diane really cares about residents and the wider Newport Beach community. For me that is as important as business, and she is a wonderful blend of both.”

Rodheim’s and Svalstad’s endorsements are as individuals – the groups they head have not taken official positions on the Council races.

Rodheim and Svalstad join a fast-growing list of Dixon supporters that also includes former Sen. Marian Bergeson, former Newport Beach Mayor Evelyn Hart, former City Manager and Councilman Robert Shelton, state Sen. Mimi Walters, incumbent Councilmembers Tony Petros and Leslie Daigle, former three-term Los Angeles District Attorney and Republican candidate for attorney general Steve Cooley, former Councilwoman and 2013 Citizen of the Year Jean Watt, Planning Commissioner Fred Ameri and business leaders and philanthropists Paul Musco, Gavin Herbert, Andrew Littlefair, Pete Pallette and Tom Tucker.

Dixon said she is very grateful for the support she is receiving from throughout the city.

“People I speak with from all corners of the city, while expressing many points of view, share one thing: a passion for protecting the special quality of life that defines Newport Beach,” Dixon says. “I share this passion and will work hard to ensure that our community remains extraordinary in every way.”

About Diane Dixon
In a 30-year career with Avery Dennison, Diane Brooks Dixon created, led and managed global corporate communications and governmental affairs for the Fortune 300 corporation with $6 billion in sales and operations in more than 60 countries. Since 2011, she has offered her expertise to select corporate and nonprofit clients through Diane Dixon Global Consultants. She lives on Lido Isle with her husband, Patrick Dixon, who served as Assistant District Attorney after his long-time role as head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

 

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS, KEY ENDORSEMENT FOR DIANE DIXON

Diane Dixon’s city council campaign received a significant boost this week, with a highly successful fundraiser Tuesday night and the endorsement of former Sen. Marian Bergeson.

The sunset reception at The Dock in Cannery Village was packed with Dixon supporters from the 1st District, which Dixon is seeking to represent, as well as from throughout Newport Beach. The $45,000 in donations from the event and since Jan. 1 have exceeded expectations.

“I am very grateful for the support of each and every one of you,” Dixon told the crowd. “Together, we can meet the challenges facing Newport Beach in an open and constructive way, and protect the wonderful quality of life that Marian Bergeson and other city leaders through the years have achieved for us.”

Bergeson had previously committed to support Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton, but enthusiastically moved to back Dixon after Stapleton announced last week he would not be seeking the 1st District council seat.

“Diane Dixon unquestionably has the experience, commitment and energy to be an excellent City Councilwoman for her district and for the entire city,” said Bergeson, who was the first woman to have served in both the Assembly and state Senate, as well as having served on the Newport-Mesa school board and OC Board of Supervisors, and as California’s Secretary of Education. She added, “I also believe it is important, with the upcoming departures of Councilwomen Nancy Gardner and Leslie Daigle, to have an accomplished woman elected to the council this year.”

Bergeson joins a fast-growing list of Dixon supporters that also includes former Mayor Evelyn Hart, former City Manager and Councilman Robert Shelton, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, former three-term Los Angeles District Attorney and Republican candidate for attorney general Steve Cooley, former Councilwoman and 2013 Citizen of the Year Jean Watt, and business leader and philanthropist Paul Musco. Some of the community’s prominent donors who supported Tuesday’s event were Gavin Herbert, Andrew Littlefair, Pete Pallette and Tom Tucker.

Dixon said she is “grateful for the support of these community leaders as I work to get my message out to all the voters of the Newport Beach. I am committed to listening to the people all day every day, and working together to continue to build an exceptional, world-class city that engages its residents in the major issues that affect their quality of life.”

About Diane Dixon

In a 30-year career with Avery Dennison, Diane Brooks Dixon created, led and managed global corporate communications and governmental affairs for the Fortune 300 corporation with $6 billion in sales and operations in more than 60 countries. Since 2011, she has offered her expertise to select corporate and nonprofit clients through Diane Dixon Global Consultants. She lives on Lido Isle with her husband, Patrick Dixon, who served as Assistant District Attorney after his long-time role as head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

 

 

Recent News

Dixon, Muldoon Call for Third-Party Audit of Civic Center Project

Town Hall to Discuss the Boardwalk and Public Safety

Diane Dixon Invites Public to 1st District Town Hall Meetings

Rep. Rohrabacher Endorses Dixon for Newport Beach City Council

Diane Dixon Raises More Than $83K for Newport Beach City Council Race

Lincoln Club Endorses Diane Dixon for Newport Beach City Council

Voters Have Many Chances to 'Meet and Greet' Diane Dixon

Dixon Raises $70K for Council Race

Small-Business Leaders Back Dixon for Newport Council

Fundraising Success, Key Endorsement for Diane Dixon

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