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October 3, 2016

Newport Residents and Supporters -


You need to be aware of the fact that one of my opposing candidates in District 5, Lee Lowery, was recently appointed to the County Airport Commission by Supervisor Michelle Steel. 


Why? Let me explain. 


As was the case with the recent proposed residential/condominium project at 150 Newport Center Drive (I refer to this as the car wash project), I predict that the NB Planning Commission will reject the proposed Museum House Project as well. 


The next step for the developers is to appeal directly to the city council for project approval. In the case of the Museum House, the General Plan clearly defines height restrictions in Fashion Island. The city also has an agreement with the airport as it relates to the height of buildings in Fashion Island. In order for this project to go through, all that is needed is 5 votes from the Airport Commission, and 5 votes from our city council. 


The campaign manager for the three Team Newport Candidates (Will O’Neill, Lee Lowrey, and Brad Avery), Dave Ellis, is serving as the lobbyist for the Museum House Developer who stands to make a great deal of profit from the approval of this project. Lowrey’s recent appointment to the Airport Commission, as well as his bid for a seat on the Newport Beach City Council, will insure the 5 votes needed from each body for this project to go through. 


Do you really want this to happen?




Jeff Herdman

Candidate for District 5

Newport Beach City Council



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