I want to thank all of you who attended my most recent fundraiser, and especially Debra and Barry Allen, who so graciously hosted the event in their Harbor View home. It was a great opportunity to share with all in attendance exactly how it is going, bring everyone up-to-date, and to just enjoy some good food and beverages in a relaxed setting. As a result of this event, my 2016 campaign is debt free, and I even have some startup funds for the 2020 campaign!
Speaking of which, unless something dire happens to me over the next three and a half years, it is my intent to run for another 4 year term in 2020. The psychology behind raising funds over the next three years is one in which the larger I can build my treasury, the more discouraged an opponent(s) becomes after seeing how much I
have raised. So, don’t hold back. Any and all donations are more than welcome at this point in time, and certainly as the 2020 campaign draws nearer.
Donations may be made by check and mailed to:
Herdman for City Council 2020
204 Coral Ave.
Newport Bach, CA. 92662
OR on-line at www.efundraisingconnections.com
Maximum donation continues to be $1,100.00
Herdman for City Council 2020. ID#: 1381208
Little Island Bridge Update
Finally, after an almost 8 month delay, the brand new Little Island Bridge will be opened on Tuesday, July 25th. A fun afternoon is planned beginning at 2:30 p.m. right at the bridge. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 3:00 p.m., so if your schedule permits, come to the Island and participate in this long awaited event.
Since my last newsletter/Blog things have certainly not slowed down. The Council just last month unanimously approved a $306.9 million budget for the 2017/18 fiscal year which focuses on the harbor, paying down the City’s unfunded liability (an additional $9 million), and
supports a variety of capital improvement projects. The operating portion of the budget is $281.8 million; a 13.2% decrease over the prior year’s budget.
As I mentioned above, a significant investment will be made in the harbor and beaches ($12 million) for projects like dredging, seawall repair and replacement, mooring administration, pier maintenance, and abandon watercraft abatement. If you would like to see the entire budget, visit www.newportbeachca.gov.
Efforts will begin this year on an update of the City’s General Plan.
Other projects include increased investment in traffic management systems, Lido Fire Station rebuild, a variety of street pavement projects and drain system repairs, West Coast Highway median landscaping will be completed, along with water quality compliance and improvements.
I continue to greatly enjoy my experience on City Council, and as always, encourage you to contact me with comments, questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone: 949/922-3594.