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Election Forums

Election Day is November 6, 2018 

It is up to us to elect City Council members who will represent residents.

While SPON cannot take positions on candidates, it does encourage everyone to become informed about the candidates’ positions on issues important to the quality of life in Newport Beach.

Note:  As of December 3, the Orange County Registrar of Voters has posted the Official Results and the even more official and detailed Statement of Votes for the November 6, 2018, election (see our Election Forums page).  The final precinct level results can be further visualized by hovering over the Registrar’s interactive maps (after selecting “Contest” in panel to left of map). For preliminary statewide totals, visit the California Secretary of State’s Semi-Official Election Results page.  As for Newport Beach, one new face, Joy Brenner, will be joining the Council, replacing outgoing member Scott Peotter.  The local Measure T requiring a public vote on future City financing by certificates of participation passed handily.

A variety of groups organized forums at which the public had a chance to learn about City candidates and ballot issues.  The following information is primarily based on that on the City Clerk’s 2018 Election page. All those listed were free and open to the public. See the Clerk’s page for additional information about the election time line, the Council candidates profiles and ballot statements, and the City ballot measure (on which SPON, also, takes no position).

Recordings of some of the forum events can be viewed online on the City’s NBTV streaming video site (see note at end of table regarding the City’s recording policy). Additional recordings can be found by following the SPON videos link at right or in the table below. In particular, SPON’s YouTube Election Forums playlist provides links to YouTube recordings by SPON and others from past years.  Speak Up Newport videos from 2014 of council candidates and ballot Measure Y are separately available on Vimeo.

In addition to the forum videos, written questions and answers with the Council candidates have been published (independently) by at least two newspapers:

Vote responsibly.  Vote informed.
2018 Election Forum Schedule

Event/Host Location           When 
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
(NBTV video of this event here, also on YouTube)
Newport Beach Central Library
Friends Room
August 23, 2018
Doors open – 7:00 a.m.
Forum – 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
West Newport Beach Association
(NBTV video of this event here)
Marina Park
1600 W. Balboa Blvd
August 29, 2018
Doors open – 5:30 p.m.
Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club
1601 Bayside Drive
September 6, 2018
Doors open – 7:00 a.m.
Forum – 7:30 9:00 a.m.
Friends of OASIS OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus
Corona del Mar
September 7, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Speak Up Newport
(NBTV video of this event here)
Civic Center Community Room
100 Civic Center Drive
September 12, 2018
Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club
(except for NMUSD candidates)
OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus
Corona del Mar
September 18, 2018
6:00 p.m. (cancelled)
Feet to the Fire Candidates Forum
(NBTV video of this event here, also on YouTube)
Robert B Moore Theater
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Avenue
Costa Mesa 92626
September 21, 2018
Meet & greet – 6:00 p.m.
Forum – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Balboa Island Improvement Association Balboa Island Fire Station
124 Marine Avenue
September 22, 2018
Forum – 9:00 a.m.
Corona del Mar Residents Association
(SPON video of this event here)
OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus
Corona del Mar
September 26, 2018
Reception – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Forum – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Central Newport Beach Community Association Marina Park
1600 W. Balboa Blvd
October 3, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Note regarding City recording of election forums:  although the City has no clear policy on what third-party events it films and posts, it appears at least some of this year’s forums are being recorded by City contractors and may be available for viewing on the City website as well as broadcast on its public cable channel, Newport Beach TV.  In 2016, the City posted the Newport Chamber, West Newport, Speak Up and Feet to the Fire forums. In 2014, it posted none. Because there is no policy, it is also possible it might broadcast some without posting them (or vice versa). The West Newport moderators specifically said their forum was being recorded for broadcast in September and October.  The City’s policy on recording and broadcasting election forums was briefly debated as Item 3 at the Council’s September 27, 2016, meeting, and was supposed to come back for a decision, but never did.  The video of that meeting is, itself, interesting to watch.