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Mayor: Reserves Reach Record High While Crime Hits All-Time Low

At a Corona del Mar Chamber luncheon, Mayor Keith Curry said Newport Beach is doing well financially and crime is at an all-time low.

With crime at a 40-year-low and city budget reserves at a record high, Newport Beach is in pretty good shape, Mayor Keith Curry told a crowd at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

Curry, who moved back into the mayor's seat last month, also thanked council members, touted the new Civic Center and highlighted some of the city's accomplishments.

"I am very pleased to report to you that our city is financially strong," Curry said. "The city's reserve account has exceeded more than $100 million. It's higher than it has ever been in the history of Newport Beach, and we did that through a recession."

The reduction of 84 city positions since 2008 contributed to the city's financial well-being. In addition, Curry said the city has worked hard to reform employee pension contributions. Back in 2007, employees contributed zero to their pensions, said Curry. But that is no longer the case.

"That number will ratchet up," he said.

The City Council is scheduled to talk pensions at its next week’s council meeting. Curry said the pension deal has been a "collaborative effort" between the city and its employees.

Newport Beach is also the safest it has been in decades.

"Crime is at a 40 year low in Newport Beach," Curry said.

But that doesn't mean there isn't a need to be proactive, he added.

Curry said city staff is working with Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson to make sure the early release of nonviolent offenders into surrounding cities, due to prison overcrowding, doesn't lead to a spike in crime.

"The stuff here in Newport Beach is worth stealing, that's why they come here," Curry said. "We are carefully working with police to make sure things don’t get out of hand."

At the meeting Curry also thanked Councilwoman Nancy Gardner and Councilman Mike Henn for doing a great job as mayor over the last two years.

"She led us on the issue of bike safety and left the city in good shape," Curry said of Gardner.

He also said newly elected Councilman Tony Petros has made a great first impression saying "he has jumped in with both feet and is making a real impact with residents."

Curry spoke about the new Civic Center briefly, saying he disagreed with opponents who refer to the project as the "Taj Mahal" in criticism of its size. The Civic Center will include a 17-acre park, a 450-space parking structure, a library addition and a pedestrian bridge.

"Our library, next to the beach, is the most popular attribute to the city. It's a valuable resource," Curry said.

On his list of issues to tackle during his term as mayor, Curry said he will focus on improving bike safety, looking into outsourcing residential trash and jail services, and deciding on whether to build a hotel or a housing development on the old City Hall site.

Although the address was brief, Curry has plans to give more details about the city on Friday, Feb. 8 at the annual Mayor's Dinner.

Going forward, Curry urges residents to do their part to keep Newport Beach in a positive place.

"Look for ways to contribute in Newport Beach and help make it a better community," Curry said.

Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" February 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Than why did you cut costs and hire a criminal animal abuser shelter and triple euthanasia rates Mayor Curry... With all the PUPPY MILL PROFITS IN YOUR POCKET From Fraud of Newport Constintuents, it is NO WONDER THE CITY IS ROLLING HIGH off NEWPORT BEACH ANIMAL ABUSE.......Disgraceful.... WHY are you selling federal torture of puppy mills Mayor... there are two humane members that feel support convicted cruelty criminals to sell puppy mill torture under fraud is wrong after we read letters of crying victimized Newport Children with Dead Pets and Parents with thousands in Vet Bill.... You defrauded the tax payers into funding CRIMINAL ANIMAL ABUSERS on City Staff report--- HOW HAPPY ARE THEY WE ARE AT ALL TIME HIGH AND ALL PARTICIPATING IN ANIMAL ABUSE OF SHELTER DOGS.....Newport Beach Animal Abuse......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm7s1NqAR6c Newport Beach Federal Torture sold under Fraud by the "INHUMANE COUNCIL FEDERAL PUPPY MILL FIVE... (not the new guy and not Gardner) ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8I1vYExRjM NO EXCUSE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE KEITH CURRY
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" February 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Only Animal Abusers support Puppy Mills and Create a Billion Dollar Tax Burden Conservatives are fighting in Congress--- Just ask Ethical Conservative of Huntington Beach, Joe Carchio.... HUMANE PET STORE MODEL ARE TRIPLE IN PROFIT than Newport Beach Criminals selling Federal Puppy Mill Torture.... HUNTINGTON BEACH MEETING ORDINANCE BANNING PUPPY MILLS-- Newport Beach Criminal Russo's Disgraced our City in the Meeting just watch....NEWPORT BEACH YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE BILLION DOLLAR TAX BURDEN ANIMAL ABUSING SHAME! --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6_7OIddZwg
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" February 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM
NEWPORT BEACH PUPPY MILL CONVICTED CRUELTY CRIMINAL SUPPORTED BY COUNCIL TO VICTIMIZE CONSTITUENTS disgraces Newport Beach by berating the Humane Society of the United States--of course... they tracked his puppy mill shipments delivered to Fashion Island and ranked him AMONG TOP PUPPY MILL RETAILERS IN STATE FOR MISSOUR PUPPY MILL SHIPMENTS OF PUPPY MILL PUPPIES-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4fIpESlqjw

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