City of Newport Beach Location of City Hall, Measure B (February 2008)
What was at stake with Measure B was whether to locate a new civic center on a 12-acre site in Newport Center that had originally been slated to become a park. With the success of Measure B, Newport Beach was authorized to move forward with its plans to construct a new city hall and a park on the land, with a price tag in the vicinity of $100 million. Plans for the project included a bird-watching area, children’s gardens, walking trails and a cafe. City officials hoped to break ground on the project in 2010 and to move into the new facilities in 2012.
Over $800,000 was spent on the campaign.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Orange County elections office.
After Measure B was approved, Allan Beek sued Newport and City Clerk LaVonne Harkless, alleging that the results of the election on Measure B should be thrown out on the grounds that the City Council is the only body legally entitled to decide the location of its City Hall.
Beek subsequently filed a second lawsuit Beek saying that when the Newport Beach City Council voted to support Measure B, their vote violated the California Environmental Quality Act, the city’s general plan, and a previous city resolution to dedicate the land as open space.
On Tuesday, June 23, a three-judge panel of the California Fourth Appellate District Court upheld Measure B, rejecting all of Beek's legal claims.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission ruled in 2010 that the "City Hall in the Park" campaign committee failed to disclose that Jack Croul, the retired chairman of Behr Process Corp., was the major donor to the campaign for a "yes" vote on Measure B. Croul gave about $680,000 to the campaign committee.
The campaign committee was fined $2,000 for this failure to report in campaign filings that retired Behr Process Corp. chairman Jack Croul was the major donor behind the ballot measure.
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE B: "Amend the Charter to require City Hall, including City administrative offices and relating parking, to be located on City property located adjacent to the Newport Beach Central Library in the Newport Center area of the City."|
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