Line in the Sand 2018 City Council Race Endorsements

Tim Stoaks, District 3
Roy Englebrecht, District 4
Joy Brenner, District 6


Tim, Roy and Joy are all long-time Newport Beach residents whose values and views on issues such as traffic and development, the need for a General Plan update and campaign finance reform are aligned with those of Line in the Sand.  All worked actively to defeat Measure Y and the Museum House.

Tim, a Newport Beach resident for 15 continuous years, has served on the boards of many local organizations. In particular, he helped promote public-private partnerships for projects such as the OASIS Senior Center, worked actively since 2002 to contain John Wayne Airport and protect the Settlement Agreement and was a founding member of the Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, of which he is now president.

Roy, a Newport Beach resident for 36 continuous years, has served two terms on the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission (a total of 11 years), was the only 2014 city council candidate to oppose Measure Y, worked side by side with Newport Beach voters gathering signatures for the 2016 Museum House petition and regularly attends community-based workshops which highlight general plans and the process of updating them.

Joy, a Newport Beach resident for 57 continuous years, has been involved in the community for decades, giving her time to countless committees and commissions. She was notably a founding member of the Corona del Mar Residents Association in 1987, oversaw the redevelopment of the popular Corona del Mar landmark Inspiration Point while serving as chair of the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, and most recently spearheaded the Friends of CdM Library community coalition that was actively engaged with city leadership, library trustees and city staff in developing the approved design for the new branch library and fire station facility in Corona del Mar.

Line in the Sand is proud to support these three candidates who are independent thinkers, have longstanding ties to the community, and believe that representing residents and local business owners should be the Council’s top priority.  Tim, Roy and Joy’s philosophies and platforms are in stark contrast to the incumbents they are challenging.

We ask that you support Line in the Sand’s endorsement of Roy, Tim and Joy.  If you are willing to let us use your name in the promotional materials we are developing for these candidates, you can give us permission by filling out the Support LITS Endorsement form below.  The same form gives you the option to help distribute Line in the Sand campaign flyers in your neighborhoods.

Note: State law prohibits Line in the Sand from sharing its support list with the individual candidates.  If you want to help the individual candidates by having your name appear on their websites and promotional materials, please visit the candidates’ websites to do so.

For more information about our endorsed candidates, please visit their websites:

District 3:

District 4:

District 6:


Note: Neither this endorsement nor any portion of this website was authorized or paid for by a candidate for this office or a committee controlled by a candidate for this office.




Our city council election campaigns are in full gear.  You’ll see candidates at many events and meetings throughout the city.  They will be working hard to raise awareness of their candidacy and talk to you about their platforms and goals for the city and for its residents and businesses.  They will also be working hard to raise money from residents, businesses, PACs and . . .

We’d like to help you keep track of all the moving pieces during the Newport Beach 2018 campaign season.  Here are three ways you can do that:

… Who are the candidates?  Read what the candidates have to say about themselves.
… Follow the money.  Review Campaign Financial Disclosure Statements.
… What do candidates stand for?  Attend one or more Election Forums listed below.


Vote responsibly.  Vote informed.  2018 Election Forum Schedule

Event/Host Location           Date/Time          
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
Candidates Forum
Newport Beach Central Library
1000 Avocado Street
Newport Beach 92660
August 23, 2018
Doors open at 7:00 a.m.
Candidate Forum – 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
West Newport Beach Association
Candidates Forum
Marina Park Community Center
1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach 92663
 August 29, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Candidate Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce
Candidate Forum
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club
1601 Bayside Drive
Corona del Mar 92625
September 6, 2018
Doors open at 7:00 a.m.
Candidate Forum – 7:30 9:00 a.m.
Friends of OASIS
Candidates Forum
OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus
Corona del Mar 92625
September 7, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Speak Up Newport
Candidates Forum
Civic Center Community Room
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach 92660
September 12, 2018
Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Candidates Forum – 6:00 p.m.
Feet to the Fire
Candidates Forum
Orange Coast College
Robert B Moore Theater
2701 Fairview Avenue
Costa Mesa 92626
(free parking)
September 21, 2018
Meet and Greet Candidates 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Candidate Forum begins at 7:00 p.m.
Balboa Island Improvement Assn
Candidate Forum
Balboa Island Fire Station
124 Marine
Newport Beach, CA 92262
September 22, 2018
9:00 a.m.
Corona del Mar Residents Assn
Election Forum
OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus Ave
Corona del Mar 92625
September 26, 2018
Meet & Greet @ 5:30 p.m.
Forum Panel 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


City Manager Transition

The city has  hired a new city manager, Grace Leung, who will begin her employment here in Newport Beach on September 4.  Current City Manager Dave Kiff was honored at a Farewell Reception on the Civic Green on Thursday, August 30.  And on August 31, Dave sent a warm farewell message to the community he served so well.  If you haven’t had a chance to read Dave’s farewell, you can do so here.

The city manager’s early “retirement” and the recruitment process for his replacement have been full of twists and turns.  Our friends at SPON have kept a detailed record of transition events.  If you have a few minutes and want to catch up on all that’s happened during this transition, just click here.



There are also be important development projects that we need to monitor.  Koll Center Residences, a high-rise complex spanning across three towers in the Airport Area near Jamboree and Birch, will be coming back again for its Planning Commission Study Session redo.  The initial study session was abruptly halted mid-meeting as several commissioners identified their financial conflicts of interest in this project.

Many of you drive by Shopoff’s Uptown Newport project, growing by leaps and bounds, in that very same Jamboree corridor.  Residences, retail shops and more are being jammed in between several high-rise commercial centers.  And just a block or two away, our neighbors in Irvine keep building more and more high-density projects from our shared boundary line to its northernmost city limits.

You can count on more traffic clogging our arterial roads as these residential and commercial projects come on line.

There is talk of a Newport Beach General Plan Update, but none of our city leaders are anxious to tackle that in the midst of our election cycle.  And why is that?  The current council decided to initiate a General Plan update and immediately put that plan on hold… The candidates we have endorsed have pledged to get that process moving with maximum input from the community.


Our Goal

Line in the Sand has been publicly quiet for the early part of this year for a variety of reasons, including using the time to study issues, development projects and candidates.  But we won’t be quiet for the rest of the year.  You can count on hearing from us on a regular basis on a variety of topics we feel are important for the long-term health of our home town.

Stay informed, visit our website, follow us on social media, and encourage your like-minded friends and neighbors to subscribe to our E-News updates.  Your engagement in these issues is vitally important now and through the balance of this year. We thank you for your past support and willingness to talk about and tackle the big, important issues.

We are all in this together, and together we can effect positive change.

Your Participation

The beautiful heritage of Newport Beach is at risk again this year.  Recruiting a new city manager, electing new or incumbent city council members, and approvals of ever-expanding development projects – all will remain on Line in the Sand’s radar and we hope yours as well.

Engage with your neighbors on these issues, schedule time with your council members and key city staff for meaningful conversations about your vision for our city’s future.  And when you can, donate to candidates and organizations who will help us achieve our common vision of preserving the character and charm of our Home Town.

Thank You!


This Needs to Change
Join Us in the Conversation


We need to draw that line in the sand that says “this far and no farther”?

Disregard for the Public

Why are our City officials chipping away at the very things that are important to those who chose them to lead? Why is this happening?

Ignoring Policies & Guidelines

Why do our City officials allow never‐ending exceptions and modifications to our planning policies and guidelines, effectively allowing developers to dictate height and density allowances?

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This is especially important as the City is preparing to embark on its General Plan Update process which will formalize the vision of Our Town for years to come.  We cannot afford to overlook or underestimate this opportunity.  We must work together to find common ground on the vision of Our Town.

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