2018 Newport Beach City Council Elections

Line in the Sand has a few things to say.

By Andy Lingle
Board Member, Line in the Sand


Our Endorsed City Council Candidates

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

Are also the candidates endorsed by
over 300 of your friends and neighbors

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.

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.

For more detailed information about each of our endorsed candidates, click here.

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 Fall Curriculum covers 2018 Newport Beach City Council Candidates.
Final exam is scheduled for November 6.

Have a little fun, but study hard because your future depends on it.



Step into the classroom here.

There is much to learn.

** Extra Credit Classes **


Candidates & Their Platforms

Statements, Financial Disclosures & Videos


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?  Watch one or more of the election videos which you’ll find on our YouTube channel and in our Video Library.  Choose from several of the Candidate Forums that were filmed earlier in the election cycle.  We have also added videos featuring each of the candidates discussing a variety of issues facing Newport Beach voters today.



** Crash Course – The Press Room **


There is more on the horizon.


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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We’ll keep you in the know about upcoming plans and activities on the topic of high-rise and high-density solutions for Our Town.

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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