6 Responses to “Guest Rant”
November 20th, 2012
I think it must be something new they are enforcing, maybe not enough people are blocking the streetsweeper and they need funds??? One of our tenants received a notice for trashcans that were overweight... ?
November 21st, 2012
Hi Gigi. I was sent your "rant" via Google Alerts (I like to know what is being said about NBPD:-). I can certainly understand your frustration and am sorry for your stress during such a beautiful Thanksgiving week, however, there are a few things I would like to clarify. The first is that you are under the impression that a Police Officer wrote you the citation. Not true. I imagine the citation has a signature line for an "Officer" which could understandably cause you to assume Police Officer. However, I believe you received a citation from a Code Enforcement Officer. Violations such as leaving trashcans out are usually enforced by Code Enforcement, not by PD. They handle violations such as trashcans being left out - often times generated by complaints from the community. You also mentioned crime being on the rise. That is certainly my area of expertise and concern:-) The fact is, Newport Beach is currently experiencing the lowest crime rate in history (as least as far back as we have been keeping accurate records - 1960's). We are actually down nearly 100 crimes year-to-date compared to last year - in spite of crime rising in most cities in the County. Of course if you have been a victim of a crime, those stats are of little consolation to you. If you are not happy about how the PD handled the incident you mentioned in your letter, please let me know and I will ensure it is addressed correctly. Our goal is to make you a "raving fan" of the service provided by the PD, and the City for that matter. I believe a periodic "rant" is good for the soul sometimes, so I hope the venting helped you feel a little better. I guess this is my own rant (or rave), as I am very proud of our Police Department employees and want you and everyone else to know that they are thoroughly committed to public safety. No one is happy when they get a citation, but please know the PD, Code Enforcement, and everyone in the Newport Beach City government are being as responsive to the needs and desires of this great community as we possibly can. Please feel free to contact me directly if you ever have any concerns I can help you with. Thanks, and have a great Thanksgiving!
November 22nd, 2012
I applaud Chief Johnson for that response. Never seen that before anywhere, and don't think I will anytime soon. Newport Beach Police does a great job. Chief Johnson, while you are reading this (hopefully), might I suggest implementing a ride a long program in the department? I have requested one but was told the dept doesn't allow them. Not sure why...
November 23rd, 2012
Chief Johnson: It's a relief to see that your records go back only to the 60's. We had a really good time in the 50's.
November 28th, 2012
Let's have a little controversy. I would like to nominate, for your consideration, the most overrated rock and rollers of all time. 1, Elvis Presley; 2, Bob Dylan; 3, The Rolling Stones.
December 11th, 2012
How about we focus the Trashcan Enforcement Team in Newport Beach to the Human Being Enrichment Team. I have never seen a city that focuses on the rights of trashcans, animals and structures versus human beings. We have missing HUMANS, a tremendous amount of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE in our sweet community but the response is nothing. THE FOCUS of the COMMUNITY RESOURCES needs to be on the taypayers general wellbeing. Women can be physically assaulted in Corona del Mar and the response is too bad, I guess you shouldn't be with that person. BUT HEAVAN FORBID THE TRASHCANS ARE AMISS.....