Measure B, on the June 7th Ballot, proposes changing the present system of the city council, electing the mayor to a one-year term annually to one in which the general electorate elects the mayor for a four-year term. 

Mayor Pro Tem Noah Blom will present the case for supporting Measure B. Walter Stahr will present the case for opposing Measure B. This announcement was originally shared on Speak Up Newport.

speakers at measure B election

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Noah Blom

Blom was born and raised in Newport Beach before leaving after high school to travel the country, first for school in San Francisco, New York and Europe, and later for business in Vermont, New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

He is a chef-turned-restaurateur, returning home to Newport Beach, where he met his wife, Marin. The two have opened and operated a number of restaurants in Newport Beach and surrounding Orange County cities.

Author Walter Stahr

Stahr grew up in Arcadia, California, and then attended Stanford University, before heading back to Harvard, where he studied law and public policy.

Upon graduation, Stahr joined the Washington office of an international law firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. In 1990, he joined the Securities & Exchange Commission, working for several years in the chairman’s office, writing speeches and congressional testimony, advising on enforcement cases. In the summer of 2014, they moved to Southern California, to be closer to his parents and their children. He is an author publishing his first book on John Jay in 2005; his second book on Seward, in 2012; his third book on Stanton, in 2017. He is now working on a fourth book, a biography of Salmon P. Chase. His wife, Dr. Masami Miyauchi Stahr, is a mathematics teacher at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.

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