Here we grow again?
Newport Beach is split on the issue, but the City Council last week approved a plan to allow the Irvine Company to expand the business-commercial hub known as Irvine Center. The council's vote was 5 to 2.
The plan calls for several new office buildings, hundreds of new shops, town houses and road improvements.
"We believe the plan represents a fair balance between public interests and our private interests," said Irvine Co. President Thomas H. Nielsen. But some residents protested, including Dick Nicholl, who said: "It would just destroy our community."