The Newport Beach Mayor always has time for family
Ed Selich is a busy man. Serving as mayor of Newport Beach for the third time in seven years obviously agrees with him. The smile is ever-ready and nothing seems to daunt him. But, I have to say, his face really lights up when he talks about his wife, Lynn, and his family. Suffice it to say, this loving husband and father–and grandfather–will certainly enjoy Father’s Day.
Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Edward and Veronica Selich, a shipbuilder and homemaker, Ed was the oldest of four siblings.
“It was a large family,” Ed says, “with 23 aunts, uncles and many more cousins.”
Ed was 11 years old when the family moved to Chula Vista, California, where he attended elementary through high school and surfed and scuba dived locally and in Mexico as a teenager. Delivering laundry to Navy ships in San Diego Bay was a part-time job, and his father worked at National Steel & Shipbuilding.
“I wanted to be an architect and then got into urban design and planning,” Ed says.
So, Ed attended California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo and Pomona, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental design, with an emphasis in urban planning, and did his post-graduate work in urban and regional planning at Cal Poly Pomona.
Employed out of college by the City of Huntington Beach, Ed was the director of planning and environmental resources, and it was in 1975 that he met and married Judi Jeffers, an eighth grade English teacher in Fountain Valley.
“We had an apartment on the beach next to the pier in Huntington Beach,” Ed says, “It wasn’t long before our daughter Adrienne was born in 1977.”
In 1978, Ed was employed as director of land development by Cadillac Fairview Homes West, a real estate development company, and in 1979, the family moved to Cameo Shores in Newport Beach, where they bought their first home. It was in 1983 that Ed left Cadillac Fairview to start his own land development business and the couple’s second daughter, Alexandra, was born. It was then that their family life began in earnest.
“We were very involved with the girls,” Ed says. “We lived in Cameo Shores for 22 years, and during that time they went from Harbor View Elementary through to Corona del Mar High School.”
The girls’ activities included Brownies, Girl Scouts, YMCA’s Indian Princess program, junior lifeguard program, ballet, gymnastics, piano and violin lessons.
Then, there was sports: softball, soccer and volleyball.
“I coached Alexandra’s soccer team,” Ed says. “Alexandra played volleyball all over the state, and we went to her games, and our older daughter, Adrienne, was a cheerleader at CDM, and we went to all the football and basketball games. I was even recruited to work the concession stands at the games.”
“One of the best things we did was to take four straight summers to see the country with the girls,” Ed says.
We divided the country into quadrants and took a month or so each summer to explore a different area of the U.S. (except for Alaska) and the Canadian provinces.
Ed says they saw nearly every national park, historical monument, Revolutionary and Civil War battlefield, Washington, D.C., New England, Nashville and Elvis, to name a few. The family also traveled to Hawaii every summer and skied at Christmas and during the winter holidays at Deer Valley.
“My personal goal was to be home by 6 p.m. every night for family dinner,” Ed says. “It worked until high school and then the girls’ busy schedules got in the way, but we ate together every chance we got.”
The family did continue to have meals together on the weekends, and all the holidays and special occasions were spent together, with Ed’s parents coming from San Diego and Judi’s from Arcadia, to celebrate.
During this time, Ed continued developing projects in various partnerships and on his own and from 1996 to 2002, he owned and operated a property management company that was responsible for managing large apartment properties.
Divorcing in 1998 didn’t stop Ed and Judi from providing a supportive relationship for their children. She remarried and so did Ed, after he met a gorgeous blonde named Lynn Hackman in Catalina and the two were married in 2009.
“Lynn is outgoing, gregarious and beautiful, and we share a love of art, music and boating,” says Ed, smiling. “We live on the bay front in Newport Beach and have our boat docked there. We love going to Catalina and deep sea fishing.”
“Lynn is now the woman of the house and her personality and culinary skills have added a new dimension to our family festivities. She and the girls get along great and now that we have grandchildren, there is a whole new dynamic we both embrace. Whether we are all together on holidays, watching a game or out on a harbor cruise, Lynn always makes everyone feel at ease… and well fed!”
Ed is a Harley lover, so when they were dating, Lynn took lessons with Alexandra, got her license and bought a Sportster. Her license plate reads “Lynnster.”
“But, she’s rather sit behind me on my Ultra Classic and let me do the driving,” Ed laughs.
They travel on his bike to Cook’s Corner and on Pacific Coast Highway for breakfast and lunch. They’ve joined group rides to Joshua Tree, the surrounding deserts, and to events like the Blue Grass Festival in Temecula.
Ed’s public service in Newport Beach began in 1995, when he became a member of the City of Newport Beach Planning Commission, serving three terms as chairman during those 10 years. He joined the Newport Beach City Council in June 2005, was elected Mayor in 2008, again in 2009, and is currently serving his third term at the helm of the city.
“When I’m termed out of the City Council in 2016,” Ed says, “I’ll have served 21 years and six months, and during that time, I have never missed a meeting.”
And what about post City Council life? Ed says that he and Lynn have plans to travel, with more time for boating, motorcycling and the family.
“I’m very proud of my daughters and the women they have turned out to be,” he says. My older daughter is a terrific mother to her children (you should see his face light up when he mentions his grandchildren, six-year-old Ava and eight-month-old Benjamin), and both of them have good careers.”
Ed boasts that both girls graduated from college–Adrienne from the University of Arizona and Alexandra from Loyola Marymount, with the oldest a Wells Fargo service manager and her sister a senior manager at Yahoo .
“They’re just wonderful people,” smiles the very proud father, grinning from ear to ear. “I’m a very lucky guy.”