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District Starts Talks With Teachers’ Union

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District and its teachers unions began negotiations for next year’s contract on Tuesday, presenting their initial proposals to the public during the district board’s regular meeting. The district proposed that the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers fully reimburse the district for the 2nd FTE federation release time. The district currently contributes $53,210 […]

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Dick Braeger, Gary’s Owner and Cole Haan Shoes Co-Founder, Dies at 74

Dick Braeger, Gary’s Owner and Cole Haan Shoes Co-Founder, Dies at 74

Richard “Dick” Braeger, a leader in footwear and men’s retail clothing industries, died Friday at his home in Newport Beach. He was 74. Braeger was co-founder of Cole Haan shoes and owner of GARYS, a men’s specialty clothing store with its flagship at Fashion Island and branch stores in Del Mar and Tustin. “We were […]

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Rush Enters 74th AD Race, Slams Daigle

Rush Enters 74th AD Race, Slams Daigle

The 74th Assembly District race was further roiled this week by the entry of Newport Beach community activist Bob Rush, who changed his party registration to Democratic just prior to filing his candidacy and said he will jump-start his campaign with $100,000 of his own money. Barely a few months old in its current configuration, […]

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Female Leaders Urge That Women’s Commission Not Get Ax

Female Leaders Urge That Women’s Commission Not Get Ax

Academy Award winner and longtime women’s advocate Geena Davis visited Newport Beach on Wednesday to speak to a gathering of more than 150 in support of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Joining her was the president of the U.S. National Committee on UN Women, Maggie Forster Schmitz, California Secretary of State Debra […]

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Feds Kick In Another $2M for Dredging

The federal government has kicked in an additional $2 million for the Lower Newport Bay dredging project, Newport Beach City Councilman Mike Henn announced Tuesday. Funds for the $7.8 million project were about $2 million short of the total, Henn said, and the thought was to go get private donations to make up that gap. […]

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School Board OKs Contract for Barbot

The Newport-Mesa school board unanimously approved the contract for the interim superintendent Tuesday, with a few minor changes. The board appointed Dr. Robert Barbot to the temporary position Feb. 1. He will officially start Feb. 23. The modifications made during Tuesday’s board meeting included an increase for mileage reimbursement to his per diem rate, up […]

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Council Says Goldenrod 6 Chickens Must Go

Council Says Goldenrod 6 Chickens Must Go

The dust has finally settled on the Corona del Mar chicken flap. The Goldenrod 6 hens will have to find a new home, the Newport Beach City Council decided during a study session Tuesday. The city staff took about a month to evaluate the city ordinance that governs the keeping of chickens and recommend to […]

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President Comes to Newport

President Comes to Newport

President Barack Obama, accompanied by tight security and drawing supporters and protesters into the streets, visited Newport Beach yesterday morning for a fundraising brunch at a Corona del Mar home. The event at the home of Jeff and Nancy Stack on Evening Canyon Road was attended by about 160 donors who paid $2,500 to $38,500 […]

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Drug Plane Violates Obama Airspace, Is Busted

Drug Plane Violates Obama Airspace, Is Busted

A small Cessna aircraft was intercepted by two F-16 military jets after it breached a special “no-fly” zone shortly after President Obama’s helicopter left John Wayne Airport enroute to LAX, following the president’s visit to Newport Beach. The plane’s pilot, who has not yet been identified was questioned and arrested after it landed in Long […]

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Majestic Is Back, Sort Of

Majestic Is Back, Sort Of

The city has decided to allow MV Majestic, a large charter yacht at the center of a long-running dispute, to return to Newport Harbor to operate temporarily. In a letter sent to Pacific Avalon Charters owner John Gueola late last week and obtained by the Independent, city Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller granted the charter […]

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