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City Council Approves $307M Budget

Newport Beach City Council this week unanimously approved the city’s $306.9 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which focuses on the harbor, paying down the city’s unfunded pension liability and infrastructure. A public hearing was conducted Tuesday on the proposed budget for fiscal...
Posted On 16 Jun 2017

Arts Commission Invests in the Future of Art

With a newfound need to drive private fundraising for the city’s cultural arts in Newport Beach, the city Arts Commission is investing in music and manpower. The commissioners approved an increase of $60,000 in their programming budget for a concert by the Pacific Symphony next month. An...

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Vehicle Hits Pedestrian in West Newport

A Buena Park man was arrested this week after hitting a pedestrian while driving on West Coast Highway in West Newport. The Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a “major injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian” on PCH near 61st Street at 4:48 p.m....
Posted On 15 Jun 2017

Structure Fire in Corona Del Mar

Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to a working structure fire at 3034 E. Coast Hwy in Corona Del Mar 3:42 p.m. on June 4, according to authorities. The two-alarm fire was located within a one-story multi-unit building, NBFD reported in a statement released June 5....

Sharing is Caring About the Harbor

Newport Harbor users discussed how to best share the harbor and communicate with other harbor users during a meeting this week. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee hosted their monthly meeting Tuesday night as the annual “Harbor Summit.” The discussion was...
Posted On 09 Jun 2017

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Robert Talbott Store Opens in Fashion Island

Robert Talbott opened its first Southern California freestanding boutique at Fashion Island this month. The new 1,114-square-foot store will offer a full line of high-end luxury clothing for men,...

Biz Buzz: B Toffee Expands to Spread More Sweet Joy

Some people bake cookies as gifts, other make fudge. Newport Beach resident Betsy Thagard decided to go one step further and make toffee. “It’s not the easiest thing to make—toffee is very...

Biz Buzz: Appetizing Details Revealed for Newport Beach Wine & Food Fest

Bravo master chefs, Top Chef winners and Food Network stars will join a stellar lineup of local restaurants for the fourth annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, to be held Sept. 29...

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Charity Spotlight: Friendship Circle Holds Evening of Recognition

On Wednesday, May 10, Newport Beach-based Friendship Circle held its 11th annual Evening of Recognition at the Beckman Center in Irvine. The Friendship Circle’s mission is to address the...

Speaking Up About Balboa Peninsula

Ready to take a ride on the new Balboa Peninsula Trolley? Newport Beach Community Development Director Kimberly Brandt certainly hopes so. At the monthly Speak Up Newport event held Wednesday...

Rhino Rides Through Balboa Village

There was a rhinoceros sighting in Balboa Village this week, but fortunately it was for a good cause. South African safari guide, conservationist and cyclist Matt Meyer decided to raise awareness...
Posted On 15 Jun 2017



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Under Cover: It Takes a CHERUB to Raise a Reader

I have a good friend who frequently uses the hashtag #raisingreaders on her social media posts. Truth be told, she is kind of a supermom, and while there are many things I adore about her, one of my favorite things is her dedication to instilling in her children a passion for...

Uner Cover: Book Club Blooms with “Lilac Girls”

Recently, I took a fifteen-hour road trip with my oldest son, ferrying him home from school for the measly three week break that will act as his “summer.” After flying in to help him move out of the dorm, and into his new digs, we made the trek back to California via the open...

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Off the Menu: Lido Bottle Works Uncorks a Winner at Lido Marina Village

It’s always exciting when a new restaurant opens in Newport Beach. It’s doubly exciting when the debut is at Lido Marina Village, which has come roaring back to life with a marvelously curated...

Off the Menu Side Dish: A Cool Craving for Gelato at Pelican Hill Resort

We’re in the midst of our typical June Gloom weather, but we guarantee it will start to heat up soon. When it does, we suggest cooling off with authentic Italian gelato from The Resort at Pelican...

Off the Menu: Truffles, Lobster and France

Truffle That Hopdoddy Burger We finally made it to Burnt Crumb at Pacific City in Huntington Beach this week to try their famous spaghetti grilled cheese sandwich (served with a side of marinara...

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U.S. Men’s National Team Plays 0-0 Draw Against Serbia

The U.S. Men’s National Team opened Bruce Arena’s second tenure as head coach with a spirited 0-0 draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on January 29. Forward Jozy Altidore earned his 100th cap in the match, becoming the second youngest player in U.S. MNT history...
Posted On 19 Feb 2017

Breakers Tennis Return to Newport Beach for 2017

The Orange County Breakers will call the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach home once again as they return for the 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis season. The Breakers previously played at the Palisades Tennis Club from 2003-2006. “We are very excited to once again team up with...

I Will Always Stand Up for Free Speech

In his early writings Benjamin Franklin warns, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  An intolerant group in Newport Beach has initiated a recall against me because I speak my mind. Their list of “grievances” against me...

Save Free Speech in Newport Beach

I became involved in city politics over a decade ago to stop the over-concentration of drug and alcohol rehab homes in West Newport and expose the corrupt politicians profiting from them, while our community suffered the impacts. The deeper I dug, the more corruption I found at...

Time for Councilman Peotter to Go

Like many of my neighbors, I have been appalled by the changes in our city council during the past two years. Rather than focusing on the quality of life, parks and open space for our kids, replacement of aging city facilities and sound fiscal management, we see council members...

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