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Congressman’s Ex-Campaign Treasurer Charged With Embezzling $300K

The former treasurer for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election committee was charged this week for embezzling more than $300,000 from campaign funds and a business where he previously worked, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Authorities arrested Jack Wenpo Wu, 45,...

City Council Votes to Slash Mooring Fees

By Daniel Langhorne | NB Indy Newport Beach mooring permit holders will see relief in the fees they pay to the city to park their boats offshore, ending years of debate at city hall over the appraisal for a fair market rent. The Newport Beach City Council voted 5-2 to reduce the annual rental...

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Men Convicted for Cutting Tree with Protected Birds

Two men were convicted and sentenced this week for cutting down a tree which housed migratory and protected birds, according to authorities. Stephen John Esser, 47, of Dana Point, and David Roger Stanley, 41, of Downey, each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawful...

Museum’s Future Hinges on Condo Tower

The Orange County Museum of Art needs Newport Beach to approve the construction of a 25-story condominium tower at its San Clemente Drive campus to fulfill its mission and remain fiscally sustainable, according to Todd Smith, the museum’s CEO. The museum’s leadership wants to...

City Says ’Pardon Our Dust’ With Business Promotion Program

Residents may find themselves at more sidewalk sales and street fairs on Balboa Peninsula, Mariner’s Mile, and in West Newport this year after officials approved a promotional program this week to encourage special events in these areas of the city. Newport Beach City Council...
Posted On 15 Apr 2016

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Local Inventor on Home Shopping Network

A Newport Beach woman will see her dreams come to fruition on the small screen this week as she debuts her invention on the Home Shopping Network. Marcy McKenna will be selling her creation, The...
Posted On 24 Jul 2012

Retail Corner

New Angle for Triangle Square Newport Beach-based Greenlaw Partners has begun a $25 million upgrade and rebranding of its Triangle Square property in Costa Mesa, the OC Business Journal reported....

Newport Gamer’s Big Score

So how do you get more than 28,000 people invest $1.4 million in your business project? You might want to ask Newport Beach video game developer Brian Fargo.  That’s what just happened to him...

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Charity Spotlight: Visionary Women Luncheon Honors Alzheimer’s Advocates

In 2011, country music legend Glen Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but instead of hanging up his guitar, he set out on a tour of America that lasted more than a...

On Faith: Interfaith Council Defines Golden Rule

Nearly 40 people from nine different places of worship met recently at the Pacifica Institute in Irvine for the monthly meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council. Lane Calvert,...

Radio Messages Sent Around World During Field Day

Morse code and radio messages from all over the world were received loud and clear over the weekend by a group of volunteers at Coastal Peak Park as part of a nationwide event. Messages from as...
Posted On 30 Jun 2016



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Library Lecture Series Hosts Author Sherman Alexie March 11 & 12

Literature: black letters on a white page that come together to create words, representing thoughts, fully formed in their author’s mind, and sharing them with all who would read the page. These words find their way into a collection of new minds, which welcome them, deciphering...

Curtain Up: A ‘Wicked’ Time at Segerstrom Center

It’s not every day you’re invited to stand on the Segerstrom Hall stage and watch a Broadway musical being installed, but it’s not every day that the phenomenon known as “Wicked” comes to town. The story about what happened before Dorothy dropped into the Land of Oz, “Wicked”...

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Off the Menu: Wine & Food Festival, Chocolate Tasting 101

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve been waiting for a dynamic food and wine event to replace the Taste of Newport, which ended its two-decade run in 2012. The wait is...

Off the Menu: New Chefs and New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s always news when a new chef comes to town, but this week two new chefs have taken over the kitchens at a pair of well-known...

Off the Menu: From Wonderland to Tacos to Tamarind

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This week we visited the remodeled Wonderland Bakery, sampled the menu at the revamped Taco Asylum, and tried some new dishes at Tamarind...

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Boat Show Highlights Top Yachts

Last weekend was the 40th Lido Village Boat Show. It appeared to be pre-recession in size, attendance and broker enthusiasm. We attended on a warm and beautiful So Cal Friday. It’s no wonder our area weather is the envy of the rest of the country. I was pleasantly surprised at...

A Savage Exhibit at ExplorOcean

I attended a unique event a few weeks ago definitely worth mentioning, and once again shows not only the special traits of Newport Harbor with regards to our area, state and country, but the international stature of our residents and boating community. Our own Newport Harbor...

When Politics Worked

I’ve been writing columns for the Newport Beach Independent since 2011. My appearance back then caused a few readers to write in and complain what a “liberal rag” the paper was becoming. It was ironic in some ways because the editor at the time, Roger Bloom, was...
Posted On 05 Apr 2014

Let It Go

Do you feel overwhelmed by kids and even adults who are walking around singing or humming “Let it Go” from the Walt Disney hit, “Frozen?” Few people realize that Idina Menzel, who sang the song, and Lea Michele are twins separated at birth. You can’t deny that they look very much...

Newport Beach Little League Strikes Out

By Kurt English | NB Indy Lots of good people are involved with Little League in Newport Beach and throughout the United States. They spend hours volunteering, avoid pettiness, keep their egos in check, and put the children’s interests first. However, a very small minority of...

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