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Buck Gully Fire Risk, a Revisited Hot Topic

The potential fire risk in Buck Gully, particularly the lower section in Corona del Mar, has returned as a hot topic of 2018. The issue has continued to stay warm over the last two decades as Newport Beach staff and fire personnel, residents, and City Council discussed the subject. Recent fires...
Posted On 23 Feb 2018

Audio, Video Improvements Considered for Council Chambers

Newport Beach City Council debated Tuesday about what audio and video components in council chambers needed improvement, and how much they should realistically cost. Staff presented options as simple as changing out a single wall-mounted video camera for $9,000, to replacing the entire...
Posted On 16 Feb 2018

News

Big Canyon Creek Restoration Wins Engineering Award

The restoration project for Big Canyon Creek in Newport Beach was recently honored for its excellent engineering, officials announced this week. “What began as a project to remove a single contaminant from a degraded urban creek ended as a comprehensive program to restore the...

Motorcyclist Killed in Weekend Crash ID’d

A motorcyclist died over the weekend after a two-vehicle collision in Newport Beach, according to authorities. Todd Anthony Davis Jr., 26, of Costa Mesa, was identified as the motorcyclist, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department coroner’s office. At 10:11 am Saturday,...

Council Delays Start of General Plan Update Process

Newport Beach City Council this week formally adopted the direction they gave staff during the annual planning session last month, with one distinct change regarding the general plan update process. While the Jan. 29 meeting included a fiscal, harbor, and public safety updates,...
Posted On 16 Feb 2018

Business

Biz Buzz: The Resort at Pelican Hill Earns Top Honors From Forbes

The Resort at Pelican Hill and The Spa at Pelican Hill each earned the highest rating of Five Stars in the 60th annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. Recognized as a Five-Star destination unto...

Biz Buzz: New Owner for Newport Beach Pageants

Newport Beach Pageants new owner April Sands has set May 20, 2018 as the date for the Miss Newport Beach and Miss Corona del Mar pageant at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach. The pageant is open to...

Biz Buzz: New Area Manager for Project Independence

Maritza Vargas of Tustin has been promoted to area manager for Project Independence, an Orange County nonprofit that has been working with adults with developmental disabilities since 1977. She...

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Arts Commission Unveils Concert Lineup, Photo Contest

The popular Concerts on the Green series will once again bring thousands of music lovers to the Civic Center lawn this summer. Four acts were approved by the arts commission last Thursday during...

Candidates Debate Women’s Issues

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy With the national reckoning over sexual harassment as the backdrop, six candidates who want to represent Orange County’s coastal cities, including Newport Beach, in...

Police Promote Deputy Chief, Officers Sworn In

Civilian Cold Case Investigators Also Honored Around 200 friends and family members of the Newport Beach Police Department joined the mayor and City Council in honoring seven men this week....



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Curtain Up: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ is Mesmerizing

To say the latest Cirque du Soleil is unique is a given; they are all different. After 38 shows over 34 years it may be hard to come up with something new, yet the latest Cirque du Soleil iteration, “Luzia,” does just that. “Luzia” is a Mexican fiesta; a party, which includes...
Posted On 23 Feb 2018

Curtain Up: The Elasticity of Backhausdance

The spring semester at Chapman University is in full swing, which means Newport Beach resident Jennifer Backhaus – a full-time faculty member in Chapman’s dance department – is busier than ever. Backhaus is also the founder and artistic director of Backhausdance, Orange County’s...

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Off the Menu: Cheese and Wine Offer Perfect Pairings

Wine and cheese make for a popular culinary pairing, which was highlighted last weekend at “Tour de Napa” presented by Hi-Time Wine Cellars at Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa. Some of Napa...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Taste of Louisiana and Best Bartender

“Taste of Louisiana” at Bluewater Grill Mardi Gras and “Fat Tuesday” concluded earlier this week, but Bluewater Grill intends to carry the celebration into March with a “Fat Tuesday” tasting of...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Food Trends for 2018

I’m always curious about food trends, so I was intrigued by a recent announcement from the National Restaurant Association, who surveyed nearly 700 professional chefs on which food, cuisine,...

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Sports: Toshiba Classic Returns to Newport Beach

Dozens of PGA Tour legends are set to complete in the annual Toshiba Classic benefitting Hoag Hospital at the Newport Beach Country Club March 7 – 11. The most philanthropic event in PGA Tour Champions history, the Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes...

Qualifying Weekend at the Oracle Challenger Series in Newport Beach

Story and photos by Lawrence Shetwin The Oracle Challenger Series at the Newport Beach Tennis Club featured a weekend of young upcoming tennis players hoping to gain entry into the main draw and, ultimately, the BNP Paribas Tournament in Indian Wells this March.  American 2017...

Op-Ed: Restoring Confidence in City Government

By Michael Toerge / Candidate for Council, District 6  As voters await the opportunity to vote on recalling Scott Peotter, I think it is important to engage in a conversation with the community on the steps we need to take to restore confidence in our city government and those...

Letter to the Editor: No Defense for Peotter Recall

Scott Peotter is soon to be recalled by the residents of Newport Beach.  Rather than offer any defense for his irresponsible behavior and ideas on the city council, Peotter and the puppet masters behind him offer only the argument that the recall would result in a cost estimated...

Op-Ed: The People Who Make OASIS Senior Center Great

By Will O’Neill, Newport Beach City Councilman In between scooping ice cream for a hundred root beer floats and dancing with my daughter to the Tijuana Dogs in the Evelyn Hart Event Center at the OASIS Senior Center last weekend, I observed yet again the incredible people that...