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Retiring City Manager Shares Emotional Reflection Full of Laughter, Tears and ‘Snark’

After a mostly lighthearted, but at times emotional, speech from soon-retiring Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff reflecting on his time with the city, the crowd reacted exactly like the audience nine years ago, when he was promoted to his current position: A standing ovation. He shared his reflections during the NB Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up! Newport meeting on Thursday morning. Kiff...
Posted On 13 Jul 2018

Update, Potential Increases to Life Safety Service Fees Discussed

Newport Beach City Council discussed potential changes, including some increases, for life safety services fees during a study session this week. Following a consulting company’s study and resulting recommendations, as well as review from the Finance Committee, on the fees, Council made several comments on the topic during Tuesday’s meeting. According to the staff report, the city will...
Posted On 11 Jul 2018



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Successful First Year for Friends of NB Animal Shelter

The first year for the new nonprofit Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter has been very successful, group officials announced this week. FONBAS President Tim Stoaks gave a short presentation on the group during the City Council study session...
Posted On 17 Jul 2018

State Commission Considers Revised LCP Map, Amendment

The city will be before a state board next week, asking for approval on a revised Local Coastal Program map as well as amending a portion of the LCP to designate a “Planned Community” in Newport Beach and add a regulation to waive public...

Study Session on Revised Flood Maps

The Newport Beach City Council will hold a study session about the updated flood map next week. City staff will share the revised Federal Emergency Management Agency flood map with Council and the public during a study session at 4 p.m. Tuesday...

Business

Biz Buzz: City Council Renews Restaurant BID

At the City Council meeting on June 26, council passed a resolution confirming the levying of assessments and appointment of the Advisory Board of Directors for the Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement District’s Fiscal Year 2018-2019. The resolution passed 6-0, with Mayor...

Biz Buzz: Rejuvenation Wellness Takes Holistic Approach to Health

Newport Beach is a healthy city, packed with juice bars, gyms, yoga studios and other businesses designed to improve your health. Now, a unique newcomer to the health scene has arrived in Newport Beach: Rejuvenation Wellness at 308 Old Newport Blvd. Rejuvenation Wellness combines crystal and...

Biz Buzz: Russo and Steele Auto Auction Returns to Newport Dunes June 8-10

Car collectors and automobile aficionados alike will be descending on Newport Beach next weekend for the 6th annual Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction, held June 8-10 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. More than 400 cars are scheduled to cross the auction block over three days, up...

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Charity Spotlight: Operation Underground Railroad Gala Nets $300K

On Saturday evening, May 19, the Operation Underground Railroad Gala took place at the Newport Beach Country Club. The evening was hosted by Mike Tomlin, Head Coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The event featured special guest speakers Marisol Nichols from The CW’s hit show “Riverdale,” Jim...

Charity Spotlight: Laguna Playhouse Gala Raises $1.7M

The Laguna Playhouse raised $1.7 Million at their annual gala held on May 12, 2018 at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Attended by 400 playhouse patrons, the sold-out event featured a VIP Sponsors Reception, an elegant dinner, live and silent auction, entertainment and a special...

Charity Spotlight: Rivals United for a Kure Raises $100K

Rivals United for a Kure, the major support group for nonprofit Kure It Cancer Research, which raises funds for underfunded cancers, held its inaugural golf tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club in early June. A full contingent of golfers signed up for a beautiful, sunny day of golfing at the...



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Soundcheck: Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra Headline Hyatt Concert

The Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series returns to the hotel’s intimate Back Bay amphitheater July 13 – October 12. It’s packed with notable names from the jazz and pop worlds, from trumpeter Chris Botti to Chicago vocalist Peter Cetera to the dynamic Chaka Khan. The series kicks...

Soundcheck: Sunset Jazz at Newport Series Kicks Off July 11

Cool cocktails, balmy evenings, hot jazz—three ingredients that make for a perfect summer evening under the stars at the Sunset Jazz at Newport concert series that starts July 11 and runs through Sept. 19 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island. Held in...

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Off the Menu: Hamburger Hunting

I seem to be on an unofficial search for the area’s best hamburger. I’ve order the burger at four restaurants over the past two weeks: Olea in Newport Beach, The Bungalow in Corona del Mar, and...

Off the Menu: Vodka Battered Fish & Chips at Circle Hook

Lido Marina Village has been attracting attention ever since its remodel nearly two years ago. Since then, three popular restaurants have opened: Zinquè, Lido Bottle Works and the world famous...

Off the Menu: Lobster & Clambake at Bluewater Grill

Bluewater Grill is known for hosting a monthly themed menu. One of their most popular is in July: the Bluewater Grill New England Lobster & Clambake, which kicks-off on July 10 with a Chef’s...

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Sports: Pelican Hill Forecaddie Helps Duffers Golf Like Pros

Tom Fazio is a legend in the golf world—not for playing golf, but for designing stunning golf courses that, as he puts it, “reflect the natural beauty of their environments.” He’s got more designs on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf...

Surfing the Wedge

Ever the popular surf spot, the waves at the Wedge recently attracted locals and visitors as the summer season officially kicks off. — All photos by Lawrence Sherwin ©

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...

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