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Changes to Harbor Speed Limit Rules, Department Staffing

Newport Harbor got some attention this week, as Newport Beach City Council unanimously approved some changes to staffing and speed limits. Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday in favor of two position re-classifications in the newly created Harbor Department and, in another agenda item, some harbor speed limit exceptions for human or wind powered vessels (and their support vessels) during special...
Posted On 12 Oct 2018

OCDA Candidates Speak Up on Issues, Differences

Newport Beach residents heard from a different set of candidates this week during a community meeting. Speak Up Newport hosted the Orange County District Attorney candidates, incumbent Tony Rackauckas and OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, during their monthly meeting on Wednesday. The event highlighted the difference in style between the two candidates. The challenger, Spitzer, was animated and...
Posted On 12 Oct 2018



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Harbormaster: Year in Review

After taking over management of the moorings from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol last summer, Harbormaster Dennis Durgan provided a “Year in Review” summary for the Newport Beach Harbor Commission on Wednesday....
Posted On 12 Oct 2018

‘Clever Buoy’ Shark Detection System Launched

An advanced shark detection system was launched in Newport Beach this week. The city and Smart Marine Systems hosted an event Wednesday at the Balboa Pier to kick off a two-month pilot program of the Clever Buoy system, which will monitor marine...

Study Session for the Koll Center Residences Postponed

The Planning Commission Study Session for the Koll Center Residences project, previously scheduled for Nov. 8, has been postponed and due to an unscheduled vacancy on the Commission, Newport Beach city officials announced this week. In a message...

Business

Biz Buzz: NB Restaurant Assoc. sets 2019 Restaurant Week Dates

Officials approved the dates of Jan. 14 through 27 for the 2019 Newport Beach Restaurant Week at a recent meeting, although there was some discussion as to the best dates for the event, which is generally held the last two weeks of January. At the Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business...

Biz Buzz: U.S. News and World Report Ranks Hoag Tops in OC

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach is once again the highest ranked hospital in Orange County in the new annual national rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Hoag is also ranked the fourth-best hospital in the Los Angeles metro area and eighth-best in California. Hoag...

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...

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On Faith: A Priceless Luncheon

More than 300 men and women gathered at the Fashion Island Hotel recently for the sixth annual Priceless Luncheon, hosted by Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice. The inspiring event raised more than $203,000 for Global Center for Women and Justice and its advocacy and...

Officials Warn of Coyote Activity

The Newport Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Unit sent out an alert Thursday about coyote activity. Coyotes, native to the area, are found all over Orange County and are a critical component of the ecosystem, NBPD officials wrote in the message. “Contrary to popular belief, these...

Participants, Spectators ‘Have a Ball’ at Sandcastle Contest

A giant octopus playing catch, some oversized ice cream cones with scoops of sports balls, and several detailed and grand castles, appeared out of the sand this weekend at a local beach. Thousands of people flocked to Newport Beach to watch the sand transform during the 57th Annual Sandcastle...
Posted On 12 Oct 2018



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Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Launches Broadway Series

A season of Tony Award-winning Broadway hits including Center premieres and returning favorites await audiences during Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2018-2019 Broadway and Curtain Call Series. Coming to the Center for the first time are “Waitress,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Come...

Curtain Up: RV Comic Aubree Sweeney Headlines Show at Back Bay Bistro

Calling Aubree Sweeney an RV comedienne might be confusing, but then again Sweeney does tour in her own RV, and she’s staying at the Newport Dunes RV park while she’s in town to headline a comedy night Oct. 18 at the Back Bay Bistro. Sweeney was born in Nebraska, studied creative...

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Off the Menu: Fall Menus to Warm Your Palate

George’s Café at Segerstrom Center The beautiful Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is nearly a year old, and during that time has been the sight of numerous free concerts and...

Off the Menu: A Restaurant Celebrates 10 Years

The restaurant industry can be a fickle business. Trends come and go, and longevity is always in doubt. So when a restaurant not only survives for a decade but continues to thrive, that’s cause...

Off the Menu: 7th Annual Golden Foodie Awards

“And the Golden Foodie goes to…” That was the oft-repeated phrase last Sunday night at the 7th annual Golden Foodie Awards, held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The Golden Foodie...

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OC Locals Take Surfing Titles

Billed as the largest active sporting event in North America, the 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing concluded its nine day run in Huntington Beach on Sunday. Local fans packed the beaches in Newport’s northerly neighboring coastal city, just south of the pier. Onlookers...

Governor’s Cup, Global Youth Regatta, Kicks Off

Young sailors from around the globe gathered in Newport Beach this week to participate in the oldest international youth match racing regatta in the world. The 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, started with the crew introductions event on Monday. Emcee...
Posted On 19 Jul 2018

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Independent Council Candidates

This November I urge fellow Newporters to vote for candidates who respect the views of residents, who have strong community ties, and are independent thinkers. Four years ago, many of us were misled into voting in a slate of ideologues (Team Newport) whose actions have favored...

Letter to the Editor: Eating from Public Troughs

Incumbent Newport Beach City Councilperson Scott Peotter stated his number one concern for the City’s future is the unfunded pension liabilities the previous City Council encumbered us with. I cannot disagree with him on that matter. However, he currently draws paychecks from the...

Letter to the Editor: Attacking the Pension Tsunami

Seven Orange County cities have sales tax increases on their ballots this year.  Without question, these are all pension taxes. Pensions are crowding out basic services across the County. But not here in Newport Beach. In 2014, a wave of new candidates ran on a platform of...