Friday Morning Report

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A quick look at the things that made news this week in Newport Beach:

– Lincoln Elementary in Newport Beach received the highest ranking possible from the California Department of Education, reported the Daily Pilot.

Rankings were based on academic performance and standardized test scores.

Also receiving top marks, Davis Magnet School and Early College High School were recognized by the Department of Education.


– Five pieces of art given to the city of Newport Beach with a total value of $675 are “unaccounted for,” reported the Los Angeles Times.

City officials say the discrepancy could have arisen because of a lack of diligent record keeping.

The missing pieces are out of an inventory of 236.


– The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously to authorize particular amendments to its coastal development in order to allow for a park on the Balboa Peninsula, reported the Daily Pilot.

The voted amendments clear the way for the park to have a faux lighthouse that is to be no higher than 73 feet.


– After serving 11 years, Ralph Rodheim will leave his post as a harbor commissioner in June, reported The Log newspaper. It’s the longest term ever served by a harbor commissioner, according to the paper.

Rodheim was a founding member of the commission, which began in 1998 as a committee.


– After 30 years with the Newport Beach Police Department, Kathy Lowe retired on Thursday. Lowe worked as a parking control officer, crime prevention specialist and most recently as the department’s press information officer.

Lowe said it was a pleasure to work for the department and act as the NBPD spokeswoman.

– An emerald and diamond platinum ring worth $100,000 was stolen last week at Pelican Hill Resort, reported Corona del Mar Today.

A woman reported the grand theft at 9:36 a.m. Saturday, saying her ring was stolen between May 23 and 24.

The woman apparently left the valuable ring on a bathroom counter and didn’t notice she wasn’t wearing it until she got home, according to the website.

Resort staff checked the bathroom, but were unable to locate the ring.


— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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