Friday Morning Report

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


• Orange County supervisor John Moorlach, whose district includes Newport Beach, announced his plan to run for Congress in 2014.

The Costa Mesa resident hopes to succeed incumbent Rep. John Campbell of the 45th Congressional District, who is retiring next year.


• Memorabilia belonging to Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant is up for auction until July 19. The nearly 100 items for sale include: High school basketball uniforms, a 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring, a pair of 2000 Lakers championship rings, and a medal won in high school.

The items are on display at the Newport Sports Museum and will be sold through Goldin Auctions.

A portion of the proceeds from four of the items will benefit the BULLY Project.

The museum is located at 100 Newport Center Drive, and is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit


• Dr. Burak Ozgurwas of Newport Beach was honored as part of a select few physicians with 2012 Compassionate Doctor Certification, PR Newswire reported.

Only three percent of the nation’s physicians were accorded this honor.


• The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education tentatively voted how projects should be prioritized with regard to its supply of $20 million in one-time funds at meeting Tuesday, reported the Daily Pilot.

Renovating Davidson Field at Newport Harbor High proved to be the top priority. However, another vote will have to take place to make such allocation of funds official.


• There were 124 arrests made by the Newport Beach Police Department over the Fourth of July holiday. That number hasn’t fluctuated much over the past two years, according to authorities.


The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the UniHealth Foundation. The grant will partially help fund the program through March 2016.


Launched in 2010, the program includes a network of specialists with expertise in areas including: Addiction medicine, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis and memory and cognitive disorders.


The foundation is a non-profit organization based out of Los Angeles. It’s mission is to “support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and the well being of individuals and communities within its service area.”


— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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