Friday Morning Report

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


– An unidentified caller left a message of a bomb threat at the Newport Theatre Arts Center this week, reported.

The theater staff received the voicemail around 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, from a call that came in at 6:37 p.m. on Monday and left a message demanding money, or else a bomb would go off within 48 hours.

Newport Beach Police Department and the Orange County Bomb Squad responded, with a bomb-sniffing canine, and evacuated the building, according to the website.

No bomb or bomb-making materials were found. Detectives are investigating and working to determine the origin of the call, the Patch reported.


– Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant is selling his Newport Coast home, which is now on the market. The four bedroom, seven bath home is listed at $8.599 million. The house also comes with a pool and a shark tank, gym, and hair salon.


– Now accepting applications, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District seeks a three-member personnel commission to oversee the hiring and treatment of district employees.

Members of the commission would serve until Dec. 1, 2015.

Applications are due at noon Friday, Sept. 6.

Apply online at


– A code was eliminated this week requiring Newport residents to acquire a permit if they own three to six horses for noncommercial use, the Daily Pilot reported.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to remove the code, but the issue will be returned to for review in the future.


-Newport Harbor will become the temporary home for two mega-yachts on Monday, following the Harbor Commission’s 5-1 vote of approval on Aug. 14 to allow 100-foot vessels to moor temporarily in the harbor, The Log newspaper reported.

The 216-foot Invictus and the 130-foot Marama will serve as a “test-run” in the harbor for two months.

The move is “an effort to accommodate a growing number of owners of 100-foot-plus yachts who want to visit Newport Harbor,” according to the paper.


– The Los Angeles-based Lemonade opened its first Orange County location at Fashion Island, reported

The cafeteria-style eatery offers salads, braises, sandwiches, soups, desserts, and, of course, lemonade.


— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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