Insider’s Guide for the Newport Beach City Council Meeting on October 27, 2020

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City Manager Grace Leung

By Grace Leung | Newport Beach City Manager

Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, October 27.  Items that may be of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed at https://newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/64212/72.

There will be a Closed Session at 4:00 p.m. There is no Study Session.

The Regular Meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. The following are items of note:

On the Consent Calendar:

  • Newport Shores Park, Mariners Park and Bob Henry Park, have recently been improved and refreshed to maintain the high quality of parks throughout the City.
  • Our Fire Department provides high quality, emergency medical responses to our residents and community. They provide this service with six ambulances. Three ambulances on 24/7 with a fourth available for high call volume periods of time and the remaining two are held in reserve for repairs and maintenance of the front-line fleet. The Fire Department is requesting the replacement of the three reserve vehicles which are over seven years old and with 100,000 miles on the vehicles.

Current Business includes:

  • The City Council has been reviewing the City’s Harbor Code over the last several months. The Council will consider some minor modifications and clarifications to the Harbor Code related to live-aboards in commercial marinas and clarification of time limits within the anchorage.
  • Staff will provide an update on the continued efforts to assist our homeless population.

This Insider’s Guide is not an attempt to summarize every item on the Agenda – just the ones that seem of specific interest to the City Manager. You are encouraged to read the full agenda if you wish.

City Council Meeting Information

The Newport Beach City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months (the exceptions are August and December). Typically, there is a Study Session that starts at 4 p.m. Study sessions are times for the Council to take a deeper look at a specific issue, or hear a presentation, that might eventually lead to a specific and more formal action. A closed session often follows the Study Session. Closed sessions are typically to address legal, personnel, and other matters where additional confidentiality is important.

The Regular (evening) Session typically starts at 7 p.m., and often has a specific listing of different items ready for formal votes. Items on the “Consent Calendar” are heard all at once, unless a Council member has removed (aka “pulled”) an item from the Consent Calendar for specific discussion and separate vote. If an item on the agenda is recommended to be “continued,” it means that the item won’t be heard nor voted on that evening, but will be pushed forward to another noticed meeting.

Public Comment is welcomed at both the Study Session and the Regular Session. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you want to comment on a Consent Calendar item that was not pulled from the Consent Calendar by a Council Member, you will want to do so at the time listed on the agenda – right before the Council votes on the entire Consent Calendar (it’s Roman Numeral XIII on the posted agenda). If an item is pulled, the Mayor will offer that members of the public can comment as that specific item is heard separately.

Additionally, there is a specific section of Public Comment for items not on the agenda, but on a subject of some relationship to the city government.

If you cannot attend a meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly, this e-mail gets to all of them: [email protected] The City Manager also gets a copy of the email, because in almost all cases it’s something that the City Manager follows-up on.

The Council meets in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive, off of Avocado between San Miguel and East Coast Highway. There is plenty of parking in the parking structure. You are always welcome to attend in person, but you can also watch on TV, Spectrum channel 30 and Cox channel 852 or stream it on your computer.

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