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CA Supreme Court to Review Banning Ranch Project

On Aug. 19, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the Banning Ranch project.

California’s 4th District Court of Appeal recently decided to uphold the Newport Beach City Council’s 2012 decision to approve the project. Banning Ranch Conservancy petitioned the court to reverse the decision.

The project includes 1,375 houses, 75,000 square feet of commercial retail, 75-room boutique hotel, parks and open space on about 402 acres near West Coast Highway, between Superior Avenue and the Santa Ana River channel.


Retired Navy SEAL to Speak at Pacific Club

The Risk Management Association, Orange County Chapter, is holding a luncheon on Sept. 17 featuring a special presentation by Captain Dan’l Steward, former commander of U.S. Navy SEAL Team ONE, entitled “Forging of No-Fail Teams: Lessons Learned through Service with U.S. Navy SEALS.”

The luncheon will be held at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd. in Newport Beach.  

Capt. Steward served as a SEAL in various special operations organizations on both coasts of the United States, in Washington, DC, and overseas, including the command of SEAL Team ONE.  

He retired from naval service in 1994 and voluntarily returned to service in 2004 with Naval Special Warfare Command, the SEAL headquarters. Capt. Steward founded and managed a program that continues to contribute significantly to the operational effectiveness of SEALs worldwide.  

He was then asked to head the Naval Special Warfare Strategic Concepts Directorate, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan at the behest of the senior special operations commander in theater.

Capt. Steward subsequently accepted a position as Special Operations Subject Matter Expert to the Office of Naval Research to broaden and strengthen collaboration between the Special Operations community and leaders in Science & Technology, a position he continues to occupy today.  

The cost to attend is $65 before Sept. 11, and $75 after and at the door. Tables of 10 are $455.

Register online at  


Speak Up Newport Takes Off on John Wayne Airport

“John Wayne Airport Noise Abatement: The Curse of the Orange County Airport” is the topic of the monthly Speak Up Newport meeting scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive. Reception is 5:30 to 6 p.m., program 6 to 7 p.m.

Special guest is Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, who will discuss and answer questions on John Wayne Airport and the So Cal Metroplex, the Federal program that will impose new take off patterns at all Southern California airports, including John Wayne.  

This meeting is an opportunity for Newport Beach residents to learn how proposed changes to airport take off patterns would affect their neighborhoods.

The supervisor will also be available to answer questions on any county issue.

There is no charge to attend the meeting. 

Speak Up Newport is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community. Founded in 1979, SUN meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community. It also produces the annual Mayor’s Dinner each February, featuring the Mayor’s annual State of the City address.

For more information, call (949) 224-2266, or visit


Grant Helps Victim Advocacy Program

The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women of the Orange County Community Foundation, based in Newport Beach, has granted $15,000 to help nonprofit Community Service Programs’ Family Violence Victim Advocacy Program, which meets the needs of violence victims in Orange County.

The CSP Family Violence Victim Advocacy project provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence by mitigating the potential impact of crime victimization and increasing the victim’s capacity to cope.

The Margaret E. Oser Fund for Women is a field-of-interest fund of OCCF from which grants are made annually to organizations that directly benefit the lives of women. This year’s funding supported programs and services that improve the health, education and social welfare of women affected by substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence.  

or more information on CSP and its programs, visit  

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