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Newport Beach Police Investigate Homicide at Newport Pier

On Saturday, October 16, at approximately 12:03 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department received a call regarding a male subject unconscious in the area of the Newport Pier. Responding officers provided life-saving measures to the male adult victim, but the victim was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. It was determined...

Op/Ed: Newport Beach’s Financial Rebound

By Will O’Neill, Newport Beach City Council Member I will never forget our city’s March 12, 2020 Finance Committee meeting. The Minutes state that our Finance Director “reported COVID-19 has changed the budget strategy.”  That turned out to be an understatement. Our city’s Finance Committee and City Council took swift action....

Take 22: Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Returns Oct. 21-28

The Newport Beach Film Festival is back! Last year the Film Festival – which normally screens 350 films during an eight-day period in April – shifted to an online event in the fall, but now the festival returns to an in-person cinematic celebration October 21-28. “I am tremendously excited to be...

Newport Beach Police Department Receives Grant to Fight Alcohol-Related Harm

The Newport Beach Police Department has been awarded a $24,830 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related harm within the community. The grant is one of more than 50 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership Program. The grants strengthen...

Newport Harbor Reopens Following Oil Spill Closure

The entrance to Newport Harbor reopened Friday afternoon, October 8, following a five-day closure due to the oil spill. The Harbor entrance was closed Monday morning by order of the U.S. Coast Guard to help prevent oil from entering harbor waters. For several days the harbor has been protected by two...

Insider’s Guide for the Newport Beach City Council Meeting on October 12

By Grace Leung, Newport Beach City Manager Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, October 12. Items that may be of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed here: https://newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/64217/72. 4 p.m.: Study session. Agenda items include: Discussion on the conditions and potential rehabilitation of...

Newport Beach Oil Spill Response Update

Oil spill cleanup crews continued their work along the shoreline on Thursday, October 7, including 40 workers deployed to West Newport, from 15th Street to 36th Street, and another 40 in Corona del Mar. The public can expect to see Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams and work crews equipped in protective...

Oil Spill Community Volunteers Now Being Registered

The Unified Command leading the oil spill response has approved the use of community volunteers to assist in the effort. Community volunteers must meet following minimum requirements: Be at least 18 years of age. Be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Be willing to follow County Public Health COVID...

Newport Beach City Manager Authorizes Oil Spill Emergency Declaration

The City of Newport Beach has declared a local emergency in response to the 126,000 gallon oil spill off of the coast of Newport Beach and surrounding cities. The emergency declaration has been signed by City Manager Grace Leung and is expected to be ratified by the City Council at...

Entrance to Newport Harbor Temporarily Closed Due to Oil Spill

The entrance to Newport Harbor has been temporarily closed to vessel traffic due to the oil spill off the coast of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. The action is being taken to help prevent oil from entering the harbor. There is currently no evidence of oil in the harbor waters. Boats...