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Congressman’s Ex-Campaign Treasurer Charged With Embezzling $300K

The former treasurer for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election committee was charged this week for embezzling more than $300,000 from campaign funds and a business where he previously worked, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Authorities arrested Jack Wenpo Wu, 45, of Newport Beach Tuesday and charged him with three felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement...

City Council Votes to Slash Mooring Fees

By Daniel Langhorne | NB Indy Newport Beach mooring permit holders will see relief in the fees they pay to the city to park their boats offshore, ending years of debate at city hall over the appraisal for a fair market rent. The Newport Beach City Council voted 5-2 to reduce the annual rental rate for off-shore moorings from $55.43 to $35 per linear foot. Likewise, onshore moorings were...



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Dismissal of Coastal Commission Director May Impact Banning Ranch

By Daniel Langhorne | NB Indy Opponents of the proposed development at Banning Ranch say they are disappointed with the Coastal Commission’s recent decision to dismiss its executive director but say that the shake-up is expected to have little...

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Fatal Hit & Run Traffic Collision At approximately 1:10 a.m. on Saturday, the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a hit-and-run traffic collision at the intersection of Newport Boulevard and...

Marina West Restaurant Gets OK Despite Neighbors’ Protest

By Daniel Langhorne | NB Indy Linda Isle residents are reeling from the City Council’s approval for the construction of a 14,252-square-foot restaurant to be built near the site where the Reuben E. Lee riverboat restaurant once stood. The...

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Charity Spotlight: Newport’s Jim Driscoll Helps Wooden Floor Expand Arts Model

Newport Beach resident Jim Driscoll and his wife Jane Buchan (Co-Founder and CEO of Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company) have been longtime supporters of several local arts organizations, including Segerstrom Center for the Arts and The Wooden Floor, which gives under-served local...

Benefit: Hoag Christmas Carol Ball Sets Fundraising Record

Hoag Hospital ushered in the holiday season on December 12 with its 49th annual Christmas Carol Ball, held at the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach. More than 650 guests attended the black tie event, which raised a record $1.5 million in support of the Hoag Promise Campaign, a $627 million...

Local Focus: Historic Newport Beach Tavern Reopens as Stag Bar

   The District Lounge near the Newport Pier served its final cocktail last month, but don’t worry—the historic watering hole that dates back more than a century has been revamped and renamed The Stag Bar, it’s original name. “We are extremely excited to celebrate the return of the Stag,” said...



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Under Cover: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Sequel Set for July 14 Release

In a very special edition of the Under Cover Book Club, it is my honor to present this month’s reading selection, “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee. The July 14 release date will mark a watershed moment, the anticipation for which has been five decades in the making. Populated...

Curtain Up: Dinner and Music a Potent Duo at Bayside and Hyatt

By Christopher Trela and Shelly Zavala | NB Indy The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series started last Friday and runs through October 9 in the Hyatt’s intimate amphitheater. Singer-composer Bobby Caldwell (“What You Won’t Do For Love”) launched the series, with...

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Drink Wine, Eat Chow

“I’m ready to eat some chow,” I stated to my assistant, Catherine. “How about you?” “Sounds good. Where?” “How about Eat Chow?” “I said...

A Fair for Foodies

Where can you devour giant turkey legs wrapped in bacon, deep fried Oreos, BBQ sandwiches, corn on the cob, and chocolate covered bacon, all in the same spot? Only one place: the Orange County...

Seasoning Their Menus

As season’s change, so do restaurant menus. That’s a fabulous thing for foodies, particularly during summer, because we can enjoy fresh ingredients and fun recipes perfectly suited...

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McDermaid Wins Adult Sabot Midwinters At BYC

Jeff McDermaid traveled to Newport Beach from Alamitos Bay and found his name on a Perpetual Trophy that he had won forty years ago. And he won again. The Southern California Yachting Association’s Midwinters Regatta was held this weekend throughout Southern California at various...

Sailing Summary

“SODA” Regatta, Feb 11-12, Balboa Yacht Club (Governor Cup 21, junior match racing invitational). SODA stands for the “SoCal Youth Match Racing – Open Development Acts.”  This is a new event that focuses on developing junior sailors in the discipline of match racing, and...

Balboa Island Parade Celebrates 20 Years

  What is it about a parade that people love so much? I’ve enjoyed many throughout the world, from Pasadena to Wisconsin to Barcelona, Spain, and it never ceases to amaze me the crowds that will gather to watch one. Big or small, a parade brings smiles to the faces of old...
Posted On 31 May 2013

Legal Wars: California’s Biggest Losers

In its ninth annual survey, Chief Executive Magazine polled 736 CEOs, the largest number ever, about the best and worst states in which to do business. The results should make all of us less than proud–that is, unless you’re a trial lawyer. “The bottom line is that...

Supply Siders

Want to know the difference between demand and supply side economics? Grab another cup of coffee, ’cause you may find this one ranks with counting sheep. The subject is dull as dishwater, so I’ve injected bits of (excitement) to help you muddle through. Since the...
Posted On 20 May 2013