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Newport Beach Restaurant Association Gets Dining Update

Newport Beach Restaurant Week just started, but it’s already shaping up to be a big success, according to statistics shared during the Newport Beach Restaurant Association BID meeting held this week. “I’m very excited about Restaurant Week—we have a great lineup of restaurants, we’ve had articles and ads in various publications, and we started a ‘share the dish’ promotion where diners can...

Q&A with Newport Beach City Council Member Diane Dixon

A few questions with newly elected Newport Beach City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon of District 1.  Q: Now that you’re on the Newport Beach City Council, what are your priorities? A: My priorities are those I outlined in my campaign: fiscal discipline, government transparency, and listening with respect and an open mind to all the city’s residents. I don’t expect these...
Posted On 23 Jan 2015



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Desalination Discussed at Chamber Meeting

  Newport Beach woke up to a discussion of desalination at a meeting this week. About 50 people attended the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Wake Up! Newport on Thursday in the Friend’s Room at the library. The July topic w...
Posted On 03 Jul 2015

Mr. Irrelevant is Coming to Town

Ever feel like you’re irrelevant? Gerald Christian does, but that’s a good thing — the University of Louisville tight end was selected as this year’s final NFL draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals, which means Christian was named Mr. Irrelevant...

NBPD Sings to Share the Road

The Newport Beach Police Department has once again produced a creative musical video to spread an important message. NBPD employees came together recently to create the upbeat tune about sharing the road, set to the traditional folk tune “On Top...

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On Faith: A Journey of Faith ‘To The Ends Of The Earth’

“We hope people see the documentary and leave feeling inspired to be God’s hands and feet,” explained Doug Wekenman, one of the four men featured in the documentary “The AC Project: To The Ends Of The Earth.” “We hope people come away feeling an invitation to be part of the bigger story that...

Charity Spotlight: Adoption Guild Holds Patroness Tea April 27

The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County holds its 54th annual Patroness Tea on Monday, April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. The Patroness Tea includes a Spring Trend Fashion Showcase presented by Neiman Marcus of Fashion Island, a boutique,...

On Faith: Seeking Justice at Grace Fellowship Church

“Injustice is what happens when someone uses their power to take from someone else the good things God intended them to have: their life, their liberty, their dignity or the fruit of their love or their labor.” Newport resident Lucie Moore said that this definition from the book “The Just...



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Under Cover Book Club Picks “The Same Sky”

Since we’re entering February, the month of cupid, chocolate hearts, and overpriced roses, I had planned to choose this month’s book club book with a love story in mind. Of course, there are many kinds of love stories, so that still left me with a deep pool to select from. In the...

Artscapes: Orange County Museum of Art Hosts Pioneering Exhibitions

The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach hosts a pair of exhibitions Feb. 25 – May 24, 2015, that explore the groundbreaking artwork of “Alien She,” the first exhibition highlighting the lasting impact of the pioneering punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on today’s...

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Hot Haute Hot!

  “Chris, I’ve had a beastly morning, it’s hotter than Hades and I’m starving,” stated Stasha, after she dropped her car off for service Friday afternoon. “I’m in a mood, so for your sake,...

Germany comes to Newport

  You don’t need to be German to celebrate Oktoberfest – you just need to enjoy German food and beer. And because this year marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, many local...

Surreptitious Delicious

  Let’s face it, negotiating a business cocktail party can be strategically challenging, on many levels, and I’m not talking shop. How do you balance a cocktail plate full of appetizers, a...

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Maritime Accidents, From Newport Beach to Italy

Ahoy! Two maritime accidents occurred last weekend that could have happened to any one of us.  Locally, a van was floating in the bay after being pushed off the Balboa Island Ferry, and internationally, a cruise ship sunk after hitting a rock. Let’s start with the floating van...

Ragtime Dusts Off in Two Gates Race

I was asked to sail with Chris Welsh on Ragtime in last Sunday’s Two Gates Race, a fun 13-mile race/tour through Long Beach and LA Harbors.  While somewhat shorthanded (only six crew were on board), we had a fun sail and finished a respectable 10th among a 30-plus-boat fleet that...

Showcasing Local Shopping Gems

It’s not a very old tradition, in fact it was started in 2010, but tomorrow’s Small Business Saturday is quickly becoming one of my personal holiday shopping traditions. Originally conceived and promoted by American Express, Small Business Saturday is the counterpart to Black...
Posted On 23 Nov 2012

Lawsuit Abuse and Minorities

It had been my intention to use this space to comment on the elections, but  because of scheduling, this column is appearing long after millions of pages of  commentary have already saturated our minds. Let me just say that in the long run Obama will again disappoint his...

How Lincoln Speaks to Us Today

Abraham Lincoln became my favorite president after I spent two semesters studying the Civil War during my undergraduate years at Cal State Long Beach. Years later, I was asked to teach a graduate course in Educational Leadership for school administrators.  I was given the...

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