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Civic Center Audit Approved

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Councilman Tony Petros voted against the main motion.  An outside firm will soon analyze the process of how the Newport Beach Civic Center price tag ended up at just over $140 million, following a City Council vote this week. An audit of the municipal building was approved during a special meeting on Tuesday. The...
Posted On 19 Jun 2015

Commission Approves Dredging Project, Eelgrass Plan

The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved two Newport Beach dredging related items and the city’s Eelgrass Protection and Mitigation Plan during their meeting last week. The city applied for a Coastal Development Permit and Federal Consistency Certification to continue it’s small dredging and beach replenishment program within the urbanized harbor areas of Newport Bay. Both also...
Posted On 19 Jun 2015



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Future of Flight Paths Up in the Air

The future of flight paths at John Wayne Airport is still up in the air, as the Newport Beach City Council learned this week. City manager Dave Kiff discussed two main issues at Tuesday’s study session: MagVar, which involves the magnetic pole...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015

Dancing and Late Nights Return to Woody’s Wharf

Dancing and late nights are back at Woody’s Wharf restaurant after a Newport Beach City Council vote this week. Council approved permit amendments 4-3 Tuesday that would allow for more nights of dancing, later patio hours, and earlier opening...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015

City Officials Review Sea Rise and Sea Wall

There is so much scientific and engineering data regarding the known and projected effects of global warming on the world – and Newport Beach specifically – that one could easily drown in the facts long before the seas hit flood stage on a...

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Communities: Town Hall Meeting Offers Drought Update

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon invited residents of her Council District 1, which includes West Newport, the Peninsula, Lido Isle, Bay Island and Newport Island, to a town hall last Monday evening. Attendees got an update from utilities general manager George Murdoch on the city’s water conservation...

Benefit: Stars and Stripes Fishing Tournament Reels In $2.8 Million for Children’s Charities

Some people like fishing for compliments, but the organizers of the 19th annual Stars and Stripes fishing, golf and music fundraiser held in Los Cabos, Mexico, were fishing for funds to support five Orange County-based charities. This year, more than 600 people attended the event, which reeled...

On Faith: A Stirring Night of Worship at Mariners Church

Almost two thousand people from several Orange County churches gathered at Mariners Church recently for “The Stirring,” a unique night of worship. Though the churches differ in style, size and structure, the evening was one of unity, evidenced the minute all the voices joined together for the...



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Under Cover: ‘Made by Raffi’ Tells Kids It’s Okay to be Different

Anyone who can remember being a kid will also remember how hard it is when you feel as though you don’t fit in. Even the slightest step outside of what is considered the norm can brand a child with the label of “different” – something that can definitely be difficult to overcome....

Curtain Up: Gamblers, Gangsters and Dolls at Segerstrom Center April 14-19

Gamblers, gangsters and dolls are coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week thanks to the Broadway touring production of the legendary musical “Guys and Dolls,” running April 14 – 19. Based on characters created by Damon Runyon, “Guys and Dolls” is the musical tale of...

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Showing the Whey

Everyone has a weakness. Mine is bread. I adore it in all it’s unique and various forms, and therefore, find that abstinence is the best way to avoid temptation and an expanding waistline....

Abe’s Road to Bluefin

Abe-food. That’s my moniker for the most innovative, fresh and unique sushi in Orange County. Abe-food. That’s what I will repeatedly chant from now on when I need a fix. Those of you who have...

Talkin’ ‘Taste of Newport’

“What has 30 restaurants, three dozen wineries, live cooking demonstrations, name entertainment, and happens only once a year?” I asked Stasha. “The Taste of Newport, of course,” she replie...

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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...

It’s Not About the Pancakes

It has been said that nobody likes change except a wet baby, and I am no exception. At the end of last year, I wrote my last story of the year on places and people I will miss in 2013. What I did not know is that I would start my year with yet another change that would alter my...

Raising Sails and Funds for Charity

For 14 years, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club has been raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through a series of events that will kick off in April surrounding the Leukemia Cup Regatta which takes place in July. This year, BCYC has set a goal to raise at least...
Posted On 16 Feb 2013

Some Silly Quick Glueck Shtick

* Communication Evolution Recently, Newport Indy cartoonist George Peters sketched a clever comment on ‘Communication Evolution.” It shows a relatively normal appearing woman texting in 2013. Next it shows the woman texting in 2025. Her mouth has now disappeared. I would like to...