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Arts Budget, Programming Discussed at Retreat

During an annual retreat this week, art enthusiasts discussed a number of topics, including programming, budget, performing arts on the Balboa Peninsula, and several new sub-committees, including one to look into possibly bringing back the bus museum tour. Newport Beach City Arts Commission met Monday in the community room at the Civic Center. The special meeting also focused on the...
Posted On 03 Aug 2018

City Manager Candidate Name Leaked, Residents React at Special Council Meeting

Following a contentious Newport Beach City Council special meeting Monday, the search for a new city manager has narrowed down to the final two, apparently eliminating a candidate whose name was leaked late last week. Council interviewed seven people, from the 72 applications received, on July 23. They decided to conduct follow-up interviews with three, which the city originally announced...
Posted On 02 Aug 2018



News

Lawsuit Claims Ballot Measure Argument ‘Misleads’ Voters

Several Newport Beach residents joined together to file a lawsuit last week that claims the argument opposing a measure on the November ballot is misleading, the author is actually a supporter and that it’s just a ruse. Former Mayors Mike Henn,...
Posted On 27 Jul 2018

Local Man Convicted of Animal Cruelty After Killing Roommate’s Dog

A Newport Beach man was convicted and sentenced to nine months in jail recently for animal cruelty and petty theft after killing his roommates’ dog and removing the evidence from the scene, authorities reported. Justin James Pope, 27, Pleaded...

Successful First Year for Friends of NB Animal Shelter

The first year for the new nonprofit Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter has been very successful, group officials announced this week. FONBAS President Tim Stoaks gave a short presentation on the group during the City Council study session...
Posted On 17 Jul 2018

Business

Biz Buzz: The Lot Gets Top Billing in Fashion Island

The Lot, a luxury cinema replete with sublime leather recliners, a stand-alone restaurant and indoor-outdoor social space, has officially opened to the public with its first showing of “Avengers: Infinity War.” The Lot, which replaced Island Cinema, features 420 leather reclining seats, a full...

Biz Buzz: Gelson’s in Newport Beach Hosts Grand Reopening May 14-20

Longtime community favorite Gelson’s has announced the Grand Reopening of its Newport Beach store, to take place Monday, May 14 through Sunday, May 20.  The store is located at 1660 San Miguel Drive at Harbor View Shopping Center. Beautifully remodeled, the relaunched Gelson’s Newport Beach...

A Guide for the Medical Maze

Healthcare is a complex and often frustrating matter, especially for the person receiving it. Even those with excellent employer-funded insurance can suffer financially after surgery or an emergency procedure. Someone may think they’re covered, but bills can quickly pile up. Karin (last name...

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Local Focus: Pacific Club Hosts Ellis Island Medalists

On Wednesday, June 27, the Pacific Club in Newport Beach hosted a trio of Ellis Island Medal of Honor winners as part of the club’s Distinguished Speakers Series luncheons. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizes the combined professional achievements and humanitarian work of U.S. citizens,...

Benefit: Human Options Serious Fun Gala Raises $480K at Balboa Bay Resort

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, hosted their 2018 Serious Fun Gala on May 19 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The event brought together more than 325 influential community leaders who helped raise over $480,000 in...

Charity: Hoag Hospital Raises $261K at 31st Annual Hoag Summer Fest

The 2018 Hoag Summer Fest (formerly known as Hoag Summer Classic), hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and its 552 Club, was a sold-out event with more than 1,500 guests at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach. The annual event was held on Wednesday, June 27, and raised over $261,000 for Hoag....



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Curtain Up: “School of Rock” Rocks at Segerstrom Center

You may recall the 2003 movie version of “School of Rock,” starring Jack Black. In the movie Black plays struggling rock guitarist Dewey Finn, who is kicked out of his band and subsequently masquerades as a substitute music teacher at a prestigious prep school. Now you can...
Posted On 29 Jul 2018

Summer Fun: Free Your Inner Farmer and Foodie at OC Fair

Bacon wrapped turkey legs. Giant steer. Ferris wheels. Ring toss. Cake decorating contest. Yes, the OC Fair is back, better – and bigger – than ever. This year’s theme is “Free Your Inner Farmer,” but it should be called “Free Your Inner Foodie,” because the crazy...

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Off the Menu: New Summer Menus at Farmhouse and Five Crowns

Chef-driven restaurants are steered by the seasons, although in California our growing seasons are skewed. “The seasons are different here, but as long as it’s at the farmer’s market, it’s okay,”...

Off the Menu: Culinary Magic and Summertime Theatrics & Pageants

Two things you can always count on for summer: Pageant of the Masters and a Laguna Playhouse musical. Fellow NB Indy scribe Shelly Zavala and I had the opportunity to attend both productions, and...

Off the Menu: Hamburger Hunting

I seem to be on an unofficial search for the area’s best hamburger. I’ve ordered the burger at four restaurants over the past two weeks: Olea in Newport Beach, The Bungalow in Corona del Mar, and...

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Surfing the Wedge

Ever the popular surf spot, the waves at the Wedge recently attracted locals and visitors as the summer season officially kicks off. — All photos by Lawrence Sherwin ©

Del Potro and Osaka Take Title for BNP Paribas Tennis Open

Juan Martin del Potro and Naomi Osaka were crowned 2018 champions of the BNP Paribas Tennis Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Fans from Newport Beach and all over Southern California watched Del Potro defeat an unusually erratic Roger Federer in a three set thriller that...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter is Part of the Problem

As America reacts with disgust at the sexual harassment and assault record of Harvey Weinstein, the California Legislature, Fox News, and other political and media leaders, I have become exceedingly angry that our own City Council Member, Scott Peotter, was the only member of the...

Letter to the Editor: Recall of Peotter is Draining the Swamp

In November 2014, Scott Peotter was barely elected to the Newport Beach City Council with 11,920 votes.  On October 27, the signatures of 10,688 voters were submitted on a recall petition asking that he be removed from office.  As I walked the city with my recall petition, I was...

Letter to the Editor: Koll Project Needs Community Input

After attending the October 30th presentation by the developer of the Koll Center Residential project, I came away thinking about how much we need to accomplish in the upcoming General Plan Update.  The Koll Center project is planned to be three high-rise towers, overwhelming and...