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Speaking Up About Coastal Issues

Eelgrass, ocean acidification and related topics were among those discussed at a local group’s monthly meeting this week. Garry Brown, founder and president of Orange County Coastkeeper, discussed the organization and coastal issues at the Speak Up Newport meeting, held Wednesday...
Posted On 14 Mar 2014

Balboa Village Theater One Step Closer to Opening

Supporters of the Balboa Village Theater have asked the city of Newport Beach to amend its current lease with the city and have the city participate with up to $2 million to improve the theater to a level at which it can open. In exchange, the Balboa Performing Arts Theater...

Newport Beach Film Festival Returns

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival brings the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Newport Beach April 24 – May 1. The Film Festival will showcase more than...

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Benefit: Laguna Playhouse Goes to Motown

Big hair, glitzy dresses, bell-bottoms, and 1960s Motown music took center stage at the recent Laguna Playhouse Motown Gala, “Stop In The Name of Fun,” held at The Resort at Pelican Hill. More...

On Faith: ‘A Christmas Together’ at Rock Harbor

“This was my first time experiencing “A Christmas Together,” said Corona del Mar resident Joel Carlson. “My girlfriend and I were invited by friends, and though I hoped to get more into the...

Charity Spotlight: Komen OC Awards $1 Mil to Local Projects

Susan G. Komen Orange County awarded more than $1 million to 16 Orange County breast health projects at its annual Grants Award Breakfast at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Susan G. Komen’s...

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Off the Menu Special: Beauty and the Beast

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We love musicals, and seldom miss one of the Broadway touring productions at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We also love dining at Leatherby’s Café Rouge adjacent to Segerstrom Concert Hall, because they usually feature...

Under Cover: Noted Film Critic Comes to Newport Library

With last weekend’s spectacle, known commonly as the Golden Globes, delivering its usual blend of sophistication and eccentricity, it is now open season for all manner of movie awards. From the Oscars, celebrating movie making at its finest, to the Golden Raspberries, honoring...

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OC Marathon Changes Course

Orange County Marathon organizers today announced a course change for the annual event, to be held on May 1 this year. The new route will take runners off of Back Bay Drive – in response to environmental concerns raised by the Department of Fish and Game – and instead route them...

Toshiba Time

Golf’s senior stars were in town and the weather was perfect as the Toshiba Classic got under way this week at the Newport Beach Country Club with a series of preliminary events leading up to the championship tourney that starts today. Sports Editor Brian Lichterman will be...


  I was a member of the Charter Commission for City of Newport Beach which came up with the recommendations that are now on the ballot as Measure V. Every time I see the poster “Vote No on V” because there are 15 charges in one vote, I get incredibly frustrated....

But the Newport Council Loves the Unions!

  For readers of my (now seriously outdated) Newportbeachvoices blog, you should recognize that headline. During the four-year life of that blog, there are two topics that I constantly harped and complained about.  How many hundreds of millions we were going to borrow for...


  There are many good reasons to vote YES on Measure V. The Newport Beach City Charter was written in 1955, updated in 1974, and is substantially the same now as it was 36 years ago. This year a distinguished group of Newport Beach citizens met over several months to...

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