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Council Asks: Should Costly Lease Financing Require Public Vote?

An item asking Newport Beach voters if they would like to amend the city charter to require a public vote before taking on costly lease financing for major projects will be added to the ballot in November following a City Council decision this week. Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday with Councilman Jeff Herdman dissenting. Tuesday’s action will place a measure before the Newport Beach electorate...
Posted On 29 Jun 2018

Students Learn ‘Living History’ From Veterans

It was an extra special Flag Day last week for about 90 Orange County veterans as they were honored at an annual lunch event presented by more than 400 local students. The June 14 luncheon was part of the Corona del Mar High School Living History program that pairs sophomore students with veterans from the Freedom Committee of Orange County. During the semester, the students asked the...
Posted On 22 Jun 2018



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Major Step in Final Phase of Crystal Cove Cottages Restoration

Crystal Cove Conservancy officials announced a major step forward in the final phase of the cottage restoration project during a community meeting this week. Laura Davick, Conservancy (formerly the Crystal Cove Alliance) founder, vice president...
Posted On 15 Jun 2018

Approved Budget Includes ‘Aggressive’ Approach to Pension Payment Plan

Newport Beach City Council discussed, and ultimately approved, a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes a new school safety officer, fire marshal, and an “aggressive” approach to the city’s biggest financial issue,  unfunded...
Posted On 15 Jun 2018

NBFD Helps Fight Aliso-Laguna Fire

Newport Beach Fire Department helped out this week in fighting a blaze in a neighboring city. NBFD sent in the extra aid to battle the Aliso Viejo-Laguna Beach vegetation fire that started Saturday afternoon and quickly grew to 175 acres. By...

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Biz Buzz: Tennis Legend Teams with NAWBO to Help Women Entrepreneurs

Five-time Grand Slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who plays every summer with the Orange County Breakers in Newport Beach, has announced that she is partnering with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) along with her team to mentor female entrepreneurs through the...

Biz Buzz: The Resort at Pelican Hill Earns Top Honors From Forbes

The Resort at Pelican Hill and The Spa at Pelican Hill each earned the highest rating of Five Stars in the 60th annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. Recognized as a Five-Star destination unto itself for the sixth consecutive year, Pelican Hill remains Newport Beach’s first and only resort to...

Biz Buzz: New Owner for Newport Beach Pageants

Newport Beach Pageants new owner April Sands has set May 20, 2018 as the date for the Miss Newport Beach and Miss Corona del Mar pageant at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach. The pageant is open to all girls from 6 to 26 who can compete in one of four age divisions for the coveted titles of Little...

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Students Learn ‘Living History’ From Veterans

It was an extra special Flag Day last week for about 90 Orange County veterans as they were honored at an annual lunch event presented by more than 400 local students. The June 14 luncheon was part of the Corona del Mar High School Living History program that pairs sophomore students with...
Posted On 22 Jun 2018

Charity Spotlight: Natalie’s Wish Celebration Raises $3.5 Million

In 2003, Natalie had a wish: to make her disease go away forever. Her mother Nancy acted on that wish and founded the Cystinosis Research Foundation / Natalie’s Wish. Now, 15 years later, both mother and daughter were at the Natalie’s Wish Celebration at the Fashion Island Hotel on April 15...

Charity Spotlight: School of Arts Gala Nets Record $1.6 Million

More than 600 guests stood in roaring applause to celebrate a thrilling evening of captivating performances and extraordinary generosity that led Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) to raise record donations in support of its tuition-free arts and academic programs. For OCSA’s Gala 20...



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Soundcheck: A Really Big Show at Newport Dunes June 23

There’s a really big show happening at Newport Dunes this weekend, and it’s for a good cause. The Really Big Show will be held on Saturday, June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Four bands are scheduled to perform, including Swingin’ Tikis, Electric Cool-Aide, Superdelux, and The Side Deal...

Curtain Up: Broadway Musical ‘The Color Purple’ Comes to Segerstrom Center

The first North American Tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway Revival of “The Color Purple,” which the New York Times called “a glory to behold,” comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts June 19-24. The cast is led by members from the 2016 Broadway revival, including Adrianna...

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Off the Menu: Secret Dinner Society Goes Surfing

The Five Crowns Secret Dinner Society, also known as 352 Poppy (formerly known as the Speakeasy), has evolved from dimly lit rooms and absinthe cocktails into fun themed evenings of food and...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Nobu Sake Ceremony

It’s not every day you get an invite from Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to come to their Nobu restaurant in Lido Marina Village to partake in a traditional Sake Ceremony, but last...

Off the Menu: CURRENT Coastal Cuisine at Renaissance Hotel

Great cuisine comes in all shapes and sizes, and at the most unexpected places. This holds true for the new Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel and its dining concept, CURRENT Coastal Cuisine....

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Opening Weekend of BNP Paribas Sees Some Shocks, Upsets

The first weekend of the BNP Paribas Tennis Open included some elites advancing as expected, but also some shocking upsets during the rain-delayed competition in Indian Wells. Newport Beach tennis fans saw Roger Federer, top ranked in the world for men’s singles and the...

Sports: Toshiba Classic Returns to Newport Beach

Dozens of PGA Tour legends are set to complete in the annual Toshiba Classic benefiting Hoag Hospital at the Newport Beach Country Club this weekend. A slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience, as well a “powerful” PGA championship lineup...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter is a Political Hack

I support the recall of Scott Peotter because he is a lifetime political hack who has accomplished nothing to make our community better. For more than eight years, Peotter was a politically appointed Planning Commissioner in Irvine, where he was a sure vote for high rise and...

Letter to the Editor: Civic Center Art Serves Its Purpose

Barry Allen is a great guy. He is someone that I consider a friend and a person I respect as having contributed significantly to our community. His lovely wife, Debbie, is also a class act. Unfortunately, Barry’s taste in, and appreciation for, contemporary art is on par with my...

Letter to the Editor: Are We Better Off With Scott Peotter?

As the recall of Councilman Scott Peotter nears the successful completion of the signature gathering, I think it is important to reflect on one question. It’s a paraphrase of the question Ronald Reagan so eloquently asked in 1980: “Is our community better off after the election...

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