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Retiring City Manager Dave Kiff: Highlights, Next Steps, and Farewell

After 20 years of serving the city of Newport Beach, Friday marks the last official day of work for retiring City Manager Dave Kiff. “The honor of my lifetime,” Kiff said in an email this week. “It’s that simple.” Kiff joined city staff in 1998 as the assistant to the city manager and was gradually promoted, moving into the city manager position in 2009. According to the city website, he is...
Posted On 31 Aug 2018

Candidates Tackle Rumors, Name-Calling, and Peninsula Issues at Forum

Newport Beach City Council candidates addressed some recent name-calling, rumors, and considered several topics specific to the Balboa Peninsula and West Newport at a forum this week. West Newport Beach Association hosted the second candidate forum of the campaign season Wednesday at Marina Park. WNBA President Craig Batley and Vice President Jim Miller moderated the event. All eight...
Posted On 30 Aug 2018



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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 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...

Biz Buzz: New Area Manager for Project Independence

Maritza Vargas of Tustin has been promoted to area manager for Project Independence, an Orange County nonprofit that has been working with adults with developmental disabilities since 1977. She will share responsibility with Meka Greene for the organization’s Central Region that includes...

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First Council Candidate Forum Next Week

Campaign season officially kicks off next week with the first local Newport Beach City Council candidate forum. The NB Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” event on Aug. 23. It’s the first Council candidate forum or debate of the year. A complimentary continental breakfast will...

Newport’s ‘Night Out’ Against Crime

Police and residents came together this week to give crime a going away party. Newport Beach Police Department hosted their annual event for National Night Out Wednesday at Bonita Canyon Sports Park. Police provided information on crime and drug prevention, home security, child safety, the...
Posted On 10 Aug 2018

Harbor Commission to Discuss Bridge Jumping, Slip Rental Fees

The Newport Beach Harbor Commission will discuss several topics of community interest at their meeting tonight. During current business, city staff will present the steps the city is taking to prevent bridge jumping in the harbor and open up the item for discussion. The item comes after a...
Posted On 08 Aug 2018



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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: Tommy Martin Celebrates 50 Years at Five Crowns

Five Crowns celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015—an impressive feat for a restaurant. Not many others in So Cal can make that claim. Now comes an equally impressive Five Crowns milestone:...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Having Your Fill of Malasadas

Chef Alan Greeley closed his legendary Golden Truffle restaurant on Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa last year after nearly four decades in business, retiring to Florida but returning to OC for the...

Off the Menu: Culinary Journey to Mexico at Playa Mesa Restaurant

Mario Marovic owns Dory Deli, The Stag Bar and Malarky’s in Newport Beach, and he recently purchased the Newport Beach Brewing Company with plans to renovate the building and continue brewing...

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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: We Need Open and Transparent Government on Newport Beach

It is widely believed that Councilmember Peotter has been retained by Mayor Duffield to assist in the relocation of some of Duffield’s boat manufacturing facilities to Utah. The refusal of Duffield and Peotter to answer the simple question “Does Peotter work for Duffield?” is...

Letter to the Editor: Time for a Council Change

Most residents agree that its time for change in our Newport City Council. We envision our future to include new and responsible developments along Mariner’s Mile, reduced speeds and lanes along West Coast Highway. The surrounding communities of Lido Isle, Bayshores, Newport...

Letter to the Editor: No Place for Misogynistic Rhetoric

Words cannot express the disgust I felt, as a woman and Newport Beach resident, reading Bob McCaffrey’s letter last week (NB Indy, Aug. 24) in which he compared council candidate Joy Brenner and community activists Susan Skinner and Lynn Swain to drooling dogs. All three women...