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FPPC Rules No Conflict of Interest, New Complaint Filed Against Council Members

A state board this week cleared two Newport Beach City Council members of any conflicts of interest related to complaints filed earlier this year, but has yet to address the most recent complaint which includes the newly revealed paid work relationship between the two. On Wednesday, the Fair Political Practices Commission rejected complaints filed in June by Lauri Preedge, and in September...
Posted On 19 Oct 2018

Good News and Bad News at Annual Economic Forecast

Could another recession be on its way? Some experts at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Forecast luncheon, held at the Balboa Bay Resort on Oct. 11, think a recession is coming, but Orange County will escape much of the economic damage. Hosted by Orange County Business Journal Publisher and CEO Richard Reisman, the panel of experts included Richard Green, Ph.D,...



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Study Session for the Koll Center Residences Postponed

The Planning Commission Study Session for the Koll Center Residences project, previously scheduled for Nov. 8, has been postponed and due to an unscheduled vacancy on the Commission, Newport Beach city officials announced this week. In a message...

Airport Announces New Pick-Up Areas for Mobile App Passengers

The County of Orange and John Wayne Airport announced a new pick-up area for passengers using ride apps Lyft, Uber and Wingz, effective October 1. The new procedure is meant to reduce traffic congestion on the arrivals (lower) level, and...

Attempted Burglary at Balboa Island Home

Newport Beach Police Department sent out an alert on Wednesday warning residents about an attempted residential burglary on Balboa Island that occurred earlier in the week. Between 6 p.m. on Monday and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, an unknown suspect...

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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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Officials Warn of Coyote Activity

The Newport Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Unit sent out an alert Thursday about coyote activity. Coyotes, native to the area, are found all over Orange County and are a critical component of the ecosystem, NBPD officials wrote in the message. “Contrary to popular belief, these...

Participants, Spectators ‘Have a Ball’ at Sandcastle Contest

A giant octopus playing catch, some oversized ice cream cones with scoops of sports balls, and several detailed and grand castles, appeared out of the sand this weekend at a local beach. Thousands of people flocked to Newport Beach to watch the sand transform during the 57th Annual Sandcastle...
Posted On 12 Oct 2018

Sandcastle Contest Returns for 57th Year

The sand at Corona del Mar State Beach will be transformed this weekend into palaces, statues, and ocean life, big and small, as part of the annual Sandcastle Contest. The 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest presented by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will run from 10...
Posted On 06 Oct 2018



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Curtain Up: South Coast Repertory Launches 55th Season

In 1964, Orange County’s population was about to hit one million, Irvine was still a dream waiting to be built, and John Wayne had settled on Newport Beach as his new home. Newport Beach is also where college pals Martin Benson and David Emmes (who attended Newport Harbor High...

Newport Dunes Welcomes OCtoberfest OC Sept. 29 – Oct. 21

Get ready for bratwurst, bier and Bavarian polka rock music as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort welcomes the inaugural 2018 OCtoberfest OC Sept 29 through Oct.  21. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m., Newport Dunes will be transformed into an Oktoberfest event inspired...

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Off the Menu: 7th Annual Golden Foodie Awards

“And the Golden Foodie goes to…” That was the oft-repeated phrase last Sunday night at the 7th annual Golden Foodie Awards, held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The Golden Foodie...

Off the Menu: Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Arrives Oct. 4-7

Only two weeks until the fifth annual Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival hits town, which means it’s time to get your tickets for the weekend Grand Tastings and special culinary...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Autumn Culinary Events at Fashion Island Hotel

Fall is a fun time at Fashion Island Hotel. In addition to what Chef Valles is creating in the kitchen, the hotel is hosting a Wagner Family wine dinner, an Oktoberfest Beer Flights & Bites...

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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: City Council is Nonpartisan Office

If the question was asked of Joy Brenner (running for District 6 on the City Council) do you favor Cheerios or Wheaties for breakfast, the answer would be that it has nothing to do with the Newport Beach City Council. The same can be said if questioned about her political party...

Letter to the Editor: Focus on the Positive

Tired of the election hit pieces? Try focusing on the positive and you’ll feel better. We live in a beautiful small city, population 80,000 vs Huntington Beach at 202,000 and Costa Mesa at 114,000. Some would even go so far to say “small town” because in many ways we are. Many of...

Letter to the Editor: No on Measure T

Why I am voting NO on Measure T in Newport Beach. There is no other city in the nation which has adopted this kind of restriction, although lease obligation debt has been validated in court decisions as far back as 1942. Do we really need to hold an election when we will rebuild...