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Banning Ranch, Balboa Marina on Coastal Commission Agenda

The California Coastal Commission meets Thursday inside Newport Beach City Council chambers and Banning Ranch is on the agenda yet again. Only this time, they won’t be hearing a new request for development on the 401 acres of coastal land, they’ll be hearing CCC staff’s “revised findings” that support their original denial of the proposed project. Newport Banning Ranch LLC’s application to...

Potential for Lower Castaways Park

Residents who wonder what’s going on with the patch of land at the corner of Dover Drive and West Coast Highway may soon have an answer – although ideas are still very much up in the air. Discussions about what to do with Lower Castaways Park have been happening for several years. In 2014, plans were conceptually designed, vetted by several city committees and commissions, and then the...
Posted On 03 Feb 2017



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Library to Revise Policy on Children

Newport Beach public library staff presented revisions to their children in the library policy at the Library Board of Trustees meeting on Monday.   The existing policy, written in 1994, hasn’t been updated since 2011. Library staff confirms...

Man Arrested After Death of Patron at Newport Restaurant

Newport Beach Police Detectives took Sean Robert McLaughlin, 42, into custody at his home in Aliso Viejo on Friday night and booked him at the Newport Beach Police Department Jail for Involuntary Manslaughter surrounding the death of a patron at...

Cattle Call for a Good Cause

Moo-ve over bunnies! The latest herd to embrace the Civic Center Park’s art scene has arrived. Cows4Camp, an exhibit of 32 cow sculptures, is migrating into Newport Beach. They’ll be grazing at three of the libraries (Balboa, Mariners, and...

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Biz Buzz: Shark Boot Camp comes to Balboa Bay Resort

A shark tank is coming to Balboa Bay Resort next weekend, but instead of water, these sharks are swimming in cash. On November 9, more than a dozen alumni from the reality TV show “Shark Tank” (which features a panel of investors listening to and critiquing business pitches from entrepreneurs...

Biz Buzz: Marisa Wayne has ‘True Grit’ with Yoga

Chances are John Wayne never took a yoga class, but his daughter, Marisa Wayne, is such a proponent of yoga that she and three partners (Candice Collings, Matt Bourne and Joe Pham) recently opened a yoga studio on Coast Highway in Newport Beach. The name of the studio? Grit. As in “True...

Biz Buzz: West Marine Flagship Store Opens in Via Lido

With nearly 9,000 boats, Newport Harbor is one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the west coast. So, it’s not surprising that Newport Beach is also home to one of the largest retail stores for boat owners, or those who love to recreate on or around the water. The West Marine...

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Benefit: True Sioux Hope Gala is Truly Memorable

Charity events come in all shapes and sizes, but you may not find one more sincere, more interactive, more heartfelt, and more colorful than the True Sioux Hope Gala held Nov. 12 at the Balboa Bay Resort. As the inaugural gala to support the True Sioux Hope Foundation, the True Sioux Ho...

Santa Ana Ave Cottages Step Forward

A set of “cottages” on Santa Ana Avenue are one step closer to becoming a reality. Newport Beach Planning Commission voted 6-0 on Nov. 17 to approve a major site development review and tentative tract map for the construction of seven residential condominium units at 20452 Santa Ana Avenue....
Posted On 25 Nov 2016

Library Board Hears CdM ‘Fibrary’ Update

Following up on a high community interest project, the Board of Library Trustees heard an update on the Corona del Mar library plans Monday. Conceptual plans for the project, which includes a new fire station and is commonly referred to as “fibrary,” was approved about a year ago by Newport...
Posted On 25 Nov 2016



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Under Cover: The Olympics Offer Gold Medal Reads

Historically, the Olympics have been a time when a truce is called, and city-states that were typically warring with one another put their differences aside for a show of sport. As the torch is lit tonight (Aug. 5), we enter a period when (hopefully) we will follow suit. For the...

Faux Rolling Stones and Pacific Symphony Coming to Newport

Prepare to get some “Satisfaction” this weekend when the Newport Beach City Arts Commission kicks off the 2016 series of Concerts on the Green on Sunday, July 31, with a performance by Hollywood Stones, a five-piece rock band that recreates the classic rock music of the Rolling...

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Off the Menu: Beloved Balboa Island Dining Icon Amelia’s Prepares to Bid Adieu

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Restaurants come and go. Some last a year or two, others manage to hang on a bit longer. They seldom last long enough to celebrate 20...

Old Vine Café Offers New Dishes

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy With so many restaurants in the greater Newport Beach area, it’s easy for us to miss one, or have one on our culinary radar for far too...

Off the Menu: The Ritz Returns as Seaside Oasis

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Ritz Restaurant was one of Orange County’s iconic old school restaurants. It reigned supreme in Fashion Island for decades as a...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015

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Tales of Boating in Newport Beach

I’ve mentioned in the past my love and admiration for the privilege of growing up and living on and around what I consider to be our world class harbor. There aren’t many places where an individual can grow up boating at a young age and spend thousands of hours sailing and...

Photos from Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series

One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport is the America’s Cup, the international sailing competition that got underway last week in San Francisco with the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series that leads to the...
Posted On 12 Jul 2013

Thoughts from a Cleveland Native

* North Coast Revival Many people who live in Newport Beach and the OC have moved here from Cleveland. Since their golden age in 1948 when the Indians won the AL Pennant and World Series, the city has been the butt of late-night comedians and the news media. The truth is that the...

Fireworks Rights on Fourth of July

Again this year, Newport Beach residents were denied the right to use any fireworks, even the “safe and sane” varieties sold in neighboring cities. My July 4 column included a discussion on fireworks, including John Adams’ exhortation that Americans celebrate our Independence Day...

A Tale of Two Churches

“The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Newport Beach is home to two Presbyterian churches. I was a member of St. Andrew’s for 17 years and, more recently, have been a member of St. Mark for the past eight years. The...

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